The politics of water confound me

2018-02-08 06:01
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I have never been this confused in my entire life about what is going in our beautiful Mzantsi.

My confusion stems from a myriad of developments that keep unfolding or has played itself out in recent days.

These leave me with questions as to whether some people are economical with the truth.

To start with, can we look at the issue of water and Day Zero. I am not trying to be insensitive to the issues surrounding water scarcity in our City, but we deserve to be told the truth. I always believe what I am told depending on all the facts at my disposal.

This is my applied logic to the issues.

GodZilleland is surrounded by two oceans with lots of water and yet we are told nothing can be done with that water. The water crisis was highlighted many moons ago and it was ignored.

There are many wells around the area that spill water back into the sea. Then there is a large percentage of our water being sent for the exclusive use of farmers. There are lots of other theories or allegations making the rounds that the water was purposely wasted for reasons that escape this logic.

Day Zero is around the bend and will come.

Now here’s what’s evident to me. Someone is not telling us the truth here. Either political point scoring is taking shape here at the expense of the millions of our people. Just look at the recent mud-slinging- I wish we had real mud to play with- between Nomvula- excuse the pun- Mokonyane and Helen Zille.

This has left me even more confused. They were not in unison with what they were saying. The water bills are somewhat looking inflated and am not sure if this is meant to pay for what. Have you noticed the increase in the bottled water industry. This alone makes me even more flabbergasted because, logically speaking, should this water not be the one used to fill our dams. A simple question would be, where does this water come from.

In January, I took part in a race through the streets of one the most affluent areas of all, Constantia.

I could not help but notice how green the whole area was. Fortunately, at some stage, as I was running next to Vukile Sonandzi, I asked him if he had noticed the greenery. He playfully brushed this off, as other runners remarked that larnies there all have bore-holes in their yards.

Well, well, bore-holes they may have, but am still far from convinced that is true.

We are all in the dark, if you’d thought I’d shed some light regarding solutions to this looming crisis of water shortage in our city.

All I can say is that lets join the efforts to use our water sparingly and wisely.

By the way, Day Zero(April 16) has now been moved to May 11 by the City bigwigs, after a group of farmers apparently felt the need to share their ‘excess water’ with us. How generous of them.


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