Ice­berg needed

Cape Times - - OPINION -

IF MY dear old brother-in-law was still alive to­day, he would be in panic mode. He liked to drink his scotch half-n-half with lots of wa­ter.

That there is a wa­ter cri­sis there is no doubt, but some folk say it is too soon to panic. The dams could still fill up.

To me it is clear that sum­mer is com­ing and that our rain god­dess has gone walk­a­bout.

It is time to think out of the box. Tap­ping into our ground­wa­ter sup­plies could pro­vide a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion, but they could run dry over time. An en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter per­haps.

The op­por­tu­nity for South African master mariners and coastal en­gi­neers to pro­duce a world first is star­ing us in the face. Next time the lads go down to Antarc­tica they must tow back an enor­mous fresh­wa­ter ice­berg.

We would be the first to tow an ice­berg across an ocean. The Cana­dian oil and gas in­dus­try reg­u­larly tow ice­bergs away from off­shore plat­forms, when there is a risk of col­li­sion.

Ap­par­ently it is cool to have a chunk of ice­berg in your fridge. If you chip it off into your Scotch glass it makes a nice crackly sound.

My swaer sou dit ge­niet het. Alan Carnegie Sal­danha

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