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Water

Innovative wastewater treatment system launched in W Cape

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 Water solutions provider Maskam Water launched the Clarus Fusion sewage treatment system, which substitutes treated water with recycled water for sanitation, industrial or irrigation use, in October. The decentralised wastewater treatment system, launched at the company’s premises in Brackenfell... 

Property developers shift focus to manage economic risk

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th December 2016 There has been a slowdown in the development of commercial properties as developers shift their focus to residential, healthcare and industrial projects to best manage risks in South Africa’s economic climate, says business management consultant WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa regional director... 

Property developers  shift focus to manage  economic risk
WILLIAM JOHNSTON Best practice designs that incorporate a holistic and sustainable approach to property development is becoming entrenched among South Africa developers

Desalination a ‘serious’ option to augment water supply

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2016 More needs to be done to ensure the recycling of water and the desalination of water was a “serious option” to augment South Africa’s strained water supply, Western Cape Department of Water and Sanitation provincial head Rashid Khan said on Tuesday. In an opinion piece to clarify the “many facets... 

South Africa's water sector: a case study in state capture 

     2nd December 2016 The call for radical economic transformation in the water sector is being used as a cover for the enrichment of a new elite, professor Mike Muller argues. A lot of what is being presented as radical economic transformation initiatives in South Africa is simply state capture by a corrupt elite.... 

South Africa's water sector: a case study in state capture
Photo by Duane Daws
Professor Mike Muller

Drought prevails in South Africa despite increased rainfall

By: Anine Kilian     30th November 2016 Despite the significant increase in rainfall across South Africa in recent weeks, the country is still experiencing a severe drought, noted Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) climate modelling chief researcher Professor Francois Engelbrecht on Wednesday. Speaking at a CSIR... 

Drought prevails in South Africa despite increased rainfall

Bid deadlines loom for two key water-transfer components of Lesotho Highlands project 

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2016 Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) reports that the engineering design contracts for the two main water-transfer components of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II will be awarded by mid-2017 and that construction should begin 18 months thereafter. The R23-billion binational... 

Bid deadlines loom for two key water-transfer components of Lesotho Highlands project

Western Cape residents have the most improved drinking water

By: News24Wire      24th November 2016 The Western Cape has the highest rate of universal access to improved drinking water sources in the country, says Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). At 99.4% the province is closely followed by the Free State at 99.3%, the Northern Cape at 99.1% and Gauteng at 98.6%. 

No irregularities in R1.1bn tenders – Rand Water

By: News24Wire      23rd November 2016 There were no irregularities in the R1.1-billion tenders awarded to one company by Rand Water, Parliament heard on Wednesday. This after reports that the country’s biggest water utility, which supplies Gauteng and parts of Mpumalanga and Free State, was paying millions more for work that was not... 

Recent rainfall improves dam levels

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 As a result of increased rainfall in recent weeks, the total volume of water in storage across South Africa’s dams and water systems increased this week from 47.9% to 48.7%, according to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The department further confirmed that water released from the... 

Five W Cape municipalities declared ‘disaster areas’ as drought persists

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2016 The ongoing drought taking a toll on the Southern African region is impacting significantly on the Western Cape, which has declared five municipalities local disaster areas, according to Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell, who... 

Five W Cape municipalities declared ‘disaster areas’ as drought persists

TCTA celebrates thirtieth consecutive unqualified audit, eyes further mandates

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th November 2016 State-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has achieved its thirtieth consecutive unqualified audit opinion in the financial year ended March 31, and the water infrastructure entity is targeting further mandates by shareholder, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The DWS-led... 

Finnish firm gets funding to commercialise AMD solution in SA

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 Following the July launch of water treatment technology for the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD) and industrial hazardous waste water in South Africa, Finland-based company Global EcoProcess Services Oy (Epse) has been granted funding by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation for the... 

Finnish firm gets funding to commercialise AMD solution in SA
Photo by Duane Daws
LASSE MUSAKKA Our technology can assist in achieving a sustainable and better future for South Africa

Leaks to blame for South Africa’s major water losses 

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2016 The amount of municipality-supplied water being lost through leaking pipes and dripping taps – which amounts to about 25% – is a significant concern in the current drought-promoting climate and subsequent water restrictions in the country, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering... 

Leaks to blame for South Africa’s major water losses

Grey water treatment innovation receives recognition

By: Dylan Slater     11th November 2016 Top honours were awarded to Klerksdorp-based multidisciplinary environmental, social and ecological services company Baoberry founder and MD Yolandi Schoeman at the 2016 awards ceremony of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in South Africa (GCIP-SA)... 

Grey water treatment innovation  receives recognition
AWARDS CEREMONY Winners at awards ceremony of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in South Africa

Vaal dam gets boost to maintain at least 25% capacity

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th November 2016 As Gauteng grapples with water shortages amid a severe drought and evaporation owing to high summer temperatures, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Monday started opening up water flow from Sterkfontein dam to replenish the dangerously low levels of water at Vaal dam. A maximum of... 

Vaal dam gets boost to maintain at least 25% capacity

Ageing infrastructure offers opportunities

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon has noted a growing trend towards high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe solutions, presenting its water infrastructure segment with a major growth opportunity, as South Africa’s ageing water infrastructure network requires serious government... 

Supplier introduces diaphragm valve to African market

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 Valves supplier Astore Africa officially introduced the DK diaphragm valve to the African market at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition, held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in September. Astore Africa product manager Francois van Vuuren notes that the DK range, developed by Italian industrial... 

Supplier introduces diaphragm valve to African market
DK DIAPHRAGM VALVE DK series is suited to industrial applications, specifically those pertaining to chemical and industrial processes or water purification

Valves supplier to extend foothold in municipal market

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 Valve and steel supplier Stewarts and Lloyds (S&L) hopes to extend its market share in the municipal and civil engineering sectors, as it expects that the drive by government to effectively manage and optimise the water resources sector will result in several supply opportunities for local... 

Valves supplier to extend foothold in  municipal market
SALVALVE PRODUCTS The range includes several butterfly, gate, ball and resilient seal valves, strictly manufactured to local and international standards

Sterkfontein water to boost Vaal dam levels

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd November 2016 While reiterating its call for citizens to use water wisely, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Thursday announced that it would release water from its reserve Sterkfontein dam into the Vaal dam on November 7. Amid the ongoing drought, dam levels across the country have depleted to... 

Sterkfontein water to boost Vaal dam levels

Outdated laws give farmers, landowners sole water ownership, MPs hear 

By: News24Wire      3rd November 2016 Parliament needs to help change existing laws that give landowners and farmers the sole rights to water running through their property, the Department of Water and Sanitation said on Wednesday. Existing "sunset clauses" meant farmers and landowners benefitted from water historically found on... 

New holdings group unveils prototype point-of-entry water filtration system 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st November 2016 CrossAfrica Holdings is leveraging its official launch this week as a platform to unveil its new Cleansui water filtration system prototype under its newly established standalone subsidiary CrossAfrica Water Solutions. The holdings group will on Thursday showcase a prototype point-of-entry... 

New holdings group unveils prototype point-of-entry water filtration system
CrossAfrica group MD Manny Cross and top South African water expert Dr Anthony Turton speak to Engineering News about CrossAfrica Holdings leveraging its official launch this week as a platform to unveil its new Cleansui water filtration system prototype. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 1.11.2016

Ndlovu steps down after eight years at the helm of TCTA

     1st November 2016 James Ndlovu has stepped down as CEO of the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA), effective October 31. He had served two terms as head of the organisation. 

Johannesburg’s northern suburbs run out of water

By: African News Agency      1st November 2016 Some parts of Johannesburg’s northern areas were left without water on Tuesday after a major pipe burst in Steyn City. The city’s water utility, Joburg Water, said repair work started earlier and could take hours until the evening. 

South Africa encouraged to join Oceans Joint Partnership Initiative

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st October 2016 Collaborative research efforts between Norway and South Africa, through programmes such as Horizon 2020, which focuses on the promotion of research excellence in the fields of environment, climate change and renewable energy, have led to a number of successful initiatives. Speaking to delegates... 

Worsening drought puts water supply under pressure

By: African News Agency      31st October 2016 As the drought worsens, the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation has warned South Africans to use water sparingly as persisting low dam levels could force government to use reserve water supply, which could be detrimental. Spokesman Sputnik Ratau said the country’s water supply situation... 

Worsening drought puts water supply under pressure

AFD, DBSA to help fund Durban bulk water supply projects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th October 2016 Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have provided the eThekwini municipality with a R700-million 15-year loan. A grant of R93-million was also provided to the municipality by the Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa which is... 

Investment in infrastructure remains government priority

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2016 Government has budgeted R987.4-billion for infrastructure over the next three years, with large investments continuing in energy, transport and telecommunications, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said during the presentation of the 2016 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday. He... 

Investment in infrastructure remains government priority

New SADC body set up to strengthen groundwater management

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 The Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI), a new organisation that will work within 15 SADC member States to collaboratively strengthen the management and development of groundwater for social and economic development in the region through the... 

New SADC body set up to strengthen groundwater management
Photo by Bloomberg
UNTAPPED RESOURCE Groundwater is the primary source of all water for about 70% of the inhabitants of the Southern African Development Community, yet only 1.5% is used

Reforesting Kilimanjaro would protect water supplies 

By: African News Agency      20th October 2016 There is a need to reforest Africa’s highest mountain to help protect vital water supplies that are under threat across large parts of East Africa, a UN Environment report has urged. The loss of Mount Kilimanjaro’s forests could trigger a water crisis as rivers begin to dry up, the report,... 

Leaking money: Water Dept's irregular expenditure rises by 300%

By: News24Wire      18th October 2016 The Department of Water and Sanitation's irregular expenditure rose by 300% over the last financial year, with the latest audit showing it had increased to R1.7-billion, the Auditor-General (AG) has said. A representative from the AG of South Africa presented before Parliament's portfolio... 

Innovation to provide solutions for African businesses

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2016 Businesses in Africa are facing a variety of challenges, which has led professional services firms like KPMG to constantly invest in innovative products to provide solutions for businesses. 

Innovation to provide solutions for African  businesses
BENSON MWESIGWA To date, KPMG has delivered 85 000 l of water as part of Operation Hydrate

Water dept procurement processes to be reviewed

By: SANews, SA government news service     13th October 2016 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has appointed a task team to review procurement processes in the department. Minister Mokonyane made the announcement during a media briefing on Wednesday at her office. The task team is expected to report its findings to the Minister within six... 

‘Catastrophe’ to hit Tshwane unless water usage is cut, says mayor

By: African News Agency      10th October 2016 Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga on Monday urged residents to adhere to the new water usage restrictions announced by the municipality, warning that the capital city could be heading for disaster if the consumption was not arrested. “We will now be intensifying the community awareness. This campaign,... 

‘Catastrophe’ to hit Tshwane unless water usage is cut, says mayor

Lake Kariba dam wall structural rehabilitation to commence in February 2017 

By: African News Agency      7th October 2016 Work on the long-awaited rehabilitation of the Kariba Dam wall, which hosts the giant Kariba Hydro-Electric Station that generates electricity for Zimbabwe and Zambia is set to commence in February 2017, the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has announced. Addressing journalists in the southern... 

Infrastructure crucial to water availability

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 Global professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa says various factors contribute to the operating efficiencies of existing water infrastructure in South Africa, which affects the country’s availability of water resources, including management thereof. WSP environment and energy... 

Infrastructure overhaul could boost consumer expenses

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 South Africa is in dire need of infrastructure upgrades to better manage available water resources and ensure that water can be distributed to where it is needed. However, to undertake the massive infrastructure overhaul needed, funds for capital investment will be required. Like with... 

Initiative enlightens communities about infrastructure concerns

     7th October 2016 An Umgeni Water team hosted an event in June at the Mhlabatshane dam in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ugu district to inform and educate attendees, as part of a commitment to assist in the protection of communities that live close to bulk water storage and treatment infrastructure. Umgeni Water abstracts,... 

Initiative enlightens  communities about  infrastructure concerns
UMGENI WATER The provision of infrastructure, such as dams, is accompanied by certain risks to people who live close to this infrastructure
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