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Western Cape Business 2017 edition

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The 2017 edition of Western Cape Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide to the Western Cape province. The Western Cape has numerous promising investment and business opportunities and this issue includes contributions from Alan Winde (Minister of Economic Opportunities for the Western Cape Government), interviews with Ryan Ravens (CEO of Accelerate Cape Town), Arifa Parkar (Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum CEO), Wesgro CEO Tim Harris and Lance Greyling (Invest Cape Town) as well as contributions from various business leaders. In addition, you will also find comprehensive features on all the key sectors in the Western Cape.

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OVERVIEW Water Farms and factories are becoming water wise. SECTOR INSIGHT WWF-South Africa and Woolworths are working on rural water plans. • UCT researchers have won a Water Research Commission prize. • French company Veolia is installing desalination plants. In 2030 South African demand for water will be 17% greater than supply. That is the verdict of the 2030 Water Resources Group. The Western Cape’s dams were at 61% in the fourth quarter of 2016, against 90% at the same time in 2015. The biggest provincial dam, which is Cape Town’s main source of water as well as providing irrigation for farms, Theewaterskloof, stood at 52%, 14% down on the previous year. Elsewhere: • Garden Route Dam (George) was at 72% versus 100% in 2015 • Kammanasie Dam (Oudtshoorn) was at 29% versus 100% in 2015 • Hartebeestkuil Dam (Mossel Bay) was at 52% versus 88% in 2015 In November 2016, the City of Cape Town introduced level-three water restrictions, banning all irrigation systems and hosepipes for domestic lawns. The good news is that South Africa and the Western Cape are doing something about the situation. Times of crisis can also be times when innovation and entrepreneurship come to the fore. The Water Resources Group, an international consortium of private companies, agencies and development banks, has established a South African chapter, the Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN). It has a focus on three things: water efficiency and leakage reduction; effluent and wastewater management; and the agricultural supply chain. SWPN aims to support government and programmes have been put in place in all three areas that are showing results. The Western Cape Provincial Government has a two-pronged strategy: new water infrastructure for agriculture and water demand management programmes to improve efficiency. In terms of its water infrastructure and maintenance of its wastewater treatments plants, the Western Cape fares relatively well compared to most other South African regions. Only 3% of households reported to the General Household Survey of 2014 that their water services had been interrupted. Fully 87.7% were satisfied with water delivery services. Access to water and sanitation in the province is generally very good. A provincial scheme to improve rivers has been outlined by Premier Helen Zille. The River Improvement Plan ultimately seeks to improve the lives of people living alongside rivers, but also ensure that river water quality enhances the region’s economy. The fruit, grape and wine sectors need good WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2017 96

OVERVIEW quality water, as do agri-processing concerns. Programmes include upgrading wastewater treatment plants, clearing alien vegetation and regular monitoring of water quality. The scheme encompasses the Olifants-Doorn and Breede rivers. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has launched a climate action plan called Smart Agri, which includes doing studies on conservation agriculture. The plan draws on the expertise of academics and companies in the private sector. One of the possible plans to add to the supply of the Western Cape Water Supply System is the Berg River–Voëlvlei Augmentation Scheme. This would entail pumping water out of the Berg River in winter, having first allowed for enough water to cover the ecological water requirements of the river and the estuary. The last time a severe drought affected the province, many of the towns along the Garden Route installed desalination and recycling plants. More than one of these facilities had to close because not enough care had been taken in choosing the site, so environmental issues and silting stymied the plans. However, Mossel Bay has a functioning plant and Lamberts Bay on the West Coast will soon have a 1 700m³ per day plant. This will be the sixth such plant installed by French company Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies. Other sites include Saldanha, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. A water stewardship programme has been introduced in the Breede River catchment area. WWF-South Africa, Woolworths and Marks and Spencer are collaborating on a scheme encouraging stone fruit farmers to put in place systems that reduce risk to water supply and quality. WWF-SA also has a Water Balance Programme that works to increase the amount of clean water coming into the environment. Woolworths’ contribution to this plan involves getting rid of alien vegetation on the farm where it sources its wines (Paul Cluver Wines) and in the Leeu River catchment area. Improving quality The introduction by the National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Water Institute of South Africa (WISA) of the Blue and Green Drop Awards has been very successful. The nation’s municipalities receive scores reflecting how well they are doing in terms of providing clean water. In order to win a Drop Award (Blue for water quality, Green for waste treatment), water systems have to score 95% or higher. The DWS has allocated R4.3-billion to helping municipalities deliver water. The Interim Water Supply Programme will concentrate on 23 district municipalities. The awards are run by WISA with the help of consulting engineering group Aecom SA. Aecom assists municipalities in preparing for the audit and has a wide range of capabilities within the water-treatment sector, including bulk and reticulation water and sewage pipelines. The City of Cape Town won a C40 Cities Award in 2015 for its programme to conserve and manage demand for water. The Water Institute of South Africa has 1 800 members. It does research, keeps its members up-to-date and runs conferences. As in most areas of life in South Africa, environmental standards are set and maintained by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). The University of Cape Town’s Engineering and Built Environment Faculty has won a Water Research Commission prize for its work on the treatment of acid mine drainage. ONLINE RESOURCES Breede-Overberg Catchment Management Agency: National Department of Water and Sanitation: South African Water Research Commission: Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority: Water Institute of Southern Africa: Water Resources Group: 97 WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2017

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