Site Visits

All site visits leave from and return to the CTICC. Delegates must arrive at least 20 minutes before departure time to register. Registration takes place at the main entrance at CTICC.

Please visit the site visit registration desk before 17:00 on Thursday 17 May to confirm your attendance and collect your delegate pack.

Depart: 08:30 | Return: 16:00

Our first stop will be to Hotel Verde, which is the only hotel in the world to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental) Platinum certified for their design and construction, as well as their operation. A grey water recycling system saves an average of 6000l a day, making sure drinking water is never flushed and rain water is collected in a 40 000l stainless steel tank in the basement, which feeds their drip irrigation system.

The hotel also has 220 Photovoltaic panels, three wind turbines (vertical axis), regenerative drive elevators, energy generating gym equipment and an energy-saving heating and cooling system coupled to ground source heat pumps. They have a 6 star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa

The Water Hub, Franschhoek: first of its kind to demonstrate state-of-the-art techniques and technologies suitable for the African context, will explore new options for the treatment of contaminated water, including the use of natural systems and bioprocesses

We will end off the day with lunch and wine tasting in Franschhoek.

Depart: 08:30 | Return: 16:00

Please note that this site visit is set to start with a visit up Table Mountain, however, this is all weather dependent.

Delegates will visit the historic Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, which is also home to one of the pioneers in solar PV solutions, Sustainable Power Solutions (SPS). SPS has their Head Office and Solar PV Product Testing Facility, as well an Off-grid Tesla Battery Storage Test facility nestled away in this beautiful farm.
Lourensford was one of the first commercial farms in South Africa to invest in renewable energy, making it an iconic site for leading sustainable agricultural operations. The initial project saw SPS  install a 500 kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of the winery which generates an average of 2000 kWh daily. The initial power plant was followed with two additional projects for the farm including; the PakStoor consisting of 186 kWp and the CWP Building project which consists of 90 kWp power plant, combined all the solar power plants supply enough energy to run the winery and feed surplus electricity to the rest of the estate. In addition to helping the estate manage future energy costs, the PV plants reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 750 tonnes per year.
Following the success of the initial project for the wine estate, SPS in collaboration with Mettle Solar Investments has installed Product Testing Facilities which includes a 50 kWp ground mounted solar power plant and a 100 kWh commercial Tesla Powerpack battery backup system with an off-grid configuration. The Tesla Powerpack battery backup system is used to store excess energy produced by the rooftop PV plant, allowing the office to run almost entirely on renewable energy. The Tesla system forms an integral part of SPS’s microgrid and off-grid test facility, which is used to pre-configure micro-grids and off-grid systems before being implemented at remote locations.”

We will end off the day with lunch and wine tasting in beautiful Lourensford.

Depart: 08:00 | Return: 16:00

Since July 2017, Robben Island adopted a renewable energy system which is assisting the island in migrating from its reliance on fossil-fuelled diesel generators. The system, incorporating a solar PV array and lithium-ion battery storage facility, forms a pure microgrid and thereby ensures reliable, clean power to the remote island. In addition tour delegates will get to visit all the historical sites around the Island culminating in a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s prison cell.

Delegates will also visit the new Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital building which incorporates sophisticated green principles and technology to ensure on-going sustainability and also learn more about the how the hospital is powered by the Xiria E Medium Voltage Switchgear by Eaton Electric.

The tour will conclude with lunch at The V&A Waterfront.


Depart: 08:30 | Return: 16:00

Quality Beverages bottles Cape Town’s favourite brands of cool-drink, Jive, Pepsi and ZIP cola.  As a user of up to 50 000 litres per hour of water, and situated in Cape Town, it was essential to play our part in water saving.

Delegates will see the bottling plant and the water saving projects that were implemented that helped us reduce our waste water by over 60%, saving over 50 million litres of municipal water since January 2017. They will also see our alternative water supply project that we have initiated to reduce our dependence on the municipal water supply by installing our own boreholes and reverse osmosis plant.

The second leg of the site visit is a 1.5 hour tour of Newlands Brewery includes some history of the area and its Spring Water, followed by a walk through the plant which has capacity to produce 4.35 million hectolitres annually.

The walk-through covers the Brewhouse, Cellars, Packaging and Warehouse as well as a look at the processes involved and the Utilities required to keep the operation running smoothly.

You will be guided by Robert Obree, who is experienced in the field of Engineering and Utilities and is currently the Maintenance Manager for site overseeing all maintenance operations and Capital Projects at Newlands Brewery.

*There is an optional beer tasting available in the bar after.

Guests who choose to do this site visit, please note the following, as you will be entering a working brewery:

  • Guests need to arrive 15 minutes early in order to sign in
  • Closed, flat and non-slip shoes such as takkies must be worn for health and safety reasons
  • No alcohol is to be consumed prior to the tour
  • No under 18’s
  • Unfortunately we cannot permit wheelchairs or any persons requiring walking aids (crutches, walking sticks etc.)

The Group will be treated to a sumptuous  lunch in the Constantia Nek area, and thereafter take the scenic route via Suikerbossie back to the CTICC.