Majestic Five Hotel General Manager Wentzel Holtzhausen has revealed that the hotel has plans to build more rooms, recycle their water and grow their own vegetables.
Speaking to Voice Money after the launch of the Be Mobile Ke Ya Rona Festival 2013, Holtzhausen said the need for more rooms, playing their part in conserving water and the difficulty in getting a regular supply of fresh vegetables has forced his company to take action.
“There is a shortfall of hotel rooms in the Palapye area and this had influenced our decision to expand by building more rooms.
This need for rooms has forced us to consider expanding our operation by adding more rooms to the 168 we currently have”, Holtzhausen said.
Commenting on the decision to recycle used water from the hotel the Majestic Five chief said it was part of their effort in playing a role in the go green campaign that encourages companies and individuals to reuse natural resources.
“We are going green. We will use the water for irrigation to grow our own vegetables and herbs.
This way we will have our own reliable supply of fresh vegetables and herbs” said
Holtzhausen who went on to say that having their own garden will also create jobs for locals at the hotel which already employs a considerable number of Palapye residents.
“As we expand we will also build our own dam which means we will employ more people because our vegetable and herb production operation will get bigger” he told Voice Money.
Quizzed on the quality of the water from the proposed recycling project Holtzhausen responded: “It will be pure enough to drink if the need arises.
I must say we will however not give it to our customers.
We will continue to use Water Utilities waters for our customers”.
On another note Holtzhausen intimated to Voice Money that the method they intend using to recycle water is filtration based and has been tried and tested in the US where it is used in hospitals, army bases and other operations that use plenty of water.
For his part Majestic Five chef George Hossack expressed delight at the prospect of having a vegetable and herb farm on site.
“Getting vegetables especially herbs is a challenge and having our own garden will help a lot.
We will also be able to get some fresh herbs, which at the moment we can only get dried.
Using fresh herbs makes cooking better”, the man in charge of the pots at the Majestic Five said.
Meanwhile GM Holtzhausen called on the corporate world to emulate Be Mobile and support local art and cultural activities.
“It is important for all to get involved because art and music are important to every country’s economic and social development” he said.