Water wise gardens win praise for Sun City

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From left: Deighton Clegg (Life Landscapes – Director); Colin Jonker ( Sun International Group Retail Manger); Oscar Lockwood (Life Landscapes – Director); Ida-Marie Strydom (Life Landscapes – Director) and Jonty Kirkby (Real Green – Managing Director)
From left: Deighton Clegg (Life Landscapes – Director); Colin Jonker ( Sun International Group Retail Manger); Oscar Lockwood (Life Landscapes – Director); Ida-Marie Strydom (Life Landscapes – Director) and Jonty Kirkby (Real Green – Managing Director)

The lush gardens at Sun International’s Sun City, South Africa have been acknowledged as the most water wise in the country by the South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) in its annual awards programme. The resort’s outsourced landscaping and garden maintenance services provider, Life Landscapes, scooped the Rand Water Trophy for the Best Water Wise Project this year for its joint projects with RealGreen.

The trophy, the highest accolade in the water wise category, was presented at The SALI Awards of Excellence which took place during the South African Green Industries Council’s (SAGIC) convention in Johannesburg recently.

“With South Africa being a semi-arid country, water is a precious resource that must be protected. The North West, like many areas of the country faces water shortages and we are committed to water wise practices at every level of our operation, including the gardens.

“We are thrilled that our team and garden services provider’s efforts to save water have been recognised with this award. It just goes to show that it is possible to have lush and beautiful gardens while saving water,” says Danie Boshoff, environmental manager at Sun City Resort.

Sun City has a comprehensive water management programme in place to conserve water. The resort was also the first private institution in the tourism and hospitality sector in South Africa to be awarded Green Drop Status by the Department of Water Affairs. The Green Drop award certifies that the resort has been evaluated on its compliance with waste water legislation and management, and meets the highest performance standards for Wastewater Quality Management.