Khayalitsha Hospital – Cape Town
South Africa – 2011
With reference to the photographs below which show the planting beds on either side of the access road off Walter Sisulu Drive to the Khayelitsha Hospital. In September 2011, Zeoplant soil additive was incorporated by the landscape sub-contractor, as per the manufacturers specifications, into the soil mixture prior to planting in the bed on the north side of the access road and was left out of the soil mixture on the south side of the road.
The planting is clearly growing more strongly on the north side of the road where the Zeoplant soil additive was included in the soil mixture and the hedge and Araucaria trees show much healthier and denser foliage. Much of the ground cover planting on the south side has not survived. It should be noted that the irrigation system was broken for a long period over the 2013/14 summer months and neither side of the road was adequately watered. However, the north side of the road has recovered quickly during winter and the plant growth is strong and healthy.
I therefore recommend that Zeoplant be added to the soil mixture in all future landscaping and planting projects where water saving is required and especially in dry, sandy soil conditions such as the Cape Flats of Cape Town.
Clare C. A. Burges
Zeoplant was given the opportunity to deliver to the 230 bed Khayalitsha District Hospital in Cape Town’s biggest Township in August 2011.
This is Zeoplant’s first project in South Africa which is designed by Cape Town’s top landscape architect Clare Burgess who contributed a great support for Zeoplant’s implementation into this project as she’s greatly supporting environment friendly, sustainable designs.
The Cape Region, in particular the Cape Flats suffer heavily from low water holding capacity in the soil due to the coarse structure of the sandy soils. Zeoplant helps to reduce irrigation needs in a region which is increasingly affected by water shortage during the period from Spring to Autumn and sees great opportunities in future projects in the Cape.
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