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Western Cape farmers call for easing of water restrictions to repair drought damage

By: News24Wire      18th September 2018 Western Cape farmers are calling on government to reveal how much water they are likely to be allocated this summer, so they can make plans to fix the damage caused by the 60% cut in their water supply. Some farmers say they have already experienced their Day Zero – now they want to know if they... 

City of Cape Town announces improving dam levels

By: African News Agency      17th September 2018 The City of Cape Town on Monday announced that dam levels feeding the city had improved to 70 percent of storage capacity over the past week. The announcement came as Cape Town and surrounding areas experienced further heavy rainfall overnight Sunday and into Monday, with further rainfall... 

 City of Cape Town announces improving dam levels

Commission calls for submissions on Vaal river pollution

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is calling for submissions on the pollution of the Vaal river. This follows after the commission conducted a site inspection of the Vaal river earlier this month, following allegations that about 150 Mℓ/d of raw sewage was spilling into the river. 

Rand Water loses appeal on provision of piped water to Blyvooruitzicht village

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 The Constitutional Court dismissed an appeal, brought by Gauteng water utility Rand Water, against an order of the Pretoria High Court preventing the disconnection of the piped water supply to the Blyvooruitzicht mining village, a distressed mining community of about 6 000 people located west of... 

Easing of water restrictions will restore international investor confidence in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      13th September 2018 The easing of the stringent water restrictions will restore international confidence in Cape Town as a destination for tourism and investment, say business leaders. But it will take hard work getting the message out there. Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, the agency that promotes tourism, trade and... 

Easing of water restrictions will restore international investor confidence in Cape Town

Water Research Commission urges SA to 'get in first' and develop the iceberg project

By: News24Wire      11th September 2018 The Water Research Commission believes that within 20 years, countries will be towing icebergs from the Antarctic to supplement their water supplies. It also believes if South Africa does not get in first, the country will lose out to other countries in developing the new technology - as it had... 

City of Cape Town relaxes water restrictions, tariffs to Level 5

By: News24Wire      10th September 2018 The City of Cape Town has made the move to relax current water restrictions from Level 6B to Level 5 from October 1, Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson announced. After suffering from the worst drought in recent history, Cape Town's dams are nearing 70% of storage capacity – a significant improvement from... 

City of Cape Town relaxes water restrictions, tariffs to Level 5

Water dept, stakeholders continue to seek solutions to Vaal river pollution

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), together with the Gauteng provincial government, the Sedibeng district municipality and the Emfuleni local municipality say they remain seized with finding solutions to deal with pollution of the Vaal river. The Vaal river and Vaal dam, as critical... 

Water dept transfers R30m to Rand Water for War on Leaks programme

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has transferred R30-million to Rand Water for the War on Leaks (WoL) programme. The DWS noted in a statement on Tuesday that the money will assist Rand Water, as the implementing agent, to effect stipend payments to trainees. 

Spotlight on CTC and potential legal inconsistencies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 The Cape Town Convention (CTC) on International Interests in Mobile Equipment is receiving a lot of attention from the legal industry in terms of how South Africa has incorporated it and how certain remedies provided for therein are enforced in the aviation industry, says global law firm Norton... 

Spotlight on CTC and potential legal inconsistencies
COMPLIANCY CHECK An aviation working group is evaluating whether South Africa implements and complies with the rights and remedies provided for in the Cape Town Convention

Three innovative South Africans design water saving devices

By: African News Agency      30th August 2018 The US Consul General in Johannesburg, Michael McCarthy, has awarded prizes to the three winners of the US Consulate General’s Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio 3D Design Challenge.   Contestants were asked to use the studio's three-dimensional (3D) printers, computers, and digital design... 

Capetonians still flock to collect free water from the city's spring

By: News24Wire      30th August 2018 The rain was pelting down and the wind blowing icy off the snow-capped mountains, but that did not stop people trekking to collect the free water at Cape Town's springs in this week's rain. What started as a panic reaction earlier this year when Day Zero hung over their heads – and even led to... 

Kouga dam drop sparks water restrictions

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th August 2018 The Eastern Cape is facing water restrictions of 80% to avoid a looming water crisis across several towns in Gamtoos Valley as the Kouga dam’s water levels drop to 6.8%. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) plans to introduce the restrictions after meeting with farmers from the... 

Water supply gradually being restored to Joburg after suspected sabotage

By: News24Wire      29th August 2018 Johannesburg residents breathed a collective sigh of relief as the water supply started gradually returning to their homes and businesses on Wednesday morning. Nico de Jager, member of the mayoral committee for environment and infrastructure services, on Wednesday urged residents to be patient as... 

Johannesburg Water races to deliver emergency measures after fire at Eikenhoff pump station

By: News24Wire      28th August 2018 Johannesburg Water has placed water tankers at strategic locations across the city to assist residents after a power outage caused by a fire at the Eikenhoff pump station resulted in large parts of Johannesburg being without water. The fire, which happened on Monday night, affected the pump... 

Transformer explosion to affect water supply in parts of Johannesburg, Rustenburg

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2018 The explosion of an electrical transformer at Rand Water’s Eikenhof pumping station, in Johannesburg South, will affect water supply to consumers in parts of the West Rand, as well as Rustenburg in the North West province. The transformer, which is part of the electricity facility supplying power... 

Ethiopia ousts State firm from Nile dam project after construction delays

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 Ethiopia has ousted State-run Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) from a $4-billion dam project on the River Nile due to numerous delays in completing the project. The Grand Renaissance Dam is the centrepiece of Ethiopia's bid to become Africa's biggest power exporter. 

Veolia opens export-competitive factory in Ekurhuleni 

23rd August 2018 Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has opened a chemical production facility in Pomona, Kempton Park that is set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its competitive costs of production compared with other Veolia chemical production facilities. 

Veolia opens export-competitive factory in Ekurhuleni
Veolia opens export-competitive factory in Ekurhuleni

Gamtoos Irrigation Board, Environmental Affairs dept renew run-off management programme

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th August 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs has renewed the Gamtoos Irrigation Board’s (GIB’s) contract to continue deploying the ‘Working for Natural Resource Management’ programme across the Eastern Cape. Under the renewed three-year contract, GIB will manage four major project categories, namely... 

Cape Town to roll out water network pressure management technology

By: African News Agency      20th August 2018 The City of Cape Town said on Monday it was, in response to the worst drought in its history, expediting the roll-out of pressure management technology to various parts of the water supply network. It said testing would take place in the Bellville Park, Upper Oakdale, Oakdale, Blomtuin, Bellair... 

 Cape Town to roll out water network pressure management technology

Municipalities to blame for 'contamination of Vaal river system' – Parliament 

By: News24Wire      20th August 2018 A lack of maintenance in sewage infrastructure by municipalities is to blame for contamination into the Vaal River system, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation said on Sunday. "The Sedibeng District and Emfuleni Local Municipalities [are] at the centre of crumbling current... 

55 Mℓ/d treatment plant completed

17th August 2018 Global optimised resource management company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently handed over the 55 Mℓ/d potable water treatment plant to State-owned water utility Umgeni Water in the iLembe district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. The project was part of the Lower Thukela Bulk Water... 

55 Mℓ/d treatment  plant completed
RELIABLE SUPPLY The 55 Mℓ/d potable water treatment plant in the iLembe District has been handed over to Umgeni Water

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade allows municipality to accommodate growth in area 

16th August 2018 Following the completion of the Rothdene Pump Station at the end of June, the project aims to provide the Midvaal Municipality with an opportunity to start several housing and social developments in the area. Simone Liedtke tells us more. 

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade allows municipality to accommodate growth in area
Rothdene pumpstation upgrade allows municipality to accommodate growth in area

Iceberg water could be cheaper than desalination

By: News24Wire      16th August 2018 Icebergs can supply Cape Town with extra water in drought years at a far cheaper rate than a big desalination plant. It will cost R3.8-billion to use Antarctic iceberg water to bolster Cape Town's water supply for any three dry years that are likely to occur over the next 20 years – compared to... 

Municipalities owed R139bn for services – Cogta

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Zweli Mkhize has revealed that municipalities are owed R139-billion for municipal services rendered. He said that the outstanding billions made it difficult for them to pay money owed to Eskom. Mkhize was responding to questions in the... 

Low rainfall hampering dam level recovery - City of Cape Town

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 The City of Cape Town on Monday said it was concerned about a water consumption increase from 505-million to 519-million litres per day and urged residents to continue with water saving efforts to protect Cape Town’s fragile dam system. In a statement, the City said it has been a dry start to... 

Water dept to prioritise SRSS as part of improving state of Vaal river

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has assured that it, together with Rand Water, the Gauteng provincial government, and the Sedibeng district and Emfuleni local municipalities are working towards improving the state of the Vaal river and the Vaal dam. Rand Water stated that reports... 

Water dept to prioritise SRSS as part of improving state of Vaal river
Photo by Dylan Slater
Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Government considering ban on microbeads after Gauteng drinking water is found to be contaminated

By: News24Wire      10th August 2018 The government has set up a task team to look at imposing a total ban on microbeads – the tiny plastic beads used in cosmetics, toothpaste and sandblasting. This comes after a Water Research Commission study found microplastic pollution in tap water in Johannesburg and Tshwane, as well as in all... 

Irrigation system reduces water use in orchards by 70%

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Louirrigate’s micro drip irrigation system, Tree Hog, can reduce farmers’ water use by up to 70% in orchards, and save up to 70% of energy costs, claims Tree Hog designer and Louirrigate owner Louis Loubser, who is a wine and fruit farmer in Robertson, Western Cape.   The Tree Hog system is... 

Irrigation system reduces water use in orchards by 70%
WATER CONSERVATION The Tree Hog can reduce water consumption by up to 70%

Omron focusing on aiding farmers

10th August 2018 Since early 2017, Japanese electronics company Omron has focused on providing solutions for the agricultural industry’s demand for technology and automation with the SX series of compact inverters, which is well suited for pumping applications, namely irrigation, that require smooth flow and... 

Clanwilliam dam wall raising resumes

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th August 2018 Construction on the raising of the Clanwilliam dam wall resumed on Monday after a lengthy delay. “This is very welcome news and we want to applaud and thank the Water and Sanitation Department under Minister Gugile Nkwinti for keeping to their commitments and starting to deliver on their mandate... 

Two Eastern Cape towns to start 'water shedding' as dam empties

By: News24Wire      6th August 2018 Water will be cut off in the towns of Hankey and Patensie in the Eastern Cape from Monday and only switched on again for short periods to stretch what little is left in the Kouga Dam, the municipality has announced. "We have been trying to delay the need for water shedding, but the situation is... 

Water Research Commission to investigate tow-an-iceberg proposal

By: News24Wire      1st August 2018 The Water Research Commission is to investigate the proposal to tow an iceberg to Cape Town to establish whether it is feasible as a new source of water. The commission has asked the brains behind the project, salvage expert Nick Sloane, to set up a seminar where they can get a more detailed... 

Impact of microplastics in Gauteng, North West water unknown – Rand Water

By: News24Wire      27th July 2018 The health impact of microplastics – bits of plastic less than 5mms in size – that were found in tap water in Johannesburg and Tshwane is at this stage unknown, Rand Water has said. This comes as a new study reported that substantial amounts of microplastics were found in the tap water supplied... 

Drinking water contaminated with micro plastic pollution in Gauteng

By: News24Wire      25th July 2018 Drinking water in Johannesburg and Tshwane is polluted with microplastics, a new study has found. Substantial amounts of microplastics – bits of plastics less that 5mm in size – were found in the tap water in both cities, as well as in rivers in Gauteng and in borehole water in the North West... 

USAID launches water project to benefit Southern African communities

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a five-year, $32.4-million project called Resilient Waters to address severe water challenges facing the Limpopo river basin and Okavango river basin communities. The project will work to provide access to safe drinking... 

USAID launches water project to benefit Southern African communities

Rwanda signs $300m in loan deals with China, India

By: Reuters     24th July 2018 Rwanda signed loan agreements worth more than $300-million with China and India to fund roads and irrigation, officials said, as leaders from the two Asian powers made their first visits to the East African nation. Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Rwanda from Sunday to Monday and granted a... 

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