Wa­ter cri­sis dries up Slide the City

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WEEK­END AR­GUS RE­PORTER

CON­CERN about the drought has led to the can­cel­la­tion of Slide the City – a gi­ant wa­ter slide event.

The or­gan­is­ers said they had made the de­ci­sion de­spite the fact that ev­ery ef­fort had been made to en­sure there was no wa­ter wastage.

Slide the City had been set to take place in the cen­tre of the city on De­cem­ber 19 and 20. Or­gan­is­ers said they didn’t want to cre­ate the im­pres­sion they were un­aware of the sever­ity of the drought.

The events, sched­uled for var­i­ous other cities in South Africa too, would have used non- drink­able wa­ter that would have been re­cy­cled af­ter use.

Ex­perts, how­ever, have high­lighted the ben­e­fits of the event.

“I would rather ask whether they are em­ploy­ing lo­cal peo­ple and con­tribut­ing to the econ­omy,” said Si­mon Bundy of SDP Eco­log­i­cal and En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices, an or­gan­i­sa­tion op­er­at­ing in the en­vi­ron­men­tal sec­tor since 1999.

The tourism in­dus­try, for ex­am­ple, would have ben­e­fited in the cities where Slide the City was to be hosted.

The vol­umes of wa­ter used would have been mi­nus­cule, Bundy added. “I don’t think it would make much of a dif­fer­ence if you use it for some­thing else.”

Jan­nie de Villiers, head of Grain SA, agreed: “What will hap­pen if you give 35 000 litres of wa­ter to a farmer? It won’t make a dif­fer­ence. Per­haps it will for a house­hold but it will make no dif­fer­ence to the agri­cul­tural sec­tor.”

The or­gan­is­ers said, how­ever, they be­lieved all South Africans should be fo­cused on conserving wa­ter and Slide the City might de­tract from this mes­sage.

“We know many peo­ple will be dis­ap­pointed at the post­pone­ment, given our ticket sales, but we be­lieve this de­ci­sion is the right way to go as we all do our bit for wa­ter con­ser­va­tion in South Africa.”

Ticket hold­ers should keep their tick­ets un­til a new date is an­nounced, or get a re­fund.

For a re­fund, go to a Sho­prite, Check­ers or House& Home Com­puticket stores if you’ve printed or col­lected your ticket. If you haven’t printed your ticket, con­tact the Com­puticket call cen­tre at 0861 915 8000 to get a re­fund on your credit card.

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