09-03-2018

Recognising our Leader’s Admirable Response to the Water Crisis

As Cape Town faces its worst drought on record, its people have grappled with a range of powerful emotions and have adopted many moving qualities. South Africans are known for their resilience and for this reason, we choose to continue applying positivity, practising hope and celebrating those who inspire it. As the Newmark team, we wish to salute our MD and the co-owner of our five Cape Town properties, Neil Markovitz for his heartfelt actions during this time of crisis.
In recent months, Neil Markovitz, Managing Director of Newmark, has remained in touch with the city’s leaders and V&A Waterfront management. He has met with various representatives on several occasions and has received much insight on the water crisis at every possible level. Based on the full spectrum of feedback, both positive and negative, he has made an unwavering commitment: To ensure an unchanged Newmark experience for guests and the necessary support for all Newmark employees.
The following measures have been put in place for the benefit of Newmark guests, and thus the greater tourism industry in Cape Town and South Africa:

  • Ten borehole sites have been secured from which water will be sourced.
  • An agreement has been reached to purchase an additional 300 000 litres per day from two fresh water springs located in Hermanus and Franschhoek.
  • All Cape Town properties have been fully equipped with water tanks and purifications systems, which will feed water back into the hotels.
  • A water tanker truck has been purchased – this will be used day and night to ensure that all water tanks at each of the five Cape Town properties remain full.

Further to this, the below measures have been promised to Newmark’s employees and their families:

  • A water tank is being placed at each of Newmark’s Cape Town properties and at head office to ensure that staff have access to water on a daily basis.
  • With the help of Newmark’s HR department, staff members – especially those who live in underserved areas – are being given access to facilities to maintain good hygiene and health.
  • Convenient meeting points for water collection are being considered, should it prove difficult for staff to transport water home on public transport.
  • Job security is further being guaranteed – Newmark employees will not lose their employment as a result of this crisis.

The water crisis is a difficult reality to face, but these practical measures which are being put in place are bound to ease the burden. Newmark is not taking the situation lightly, in spite of the fact that Day Zero has been pushed out. The Newmark team recognises that the water crisis is a long-term reality and one that requires much focus. Neil has committed to personally handling all of the queries and comments. that reach our reservations, sales and marketing teams regarding the crisis. “I can confirm that guests will not be affected by the drought and that their stay at Newmark’s Cape Town hotels will be as special and memorable as always,” says Neil Markovitz.
In response to these measures which Neil has put in place to offer a sense of comfort and security during this challenging time, we – the Newmark team – express our thanks. Neil, we admire your sincere concern. You are a tremendous leader.

Newmark

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The collection includes a number of neighbouring properties in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, in addition to other trendy properties spread out in Cape Town. It also includes private game reserve offerings in Mpumalanga, Timbavati and Serengeti; a historic hotel in Graaff-Reinet, located in the Eastern Cape; a chic property in the bustling Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg as well as a beach-side lodge in Zanzibar. Newmark further continues to keep a look-out for new, suitable opportunities and developments.

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