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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...
Feb 13, 2015
Kenya has started implementing a $2-billion holistic water supply master plan for its capital city of Nairobi and neighbouring towns as a rising population and urbanisation exert pressure on existing facilities and supply. The East African nation has announced that...
Feb 13, 2015
FEEDING ENERGY The proposed $1.7-billion coal-fired plant, to be located near Delmas, Mpumalanga, could use coal from the nearby Delmas mine to meet a portion of South Africa’s power needs
The public review period for the integrated water use licence application for the proposed construction of a 600 MW coal-fired independent power producer plant and associated infrastructure for Kuyasa Mining subsidiary KiPower will be extended until March 24.
Feb 12, 2015
The next 14 days will determine the fate of South African food prices over the next 12 months as the summer grains, namely maize, sunflower and soya beans, are in a “critical stage”, Grain SA CEO Jannie de Villiers advised on Thursday. “At this stage rain in the next...
Feb 06, 2015
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Feb 04, 2015
A whopping R381-million has been set aside to upgrade the Brits Water Treatment Works (BWTW), which will bring to an end the water shortages that has recently sparked service delivery protests in Majakaneng. Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) media liaison...
Jan 30, 2015
Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as...
Jan 28, 2015
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde
To prevent the loss of millions of rands in agricultural produce, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has funded close to R1-million to provide an interim solution to this month’s collapse of a section of one of the canals fed by the Clanwilliam dam. The...
Jan 26, 2015
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Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Jan 23, 2015
TALLY PALMER Water policies and initiatives must include the practicalities of community relations to establish good water practices within communities
The transdisciplinary water research method emphasising mutual learning and close coordination among researchers and communities is enabling effective water policy interventions. It is gaining a larger community of practice in South Africa with several projects,...
Jan 20, 2015
The Department of Water and Sanitation says steady progress is being made in providing water to the residents of Mashonamini village, in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality. The department on Monday said phase one of projects to deliver water to the area has been...
Jan 16, 2015
Physical asset management company Pragma will continue to install grey-water recovery plants at petroleum group Shell’s various Ultra Cities, where possible, following the success of its award-winning recycling plant, which was installed at Shell’s Three Sisters...
Dec 12, 2014
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SARUSHEN PILLAY Sasol has proven the viability of composting to remediate its industrial sludges over the course of two years of testing
Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project aims to move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project uses aerobic composting to convert the sludge from its Bioworks water...
Dec 10, 2014
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Water Damage Services, the Nuflow licensee for the Western Cape, has started rehabilitation work – incorporating new technology – on the City of Cape Town’s corroded pipes. The project, which started on Monday, aimed to cut the city’s water loss as a result of...
Dec 08, 2014
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The results of a ten-year study have revealed that harmful cyanobacteria are widespread in South Africa’s 50 largest dams, with the Hartbeespoort dam, in the North West, the Darlington dam, in the Eastern Cape, and Spitskop dam, in the Northern Cape, found to be the...
 
 
 
 
Nov 28, 2014
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The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has set aside an estimated R10-billion to mitigate acid mine drainage in the Witwatersrand goldfields. In a statement issued following a meeting between Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and mining experts on...
Nov 27, 2014
Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project will move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat its 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project made use of aerobic composting to convert sludges from Sasol’s Bioworks water...
Nov 19, 2014
Professor John Briscoe receiving the 2014 Stockholm Water Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf
World-renowned South African water engineer and academic Professor John Briscoe, who was the 2014 recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize, also known as the ‘Nobel prize for water’, has died at the age of 66. Following a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer, he...
Nov 14, 2014
The new guard at Aveng Manufacturing is steadfast in its focus to grow and expand the 125-year old manufacturing business across the African continent. With combined specialist skills across water, effluent and mineral processing sectors this African market leader...
Nov 13, 2014
Access to mobile services in developing countries has outpaced the rate at which much of the population is gaining access to basic services, such as electricity, sanitation and banking, a report by GSMA has revealed. However, the dominance of mobile services in...
Nov 07, 2014
PVC VALVE The polyvinyl chloride union ball valve is a compact type of valve featuring full flow and axial pipe load block
Continuous development in the design and manufacture of plastic valves has created an opportunity for these valves in the potable-water market that was previously dominated by metal valves, says Cape Town-based piping systems company Alprene Plastic Products.
Oct 24, 2014
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Oct 23, 2014
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The North West provincial government remains steadfast in its commitment to provide clean water to residents in Mahikeng, premier Supra Mahumapelo said on Wednesday. Mahumapelo launched a R300 million project for the upgrading of the Mmabatho Water Treatment Works as...
Oct 17, 2014
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Kariba North South Hydropwer
Efforts to adequately fund the $290-million rehabilitation of the Kariba dam, on the Zambezi river basin, have proven successful as the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) moves to finalise pledges of up to $280-million. The ZRA on Friday said it had embarked on the final...
Oct 10, 2014
WATER IMPORTANCE The major problem with the current management of water infrastructure is a lack of uniformity
Managing risk in the water services sector is key to the longevity and cost efficiency of South Africa’s water infrastructure, according to multinational professional services firm Arup.
 
 
 
 
Oct 10, 2014
MANAGING WATER NETWORKS The competition required learners to create a water distribution network to distribute 3 ℓ of water equally between three points on a grid using two different diameter pipes and connection pieces
Brackenfell High School, in Cape Town, was the winner of civil engineering institution South African Institute of Civil Engineering’s (Saice’s) yearly water infrastructure competition, which was titled Aqualibrium, this year.
Oct 10, 2014
SIMPLE GRATING Advantages of Vitaglass gratings include a weight reduction to about half of steel gratings
Corrosive conditions in the African water treatment sector have created a high demand for hard-wearing, versatile materials, designed for enhanced safety, according to gratings, treads, pressed floors and handrails company Vital Engineering.
Oct 10, 2014
SYSTEM UPGRADE The new wastewater treatment plant replaces the region’s older Ujams wastewater treatment plant, located about 20 km north of Windhoek
A R125-million water infrastructure project in Namibia, undertaken by water treatment company Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa, will enhance the wastewater treatment in an industrial zone near the country’s capital Windhoek.
Oct 10, 2014
MINIMAL MAINTENANCE The only maintenance required on the Bubbler system is replacing the chlorine every month and the bacteria every three months
A locally developed septic tank sewerage system, the Bubbler Water Efficiency System (Bubbler system), can recycle different types of water while reducing the amount of accumulated solid waste, says Cape Town-based wastewater treatment company Bubbler.
Oct 10, 2014
PETER SHEPHERD South Africa’s big cities have had a severe impact on river systems, with increasing urbanisation compounding the situation
A significant amount of stormwater infrastructure in South Africa is insufficient to handle the country’s rapid urbanisation, according to consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa.
Oct 10, 2014
MAMELLO PROJECT The project includes the construction of a sewerage pumpstation, a 110 mm rising main, an outfall sewer and refurbishments
Bulk water and sewerage service projects in Midvaal (Sicelo) and Vaal Marina (Mamello), undertaken by consulting engineering firm Gibb, are progressing according to plan and within budget.
Oct 09, 2014
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Nomvula Mokonyane
A total of 103 mines are breaking the law by operating without water-use licences, according to Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. As of July 25 this year, 103 mines were operating without valid water-use licences, and out of these, 55 had applied for a...
Oct 02, 2014
Inadequate management systems and resulting poor record keeping involving billions of rands have earned water affairs a qualified annual audit report. In his report on the financial statements of the department for the period April 1, 2013 to March 31 this year, the...
Oct 01, 2014
Gauteng's provincial leaders are on high alert and ready to respond to water-related problems that may re-surface in the near future, cooperative governance MEC Jacob Mamabolo said on Tuesday. "We need to be on high alert for any eventuality given that this problem...
Sep 29, 2014
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Water levels remain low in certain parts of Johannesburg, Rand Water said on Monday. These included Waterval, where water levels were at 20%, and Meredale, where water levels stood at 15%, spokesperson Justice Mohale said.
 
 
 
 
Sep 29, 2014
Butterworth and surrounding areas in the Eastern Cape were without water on Monday, the Amathole district municipality said. "This situation culminated from a blown-out Eskom transformer which was supplying electricity to our water pumps," spokesperson Sisa...
Sep 26, 2014
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Sep 26, 2014
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Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Friday morning visited the control room of State-owned water utility Rand Water to inspect the flow of water levels at its reservoirs, and was scheduled to meet with the Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s Coordinating...
Sep 26, 2014
The continuing vandalism and theft of water infrastructure in South Africa was concerning, Parliament's portfolio committee on water and sanitation said on Thursday. "The theft of cables at Palmiet pump station was highlighted as a main contributor towards the water...
Sep 25, 2014
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane would on Thursday meet with the board, CEO and senior officials of State-owned water utility Rand Water for a full status report on water interruptions in Gauteng. Rand Water COO Sipho Mosai earlier this week explained...
 
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