The Latest Cape Town Oil Spill

Written: June 2000, in Cape Town, South Africa.

I greet the latest Cape Town Oil Spill with mixed feelings. On the one hand I am disgusted that this could happen; disgusted that nothing was done about the ship coming into our waters when we knew that there was a problem; disgusted that the ship wasn't towed further out to sea when we knew days in advance that the breakup was imminent; disgusted that the ship wasn't towed INTO the harbour where the oil spill could have been contained (and only a few ships would have needed to be cleaned taking weeks rather than years); BUT on the other hand I am glad that it happened.

Why can anyone be glad that this happens I hear you ask. Remember I said I had mixed feelings about it: I'm glad that it happened near a coast line. I'm glad that it didn't happen in far away Alaska, but next to a prestine and incredibly beautiful coastline that I love and cherish as a friend. I'm glad because I and the rest of humanity can see this dreadful thing and can for once see the dread that it places on our oceans when this kind of thing happens at sea (and oil is dumped at sea regularly for all kinds of reasons).

I would like the shipping industry to get its act together and I would like all us people to remember that we owe it to ourselves today and every day to keep our world clean and beautiful. Example 1

David's Thoughts

David Lipschitz is the owner and managing director of Orbital Decisions®, an IT and IS consultancy in Cape Town, South Africa. He holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), a Computer Science Honours degree from Rhodes University in Grahamstown (South Africa), an MBA from Cranfield University (UK) and a Textile Diploma from the Cape Town Technicon (South Africa).

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