African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA) was formed in 1997 as
a standards setting and representative body for the industry. It is a
voluntary association of bottlers whose primary concern is the health,
safety and pleasure of their consumers. They therefore willingly conform
to the extremely stringent safety and quality measures contained in the
SANBWA Guidelines and Standards, although the cost to them of such
compliance is considerable.
|A handful of recent newspaper articles have reported that a
partnership between the SA National Bottled Water Association
(Nestlé, SAB-Miller and Coca-Cola) and the Department of Water
Affairs dominated National Water Week. This is incorrect - there
was no partnership between SANBWA and the Department. It appears
the error arose when a journalists misinterpreted a SANBWA press
release that briefly mentioned a collaboration between a few of
its members and the Department.