Kievits Kroon a finalist in Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards

Kievits Kroon Country Estate just outside Pretoria was one of six finalists nationally in last month’s Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards in the category: Best single resource management programme – water management. The others were Beacon Island Resort, the Drakensberg Sun Resort, Garden Court Hatfield, Garden Court Sandton and Riverside Sun Resort which was also the winner in this category and the overall winner of the awards.

“This is the first time we have entered the awards and we are delighted that we made it this far,” says Kievits Kroon Managing Director Alan O’Leary. “It reaffirms that we are doing something worthwhile and that we are on the right track to managing our water in the most eco-friendly and efficient way possible.”

O’Leary said that a hotel with 142 rooms uses vast quantities of water in the rooms, the kitchens, the laundry and the gardens.

“Kievits Kroon’s water management programme aims to ensure that we reduce the amount of water bought from the local municipality. We do this by making and using our own compost to reduce the water needed to maintain the gardens of our 16 ha estate; recycling effluent and sewage waste water; and educating our guests to use water sparingly.”

All fresh fruit and vegetable cuttings from the hotel’s kitchens and all garden waste are collected and used to make compost.

Effluent and sewage waste water is recycled and used to irrigate the gardens and lawns of the estate using the Biobox System. This sewage treatment plant treats the effluent on-site and produces clear, odourless and environmentally safe water for irrigation.

Says O’Leary: “The hotel does whatever it can to save water and we recently made a decision to ask our guests to assist us to cut down on laundry, in order to save both water and electricity. Now, instead of automatically changing linen and towels in the rooms daily, we ask guests to let us know when they want these to be changed.

“We are committed to responsible tourism and doing everything possible to preserve our natural resources. Our water management programme is part of a general environmental awareness programme which includes electricity and waste management.”

O’Leary says that at Kievits Kroon the responsibility is on each and every employee to do his or her bit to contribute to the resource management programme. The programme is led by Stephane Bodenstein, a landscaper with a passion for the environment who was employed to look after the gardens, and implement and run Kievits Kroon’s resource management programmes.

Stephane Bodenstein and her water management team

Bodenstein believes that Kievitis Kroon has made huge strides this year.

“There is no doubt that we have saved huge amounts of Municipal water by reusing our own water,” she says.

The Imvelo Awards aim to create awareness of environmental management issues in the hospitality industry. They recognise tourism and hospitality businesses that make “a real, measurable and sustained contribution to Responsible Tourism”.

The awards are in line with the National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism, the Responsible Tourism guidelines for the South African hospitality industry and the UN World Tourism Organisation’s code of ethics. Imvelo is supported by the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme.

The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) is the custodian of Imvelo Awards.

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    Kievits Kroon (Pty) Ltd
    Plot 41, Reier Road
    Kameeldrift-East, Pretoria
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