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Water

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 African infrastructure projects are meeting, and sometimes setting, global engineering best practices, says infrastructure and engineering multinational AECOM Africa civil infrastructure lead Darrin Green. Large-scale engineering projects worldwide require a range of technical, multidisciplinary... 

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices
TEMA PORT The Tema Port Expansion Project, in Ghana, meets global engineering best practices for ground and civil engineering, sustainability and environmental and social impact

Water dept commits to doing more with less as Nkwinti presents R15.6bn budget

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is working to “achieve more with less”, with Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti having presented a R15.57-billion budget for 2018/19 on Tuesday. Historical commitments not adequately budgeted for, budgetary constraints influenced by... 

Water dept commits to doing more with less as Nkwinti presents R15.6bn budget
Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Desalination’s future is going solar – TWS

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 The first highly cost-effective solar-powered desalination plant in South Africa will be commissioned by the end of October at Witsand, in the Hessequa municipality, in the Western Cape. The plant will produce 100 kl/d of fresh water to meet the water requirement of the struggling Witsand village. 

Desalination’s future is going solar – TWS

Water officials responsible for irregular spending to get second chance – Nkwinti

By: News24Wire      22nd May 2018 Water and sanitation officials who were involved in dodgy practices that contributed to the department's R6.7-billion in irregular spending last year are to be given a second chance, Minister of Water and Sanitation Gugile Nkwinti said on Tuesday. But he will be watching them. "Part of our... 

Water officials responsible for irregular spending to get second chance – Nkwinti
Water & Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Improving water management through deployment of IoT devices

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 The use of low-power wide-area (LPWA) Internet of Things (IoT) devices and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) provide significantly greater water management capabilities and highly detailed water information across the value chain, says multinational mobile network operator Vodacom IoT director Deon... 

Massive iceberg proposed as solution to Cape Town’s water crisis

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2018 South African marine salvage expert Nick Sloane has outlined a novel plan to guide an iceberg towards the west coast and harvest it to keep Cape Town’s water shortage at bay. He said despite the idea seeming “crazy”, he believed it could be done and would supply 20% of Cape Town’s water needs. 

Capetonians applauded for driving down water use

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2018 Residents of Cape Town have managed to halve the amount of water they use compared with six months ago in what has been described as a “remarkable” effort. City of Cape Town Utility Services: Water and Sanitation director Peter Flower this week said people had completely changed their way of... 

Business, Cogta agree on cooperation plan for municipalities

By: Thabi Madiba     15th May 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) have agreed to cooperate in setting up a structured process aimed at resolving some of the key challenges facing many of South Africa’s dysfunctional municipalities, particularly in the... 

Business, Cogta agree on cooperation plan for municipalities

Greenpeace Africa launches petition to make water central to govt decision-making

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2018 Greenpeace Africa has launched a petition calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to put water at the centre of all government decision-making.  

Greenpeace Africa launches petition to make water central to govt decision-making

Irregular expenditure at water department rockets to R6.4bn 

By: African News Agency      9th May 2018 The office of South Africa’s auditor-general on Wednesday told parliament that irregular expenditure at the department of water and sanitation had rocketed to R6.4-billion. The AG’s office said that the irregular expenditure at the department was significantly high around 2014/15 and 2016/17... 

Irregular expenditure at water department rockets to R6.4bn

Innovators emerge with novel ways to treat, conserve water

By: Kim Cloete     4th May 2018 Innovators from South Africa and Austria have met with potential partners and investors in Cape Town to present ideas to reduce the amount of water currently used in agriculture. The 17 innovators were chosen as finalists in the Agri-Water Open Innovation Challenge out of a pool of 70... 

Agri SA launches water desk to ensure farmers get fair share of precious resource

By: News24Wire      4th May 2018 Agricultural industry association Agri SA has launched a water desk that will be dedicated to helping farmers across the country get equitable access to water, it said on Friday. Several policy proposals could increase the cost of water and reduce the amounts available to agricultural users, Agri... 

Agri SA launches water desk to ensure farmers get fair share of precious resource

Exclusive CEO Forum to discuss utilities transformation at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 CEOs from Africa will meet at the Pan-African Utility CEO Forum to discuss pertinent issues affecting the power, energy and water sectors. The Forum at African Utility Week (AUW), taking place from 15 to 17 May, is the largest of the five forums and is the meeting place for CEOs from across the... 

Exclusive CEO Forum to discuss utilities transformation at AUW
UTILITY CEOs About 40 CEOs from the continent are expected to attend the forum

Company to address water investment and tech advances at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 State-owned Ghana Water Company chief technology and innovation manager Richard Otoo will highlight the importance of water management as well as the impact of technology on a utility company in transition during African Utility Week (AUW). The conference will focus on the increasing need for... 

Company to address  water investment and  tech advances at AUW
RICHARD OTOO Once people understand the economic value of water, willingness to pay for the long-run marginal cost of water may not be a problem

Wastewater company aims to attract new clients at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 South African wastewater management company East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) returns to African Utility Week (AUW) for the second time to showcase its “vital” energy and water services.   

Wastewater company  aims to attract new  clients at AUW
WATER TREATMENT EXPERTISE Erwat has the expert skills and capabilities to be a key player in the water and energy sectors

Pneumatic systems are an energy efficient alternative

4th May 2018 With there being a need to consider service life costs when planning municipal water management systems, pneumatic systems and industrial equipment supplier Festo says pneumatic systems are 28% more advantageous. 

Pneumatic systems are an energy efficient alternative
ENERGY EFFICIENCY Festo’s range of pneumatic systems significantly reduces energy use, resulting in significant cost savings for water operations

World Bank grants Kenya $1bn loan for infrastructure projects

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 The World Bank said on Thursday it had given Kenya a $1-billion concessional loan for energy, transport and water infrastructure projects in poorer regions in its north and northeast. These regions have benefited little from Kenya's strong economic performance, the World Bank said. The East... 

Water dept is in 'shambles', admits Nkwinti after taking over from Mokonyane

By: News24Wire      3rd May 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti conceded to MPs that the department he had inherited earlier this year from Nomvula Mokonyanewa is "a mess". At a briefing on the department's budget and strategic plan, presented to the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on... 

Water dept is in 'shambles', admits Nkwinti after taking over from Mokonyane
Water & Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Construction for the expansion of Driftsands sewer in progress

27th April 2018 The construction of a 1 400-mm-wide concrete high density polyethylene- (HDPE-) lined sewer of 1 850 m in length, expected to be completed in November, forms part of Phase 1 of the four-phase Driftsands sewer augmentation project, which started in the second quarter of 2017 to increase the... 

DWS hosts workshop on water and sanitation

27th April 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWA) in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal held a water and sanitation training workshop for provincial councillors in January at... 

DWS hosts workshop  on water and sanitation
SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT The Department of Water and Sanitation's cleaning of the banks of the Jukskei river formed part of the National Water Week and the City of Johannesburg's clean-up campaign, A Re Sebetseng

Plastic pipes experience growth in sewer infrastructure market

27th April 2018 The global plastic pipe market is benefiting from the growing acceptance of large diameter plastic pipes in infrastructure applications such as drainage, sewer and water transmission, says South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturing Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. “Water distribution and sewage... 

Joburg saves millions of litres of water using low-flush cisterns  

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 With the objective of saving about 580-million litres of water a year through its low-flush cistern toilet system project, utility company Joburg Water says the project can also save the city about R3.5-million a year. “Households currently use 29% of their water for flushing. The project is... 

Joburg saves millions of litres of water using low-flush cisterns
Joburg Water communications and marketing manager Isaac Dhludhlu discusses new water projects that the city is undertaking for the next two years. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Owing to ageing infrastructure and a shortage of skills in wastewater a number of the wastewater treatment plants of the country’s municipalities are discharging effluent that requires attention, says wastewater treatment utility East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) MD Tumelo Gopane. Some... 

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance
NEW TECHNOLOGY Erwat installed its hybrid bacillus bacterium at its plant in Tsakane

Tanks provide sustainable wastewater management

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Water tank supplier Water Systems’ 3301kℓ ST31 tank is the best solution for wastewater and sanitation plants, owing to its high quality standard and large capacity, says marketing manager James Preston. “The innovative design of SBS Tanks allows for the tanks to be easily transported and... 

Increasing debt at water trading entity unacceptable – Portfolio Committee

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation is worried about the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Water Trading Entity’s (WTE’s) increasing debt book, despite various calls by the committee to use intergovernmental relations framework avenues to address the problem, committee... 

M&R Water, partner launch innovative wastewater treatment demo plant

By: Shirley le Guern     25th April 2018 Murray & Roberts Water (MRW), together with its European technology partner, Organica Water, on Wednesday launched an innovative, environment-friendly wastewater treatment plant that closely resembles a greenhouse at the eThekwini municipality’s Verulam Wastewater Treatment Works. The first of... 

M&R Water, partner launch innovative wastewater treatment demo plant

De Lille asks for lower water tariff hike after thousands of complaints

By: News24Wire      25th April 2018 Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has asked for a reduction in the proposed 27% water tariff hike, after the City received roughly 24 900 complaints from residents during public submissions on the new budget. De Lille - in what could be one of her last budget speeches before the council as mayor... 

De Lille asks for lower water tariff hike after thousands of complaints

Zambezi River Authority launches Kariba dam spillway rehabilitation works tender

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has embarked on the final stage of its Kariba Dam rehabilitation project (KDRP) with the launch of a tender for the spillway rehabilitation works to a shortlist of three prequalified companies – China Gezhouba Group, the CMC/ATB Kariba joint venture and GE Hydro... 

Zambezi River Authority launches Kariba dam spillway rehabilitation works tender
Kariba Dam

TCTA Vresap commercial paper programme increased to R500m

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has increased the commercial paper programme for the Vaal River Eastern Subsystem Augmentation Project (Vresap) to R500-million. Vresap comprises a 120 km pipeline from the Vaal dam to the Knoppiesfontein diversion structure near Secunda to augment the... 

Department shares Vaal dam water regulatory best practice with Nigerian group 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th April 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Wednesday hosted a delegation from the Nigerian government’s integrated water resources management commission at the Vaal dam, in the Free State, to undertake a technical study tour and share water regulatory best practices. The study tour comes as... 

Department shares Vaal dam water regulatory best practice with Nigerian group
Photo by Marleny Arnoldi
Vaal dam

Nanoclay technology being developed as possible means to treat AMD

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing low-cost polymer-based adsorbents for the removal of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, anions and organics, from wastewater, that could be applied in the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD). AMD is the outflow of... 

CSIR developing water treatment, biodegradable plastic solutions

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 Most of the plastics used in South Africa are nonbiodegradable, especially in the packaging industry, and end up in landfills, posing environmental threats and health concerns, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) polymer modification group leader Dr Avashnee Chetty says.... 

Cape Town's water plan is too narrow, says expert; advises long-term plan

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 UCT academic Dr Kevin Winter says the City council's proposed 26.9% water price hike, which has drawn howls of protest from Capetonians, is not big enough to shift the city out of the water crisis in the long term. "I think the increase is not nearly enough. I am sure the City is going to have to... 

Rand Water threatens to cut water to Emfuleni municipality over R419m debt

By: News24Wire      11th April 2018 Rand Water has announced that it will once again reduce the bulk water supply to the Emfuleni Local Municipality after it failed to reach a settlement on the payment of the municipality's R419-million debt. Rand Water's Justice Mohale said in a statement on Wednesday that the entity was taking... 

Why April rainfall is key to stave off Cape Town's Day Zero

By: News24Wire      9th April 2018 In three weeks’ time experts will be able to say with some certainty whether Cape Town is likely to get enough rain this year to avoid a Day Zero scenario in 2019. After three dry years and months of severe water restrictions, everyone in the drought-stricken area wants to know whether we will... 

Three-nation talks on Ethiopia dam fail to reach agreement

By: Reuters     6th April 2018 Talks in Khartoum between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to resolve differences over a dam Ethiopia is building ended early on Friday without agreement, the Sudanese foreign minister said. Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, a $4-billion... 

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