Water


Market intelligence

GreenCape's Water Sector Market Intelligence Report highlights business opportunities for water in the green economy in the Western Cape. It targets investors and entrepreneurs interested in the business of water, and seeks to promote the Western Cape as the leading place to do business in the green economy.

Opportunities: fast facts

The current drought and the expected longer term water constraints in the region are key drivers for investment in this sector. The demand for technologies and services that enable resilience to water scarcity has substantially increased across all urban markets, and new investment opportunities have opened up in four key areas:

  • water metering and monitoring
  • water efficiency
  • water reuse
  • alternative water supply

The drought has placed considerable strain on water resources across the province, leading to risks of insufficient supply, business shutdown, financial losses and retrenchments. In addition, water restrictions are becoming more and more stringent across the province, and businesses and residents are under increasing pressure to reduce their demand of municipal water supply. The drought has also resulted in municipalities procuring emergency augmentation supplies, and re-assessing their longer term plans for drought resilient supply options. As a result, numerous opportunities have been identified:

 

Smart water metering systems

  • The demand for smart water metering systems is increasing across the private sector, as a tool for improved water management in the context of the drought.

Potential market for Water Conservation and Water Demand Management 

  • The potential market for Water Conservation and Water Demand Management (WCWDM) projects that reduce non-revenue water in South African metros is estimated at ~R2 billion a year, of which ~R500 million is unfunded.

Water reuse in the industrial sector

  • Water reuse in the industrial sector presents opportunities for both technology and service providers. The total Gross Value Add (GVA) for moderate and highly water intense users in the WC in 2016, excluding agriculture, was R155 billion.

Water efficient devices and greywater reuse systems

  • New residential and commercial property developments in the province are a key market for water efficient devices and greywater reuse systems, presenting a potential market of ~R900 million per year.

Potable water reuse 

  • Municipalities are increasingly interested in potable water reuse of their municipal wastewater. In Cape Town there is a potential market of around R2 billion.

Groundwater and rainwater systems 

  • There are a number of opportunities relating to groundwater and rainwater systems across all private sector markets. The potential residential market in the Western Cape could be worth ~R5.8 billion.

Large-scale seawater desalination 

  • Large-scale seawater desalination is an emerging market that presents a number of opportunities for investors. Globally, equity returns in desalination projects are typically at least 14%, with higher returns (up to 18%) expected in higher risk countries.

GreenCape’s work in this space

GreenCape's water programme concentrates on two broad areas: firstly, we aim to improve the productive use of water to support sustainable economic development; secondly, we promote the uptake of green technologies and businesses. Our overall goal is to increase job creation and investment into green water technology and services, and to improve water resource productivity.

We do this through our market research and intelligence activities; by networking and matchmaking businesses; through cleantech advocacy; and research into the economic opportunities and constraints of water.

Key reading

The resources listed here are essential reading, which provide a greater overview of the opportunities in this sector. For other related tools, resources and information see our business support page

For more water related resources, please view our library.


News and events


GreenCape to host Innovations for Water Resilience Competition | 10 October 2018, Cape Town

The GreenCape Sector Development Agency and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) invites all innovators, start-ups, and businesses to pitch their water innovations or products to a panel of... Read more

TIA: Call for Applications under Natural Resources

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) an entity of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) was established in terms of the TIA Act, 2008 (Act No. 26 of 2008), with... Read more

GreenCape develops interactive Cape Town Drought Timeline

GreenCape has collated some pertinent data points and developed a Cape Town Drought Timeline documenting the events that led up to the 2017/18 water crisis until the present day. Read more

GreenCape wins award at Stand Bank Top Women Awards

GreenCape was awarded the Top Gender Empowered Company in the Energy and Utilities sector at the prestigious Standard Bank Top Women Awards last night at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. Read more

Why making businesses water resilient makes financial sense

Businesses are investing in water efficiency solutions and alternative water sources due to the drought. However, there are solutions that will make financial sense even when the drought is over... Read more

Request for Western Cape Business Input: Apprenticeship Employer Survey

The Western Cape Government would like to find out more about your business to establish where they can refine Government interventions to assist your business to grow while reducing youth... Read more

GreenCape hosts event on a Groundwater Implementation Plan for the City of Cape Town

On Thursday 28 June 2018, GreenCape hosted an event on the findings of a study commissioned by the The Danish Environmental Protection Agency. The project titled, "Augmenting bulk water supply with... Read more

GreenCape to host Drought Support Workshops in Montague Gardens and Stikland Industria and Surrounds

GreenCape will be hosting two Drought Support Workshop events for industrial companies located in Montague Gardens and Stikland Industria and Surrounds.  Read more

First solar powered desalination plant launched in South Africa

The first highly cost-effective solar powered desalination plant in South Africa will be commissioned by the end of October 2018 at Witsand, Hessequa Municipality, Western Cape. Read more


GreenCape & WWF-SA host Water Information Workshop for the Epping Business Neighbourhood

On the 3rd of May 2018, WWF South Africa and GreenCape hosted a workshop on the current water situation and what it means for businesses in the Epping Industria area. The workshop aimed to... Read more

Request for Business Input towards Western Cape Drought Economic Impact Survey

The Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) have commissioned an Economic Impact Survey in response to the ongoing drought. Read more

Wesgro and GreenCape host Dialogue on the Strengthening of the Cape Water Sector

On 26 March 2018, Wesgro and GreenCape hosted a dialogue engagement to discuss how best to turn the water crisis into an opportunity for economic growth and job creation in... Read more

City of Cape Town hosts drought crisis meeting for facilities managers

On the 20th of March, the City of Cape Town and SA Facilities Management Association (SAFMA) with support from Old Mutual, GreenCape and Western Cape Government hosted an interactive drought... Read more

City of Cape Town hosts alternative water workshop for plumbers

On the 20th of March the City of Cape Town with support from Old Mutual, GreenCape and Western Cape Government hosted an alternative water workshop for plumbers. Read more

GreenCape hosts Sustainable Water Use Workshop for the Food and Beverage Industry

On Friday, 23 March 2018, GreenCape hosted a Sustainable Water Use Workshop for SMME’s in the Food and Beverage Industry. Read more

GBCSA 11th Green Building Convention, October 2018: Call for Water-efficiency Project Submissions

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) will be hosting the 11th Green Building Convention at the Century City Convention Centre, Cape Town, from 3 – 5 October 2018. Read more

UPCOMING EVENT: Wesgro GreenCape Water Sector Dialogue, 26 March 2018

Wesgro and GreenCape cordially invite you to participate in a dialogue on the approach to strengthening the water sector in the Western Cape. The engagement will be addressed by the Minister... Read more

UPCOMING EVENT: Sustainable Water Use Workshop, Food and Beverage Industry, 23 March 2018

GreenCape and Food SA is set to host a Sustainable Water Use Workshop for the Food and Beverage Industry on Friday, 23 March 2018 from 10h00 - 13h00. Read more

GreenCape hosts Water Security in the Construction Industry Event

On 28 February 2018, GreenCape hosted an event on ‘Water Security in the Construction Industry’. The event was held in collaboration with the Western Cape Government Department of Economic Development... Read more

GreenCape and Cape Clothing and Textile Cluster host Industry Support Roundtable for Clothing and Textiles Sector

On the 21 February 2018, GreenCape together with Cape Clothing and Textile Cluster hosted an Industry Support Roundtable to assist businesses in the Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather industry in... Read more

GreenCape hosts successful Basement Water Reuse Workshop Event

On 14 February 2018, GreenCape hosted a Basement Water Reuse Workshop Event. The event was aimed at commercial, industrial, property, city and business representatives interested in the reuse of basement... Read more

Water Hackathon Event, Cape Town: Call for Participation, 24 & 25 Feb 2018

Sarebi, together with Stop Reset Go, the Cape Town Science Centre, concerned organisations, business leaders, and design shapers, have organised a citizen based event to develop innovative design solutions for the water... Read more

City of Cape Town releases revised Water Outlook 2018 Summary

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department has released the revised Water Outlook 2018 Report. Read more

GreenCape hosts event: Opportunities for groundwater use in the Western Cape

On the 6th of December, the Western Cape government and the City of Cape Town hosted a groundwater information event.  Topics of discussion included an overview of groundwater resources in... Read more

City of Cape Town hosts drought crisis plumber's forum

On the 29th of November, the City of Cape Town hosted a drought crisis meeting and exhibition event. The event was an opportunity for plumbers, as well as those involved with... Read more

Sarebi launches Water Enterprise Development Programme

Sarebi is looking for entrepreneurs working in water for their Water Enterprise Development Programme. This is applicable to entrepreneurs who are looking for: Read more

Information session: opportunities for groundwater use

GreenCape and the Western Cape Government are hosting an information session entitled: Opportunities for groundwater use in the Western Cape. Read more

Workshop on amendments of environmental law

Cullinan & Associates are running a workshop on environmental/green business hot topics - specifically those areas with recent legal amendments and important implications for businesses.They are going to cover: impact... Read more

City hosts Energy, Water and Waste Forum

On the 19th of October 2017 the City of Cape Town (CoCT) hosted an energy, water and waste forum. Read more

GreenCape is recruiting a Water Sector Desk

GreenCape is recruiting a Water Sector Desk. Read more

Water resilience and expo for Cape Town business - 19 October 2017

The City of Cape Town and partners at the ‘Energy, Water and Waste Forum’ (previously the Energy Efficiency Forum) are hosting a Forum meeting and exhibition focussed on the water crisis. Read more

Last chance to enter the Premiers Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards

The Western Cape government have issued a final call for applicants for the Premier's Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA). Read more

GreenCape wins three Ecologic Awards for its work in growing the green economy

GreenCape won three Ecologic Awards at the annual Ecologic Awards ceremony held at the CSIR International Conference Centre in Pretoria last night. Read more

GreenCape is recruiting a Communications Officer

Are you a self-motivated, creative and organised bright spark who writes well, learns quickly and is happy to have multiple projects on the go? If so, then this role may... Read more

Wesgro Press Release

Wesgro notes US President Donald Trump’s intended withdrawal from the Paris Agreement with regret. Read more

GreenCape Launches Annual Report and MIRs

On May 30th GreenCape launched it's Annual Report for the 2016/17 financial year - the first of it's kind for the organisation. Read more

GreenCape hosts City of Cape Town’s Water Business Briefing session

On 9 May 2017, GreenCape hosted a special water briefing session arranged by the City of Cape Town (CoCT) for industrial and commercial water users in the City. Read more

GreenCape is recruiting a Water Sector Desk Analyst

The Western Cape is a water scarce region, and there is a growing need for technologies and solutions that improve the efficiency of water use and management of water quality. Read more

GreenCape is recruiting a GIS Analyst (initial 5-month contract)

GreenCape is currently running a 3-year project titled: “Towards Sustainable Economic Development in Water Constrained Catchments: Tools to Empower Decision Making”. Read more

Associate Applications are now open for the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars

The Barclays Accelerator is hiring 9 very talented entrepreneurs, designers & developers to join the Associate program for the upcoming program based in Cape Town (May – August 2017). Read more

Call for applications: 2017 GCIP-SA business business accelerator

Applications for the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme of SA (GCIP-SA) are now open and the closing date is 26th April 2017. Read more

Call for applications: 2017 SAB Foundation Thoalana Enterprise Programme

Applications are now open for the Thoalana Enterprise Programme. Applications can be submitted online through the SAB website. Read more

GreenCape Water MIR released

GreenCape has released its market intelligence report for businesses and investors in the water sector, highlighting water saving opportunities for homes and industry. Read more

GreenCape publishes 2017 market intelligence reports

We are proud to announce the publication of GreenCape’s 2017 market intelligence reports, covering key green economy sectors: Read more


Premier highlights green economy successes

During Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s State of the Province address on 17 February 2017, she highlighted numerous green economy successes.  Some of these have been extracted below and will... Read more

Improve your international trade management knowledge

The official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for the Western Cape, Wesgro, are inviting stakeholders to participate in its Export Advancement Programme. Read more

Library


Policy Brief: Water resource and development planning in the Berg Water Management Area

GreenCape has published a policy brief titled; A case for integration: Water resource and development planning in the Berg Water Management Area. Read more

GreenCape develops interactive Cape Town Drought Timeline

GreenCape has collated some pertinent data points and developed a Cape Town Drought Timeline documenting the events that led up to the 2017/18 water crisis until the present day. Read more

Why making businesses water resilient makes financial sense

Businesses are investing in water efficiency solutions and alternative water sources due to the drought. However, there are solutions that will make financial sense even when the drought is over... Read more

GreenCape hosts event: Opportunities for groundwater use in the Western Cape

On the 6th of December, the Western Cape government and the City of Cape Town hosted a groundwater information event.  Topics of discussion included an overview of groundwater resources in... Read more

City of Cape Town hosts drought crisis plumber's forum

On the 29th of November, the City of Cape Town hosted a drought crisis meeting and exhibition event. The event was an opportunity for plumbers, as well as those involved with... Read more

City hosts Energy, Water and Waste Forum

On the 19th of October 2017 the City of Cape Town (CoCT) hosted an energy, water and waste forum. Read more

Opportunity scan and SWOT for value addition to organics

Building on the momentum gained from recent workshops to consider value addition from organic residues in fruit & vegetable value chains and livestock value-chains, GreenCape has developed three reports highlighting... Read more

GreenCape wins three Ecologic Awards for its work in growing the green economy

GreenCape won three Ecologic Awards at the annual Ecologic Awards ceremony held at the CSIR International Conference Centre in Pretoria last night. Read more

GreenCape Launches Annual Report and MIRs

On May 30th GreenCape launched it's Annual Report for the 2016/17 financial year - the first of it's kind for the organisation. Read more

GreenCape hosts City of Cape Town’s Water Business Briefing session

On 9 May 2017, GreenCape hosted a special water briefing session arranged by the City of Cape Town (CoCT) for industrial and commercial water users in the City. Read more

SA Business Funding Directory

This directory (link on the left) provides South African businesses and entrepreneurs with information on available business funding particularly for small and medium sized businesses. Read more

Useful links on the Western Cape's green economy

Useful links below on the Western Cape's green economy. Read more

Water sector: further reading

This page contains important additional resources on water-related matters. It focuses on business risk and stewardship, climate change, green infrastructure, groundwater, innovation, policies and regulation and small waste water treatment,... Read more

GreenCape publishes 2015 Market Intelligence Reports

GreenCape's 2015 Market Intelligence Reports for investors and businesses in the green economy are now available.

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