Meet the Team
Angelique Da Silva
-Food & Beverage Manager-
Set in the heart of Johannesburg, Africa’s economic hub, Genesis All-Suite Hotel is ideally and centrally located. With easy access to OR Tambo International Airport, and the cosmopolitan business and leisure suburb of Rosebank and Melrose Arch. Located in the residential, Fairmount, Genesis All-Suite Hotel has 50 suites, the Genesis Bistro and Fairmount Bar & Lounge as well as state-of the-art conference and boardroom facilities. One night, 365 nights or something in between? You can stay for as little or as long as you like in our suites. With your own front door in Fairmount, internal access to the Genesis Bistro, Fairmount Bar & Lounge, Fitness Centre, Super markets and our four star support, our suites feel like a real home from home. Enjoy unlimited complimentary wifi, and room service. You have complete privacy while staying with us, it’s your space.
Expedia Top Partner of the Year – 2012, Booking.com Award of Excellence – 2012, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 2013, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 2014, Booking.com Award of Excellence – 2014, Agoda Gold Circle Award 2014, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 2015, TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award – 2016, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 2016, Hotels.com Certificate of Recognition – 2016, Level 3 B-BEE Certificate 2015 and achieved the TGC SA Four Star Hotel grading.
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Playpump Water Pumping System…
Background to the company
Roundabout Water Solutions (RWS) is a South African registered non-profit (section 21) company which is also registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with the South African Revenue Services and, as such, can issue Section 18a Tax Certificates. RWS is an independently run company that raises funds for the installation of the PlayPump water pumping system (PlayPumps).
The first PlayPumps were installed in 1996, and to date there are over 1,800 PlayPumps installed in South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia. As well as partnering with various donor bodies, RWS has also contracted the services of Roundabout Outdoor (Pty) Ltd (RAO). RAO is the Company that initiated the PlayPump concept, who also owns the proprietary rights to the PlayPump. RAO has 13 years of experience gained in the installation of PlayPumps, and continues to seek new ways in which to further develop the system.
The Water Crisis:
More than 1.1 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean water. Without action, this number could increase to 2.3 billion by 2025 (WHO/UNICEF). A child dies every 15 seconds from diseases related to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. This results in 6,000 preventable deaths of children every day. (Water aid/UNICEF). The average distance a person living in rural Africa must walk to a water source is 5 kilometres. The average 25 litre container of water weighs approximately 25 kilograms.
The challenge is “How to get a sustainable potable water supply to those who can least afford to pay?” The poor have to go through a web of intermediaries’ tanker trucks, vendors and other water suppliers to purchase their water supplies. Every step they are forced to take away from the water source adds to the price.
The solution? A patented South African invention brings water to rural schools by means of roundabout pump heads that are installed on top of boreholes; as the children play the roundabouts motion powers a pump that draws water into a Polyethylene overhead, sealed water storage tank. The tank stand also has four branding billboards, the revenue from which supports the maintenance of the PlayPump for a ten year period, giving the PlayPump its unique sustainability feature. The revolutionary pump design converts rotational movement to reciprocating linear movement by a driving mechanism consisting of only two working parts. This results in a pump that requires little maintenance, is easy to operate and is thus highly effective. The PlayPump is capable of pumping up to 1400 litres per hour at 16 rpm from a depth of 40m, and is effective up to a depth of 100m.
• Brings easy access to clean water
• Improves sanitation and hygiene
• Reduction of waterborne diseases
• Improves school attendance (particularly amongst girls)
• Eases the burden on women and children
• Promotes children’s play
• Educates by sponsoring vital community, health messages
The PlayPump is a specifically designed and patented roundabout (1) that drives a conventional borehole pump (2) while entertaining children. The revolutionary pump design converts rotational movement to reciprocating linear movement by a driving mechanism consisting of only two working parts.
Playing on a roundabout or merry-go-round has always been fun for children, so there is never a shortage of ‘volunteers’. As the children spin, water is pumped from underground (3) into a Polyethylene tank (4), standing seven meters above the ground. A simple tap provides easy access for the mothers and children drawing water (5).Excess water (overflow) is directed from the storage tank back down to the borehole (6).
A number of significant sustainable tourism practices have been utilised, including the best use of water and energy. Rainwater will be directed off the roofs via an extensive underground pipe network to a large storage tank for use in the gardens. Energy-efficient lights and lamps have been installed where possible and sensors on sliding doors will switch off the air-conditioning immediately when guests open up access to the balconies. All waste from the hotel is separated and sent for recycling. Through the implementation of the current initiatives and on-going efforts, Genesis All-Suite Hotel is committed to ‘green best practice’.