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Monday, 26 July 2021

Triple R approach ensures residence sustainability

TRIPLE R APPROACH: Residence Business Unit has, over the past few months, intensified its green initiatives and sustainability drive TRIPLE R APPROACH: Residence Business Unit has, over the past few months, intensified its green initiatives and sustainability drive

Despite the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic, the Residence Business Unit has, over the past few months, intensified its green initiatives and sustainability drive, with a particular focus on the university’s accommodation portfolio.

With an operation of close to 60 residence buildings across the Cape Metropole and the Winelands, the Business Unit, as an arm of the Finance Department, has had to rewire the financial model to ensure the sustainability of residence operations while maintaining the required quality in providing services to its primary client – the students.

“Several models are being explored to get the best value for the rand given the times we are in with lower occupancy in residences but expenditure requirements remaining highly sticky and inherently increasing”, said residence finance specialist, Phillip Chibvuri.

He said the ‘Triple R’ approach, of reduce, reuse recycle has been adopted by the Unit and seeks to provide the best alternative in all provisions of services at the best available option.

The unit has already rolled out three successful projects of recycling available moveable and immovable infrastructure and reusing it. 

“Instead of disposing of over 500 study tables and 500 metal bed bases utilised years ago and seen as obsolete, the unit has refurbished these items and has successfully installed these back into the system. This three-way project has saved the institution over R2 million and counting,” Chibvuri said.

“We have adopted an approach to think without the box at all and not just outside the box, and that has equipped us to see things quite differently and progressively. There are a number of areas that we will be focusing on to really get value for what we already have. It’s all about how you look at it,” He added

Business Manager Johnny Basson said the initiative was born out of the need to really propel the residence operations in its entirety. 

“The university has achieved a great deal in providing sufficient supply of beds for our students and now the next hurdle is the quality and value-chain of that supply. We expect more awareness of what we can do with our existing infrastructure. The options are limitless as we re-brand CPUT residences,” Basson added.  

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za