Cabana Beach Resort in uMhlanga is the latest Tsogo Sun property to receive platinum Heritage status for implementing environmentally sustainable practices. Set on three acres of sub-tropical parkland sweeping down to the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, this charming Mediterranean village, with its white-washed arches and cobbled pathways is the perfect destination to enjoy family fun, lifting your spirits to ensure you feel re-energised to start another year, all whilst being environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible.
Heritage is an independent, internationally recognised environmental certification programme. Developed using seven international environmental management systems and ISO 14000, the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme is one of the top three environmental management programmes in the tourism industry worldwide. Annually Heritage audits each Tsogo Sun property to ensure compliance with environmental standards and procedures. The certification programme recognises three levels of environmental excellence, of which the Platinum classification, as received by the Cabana Beach Resort, is the premier level of recognition and is testament that the Resort has world-class standards for environmental stewardship and sustainable business practice.
This year, the Cabana Beach Resort achieved a 94% compliance rating from Heritage for their improved re-cycling efforts and focusing their guests, suppliers, tenants and operators on the benefits of being eco-friendly. Additionally the plant and machinery was upgraded to work with the maximum energy efficiency during a recent refurbishment.
“We follow a meticulous awareness and education strategy for staff and the team understands that our business activities impact on the earth, on the earth’s resources, our beautiful country and our local communities. Additionally we implement various measures to create awareness amongst our guests and partners through celebrating national environmental days such as Water Week. The truth is that every single thing we do, every day, has an impact on the planet - good or bad. We successfully combined a fun family holiday with the responsibility of protecting the environment for generations to come. Receiving a Platinum rating from the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme is truly an honour,” says Ron Klambt, General Manager of the Cabana Beach Resort.