SBS Tanks Helps Cape Town Desalination Plant

SBS Tanks® are delighted to announce a partnership with QFS and Osmoflo in providing quality water storage for an emergency desalination plant at the V&A Waterfront area of Cape Town. With the region in the grips of its worst drought on record, the City of Cape Town Municipality have launched a number of alternative water sources projects to mitigate the drought’s effects, with this project being one of the landmarks.

The 7 Osmoflo containers making there way from Cape Town harbour

The project is centred around a fully containerised “seawater reverse osmosis and multimedia filtration plant”. Being a 2 MLD plant (which stands for Minimum Liquid Discharge) made up of 7 containers, it will be able to deliver 2 million litres of water per day to the city’s municipal supply! These 7 containers have been rented out to QFS for a minimum period of 24 months, and were installed within a tight schedule of 8 weeks.

SBS Tanks® were the perfect option for high quality water storage, of which 3 different tanks were needed for the various stages of the reverse osmosis and filtration process. Together they provide a total of 436,000 litres of water storage.

The second container is offloaded and placed in position

Overall it’s been a prime example of swift operations, with the seven containers being shipped from origin in Dubai to Cape Town in under 30 days, and then set up at the Waterfront in under 8 weeks. The City of Cape Town’s dire need to augment water sources has been a major driving force behind the urgency of the project, and has been more than adequately met by some of the world’s best in the water industry.

SBS Tanks® Managing Director, Delayne Gray, was recently in Cape Town to inspect the progress of the installation, and was exceptionally happy with the progress of the project to date: “This is a true unifying project. Everyone has come together with the understanding that the situation in Cape Town is serious.” Gray explains, “And for us we have committed to getting these tanks up in the best possible lead time – I am very pleased with my team’s performance thus far.”

2 of the SBS Tanks® for the project in position

Collaboration is key in order for projects of this scale to be successfully rolled out, and the urgency of the situation in Cape Town shows just how much can be achieved when powerful companies pull together. Over the last 20 years, SBS Tanks® has performed thousands of tank installations around the world – and it is projects such as these, where the true need for access to water is so significantly pronounced – that are the most rewarding.




Water Storage (And Saving) is the Way Forward for the World

South Africans are thinking twice about their leaky taps, and considering water storage solutions quite carefully. Saving water must remain a priority for all of us.

Why is saving water so important in South Africa? It’s this simple: we are the 39th ‘driest’ country in the world. Let’s not forget too, that the Eastern Cape is facing a monumental water crisis – it’s not just Cape Town that’s in jeopardy – it’s the whole country.

While rainfall may fool us into a false sense of water security, our country is water-scarce. In fact, as this article from Africa Check outlines, we received less than 75% of our expected rainfall in 2015, and that put us into drought conditions. And, in light of this article’s findings, it turned even worse during 2016 and 2017.

Putting our rainfall predictions and water supply augmentation ideas aside, saving water should be an imperative for every company, community, and home, in South Africa. Of course, our school curriculum places great emphasis on the importance of saving water, and global initiatives like also try to bring home the message of water conservation, but when will enough water be saved?

The truth is: never. As the World Bank outlines:

Water is at the centre of economic and social development; it is vital to maintain health, grow food, manage the environment, and create jobs. Despite water’s importance, over 663 million people in the world still lack access to improved drinking water sources.

And that’s why initiatives like World Water Day remain important, because saving water is just the start. Securing the water supply for every citizen is vital for survival and economic growth and creating effective water store solutions is important. Globally, water scarcity has become an even bigger concern, as more and more cities, including London, are predicted to run out of water within the next few decades.

Securing a clean supply of water and creating effective water storage solutions must remain a priority for every country, community, and individual. Check out these ways you can save water at home, use less water when you’re at work, or harvest rainwater at your office. Let us know how you save water, and if we can help you create a water storage solution that works for your needs.

Water Storage Solutions for the Future

The Cape Town water crisis has turned many a dinnertime conversation towards finding ways to produce, conserve, and store, water. But, what solutions would be most effective for our beautiful country, and what water storage solutions work best? Let’s consider the process of desalination.

What is desalination?
Seawater desalination is a process whereby salts and minerals are removed from seawater, to create water that’s suitable for human consumption.

Lessons from Abroad
Desalination, however, isn’t the easiest solution to implement. The costs attached to setting up desalination plants can be terrifying, and there’s also the issue of what water storage solutions to utilise. Notably too, desalination plants can’t be installed overnight – finding the right spot along the coastline, setting up pipes and the plant itself can be quite a lengthy process. This informative and insightful article from BizNews outlined a few more of the problems associated with desalination, while also showcasing how foreign countries had been able to successfully augment their water supply using desalination.

Water for Hotels
One of South Africa’s largest hospitality chains, Tsogo Sun, has invested in a desalination plant that will serve water to three of its hotels in the Cape Town area. The company aims to move its hotels off the municipal water grid in this way, simultaneously decreasing demand on the city’s systems and reducing its hotels’ reliance upon municipal utilities.

Water Storage Solutions
Of course, producing fit-for-consumption water is just the first step. Thereafter, there is a need to pipe that water to where it needs to be, and then store it for use. That’s where we are equipped to step in, and help companies, municipalities, and communities, secure their water supply. Our water storage solutions are built to custom specifications and to fulfil specified needs.  Let our team help you find the best water storage solution that works for you. Contact us here.

Join SBS Tanks® in #PushingBackDayZero – Cape Water Crisis

Water is an essential part of everyday life – and if anyone has had to learn to appreciate it fast, it has been the City of Cape Town and surrounds.

The Cape Water crisis continues to threaten residents of Cape Town, and even though they hold onto the hope served every time that day zero is pushed back, serious measures will need to be taken to ensure that the harrowing crisis is truly kept at bay.

The country has gathered en masse across social media to show support for the people and places affected by this crisis – but sharing the latest #DayZero news, and endorsing a couple of posts is not going to be enough to combat this national crisis.

That is why SBS Tanks® is calling the people of Durban (and beyond!) to show their support by donating water to those affected by the Cape water crisis, helping to #PushBackDayZero.

SBS® Headquarters will be acting as an official water drop-off zone, gathering 5l water bottle donations and getting it to those who need it most. Donations will be accepted between 07:30 – 16:30 on weekdays, at Unit 6C, Surprise Park, Surprise Road, Pinetown. If that is a little bit out of your way, but you would still like to donate to the cause, please feel free to submit a cash donation below. All water collections made by SBS® will be handed over to the Gift of the Givers foundation, who will be distributing the water.

The Cape Town drought is an us problem, not a them problem. Although most people in other parts of South Africa still have access to municipal water, this drought affects us all. The critical part played by Cape Town within the South African economy cannot be ignored. Encourage your friends, family, colleagues and counterparts to contribute towards this cause, and let’s unite in the plight to #PushBackDayZero.



If you would like to donate an amount greater than R100, please EFT your donation to the banking details below. Please use WaterDonation as a reference.


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How SA’s Restaurants Are Saving Water

With #DayZero swiftly approaching for Cape Town, we’ve been closely monitoring how restaurants and tourism establishments are responding to the drought crisis. We’ve helped many food and beverage establishments find the water storage solutions for their needs, and installed a number of water tanks in Cape Town.

Across the country, however, we should all be considering the act of saving water as a priority, as South Africa is primarily a water-scarce region. As the effects of climate change take hold, causing seemingly unpredictable weather patterns and wreaking havoc on many industries, homes, and communities, treating water as our most precious resource must be an imperative for every person living in South Africa. We took a look at how restaurants and hotels in Cape Town are responding to the water crisis, and listed a few of the more innovative ways they’re saving water below:

During November 2017, EatOut put together this list of handy tips and tricks shared by restauranteurs in the region. We particularly approve of this tip from IYO Burgers:

Jean-Marc Lenferna DeLa Motte of IYO Burgers on Bree Street is also finding new ways to save water: “We make sure that all our plants are watered using grey water and that the chips we boil are done in the same water that they are soaked in and that water is then used to irrigate”.

Interestingly, as reported in a January 2018 Business Day article, restaurants are also changing their menus to adjust to a more water-wise approach in the kitchen. The Vineyard Hotel, for example has:

“…discarded pasta from the menus at their restaurants and patrons can no longer order boiled vegetables. Executive chief Carl Van Rooyen said different cooking techniques have been implemented to save water:“We don’t boil anymore, we steam. We have taken pasta off our dinner menu‚” he said. Water used to wash vegetables was transferred to 200-litre drums and stored for other uses. “No more boiling of anything‚ it is all steaming and frying; deep frying and shallow frying.”

And this handy guide, put together by Food24, outlined how local chef and owner of Saucisse Deli, Amanda Lewis, seeks to save water in her kitchen.

An interruption in water supply can be devastating for any industry, and for food and beverage establishments in South Africa, it’s an operational nightmare, as the effects of climate change take hold. Our experienced team can help – get in touch!



Water Tanks and Wins from 2017

We’ve started this year off in the best way possible – with continued momentum! Building on the successes and lessons learnt during 2017 is an important part of our planning for 2018, and we’re looking forward to working more closely with many more wonderful customers during this big year. Here’s what we most enjoyed during 2017, as we look forward to growing bigger, working smarter, and helping more people find the right liquid storage solution for their business, home, and community:

Water Conservation at School
During 2017, we helped Atholl Heights Primary School develop and install a rainwater harvesting system. The school created an entire programme around the installation, with pupils participating in a range of activities related to the project. These included: an art competition, assisting in the production and installation, and a special School Assembly. Installing three water tanks at key points within the school premises, we help Atholl Heights Primary School collect up to 86,000 litres of rainwater, which is then used for the bathroom and sanitation facilities. This project wasn’t just a project to us – it was an opportunity to work closely with, and inspire, the leaders of tomorrow.

The Grand Challenge with East Coast Radio
Sponsoring KwaZulu Natal’s favourite radio gameshow was a definitive 2017 highlight for our team. Choosing to collaborate with the province’s favourite radio station, and to support the East Coast Radio Breakfast Show’s Grand Challenge competition, turned out to be one of our company highlights for 2017, and handing over Grand Challenge prizes to clued-up winners was a big, feel-good, bonus for our team. Similarly, we deeply enjoyed providing the storage tank at East Coast Radio house for the Living Well project. Using a water-from-air machine provided by Super Water, the Living Well project provided free, fresh and clean drinking water.

Supporting SA Boxing
During December 2017, we hosted ‘Fight for Water’, a 7-fight night of boxing that included an eliminator battle for the then-vacant SA Super Middleweight Title. That bout ended in a draw after 7 amazing, intense rounds. Our Marketing Manager, James Preston, had this to say: “This is the first time that we have gotten involved in boxing. It has been an incredible eye-opener for us. The amount of work that goes into putting something like this together… I am amazed by how SA Boxing does this, and most of the time at their own expense!” said SBS Tanks Marketing Manager, James Preston. SBS Tanks MD, Delayne Gray, shared his view on SBS Tanks’ involvement in supporting South African sport: “This is our first attempt at sponsorship and getting behind a sport. Big sport has got a lot of people behind it, big names, a lot of money… but there are other sports, marginalised sports, that don’t have a voice – the necessary sponsorship and people behind them, and SBS wants to support the voice of KZN Boxing.”

Adding Another Accolade
During the latter half of October 2017, our team was pleased and proud to not only be nominated for, but also ultimately win the prize for Most Productive Company in South Africa. Rigorous auditing procedures, coupled with all-round commitment and determination to achieve our operational goals, enabled SBS Tanks to take home this highly-respected accolade.

What’s next for us, in 2018? We can’t wait to show you! To find out more about the SBS Tanks team can help your company, get in touch with our team on

Save Water at School

The shoes are shining, the diaries are filling up with sports matches, and the homework pile is set to increase! Now that schools have opened, and the (endless) summer holidays are over, let’s consider ways you can save water at school:

For teachers, principals and school administrators, the concept of water conservation ranks highly in both school curriculum and through school administration. Not only do water-saving activities help to keep municipal utility bills in check, but they’re also a teaching experience, helping every pupil learn important water-saving techniques that they can implement at home, too.

Save Water at School

Water Tanks
During 2017, we helped Atholl Heights Primary School create a unique and purposeful water conservation programme. Installing three of our custom-built SBS Tanks, Atholl Heights Primary School has focused its efforts on rainwater harvesting. By implementing a rainwater harvesting system that feeds into the three, strategically located, water tanks on the school premises, Atholl Heights Primary School is well on its way to conserving and ensuring responsible usage of our world’s most precious resource.

Water Conservation in the Classroom
Of course, water is a fundamental part of life, and of education too. It’s not just for refreshment or cleaning, though, as having a water source in the classroom is essential for projects, experiments and more. Conduct a regular audit of all taps and sinks in your classrooms, and make sure you get any dripping taps attended to as quickly as possible. A single dripping tap can waste up to 20,000 litres of water in a year – getting it fixed is key to conserving water.

Save Water at School

Saving Water in the Bathroom
Of course, using water is an important part of staying clean, and the all-important daily ablutions. Wherever possible, look towards installing water-saving devices in showers, toilets, and other facilities within the school.

School Projects Can Help
Hosting competitions and running incentive programmes can be a fun way to encourage school pupils to take water conservation seriously. A poster competition can be held to create attractive notices that remind pupils to use water wisely (the winner gets their prized artwork used throughout the school, and an extra prize too!), and other fun activities can easily be created around the theme of water.

How Schools Do it in South Africa
We’re always excited to see more and more schools take water-saving seriously, so it was fun to find out about Dropula, a special water monitoring device that’s been installed in a few Western Cape schools. Last year, MySchool profiled the water-saving programmes at local schools in Durban and surrounding areas too!

Rainwater harvesting systems, water monitoring devices, water tanks, and an application of good old common sense, can go a long way towards helping your school to save water. If your school is keen to implement a rainwater harvesting system, install a water tank, or just looking for some advice on how to use water a little more wisely in 2018, get in touch with our team!


SBS Tanks® take to the ring to fight for a cause

Boxing. A sport marvelled by millions for its intensity, passion, and excitement. 

It was this passion that led to an encounter between Mike Dube, a KZN boxing promoter and Delayne Gray, Managing Director of SBS Tanks. Dube was looking for a way to use boxing to raise funds for a water tank to be used in a rural community. After being approached by Dube with the idea, Gray expressed his interest in getting involved – with the long term goal of the SBS Group supporting the local sporting community, and using sport as a tool for upliftment. Only a week later, Dube returned with an impressive proposal, showing his commitment to the initiative and setting the plan in motion.

Delayne Gray, MD of SBS Tanks
Delayne Gray, MD of SBS Tanks

“This is our first attempt at sponsorship and getting behind a sport. Big sport has got a lot of people behind it, big names, a lot of money… but there are other sports, marginalised sports, that don’t have a voice – the necessary sponsorship and people behind them, and SBS wants to support the voice of KZN Boxing” says Gray.  

Armed with a strong team, and supported by some of the best in the boxing fraternity,  SBS Tanks launched the ‘Fight for Water’ initiative on Saturday the 9th of December. The kick-off event consisted of 7 fights taking place over the course of the evening, and was fully sanctioned by SA Boxing. Their presence at the event was invaluable – with officials, judges, doctors, and a full team of medics on site to ensure that the fights were all done by the book.

Ring announcer Darren Maule led us into the evening as the first bout, the Bantamweight Exhibition, began – setting the tone for what was to come. The fights that followed ranged across divisions, and even featured a couple of debut fights.

These fights were arguably some of the most exciting, with fighters giving their absolute all as guests caught a first look at their abilities.

The support within the arena was prevalent, with all contenders being led into the ring with a full entourage in tow. Flags, T-Shirts, and even a few screaming ladies – especially in the case of Chatsworth’s own Marc Subramoney. Marc took on Akeem Tijani from Nigeria in a Heavyweight bout, and won by TKO. There was even boxing royalty present. Francois ‘The White Buffalo’ Botha, a former professional boxer who faced boxing greats like Mike Tyson & Lennox Lewis, joined us to support his son, Middleweight Marcel Botha. Marcel went on to win his match against Mpumalanga’s Ntobeko Makeleni.

By the time the main card event came around, the thrill was palpable, with everyone waiting to see who would be the successor in the eliminator fight for the vacant SA Super Middleweight Title. After 8 rounds of exemplary boxing between KZN’s Christopher Buthelezi and Eastern Cape’s Masixole Botile, the judges could not reach a unanimous decision, and the fight concluded in a draw. With Buthelezi having fought a number of professional fights, this result was testament to the level of boxing on show.

“This is the first time that we have gotten involved in boxing. It has been an incredible eye-opener for us. The amount of work that goes into putting something like this together… I am amazed by how SA Boxing does this, and most of the time at their own expense!” said SBS Tanks Marketing Manager, James Preston.

Above the involvement of Dube, and SA Boxing – the support of the community was paramount to the success of this event.  “Boxers put their heart and their soul into this sport, and sometimes cannot even afford the plane ticket to get to their fight(s). This evening, I would like you all to understand that you being here is helping us to support the men and women putting all they have into this sport.” said Gray, during the event. With the continued support of SA Boxing, the community, and the boxing fraternity – this may just be the start of getting South African boxing the support and recognition it deserves.

Watch the live feed from the event, and check the final results below.

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What’s Your Water Usage?

While the City of Cape Town is currently urging residents to use only up to 87 litres per person, a day, we started wondering: what is the standard water usage for a person, every day? Let’s consider the following:

Every time you flush your toilet, you use between 6 and 9 litres of water. Suddenly, every flush seems like a lot of water, right? That’s because it is!

The standard showerhead uses up to 25 litres of water, per minute. That seems crazy to think of, but that’s why using water-efficient, low-flow showerheads, that use only up to 8 litres of water per minute, should be the standard in every home. If we adopt the Cape Town way of showering for only two minutes, turn the water off when we soap up, and keep a bucket in the shower to collect water, we could all save a bundle of water, every day. These 2-minute shower songs could help you get your groove on, and stay within the time limit too.

Washing the dishes every night feels like such a chore, but it’s also a big consumer of water, so don’t feel tempted into filling up the sink twice. Washing a single sinkful of dishes can consume up to 18 litres of water. If you prefer to let your dishwasher do the dirty work, make sure it’s full first. Dishwashers use between 15 and 75 litres of water for a single wash.

Running the washing machine feels so simple, but your standard washing machine uses between 60 to 150 litres of water, for a single wash. That’s why it’s so important to only run your washing machine when it’s full. Otherwise, you’d be wasting water!

Water usage

But, now that you’re clean, your laundry’s done, and your kitchen is spotless, you still need to eat and drink. The standard water usage for a person who cooks one meal a day, drinks 2 litres of water, and then has few cups of tea or coffee every day, averages out to approximately 4 to 5 litres. Let’s not forget – your pet needs to be washed, fed, and watered too, so add in at least an extra litre for them, per pet, per day too!

And, of course, if you have any pesky dripping taps in the house…you’re using way more water than you realise. A single dripping tap can waste up to 20,000 litres in a year. That’s a whole lot of water, down the drain!

How are you using water more efficiently, and what are your tips for keeping your family’s water usage down? If you’re looking for water storage solutions, or tips on how to cut your water usage, get in touch with our team and let’s chat!

Zincalume: Not Your Standard Steel

Our water tanks are anything but average, and that’s because our manufacturing process is anything but average too. Our not-so-secret formula for our tanks, starts with Zincalume®.

Our sales team fields a wide variety of questions from interested clients, throughout the year. The most commonly posed question, asked to our team is this:

What makes SBS Tanks different from the rest?

Of course, there’s our superb after-sales service, and our incredible team. There’s also our longstanding commitment to building a better South Africa, and our vision of serving communities and customers across the globe. And, as you know, our associations, endorsements and awards speak for themselves.

But behind the scenes, the not-so-secret formula to our weather-enduring, long-lasting, and easily assembled water tanks begins with Zincalume®. Our love for this incredible, durable material is rooted in our long history of working with it. We’ve been using Zincalume® to manufacture our tanks since we launched in 1988.

What is Zincalume?
What is Zincalume?

What is Zincalume®?

Zincalume® is not your standard steel. In fact, Zincalume® is made up of:

  • 5% Zinc
  • 55% Aluminium
  • 5% Silicon

That makes it a tough, yet durable material… and that’s why we use to it create our liquid storage tanks.

Here’s why our team loves Zincalume®:

  • It’s lightweight and extremely versatile.
  • It offers excellent corrosion resistance – up to four times more corrosion resistance than your typical galvanized steel.
  • By using our customised, purpose-built liners within the Zincalume® tanks, we’re able to create customised liquid storage solutions for our clients that last far longer than you may think.
  • Because our tanks are not made of plastic, they are far less likely to perish, and offer our customers extra peace of mind. The potential for contamination is minimised through our use of Zincalume® panels and liners.
  • The high level of corrosion resistance, matched with our purpose-built manufacturing process, enables our tanks to live up to customer’s needs, no matter the environmental conditions. Our tanks can (and do!) withstand even the harshest of climates.

If you’re looking for a long-lasting, attractive, and excellently manufactured water tank, get in touch with our team. We’ll guide you through our process of designing and delivering the water tank you need.