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Sanitaryware manufacturer on marketing road trip

By: Nadine James     Updated 6 hours ago Sanitary ware manufacturer Grohe Dawn Watertech Holdings (GDWT) – which recently became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese housing equipment company LIXIL Corporation – has embarked on a national tour to familiarise South African contractors, developers and aspiring do-it-yourself enthusiasts... 

Water department recoups portion of R10.7bn municipal debt

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2017 Since threatening to restrict water flow to recover R10.7-billion debt from defaulting municipalities, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has recouped more than R250-million and secured commitments amounting to R300-million. In November, the DWS had issued notices to 30 defaulting... 

Water department recoups portion of R10.7bn municipal debt
Photo by Duane Daws
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

CGS discovers fresh water resource in Beaufort West

By: African News Agency      13th December 2017 An unprecedented discovery of a fresh water resource has been found in Beaufort West, Western Cape, the Department of Mineral Resources said on Tuesday.  According to the department, the resource was discovered by the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory science council reporting to the... 

Day Zero moved forward as Cape Town water consumption increases to 'dangerous levels'

By: News24Wire      13th December 2017 Cape Town's "Day Zero" has moved forward by two days after water consumption increased to "dangerous levels" from an average of 611-million litres per day last week to 628-million litres this week, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. "This means that many people have relaxed their... 

Day Zero moved forward as Cape Town water consumption increases to 'dangerous levels'

New JV to develop small-scale Zambian hydropower projects

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2017 The New Africa Power joint venture (JV) plans to develop a 65 MW portfolio of small-scale, run-of-the-river hydropower projects in Zambia. The JV, established by Nairobi-based energy holding company responsAbility Renewable Energy, international finance institution Norfund and investment company... 

Gift of the Givers to unveil aquifer project in drought-stricken Beaufort West

By: News24Wire      11th December 2017 The Gift of the Givers is expected to unveil its Beaufort West Witperd aquifer development project in the drought-stricken town on Monday afternoon. Last month, the Western Cape government denied that the town of about 37 000 residents had reached "Day Zero" with water supply. 

WiFi can aid in water crisis

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 During a water crisis, readily available technology, such as the Internet of Things, enabled through WiFi, can be used to apply water management systems throughout a city including monitoring use, pinpointing leaks and curbing excessive use, says wireless solutions provider Ruckus.  

WiFi can aid  in water crisis
NICK WATSON Mobile data rates are quite prohibitive. Most people can afford the handsets, but they simply can not afford the connection

Doubt whether desalination plants will be delivered by March

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Valves supplier APVF will supply pipeline products for six desalination plants earmarked for construction in the Western Cape, which are expected to deliver 28 M of water to the province daily.  

Doubt whether desalination plants will be delivered by March
OCEAN ASSISTANCE The City of Cape Town awarded six companies the construction and commissioning of six desalination plants on November 7 as part of the solution to the water crisis

City of Cape Town needs to focus on customer-centric solutions to mitigate water crisis

By: Anine Kilian     7th December 2017 While the City of Cape Town has focused much of its effort to alleviate the water crisis on supply-side fixes like desalination and tapping underground aquifers, more effort needs to be put into demand-side solutions that incentivise customers to reduce water use, according to Blue Horizon energy... 

City of Cape Town needs to focus on customer-centric solutions to mitigate water crisis

Drought: Has Cape Town planned properly for Day Zero?

By: News24Wire      6th December 2017 "Day Zero is the stark reality we face when most taps will be turned off and residents will have to queue for water." This sombre announcement was made by Mayor Patricia de Lille at the launch of the City of Cape Town's water dashboard on November 23, GroundUp reported on Wednesday. 

Drought: Has Cape Town planned properly for Day Zero?

Mokonyane urges business community to invest in water infrastructure

By: African News Agency      5th December 2017 South African minister of water and sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, on Tuesday urged the business community to invest in the country’s water security in a bid to prevent the collapse of one of the sectors on which the economy rests. Speaking at the Water Infrastructure Investment Summit 2017 in... 

Monthly 'drought charge' on cards for Capetonians

By: News24Wire      5th December 2017 Cape Town residents may have to pay a monthly "drought charge" for about three years from February, as officials try and raise R1-billion annually while dams in the province recover from the worst dry spell in more than a hundred years. Details about the proposed charge are contained in a report... 

Three Cape Town households exceed 1 000 litres of water per day

By: News24Wire      4th December 2017 While Capetonians have been urged to reduce their water usage to below 87 litres per person daily, three households on average, exceeded 1 000 litres per day. This was revealed by City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Sunday, who said the properties - two in Pinelands and another in... 

Focus on environmental services boosts project sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Applying focused environmental services at every phase of any project ensures that opportunities to incorporate social and environmental aspects into the engineering design are flagged, which boosts the overall sustainability of the project, explains consulting engineering and project... 

Focus on environmental services  boosts project sustainability
SUSTAINABILITY REQUIREMENTS Sustainability requires the optimisation of environmental, social and economic outcomes

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Increasing pressure on the built environment to address inadequate energy resources, carbon reduction targets and tightening building energy efficiency standards, continues to drive green building trends in South Africa, states multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa sustainability... 

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends
GREG RICE Businesses and citizens have recently become more conscious of the importance of resilience and resource scarcity

Potential of groundwater in spotlight again amid Western Cape drought

By: Dylan Slater     1st December 2017 Groundwater still holds significant potential to provide water for various uses, especially to augment large-scale supply during drought, notes Geological Society of South Africa: Western Cape ground water division chairperson Dr Roger Parsons.  

Green cleaning products can pack a punch

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Midrand-based cleaning solutions provider Blendwell Chemicals has completed the development of the company’s Enviro Waterless Car Wash, and is aiming to officially launch the product early next year. 

Green cleaning products can pack a punch
JUDY SUNASKY Companies are constantly developing products, but consumers are still hesitant to use green cleaning products

Parliament portfolio committee says no to water cuts

By: African News Agency      30th November 2017 The Portfolio Committee on Water in Parliament has resolved that threats by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to cut off water supplies to defaulting municipalities are not a viable solution to resolve the matter. Some municipalities and water boards owe DWS substantial amounts of... 

Parliament portfolio committee says no to water cuts

Water cuts: Treasury can't write off municipal debt

By: News24Wire      30th November 2017 National Treasury told Parliament on Wednesday that it cannot write off the debt of 30 municipalities facing possible water cuts next month. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Monday said at least 30 municipalities would experience water cuts if they failed to pay their debt... 

Integrated, regional approach needed for mine water treatment – DWS

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th November 2017 Government and regulators should promote a regional integrated approach to mine water treatment, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Mine Water/Water Quality Management chief director Marius Keet. Speaking at the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference on Linking Science, Society,... 

SA municipal union worried about looming water cuts

By: African News Agency      29th November 2017 The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) on Wednesday said it was disappointed by the water and sanitation department's plan to cut off water supplies to defaulting municipalities. General secretary Simon Mathe described the move as "an evil plan" which would leave millions of South... 

 SA municipal union worried about looming water cuts

Capetonians failing to stick to water consumption targets

By: News24Wire      29th November 2017 Less than half of Cape Town’s residents adhered to the City’s 87 litres per day individual water consumption targets in the last two weeks, according to Mayor Patricia de Lille. In the City’s weekly water updates, De Lille said on Tuesday only 36% of Capetonians used less than 87 litres of water... 

Western Cape dam levels drop in spite of recent rain

By: News24Wire      28th November 2017 After all the rain, and even hail in some parts of the Western Cape last week, average dam levels went down, not up – falling from 34.66% full to 34.49%, the Western Cape government said on Monday. James-Brent Styan, spokesperson for Anton Bredell, the MEC for local government, environmental... 

Water dept will throttle water supply to 30 municipalities as R10.7bn debt piles up

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th November 2017 An ongoing culture of nonpayment by local municipalities has exacerbated the water troubles South Africa faces, with the Department of Water and Sanitation currently owed R10.7-billion, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane revealed on Thursday. She pointed out that R3.9-billion is owed to the department’s... 

Water dept will throttle water supply to 30 municipalities as R10.7bn debt piles up

Low flying choppers to confirm anti-drought water mapping on the Cape Flats

By: News24Wire      27th November 2017 Residents of Cape Town's Philippi, Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain might think they are imagining things at the sight of a helicopter carrying what looks like a giant steering wheel over their properties this week. According to Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille, this is actually a low flying... 

Additional construction tenders for LHWP Phase 2 released

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Two more infrastructure construction tenders for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) have been advertised, with construction expected to start next year. Phase II comprises a wide range of small and large contracts, and Lesotho Highlands Development Authority  (LHDA) divisional... 

Additional construction tenders for LHWP Phase 2 released
LESOTHO WATER PROJECT Phase II builds on the 2003 completion of Phase I and will increase the current supply rate to more than 1.26-billion cubic metres a year

TCTA on track with projects

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2017 State-owned Trans Caledonian Tunnel Authority (TCTA) completed two significant projects, the Mooi-Mgeni Transfer Scheme (MMTS) Phase 2 and the Acid Mine Drainage Short-term Intervention (AMD-STI) Eastern Basin plant during the 2017 financial year, CEO Leonard Radzuma said on Thursday. Presenting... 

Municipalities in South Africa owe R10bn for water, cuts looming

By: African News Agency      23rd November 2017 The Department of Water and Sanitation on Wednesday said that it was issuing notices to at least 30 municipalities that water supplies will be cut off, by December 8, should they fail to pay their water debt that has been outstanding for more than 60 days. “A total outstanding water debt of... 

Johannesburg Water undertaking largest repair job in its history

By: News24Wire      22nd November 2017 Utility company Johannesburg Water is currently dealing with the largest repair of a burst pipe in the entity's history, the City said on Wednesday. There were major leaks identified on the main water pipeline that runs through the Linbro Park landfill site, MMC for environmental and... 

Drought unlikely to affect Cape Town tourism in December

By: Anine Kilian     21st November 2017 The acute water shortages in the Western Cape – and in the City of Cape Town, in particular – are unlikely to negatively affect the region’s tourism in the traditionally busy year-end period, says Grant Thornton Tourism director Martin Jansen van Vuuren, who acknowledges the severity of the water... 

Egypt, Ethiopia deadlocked on dam studies 

By: African News Agency      20th November 2017 Egypt and Ethiopia have reached a deadlock in further studies on the effects of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) on downstream countries, Egyptian Al Ahram newspaper reports. This information was conveyed by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson... 

Table Mountain Group Aquifers could augment Cape Town’s water supply more permanently, says mayor De Lille

By: African News Agency      20th November 2017 The Table Mountain Group Aquifers (TMGA) have the potential to develop a large scale scheme to augment the City of Cape Town’s water supply on a more permanent basis, mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday. De Lille on Sunday visited the site of a pilot project for the abstraction of water from... 

City of Cape Town gearing up for battle to directly procure power from IPPs

By: Kim Cloete     17th November 2017 The City of Cape Town says it is prepared for a legal battle with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) in a bid to directly procure power from independent power producers (IPPs). This was the culmination of two years of trying to get permission, said City of Cape Town enterprise... 

Water-scarce Cape Town holding 'Day Zero' talks with police, army

By: News24Wire      17th November 2017 Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille is in talks with the police and the army to prepare for May 13 2018 - the day the taps are now anticipated to run dry around the city, with water only available at collection points, she said on Thursday. "The City is consulting with the South African Police... 

Third biennial food and drink exhibition to be held in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Conceptualised as a “for Africa by Africa” event, exhibition company Messe München South Africa (SA) will host the third biennial food and drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) exhibition from September 4 to 6 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, next year. 

Third biennial food and drink exhibition to be held in 2018
FDT AFRICA 2018 The aim of fdt Africa 2018 is to consolidate the existing target groups of exhibitors and visitors

SAB entrepreneurship for employment initiative welcomed

     17th November 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed South African Breweries (SAB’s) entrepreneurship campaign aimed at enabling South African entrepreneurs to create 10 000 jobs by 2021. 

SAB entrepreneurship for employment initiative welcomed
SAB PROGRAMME The SAB entrepreneurial programme, which provides a package of support, was launched in September

Industry still suffers effects of drought

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Although innovative production practices and a diversified geographic production area helped to buffer the effect of the drought on the 2017 harvest, wine industry body VinPro explains that insufficient rainfall in the winter months will undoubtedly have an effect on vine functionality and yield... 

Industry still suffers effects of drought
DROUGHT EFFECTS As a result of the drought, the Western Cape has received 30% less rainfall than the amount needed at this stage
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