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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...
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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...
Apr 13, 2015
A new report has outlined the critical importance of injecting funds into the development of multipurpose water infrastructure worldwide to ensure water security for the demands of the growing global population and global economy. The ‘Water: Fit to Finance?’ report,...
Apr 13, 2015
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has, since inception, funded the construction of 188 bulk national water and wastewater projects, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has outlined in a written Parliamentary response to a question by the Democratic Alliance (DA)....
Apr 10, 2015
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The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has taken steps against the Matlosana municipality after three wastewater treatment works (WWTWs) within its jurisdication were found to have been in contravention of the Water Services Act. The municipality admitted in...
Apr 10, 2015
Rainwater harvesting (RWH) can boost water security in South Africa, but water-related legislation does not provide a clear legal framework for its adoption, hampering national expansion. This is according to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research...
Apr 10, 2015
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Rainwater harvesting (RWH) can boost water security in South Africa, but water-related legislations do not provide a clear legal framework for its adoption, hampering national expansion.
Apr 09, 2015
Diversified miner Exxaro on Thursday unveiled the first of three water treatment plants designed to mitigate underground water storage constraints, protect scarce natural water resources and ensure the safety of mineworkers. The launch of the R250-million Robert...
Apr 07, 2015
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has allocated a loan and a grant to finance a $26-million water project, in Mahe, in the Seychelles. With water shortages common in Mahe, the Seychelles’ largest island, the project aimed to assist in achieving the Seychelles...
Apr 02, 2015
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a $123.77-million loan to Angola to finance the country’s Institutional and Sustainability Support to Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Service Delivery project. The project was aimed at improving water sector...
Apr 02, 2015
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In the late 1880s, when the first miners started driving their tunnels through the hard quartzite rock below the Witwatersrand, digging deep to extract the region's vast gold wealth, they could not have foreseen the dangerous legacy their activities would leave for...
Apr 01, 2015
A new tool that provides municipalities with a prewritten tender and contract, which can easily be adapted to suit the specific needs and circumstances of a particular region, is now available and is expected to help municipalities curb water losses. The Model...
Mar 26, 2015
Mar 24, 2015
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has revealed that 96 mines currently active in South Africa are operating without water use licences. “My department is aware of the current number of mines that are operating without water use licences and, [of these...
Mar 18, 2015
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The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) plans to spend R1.6-billion in the 2014/15 fiscal period on the upgrade of dilapidated water infrastructure across South Africa and a further R220-million on the Dam Safety Rehabilitation Project, which would see the full...
Mar 13, 2015
As the requirements of reliability and the extended life span of plastic pipes across industry are increasing, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers’ Association (Sappma) is inviting companies to submit high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe samples by April...
Mar 06, 2015
The World Bank, the European Union, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government of Sweden have agreed to provide Zimbabwe and Zambia with $294-million for the repair of structural deformations on the Kariba dam wall and avert the possible collapse of the...
Mar 06, 2015
ABE THELA Cuban engineering skills are not recognised by the Engineering Council of South Africa
Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) last month said it was dismayed that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) was seconding 35 Cuban engineers on a two-year contract to share their expertise with South African engineers in the water sector.
Mar 06, 2015
The assessment data from the Department of Water and Sanitation’s Green Drop water quality certification programme suggests that municipal performance in wastewater management has improved steadily and significantly over the last five years since the programme was...
Mar 06, 2015
IMMINENT IMPOSITION Acid mine drainage poses a serious threat to parts of South Africa's water supply
Gaseous carbon dioxide (CO2), provided by gas products and services company Afrox, has been successfully integrated into a water treatment system at coal miner Optimum Coal’s water reclamation plant near Hendrina, in Mpumalanga. The system treats acid mine drainage...
Mar 06, 2015
Owing to its water-intensive nature, new mining and infrastructural development needs to be carefully considered in South Africa, says Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Joan Warburton-McBride, who believes that, for the same reason, hydraulic...
Mar 06, 2015
Until government is able to upgrade its water infrastructure, amend punitive laws for theft of State property and implement traceability laws for scrap metal, the routine theft of government-owned pipes, substation components, transformers and other water-related...
Mar 06, 2015
Identifying a need to clarify the South African National Standards (SANS) organisation’s SANS 2001 pressure test regulations, plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics in 2014 developed and published a guide on how to conduct the pressure testing of pipes.
Mar 06, 2015
French-based water treatment and waste management solutions provider Suez Environnement has signed a research contract with United Arab Emirates-based university the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company to study seawater...
Mar 06, 2015
About 35 000 delegates from more than 170 countries are expected to gather at this year’s World Water Forum, which will take place from April 12 to 17 in the South Korean cities of Daegu and Gyeongju. The forum, which is jointly organised by multistakeholder platform...
Mar 06, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Jeff Radebe
Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe would “soon” call for nominations for commissioners to serve on the country’s second National Planning Commission (NPC), with the term of the inaugural commission set to end in May....
Feb 19, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
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Medupi power station
With both the African water and energy sectors being under high levels of stress, while being pressured by climate change, the water–energy nexus has become a key uncertainty on the continent. “It is necessary for [countries] to zoom in on the relationship, linkages...
Feb 18, 2015
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Since partnering with US water technology firm Zoeller in 2010, Stellenbosch-based company Maskam Water has sold and installed some R10-million worth of water treatment plants and pumps in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya and Nigeria. Moreover, the company...
Feb 16, 2015
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Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has welcomed 35 Cuban engineers seconded to South Africa for a two-year term within the framework of a controversial bilateral cooperation agreement signed in September 2013. The engineers would undergo a two-week...
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