Windhoek Mayor honours world leaders in recycled water

Back row from the left: City of Windhoek Strategic Executive Piet du Pisani, Jacob Sakaria, Jurgen Menge, Simon Matheus, Frans Mwafangeyo and Willie Harmse. From left to right seated: Willie Grabow, Lukas van Vuuren, Mayor of Windhoek, her Worship Agnes Kafula, Ronnie van Steenderen and Piet Meiring. (Photograph by Hilmah Hashange)In 1963 when the Municipality of Windhoek commissioned the world’s first direct recycling system for potable water from sewage effluent, the then mayor, Mr Jaap Snyman took charge of the formalities, telling  everybody what a remarkable technological achievement water reclamation offered.

At the function, leading Windhoek socialite and wife of a prominent property developer, Mrs Liselotte Lafrenz complained about the water’s odour.
Never short of a glib comeback, Snyman, in his slow drawl retorted, Madam we have managed to sieve out the turds, but the farts still slip through (in Afrikaans).