First Group Embraces Green Vacations


‘Going Green’ is no longer just a buzz phrase and it’s only a matter of time before green practices in the hospitality industry becomes a baseline requirement. In a progressive step to acknowledge both the need to conserve natural resources as well as the social consciousness of today's travellers, First Group has shown its commitment towards creating green vacation destinations through environmentally friendly practices at its resorts.

“As the managing agent for over 60 properties, we are perfectly positioned to influence change and make a positive impact through the implementation of eco-friendly measures that reduce harmful environmental impacts and create economic benefits for our local communities,” says First Group Services and Resorts Director, Johann Jordaan.

The acclaimed Hole In The Wall resort in the Eastern Cape has invested R1 million into the installation of a Calcamite sewer water management system for irrigation purposes and a water treatment plant to purify river water for the supply of fresh drinking water to the resort. This initiative went one step further to include drinking water to the local community through an additional 5 000 litre tank.

Another notable resort that is trailblazing the way in demonstrating a high level of commitment to sustainable practice is Magalies Park in the Hartebeespoort region of Gauteng. What started out as a few conscious efforts has grown into a full-scale sustainable operational system with fascinating environmental innovations.

A worm farm flourishes on the restaurant waste and the worm “juice” is then used as organic fertilizer. The fish programme, under the supervision of a local retired professor,

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