Technical Tours

Please note; if a Technical Tour is fully booked, please email to be placed on a waiting list.


Faure WWW

The Faure Water treatment Works is the largest and most modern water treatment plant of the City of Cape Town at a capacity of 500Ml/day. The plant was constructed in 1994 and draws water from the Theewaterskloof and Steenbras dams. A state-of-the-art operation where coagulation, pH level adjustment, odour control, flocculation settlement, filtration, stabilisation, chlorine disinfection and sludge dewatering occurs.

Preekstoel WTW

In addressing water shortages, Overstrand Municipality has developed groundwater well fields to supplement the surface water. However, the groundwater is rich in iron and manganese. A biological plant was constructed at the Preekstoel WTW for treating a maximum of 10Ml/day to remove iron and manganese. The project has provided cost effective and innovative means of securing the Greater Hermanus water supply requirements, as well as protecting the area against future droughts.

Bridging the Gap: Sustainable Finance for Improved Delivery
Faure Water Treatment Plant and Preekstoel with lunch at Lemon Butta
Maximum 50 pax

PRICE: R995 per person (minimum of 10 pax)

08:00 Depart CTICC
08:00 – 09:00 Drive through to Faure to visit Faure WWW
09:00 – 10:00 Site visit at Faure WWW
10:00 – 11:30 From there, scenic drive through to Hermanus
11:30 – 12:30 visit Preekstoel WTW
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch at Lemon Butta
Return to CTICC between 16:30 and 17:00

PPE Requirements: Closed flat shoes. No soft shoes. Signed indemnity. Rain coat.


The Langrug Informal Settlement Project is a collaboration between the Western Cape Government, Stellenbosch Municipality and the Langrug Community . The project looks at how development of green infrastructure solutions can inspire the management of solid waste and greywater challenges in the Langrug informal settlement. The project is the first of its kind, applying biomimicry thinking and methodology (nature as inspiration for solutions) to the development of infrastructure that is alive and operational in this informal settlement. A significant aspect of the project has been the process of design and participation by the community itself, with the objective of community-owned infrastructure enabling sustainability of interventions implemented.

The Franschhoek Water Hub connects the multiple elements of the urban and regional water cycle and explores new options for the treatment of contaminated water, including the use of natural systems and bioprocesses. The Water Hub aspires to become South Africa’s leading research and training centre for developing appropriate solutions to contaminated storm water and water reuse, with a major focus on developing solutions that promote more liveable and healthier environments.

Pooling Together: Enabling Participation through Good Governance
Langrug Informal Settlement and The Hub with lunch at a café in Franschhoek
Maximum 60 pax
Please note, this tour will run in 2 groups

PRICE: R1,200 per person (minimum 10 pax)

08:00 Depart CTICC
08:00 – 09:15 Drive through to Langrug Informal Settlement, Franschhoek
09:15 – 10:15 Site visit at Langrug Informal Settlement Project
10:15 – 10:45 From there, drive through to the Franschhoek Water Hub
10:45 – 11:45 visit the Franschhoek Water Hub
11:45 – 12:15 travel through to a wine estate
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch and wine tasting at a Franschhoek wine estate
Return to CTICC between 15:30 and 16:00


New Horizons Energy facility in Athlone Cape Town is the first large-scale waste-to-energy plant in Africa. The aim is to convert municipal solid waste into energy. Over 500 t/d of organic household, municipal and industrial waste is converted into various products, including organic fertiliser, liquid carbon dioxide (CO2), compressed biomethane, recyclables and refuse-derived fuel. New Horizons has set itself a goal of achieving zero waste to landfill, ensuring that all usable waste brought into the plant is developed into environmentally sensitive, high quality products.

Athlone WWW

Unchartered Waters: Developing Solutions through Science and Technology
New Horizons Energy, Athlone WWTW and Scientific Services
Maximum 40 pax

PRICE: R995 per person (minimum 10 pax)

08:00 Depart CTICC
08:00 – 08:45 Drive through to New Horizons Energy
08:45 – 09:15 Site visit at New Horizons Energy
09:15 – 09:45 From there, drive through to the Athlone WWW
09:45 – 10:45 visit the Athlone WWW
10:45 – 11:15 travel through to Scientific Services, Athlone
11:15 – 12:15 Site visit at Scientific Services, Athlone
12:15 – 13:00 Travel through to lunch venue (TBC)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Travel back to the CTICC
Return to CTICC between 14:30 and 15:00

PPE: Closed shoes. No high heels. No dresses or loose clothes. Rain coat. Signed indemnity.


The entrance to the Distell, Adam Tas Winery facility in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.

The Adam Tas Wastewater Works is an energy from effluent anaerobic Waste Water Treatment Facility. The technology is green and is a robust and proven process that treats industrial effluents with significant amounts of suspended solids. It is the anaerobic equivalent to the conventional activated sludge digestion system. Following an anaerobic suspended bacteria treatment process, the majority of the soluble and solid organic content is converted into biogas. The system can be operated as a once-through system or, alternately, biomass can be returned after a clarification stage. The key to the systems design is the manner in which the reactor vessel is mixed and the design of the degassing stage prior to clarification. The biogas is a source of renewable energy and converted into steam for the Distell site.

The Spier wastewater treatment plant recycles 100% of the winery wastewater. Combining both cleansing and ‘healing’ techniques to bring life and energy back to the water, the plant is the first of its kind in South Africa. It uses a simple disposable net mechanism for screening of inert material and an activated-sludge bioreactor for removal of dissolved organic compounds. The activated-sludge process is a biological, 100% natural, eco-friendly method of wastewater treatment. The bioreactor at Spier can process up to a quarter of a million litres of wastewater per day. The cleaned water is filtered through a reed bed which is a natural filter and cleansing process. After the reed bed, the revitalized water is fed into an ornamental pond from where it flows to an irrigation dam. Water stored in this dam is used to irrigate the garden and grounds of the winery.

Waste Not Want Not: Optimising Processes for Treatment and Reclamation
Spier with Distell Adam Tas with a tasting at either Adam Tas or Spier
Maximum 40 pax
Please note, this tour will run in 2 groups

PRICE: R1,100 per person (minimum 10 pax)

08:00 Depart CTICC
08:00 – 09:15 Drive through to Adam Tas Wastewater Works, Distell, Stellenbosch
09:15 – 10:15 Site visit at Adam Tas Wastewater Works
10:15 – 10:45 From there, drive through to Spier wine estate
10:45 – 11:45 visit the Spier Wastewater Treatment Plant
11:45 – 14:00 Wine tasting, lunch and activies at Spier wine estate
Return to CTICC between 15:00 and 15:30

PPE: Closed shoes. Rain coat. No loose clothes. Signed indemnity.


The Malmesbury WWTW is a hybrid MBR nutrient removal system that makes optimum use of the previously existing activated sludge plant. Flow is split and recycled between the old and new units to create one integrated system, in which the MBR has peak flow hydraulic capacity of 20 Ml/d. The hybrid system makes the use of MBR technology financially viable and allows the municipality to recycle almost the full daily dry weather flow. Also the decision to select MBR technology reduced the footprint of the hybrid system (as opposed to conventional activated sludge) substantially increases the ultimate treatment capacity on the site.

The Wellington WWTW is an energy from effluent anaerobic waste water treatment facility. The technology is green and based on UASB technology. Due to the fat, oils and grease in the whiskey effluent, a dedicated pre-treatment step has been implemented. The biogas generated is used in a new dedicated gas fired boiler and steam accumulator, which is used in the distillation process on the site.

Waste Not Want Not: Optimising Processes For Treatment And Reclamation And
Uncharted Waters: Developing Solutions Through Science And Technology

Swartland MBR plant and Distell Wellington with a whiskey tasting at Wellington
Maximum 40 pax
Please note, this tour will run in 2 groups

PRICE: R1,150 per person (minimum 10 pax)

08:00 Depart CTICC
08:00 – 09:30 Drive through to Malmesbury
09:30 – 10:30 Site visit at Malmesbury WWTW
10:30 – 11:30 From there, drive through to Riebeek Kasteel
11:30 – 13:00 Activities and lunch in Riebeek Kasteel
13:00 – 13:45 Travel through to Wellington
13:45 – 15:00 Site visit at Wellington WWTW (includes informal whisky tasting)
15:00 depart for CTICC
Return to CTICC between 16:00 and 16:30

PPE: Closed shoes. Rain coat. No loose clothes. Signed Indemnity.