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Apr 17, 2014
Updated 7 hours ago The barrier to efficient water service delivery in South Africa was not of a technological nature but rather related to legal and Constitutional challenges, Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dhesigen Naidoo said on Thursday. Opening a WRC debate under the theme...
Apr 17, 2014
The power and water sector will come together in May to discuss challenges and celebrate successes at the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa in Cape Town. More than 5 000 power and water professionals, including utility heads from Nigeria, Uganda,...
Apr 14, 2014
President Jacob Zuma on Friday launched the more than R12.45-billion Mzimvubu water project, which would include the building of the Ntabelanga and Laleni dams, in the Eastern Cape. The Ntabelanga dam, which would store about 490-million cubic meters of water, would...
Apr 08, 2014
Phase two of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) should supply South Africa with water by 2022, said Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) divisional manager Tente Tente on Monday. A 2009 feasiblity study said the water would be available in 2020.
Apr 02, 2014
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Mar 31, 2014
Rand Water Board posted higher earnings for the interim period to December 2013, with profit climbing 28% to R820-million. The bulk water supply services provider reported a 27% rise in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation to R916-million,...
Mar 27, 2014
The governments of South Africa and Lesotho on Thursday launched Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), of which Phase 1 had been operational since 2004. Phase 2 of the LHWP would be implemented in terms of two distinct systems, namely a water...
Mar 24, 2014
De Hoop dam during construction phase
President Jacob Zuma on Monday officially opened the 347-million cubic metre De Hoop dam, in Sekhukhune, Limpopo, which would supply potable water to people in the province while also serving the mining industry along the platinum belt. The R3.5-billion dam, of which...
Mar 24, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
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Mar 21, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
Construction of the R250-million Ludeke dam, in the Eastern Cape, is expected to be completed and filled with water for the first time by the end of March, MBB Consulting said in a statement on Thursday. The Ludeke dam project, which formed part of the first phase of...
Mar 14, 2014
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Significant preparatory work and construction have begun on Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), with a panel having been established to select the members for an Independent Oversight Committee (IOC) to review, maintain and monitor the integrity of...
Mar 14, 2014
Significant preparatory work and construction have begun on Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), with an established panel to select the members for an Independent Oversight Committee (IOC) to review, maintain and monitor the integrity of the...
Mar 07, 2014
During the South African Water Week from March 17 to 23, the Water Research Commission (WRC) is launching the Bloemwater hydropower project, in an attempt to save on energy costs for the Bloemfontein area as well as the country. The University of Pretoria (UP),...
Mar 07, 2014
In light of water week, South African National Bottled Water Association (Sanbwa) highlights that the entire bottled water industry in South Africa uses less water than that used to irrigate two golf courses. The usage of water by the total South African bottled...
Mar 07, 2014
Engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon says that, water, which is a finite resource and is mostly allocated to users, will become significantly more expensive for South Africans, as companies will have to start using water from the...
Mar 07, 2014
Rising demand for large infrastructure development in Southern Africa, coupled with increasing concerns about water security and environmental management, has led to the launch of a partnership between international civil engineering hydraulics specialist HR...
Mar 07, 2014
ANTON EARLE The City of eThekwini is a world leader in promoting innovation in the conservation and reuse of water
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates that, by 2050, more than 60% of the population in Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa, will live under severe water stress. “Unless powerful measures are taken to boost water...
Mar 03, 2014
The Medupi power station site.
The first phase of the Mokolo and Crocodile Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP), which is under construction partly to provide water from Mokolo dam to the Medupi power station, is behind schedule, Eskom has confirmed. However, the State-owned power utility insists...
Feb 26, 2014
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan reaffirmed the State’s commitment to national infrastructure development in his 2014 Budget, noting that R847-billion would be invested in infrastructure over the coming three years, reinforcing a shift in the composition of...
Feb 19, 2014
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Civil rights organisation AfriForum averred on Wednesday to continue its newly launched national water project despite resistance and the possibility of a legal challenge from government. The organisation this week launched the ‘Blue and Green Drop Branch...
Feb 14, 2014
Computing giant IBM, which is deploying integrated computing platforms to help cities manage their resources, infrastructure and services, has opened a client centre at its Sandton offices to offer local city managers a view of the system’s capabilities as it is...
Feb 12, 2014
Cesa president Abe Thela
Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), which represents about 500 member firms, has called for the creation of a dedicated fund to support the maintenance of municipal infrastructure, the deterioration of which has been blamed for a number of recent service...
Feb 11, 2014
JSE-listed speciality chemicals group AECI on Tuesday announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary ImproChem would acquire Clariant Southern Africa’s water treatment business in Africa as well as its Southern African assets for a total cash consideration of...
Feb 07, 2014
The Infrastructure Development Bill has been introduced with the laudable aim of overcoming delays, bottlenecks and shortcomings in the integrated planning and implementation of infrastructure projects. But there has also been broad-based criticism of the proposed...
Jan 30, 2014
Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Thursday launched the Colesberg wastewater treatment works, in the Northern Cape, a development project aimed at refurbishing the Umsobomvu municipality’s ageing bulk water infrastructure. She noted that the facility would aid...
Jan 24, 2014
An 18-month-long planning study to investigate and assess the viability of a bulk water supply scheme for the Southern Ndwedwe area, in KwaZulu-Natal, is underway.
Jan 24, 2014
Water metering and smart grid specialist Sensus has won the contract to supply one of the largest smart-metering grid campaigns with core technology to support the roll-out of smart metering to ten-million homes and small business in the northern region of England.
Jan 17, 2014
South Africa’s first publicly-accessible, web-based, interactive surface and groundwater resources reporting system, that was being created as part of the Water Research Commission’s (WRC’s) Water Resources (WR) 2012 study would become functional by the end of...
Jan 16, 2014
Ratings agency Fitch has upgraded State-owned water utility Umgeni Water's national long-term and senior unsecured ratings to AA+(zaf) from AA(zaf), noting that the upgrade reflected a recalibration of the higher end of the South African National Rating scale. “The...
Jan 16, 2014
Fitch Ratings on Wednesday upgraded the national ratings of State-owned utilities Eskom and Rand Water, adding that the outlook on the long-term ratings of both organisations were stable Eskom’s national long-term rating was upgraded from 'AA+(zaf)' to 'AAA(zaf)',...
Jan 14, 2014
Absa, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group, has signed a cooperation agreement with Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) focused on the development of Mozambique’s natural resources, infrastructure and water security – which are...
Jan 09, 2014
The Water Research Commission (WRC) is funding and developing a South African Mine Water Atlas to provide a comprehensive reference on the extent of mine-influenced surface and underground water in South Africa. The WRC said in a statement on Thursday that the...
Jan 08, 2014
Mining company Bosveld Phosphates on Thursday stated that a secondary leak of contaminated process water from its fertiliser manufacturing plant in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, into the Selati river, caused by a crack in the concrete storm water canal on site owing to water...
Jan 08, 2014
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Seventy-three trainees at the Rand Water Academy (RWA) are set to embark on the next phase of their three-year professional development internship at several municipalities in Mpumalanga and Gauteng over the coming 18 months. This follows the completion of 18 months...
Dec 11, 2013
Rand Water Zuikerbosch water purification plant
State-owned water utility Rand Water’s Vereeniging-based Zuikerbosch water purification plant, which has been named a National Key Point, provides purified water to more than ten-million people a day in nineteen municipalities across Mpumalanga, Gauteng, the North...
Dec 09, 2013
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The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) has launched the two-year, R16-million, first phase of shale gas exploration across four of its district municipalities. The department stated that R7.3-million of the...
Dec 06, 2013
Water scarcity and water-quality issues are broadly recognised and understood in most political, business and civil organisations in South Africa, but solving water issues will require wide and continuous action in catchments and municipalities by organisations and...
Dec 06, 2013
MAKING PROGRESS The crane and gantry are in position for the pipe-jacking operation
Work is well under way on the R212-million Imvutshane dam, 30 km north-west of Stanger, in KwaZulu-Natal, which is a key link in supplying people in rural Maphumulo with a reliable source of safe drinking water.
Dec 02, 2013
The Lesotho Highlands Water Commission (LHWC) has invited applications from “suitably qualified” specialists to play an oversight role during the implementation of the R12-billion Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). The commission detailed in a...
Nov 29, 2013
A dry flue-gas desulphurisation (dry FGD) system uses a lime-based reagent to remove sulphur oxides (SOx) from the flue gases of any combustion installation without using water, says gas and energy specialist engineering company Tractebel Engineering South Africa...
Nov 25, 2013
The role of the private sector was becoming increasingly essential in the roll-out of water infrastructure and in enabling access to water, International Finance Corporation (IFC) Southern Africa senior country manager Saleem Karimjee said on Monday. He urged...
Nov 22, 2013
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on behalf of the South African government with the Netherlands goverment to facilitate cooperation in the field of water resources. The MoU was signed on Friday by...
Nov 21, 2013
Global participant in the water management industry Degrémont reported that the engineering phase of the engineering and procurement contract for four water supply units for two floating production-storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels was 90% complete.  “The...
Nov 19, 2013
President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma urged communities on Tuesday to take care of infrastructure provided for them. Opening the Spring Grove Dam in Rosetta, near Mooi River in KwaZulu-Natal, he said infrastructure belonged to all South Africans.
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