Considering the drought currently affecting the water supply in Cape Town, The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) issues the following advisory. This is to allay any concerns of citizens and those attending the 19th staging of the event on 23 and 24 March 2018 and visiting the City over this time.
“We have consulted with the Cape Town International Convention Centre, where the event is hosted; our stakeholders such as the City of Cape Town, accommodation partners and external suppliers, and all consideration has been given to the staging of this event during the current water shortage in Cape Town,” assured Khalid Abdulla, acting CEO of espAfrika.
“We have had in depth planning meetings with all of them and we have been assured that comprehensive and responsible water usage plans are in place, which will not affect the enjoyment of the event nor adversely affect the present water shortage.”
The CTIJF has historically attracted a large audience each year, and, like its other local ‘jewel event’ counterparts, contributes a significant amount to both the local and national economy and GDP.
“The CTIJF annually provides countless employment and income opportunities for citizens in and around Cape Town, as well as supporting numerous charitable outreaches through its long-established CSI programmes. As important as espAfrika and the CTIJF’s commitment to conserving and protecting scarce environmental resources, is our corporate responsibility to creating and sustaining job opportunities as well as macro-economic considerations and benefits. All aspects were seriously taken into account when making the decision to continue,” said Abdulla.
Responsible and Water-Wise Events
Chief Operating Officer of espAfrika and the CTIJF Festival Director, Billy Domingo reinforced the event’s efforts and position saying: “The CTIJF is dedicated to reducing its water footprint. But it is not just for this event, this year, that we will be considering our environmental impact and responsible water usage. Like many of our colleagues, it will be for all future ones too. This is so that we can sustain a viable future for the entertainment, events and tourism industry in South Africa and the people who benefit from a thriving economy.”
Questions have been asked regarding the supply of bottled water for the Festival. The organisers can confirm that all bottled water will be supplied by Peninsula Beverages and will all come from Gauteng. The CTIJF has also incorporated sustainable elements into the Festival, which include the likes of concrete blocks to anchor tents instead of water ballast, and décor elements that speak to a greener footprint.
The CTIJF also wishes to confirm that implementing the measures needed in these times, will not compromise the quality of hospitality or the enjoyment of the experience of attending Africa’s Grandest Gathering.
“The water situation in Cape Town has activated an opportunity to consider how we do things differently. This can be a time of great innovation and resourcefulness. We have chosen therefore, to position The Cape Town International Jazz Festival as a platform for driving a global message for more responsible water practises. In the process, we need to support each other so that we can continue, not as usual, but mindfully and consciously.”
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival will therefore still be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) as planned on 23 and 24 March 2018.
What the CTICC is doing:
The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), where the CTIJF is staged, assures clients and visitors that it has taken the necessary steps to ensure that it can continue to deliver world-class events. Julie-May Ellingson, Chief Executive Officer of the CTICC confirmed that the following procedures have been implemented among others:
Bottled water will be used for cooking and food preparation
Hand sanitizers are in place in bathrooms and are encouraged
Non-potable water is used for clean-up operations
Grey water tanks and rainwater tanks are installed and in use, as well as additional water storage capacity to maintain the full operability of the venue.
(Please refer to either www.cticc.co.za for full statement)
What Hotels are doing:
Accommodation partners are also taking the required steps to reduce water consumption and are informing their clientele. Priya Naidoo – Group Communications at Tsogo Sun, confirms the following: “Tsogo Sun is committed to saving water at our hotels in Cape Town. We have been working on various contingency plans to ensure that we meet the needs of our guests. These include taking three of our largest properties off the water grid in consultation with the City of Cape Town by desalinating water that is currently pumped out of our basements, and sourcing alternative water augmentation.
“Staff members are monitoring water usage in line with stipulated targets through newly installed dashboards. Furthermore, we have installed aerators and flow restrictors on taps as well as inserting low pressure heads on showers. Additional water saving measures include replacing linen serviettes in our restaurants with high-quality paper serviettes and removing all bath plugs from guests’ rooms.
“Rest assured that we are communicating with each guest, displaying posters in public areas and sharing water-saving tips and ensuring that we remind everyone to help save.
“All guests and operators can be reassured that Tsogo Sun will honour all confirmed hotel bookings. We will continue to consult with all relevant stakeholders, particularly the City of Cape Town, with a firm focus on implementing all recommended measures to address the current water shortage crisis.”
The City of Cape Town:
The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith released a statement that acknowledges the events and film industry for operating sustainably and in the main, having risen to the challenge to reduce the use of potable water. The City also recognises the importance of the more than R8 billion generated by these industries to the local economy. Further, the 45% reduction in potable water use required by business, has taken the influx of visitors (local and international) into account, so as to ensure that these industries can continue to operate and deliver on their mandates, therefore not adversely affecting the livelihoods of the many thousands of people who are employed in these sectors.
In conclusion, The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), in full consultation with its partners, suppliers and stakeholders, most notably the CTICC, have collectively taken the necessary steps to ensure that one of the world’s most loved festivals, can welcome artists and festinos in 2018 and at the level of hospitality the event is known for.
For more information, please contact Kaz@networxpr.co.za - +27 82 339 1199
Please submit all questions in writing to the above email address.