A Stellenbosch based company, Maskam Water, is using American technology to create a first of its kind self-contained sanitation unit; and using it to expand its business across southern Africa.
U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town, Teddy Taylor, and Executive Mayor Conrad Sidego of Stellenbosch attended the launch of the new Advanced Absolute Ablutions Container Unit in Jamestown, Stellenbosch on 18 February 2015. Key business leaders from Zoeller, Absolute Ablutions and Maskam Water were also present.
The partnership between the Western Cape company and Kentucky-based business, Zoeller, is just one of many examples of how South African and U.S. companies are working together to innovate and grow their business. There are about 600 U.S. companies operating in South Africa and using it as base to invest in the region.
Since Zoeller and Maskam partnered in 2010, the two businesses have sold and installed approximately R10 million of water treatment plants and pumps in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya and Nigeria.
It is another success story of the U.S government’s Doing Business in Africa (DBIA) campaign.
President Barack Obama announced last year $7 billion in new financing was available to support American exports and investment in Africa.
Left – Right: Teddy Taylor (U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town), Conrad Sidego (Stellenbosch Executive Mayor)
“This win-win partnership is creating jobs in South Africa and the U.S. Equally important this business is having a meaningful impact on communities improving critical infrastructure here and elsewhere in Africa,” said Consul General Taylor.
“This is an US-South African partnership with a Stellenbosch company working on this innovation with international companies – another proof that we are truly the Innovation Capital of South Africa,” said Mr Sidego.
Main Photo: Left – Right: Wes Combs & Billy Walker (Zoeller), Teddy Taylor (U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town), Conrad Sidego (Stellenbosch Executive Mayor), Hanno Calitz (Absolute Ablutions), and Gerhard Cronje (Maskam Water)