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City is losing its allure

New York City has the Statue of Liberty. Paris the Eiffel Tower. London the Big Ben. Sydney the Opera House. Cairo the Great Pyramids. Cape Town is synonymous with Table Mountain and the cableway.

Even Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape – the biggest province in South Africa known for its extreme beauty in nature and contrasts between lush greenery and red sand dunes – is instantaneously identified with the Big Hole.

These are all tourist attractions. In 2018, 16,44 million tourists visited South Africa, contributing R136,1 billion to the total gross domestic product, expected to increase in future.

Tourism causes job opportunities and improves the economy.

Yet a ride on the vintage tram – with its bell ringing at traffic crossings and its unique benches which can be flipped around – has lost its spark due to the shortening of the route.

An overabundance of litter, public urination, an overflowing drain and criminal activities saw to it that the last part of the tram route, which used to end at the historical City Hall, was suddenly cancelled.

When tourists take a tram ride, they do not want to be splattered with drain water, startled by heaps of litter or overwhelmed by the stench of urine caused by men who do not even bother to turn their backs.

What are you doing to prevent Kimberley’s many attractions – and visits to the Kimberley Mine Museum and the plenty of other museums –from slowly disappearing into a big dark hole, never to be recovered again?

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