#CapeWaterCrisis: 7 Upcoming events and their watertight strategies to avoid water wastage


Cape Town - As Day Zero drips closer and closer to its final drop, event organisers around the Cape have been working on watertight strategies to avoid water wastage at their large and smaller scale events.

Here are 6 of the most anticipated local events and their water saving plan of action (POA) that has been set out:

1. Littlegig Festival  

Or, rather, the Not So Little, Big Littlegig Festival is known for being an annual hub for creativity. It boasts a versatile showcase of musicians, DJs, designers, artists, food fundis and winemakers and reels in an audience for each.

Attendees will experience a saturated 24-hour bonanza immersed in the works of 35 musicians, 18 DJs, 17 fashion designers, 10 bars, 6 gourmet chefs, 6 stages, 5 artists, 3 winemakers and 1 concept store.

As its namesake implies, Littlegig aims to keep its experience small and intimate despite its grand and diverse repertoire that will be showcased. This is why tickets are limited and sell out almost immediately. It is the first all-inclusive creative festival in the country and by the sound, look and taste of it, hopefully won’t be the last!

When: February 17-18, the festivities kick off at 10h00 the Saturday, February 17, and come to a close the Sunday, February 18, at midday (12h00)

Where: Wiesenhof Farm in the Simonsberg Mountains in Stellenbosch

Ticket sales: Littlegig tickets underwent a three phase process on Quicket- all three phases have already sold out in anticipation for the festival. Most of the available accommodation has also sold out with a few tents left as advertised, along with the setlist and event programme, on the Littlegig site.

Water Saving POA: The organisers have made a plan regarding the water crisis and will be using the Wiesenhof dam for more than just swimming. Its water will be supplying the shower and toilets. Certified drinking water will be sourced from springs in Stellenbosch and not municipal water. The water, to reduce plastic waste, will be limited and served in compostable cornstarch cups. 

For more FAQs regarding this event, click here.

"Want to be part of a one-of-a-kind festival that is about more than just the music? The Littlegig 24-hour festival is your answer." Image of two inflated pool geese float on a scenic body of water at a Littlegig Festival event. (Image by: VISImag Facebook Page)

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2. Spiritfest

If you’re not one for booze, but would like to align your inner groove - this event is for you! As the event catchphrase, “YOGA! DANCE! MEDITATE! ELEVATE! CELEBRATE! COMMUNICATE! BE YOU!”, notes this event is all about celebrating and elevating yourself.

There is no alcohol nor drugs allowed as the organisers strive to maintain a peaceful, positive and family-friendly environment suited for the meditation and self-care programmes.

The festival has a guideline of rules which can be found here and attendees are expected to adhere to the rules listed. Other than that, you can expect an experience full of serenity, self-nourishment, beautiful views and spiritual upliftment.

As the Spiritfest site reads:  "Whether you’re a seeking to play or pray, dance or trance, be in nature or just nurture your being, you’ll soon be making SpiritFest your annual pilgrimage to South Africa". 

When: March 1-5

Where: Somerset Gift Getaway Farm (situated 230 km from Cape Town and 16 km from Swellendam)

Ticket Sales: Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.webtickets.co.za/ and underwent 3 phases:

Phase 1: R650 (early bird adult- SOLD OUT),

Phase 2: R800 (regular adult),

Phase 3: R950 (last minute regular adult/ kid/ baby).

R280 (kids 13 and under- SOLD OUT- use adult ticket for kid).

R30 (baby 0-4 years old- SOLD OUT- use adult ticket for baby).

All prices include 1 festival ticket and 1-4 nights of free camping. No refunds are available and all sales are final- buyers are allowed to transfer or resell tickets at face value if they wish.

Accommodation is sold separately and details can be found here. Attendees are also welcome to use the camping area and bring your own (BYO) tent and bedding or rent a tent.

Water Saving POA: The festival is in Swellendam, which has no water restrictions and the farm itself has overflowing waterfalls. However, the organisers aim to maintain water awareness and use the grey water system for the ablutions - the festival is about awareness throughout - from the body and mind as well as the environment. The organisers' theme is LESS IS MORE.

"Collect experiences not things ...." (Image by: Spiritfest Facebook Page)

3. Paradise Springs

If you’re in the mood for a 3-day long hotel and pool party extravaganza - this event is for you! Situated in the beautiful Montagu Springs, this event sets the scene for attendees to unwind and spend their time pool/spring/jacuzzi hopping while soaking up loads of sun. You might even get to sneak in a game or two of mini golf.

With a variety of water choices to dip your toes into, why not kick up your feet for a few days in Paradise and indulge yourself in unrestricted water activity?

When: March 2-4, the event kicks off on the Friday, March 2, at 14h00 and ends the Sunday, March 4, at 16h00.

Where: Uitvlucht Street, Montagu, Cape Town, South Africa

Ticket Sales: There is a wide range of prices depending on which package you are looking for.

Festival Tickets: R200 (early bird), R300 (normal bird) & R400 (late bird) Camping Pass: R200 (per person)

For more accommodation and price options see the Paradise Springs ticket site

Water Saving POA: The event takes place 2-and-a-half hours outside of Cape Town and the water comes from a natural hot spring under their mountain. The organisers say that they are aware that the hotel group does practice water saving methods.

For more information, check out the Paradise Springs site.

"Only 143 days until warm water pools, hot jacuzzis and hotel room festivities! There's still a few rooms left at the Avalon Hotel, Paradise Mountain & Little Sanctuary so book now for the ultimate combination of excitement and leisure." (Image by: Paradise Springs Facebook page)

CHECK OUT: #CapeWaterCrisis: What travellers need to know about visiting during the drought

4. Durbanville Plaasfees

This annual event is all about celebrating and immersing the senses in the wonders of farm life and the fruits of its labours - all in the name of wholesome homegrown fun. The festival will host a range of activities and food stalls for all who attend and promise to bring to life the nostalgia of the tranquility and simplicity of farm life. So bring along your family and enthusiasm for horsing around and having a good time.

When: March 10

Where: Diemersdal wine estate

Ticket Sales: R60 (adults) & R20 (children), tickets can be purchased via Computicket.

Water Saving POA: This festival is on a farm where no municipal water will be used. There are portable toilets available which will be pumped out after festivals at their own venue. Stall holders are advised to bring their own water – the farm does not supply water to them. No rides or fun activities involve water.

For more information, check out the Durbanville Plaasfees site.

The Durbanville Plaasfees (Image by: The Durbanville Plaasfees Facebook page)

5. The Cape Town Cycle Tour

This cycadelic annual event comprises of several cycling events to soothe even the most rattled of cycopaths during this large scale event. The Cape Town Cycle tour always promises to keep the good vibes rolling with the whirlwind energy that follows the racers and supporters along the tumultuous route.

It makes a great day to picnic along the side of the road with friends and family and lend a helping hand to anyone struggling to put the pedal to the metal. It also allows you to blast your personal playlist as entertainment so that the cyclists are not the only ones stuck on a loop.

Participants will trek their way to Cape Town for the event locally, nationally and globally - via alternative means of transport and possibly a bike.

When: MTB Challenge race: March 3, Junior Cycle Tour: March 4, event expo: March 8-10 with the most anticipated event of the week long spectacle, the namesake itself, taking place March 11.  

Where: MTB Challenge race: Cape Winelands, Junior Cycle Tour: Cape Town Stadium Precinct, event expo: Cape Town Stadium & The Cape Town Cycle Tour route starts and end in town and can be viewed here.

Ticket Sales: Entry prices vary depending on the event.

Prices for the MTB Challenge races can be viewed here,  

Prices for the Junior Cycle Tour here,

Prices for the expo can be seen here &

Entry fees for the Cape Town Cycle Tour here.

Water Saving POA: The organisers have set proposed plans in place to save around 400 000 litres of water (more on this here).

Putting the pedal to the metal (Image Supplied)

ALSO SEE: First the wind and now no water: How the Cape drought will affect the Cape Town Cycle Tour

6. Cape Town Carnival 

The Cape Town Carnival is a colourful annual event that celebrates the diversity of Cape Town and its many wonders and talents. Over 2000 Cape Town performers will be clad in show stopping costumes vibrant with colours and various acts. The Carnival will take to the Fan Walk in Green Point to share their dances and talents while parading by on decorative floats.

Cape Town is inarguably beautiful, in both its diversity & strength. Its locals are just as diverse, resourceful & resilient. It boasts a wide range of colourful cultures & traditions from around the world that have stemmed from and rooted themselves here.

It is the Mother City who holds a bond with Mother Nature in all of its splendour. Creativity is born to be shared with the world, a life-giving essence that the organisers of Cape Town Carnival consider imperative.

This notion implores attendees to embrace an outlook that is welcoming, nurturing & abundant. The festival invites you to discover what makes Cape Town’s locals unique and why it's called the Mother City.

When: March 17

Where: Green Point Fan Walk

Ticket Sales: If you don’t wish to stand on the side of the Fan Walk to witness the parade, the event offers seated and VIP tickets

Seated Tickets: R300

VIP Tickets: R1300

You are not allowed to bring your own food into these seated areas, the general seated area has food vendors nearby and the VIP seated areas are supplied with finger foods and drinks as well. Bookings can be made via Quicket and for more information on this, see the CT Carnival’s website.

Water Saving POA: Due to the prevalence and importance of Mother Nature and the Mother City, the water saving strategies drawn up for the festive and heated event include:

  • only chemical toilets will be used,
  • fresh drinking water for participants will be sourced from outside the municipal water grids,
  • the water sold by vendors will be sourced from outside the municipal water grids, no water ballasting of structures will take place - only concrete ballasts will be used,
  • spectators are encouraged to bring their own water along if they do not wish to buy bottled water,
  • there will be no taps available along the Fan Walk,
  • water will be supplied in paper cups for those who cannot afford bottled water and will be sourced from outside the municipal water grid,
  • vendors will be bring their own water for food preparation and dishes and dispose of grey water.

The Cape Town Carnival workshop in Maitland also sources their primary water from rain water tanks installed and ensure the use of only 4 litres of municipal water per person per day. For more on this, see: Cape Town Carnival 2018: More of Mother Nature 

Get your parade on! (Image Supplied)

7. Two Oceans Marathon

The Two Oceans Marathon is one of the biggest annual sporting events in the Cape. Its famous 56km Ultra Marathon race has runners’ feet itching, the world over, in anticipation to tread it. The race takes place over the Easter weekend and is sure to have the supporters going through the same blood, sweat and tears as the runners.

When: March 28-31

Event expo and registration: March 28-30,

Fun Runs,

International Friendship Run,

Trail Run: March 30 & 

Half and Ultra Marathons: March 31


Event expo and registration: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC),

Fun Runs: UCT Rugby Fields,

International Friendship Run: Green Point,

Trail Run: in the forests above UCT &

Half and Ultra Marathons start outside the Newlands SA Breweries and finish on the UCT Rugby Fields.

For more information regarding the route, start times and cut offs, see the event website: Two Oceans Marathon website

Ticket Sales: Entries for the races have already closed already. For more information, see the Two Oceans Marathon website.

Water Saving POA: The organisers have said that no municipal water will be used for any of the events. They will have no showers at the Finish. Refill stations will be available for hydration pack users – they encourage all runners participating to be as self-sufficient as possible. They will also be reducing the number of refreshment stations, while still being well within the range – more than the limit, in fact – of IAAF/ ASA water point regulations (more on this here).

Runners during the Two Oceans Marathon annual event

Despite the water crisis, these event planners are hard at work drawing up strategies to tackle these issues while still ensuring a good time for all.

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