Shoprite (II) Measuring success
Look, we like to report the good news every now and then, those small acts of kindness the PR people like to pop in your inbox in the hopes that it will be splashed all over the front page of next week’s Tatler. But our retailers are a busy bunch on the CSI front, and we can’t always. This week’s different though: Shoprite’s water meter challenge is not just noteworthy but topical. One hundred and ten schools have signed up, and collectively they’ve saved 21million litres of water worth around R1.1m since November. The initiative, you will recall, involves the installation of smart water meters that measure and report on water use by the minute. It also includes plumbing maintenance and interventions to affect behavioural change among learners and their teachers. Shoprite committed themselves to the first hundred meters then threw down the gauntlet to the corporate world; 82 other businesses promised that they’d install a further 260 metres.
Comment: Those are some big numbers, do the math. Oh, alright, let’s see – carry the ten, round it off, that’s about 70million litres, worth R3.7m give or take. Excellent work, Shoprite and friends.