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Position Statement: Curtailed Sports Programme in Response to Water Crisis

Wynberg Boys' High School Sports and the Drought

 

Tuesday 6 February 2018: at a recent meeting at Wynberg Boys' High School between the Headmasters of Wynberg, Bishops, SACS, and Rondebosch, a joint position on a measured and constrained school sports programme was undertaken.:

We note that the predicted date when Cape Town will run out of water has been pushed out to May. However, in the face of the rising concerns over water management and conservation, and the civic duty of every Capetonian to participate in water saving, we have reached the following resolutions:
A severely curtailed and tightly managed summer sports programme will ensue.
 
  • We will use only facilities fit to play on and which can be justifiably used without placing stress on playing surfaces.
  • Water irrigation using ground water will adhere strictly to the directives prescribed by 6B restrictions: ‘a maximum of 1 hour on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 and after 18:00’. 
  • The following festivals that draw visitors from out of town have been cancelled: the Wynberg Rugby, Hockey, Squash, and Soccer Festival, the Nomads Hockey Festival and the Rondebosch under 16 Hockey Festival.
  • In most cases there are no more than two further home games on the water polo schedule. Several school pools have or will be shut down for use with the view to playing a reduced programme at a centralised venue shared by preparatory and high schools. These pools will be recharged minimally using only treated borehole water. Match times and chukkas for lower teams will be reduced. 
  • Other than pre-planned visiting teams, no more than two further home cricket fixtures will be played and these will be reduced at most age group levels to either a 20 or 50 over game format.
  • All sports practices will be cut back to fewer instances on the actual field of play i.e. in water polo, 1 pool and 1 land practice per week, and in cricket, 1 pitch and 1 net practice. 
 
All of our schools are engaged in a serious and ongoing programme of education about water usage and its implications to our learners and community at large. Our schools are playing a significant and measurable part in water saving measures, some to the extent that we no longer draw on the dams and are to all intents and purposes off the ‘grid’. Others have implemented a disciplined water-saving regime including buckets of grey water for flushing and hand sanitisers for washing. We believe that in implementing the measures above we will be able to meet our civic responsibility to save water and keep Day Zero at bay. Should we reach a point of crisis, those schools with boreholes are investigating ways in which we share this water with places in need like old-age homes in the area and, if practicable, with schools that don’t have boreholes.
 
The situation will be constantly monitored and evaluated and should further measures be required, they will be taken. We will communicate regarding winter sports at a later date.
 
 
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