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Water

Regional powers back studies on impact of Ethiopia's Nile dam

By: Reuters     20th September 2016 Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia commissioned studies into the environmental and economic impact of a $4-billion dam on the Nile that Addis Ababa aims to make the centrepiece of its bid to become Africa's biggest power exporter. The 6 000 MW Grand Renaissance Dam, situated close to Ethiopia's border... 

Eastern Cape water board warns that restrictions could hit jobs

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th September 2016 At the beginning of this month, the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan municipality in the Eastern Cape announced that it would be putting in place minimal water restrictions with residents urged to reduce water use by at least 15%. However, with the level of the Kouga dam in the Eastern Cape... 

Eastern Cape water board warns that restrictions could hit jobs
Photo by Duane Daws
EMPLOYMENT RISK The Gamtoos Irrigation Board warns that with reduction in the water quota, job opportunities could be lost

Department to hand over draft water master plan in October

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2016 The Department of Water and Sanitation has until the second week of October to submit a draft National Water and Sanitation Master Plan to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation. The development of the master plan is aimed at ensuring effective oversight over the department and ensuring... 

Water dept revisiting climate change, hydropower policies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th September 2016 With ongoing water restrictions across the country, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is revisiting its policies on hydropower and the effect climate change has on the water sector. South Africa has been struck by drought conditions over the last two years, which has had a significant... 

Water dept revisiting climate change, hydropower policies

Water fund to slake Cape Town's thirst by restoring native bush

By: Reuters     15th September 2016 Cape Town is planning to launch a new fund by the end of 2017 that will improve its water supply by restoring the native shrubland plants covering the region's watersheds and aquifers. Amid uncertain rainfall patterns as the planet warms, protecting indigenous vegetation should yield more water... 

Water research institute launched at UCT

By: Kim Cloete     9th September 2016 A water research institute that aims to generate new knowledge and come up with innovative ways to manage water in South Africa was launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT) by Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane at an event held in Cape Town on Thursday. The Future Water... 

Water research institute launched at UCT
Water & Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

African cities study aims to stimulate conversation on urbanisation

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th September 2016 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Arup held the first in a series of workshops on African cities at their Johannesburg offices last week. The workshop presented recently completed research by the Cities group at Arup that focuses on the unique challenges facing African cities and aims to... 

African cities study aims to stimulate conversation on urbanisation
PARTICIPATORY TOOL Three dominant issues common to five African cities have translated into themes reflected in Arup’s city-specific engagement cards

LHWP Phase 2 implemented as procurement review concluded

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th September 2016 The procurement issues that had delayed Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) have now been resolved, with the project on course for completion in early 2025. Following a review of the procurement process for the project to correct noninclusive elements, 16 contracts valued at... 

LHWP Phase 2 implemented as procurement review concluded

DWS urges caution over water use as drought drags on

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th September 2016 No relief is in sight in one of the worst prolonged droughts that South Africa has ever grappled with, signalling continued – and intensified – water restrictions, as the country’s dams fall to their lowest levels in years. The inter-Ministerial Committee on drought on Thursday warned that water... 

DWS urges caution over water use as drought drags on

Newly launched R200m valves factory to take advantage of local content requirements

By: Anine Kilian     7th September 2016 Danish valves manufacturer AVK Valves Southern Africa has officially launched its R200-million valves manufacturing facility in Alrode, Gauteng, with the manufacturer being the first in its sector to seek to take full advantage of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI's) local content... 

Newly launched R200m valves factory to take advantage of local content requirements

New device could offer a solution to South Africa’s leaking pipes

By: Kim Cloete     7th September 2016 Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have developed a novel device that could help to contain the massive amount of water lost through leaking pipes in South Africa. UCT Department of Civil Engineering researcher Professor Kobus van Zyl says the device is able to do a sophisticated... 

Johannesburg residents could face fines for 'wasting' water 

By: African News Agency      6th September 2016 Johannesburg residents could soon be fined for failing to abide by new water restrictions the City said on Tuesday. The restrictions are targeting domestic users who use more than 20 000 litres of water a month. 

Johannesburg residents could face fines for 'wasting' water

Uncertain spring rainfalls not enough to end drought

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th August 2016 In the wake of a strong El Niño phenomenon aggravating South Africa’s already dry conditions, no relief is yet to be seen, as an anticipated counter, La Niña, has been weakened to the point that “neutral conditions may not be completely ruled out”, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) said on... 

Uncertain spring rainfalls not enough to end drought

Despite commodity slump, M&R bets future on resources 

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2016 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas says the decision to sell its infrastructure and building unit, as well as Genrec, to create a multinational project company focused on oil and gas, underground mining, as well as power and water has created an entity that no longer fits neatly within the... 

Despite commodity slump, M&R bets future on resources
Photo by Duane Daws
Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas

Water restrictions loom with Vaal Dam levels critical

By: News24Wire      25th August 2016 Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the North West could face water restrictions, with dam levels currently critical, the Water and Sanitation Department said on Thursday. Although water restrictions had so far been avoided, metros were looking at how they could be implemented successfully, spokesperson... 

Water restrictions loom with Vaal Dam levels critical

Nontransparent development plans leave Free State community in lurch

By: Dylan Slater     12th August 2016 Relocated families and local residents of farms bordering State-owned power utility Eskom’s newly constructed Ingula hydroelectric power scheme have been left in the dark about how the power utility plans to develop the area.  

Rand Water invests billions to ensure sufficient supply by 2020 

     11th August 2016 Water utility Rand Water will invest more than R17-billion on infrastructure development during its five-year infrastructure development plan, which will end in 2020. David Oliveira has the story. 

Rand Water invests billions to ensure sufficient supply by 2020
Rand Water invests billions to ensure sufficient supply by 2020

Deep Space Industries joins race to mine asteroids

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2016 Deep Space Industries (DSI) has entered the race to launch spacecraft that will identify and mine near-earth asteroids, in the hope of establishing a new space economy. The California-based company on Tuesday announced plans to fly the world’s first commercial interplanetary mining mission. Its... 

Deep Space Industries joins race to mine asteroids
Photo by Bryan Versteeg/Deep Space Industries
A conceptual image of Deep Space Industries' Prospector X prototype satelite

Rand Water says it is investing to meet 2020 demand forecasts

By: David Oliveira     5th August 2016 Water utility Rand Water will invest more than R17-billion in infrastructure development during its five-year infrastructure development plan, which ends in 2020. Rand Water Zuikerbosch water treatment plant executive manager Eddie Singo told the media during a site visit that the infrastructure... 

‘Clear Rivers’ campaign reaches 50-rivers milestone

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th August 2016 The ‘Clear Rivers’ campaign, an initiative of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and its partners, has managed to clear more than 50 rivers of pollution to date, the department reports. The campaign, the umbrella initiative for all clean-ups across South Africa, was established by the... 

‘Clear Rivers’ campaign reaches 50-rivers milestone
CLEANING INITIATIVE Teams cleaned sections of the Jukskei river bank and removed solid waste from the rivers

Phase II update: Polihali dam construction expected in 2019

By: Nadine James     29th July 2016 Construction of the Polihali dam – an integral part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II – is expected to begin in 2019.  The Polihali dam, Polihali-Katse transfer tunnel and other infrastructural aspects of the LHWP Phase II should be completed by 2024. Once Phase II is... 

Phase II update: Polihali dam construction expected in 2019
ONTO PHASE II To date, five contracts have been awarded for various elements of the advance infrastructure works

Wastewater treatment necessary to grow the economy

By: Nadine James     29th July 2016 Consistent and sustainable water supply is necessary to ensure socioeconomic growth; therefore, wastewater treatment, as a comparatively cost-effective solution that reduces strain on available water supply, is vital to economic growth in water-stressed countries, says waste management company... 

Wastewater treatment necessary to grow  the economy
UNDERCOVER OPERATION The underground biological wastewater treatment plant should remain operational for up to 25 years

South Africa struggling to manage the water crisis – Turton 

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2016 Albeit a water-strained country, South Africa has one of the most diverse economies in the world for the ecosystem in which it is embedded, according to University of the Free State professor and water expert Dr Anthony Turton. Speaking at the ninth yearly Green Building Conference in Sandton,... 

South Africa struggling to manage the water crisis – Turton

Technique developed to produce and maintain attractive ‘lagoons’ at low costs 

By: Dylan Slater     8th July 2016 A method to construct and maintain artificial lagoons is being opened to the South African market after proving successful abroad, according to multinational artificial lagoon company Crystal Lagoons.  

Technique developed to produce and maintain attractive ‘lagoons’ at low costs
CLEAR WATERS Crystal Lagoons use closed circuits and sensors to maintain low levels of water consumption

Young innovators seen as key to overcoming local water challenges

By: David Oliveira     8th July 2016 Although South Africa faced complex challenges regarding water and sanitation, it also provided opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators to find solutions for them, Water Research Council (WRC) innovation and impact group executive Mandla Msibi said last month. Speaking at the Youth and... 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Water report

     4th July 2016 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in South Africa’s water sector over the past 12 months. It provides details on South Africa’s water crisis, government planning and regulation, infrastructure, water supply, as well as prospects for the sector. 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Water report

Bleak news for KZN dams 

By: News24Wire      4th July 2016 Several KwaZulu-Natal dams could dry up early next year, bulk water supplier Umgeni Water said on Monday. The first predicted to reach “failure” level were the Hazelmere and Ixopo dams, in February 2017, spokesperson Shami Harichunder said. 

Cities are ‘future hope’ for construction, infrastructure project spend

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st July 2016 The most significant new space and area of “future hope” for construction and infrastructure projects, not just in South Africa, but Africa more broadly, will be cities, provided that local government can focus on effective infrastructure delivery procurement processes, says professional services... 

SA requires game-changing technologies to tackle sanitation, water gaps

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st July 2016 With the gap between supply and demand for water expected to reach 17% by 2030, South Africans will be required to radically change their attitudes towards water use and conservation, particularly in treating of human waste, states the Strategic Water Partners Network South Africa (SWPN).... 

SA requires game-changing technologies to tackle sanitation, water gaps
Photo by Duane Daws
CAPITAL RESOURCE Sanitation comprises about 60% of the capital costs of water services, with between 30% and 40% of water used flushing

S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2016 South Africa is the twelfth-greatest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world, as well as the biggest polluter on the African continent, according to German political foundation Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa director Renate Tenbusch, speaking at a roundtable event on black... 

S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy

Meyerton wastewater extension project ‘on schedule’

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th June 2016 The civil engineering works for the extension of the existing Meyerton Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) south of Johannesburg, in Gauteng, is progressing well and expected to be completed by the end of this year, while completion of the mechanical contract for the project is expected in April... 

Meyerton wastewater extension project ‘on schedule’
LION’S SHARE The civils contract for the Meyerton Waste Water Treatment Works project, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year is estimated at R88-million

Young innovators vital to overcoming local water challenges

By: David Oliveira     22nd June 2016 Although South Africa faced complex challenges relating to water and sanitation, it also provided opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators to find solutions to those challenges, Water Research Council (WRC) innovation and impact group executive Mandla Msibi said on Wednesday. Speaking at... 

Govt prioritises fight against acid mine water in Gauteng 

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 Government’s acknowledgment of the severity of acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand, Gauteng, and the subsequent priority given to taking steps to alleviate the problem are of “significant importance”, states Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) CEO Mariette Liefferink. After... 

Govt prioritises fight against acid mine water in Gauteng

Agricultural technologies to drive growth and development, survey finds

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2016 The increasing use of agricultural technologies in Africa, as reported in a survey of 25 large agricultural companies, can dramatically improve yields, food security and product quality, as well as provide raw materials for new products in new markets, says PwC Africa Agribusiness industry leader... 

South Africa’s dam levels falling weekly

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th June 2016 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has warned that dam levels across all South Africa’s provinces continue to steadily decline each week, with the overall average dam levels falling 0.4 percentage points from 53.8% capacity two weeks ago to 53.4% by June 6. This compared with the 76.2%... 

South Africa’s dam levels falling weekly

Moloto Road upgrades get Zuma’s nod

By: African News Agency      10th June 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Friday reassured Mpumalanga residents that government would deliver to them necessary services and infrastructure to improve their livelihoods. He said the delivery of these services would begin with the upgrading of the deadly Moloto road and the building of water... 

Moloto Road upgrades get Zuma’s nod

Poor water infrastructure led to state of drought disaster in 8 provinces – Dept

By: News24Wire      10th June 2016 Poor water-related infrastructure in the country has resulted in a state of disaster being declared in eight provinces as drought reaches critical levels, the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) said on Thursday. Cogta Minister Des van Rooyen said the drought... 

Poor water infrastructure led to state of drought disaster in 8 provinces – Dept
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