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Water

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 A new labour-based upgrade for wastewater management plants and acid mine drainage plants below ground – the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASB) process – can be used to produce potable water and energy while reducing costs and creating job opportunities, says engineering and... 

LHWP Phase II ensures employment opportunities in January 2019

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 The start next month of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II advance infrastructure construction at Polihali, where the Phase II dam will be built, and Katse village, which was constructed in Phase I as housing for consultants and contractors, will bring eagerly anticipated... 

LHWP Phase II ensures employment opportunities in January 2019
LESOTHO HIGHLANDS WATER PROJECT The road infrastructure works will help improve access to basic services and facilities, as well as reduce travelling time and stimulate local business ventures

LHDA workshop places contractors in better bidding position

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) held successful workshops for South Africa- and Lesotho-based small and medium-sized registered contractors to place them in a better position to bid for construction projects on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). Held in several towns... 

LHDA workshop places  contractors in better  bidding position
WATER PROVIDES CONTRACTS Workshops were successfully held to ensure that small businesses can bid for construction projects on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project

Water monitoring platform one-stop shop for S Africa water intelligence

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 The website application Mzansi Amanzi (isiZulu translation of Water South Africa), has the capabilities to monitor and provide insight on surface-water resources across South Africa on a monthly basis, says Mark Thompson, the director of the earth observation technology company GeoTerraImage. The... 

Water monitoring platform one-stop shop for S Africa water intelligence
THEEWATERSKLOOF DAM WESTERN CAPE Water is going to be the kingpin in just about every decision-making sector

Prequalification for construction of Phase 2 works on LHWP to launch in January

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) will kick 2019 into gear with the launch in January of the prequalification for construction of the Phase 2 main works of the Polihali dam and Polihali transfer tunnel. “The call for expressions of interest for the construction of the 165-m-high... 

Outa, WSSA call for establishment of an independent water regulator

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2018 Civil society organisations, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and Water Shortage South Africa (WSSA), believe the establishment of an independent regulator will result in an effective and efficient water sector and help to protect South Africa's scarce water supplies. The pair have... 

Wakkerstroom residents want R13m water pipeline project halted

By: News24Wire      7th December 2018 Residents of Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga have called for a R13-million water pipeline project to be halted, saying it will put their water supply at risk. Speaking via the Wakkerstroom Interest Group (WIG), they say the pipeline project - from Martin's Dam, above the Wakkerstroom Wetland, to... 

Water and sanitation audit committee says Mokonyane ignored reports on financial mismanagement

By: News24Wire      7th December 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation's internal audit committee had given its former minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, detailed quarterly reports about serious financial mismanagement in her department – but she ignored them all. The ailing department has clocked up more than R6-million in irregular... 

Water and sanitation audit committee says Mokonyane ignored reports on financial mismanagement
Former Water & Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Work on Vaal river system rehabilitation project gets under way

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2018 Work on the Vaal River System rehabilitation project, in Sebokeng, is now under way after a technical team from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) completed its assessments, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says. Following the deployment by Finance... 

Mpumalanga remains under strain as water pollution continues

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Residents of Mpumalanga remain concerned about sewage spillages and wastewater challenges. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received complaints about alleged sewage spillages and/or the inadequate treatment of wastewater. 

Outa asks SAHRC to investigate Sedibeng scheme

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2018 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday said it recommends the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) probe the Sedibeng Regional Sanitation Scheme (SRSS) project during its investigation into the state of pollution in the Vaal river. The SRSS is supposed to protect the Vaal... 

Nkwinti shares update on Blue, Green Drop progress assessment tool reports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2018 The 2017 Green Drop Progress Assessment Tool report will be released once the process of quality assurance has been concluded and the necessary approvals have been received, which is anticipated in June 2019, says Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti. In response to a Parliamentary... 

Nkwinti shares update on Blue, Green Drop progress assessment tool reports

National water dept, City differ on water consumption level for next year

By: News24Wire      4th December 2018 The national Department of Water and Sanitation has ruled that Cape Town needs to cut water consumption by only 10% for the year starting in December. This comes just days after the City of Cape Town announced that residents would need to cut consumption by a much bigger 30% for the coming year.... 

Pollutec covers full spectrum of environmental industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd December 2018 Environmental trade show Pollutec concluded a successful fortieth anniversary, in Lyon, France, last week. This year’s event saw an increase in the number of international exhibitors and also hosted three new pavilions – Korea, Hungary and Italy. 

Pollutec covers full spectrum of environmental industry
Photo by Tasneem Bulbulia
Display depicting ocean pollution

Seapro South Africa is the new authorised distributor of Cla-Val for SADC region

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd December 2018 Privately owned Seapro South Africa (SA) has been appointed the sole agent for Cla-Val in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Cla-Val has also awarded Seapro SA the right to produce components and assemble its valves in South Africa, with Seapro having appointed a local... 

Seapro South Africa is the new authorised distributor of Cla-Val for SADC region

TCTA intends to expand its horizons 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th November 2018 Motivated by the idea of making an optimal contribution within the South African water sector, State-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) on Thursday reaffirmed its plans to explore ways in which it could expand its horizons and capacitate the organisation for the challenges the water... 

TCTA intends to expand its horizons
Photo by Dylan Slater
Recently appointed TCTA CEO Percy Sechemane

Cape Town households shoulder a bigger share of water restrictions so economy and business can recover

By: News24Wire      30th November 2018 Cape Town households will shoulder a bigger share of the new water restrictions to make more water available for the region’s economic drivers of agriculture, industry and tourism. This reflects a major shift in the way the region’s water is allocated, with agriculture getting a bigger share than... 

Court sets aside decision permitting mining in protected area

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th November 2018 The North Gauteng High Court earlier this month set aside a 2016 decision of former Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and late Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa that permitted a new coal mine to be developed in the Mabola protected environment, in Mpumalanga. Under the... 

Court sets aside decision permitting mining  in protected area
CHRISTINE REDDELL The Centre for Environmental Rights has been continuously campaigning for administrative penalties to be introduced as part of South African environmental law

High recovery water treatment plant being commissioned

30th November 2018 After extensive testwork and design, international mineral processing specialist – with a local subsidiary based in Kempton Park – Multotec Group is commissioning a full-scale DeSALx plant to treat waste water from a flue gas desulphurisation scrubber, at a minerals processing plant in Oman in... 

High recovery water  treatment plant  being commissioned
CARIEN SPAGNUOLO During the testwork, we were able to simulate the effect of changing feed conditions on the DeSALx system – proving its ability to adjust effectively to these variable conditions

Alignment of solutions needed for water security

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th November 2018 Nature-based and engineering solutions should be aligned and the value of ecological infrastructure must be recognised for water security, says South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) ecological infrastructure director Mahlodi Tau. In May, Sanbi launched a R90-milllion Ecological... 

Alignment of solutions needed for water security
COMBINING INFRASTRUCTURE The R90-million water security project seeks to illustrate the complementarity and the support that ecological infrastructure offers built infrastructure

Gauteng survey shows water provision still a challenge

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2018 A local quality of life biennial survey has found that the reliable provision of water remains a challenge for residents in Gauteng. While more than 90% of the Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO) survey respondents have piped water in their dwelling or yard, nearly quarter of respondents, at... 

Human Rights Commission in Mpumalanga to probe complaints of sewage spillage

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th November 2018 Hot on the heels of the Vaal river and Randfontein water pollution investigations currently under way, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) intends investigating complaints over sewage spillages and wastewater treatment challenges in various municipalities in Mpumalanga. The local... 

SIU moves to recover R2.2bn in failed Giyani water project

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is seeking to recover R2.2-billion from the tender appointment of LTE Consulting Engineers by state-owned water utility Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) for a failed water project in Giyani, Limpopo. The SIU has instituted a civil claim in the High Court in... 

Treasury loses out on more than R1bn in VAT from drought-stricken farmers

By: News24Wire      27th November 2018 The government has lost out on more than R1-billion in VAT from drought-stricken farmers who were forced to cut production after their irrigation water from the Cape supply dams was radically reduced a year ago. Agri Western Cape CEO Carl Opperman said on Monday this was one of the facts he... 

Treasury loses out on more than R1bn in VAT from drought-stricken farmers

Work on Vaal river system rehabilitation project gets under way

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2018 Work on the Vaal River System rehabilitation project, in Sebokeng, is now under way after a technical team from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) completed its assessments, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has said. Following the deployment by Finance... 

Education, Health, Public Works finances are in a bad way, says Auditor-General

By: Kim Cloete     22nd November 2018 Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has warned that the financial health of the provincial departments of health, education and public works are in a bad way and need urgent intervention. “Urgent intervention is needed to prevent the collapse of these key service delivery departments,” said Makwetu in... 

Defence Minister to visit Vaal river system rehabilitation project

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2018 Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will on Friday visit the Vaal river system rehabilitation project that is currently under way in Sebokeng. This followed the deployment of the South African National Defence Force technical teams to restore infrastructure, including... 

SAHRC steps up efforts in water sector 

21st November 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the South African Human Rights Commission’s investigation into the alleged violation of citizens’ right to clean water and a clean environment. 

SAHRC steps up efforts in water sector
SAHRC steps up efforts in water sector

Vaal River pollution: 'There have been challenges to compliance', Sasol says

By: News24Wire      21st November 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has denied that it is responsible for pollution in the Vaal river. However, it has admitted struggling to interpret some compliance requirements with regard to regulations on the discharge of waste. According to a report by the Department of Water and Sanitation... 

Cape Town borrows R1.3bn from German bank for wastewater projects

By: News24Wire      21st November 2018 The City of Cape Town signed a R1.3-billion loan with the German government-owned KfW Development Bank for urban wastewater management, Mayor Dan Plato's office said. The unsecured loan will cost 8.107% in interest and is payable over 15 years. In a statement, the City said the interest rate was... 

New toilet can save 30% of water and 30% of consumers' water bills

By: News24Wire      20th November 2018 South Africa has developed a revolutionary new toilet that uses less than two litres of water for a full flush – saving around 700 litres of water a person every month. Normal lavatories use between six and 12 litres for each flush and account for 30% to 40% of a household's water use, so the new... 

Lack of school toilets puts 620m children in danger – report

By: Reuters     16th November 2018 A lack of proper school toilets threatens the health, education and safety of at least 620-million children around the world, the charity WaterAid said in a new study published on Friday. Children at one in three schools lack access to proper toilets, putting them at risk of diarrhea and other... 

IoT tools can be used to improve water management

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2018 The Internet of Things (IoT) can help preserve scare resources, as pollution and climate change results in greater pressure on water supply and increasing human population and urbanisation leads to a higher demand, Apex Innovation MD Brynn Williams says. “The consequence [of this trend] is higher... 

Construction industry depressed, but upturn expected

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 South African thermoplastic valves supplier Astore Keymak depends on project and maintenance work, as the civil engineering and construction sector is depressed, says Astore Keymak compression fittings and saddles manager Aldrin Velan. However, he believes that there will be an upturn,... 

Cape Town to sign loan with German state-owned KfW Bank for urban wastewater management

By: African News Agency      15th November 2018 The City of Cape Town will next week sign a loan agreement with the Germany's KfW Development Bank for urban wastewater management which will be payable at a favourable rate over 15 years.  The loan is in line with the City's ongoing focus on the upgrading of urban wastewater management... 

Municipalities' unpaid water bills increase to a whopping R13.1bn

By: News24Wire      15th November 2018 Municipalities that do not pay their water bills have run up a whopping R13.1bn debt – an amount just R2bn short of the entire annual budget of the Department of Water and Sanitation. The department told the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on Wednesday that despite interventions since... 

Municipal debt to Eskom climbs to R17bn

By: African News Agency      13th November 2018 The debt owed to Eskom by South Africa's municipalities continues to grow and had now reached R17-billion, Cooperative Governance Minister Zweli Mkhize told MPs on Tuesday.. "We have noted that debt stood at R14.3-billion and currently has gone up to R17-billion and that's just for Eskom and a... 

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