South Africa 11.11.2015 05:52 pm

Petition calls for Slide the City cancellation

Sliding down West Street during the Slide Jozi event held in Sandton on Saturday, 17 October 2015. West Street was covered with a 300 meter long slippery slide allowing revellers to slide along and end in a small pool. The event had entertainment for the whole family and featured some of SAQ's best DJs in the food and drinks area. Picture - Neil McCartney

Sliding down West Street during the Slide Jozi event held in Sandton on Saturday, 17 October 2015. West Street was covered with a 300 meter long slippery slide allowing revellers to slide along and end in a small pool. The event had entertainment for the whole family and featured some of SAQ's best DJs in the food and drinks area. Picture - Neil McCartney

The calls come at a time where many taps are running dry.

A petition is doing the rounds on social media demanding that Slide the City, an event where a 304m waterslide is erected which leads into a huge water-filled pool, be cancelled.

The calls come at a time where many taps are running dry and farmers are struggling to make ends meet due to a drought in SA.

“As we all know South Africa is going through a big water crisis and holding such an event in numerous of cities is definitely not going to help.  Citizens are being told to use water responsibly and sparingly, to understand the value of water, BUT at the same time Government is allowing an event to take place using 30 000 to 40 000 liters of water per event,” the petition states.

However, according to Slide the City’s website, the water used for the slides is recycled and redistributed.

The following is listed in the site:

“In Ballito, it is circulated back into Sugar Rush Park’s water system. In Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Knysna, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth, the water is put through the filtration system and then put into tankers and delivered to the municipality to be used where they need it most. The water from the Ballito event is also put through this filtration system before being returned to the park.”

However, people refuse to be appeased.

“We have a serious water crisis. People are literally dying of thirst and people want to do this for fun. They should stop and think first,” commented one petitioner.

 

 

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