GrandWest marked National Water Week which took place from 17 to 23 March 2017 by inspiring its employees and learners from Goodwood College, Kalksteenfontein Primary and Boundary Primary to clean-up the Elsies River Canal. They were joined by City of Cape Town’s Water Demand Management, City Parks and the Invasive Species Unit, Cape Town City Councillor Charles Esau, GrandWest concessionaires and service providers and sponsors of the event, Afriserv and WasteMart.
With Water is Life as the theme for 2017 and in light of the Western Cape’s current drought crises, the event highlighted the importance of conserving fresh water resources and promoting environmental sustainability. Learners on the day participated in educational talks by guest speakers, as well as enjoyed activities with “Manzi”, the City of Cape Town’s water mascot, to convey serious water-saving messages in a fun way. GrandWest’s Grannies Green Nursery, City Parks, and the Invasive Species Unit also hosted interactive learning sessions on water saving plants and Fynbos.“Water Week and World Water Day on the 22 March 2017 serves to highlight the obligation on us all to save water and protect our natural resources. We appreciate the efforts of everyone who participated in our water awareness event. GrandWest continues to play a role in conserving this precious resource by recycling our ice rink water for garden irrigation and our grey water for lawns. We have installed flow restrictors on all taps, do not wash cars, make use of artificial flowers and harvest water from our air handling units throughout the complex.,”says Bongeka Ndikinda, Environmental Officer at GrandWest.