Around 20 000 people are expected at the Zando Cape Town 10s event today and Saturday, and with Cape Town’s water troubles* the organisers are doing their part to lessen the event’s impact. The Cape Town 10s joins the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Cape Town Cycle Tour in showing its awareness of the situation.
The event aims to draw zero liters of drinking water from the municipal supply. Some of the steps that are being taken include water trucks, chemically-treated toilets, water from air process equipment, water purification of non-potable water, no showers, and no water misters or splash pools.
The Cape Town 10s is a sport, lifestyle and music festival that boasts that its 10s rugby-component is the biggest ten-a-side rugby tournament in the world that is designed for fun, but still follows national and international rules. Last year there were 100 rugby teams, 50 netball teams, 40 volleyball teams and 20 dodgeball teams taking part in the festival, with celebrities also playing in teams.
“It’s is not just about the sporting action; it is also one big jol featuring some of the country’s biggest and most popular music acts as well as hosting Africa’s largest beer tent, ” explains Zandos.
It takes place at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Cape Town, a venue that itself holds historical significance or the city.
* Cape Town is now on level 6B water restrictions, which will last for the next four months starting yesterday (1 February), and residents are asked to only use 50L of water per day.