Taking things for granted

2018-06-21 06:00

The other day I had a meeting with a couple of media practitioners at the Shelly Beach Ski Boat Club and just sitting there as the clean sea lapped against the shoreline just a few metres away reminded me that, in the past five years, I have only twice swam in the sea.

In discussing this, the media practitioner stated that he had only swum less than five times in 20 years! I think we can own up to the fact that we have been guilty of taking things for granted, and not really taking in our great recreational assets right on our doorstep.

Quite simply, I should have been in the surf more regularly to enjoy the refreshing aspects of our beautiful coastline — especially at this sunny time of year.

I am doubly guilty when it comes to golf because I have only played golf about seven times since 2013 and I love golf and we have 11 courses on which to enjoy the sport.

Maybe the time consuming aspects of my job are partly to blame but there is no excuse when it comes to using leisure time to fully embrace the vast array of natural features and attractions we have here at the South Coast.

In Cape Town, for example, ask residents how many times they have been up Table Mountain. Many have been up this iconic feature only a few times.

It is only when one visits other destinations that one realises, on returning, how valuable our home space in fact is.

Maybe, when my term is up and I return to the Midlands, I will regret not spending more time here and, in a leisurely manner, reap the benefits our many visitors enjoy when they holiday down here.

Oh well, I’ll just have to return as a tourist and soak in all the recreational wonders this great destination offers. This is why, and contrary to popular belief, the South Coast remains the most non-metro beach destination in KZN.

If we can rekindle a collective appreciation of our tourism assets, I have no doubt that, even with recent setbacks over water, the consumer will re-establish a regular relationship with the South Coast and there will be a resumption of visitor growth going forward.

In the meantime, I had better have more dips in the sea and head to the golf course more often.

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