SANCCOB Testimonial

The African Penguin:
a water-hungry species

about SANCCOB adds water usage to its list of responsibilities. SANCCOB's portfolio is to conserve seabirds but when it comes to conservation this is not where our responsibility ends.

Penguins and other seabirds are a water-hungry species and when the City of Cape Town's Water Department asked us why we use so much water we thought: Well, that's like asking the Aquarium why they use so much water... But, their question got us thinking.

Yes, the washing and rinsing of oiled penguins takes an enormous amount of water but this is just the beginning. Daily we use water to defrost frozen fish, to pressure-hose guano-riddled pens and mats, to wash towels and fill pools for daily swims. Added to this is the 2-hourly feeding of fluids to the birds, which means that water is in high demand. How could we make even more of a difference?

In our drive to address this question SANCCOB discussed sinking well-points to reduce their water usage; and this is when De Wet's Wellpoints and Boreholes made their appearance.

From the start Sam de Wet was a font of information and advice. He listened carefully to our needs for pressure, pressure, pressure; went away and came back with a working plan which we could afford. Within 2 weeks we'd squeezed ourselves onto his busy schedule and on August 24th the work began.

Two days later everything was in place: trenches dug, pipes buried, pumps installed, electrics fitted and, without even noticing the change-over, our two industrial washing machines began humming to a different tune, no longer using municipal water but rather a source that would have huge savings at the end of the day.

The following day our 7 hoses to the outside pens became operational and our demands for pressure, pressure, pressure were superbly met by the pumps. A 10,000 litre storage tank was neatly positioned with automatic valves that measure water levels and switch pumps either On or Off. For this technically-challenged person it was a dream come true.

What a good feeling it is to know that we're no longer using municipal water, to know that our monthly water bill is being reduced on a daily basis and to know that, on top of conserving endangered wildlife, we have also taken the responsible step of conserving water: a precious commodity on this beleaguered planet.

SANCCOB wishes to thank the wonderful, top-class team of De Wet's Boreholes for their vision, professional support and speed in helping us achieve our objectives, enabling us to continue offering a high standard of care to the endangered African Penguin and other seabirds, with limited cost to the planet.

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The Team

sam

Sam De Wet
Boreholes

Sam has a gifting for his work and enjoys building lasting relationships with the clients. A very high level of service, quality and integrity have been part of his business ethics throughout his career. He has taken De Wet’s to the next level by importing their own range of products.

gabby

Gabby
Financial Administration / HR

Gabby oversees the office but mainly attends to the administration of the business. Constant research and development of new improved systems and the implementation thereof are part of her responsibilities. With many years in the industry she has also gained considerable product knowledge.

Annie

Annie
PA to Gabby

With Annie’s experience, good sense of humour and refreshing attitude she has added another dimension to the office environment.

Tamzyn

Tamzyn
Customer Services Representative

Tamzyn is the bubbly and efficient Customer Services Representative taking your call ensuring your enquiry is channeled to the required department, booking installations and attending to service / repair requirements.

Jean-Pierre

Jean-Pierre
Team Leader
Senior Field Manager / Borehole Div. Team Leader

Jean-Pierre has brought his own new refreshing style, experience and diligence which has been successfully incorporated into De Wet’s.

Wiseman

Wiseman
Assistant Borehole Driller

Wiseman joined us early in 2015 after having worked in the industry for a number of years. The experience he has added to the team has been very valuable.

Mike

Mike
Borehole Div.

Always willing and so helpful makes Mike such a pleasure to work with and completes the team on the borehole division.

Osman

Osman
Borehole Div.

Osman, a man of few words who is constantly looking for his ear protection gear makes him the target of many a tease at staff meetings. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The borehole team is amazing!

Cathryne de Friedland

Cathryne de Friedland
Reception

Cathryne is filling the very important role of receptionist. A willing team player able to multi-task, Cathryne is responsible for a number of administrative duties.

Arnold

Arnold
Field

Arnold has shown immense promise and gained so much knowledge since starting at De Wet’s. He has now moved from the workshop into the field where he is providing much needed support to the existing field staff.

Brian

Brian Johnson
Stores/Workshop/Operations

Brian is adding exceptional value with his many years of experience in the stock control environment.His preparation and issuing of stock ensures the smooth execution of the daily jobs on hand. Good housekeeping of the adjacent workshop ensures Health and Safety regulations are adhered to.

Harrison

Harrison
Field

Harrison has enjoyed many hours of training in various areas of field work and has proven keen, able and well trained.

Team

Team

Our team comprising of Tamzyn, Harrison, Wiseman, Mike, Arnold, Osman, Lukas and Darrell.