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The Sun Met celebrated with G.H.Mumm weekend is upon us and thousands of enthusiasts will be calling the severely drought-stricken Cape Town city home for a few days. With this in mind, the event is bringing in 60 000 litres of water to service guests and racegoers this coming Saturday at Kenilworth Racecourse. Effectively, the event will not be making use of the Kenilworth Racecourse water taps on the day, in the commitment to support the province’s concerted drive to conserve this scarce and precious resource.

The 60 000 litres of water is being sourced outside of Cape Town, from an area that is not experiencing water restrictions.  In doing so, all parties involved can ensure that racegoers enjoy the festivities without adding to Cape Town’s current water crisis.

“Furthermore, a plan will be made and put into action to ensure that any surplus water following the Sun Met event is put to use to help alleviate the Cape Town water crisis,” assures Rob Collins, Chief Operations Officer of Sun International.

One of Sun International’s most-loved hotels in Cape Town, The Table Bay, is leading the way with their plan to promote water conservation in the Western Cape. Through a mix of technological and behavioural interventions, The Table Bay has successfully retained similar water consumption during peak occupancy periods to that of its lowest occupancy periods.

“Water conservation has become culture at The Table Bay. We are invested in every drop and we believe that collectively, even the simplest tactics can meaningfully contribute to saving water. We all have a responsibility to use water mindfully,” says Joanne Selby, the General Manager at The Table Bay.

All Cape Town residents and tourists visiting The Mother City during this time are encouraged to participate in the water saving effort by:

  • Showering instead of bathing
  • Keeping their showers short
  • Switching off the tap when brushing their teeth

Leading ice retailer and supplier of the Sun Met, HQ Ice, has taken steps to significantly limit water waste in favour of supporting Cape Town’s plea to uphold water conservation during this period.

They have put two initiatives in place with regards to saving water; Bypassing Reverse Osmosis and recycling their waste ice. “The removal of the salt (reverse osmosis) will not affect the cleanliness of the water, however it does mean we will have to spend more on our machinery maintenance, since salt is hard on machinery.  However, this an extra cost we are willing to bare to save water,” explains Brendon Cameron, Director of Operations, Circa.

In an effort to bring you a complete bag of High Quality ice blocks, HQ Ice is also going to separate their snow and shards of ice from each bag. Adds Cameron: “This snow and shard ice is collected and put back into our water tanks to remake ice.”



Date: Saturday 27 January 2018

Venue: Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town

Time: 10:00 – 23:00


Racegoers can purchase General Access tickets for R200. This includes access to all public areas including the grand stand with public bars and catering facilities, as well as access to the official after-party. Tickets can be purchased through TicketPro and designated tote offices around Cape Town.

For those wanting something a bit more exclusive there are many packages on offer, ranging from the picnic site to VIP packages starting from R2 350. The VIP packages include a shaded area, food and drink offerings, access to the official after-party and much more.

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