Ope brief van Kapenaar aan die res van die land

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Maroela Media publiseer die oorspronklike weergawe van die brief, soos dit in Engels geskryf is, om seker te maak dat die boodskap nie in die vertaling verlore gaan nie. – Red

Lynn Duddy van Kaapstad skryf:

Dear family and friends from Jozi and Durbs and further afield and abroad.

Soon you are heading to Cape Town and surrounds and usually we are sooooo bloody happy about that, our verges get mowed when usually the only other time is the Cape Argus or Two Oceans. We cannot wait to show you our new restaurants, brag about the endless beautiful beaches and basically just kuier sommer baie lekker!

But not this year.

This year we are very very nervous and if I have to be honest a bit resentful and very scared to share our water.

Wine you can have by the case load, but for heaven’s sake please do not flush the toilets!

Sure you have read about the “waterkrisis”, but much like us South African’s watching the Trumpster hurl insults at that Korean dude it doesn’t really fall into your day to day realm of life.

We, however, have become quite used to wearing the same clothes for days on end, our kids are now forced to do swimming at school (those whose schools still have open pools as 27 out of 34 municipal pools have been closed already) because it means they don’t need to bath at home and walking into an unflushed yellow loo at a restaurant or a mall gets the one who exits a nod of “thank you for doing your bit and not flushing”.

But you, dear visitor, you have come from lands of plenty, most of you still bath, shower endlessly, flush your toilets with CLEAN PURE DRINKING WATER and your swimming pools and gardens can actually be used for those purposes unlike most of our brown scrubby arid gardens.

How do we get across to you the severity of no water from the 18th of March 2018 when you will all be long gone back home?

It’s insane and I really don’t blame you for not believing it, I mean Cape Town is a jewel of the world, first world brilliance, how can this be possible?
Every single person in the Western Cape who is hosting visitors, guest houses, hotels, I don’t really care HOW much your guest is paying you – the resource has to be protected – and not by paying fines. Accepting that you will “just get a high bill” is NOT going to give us back our water.

So our dear visitors… please please please, don’t have long showers when you get off the beach, don’t flush toilets with fresh water – most of us by now have incredibly sophisticated bucket systems going and will happily show you how to flush.

You don’t want to be sitting back home reading posts from your loved ones how they have to go stand in a Q patrolled by the army for 5 litres of water simply because you wanted to bath each night.

But apart from that have a SUPER time…

PS: You may want to bring your own eggs as well, ummm… and butter, but that might be awkward in luggage.

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9 Kommentare

Ada ·

Dear Lynn, Cape Town is part of SA and therefore I welcome our visitors. I am sure they will use our water sparingly. Most of the people in Cape Town however, waste a lot of water.
Maybe you should have sent this letter to the people in the Western Cape and not to the visitors.

Valie ·

Dear Lynn, thank you for your letter.. Up here, if we had the sea close by and we were in a similar situation, we would have had tankers standing by with sea water with which to fill buckets to flush our toilets..

Transvaler ·

Ek vra om verskoning vir Valie se ‘idee’ om te spoel met seewater. Arme visse in ons riviere en mense stroomaf wat die water nog wou gebruik!

John ·

Ja, die spoggers sing nou ‘n ander deuntjie. Waterspaar is een ding, maar sekerlik moet daar na ander oplossings gekyk word. Patricia het die Kaap alleen probeer bestuur en ongelukkig glo sy, sy is alwetend. Droogte-tye duur soms jare… wag en wag is nie altyd die antwoord nie… Die Kaap is afhanklik van toerisme en toeriste-geld. Is verblyf nou goedkoper siende dat vakansiegangers die spit moet afbyt en ook nie ‘n ketting durf trek nie op die onaangename situasie nie?

Therese van Schalkwyk ·

Wanneer die grasperk en struike in een Kaapse tuin dor en droog en die swembad halfleeg en groenerig is, maar ‘boorgat-buurman’ bly in ‘n lowergroen paradys met die geluid van sproeiers wat herinner aan kosbare, kwynende ondergrondse water, dring die besef deur dat daar groot fout met die stelsel is.

Francois ·

Ek voel regtig jammer vir die mens in die Kaap wat wat onder die water tekorte moet deurloop. Ek het egter net 2 vrae aan sommige mense wat dink dat die beperkings raak hulle nie.
1- Ek was op besigheids geleentheid in die Kaap en kon nie glo hoeveel rykmansareas tuine in die bloedige hitte natspuit nie, lyk my mos droogte tref net arm mense.
2- Ek was nou die dag lelik aangevat omdat ek gevra het hoekom mense nie meer Gelofte dag onderhou nie toe ‘n klomp Kapenaars gesê het die Gelofte het niks met hulle uit te waai nie.
Dalk moet ons maar mooi oor die sakie nadink en weer nederig voor God raak. Hou op om God net van die rak af te haal as julle hom nodig kry en keer werklik terug tot God Drie Enig in volle afhanklikheid.
Vir die mense wat water van die begin af gespaar het en Gofte onderhou het, Dankie en alle seën.
Ek vra maar net as “Kommon Transvaler” soos ek genoem word.

Marion ·

Wat van reverse osmosis? Kaapenaars het miljoene liters water om hulle. Spandeer d geld en bou julle water toekoms

Dawie ·

Waar is die Weermag met al die vragmotor tenkers? Hulle kan water gaan haal en die reservoirs vol maak vir gebruik. Dis ‘n nood- toestand!!! Help asb dat ons nie die Kaap moet besoedel met plastiek kanne.

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