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Steve Irwin
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Selective drought

09 February 2018, 12:10
Can someone explain why Cape Town is being punished by God/Mother Nature? It would appear that the rain selectively missed Cape Town but rained n Grabouw and Elgin, if the politicians/bureaucrats are to be believed.

This is pure nonsense of course, the only difference is that the Groenland region did not have a massive population explosion. Lack of rain is a politically expedient excuse for bad planning/allocation.

A massive thanks to the Groenland farmers.

To say this is the new normal is insanity. Do you really expect Capetonians to walk around sweaty and smelly forever, with houses smelling of urine? It certainly will prevent further growth as industries and their workforce move elsewhere.

We are surrounded on three sides by two oceans, we are standing on top of a sea of fresh water. With modern technology there is no reason on earth why we would want to live that way.

These same politicians tell us that R1.5bn for a 100 million litre per day plant is too expensive, yet in 2008 when we had the last shortage, they found R4bn to build a stadium. In today's money that would have built 4 plants, solving our problem for a long time. There are not many people in town that would not swap the stadium for 4 plants right now. Any advantage gained by the stadium has now evaporated with the water.

At those volumes it costs less than R15 per kilolitre. Desalination is an absolute bargain compared to what the city fathers are charging now. The trouble is that the city is used to marking up what it pays for bulk water by 300%. The NEW NORMAL is that this model is what must change. Low cost surface dam water can be used for the poor, the leafy suburbs will be happy to pay the R10 extra per kilolitre rather than sink a RK100 borehole.

I do not think the DA has any idea of the outcry from the Cape Flats when those water accounts go out next month.


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