Event details

Slide the City 2015 postponed

Huisgenoot, YOU and Drum announces Slide the City events will no longer take place this year in light of one of South Africa’s driest seasons in recent years.

The severity of the drought that has hit South Africa has led the organisers of Slide the City to postpone the event.

“Although every effort was made to ensure there would be no water wastage we take water conservation extremely seriously. We are all well aware of the severity of the drought and we wouldn’t want anyone to think otherwise,” says Minette Ferreira, general manager of Huisgenoot, YOU and Drum.

The events, scheduled for various cities in South Africa, would have drawn on non-drinkable water that would then have been recycled after use and distributed where most needed in the host cities.

Experts have highlighted the benefits of the event. “I would rather ask whether they are employing local people and contributing to the economy,” said Simon Bundy of SDP Ecological and Environmental Services, an organisation operating in the environmental sector since 1999. The tourism industry, for example, would have benefited in the cities where Slide the City would have been hosted.

The volumes of water that would have been used would be miniscule, Bundy adds. “I don’t think it would make much of a difference if you use it for something else.”

Jannie de Villiers, head of Grain SA agrees. “What will happen if you give 35 000 litres of water to a farmer? It won’t make a difference. Perhaps it will for a household but it will make no difference to the agricultural sector.”

However, as proudly South African brands Huisgenoot, YOU and Drum believe all South Africans should be focused on conserving water and Slide the City might detract from this message.

“We know many people will be disappointed at the postponement given our ticket sales but we believe this decision is the right way to go as we all do our bit for water conservation in South Africa,” Ferreira said.

People who have bought tickets can hold onto theirs until a new date is announced or get an immediate refund.

For an immediate refund:

- Go to a Shoprite/Checkers/House&Home and Computicket stores if you’ve printed or collected your ticket for a full refund.

- If you haven’t printed your ticket contact the Computicket call centre at 0861-915-8000 to get a refund on your credit card.