Skip to main content

SodaStream joins petition calling for Coca-Cola to reveal Cape water sources

| Supplier news

Drinks company SodaStream South Africa has joined the call to action urging Coca-Cola to develop a plan to ensure Cape Town residents have access to water. This follows a petition released earlier this week by Avaaz, a global web movement that brings people-powered politics to decision-making.

The petition titled Coca-Cola: Save Cape Town from a water apocalypse, calls on the bottling company to disclose local sources of water in Cape Town to urgently develop a plan ensuring residents have access to water. Avaaz specifically calls on Coca-Cola to

1) disclose local sources of water in Cape Town,

2) provide open access to that groundwater extraction to the public,

3) cut Coca-Cola production by half for the duration of the crisis, and

4) distribute bottled water for free to residents across Cape Town.

SodaStream South Africa’s managing director Francois Dippenaar says, “While there have been many consumer messages in the media related to reducing water consumption, bottling companies in the Western Cape have deliberately remained silent. Coca-Cola uses 2.13 litres to 1.7 litres of water to produce 1 litre of soft drink. Why have they not been held accountable for their flagrant disregard of water wastage? This ruthless pursuit of corporate profit has not only negatively impacted the environment and our country’s natural resources, but it has been at the expense of people living in the Cape.” 

Encouraging public participation
According to SodaStream, Coca-Cola's water consumption in South Africa is massive. The company produces almost 40 different soft drinks and bottled water and has a huge stake in producing beer. However, according to Dippenaar consumers and government in Cape Town need to join the call to Coca-Cola and other bottling companies to take responsibility. 

 “Our concern is that the public has a right to know where bottling companies like Coca-Cola are drawing their water sources from. Do they actually have a plan to help the people of the Western Cape and save water? Not only do they need to be held accountable for the high amounts of water wastage, but environmental pollution, like the PET bottles that constantly litter rivers and beaches. We want to know how Coca-Cola and other bottling organisations plan to cut production and open up water sources as Day Zero fast approaches.”

Pin It

Related Articles

Veggie victory as Joburg High Court sets aside ...

By: Sarene Kloren - IOL Lifestyle A new ruling by the South Gauteng High Court in Joburg has overturned an interim interdict to forestall and prevent the seizure of plant-based meat alternatives from South African retail shelves.

Benylin Paediatric Syrup recalled, investigatio...

By: Given Majola – IOL Business Report The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) together with the South African manufacturer of Benylin Paediatric Syrup – Kenvue (formerly Johnson & Johnson) – have recalled two batches of the coug...

Tiger Brands invests in a multi-million-rand Pe...

Black Cat, South Africa’s most loved peanut butter brand, has a new home following a R300-million capital investment by Tiger Brands. The new peanut butter manufacturing facility is in Chamdor, Krugersdorp, on Johannesburg’s West Rand.

Eskom price hikes are here — How much more cust...

By: Hanno Labuschagne - MyBroadband Eskom’s latest tariff hikes will see many direct residential customers paying between R168 and R792 more per month on their electricity bills.

Take heed of these new retail trends that emerg...

By Karen Keylock | National Retail Services Manager at Nedbank Commercial Banking South African consumers are under financial strain and, consequently, the way they shop has changed. And with further economic uncertainty expected in the coming ye...