Having a view in Port Elizabeth is a double edged sword when the wind doesn’t blow.
We overlook the stadium, North End Lake and a goodly portion of Algoa Bay and tend to spend a lot of time out on our patio casting benign looks down upon the riff raff whilst drinking our morning coffee, passing judgement and generally congratulating ourselves on our good fortune to be alive in such a wonderful city as ours.
We are well sheltered from the prevailing west and east breezes which, with the approach of May to August months, are significantly reduced. Do you know the sailor’s guide to wind in Algoa Bay? Every month with an ‘R’ in it is windy.
I digress. The windier months are a blessing to citizens in need of fresh air and a shelter under which crafty polluters hide as any air borne pollution is swiftly despatched from it’s point of origin and out to sea.
This morning was one of those still, crisp sunny mornings on which we could observe just how dastardly our industrial neighbours along the North West side of North End Lake are behaving. You can see in the image below a great plume of smoke drifting slowly up the valley on it’s way to be deposited on properties in Kensington, Adcockvale, Perridgevale, Newton Park and Greenacres, carried along by the slight easterly puff of wind.
I assume that this business in question is scrubbing it’s boilers and that they are fully compliant with our local by-laws – until someone proves me wrong that is!
They are being bad neighbours by:
- Not thinking about exactly where these tons of, presumably benign, carbon waste is being deposited.
- Continuing to do so week after week, year after year and not offering to beautify the area most affected by their waste.
- Having the arrogance to think that they have the right to negatively affect their neighbours properties by throwing their rubbish into the air to just land where the wind may take it.
- Dropping carbon waste onto the drug makers buildings right next to them – an industry that demands a hyper clean and sterile workspace.
- Presumably adding to the rapid discolouration of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and other buildings close by.
Kinda leaves a bitter, not chocolatey sweet taste, in ones mouth.