Cape Town Water Update

Cape Town Water Update

We aim to bring you all the updates from the Western Cape regarding the current drought affecting Cape Town,  There is a lot of information and misinformation in the international press, so we hope this consolidation of news helps you with the information you need to know.

Currently Cape Town is on a course to a date called DayZero, this is when residential taps will be turned off and residents will need to queue to receive water. The government have made it very clear that schools, hospitals, businesses and tourism establishments will need to conserve water but services will be delivered.

Multiple hotels across the Western Cape have established their own water supplies through desalination plants – The Tsogo Sun group will have their desalination plant up and running in 3 weeks time, The Mount Nelson receives water from a spring that runs through their property and many other hotel groups have similar strategies in place.

The Groenland Water Association which supplies water to farmers in the province has released 10 billion (Yes BILLION) Litres of water into the catchment dams for Cape Town,  and in the process has pushed DayZero into the Cape rainy season which should further push the day further, closer to the time.

Various other desalination plants and Aquifiers will come online in the next 2 months, supplying water to business and hotels across the city

 

Various Municipalities, including Stellenbosch in the Western Cape have augmented their own water supplies and in the process have disconnected from the Cape Town water system thus easing the burden on the city’s water system

There have been some reports that have said international visitors to Cape Town have been putting strain on the city’s water supply, This is categorically not correct as international visitors only make up 1% of the population of Cape Town, As seen in the video below the money spent in Cape Town has a far better impact on the drought than staying away from the city

The interview is with with the Deputy chair of the Tourism Business Council of SA and COO of Tsogo Sun Ravi Nadasen.

National government are declaring the drought a National Disaster, while this is very serious, it is good news as national funding for water augmentation projects can now be made available to Cape Town which will assist in alleviating the crisis.

So while there is a serious drought in Cape Town and we ask all our clients to save water where they can whilst here, We must reiterate Cape Town is open for business and your group, convention or individual travel will be as enjoyable as any other time you choose to visit.

 

 

 

Cape Town Drought

The Cape has experienced a severe drought, the worst in living memory. There are serious water restrictions in place and the current water levels in the Cape dams is sitting at around 30%.

The rainy season Mid May to Mid August is still ahead of us and should significantly increase the dam levels (we are at the height of the drought now in our dry season).

The V&A desalination plant which will supply 2 million litres of water a day will be online in March / April 2018 and the Strandfontein desalination plant which will provide 7 million litres of water a day will be online in March 2018. Other major projects coming online are the Cape Flats aquifer which will supply 80 million litres of water per day, The Table Mountain aquifer at 40 million litres per day and the Atlantis aquifer 30 million litres of water per day. These aquifers will be online in the next 3 months and will augment the supply of water from the dams.

Most hotels have installed water tanks and boreholes to pump and store water as a contingency linked to collecting rain fall in order to maintain the levels in the tanks.

Lastly water may be cut to residential homes in a worst case scenario but rationing will take place in commercial and tourism zones.

We will have a focus on hotels that are preparing on drought saving measures: Further hotels will be featured in the coming weeks

The Westin:
Located on the foreshore, the hotel building a reverse osmosis plant at the hotel to convert sea water into drinking water for guests.

Westin marketing director Ross Baines said they would release the details in the next few days, but that the plant would be running by the beginning of March. It would provide water to other Cape Town hotels in the Marriott group, of which there are six in the City Bowl area.

The Cape Grace:
The five-star Cape Grace Hotel on the V&A Waterfront did not have a desalination plant, but had installed a machine that extracts drinking water from air. Brand manager Samantha Williams said they implemented various measures to cut down water use, including giving guests bottles of hand sanitiser.

 

 

 

 

Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Sun City

Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Sun City

 

We have just successfully operated an exceptional inbound incentive programme for a leading  Global Financial Services and Lifestyle Company.

The first leg of the programme comprised of privatising all four of the Sabi Sabi Lodges as well as & Beyonds Kirkmans Camp, in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

The sublime experience enjoyed at this world renowned game reserve was incredible.  Game viewing was the highlight with most guests seeing all of the big five, including an incredible interaction between a leopard and a hyena with the hyena successfully stealing the kill of the leopard. The hospitality, cuisine and special evening events with vibrant entertainment rounded off the experience and will leave each participant with special lifelong memories.

Then onto Sun City for the group Gala Dinner Awards evening, The Palace hotel was the base. Three venues were used including pre dinner drinks in the Elephant Courtyard with a harpist for entertainment.

Then onto a formal served dinner at the Palace Pool Deck, which ended with a  massive fireworks display. This signalled the move to the after party in the Lost City Crocodile Lounge where a DJ and casino awaited the group to entertain them late into the night.

The logistics included fourteen charter flights and in total across the programme seven of The Inside Edge team were on the ground to make sure every micro detail was meticulously delivered.

 

Rhino Anti Poaching Technology Event

On Tuesday, 11 April 2017, The Inside Edge travelled to the Houtbosrand Ranger Station in the Kruger National Park as part of a joint exercise involving South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the South African National Parks (SANParks). The ranger station, situated approximately 80km from the Mopani Rest Camp, is home to the command and control centre of the first wide area surveillance system (W.A.S.S.) in the Kruger National Park known as Postcode Meerkat. Ultimately, the purpose of the exercise was to allow the CSIR an oppurtunity to fully demonstrate the system’s capabilities to representatives from the SANDF and SANParks all while highlighting its vast array of advantages. The Inside Edge was responsible for some of the logistics involved during the two days it took to fully demonstrate the system’s capabilities.

The Postcode Meerkat system is the brain child of SANParks, Peace Parks Foundation and the CSIR who partnered together to research, develop and manufacture this game-changing system. The system itself comprises of a suite of radar and electro-optic sensors that can detect, categorize, observe and track humans moving in the park. This W.A.S.S.’s appliance will not only guarantee early warning and rapid response capabilities but will improve ranger reaction times, allow for better planning and support the apprehension of poachers. In addition, the system has been designed to be mobile so that it can be rapidly deployed to prevent poaching crisis zones from developing.

Ultimately, the Postcode Meerkat will significantly increase the park’s ability to protect our rhinos, other vulnerable species and could help save the lives of both humans and animals. The Inside Edge was honored to be a part of this joint exercise and truly believe that this technology can help bring poaching to an end.