Bold action from the tourism industry to #savewater

In December we wrote a piece about how Level 3 water tariffs would affect tourism businesses. We were feeling like Cassandra, a character from Greek mythology who was gifted with the power of prophecy but cursed that no one should believe her since the piece attracted no comments.  But we imagine that the issue became a reality for tourism managers in January when they opened their rates bills and discovered that their water bills were at least double what they were expecting. There are two issues here – the first is how tourism businesses are charged for water and the second how much water […]

Peninsula’s holding tanks for sanitation system saves water

After being awarded the most energy efficient retrofit building in Cape Town in 2014, The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel continues to be greener than ever, by partaking in yet another sustainability initiative. Their latest project focuses on lowering water consumption through the capturing of ground water in holding tanks on the hotel’s roof, facilitated by The Peninsula’s unique rooftop pumping system, which is then used for sanitation purposes. “At The Peninsula, groundwater is channeled from rainwater and surrounding mountains, into underground streams beneath the hotel’s parking area. We have taken advantage of this unique positioning by creating borehole pumps that suck […]

Cape Town hotel’s bucket brigade recycles water in the CBD

Capetonians in the CBD may have noticed men and women watering plants on traffic islands with buckets. They are the staff members of the Townhouse Hotel on the corner of Mostert and Corporation streets, who are helping save water by recycling shower water used by hotel guests. This water recycling idea was the brainchild of GM Jacqueline Williams. “I was driving home one afternoon and I heard someone on the radio mention that she showers with a bucket to catch water and then recycles it in her garden. My husband laughed when I asked him to buy me buckets but […]

The costs of Level 3 water tariffs on your business

Like many of Cape Town’s accommodation establishments, B.I.G Backpackers in Green Point is housed on a property that was once residential, but has since, within the City of Cape Town’s land use policy, been repurposed for business. We’re not going to talk here about zoning and the land use of properties. Instead we’re going to talk about how B.I.G Backpackers is being charged for water and sanitation and how the Level 3 water restriction tariffs that are going to come into effect on 1 December 2016 will affect the cost of business. B.I.G Backpackers is on the City of Cape […]

Water in Rands and sense

Ah summer is here… Bring on the hot, sunny days, more ‘bums in beds’, and a shared spirit of festiveness! What summer also brings, however, is the Mother City’s dry season and, on the back of a particularly low rainfall year, this is going to pose some grave challenges with respect to water consumption in the Mother City. Although it’s still the beginning of our summer season, our water reserves are looking drier than ever. Cape Town – and the entire Western Cape – faces serious drought conditions in the coming months, similar to the patterns we have seen across […]

New water restrictions planned for summer season

The City of Cape Town is implementing Level 3 water restrictions from 1 November 2016, and tariff increases 1 December 2016. If your tourism business is on a domestic tariff, these restrictions will apply to your business:  You can only watering/irrigate (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and other open spaces with a bucket or watering container. You will not be allowed to use hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems is allowed. You can only wash cars and boats with water from buckets. You can only top up your swimming […]

Environmentally conscious hotel implements water saving scheme

After being awarded the most energy efficient retrofit building in Cape Town in 2014, The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel continues to be greener than ever, by partaking in yet another sustainability initiative. Their latest project focuses on lowering water consumption through the capturing of ground water in holding tanks on the hotel’s roof, facilitated by The Peninsula’s unique rooftop pumping system, which is then used for sanitation purposes. In the three months that the installation has been operational the hotel has decreased water consumption by 6% even with a 10% increase in hotel bookings. If the hotel is able to sustain the daily […]

Ensuring safety for both guests and residents

Turning Point Guest House is owner-managed by husband and wife team, Doris and Isaac Manini. Doris is a former fashion designer and has an eye for detail and an exuberant personality. She takes the lead when it comes to making the inside of the lodge attractive and welcoming, and to seeing to guests’ needs. Scoring responsible tourism point by growing your own food Isaac is no less friendly but he’s an outdoors person and the garden is his domain. It’s his loving work that produces the herbs that flavour the meals Doris prepares for guests. This scores a few points […]

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and the Responsible Tourism Pilot Projects/Initiatives 2012

Congratulations to the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway on the submission of RT monitoring, profile and policy statements as a participant of the RT Pilot Project. A globally recognised icon, Table Mountain is an outstanding natural wonder that represents the gateway to Africa and evokes awe in all who experience its majesty.  As a tourist destination it is a beacon which attracts a steady stream of over 750 000 of both local and international visitors to its summit per year to experience sweeping vistas and an extraordinarily beautiful natural environment. Framed by this context, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Co. Ltd […]

Ocean View House and the Responsible Tourism Pilot Project

Congratulations to the Ocean View House on the submission of RT monitoring, profile and policy statements as a participant of the RT Pilot Project. Ocean View House is a luxury boutique Guest House situated in a perfect location in Camps Bay, offering exceptional first class bed and breakfast accommodation, service and facilities. The 17 beautifully appointed rooms enjoy ocean views whether from the suite’s own terrace or its balcony, and some even have mountain views. The rooms are designer decorated in a modern contemporary African style whereby every suite is different and unique. In Early 2011 we embarked on a […]

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