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Eastern Cape Business 2023-24

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The 2023/24 edition of Eastern Cape Business is the 16th edition of this successful publication that, since its launch in 2006, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) is supporting this issue of the journal, both in providing up-to-date information for editorial use and in sharing information about its activities. It will also distribute the journal through its regular channels. The Eastern Cape’s multi-faceted approach to the challenges and opportunities of sustainability are explored in a special feature. From caring for agricultural land through partnerships between farmers, wool brokers and fashion houses, to solar panels and improved lighting and water systems, companies are finding ways to incorporate sensible and profitable solutions into their business models. The Nelson Mandela Bay Development Agency celebrates a significant milestone this year, it being 20 years since it began operations.


FOCUS CCBSA Water Case Study CCBSA’s commitment to assist water-distressed communities in Nelson Mandela Bay. In response to a looming Day Zero in parts of the Eastern Cape, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa launched an ambitious project to work with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and other key stakeholders, including Gift of the Givers, to assist vulnerable and distressed communities. Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) aims to be part of the solution to achieve positive change in the world and to build a more sustainable future for our planet. In response to the dire situation in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, where dam levels reached a critically low level, CCBSA worked with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and other stakeholders to ensure exposed communities continued to have access to water. CCBSA realised that it could not undertake this challenge alone and set out as part of a strategic private-public partnership to work with local communities, the NMB Municipality, as well as the Gift of the Givers Foundation. Nozicelo Ngcobo, Director of Public Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at CCBSA, said: “Water is important capital for the Coca- Cola company, as it is the main ingredient in our beverages. We need to ensure that everyone has access to clean running water, especially vulnerable communities hard hit by the water crisis. “This is particularly so for the vulnerable girl child and women, as the primary drawers of water in rural areas. However, we can do that only if we all understand that water is a finite resource,” added Ngcobo. The beverages bottling company’s trucks were leveraged to support the Gift of the Givers with the distribution of water to struggling communities in the NMB area. The first water delivery through this initiative was done on 23 June 2022. The company further donated 20 x 5 000-litre JoJo tanks which were placed at identified water collection points around the city. In addition, 500 water wheelers were distributed to communities to aid with water collection and storage. CCBSA further deployed three off-grid, solar-powered groundwater harvesting and treatment systems called Coke Villes in the region. The sites have a combined total of nine systems with a minimum annual potential of replenishing 90-million litres per annum at no cost to the beneficiaries. To ensure security of water supply, the NMB Municipality concluded an emergency water supply continuity plan to ensure water supply to critical installations such as healthcare facilities, schools, police stations and some commercial and industrial users. In support of this municipal initiative, CCBSA implemented a six-point plan that is directed towards securing alternative water supply sources. Since inception in 2020, the Coke Ville project has distributed over 200-million litres of water in Limpopo, Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. By working together, we will overcome this crisis and create a more sustainable future for all. ■ EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2023 18

Beverages South Africa Since inception, over 400 million In 2022 alone, just under 1 billion In 2022 alone, over 25 000 Three in 5 provinces

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