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Water

Discussions to spark innovative solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Engineers Without Borders South Africa (EWBSA) last month hosted an interactive discussion for students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and young professionals regarding the future of sanitation in South Africa last month.  

Modernised sewage treatment aids efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to climate change globally and increasing droughts recently being experienced in South Africa, water treatment industries are in a steep growth phase, which have triggered the need for more cost-effective technologies for industry.  

Modernised sewage treatment aids efficiency
TRIED AND PROVEN WKL Environmental Solutions uses the return activated sludge process to achieve desired standards of sewage treatment

Outa investigates DWS

     28th April 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has raised concern over the widespread violation of the public’s constitutional right of access to clean drinking water and a healthy environment.  

Outa investigates DWS
JULIUS KLEYNHANS The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse is concerned about the state of water affairs and the lack of accountability

Solutions company installs latest innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Water recycling solutions provider Biobox is installing its first locally manufactured MobiSewer sewage treatment system unit at a retirement estate in Benoni, Gauteng. The recycled water will be used for water features and irrigation throughout the estate.  

Solutions company installs latest innovation
FIRST INSTALLATION The MobiSewer incoporates all sewage treatment processes in one container

Wastewater management short course presented

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to ageing water infrastructure as well as the increasing drought crisis that has affected various regions in the country, Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) notes that its short courses on water quality management and effluent treatment challenge attendees to come up with... 

Workshop addresses sanitation policies for forums

     28th April 2017 Last month, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) held a workshop in which issues pertaining to water and sanitation policies, illegal connections and the implications thereof, water tariffs and billing systems, as well as water restrictions and licensing, were presented.  

88 days of water left in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      25th April 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday said the city's feeder dams only have enough water for another 88 days. The city asked residents to decrease city water usage to 600-million litres per day. Previously the city’s target was to have consumption below 700-million litres per day. 

Auditor General findings on water department disturbing – Outa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is investigating alleged abuse of capital grants, which were intended to address the dire situation of South Africa’s increasingly threatened natural water resources, following “disturbing” findings by the Auditor General (AG) in a special performance... 

Cape Town finally hits water use target

By: News24Wire      19th April 2017 Water consumption in Cape Town has dropped below the city’s 700-million litre per day target for the first time. The city’s inhabitants used 685-million litres per day in the past week, the city said in a statement on Tuesday. 

De Lille to address Cape Town drought intervention plans 

By: News24Wire      18th April 2017 Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille will join a panel discussion on Tuesday to discuss the city's interventions in the metro's drought crisis. De Lille will address the Climate Change Coalition at Green Point Urban Park, and will also discuss the city's stance on climate change, and the risks... 

Water situation in Nelson Mandela Bay a 'crisis'

By: African News Agency      13th April 2017 Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay can gear up for stringent water restrictions within the next week as the water situation in the city is on the verge of a “crisis”. Executive Mayor Athol Trollip on Wednesday called an emergency media briefing at Port Elizabeth City Hall to address the critical... 

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition

By: Dylan Slater     12th April 2017 The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme of South Africa (GCIP-SA) has opened entries for its yearly competition, which is focused on highlighting the latest clean technology innovations and solutions, to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition
GCIP-SA top performers for 2016, Yolandi Schoeman and Martin Ackermann, with Gerswynn McKuur (left) and Paul deGive at the Cleantech Open Global Forum in San Francisco

Capetonians urged to keep up water-saving efforts despite rain

By: News24Wire      11th April 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday urged consumers not to relax their water-saving efforts after two days of light rain in the city. The city's dam levels have declined to 25.2%. With the last 10% of a dam's water mostly unusable, dam levels are effectively at 15.2%, the city said in a statement. 

Capetonians urged to keep up water-saving efforts despite rain

Portfolio Committee to probe reports on water department's alleged financial distress

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th April 2017 The Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation will investigate recent media reports claiming that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is allegedly bankrupt. In February, several media reports emerged stating that the DWS was nearly R4.3-billion in debt and had unpaid invoices running... 

Portfolio Committee to probe reports on water department's alleged financial distress
Photo by Duane Daws
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Development projects a core part of business

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Owing to the role of groundwater resource development projects in communities’ wider socioeconomic wellbeing, consulting engineering company JG Afrika’s geohydrology technical director Mark Schapers says these projects are fast becoming a core part of the team’s business. 

Development projects a core part of business
SUSTAINABLE IMPLEMENTATION Rural areas are being targeted for the project as they have been poorly serviced in the past

Pretoria property development to incorporate lagoon technology

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2017 Multinational water innovation company Crystal Lagoons has partnered with JSE-listed Balwin Properties to construct and operate South Africa’s first local Crystal Lagoon, a proprietary technology used to construct and maintain lagoons at low costs.   Balwin Properties’ new R4.2-billion The Blyde... 

100 days of water left in Cape Town dams, restrictions to be tightened

By: News24Wire      4th April 2017 Cape Town’s water supply is down to its last 100 days, resulting in the municipality bringing forward its emergency supply schemes. Dam storage levels had declined to 26.2%, one percentage point down from last week, the City of Cape Town said in a statement on Monday. 

More municipalities in Western Cape to be declared disaster areas 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st March 2017 The ongoing drought conditions across the Western Cape will see the province declaring seven municipalities as disaster areas, with a further chance that the entire province may have to be declared a disaster area too. This will bring total to 12 municipalities. 

Sustainable industry dispels misconceptions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Contrary to the misconceptions about the paper industry being detrimental to the environment, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony posits that the sector is “incredibly sustainable” and shows a circular economy in action. Whether made from virgin... 

R50m budget approved for revitalisation of Ekandustria Industrial Park

By: African News Agency      30th March 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) on Thursday said a budget of about R50-million has been approved to address the first phase of the revitalisation programme of the Ekandustria Industrial Park. The Deputy Director-General for Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the... 

South Africa's drought a 'harvest of dysfunction' – Oxfam

By: News24Wire      28th March 2017 The ongoing drought has exposed "hazardous shortcomings" in the planning and management of the country’s water resources, according to report by Oxfam SA released on Tuesday. Government officials and politicians calling the drought a "God-given" event, and their palpable relief that rain had... 

Cape Town water being treated for harmless compound

By: News24Wire      28th March 2017 The City of Cape Town is treating its dwindling water supplies for a harmless organic compound that is affecting its smell and taste, it said on Tuesday. Confirming the suspicions of many who had observed changes in the water as dam levels dropped to 27.3%, councillor Xanthea Limberg said the... 

Manufacturer launches water campaign

     24th March 2017 Pump manufacturer Grundfos announced the launch of its ‘Who Runs the Water That Runs America’ initiative last month, which was created to help water and wastewater utilities raise public awareness of the many challenges in the water sector. 

One-stop solution gives company market edge

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 The ability to supply a full range of high-quality pumps with full back-up and support, as well as readily available spare parts, has placed pump supplier and manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves in a unique position where clients can meet all their pumping requirements through a single supplier. 

One-stop solution gives company market edge
STEFANO TESTI Modern-day renewable energy plants require technologically-advanced systems

Pumps make water treatment easier

     24th March 2017 Used service water from industrial processes is one of the most problematic types of waste water owing to its composition, as it is often very demanding for conveying systems, says building materials and concrete manufacturer NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme. 

Pumps make water treatment easier
RELIABLE SOLUTIONS Reliable and robust conveying solutions do now exist for efficient treatment of industrial waste water and sludge

We need to change how we use water – World Bank

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2017 The world needs to transform the way it manages its water, Professor Patrick Verkooijen of the World Bank said on Wednesday. To accelerate the transformation, World Bank President Jim Kim and UN secretary general Antonio Guterres are convening a high-level panel on water with 11 heads of state,... 

Zuma unveils UN's global water and sanitation plan

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2017 President Jacob Zuma unveiled the UN's broad-based plan to provide water and sanitation for ten-billion people by 2030 on Wednesday. Zuma was part of the UN's high level panel on water and sanitation. 

Outa threatens DWS with court over water issues 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 Seventy-one per cent of wastewater treatment facilities in South Africa are noncompliant and discharge more than four-billion litres of toxic wastewater into South Africa’s water resources every day, an investigation by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has revealed. The organisation on... 

Water availability in rural regions still lags

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 Around 3.5-million rural people in South Africa are still living without access to clean water, WaterAid Southern Africa regional director Robert Kampala said this week following the release of WaterAid’s yearly analysis of global water access. The report, titled ‘Wild Water: The State of the... 

Water availability in rural regions still lags

ICMM guide to ensure greater consistency in water use disclosure

By: Anine Kilian     22nd March 2017 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has published a water reporting guide to help mining companies disclose their water use data in a consistent manner to allow for easier comparison. ‘A practical guide to consistent water reporting’, which was released on World Water Day,... 

ICMM guide to ensure greater consistency in water use disclosure
ICMM president and CEO Tom Butler

South Africa needs a water-conscious, water-smart approach to mitigating looming water deficit 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2017 A new report ‘Scenarios for the future of water South Africa’ has revealed how the drought-stricken, water-scarce country needs to transition towards a water-conscious, water smart economy with stronger water governance. In the report unpacking various scenarios, the World Wide Fund for Nature... 

DBSA secures $100m AFD loan facility to support continental activity

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has secured a $100-million loan facility from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), earmarked for energy, water, transport and information and communication technology infrastructure across Africa. The DBSA aims to continue to advance... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities
MOMENT IN THE SUN Africa’s largest power and electricity event offers innovative, cost-effective means of tackling Africa’s power challenges

Stainless steel body hopes to boost product demand at event

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Industry body and lobby group the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) hopes to drive demand for stainless steel products by exhibiting at Water Show Africa 2017, which runs alongside Power & Electricity World Africa held at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28... 

Stainless steel body  hopes to boost product  demand at event
JOHN TARBOTON The Eiffel Tower competition will be launched for the first time at the event and first prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris

Emergency measures in place for water crisis – Cape Town

By: News24Wire      14th March 2017 The City of Cape Town said on Monday disaster planning was underway to ensure measures were in place for the possibility of an extended drought. "[We] continue planning for the implementation of contingency and emergency measures in conjunction with the National Department of Water and... 

Low dam levels, high number of fires a challenge for the Western Cape

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2017 The Western Cape government on Monday renewed its call for citizens to reduce their water consumption, as the average level of the province’s dams now stood at 28.4%. Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell said the continued drop in... 

Low dam levels, high number of fires a challenge for the Western Cape

Molewa publishes draft coastal waters discharge permit regulations for public input

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, on March 10, published the draft coastal waters discharge permit regulations in the Government Gazette for public comment. The regulations seek to provide an administrative framework to implement Section 69 of the National Environmental Management:... 

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