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Jul 01, 2015
Updated 6 hours ago This eight-page brief covers key developments in South Africa’s water sector over the past 12 months. It provides details of the state of South Africa’s water sector, planning and regulation, infrastructure, nonrevenue water and water-quality issues, as well as...
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 26, 2015
Tanzania, home to Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti National Park, has a tradition of protecting land for the sake of ecological diversity and beauty. Now the country has a new reason to add to its protected sites list: electricity.
Jun 26, 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 26, 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 19, 2015
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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 05, 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 05, 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, Worldwide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) Freshwater Programme head Christine Colvin warned at a Power of Partnerships seminar in...
May 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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...
May 14, 2015
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Great concern was expressed in Parliament over millions of households which could be without services due to a decision by Treasury to freeze funds to municipalities which owe money to Eskom. This national grant to municipalities funds - among others - basic...
May 13, 2015
The Sedibeng Regional Sewer Scheme (SRSS) is expected to bring much needed relief for residents living in the Sedibeng District Municipality. Speaking at a public engagement at Soul Tsotetsi Hall in Sebokeng, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said over...
May 12, 2015
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AfriForum has released its blue and green drop reports for this year‚ and their findings show that improvements have been made regarding the quality of South Africa's water infrastructure. The civil rights organisation tested the drinking water quality in 132 towns...
May 07, 2015
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At the current pace, global demand for water will increase by 55% by 2050, moving concerns around sustained water supply up the business risk agenda, a recent report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has revealed. This finding came coupled...
May 07, 2015
May 01, 2015
CLEAN WATER Members of the project team, from left, Edzard Verseput, Stuart Fergusson, Simon Atkins, Kiewiet and Kevin McRae who will manage the phase two expansion of the Nooitgedagt water treatments works for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
The second-phase construction of the Nooitgedagt Water Treatment Works (WTW) in the Eastern Cape, which will cost R126.4-million, has begun. This project will double the WTW’s capacity to 140-million litres a day.
Apr 30, 2015
The chairperson of the national assembly water and sanitation portfolio committee has lashed out at officials of the water and sanitation department and its entities for being too slow in encouraging black business with government. At a session of the committee on...
Apr 24, 2015
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is currently rolling out a R126-million sanitation upgrade project at rural schools in the Eastern Cape on behalf the Eastern Cape Department of Education (DoE). The programme will see 947 toilets built at 108 schools in the...
Apr 24, 2015
Jet Park-based corrosion protection, epoxy flooring, concrete repair and waterproofing company Verni completed a supply and installation contract in September 2014 for the Hannes van Niekerk Wastewater Treatment Plant in Westonaria, in Gauteng’s West Rand district...
Apr 24, 2015
Many of South Africa’s sewage treatment plants face major challenges, including the lack of technical capacity and funding to maintain and operate ageing sewage treatment infrastructure, as well as the ability to expand the sewage treatment capacity to meet the...
Apr 24, 2015
South Africa’s municipalities need to develop an integrated master plan to address delivery constraints of the country’s wastewater treatment plants, says consulting engineering firm WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa technical director Leon Saunders. He points out that...
Apr 24, 2015
ANAEROBIC MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR Sasol’s 20 000 ℓ pilot scale plant was completed in 2013 following a 12-month construction period
Petrochemicals group Sasol will finalise the conceptual design of a 60 Mℓ anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) at the end of this year, which is expected to generate 40 MW of electricity by treating a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant’s industrial effluent to produce...
Apr 24, 2015
Phase 3 construction of the Maclear Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) upgrade project, in the Eastern Cape’s Joe Gqabi district municipality, will start in June this year, says South African black-owned engineering firm Gibb, This phase will include the construction...
Apr 17, 2015
ONE OF A KIND Demag was contracted by Rand Water to design, manufacture and install two water-desludging bridge cranes for the Zuikerbosch pumpstation
Local crane manufacturer Demag Cranes and Components completed the installation of its first locally manufactured water-desludging bridge crane in December for water utility Rand Water. Demag South Africa national product and sales manager Wynand Andeweg tells...
Apr 17, 2015
While the energy crunch in South Africa will remain a problem over the medium term, the benefits of energy efficiency and management will persist for much longer, says national Measurement and Verification Council (MVCSA) board member and Southern African Association...
Apr 17, 2015
CONDRA 40 T CRANE With advanced control technology, Condra's 40 t crane reads the hook’s location to within an accuracy of 2 mm
South Africa-based multinational crane manufacturing company Condra in November delivered locally designed and manufactured maintenance cranes to the R3.5-billion De Hoop dam in Sekhukhune, Limpopo. Condra MD Marc Kleiner tells Engineering News that the company...
Apr 16, 2015
The first phase of the Mokolo Crocodile River Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP) would only be ready for operation on October 8, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane revealed in a written response to a Parliamentary question by opposition party Democratic...
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