SA’s biggest hotelier plans own Cape Town water supply

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Thembisile Dzonzi, Bloomberg News

Johannesburg – Tsogo Sun Holdings [JSE:TSH] plans to build a desalination plant that will
help supply its Cape Town hotels with their own water, shielding guests
of South Africa’s biggest hotel and casino operator from the city’s
deepening water crisis.

The alternative water source should be in operation for properties
including the five-star Westin by early March at the latest, Tsogo Chief
Operating Officer

Ravi Nadasen told reporters in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

That’s
comfortably ahead of the scheduled May 11 date for so-called Day Zero,
when city authorities threaten to turn off most taps.

“There is a plan in place that all of the alternative water sources
will come on board before Day Zero comes,” Nadasen said. “The current
situation in Cape Town is going to become the new normal. We’ve got to
be responsible as well.”

Africa’s biggest tourist destination is deploying drastic measures to
keep water running as long as possible after a three-year long drought
all but exhausted local reservoirs.

Cape Town residents have been urged
to use as little water as possible, with the daily allocation set at 50
liters per person, and hotels have removed bath plugs and urged visitors
to keep toilet flushing to a minimum.

About 1.6 million tourists visit the Cape Town area per year and
spend about R40bn ($3.3bn), according to South African
Tourism. Co-operation between industry and government can ensure the
tourism economy remains robust, the industry body’s chief executive
officer, Sisa Ntshona, told reporters.

“South Africa cannot afford to lose confidence as a tourist destination,” he said.

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