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Sea Harvest to Launch its Multi-million Rand Desalination Plant During National Water Week

The installation of Sea Harvest’s desalination plant has been completed and will be launched on Thursday, 22 March 2018.  The multi-million rand investment, which includes desalination and reverse osmosis (RO), should ensure that the group can continue to operate and honour its commitment to delivering against stakeholder expectations.

Since the Western Cape was declared a drought-stricken region in 2016, Sea Harvest has reduced its fresh water consumption by 35% in an effort to alleviate the pressure on this precious resource.

According to Sea Harvest Operations Director, Terence Brown, the plant will have the capacity to supply the company’s operations at its Saldanha Bay plant with all the water needed.

“The most important deliverable of the plant is 1.15 ML of potable water per day. This will ensure that there is no disruption within our business should we reach ‘day zero’. In this way we can remain sustainable and profitable but most importantly protect jobs. Sea Harvest is the single largest employer within the Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM). Anything that negatively affects our ability to operate will have dire consequences on the communities in and around which we operate. As a responsible corporate citizen, we have to do our best to prevent this from happening.”

Brown says that the quality of the water produced by the plant will meet the drinking water specification of the South African National Standard (SANS 241), which states the minimum requirements for potable water to be considered safe for human consumption.

Brown adds that, “The plant is designed in such a way that the quality of the water will be monitored continuously. In addition, the SBM will provide further quality assurance by testing the water to ensure compliance with the required standard.”

Airbnb community boosts Western Cape economy by an estimated R5 billion

Airbnb has today released new data on the impact of the home sharing community across the Western Cape, highlighting the continued growth of guests in the region and the positive impact Airbnb brings to local families, communities and businesses.

The data, which looks at host earnings and guest spending, shows that last year the Airbnb community generated an estimated R5 billion of economic activity in the region, helping boost the local economy and putting money back in the pockets of regular people. 

Other highlights of the data show that:

Airbnb continues to grow across the Western Cape:

In 2017, almost 15,000 hosts across the region welcomed over 540,000 guest arrivals from around the world – a growth of 86 percent compared to 2016. 

Hosting on Airbnb is boosting the local economy:

The typical listing was shared for less than two days a month with the typical host earning around R34,400 ($2,600) a year.  Hosts earned a total of R1 billion, helping boosting local families income. The typical guest spent around R1,715 per day in local communities and businesses.

Home sharing helps spread the benefits of tourism:

Trending destinations outside of the typical tourist hot spots has seen the biggest guest growth over the last year, with a 213% increase in guests staying in Beaufort West and 208% in Ceres.

Locals are opting for staycations:

Over a third of all visitors to the region were from South Africa – highlighting the increase in locals opting for a staycation to enjoy the cities on their doorstep.  US visitors were second highest with 54,600 guest arrivals  closely followed by Great Britain with 54,400 guest arrivals. 

Today’s release of this data forms part of our Community Compact, a series of commitments with cities around the world, including regularly sharing data on the impacts of home sharing to help build an open and transparent community. 

Velma Corcoran, Country Manager for South Africa, said:

“Everytime a guest visits South Africa using Airbnb, local families and their communities benefit.  Last year saw a record number of guests visiting the Western Cape on Airbnb and we’re delighted to help spread the benefits of tourism beyond the typical tourist hot spots to lesser known towns and neighbourhoods. Whether it’s staying in Saldanha, Swellendam or Stellenbosch, hosts provide unforgettable experiences for guests to live like a local. We look forward to seeing guests discover more unique, diverse and welcoming communities across the region throughout the year.”

Who's been tickling the Sleeping Giant?

Are we seeing early signs of economic recovery in the Eastern Cape, asks John Valentine, Director at Real Telematics. Just recently I have been responding to more and more enquiries on the FMX Forklift Management System in Port Elizabeth and East London. Although I can claim that a fantastic product is getting its just dessert, I also know that it appears that most sectors of manufacturing industry in the Eastern Cape appear to be on an upwards curve.

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