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STELLENBOSCH 360 APPLAUDS MAJOR WATER-SAVINGS

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4 July 2018 [group_audience]
Annemarie Ferns, CEO of Stellenbosch 360, featured here with Lee Buys, son of  well-known Stellenbosch artist and sculptor Jacques Buys, at the recent launch of the Stellenbosch Art Foundry at the offices of Stellenbosch 360. Lee will be the full-time man

Annemarie Ferns, CEO of Stellenbosch 360, featured here with Lee Buys, son of  well-known Stellenbosch artist and sculptor Jacques Buys, at the recent launch of the Stellenbosch Art Foundry at the offices of Stellenbosch 360. Lee will be the full-time manager of the art foundry which will offer amongst others daily sculpting demonstrations to visitors and tourists.

STELLENBOSCH 360 APPLAUDS MAJOR WATER-SAVINGS

“We are so grateful that our members, like many other businesses, institutions, and residents of Stellenbosch, have persisted in extensive and often expensive water-wise measurements and efforts to assist our municipal authorities in successfully bringing about a massive on-going water-savings campaign for our town and surrounds”, said CEO Annemarie Ferns of Stellenbosch 360 in a statement.

“This follows in the footsteps of the unanimous outcome of our panel discussion on #WorldWaterDay earlier the year in March that Stellenbosch was not faced with a 'Day Zero' scenario. It was then decided that Stellenbosch 360 should communicate a positive message to their national and international tourism target groups stating that the town and surrounds have sufficient water reserves to do business as usual, albeit with a few practical but comfortable adjustments to water-usage”, she added.

Positive impact on 2019 tourism                                                                                                                                                                   Ms. Ferns stated that it is presently reported by the responsible authorities that the good early May and June winter rains, water conservation by businesses, farmers, residents and government stakeholders, increased groundwater usage in the Western Cape via boreholes, desalination plants coming online and other water-reduction measurements, all pointing to a lower risk of water problems in 2019 which could also have a positive impact on tourism next year. Looking ahead, the latest weather forecasts indicate a much welcomed wetter winter rainfall in 2018.

A water saving of 51.6%

She further pointed out that dam water levels in the Stellenbosch catchment area have significantly improved month-on-month, as endorsed by the Stellenbosch Municipality’s message of 26 June that “… a water saving of 51.6% when compared to usage before restrictions …” has been recorded. She stressed that this is indeed good news for all and sundry involved in the local tourism industry and related economic sectors as tourism is still one of the best performing sectors in our country’s economy and obviously vital to our own region’s economic growth.

Restoring confidence                                                                                                                

“It is vital that we all embark on restoring confidence in Stellenbosch as a vibrant all-year holiday, travel, adventure and business destination that can cater for all the needs of local and international visitors and the global travel trade. We request all role-players in the tourism industry to assist us in projecting this message to the world. We know that the diverse winter-time offerings of our region also make Stellenbosch one of the most attractive options available in South Africa at this time of the year,” she concluded.

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