As part of my contribution to the community I am presently the Commodore of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club – an unpaid position similar to that of a Club Captain at a Golf Course. I say this as I need you to be aware of my status as an ‘interested partner’.
This morning I found myself cleaning vehicles before breakfast – an occupation that is becoming more and more common in my household.
Reason – last night the high East wind brought manganese ore whipping over the Port of Port Elizabeth and sneaking over the yacht club only to land on two of our vehicles leaving what you see in the image. Of course this happens more often as I have to be at the club far more often than normally.
For far to long now Port Elizabeth residents have had to suffer in this manner as manganese ore dust falls like toxic rain on vehicles, yachts, boats and premises in the harbour and further afield in the path of the east wind.
I personally know of people who have given up sailing as a result of this manganese menace.
If we were in a more litigious country the affected people would stand together and sue the owners of this facility. But, we are far too polite and have refrained to do so – maybe the time to re-assess that has come?
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