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Water deal crucial for Kenya oil project might slip into Q3 – Tullow

By: Reuters     22nd February 2019 A deal with local Kenyan authorities that would allow Tullow Oil to pump water to pressurise oil wells, crucial for a final green light for the country's only oil project, may be delayed to the third quarter, a Tullow executive said on Friday. Tullow, with partners Total and Africa Oil, is... 

DEA to undertake R7m water quality testing project in PE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd February 2019 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will lead a R7-million water quality testing project, titled ‘Improving Ocean Governance in the Benguela Current Large Marine Econsystem’ (BCLME III) in the Swartkops area, in Port Elizabeth. The project is being implemented by the Benguela Current... 

Sasol denies claims it intentionally polluted Vaal River

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2019 A whistleblower's claims that Sasol is to blame for the intentional pollution of the Vaal River, were vehemently denied by the petrochemical giant at a South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) inquiry on Wednesday. The SAHRC established the inquiry in September 2018 to determine whether the... 

JoJo offering trade-in discount on end-of-life tanks

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Polymer tank manufacturer JoJo is providing a credit of R2/kg for roto-moulded polymer products returned to partner stores as a trade-in on a replacement JoJo product, says JoJo national sales and marketing manager Sebasti Badenhorst. Clients can also bring any end-of -life JoJo tanks to a... 

Zambia, Zimbabwe shortlist foreign firms to build hydro plant

By: Reuters     21st February 2019 Zambia and Zimbabwe have shortlisted American, European and Chinese companies to build the Batoka Gorge hydro power plant, the ministry of finance said in statement on Wednesday. Preparatory studies, including engineering feasibility, for the 2 400 MW power station will be completed by end of the... 

Hydrologist strikes again: Dr Groenewald's unconventional methods of finding water in drought-stricken regions

By: News24Wire      21st February 2019 Dr Gideon Groenewald has an unconventional way of finding water in drought-stricken regions. But while the hydrologist, geologist and palaeontologist's methods may be somewhat unusual, they have resulted in more than 200 boreholes being drilled with 90% accuracy over eight months. Oom Gideon, as... 

Industries and municipalities contribute to Vaal river pollution, SAHRC hears

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2019 There is continued unlawful spillage, mainly sewage, into waterways that run into the Vaal river from the Emfuleni region, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) was told on Wednesday, during the final sitting of its inquiry into the contamination of the river. South African National... 

Makhanda water crisis: Fresh hope as Gift of the Givers strikes water

By: News24Wire      20th February 2019 Makana municipality in the Eastern Cape has declared all its water, except in Riebeek East, free from E. coli as the Gift of the Givers rejoices over the quick discovery of underground water in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) that could help the troubled region pull through its water crisis soon.... 

Gift of the Givers given green light to drill boreholes in water-scarce Makhanda

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 The Makana municipality has given the green light to disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers to start drilling boreholes as a medium-term solution to the Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) water crisis. The town has been without water for the better part of February. 

City wants your comment on new strategy to drought-proof Cape Town

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 After a drought almost left Capetonians queuing for a mere few litres of water per person per day, the City of Cape Town wants your comment on a proposed R5.4bn strategy to avoid another possible "Day Zero". The proposed strategy, if accepted after public comment, presents ways of meeting growing... 

Umgeni Water to cooperate with SIU on investigation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th February 2019 Under a proclamation issued by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is preparing to undertake an investigation into various allegations of infractions at Umgeni Water, in KwaZulu-Natal. Umgeni Water on Wednesday said the SIU would receive its full cooperation and the... 

Western Cape dam levels double from last year

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2019 The average dam levels in the Western Cape have doubled from 22.6% in the comparative week last year to the current level of 45% recorded on Monday. However, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell urged consumers to continue to use... 

Learners represent South Africa at Taiwan International Science Fair

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 Pretoria-based Hoërskool Waterkloof learner Christiaan Bauman won the fourth prize in the engineering category at the 2019 Taiwan International Science Fair, which was held from January 26 to February 1. Bauman’s project, titled ‘Mine Safety – The Robotic Way’, addresses the problem of miners and... 

Learners represent South Africa at Taiwan International Science Fair
Hoërskool Waterkloof learner Christiaan Bauman

UCT scientists part of international study of Antarctic waters

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th February 2019 University of Cape Town (UCT) scientists, Dr Marcel du Plessis and Isabelle Giddy, are part of an international study team that is attempting to occupy and collect vital measurements of the frigid ice-covered waters of Antarctica – the least studied place on the planet. During winter, Antarctic... 

Dam levels stable for now 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th February 2019 South Africa’s dam levels have stabilised at a national average of 62.5%, with most dams’ water levels expected to rise with more rain and cooler weather over the next week. Intermittent thundershowers in parts of South Africa have stabilised dam levels, while the South African Weather Service... 

Ford engages the mining sector on the road to more EVs

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2019 Ford is quickening its pace towards the mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) and researching how the mining industry can help it to achieve its goals. “There are tremendous investments taking place at every level to achieve this radical revolution in the automotive industry,” Ford energy... 

Karoo gets rain, but drought far from over

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th February 2019 Much-needed rainfall in the drought-stricken Karoo region has resulted in some rivers flowing for the first time in four years; however, the drought persists and water conservation efforts remain critical. In a statement issued on Monday, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and... 

IFAT Africa features broader scope

1st February 2019 IFAT Africa, a trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling, will have a broader scope this year, as the event is colocated for the first time with food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) and analytica Lab Africa. Presented by international exhibition organiser Messe München, IFAT... 

IFAT Africa features broader scope
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WASTE AND RECYCLING IFAT Africa will focus on waste management and recycling for sub-Saharan Africa

Power-Gen Africa co-located with African Utility Week

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st February 2019 Following the acquisition of event organisers PennWell by event organisers Clarion Energy, this year, the Power-Gen Africa show will be colocated alongside African Utility Week (AUW), creating a truly scaled, end-to-end show encompassing the entire electricity and water value chain. The events... 

Power-Gen Africa  co-located with  African Utility Week
PROMINENT CONFERENCE Spintelligent hopes to build on African Utility Week’s position as the pre-eminent pan-African show of its type

Could alien tree clearing near dams be Cape Town's solution to saving water? 

By: News24Wire      31st January 2019 Cape Town is losing 50-billion litres of water every year to thirsty alien trees surrounding the region’s supply dams – equivalent to two months’ water supply effectively going down the drain. For those who doubt the hydrological models that have come up with this figure, there will soon be hard... 

South Africa’s dam levels remain on downward trend

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2019 South Africa’s national water level average continues to trend downwards, despite the rain in some parts of the country, from 63.6% last week to 62.9% this week. A weekly dam levels report resulted in the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) urging consumers to intensify their water... 

Coalition welcomes Mpumalanga MEC’s decision to not exclude properties from the Mabola protected area

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2019 The members of a civil society coalition that has been challenging mining company Atha Africa’s proposed new coal mine inside a Mpumalanga strategic water source area, have welcomed the decision by Mpumalanga MEC Vusumuzi Shongwe to withdraw his notice of intention to exclude the area proposed... 

Operation Phakisa for water expected by March 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is preparing to launch its own series of mini-Phakisa's to attempt to resolve the most pressing matters facing South Africa's water infrastructure sector. Over the next eight weeks, the department will mobilise provincial level Phakisa's prior to... 

Operation Phakisa for water expected by March

Water dept launches water quality laboratory in Brits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2019 Deputy Water and Sanitation Minister Pamela Tshwete on Thursday launched the Magalies Water Services Laboratory, in Brits, in the North West. The laboratory is set to provide services ranging from water quality testing and sampling, research and monitoring of drinking water supplies, process... 

Flowtite launches impact-resistant pipe solution as it marks fiftieth anniversary

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 Multinational glass fibre-reinforced polyester (GRP) pipes manufacturer Flowtite celebrated its 50-year anniversary with the local launch of its impact-resistant Grey-brand pipes last month. The pipes facilitate rapid, easy installation for heavy-duty water uses and the use of native backfill and... 

DWS raises concern over decline in Vaal water levels

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Wednesday raised a red flag over the continued decline of the water levels of the Vaal dam. The Vaal dam, one of the major dams within the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS), recorded water levels of 74.1% this week, compared with 79.4% in the... 

Giyani water project subcontractor 'determined to fight to the end'

By: News24Wire      23rd January 2019 Khato Civils, the subcontractors removed from the R3bn Giyani water project, is preparing to fight tooth and nail for its reinstatement. This follows the water and sanitation department's announcement on Tuesday that the contract between Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) and LTE Engineering had been... 

LHDA appoints engineering panel for LHWP II

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of an engineering panel of experts for the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands water project (LHWP II). The panel comprises a selection of experts from the UK, Europe, the US and Australia, with the combined... 

AMSA extends water treatment contract with Veolia Water Technologies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2019 Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has been re-awarded the operational and chemical water treatment contract for ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) Vanderbijlpark Works operation. Veolia has operated the facility’s water-related infrastructure and supplied and managed its chemical dosing... 

AMSA extends water treatment contract with Veolia Water Technologies
The thermal desalination plants ensure optimum salinity of the water cycle at the main water treatment plant

Western Cape average dam levels nearly double year-on-year

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2019 The average dam levels in the Western Cape and the dams supplying the City of Cape are considerably higher than the prior two years, data released by the provincial Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Department shows. The average dam level in the Western Cape on... 

Aveng sells noncore Aveng Water business  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2019 JSE-listed Aveng will sell Aveng Water and the Aveng Namibia Water business to Cambrose 735, a special purpose vehicle incorporated as a private company, Infinity Partners, for the purpose of the transaction, for R95-million. Infinity Partners is a 100% black-owned company jointly held by... 

Aveng sells noncore Aveng Water business

Clean water still a concern in South Africa

18th January 2019 Despite so many innovators in the sector, South Africa is still confronted by many challenges in the water and sanitation sector. 

Outa, WSSA call for establishment of independent water regulator

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and Water Shortage South Africa (WSSA) says South Africa is in need of an independent water regulator. The organisations agree that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is failing to effectively regulate the country’s water sector and requires a... 

Outa, WSSA call for establishment of independent water regulator

Vaal river system water levels show year-on-year decline

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2019 The water levels across the 14 dams forming part of the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) continue to decline. A Department of Water and Sanitation statement on Thursday indicates that the high temperatures and above normal water use in recent days have resulted in a decrease in water levels to... 

Rand Water reduces supply to two Mpumalanga municipalities in arrears

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2019 Rand Water on Wednesday said it had reduced water pressure to two Mpumalanga-based local municipalities owing to the nonpayment of fees. The Victor Khanye and Govan Mbeki local municipalities have allegedly failed to honour agreements made to settle the outstanding amounts due to Rand Water. 

Bethal water crisis: Rand Water curbs supplies over outstanding municipal debt

By: News24Wire      16th January 2019 Fed-up Bethal residents, who have had little or no water over the last 25 days, have launched a silent protest to draw attention to their plight. But it didn't quite go according to plan. "The original plan was to get as many residents as possible to gather at the Bethal Dam and then have one... 

UN warns of rising levels of toxic brine as more desalination plants are built

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2019 The fast-rising number of desalination plants globally, now almost 16 000, quench a growing thirst for fresh water but create a “salty dilemma” on how to deal with all the chemical-laden left-over brine, authors of a recently published United Nations- (UN-) backed paper say. In the paper, the... 

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