Handicapped by denial

Handicapped by denial

Handicapped by denial. Has golf become religion for the wilfully blinkered rich? Head north up tree-lined Steenberg Road in Cape Town and you are faced with a startling contrast. On your right, lurking behind grim walls, squats Pollsmoor Prison. To your left, not 50 metres from the bars of cells, lies Steenberg Golf Estate, regularly named as one of the most expensive places to live on the African continent.

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Submitted by : Mike Turner of RANDBURG on 2013-04-29 10:51:02
"...150 acres of prime land closed to spectators...": makes my heart sing.
Submitted by : Wayne Lazo of CAPE TOWN on 2013-04-28 10:54:16
Although I don't want to live on a golf estate I have often wondered why so many people are so outspokenly opposed to what I see as improved 'greenbelts' that were often useless tracts of land infested with alien vegetation prior to being made into golf estates...
As far as the water usage goes, one should note that almost all golf courses in SA are now watered with recycled sewerage which previously would have been dumped into the sea, estuaries and waterways where it did more harm than good.
It wasn't long ago that the authorities had a major problem disposing of the semi-sanitised effluent but thanks to golf courses, housing estates and public ground the water is used to good benefit while still being further cleansed by the ground it irrigates.
One should note that golf estates employ a large number of people from those other townships with the dripping taps of 'clean', not waste, water.
As I said before, I don't want to live on a golf estate but I see a lot of good in them and not just 'bad' like so many envious people out there.
Submitted by : Justine Nofal of Oudtshoorn on 2013-04-28 08:34:26
Beautifully thought and beautifully written, making it a beautiful read. May we know who wrote it?
Submitted by : Pete Swanepoel of MONTCLAIR on 2013-04-26 23:24:42
Wonderfully put! I have nurtured a fury against golf's disgusting ruination of the environment and the shameful use of taxpayers money to benefit the richest, but I've never been able to articulate it well. This spells it out clearly. Thank you.
Submitted by : Ludwig Taschner on 2013-04-26 17:42:19
The Chinese wall, the Berlin wall, the Oxwagon laager, the allotment garden colony, the golf course estate - it is all for the same reason.


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