As some of you know, i live in Knysna which i’ve repeatedly called the prettiest town in South Africa – because it is! Unfortunately, local politics is like national politics i.e. it’s a mess. Our lying politicians can compete with the best liars anywhere. One touchy topic is shit in the misnamed Knysna Lagoon (it’s an estuary, the so-called, top rated in South Africa).
After reading more crap spewed from the mouths of our leaders, i decided to rag them with Poo in Parody. If they told the truth, this wouldn’t be parody at all:
June 23 2012: Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt (head of Knysna PR, PR for Knysna Tourism and employee of Worldsport) rushed to calm tourist fears about the high levels of poo before the upcoming Pick â€˜n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.
â€œYes, there’s faeces-induced bacteria in the Knysna Estuary but there’s absolutely no reason for this seasonâ€™s visitors to worry at all. Our oysters are safe because they arenâ€™t our oysters. We import them from Port Elizabeth, Mosselbay and Saldanha Bay. I know thatâ€™s confusing but we also call our estuary a lagoon. If anything, we should be given credit for how seriously we regard tourist perception management.â€
Shaun van Eck, the CEO of Knysna Tourism and an upstanding member of the local christian community, supported her: â€œThere really is no reason to worry at all! The majority of Knysnaâ€™s population is non-white and we keep their participation to an absolute minimum. Additionally, Black and Coloured people do not swim so there would have been few casualties. Even then, we have over 100 events so, if we do choose to cancel watersports, it would not affect the festival at all. The heart of the festival is the running and cycling races. We plan seriously! We plan for any eventuality! We even plan our excuses.
â€œAs for the Oyster, it is more like a mascot. We are considering changing the eventâ€™s name next year. It really is too long. German tourists often get confused because they canâ€™t find the town of Pick â€˜n Pay on the map. The Knysna Estuary Festival is one name being bandied about. Maybe just The Knysna Festival. But letâ€™s concentrate on this year first so please do not let the good brand that is Pick â€˜n Pay be tarnished at all. They truly do not have much to do with Knysna as they are based in Cape Town. They just manage it. Weâ€™re responsible for the marketing.â€
Business Day followed up on the latest incident with Lauring Waring, Knysnaâ€™s Municipal Manager. Although â€œdisturbingly high,â€ was how she assessed the bacterial levels, she insisted that, â€œThis is not our fault! We did our job, even if itâ€™s a temporary fix. This is not a spill from the treatment works. The cause of the problem is that business people are not cleaning their fat traps properly. The Knysna Keep suggested that we monitor CBD businesses more closely but, after all the politicians arrived at consensus, a true statement for our Rainbow democracy, they voted for a salary increase which unfortunately never left any budget for the extra manpower that was needed.
â€œBesides, the biggest instigator of this problem is laziness. The majority of Knysnaâ€™s population now resides in the Northern suburbs, up on the hills of White Location, Concordia and Khayalethu. So long as they choose to be unemployed, they will never install plumbing. Wanting the best views in Knysna should not be a right. It should be earned. But opinion isnâ€™t my job. Action is. At the highest level, in association with Mayor Georlene Wolmarans, I formed a committee called Steering Health In Transformation (S.H.I.T.). They are getting to the bottom of this. Theyâ€™ve already identified why the problem is inflated during and after the festival. Itâ€™s because of the high fibre athlete diet resulting in â€˜floatersâ€™. Please follow their advice on how participants and Knysna citizens can alleviate this environmental problem.â€
Laughter is the best medicine so the Knysna Keep will be giving each visitor a complimentary toilet roll.