I bless the rains down in Africa
In case you are worried about water in Cape Town just know that Cape Town is definitely still open for business. Yes, we are still the top travel destination on the African Continent. Here are some reasons why to visit in 2018:
- Cape Town is turning our current water challenge on its head. We see this as an opportunity for innovation, design thinking and changing the way we do things to be far more water conscious and innovative.
- Capetonians are taking the lead in planning differently, being super water-wise and doing everything possible to save and conserve water, one of our most valuable resources, the world over.
- Through adversity, we are being resourceful. We intend to soon be ahead of the pack in terms of water resource management, sustainability and improved future planning. We’ve ramped up all efforts to protect our water resources.
- We’re not alone and other major cities like California, Mexico City and Sao Paolo are also experiencing similar challenges. We’re learning from each other and making new friends.
- In times to come, water is going to become more appreciated and respected as the new liquid gold. We are learning to value and respect our natural resources through this experience.
- We are also learning to appreciate how lucky many of us are. We have more respect now for the hardship and challenges of those living in townships or rural areas, who have a daily struggle with poor or limited access to water. Many of them still use the bucket system and have to walk long distances to collect water.
- We are growing more compassionate through this experience.
- The Democratic Alliance manages the provincial government and municipalities well. We know our leadership and city management have risen to this challenge and we trust their leadership. Business and civil society are also very active in planning and working collaboratively.
- Many times in the past others thought we would fail. Yes those naysayers, pessimists and worrywarts can be a real pain. We have however many times before proved them wrong and risen to the challenge. We overcame apartheid. Now that was a really mammoth challenge to overcome. We have held peaceful elections, many, many times since 1994. We have a problems with our president but we all know his days are numbered. We successfully held the Football World Cup, and many international Cricket and Rugby matches and other sporting events too. Cape Town has won too many accolades to mention. We are a first word city and on everyone’s bucket list. We are the only ones who have a table for a mountain. We are Proudly South African and welcome visitors to our shores.
- ‘A boer maak a plan’- (A farmer makes a plan). Get to experience the real South African euphemism of savvy resolution to problems through innovative efforts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMWLLKA2sC4
- The Cape Argus Tour, the World’ largest timed cycle race, is planning to reduce its water footprint to zero. This cycle race, which receives 15000+ riders early in March 2018, will be a water neutral event, thanks to innovative strategies and smart planning.
- Don’t listen to the media scaremongers. South Africans are resilient and will overcome this with optimism and savoir-faire.We’re a world class city, and we may be water scarce, but we are water-wise and innovating each day – click here to read more about water saving tips.
- May to September is when winter rainfalls are expected – so this is an ideal time to visit.
Lyrics Toto – Africa:
I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She’s coming in twelve-thirty flight
Her moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation
I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some old forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say:
Hurry boy, it’s waiting there for you
It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had…