Water


GreenCape's work in the water sector

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. For more information, visit our relevant webpages (links on left hand side).

For more water related resources please visit our library.

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News and events


CALL FOR ENTRIES: The FNF GreenPitch Challenge 2019

GreenCape and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), in partnership with Invest Cape Town, an initiative of the City of Cape Town, invite innovators and entrepreneurs with economically viable... Read more

GreenCape November Diary of Events Highlights

Here are a few highlights of what our teams will be attending and presenting in November. Read more

Insights from the 2019 C40 World Mayors Summit on #thefuturewewant

The 7th C40 World Mayors Summit took place from 9 - 12 October 2019 in Copenhagen, a city recognised as a pioneer for its transformation to an innovative green city. Read more

Meet the team: Ashton Mpofu

INTRODUCING: ASHTON Mpofu (Water Sector Desk Analyst) by Sinenhlanhla Ngubane (Green Economy Intern)   WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT GREENCAPE SO FAR? There are two main things, first it’s the family spirit... Read more

Global Award Nominations for GreenCape’s Energy and Water Teams

Both GreenCape’s Energy and Water teams have recently been nominated for global awards that celebrate the international significance of the impact of the work done with our funders and partners. Read more

Groundwater Application Process

During 2018 and the first half of 2019 GreenCape undertook to map the groundwater application process. Read more

Coming up at GreenCape - October highlights

Here are a few highlights of what the GreenCape team will be up to in October. Read more

GreenCape to host "Green future landscape of the Western Cape” Exhibition at Premier Alan Winde’s First Thursdays on 3 October

GreenCape, in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the Western Cape Government, is hosting a "Green future landscape of the Western Cape" exhibition during Premier Winde's First Thursdays event... Read more

Alternative Water Installation Training

Cape Town has experienced a multi-year drought, and many residents and businesses have started using alternative water sources and will continue to do so. Read more

Alternative water Installation training for qualified plumbers in Cape Town

Cape Town has experienced a multi-year drought, and many residents and businesses have started using alternative water sources. Read more

City of Cape Town releases draft Resilience Strategy for public comment

The City of Cape Town has released a draft Resilience Strategy which is now available for public comment. Read more

Resilience Case Study: Supporting industry through severe droughts

GreenCape, in conjunction with the City of Cape Town and 100 Resilient Cities, have published a series of case studies showcasing practical examples of resilience in action in Cape Town. Read more

Resilience Case Study: Building economic resilience to water scarcity

GreenCape, in conjunction with the City of Cape Town and 100 Resilient Cities, have published a series of case studies showcasing practical examples of resilience in action in Cape Town. Read more

Industry brief: Using groundwater: Options for managing brine.

Due to the recent drought in the Western Cape, many companies in Cape Town have turned to groundwater exploration to ensure security of water supply. Read more

Case Study: Reducing water use in health and fitness clubs

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

GreenCape is recruiting a water sector analyst

Employment opportunityThe 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

City of Cape Town release updated Water Outlook Report

The Department of Water and Sanitation at the City of Cape Town has released the latest Water Outlook Report detailing the latest information and update on the status of the... Read more

Call for Expressions of Interest: WADER Water Accelerator Programme 2019

The Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (WADER) invites innovative water and sanitation technology developers and vendors to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to participate in the WADER Water Accelerator. Read more

TOR: Alternative Water Installation Training: Request for Service Provider

NOTE: Proposal deadline extended until 18 January 2018 Cape Town has experienced a multi-year drought, and many residents and businesses have started using alternative water sources and will continue to do so.... Read more

Case Study: Old Mutual reduce water use by over 35% through process & behaviour changes

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: PPC Cement reduces water use in cement production by 50%

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: Quality Beverages reduce water use by 27% through water awareness and reuse

GreenCape have been working with companies to showcase example of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: Transpaco Flexibles reduce water use by 85% through tech interventions and reuse of process water

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: Bayside Mall reduce water use by 93% through rainwater harvesting

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: JG Afrika reduce office water consumption by 67%

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: Vineyard Hotel reduces monthly water consumption by 30%

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: ACA Threads reduce water consumption by 70% over five years

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: City Sightseeing go water independent

GreenCape have been working with companies to showcase example of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

GreenCape & Friedrich Naumann Foundation host Innovations for Water Resilience Competition

On the 10th October 2018, The GreenCape Sector Development Agency and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) hosted the Innovations for Water Resilience Competition in Cape Town. Read more

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. 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. 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. 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

GIBS Business Boost Programme - Call for Applications

Business Boost Programme  The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) invites you to participate in the Business Boost Programme; an 8 month long programme that will enhance the competitiveness of your business... 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. 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

Opportunity in the time of crisis: A dialogue on strengthening the water sector in the Western Cape Wesgro and GreenCape cordially invite you to participate in a dialogue on the approach... 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’. 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. 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. 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. Read more

Sarebi launches Water Enterprise Development Programme

Sarebi is looking for entrepreneurs working in water for their Water Enterprise Development Programme. 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. 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... 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: Utility-scale renewable energy Energy services Agriculture Waste Water Who are they for?Our reports are for investors and businesses... Read more

First Thursdays water exhibition at the Ministry of Economic Opportunities in collaboration with GreenCape

The art of saving water Cape Town is experiencing one of its worst droughts ever, and everyone is doing their bit to conserve water. 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. 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


Groundwater Application Process

During 2018 and the first half of 2019 GreenCape undertook to map the groundwater application process. Read more

Resilience Case Study: Supporting industry through severe droughts

GreenCape, in conjunction with the City of Cape Town and 100 Resilient Cities, have published a series of case studies showcasing practical examples of resilience in action in Cape Town. Read more

Resilience Case Study: Building economic resilience to water scarcity

GreenCape, in conjunction with the City of Cape Town and 100 Resilient Cities, have published a series of case studies showcasing practical examples of resilience in action in Cape Town. Read more

Industry brief: Using groundwater: Options for managing brine.

Due to the recent drought in the Western Cape, many companies in Cape Town have turned to groundwater exploration to ensure security of water supply. Read more

Case Study: Reducing water use in health and fitness clubs

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: Old Mutual reduce water use by over 35% through process & behaviour changes

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: PPC Cement reduces water use in cement production by 50%

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: Quality Beverages reduce water use by 27% through water awareness and reuse

GreenCape have been working with companies to showcase example of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: Transpaco Flexibles reduce water use by 85% through tech interventions and reuse of process water

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: Bayside Mall reduce water use by 93% through rainwater harvesting

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: JG Afrika reduce office water consumption by 67%

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: Vineyard Hotel reduces monthly water consumption by 30%

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

Case Study: ACA Threads reduce water consumption by 70% over five years

GreenCape has been working with companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors. Read more

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. 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. 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. 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. 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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