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Jul 30, 2015
IRRIGATION Botswana plans to use some of the water from the Zambezi river for agriculture
The Botswana government is accelerating construction of a 16-billion pula ($1.6-billion) pipeline meant to carry water from the Zambezi river to the south of Botswana, as the government wants to complete the project in seven years. The negotiations, and other...
Jul 30, 2015
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ONGOING WATER SUPPLY Water services authorities must ensure that when water services are interrupted for more than 24 hours, consumers have access to alternative water services
Regular protests by residents demanding adequate water supply proves that many South Africans are subjected to interrupted and inadequate safe drinking water supply, says Unilever Centre for Environmental Water Quality director and Rhodes University professor Tally...
Jul 30, 2015
INSTALLED BASE AVK Valves supplies valves to major water projects across Africa
The valves supplied by global manufacturer and distributor AVK Valves to the North-South Carrier (NSC) pipeline project, in Botswana, are meeting all the client’s requirements, says AVK Valves. The NSC pipeline project – the largest engineering project ever...
Jul 30, 2015
SANITATION PRODUCTS GreenWorx sells its biological sanitation products for use in urban systems
Bacteria of the Bacillus subtilis species secrete four enzymes that break down organic material to enable the bacteria to digest it, and microbiological cleaning company Green Worx Cleaning Solutions uses their natural functions to clean organic waste in sanitation...
Jul 30, 2015
EXTENDED SUPPLY To accommodate future water needs, the Otjimbingwe piped water project is designed to have the capacity to supply neighbouring resettlement farms, as well as the local community
Namibia’s N$130-million piped water supply project for the Otjimbingwe settlement, in the Erongo region in central Namibia, is on track for completion early next year. The project was launched in August last year by Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John...
Jul 30, 2015
MEGAPROJECT The Lesotho Highlands Water Project is a multibillion-rand, binational water project that will benefit Lesotho and South Africa
The procurement of consultants for the four-phased, multibillion-rand binational Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), signalled the official start of the physical work component of Phase II of the project, says LHWP implementing agency the Lesotho Highlands...
Jul 30, 2015
IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE Emmarentia dam’s infrastructure is currently being rehabilitated
The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) in April embarked on a R25-million eight-month-long rehabilitation project for the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ’s) 103-year-old Emmarentia dam. The dam is located on the Westdene spruit, which is a tributary of the Juskei river and...
Jul 30, 2015
MULEBY SYSTEM TANK Aquadam has been contracted to install its water storage solution for the Siyabuswa community, in the Dr JS Moroka local municipality, in Mpumalanga
Having identified a shortage of potable water in the Siyabuswa community, the Dr JS Moroka local municipality, in Mpumalanga,  appointed agriculture and industrial liquid storage tank and reservoir manufacturer Aquadam to help install an extra reservoir to service...
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Jul 29, 2015
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Jul 29, 2015
Jul 15, 2015
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane
The Department of Water and Sanitation has invested R352m in assisting KwaZulu-Natal to respond to the immediate challenges of water scarcity, it was revealed on Wednesday. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Makonyane, who is on a fact-finding mission in...
Jul 09, 2015
WATERBANK Waterbank founders Geoff Brown and Les Lange
Water conservation company Waterbank Africa hopes to engage government in the high-volume roll-out of its patented, pressurised water tank – the Waterbank– to help ease the burden of water loss.
Jul 08, 2015
Niger said that it has won financial backing of 50-billion CFA Francs ($83.51-million) to relocate thousands of people from the site of a proposed hydroelectric dam. The 500-billion CFA Franc Kandadji project has been underway since 2008, but work stalled after a...
Jul 07, 2015
The KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department has warned that despite the recent rainfall, which has been pouring in the province for the past few days, the prolonged drought remains severe.   MEC for Cooperative Governance and...
Jul 02, 2015
BOTTLED WATER ALTERNATIVE An external view of the CWM 1000 Plant
Sustainable drinking water solutions provider Cirrus Water Management (CWM) installs atmospheric water generators as a healthier alternative to bottled water, which is also more cost effective and features a much-reduced carbon footprint. A gas and mining exploration...
Jul 02, 2015
The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil...
Jul 02, 2015
South Africa might face significant water stress and possible outright water scarcity within ten to fifteen years, unless its citizens adapt their behaviour with regard to efficient water use and sanitation systems. Significant work is being done to assess the...
Jun 30, 2015
Purchases of electricity by municipalities have decreased by 4.4% between the quarters ended December 2014 and March 2015, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Tuesday. Joe De Beer, the Director General responsible for Economic Statistics at Stats SA, said this...
Jun 29, 2015
The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has called on professional services companies to submit proposals for the environmental- and social-impact assessment (ESIA) of the Polihali reservoir and associated infrastructure that formed part of Phase 2 of the...
Jun 25, 2015
Three consulting engineering firms have been awarded contracts that are collectively worth more than M40-million, about R39-million, as part of the advance infrastructure works for the multi-billion rand, binational Lesotho Highlands Water project (LHWP), being...
Jun 25, 2015
Local consulting engineering firm UWP Consulting South Africa (SA) says that its Tanzania-based practice UWP Consulting Tanzania, which was established about ten years ago, is doing well in the country, where it has successfully completed roads and water projects...
Jun 25, 2015
The acting head of eThekwini’s water and sanitation department, Richard Mngoma, on Wednesday warned Durban residents that if they did not use water sparingly, taps could run dry.  Presenting a report to the council on the state of water in the province, Mngoma said...
Jun 22, 2015
The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil...
Jun 18, 2015
ROD CAIRNS If rainwater is collected and stored over a year, 86% of a household’s water requirements could be met using that water
Rainwater harvesting is the easiest method to practice water conservation and if we are not colleting rainwater, we are actually wasting water, polyethylene plastic storage tanks manufacturer JoJo Tanks chairperson Rod Cairns tells Engineering News.
Jun 11, 2015
MITIGATING MUNICIPAL BACKLOGS Under the ambit of the Back-to-Basics programme, government aims to improve municipal procurement and infrastructure delivery, among other competency requirements
The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) voiced its proposal last month that the government-initiated Back to Basics (B2B) programme be geared to assist local municipalities in various ways.
Jun 11, 2015
DETERRING THEFT The smart water meters have no metal components, thereby mitigating theft for metal recycling
The installation of smart water meters in Jansenville, in the Eastern Cape, has contributed significantly to a reduction in water leaks and to the municipality’s accurate capturing of water-meter readings, says Johannesburg-based metering solutions company Elster...
Jun 11, 2015
IAN KIRK Partnerships will be key if South Africa is to mitigate the threat of a water crisis
Just 8% of South Africa’s land area provided 50% of the country’s surface water and the country could be on the cusp of a drought, Worldwide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) Freshwater Programme head Christine Colvin warned at a Power of Partnerships seminar in...
Jun 09, 2015
Botswana Minerals Minister Onkokame Mokaila
The government of Botswana is bringing relief to profit-squeezed mining companies in the country by allowing them to defer the payment of mineral royalties. Speaking at the thirteenth Botswana Resource Sector conference here, Minerals, Energy and Water Resources...
Jun 04, 2015
WATER-CLEANING MACHINE Bohle released its first sedimentor machine onto the South African market in 2008
Glass-manufacturing facilities tend to use a lot of water during processing, as fine glass dust mixes with water to form a sediment that needs to be cleaned out regularly. This is one of the biggest challenges that the industry has been facing because the process of...
Jun 04, 2015
Singapore-based fully integrated water solutions supplier Hyflux Membrane Manufacturing (Hyflux) has chosen engineering advisory firm and assurance services company Lloyd’s Register Energy as its American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) inspection services...
Jun 04, 2015
JSE-listed Rolfes has bought out Agricultural Chemicals’ (Agchem’s) minority shareholders for R37.9-million and expects the acquisition to better align its core businesses and strengthen the platform upon which to grow the division and the company. Rolfes said on...
May 29, 2015
Ian Kirk
Just 8% of South Africa’s land area provided 50% of the country’s surface water and the country could be on the cusp of a drought, World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) Freshwater Programme head Christine Colvin warned at a Power of Partnerships seminar in...
May 28, 2015
JULIUS KLEYNHANS South Africa has skilled and experienced engineers available to deal with the water situation
The Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) announcement in February that it had signed a two-year contract with 35 water engineers from Cuba is a waste of taxpayers’ money and overlooks local expertise and talent, says civil rights group Afriforum. Afriforum...
May 28, 2015
SKILLS TRANSFER Rexus shares its experiences and research in all aspects of pipeline design and often provides technical seminars and on-site training
Local pipeline systems manufacturer Rexus completed a project to supply pipes, valves, fittings and couplings to the value of R21-million for an Eastern Cape municipality water project in January. Rexus director Allistair Balutto tells Engineering News that the...
May 28, 2015
RELIEF Once operational, the Ashley Drive break pressure tank is expected to store 20 Mℓ of water
eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) says a 14 km stretch of pipeline from Inchanga station to Ashley drive in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal, which forms part of the first two contracts of the R1.8-billion Phase 2 of the Western Aqueduct project, has been commissioned and...
May 28, 2015
CONSTRUCTION SPECIFIC The X-Stop PVC Waterstops are manufactured from a high-quality virgin polyvinyl chloride compound to provide substantial flexibility and durability
Tiling installation materials, tiling tools, building solutions and construction adhesives manufacturer and supplier Tal has supplied its largest order of X-Calibur X-Stop polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Waterstop extruded water bars to date to the lower Thukela bulk water...
May 28, 2015
BULK WATER SUPPLY The R513-million Valdezia-Makhado project aims to solve water challenges in the Makhado West area
The supply of steel pipes, fittings and valves to the value of R97-million to the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) Valdezia-Mowkop water line project, in the Makhado local municipality, in Limpopo, is well under way, says pipe supplier Incledon, noting...
May 28, 2015
SECURING WATER Damax Kahn and Kahn Plastics’ dam liner is an effective barrier against water loss
With South Africa facing high levels of water loss and having to secure existing water resources, industrial packaging and sheeting company Damax Kahn and Kahn Plastics says its dam liner is an effective barrier against water loss that is caused by seepage and...
May 28, 2015
MAKRO ALBERTON Massmart conserves water by capturing and reusing condensate from its carbon dioxide refrigeration plants at its new generation Makro stores
South African retailer Massmart has saved about 7 750 kℓ/y of water since implementing its water efficiency strategy at ten Makro stores and 65 Builders Warehouse stores in 2014. Massmart group sustainability manager Alexander Haw tells Engineering News that the...
May 28, 2015
HIGH DEMAND Fewer sites are available on which to build new dams in South Africa, as existing water resources become increasingly strained
Advisory firm KPMG says South Africa should focus on forming regional partnerships with its neighbours when creating water infrastructure, such as dams, reservoirs, pumpstations and pipelines, to deal with its water challenges. KPMG projects advisory services partner...
May 28, 2015
WATER QUALITY 50 dams in South Africa contain harmful bacteria
A study jointly funded by the Department of Science and Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has found that harmful cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, which is toxic to humans, is widespread in South Africa’s 50 largest dams. The...
May 28, 2015
NECESSARY EXPANSION The expansion of the Northern Aqueduct will alleviate water shortages and rationing
The construction of R250-million in urgently needed bulk water infrastructure in the northern part of the eThekwini region, in KwaZulu-Natal, is nearing completion, says municipal water and sanitation service eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS). Newly appointed EWS...
May 25, 2015
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The bucket system programme in formal areas will be a thing of the past by the end of 2015‚ Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Monday. About 88% of South Africans have access to clean drinkable water and almost 78% have access to decent...
May 25, 2015
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The first of a total of 40 Cuban engineers have arrived in the Free State on Sunday, with the rest expected to arrive on Monday. They will mainly be involved in improving service delivery, the construction of government subsidised settlements, houses, the provision...
May 21, 2015
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Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will place renewed focus on the maintenance and upgrade of water and sanitation infrastructure in the coming financial year, having already allocated resources for the planning and design of “numerous” proposed new water...
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