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Aug 28, 2015
It is predicted that, in the next five years, water demand could outstrip supply in South Africa, says Nedbank Sustainability Carbon Specialist Dr Marco Lotz. With increasing population numbers and urbanisation, the debate regarding the amount of investment in water...
Aug 27, 2015
South African water utility Rand Water’s Sedibeng Regional Sanitation Scheme will be undergoing major upgrades to unlock residential and business developments in the Vaal area, as well as parts of the south of Johannesburg, the Gauteng provincial Department of Human...
Aug 27, 2015
The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) will cut electricity generation by a third to 475 MW at the Kariba hydropower plant due to low water levels, the company said on Thursday, likely worsening daily power cuts. Kariba produces half of Zimbabwe's electricity. The cut back...
Aug 25, 2015
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane
Department of Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has called for collective leadership in the efforts to manage water efficiently for sustainable development. Speaking at a high-level panel on Financing for development post-2015 during World Water Week...
Aug 24, 2015
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Rand Water on Monday said it had concluded the 2015/16 wage negotiations with trade unions, the South African Municipal Workers’ Union and UASA. The unions last week threatened to strike after negotiations reached a deadlock.
Aug 21, 2015
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The Department of Water and Sanitation is committed to eradicating the bucket toilet system, it said on Friday. “The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) knows and accepts that access to dignified sanitation is a basic human right,” the department said in a...
Aug 21, 2015
The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) would on Friday consult with members about new a offer tabled by Rand Water. The union’s national bargaining officer Chumani Gqeke would not reveal the details of the revised offer tabled during a meeting on Thursday.
Aug 20, 2015
To ease water shortages in the Free State, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has granted approval for the release of water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). The water would be released from the Katse dam at the Clarens release point, but the...
Aug 19, 2015
Aug 18, 2015
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Aug 17, 2015
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Aug 14, 2015
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Aug 14, 2015
Harvesting rainwater can enable industrial companies with sufficient roof space to dramatically reduce their use of potable water for nonpotable applications, easing the strain on municipalities that have to provide ever-increasing volumes of potable water, says...
Aug 07, 2015
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Aug 07, 2015
POTABLE WATER APPLICATION a.b.e.’s durajoint flexband system is particularly suitable for sealing of joints in potable water concrete reservoirs and other water-retaining structures
Ready-mix concrete supplier a.b.e. Construction Chemicals’ durajoint flexband joint bandage system offers a solution for waterproofing expansion and construction joints, including critical joint areas with high or frequent movement, says the company’s concrete repair...
Aug 07, 2015
EFFECTIVE WATER STORAGE Reservoirs provide many benefits, including sufficient water supply, floodwater control, power generation capacity, irrigation and recreational use
Local authorities need to realise that even small concrete water reservoirs, if strategically placed, can play a vital role in sustaining struggling rural communities, avers cement and concrete industry technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD...
Aug 07, 2015
NEW SYSTEM Pump and mechanical seals at Mondi Richards Bay, fitted with Aesseal continuous loop flushing and lubricating system
International packaging and paper group Mondi is replacing the quench-to-drain flushing and lubricating systems of the mechanical seals at its Richards Bay mill with a continuous loop water management design supplied by mechanical seals and support system company...
Aug 07, 2015
The structural nature of South Africa’s water challenges requires that skills be shared to counteract the effect that a lack of skills has on water management, says South African black-owned consulting engineering firm Gibb technical executive Wiero Vogelzang. The...
Aug 06, 2015
Water is now a key economic business risk discussed in boardrooms‚ rather than the “green issue” it has been categorised as previously‚ said Dr Inga Jacobs of the Water Research Commission (WRC). “For the first time‚ water tops the charts for the highest global risk...
Aug 04, 2015
The Department of Water and Sanitation has announced plans to build a pipeline to supply water to Jericho in the North West where residents have battled with a shortage of drinking water for a number of weeks. The DWS announced a R2.8-million pipeline which would...
Jul 31, 2015
IRRIGATION Botswana plans to use some of the water from the Zambezi river for agriculture
The Botswana government is accelerating construction of a 16-billion pula ($1.6-billion) pipeline meant to carry water from the Zambezi river to the south of Botswana, as the government wants to complete the project in seven years. The negotiations, and other...
Jul 31, 2015
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ONGOING WATER SUPPLY Water services authorities must ensure that when water services are interrupted for more than 24 hours, consumers have access to alternative water services
Regular protests by residents demanding adequate water supply proves that many South Africans are subjected to interrupted and inadequate safe drinking water supply, says Unilever Centre for Environmental Water Quality director and Rhodes University professor Tally...
Jul 31, 2015
INSTALLED BASE AVK Valves supplies valves to major water projects across Africa
The valves supplied by global manufacturer and distributor AVK Valves to the North-South Carrier (NSC) pipeline project, in Botswana, are meeting all the client’s requirements, says AVK Valves. The NSC pipeline project – the largest engineering project ever...
Jul 31, 2015
SANITATION PRODUCTS GreenWorx sells its biological sanitation products for use in urban systems
Bacteria of the Bacillus subtilis species secrete four enzymes that break down organic material to enable the bacteria to digest it, and microbiological cleaning company Green Worx Cleaning Solutions uses their natural functions to clean organic waste in sanitation...
Jul 31, 2015
EXTENDED SUPPLY To accommodate future water needs, the Otjimbingwe piped water project is designed to have the capacity to supply neighbouring resettlement farms, as well as the local community
Namibia’s N$130-million piped water supply project for the Otjimbingwe settlement, in the Erongo region in central Namibia, is on track for completion early next year. The project was launched in August last year by Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John...
Jul 31, 2015
MEGAPROJECT The Lesotho Highlands Water Project is a multibillion-rand, binational water project that will benefit Lesotho and South Africa
The procurement of consultants for the four-phased, multibillion-rand binational Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), signalled the official start of the physical work component of Phase II of the project, says LHWP implementing agency the Lesotho Highlands...
Jul 31, 2015
IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE Emmarentia dam’s infrastructure is currently being rehabilitated
The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) in April embarked on a R25-million eight-month-long rehabilitation project for the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ’s) 103-year-old Emmarentia dam. The dam is located on the Westdene spruit, which is a tributary of the Juskei river and...
Jul 31, 2015
MULEBY SYSTEM TANK Aquadam has been contracted to install its water storage solution for the Siyabuswa community, in the Dr JS Moroka local municipality, in Mpumalanga
Having identified a shortage of potable water in the Siyabuswa community, the Dr JS Moroka local municipality, in Mpumalanga,  appointed agriculture and industrial liquid storage tank and reservoir manufacturer Aquadam to help install an extra reservoir to service...
Jul 31, 2015
RECEIVING WATER SUPPLY Eskom’s Medupi power station is one of the facilities that will benefit from the completion of the Mokolo and Crocodile Water Augmentation Project
The construction of Limpopo’s R13.4-billion two-phase Mokolo and Crocodile Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP) will be completed in October, as flooding problems and labour disputes that initially delayed the bulk water project have now been resolved. Water Affairs...
Jul 30, 2015
Jul 29, 2015
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Leading water scientists say it is no longer debatable that South Africa is experiencing a water crisis given that there are already serious problems in supplying enough water of sufficient quality to meet the country’s social and economic needs. Council for...
Jul 29, 2015
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...
Jul 15, 2015
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane
The Department of Water and Sanitation has invested R352m in assisting KwaZulu-Natal to respond to the immediate challenges of water scarcity, it was revealed on Wednesday. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Makonyane, who is on a fact-finding mission in...
Jul 10, 2015
WATERBANK Waterbank founders Geoff Brown and Les Lange
Water conservation company Waterbank Africa hopes to engage government in the high-volume roll-out of its patented, pressurised water tank – the Waterbank– to help ease the burden of water loss.
Jul 07, 2015
The KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department has warned that despite the recent rainfall, which has been pouring in the province for the past few days, the prolonged drought remains severe.   MEC for Cooperative Governance and...
Jul 03, 2015
BOTTLED WATER ALTERNATIVE An external view of the CWM 1000 Plant
Sustainable drinking water solutions provider Cirrus Water Management (CWM) installs atmospheric water generators as a healthier alternative to bottled water, which is also more cost effective and features a much-reduced carbon footprint. A gas and mining exploration...
Jul 03, 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...
Jul 03, 2015
South Africa might face significant water stress and possible outright water scarcity within ten to fifteen years, unless its citizens adapt their behaviour with regard to efficient water use and sanitation systems. Significant work is being done to assess the...
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
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
ROD CAIRNS If rainwater is collected and stored over a year, 86% of a household’s water requirements could be met using that water
Rainwater harvesting is the easiest method to practice water conservation and if we are not colleting rainwater, we are actually wasting water, polyethylene plastic storage tanks manufacturer JoJo Tanks chairperson Rod Cairns tells Engineering News.
Jun 12, 2015
MITIGATING MUNICIPAL BACKLOGS Under the ambit of the Back-to-Basics programme, government aims to improve municipal procurement and infrastructure delivery, among other competency requirements
The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) voiced its proposal last month that the government-initiated Back to Basics (B2B) programme be geared to assist local municipalities in various ways.
Jun 12, 2015
DETERRING THEFT The smart water meters have no metal components, thereby mitigating theft for metal recycling
The installation of smart water meters in Jansenville, in the Eastern Cape, has contributed significantly to a reduction in water leaks and to the municipality’s accurate capturing of water-meter readings, says Johannesburg-based metering solutions company Elster...
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