On our latest visit to the Royal Natal Yacht Club I was reminded of the steady conversion of the now hated legacy of Colonialism into a new legacy of foolhardiness, short-sightedness and ineptitude by the present regime. The monument to Vasco da Gama, who discovered and named Natal on Christmas Day, 1497, had rested on Durban’s Esplanade since 1969 when suddenly it was no longer wanted. Fortunately the Yacht Club adopted it. As they occupy leased land, one just hopes this part of history won’t have to move again in due course. There has been talk of them (and Point Yacht Club) being booted off their present sites.
While the local administrations cannot be blamed for the severity of climate-change rainfall that has caused devastation along river banks, they are certainly at fault — criminally, in view of the loss of life — in allowing polluting settlements to be established there. Also, in offering no anti-littering education to large sectors of the population. This ultimately exacerbates the worldwide threat to marine life. It was saddening to see one lone pelican striving to find food through the rubbish.