Cape Town - The water crisis currently affecting Cape Town demands that we all take extra measures to ensure that Day Zero never comes.
The Sunshine Tour has committed itself, during this, the week of the Cape Town Open, to use less water in an effort to assist the City of Cape Town and the citizens in their endeavours to save the scarce resource.
The first measure was to move the tournament from its usual home, the Royal Cape Golf Club which has a dire shortage of water, to the King David Mowbray Golf Club where the golf course is treated with effluent water.
The other important measure taken by the Tour in this regard is to encourage golfers to use showers only on the Tuesday of the pro-am, on Friday for those who miss the cut and who are travelling, and on Sunday after the tournament.
Because of the testing nature of the sport, efforts to reduce the consumption of bottled water throughout the tournament week have been made, which include trucking in 700 cases of bottled water from Gauteng for player hydration and operational areas and thus effecting no further stress on local resources.
This is because the Tour cannot get enough stock due to the chronic shortage in the Western Cape.
Using disposable plates, cutlery and cups for all catering areas during the entire tournament week will remove the need to wash dishes, and because the toilets in the clubhouse are fed by grey water systems, this reduces the use of potable water during this event.
Further, all tournament officials and players are being encouraged to wear blue on Friday, February 23 to help create awareness that 'Day Zero' could be a reality.
In line with the City's strategy to preserve this important resource, the Sunshine Tour will also be running a social media campaign through which it aims to engage the public, players and tournament staff.
While the water crisis is very real in this part of the country, the Sunshine Tour and its partners are committed to ensuring that the Cape Town Open goes ahead and with the use of such strategies and gaining public support in raising awareness around the issue, everybody in the city can be proud to have contributed to this initiative.