Chitchat

Straight talk about over­pop­u­la­tion and wa­ter piracy

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Fewer chil­dren, more wa­ter While the cur­rent wa­ter cri­sis af­fects us all in dif­fer­ent ways and the won­der­ful gen­tle­men Dono­van Kirk­wood and Wal­ter Fieuw pro­vided some valu­able in­sight in “Let’s not waste the wa­ter cri­sis” in the Au­tumn 2018 is­sue of Plat­te­land, there are some worldly habits no­body wants to talk about.

The most press­ing is­sue is over­pop­u­la­tion. Cape Town has millions more souls to house, em­ploy and pro­vide san­i­ta­tion for. Same thing right across the world. Please, let’s start open­ing the dis­cus­sion with re­gard to greater con­tra­cep­tion, fewer births and low­ered con­sump­tion. This is the main key to slow­ing down and stop­ping the world’s to­tal self-de­struc­tion. Make this a din­ner-time con­ver­sa­tion point.

In­sist that all lead­ers un­der­stand that, by not ad­dress­ing birth con­trol, they will con­demn our chil­dren and theirs to a dam­aged or de­stroyed world. Po­lit­i­cal, ed­u­ca­tional and es­pe­cially re­li­gious lead­ers have so much power, and their si­lence is tan­ta­mount to a crime per­pet­u­ated against future gen­er­a­tions. The gains made by the “greens” of the world are in­signif­i­cant when set against nearly 8 bil­lion peo­ple flush­ing our drink­ing wa­ter away. Please en­cour­age smaller, ed­u­cated fam­i­lies. One child is best, two max­i­mum.

The vir­tu­ally de­stroyed and se­ri­ously over­loaded sewage treat­ment sys­tems are the coun­try’s worst wa­ter pol­lu­tants, and in ef­fect the cur­rent gov­ern­ment is our wa­ter’s worst en­emy. Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in so many smaller towns just don’t care and raw sew­er­age flows di­rectly into rivers. Towns in the Eastern Free State pol­lute the Wilge and Vaal; Jo­han­nes­burg feeds sew­er­age di­rectly into Hart­beespoort Dam. The list is end­less. Al­low­ing un­treated raw sew­er­age into our rivers is equal to a crime against hu­man­ity.

En­cour­age the non-ex­is­tent plan­ning of RDP hous­ing es­tates to take a leaf from Eng­land’s Vic­to­rian ter­race es­tates: build closer to­gether and higher, and face the sun. Let’s not waste our won­der­ful nat­u­ral warmth and light. Ev­ery third semide­tached house al­ready has two walls, only re­quir­ing a roof to make a third home.

If we per­son­ally do noth­ing more in our own lives, let’s at least work to­wards fewer thirsty, starv­ing chil­dren. We sim­ply have to stop hid­ing be­hind the taboo sub­ject of birth con­trol.

Bruce Nel, ROSEDALE FARM,

VAN REENEN’S PASS

With the help of a farm­worker and an old Fiat trac­tor, Bruce built Ring of Rocks, a “sort of Stone­henge”, on the fam­ily small­hold­ing at the top of Van Reenen’s Pass, 30km from Har­ri­smith. They pegged out the equinox and sol­stices, as well as sun­rise...

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