Tag: V&A Waterfront

  • Solar makes cents, and Boschendal becomes a significant producer

    About two years ago, the V&A Waterfront commissioned 4,207 solar panels (7,000m²) installed on the roofs of the main Waterfront buildings, with a total electrical output of 1,093.8 kWp at a cost of R20 million.  It conserves about 1,721,956 kWh annually, significantly reducing the Waterfront’s environmental footprint.  At the same time, Boschendal commissioned its first, small […]

  • When last did you feel really proud about something?

    Feeling inordinately proud about something isn’t an everyday occurrence.  And when it does happen, it is cause for reflection.  For me, that happened last Thursday when I went into the V&A Waterfront company’s offices to meet CEO David Green.  It was my first visit into the offices in 15 years although I had popped into…

  • Tourism will never be Helen Zille’s game-changer until there are lots of changes

    It’s been an interesting first few days of travels, and one realises how much observations and thoughts are always formed by the experiences that went before. What I observed in Montagu, my first stop, raised a red flag that was re-inforced throughout the Robertson Wine Valley.  The urgent imperative in SA today is to create…

  • The best ‘good news’ story from the Winelands?

    The two best ‘good news’ stories from the Western Cape are probably the V&A Waterfront and Boschendal Wine Estate.  Both were sold about a decade back — the Waterfront to foreign owners who expatriated the profits but stopped all new development and Boschendal to a local BEE consortium who made their money from property development…