With the severity of the water crisis and implementation of Level 5 water restrictions, The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) has joined forces with the City of Cape Town to address the urgent call that water usage must be reduced.
After the President of WPCA and Chief Executive Officer of the Association met with the respective cricketing committees, the initial plan is to consider “reducing club cricket fixtures without compromising on competitiveness,” sport24 reports.
Sport24 adds that a figure of 50% was discussed on Monday, with no final decision made.
Beresford Williams, President of WPCA said: “These steps by WPCA were done in an ardent attempt to support the urgent call by the City that the water usage of the metro is down to 28.5% and interventions like engineered water rationing are needed to address the water crisis.”
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the Association, Nabeal Dien said: “The WPCA has already implemented practical steps to save water. One example was the grey-water usage by curators and all the club players at Blue Downs every week to maintain the oval, a practical, proactive measure in support of the people of the Metro,” said Dien.
“Obviously we will consider reducing the club fixtures without knockout matches being impacted or players’ need for recreational activities being adversely affected significantly.”
Williams added that: “It is incumbent on the players, supporters and the full spectrum of sport-loving families to support the City in its set plans to address this situation and to restore the situation to within the limitations of level five.
“Together, we as an urban family, must rise to the challenge during a critical juncture of the City’s existence. But we can ensure our supporters that the club game will always remain true to our heart and a pillar of WPCA’s existence.”