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Water

High-level meeting to be held to decide on easing of Cape Town water restrictions

By: News24Wire      20th July 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation is expected to hold a high-level meeting on Friday to assess whether the severe water restrictions in Cape Town and surrounding areas can be relaxed. Regional head of the department Rashid Khan said on Thursday that there had been requests from users of the... 

Community project receives Saice honours

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 The eThekwini municipality’s Provision of Water and Sanitation to Informal Settlements project was awarded the 2018 South Africa Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) Durban region award for the most outstanding civil engineering achievement in the category of community-based projects last... 

Community project  receives Saice honours
COMMUNITY PROJECT The Bosch Projects team worked closely with the eThekwini municipality to secure the supply of potable water and a basic sanitation service in KwaZulu-Natal

New zero-discharge chemical production facility opens in Pomona

By: Schalk Burger     20th July 2018 The new 6 600 m2 chemical production facility of multinational Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, in Pomona, Kempton Park is the main blending facility for the company’s local operations, and is also set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its competitive costs of... 

New zero-discharge chemical production  facility opens in Pomona
MOBILE WATER TREATMENT PLANT The 4x4 mobile water treatment plant purifies water from any available source for remote communities

Growthpoint takes first Cape Town commercial property off the water grid

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2018 The District building, in Woodstock, has become the first of Growthpoint Properties’ commercial properties in Cape Town to shift off the municipal water grid and become water net-positive. The property giant on Thursday said the 1 750 people using the multitenant office and retail building... 

Revolutionary solar-power desalination plant could provide cheaper option, but it needs space

By: News24Wire      18th July 2018 The new solar-powered desalination plant under construction at Witsand on the southern Cape coast will produce water at a cost of only R7 to R8 a kilolitre. This is less than a quarter of the cost of water from Cape Town's temporary desalination plant at Strandfontein. Water from the... 

Revolutionary solar-power desalination plant could provide cheaper option, but it needs space

Life After Coal campaign demands IRP take water costs into account

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 A report from the Life After Coal campaign calls for uncounted costs to South Africa’s water resources to be accounted for in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Mining coal and burning it in power stations uses large amounts of water and pollutes water as well, imposing massive but uncounted... 

Multimillion-rand French funding deal for drought-stricken Western Cape still needs environmental approval

By: News24Wire      16th July 2018 A nearly R9-million joint desalination project between the Western Cape government and the French government still needs the required environmental approval for operation in November. The solar-powered desalination plant, the first of its kind, will be located in the coastal town of Witsand on... 

Ministers reiterate commitment to implementation of LHWP Phase 2

By: Simone Liedtke     16th July 2018 South African Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti, Lesotho Water Minister Samonyane Ntsekele and the Lesotho High Commissioner Sello Moloto have reaffirmed their commitment to the successful implementation of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2. Poised to secure a... 

Company to expand channel blowers range

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 Sandton-based side-channel blower supplier CR Elec plans to expand on its offerings, which will complement its existing Sirocco brand. A side-channel blower can generate significantly higher pressures than industrial fans, and is also known as a vacuum pump or vacuum compressor. The side-channel... 

Company to expand channel blowers range
BLOWING AWAY COMPETITION Side-channel blowers across the range will maximise offerings

Western Cape edges closer to an end to the drought as dam levels continue to rise

By: News24Wire      12th July 2018 Good news for the drought-stricken Western Cape came in the form of a dramatic increase in the province's dam levels. According to the Department of Water Affairs, dam levels increased from 45% to 51.7% in seven days, thanks to recent torrential rains in large parts of the province. And that's... 

Western Cape edges closer to an end to the drought as dam levels continue to rise

Nkwinti off to see Lesotho Highlands Water Project progress

By: African News Agency      12th July 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti will on Thursday undertake a two-day Ministerial visit to Lesotho to see the developments around the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. "Minister Nkwinti will also have discussions with his counterpart from the government of Lesotho, Minister of Water,... 

Nkwinti off to see Lesotho Highlands Water Project progress
Photo by Dylan Slater
Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Lucky Star operations in Western Cape get two desalination plants

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2018 Wednesday marked the official launch of two desalination plants that were designed, installed and commissioned by JSE-listed AECI water and process subsidiary ImproChem at fish products company Lucky Star’s cannery and fishmeal operations on the West Coast. The desalination plants at Lucky Star’s... 

Lucky Star operations in Western Cape get two desalination plants
ImproChem engineered solutions executive director Sepadi Mohlabeng, ImproChem MD Graham Sanders, Oceana chairperson Mustaq Brey and Saldanha Bay acting mayor Elize Steyn

DWS notes concerns about War on Leaks programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is worried about the War on Leaks (WoL) programme, since not all Phase 1 trainees have been placed within the projected timelines.  

DWS notes concerns about War on Leaks programme
Photo by Dylan Slater
Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Climate change not the only reason for water shortages – Muller 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th July 2018 While recent rainfall has brought some reprieve to the drought-plagued City of Cape Town, the region remains vulnerable, and people, politics and poor planning are predominantly to blame for most urban water shortages, water expert Professor Mike Muller has said. In an opinion piece published in... 

Ethiopia needs $7.5bn to finish megaprojects – PM

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 Ethiopia needs $7.5-billion to finish infrastructure projects such as a massive dam and roads that the government hopes will drive industrialisation, the new prime minister said on Friday. Speaking to parliament before its vote on the 2018/19 budget, Abiy Ahmed said the government needed to be... 

Installation of water metering system complete

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Utility management company Bosch Munitech in March completed the design and installation of a metering and monitoring system to manage water consumption for the Lower Berg River Irrigation Board, in the Western Cape. The company was appointed last year in November to install the Krohne Waterflux... 

Installation of water  metering system complete
COMPLIANT The Krohne Waterflux electromagnetic flow meter is a low maintenance water meter which meets stringent potable water standards designed for bidirectional flow measurement

Cheap valve imports taking over the local market

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Amid ageing water infrastructure, the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) laments the substantially cheaper and poor-quality Chinese valves and associated products that find their way onto the local market. “In the current market, we find that price supersedes... 

Technology provides digital water solution for Africa

6th July 2018 The water industry has been focused on ushering in a new era of water management, with an emphasis on automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and sophisticated data management and analysis software that enables the water end-user or plant operator to have valuable, actionable information, says... 

Technology provides  digital water solution  for Africa
GOING DIGITAL Siemens shows how digitalisation of water management processes is creating impressive new possibilities to increase efficiency and reduce costs

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 New technologies for water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as investments in ecological infrastructure, could reduce the risks of water pollution and failure of critical water supply infrastructure in the country, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon South... 

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis
Photo by Bloomberg
COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT South Africa is depending on a complex and technically challenging bulk-water supply which requires a high level of expertise and coordination

Low maintenance treatment plants supplied to hospital

6th July 2018 Global optimised resource management company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently designed, manufactured and commissioned two containerised, plug-and-play solutions for State-owned Bambisana Hospital in Goqwana township, Eastern Cape. The two packaged low-footprint and low maintenance... 

Low maintenance treatment plants supplied to hospital
WATER SOLUTION Veolia's packaged water treatment plants provide potable water to Bambisana Hospital and treats its sewage water

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Half of South Africa’s water infrastructure is in disrepair and it will take significant financial investment, and political will, to restore it, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). “Our research indicates that what is needed is investment in basic infrastructure such as fixing... 

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair
WASTEWATER South Africa can increase the amount of wastewater treated, to boost water supply

Repairing of ageing water infrastructure can increase supply

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Amid ageing water infrastructure in most developed areas in South Africa, engineering advisory firm WSP technical director water, transport and infrastructure Africa Arnaud Malan says there is a need to adopt more sustainable approaches to managing available water through smarter water governance... 

Repairing of ageing water infrastructure can increase supply
WATER SCARCE South Africa needs to adopt more sustainable approaches to managing available water through smarter water governance stewardship

Phase 1 of Madibeng water plant set for 2019 completion

By: Simone Liedtke     4th July 2018 The first phase of the Madibeng water purification plant, in North West, is projected to be completed by March 31, 2019, provided that an additional R100-million is made available in the current financial year for electrical and mechanical works of the plant, Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile... 

National dam levels rise higher than 2017 – water department

By: News24Wire      4th July 2018 Dams across the country have collectively reached nearly 80% capacity – rising above levels recorded this time last year, the Department of Water and Sanitation said on Wednesday. "Nationally, figures show that the country's dams, with a total capacity of 32 322.6m3, are standing at 79.3%... 

National dam levels rise higher than 2017 – water department
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Vaal Dam

Cape dams half full, but too early to call for easing restrictions 

By: News24Wire      4th July 2018 Cape Town's dam levels rose to 50.3% on Tuesday as streams and rivers swollen with rain from the weekend's intense cold front, flowed into the storage dams. There is now double the amount of water in the city's supply dams than there was at this time last year, when the level stood at 25.1%. The... 

Cape dams half full, but too early to call for easing restrictions

Fears of a dry future for Cape Town as water conference kicks off

By: News24Wire      2nd July 2018 A scarce supply of water may become Cape Town's defining feature, and the city has already been touted as one of the first major cities in the world that could run out of water. This was the warning from City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson, who spoke on Sunday at the WISA 2018 Conference,... 

South Africa, Japan team up on water resource management

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th June 2018 South Africa and Japan have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) focused on infrastructure development and technical cooperation in water resource management. The MoC will see the Department of Water and Sanitation in South Africa and the Department of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and... 

Veolia's new South African chemical production facility offers improved cost competitiveness

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The new 6 600 m2 chemical production facility of multinational Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, which opened in Pomona, Kempton Park, on Thursday, is the main blending facility for the company’s local operations, and is also set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its... 

No Day Zero for 2019 – City of Cape Town

By: News24Wire      28th June 2018 The City of Cape Town has announced that the dreaded Day Zero – the day when most of the taps will be turned off – will not happen in 2018 or 2019. The City of Cape Town said on Thursday that provided that adequate water restrictions are maintained, "the City is confident that there will be no... 

No Day Zero for 2019 – City of Cape Town

Water and sanitation minister opens SADC ministers meeting in Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      27th June 2018 South Africa Water and sanitation minister Gugile Nkwinti on Wednesday welcomed the Southern African development community (SADC) ministers to a water and energy summit taking place at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. In his welcome address, Nkwinti said: “It has become critically clear... 

 Water and sanitation minister opens SADC ministers meeting in Johannesburg
Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Visionary leadership needed to handle the emerging long-term water crisis

By: News24Wire      27th June 2018 The panic that emerged after Day Zero was announced was instrumental in getting Capetonians to cut water consumption substantially - but a water-saving programme driven by fear is not sustainable. This is the view of Gina Ziervogel, an associate professor at UCT's Department of Environmental and... 

Cape Town dams filling up, but drought not broken

By: News24Wire      26th June 2018 The recent winter rains pushed the overall level of the City of Cape Town's supply dams up to 42.7% full on Monday, higher than it was at this time in 2017 or 2016. This time last week the level was 38.1%. And despite the recent rains and the dams filling up, Capetonians are still keeping water... 

Cape Town dams filling up, but drought not broken

IFAT Africa partners with Water Institute of Southern Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 To help overcome the water crisis in South Africa, IFAT Africa and the Water Institute of Southern Africa (Wisa) will launch a cooperation venture as of this week.  

Fears of a dry future for Cape Town as water conference kicks off

By: News24Wire      25th June 2018 A scarce supply of water may become Cape Town's defining feature, and the city has already been touted as one of the first major cities in the world that could run out of water. This was the warning from City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson, who spoke on Sunday at the WISA 2018 Conference,... 

Arid cities urged to adopt climate responsive design solutions

By: Anine Kilian     22nd June 2018 A new research report by multinational professional services firm Arup highlights the need for cities in arid and semi-arid climates, like Cape Town, to not only manage their scarce water resources better, but to promote smarter ways of living in arid urban environments through climate responsive... 

Getting below the surface of the Cape Town water crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2018 It will take three months and cost R350-million for a small-scale temporary desalination plant to produce enough water to raise the level of Cape Town’s supply dams by just 1%. Yet the small amount of rain over the long weekend in April raised the dam levels by more than 1% – free of charge.... 

SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

SAGCC, partners aim  to digitalise industries
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW STANDARD There is a shift towards automation and digitalisation of supply chains
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