Wynberg Boys' High has decided to cancel their annual Standard Bank Wynberg Winter Sports Festival due to the water crisis which Cape Town is currently experiencing due to the drought that plaguing the Western Cape.
The impending Day Zero for Cape Town's water supply is estimated to be on 12 April 2018. "This means that taps will be switched off on that day. Our local hostels are understandably unable to commit to hosting boys under these conditions. We do not feel it is acceptable to invite guests from Gauteng and beyond to pay money to wash themselves from a bucket," reads the release from Wynberg Boys' High.
There is also a lot of other risks that Wynberg Boys' High took into consideration with this decision. There is possibility of chaos breaking out when Day Zero arrives. Wynberg Boys' High's junior school has also been named as a possible water collection point. This means that traffic around the school will also be influenced during this period.
The festival would have been hosted from 28 until 30 April in the Mother City. It is the same weekend as the Wildeklawer Festival in Kimberley, K2-tournament in Oudtshoorn and Grey High Schools' Festival in Port Elizabeth. The schools who would've attended the Standard Bank Wynberg Winter Sports Festival will by scurrying to find other festivals to attend over this weekend.
"But more importantly, we feel it would be immoral to host a sporting event in the spirit of "business as usual" while the rest of Cape Town is taking extraordinary measures to survive from day to day. We apologise sincerely for the inconvenience caused and hope that the situation stabilises sufficiently to allow us to host the festival in 2019 and beyond," says Wynberg Boys' High.
The Western Cape has quite a few sporting events scheduled for 2018. Paarl Boys' High will be hosting the World Schools Festival between 2 and 7 April in Paarl. The school will also host the annual Coca-Cola Craven Week in July as part of their 150th celebrations. The Academy Week is also held in conjunction with the Craven Week in Paarl.
The annual Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week is also being hosted by Cape Town in December.
The schools that would've participated in the Standard Bank Wynberg Festival were Bellville, Diocesan College (Bishops), DF Malan, Garsfontein, Fish Hoek, Durbanville, Hugenote (Wellington), King Edward VII, Milnerton, Parel Vallei, Rondebosch Boys' High, SACS, Somerset College, St Benedict's College, Tygerberg, Upington, Windhoek High and Wynberg Boys' High.