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Feb 09, 2016
To provide drinking water to urban areas in Swaziland, the African Water Facility (AWF) has granted the enclave country €1.28-million to finance feasibility studies for a multipurpose dam on a tributary of its Lusushwana river. The Nondvo dam project was expected to...
Feb 08, 2016
Royal HaskoningDHV mining and heavy industry director Berte Simons
While the current drought plaguing many parts of Southern Africa is taking its toll on mining operations, it will also start to impact on host communities requiring a steady supply of potable water. Project management and engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV...
Feb 05, 2016
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority signed a R10-million contract last month with local tailings storage facility specialists Cyclone Engineering Projects to remove about 100 000 m3 of dredge spoil obstructing the natural course of the uMfolozi river, in...
Jan 29, 2016
Specialist investment company Futuregrowth Asset Management has identified aquaculture as a strategic play to enhance returns for its shareholders, setting aside around R200-million for investment in sustainable aquaculture projects, particularly those that earn the...
Jan 29, 2016
Water use and preservation will be a strong focus for the sixteenth African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and trade exhibition that will be held on May 17 to 19 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Jan 27, 2016
The Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (Misa) aims to release an expression of interest in March, followed by a tender, for a pioneering framework contract in the municipal water and sanitation environment. Through the process, Misa, an agency falling under the...
Jan 26, 2016
As trade show Ifat celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, the ongoing demand for exhibition space has seen the 2016 version of the water, sewage, waste and raw materials management trade fair fully booked despite taking up all 16 halls of the Messe München...
Jan 22, 2016
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Eskom sustainability division GM Barry MacColl
The research unit of State-owned power utility Eskom has invested R8.3-million in a pilot eutectic freeze crystallisation plant at its innovation centre in Gauteng in an effort to test whether the solution could be deployed as an alternative water treatment...
Jan 22, 2016
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Jan 15, 2016
German automation manufacturer Festo is in talks to sign a memorandum of understanding with South African Energy and Water services Sector Education and Training Authority to enable local training organisations to present its Aquatronics diploma course, which is a...
Jan 15, 2016
JACQUES LAUBSCHER Business and society must change from viewing water as a service to viewing it as a limited commodity worthy of careful management
While water conservation and demand management are not practised widely enough in South Africa, incentives can improve private-sector water management, and water-stewardship requirements can improve municipal water management, says engineering firm GIBB Integrated...
Jan 14, 2016
Scientists at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently detected a formation of a sinkhole in Centurion, Pretoria, using satellite imaging technology which they have developed. CSIR student researcher Andre Theron used the Azimuth technology,...
Jan 13, 2016
As South Africa battles its most serious water crisis in recent history, professional services firm Grant Thornton has urged government and industry to adopt a comprehensive long-term water strategy to stave off a potential “catastrophe”. Grant Thornton director...
Jan 12, 2016
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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation has publicly come out in support of Operation Hydrate, describing the community-driven initiative, which has, to date, distributed over 350 000 ℓ of water to drought-stricken areas in the country, as a “true...
Jan 11, 2016
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Project Hope Grass sought donations of clean grass trimmings that were processed into animal feed pellets
Agricultural industry association Agri SA has called for assistance in meeting the response to its Project Hope Grass drought relief programme. The association has called for companies and volunteers to help it cope with the surge in calls to the project’s contact...
Jan 08, 2016
With South Africa experiencing the worst drought conditions in some 20 years, and the North West, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Free State provinces already declared drought disaster zones, renewed action plans have been enforced to assist these areas....
Jan 08, 2016
Lesotho has come to the rescue of its neighbours in South Africa by sharing much-needed water from the Katse Dam with Aliwal North. The water was released in terms of a bilateral agreement between Lesotho and South Africa in terms of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
Jan 05, 2016
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As much of South Africa battles a drought, the City of Cape Town has, effective January 1, implemented level-two restrictions on water use to preserve the long-term sustainability of the scarce resource. Until further notice, using potable water to water gardens,...
Dec 11, 2015
The Cape Town City Council on Thursday approved level two water restrictions during its final council meeting for 2015. In a statement, the City said this would have implications on water accounts, while also getting residents to tighten up on their use.
Dec 11, 2015
The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) Working for Water (WfW) programme, which was launched in 1995 by former Department of Water and Forestry Minister professor Kader Asmal, celebrated 20 years of existence last month. According to a statement released by...
Dec 11, 2015
PHASE 2 IN EARLY STAGES The construction of the dam and tunnel is expected to start towards the end of 2018, with water delivery and hydroelectricity generation expected to begin in 2024
Engineering and environmental consulting firm Jeffares & Green’s (J&G’s) geotechnical division, in association with Lesotho consulting firm GWC Consulting Engineers, has been appointed to undertake the supervision of the geotechnical investigations for the Polihali...
Dec 11, 2015
PLANS ON TRACK Completing Phase 2 of Durban’s Western Aqueduct project will ensure that the eThekwini region has some of the best bulk water infrastructure
Plans are on track for Phase 2 of Durban’s Western Aqueduct project, the city’s biggest-ever bulk water pipeline project, with completion expected by mid-2017, confirms eThekwini municipality water and sanitation unit head Ednick Msweli. Phase 1 of the project, which...
Dec 11, 2015
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CONJUNCTIVE NTABELANGA–LALINI SCHEME Two multipurpose dams will be built on the Tsitsa river, a major tributary to the Mzimvubu river
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is currently moving ahead with the implementation of the proposed conjunctive Ntabelanga–Lalini scheme, an important component of the  KwaZulu-Natal-based Mzimvubu water project. Engineering and environmental consulting...
Dec 11, 2015
TURNKEY SOLUTION Terex MPHS South Africa's R33-million solution comprised the design, manufacture and installation of two desludging bridge cranes
Demag Crane manufacturer and distributor Terex MHPS South Africa earlier this year supplied a R33-million turnkey solution to State-owned water utility Rand Water, which comprised the design, manufacture and installation of two desludging bridge cranes. Terex MH...
Dec 04, 2015
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AGREEMENT René Noppeney and Karl Juncker signing the agreement, which will see Nereda technology being used by local wastewater specialists WEC Projects
International engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) and South African wastewater specialists WEC Projects signed an agreement for the use of RHDHV’s Nereda wastewater treatment technology in Johannesburg last month. The innovative...
Dec 04, 2015
Environmental solutions company Veolia has been awarded a $101-million contract to improve water supply and sanitation in Zambia. The contract awarded by Kafubu Water and Sewerage Company (KWSC) last month to Veolia aims at improving the water and wastewater services...
Dec 03, 2015
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Nov 27, 2015
In the midst of the current drought crisis facing South Africa, Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture (GFIA) believes that there is a need for urgent long-term, sustainable, innovative solutions that will help mitigate the impact of climate change, in order to...
Nov 27, 2015
CSVWater associate director Dr Michele Kruger
With reports flooding in about the disaster that awaits South Africa owing to its dwindling water resources as drought ravages certain parts of the country, CSVWater associate director Dr Michele Kruger is optimistic about the field of water and wastewater engineering.
Nov 25, 2015
Arid Botswana has finalised a deal with South Africa and Lesotho to tap some of the water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Botswana’s Minister of Mineral, Energy and Water Resources Minister, Onkodame Kitso Mokaila confirmed this at a conference in Gaborone...
Nov 24, 2015
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As South Africa battles water restrictions precipitated by the El Niño phenomenon, aged infrastructure, above-average temperatures, below-average rainfall and climate change, industry stakeholders have called for a collaborative water stewardship approach that will...
Nov 23, 2015
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Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Nov 20, 2015
South Africa is significantly affected not only by the current drought but also water losses that have been costing the country more than R7-billion a year, which translates to 37% of nonrevenue water being lost. Of this, a quarter is considered to be losses through...
Nov 19, 2015
As the globe marks World Toilet Day on November 19, recent analysis revealing that 33.6% of South African citizens lack access to safe, private toilets has prompted international charity WaterAid in Southern Africa to call on government to make further commitments to...
Nov 19, 2015
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Government would set aside another R96.6-million to help with drought relief efforts across the country, minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. “This [relief efforts] includes the purchase of 45 water tankers for distribution of water to affected...
Nov 19, 2015
The KwaZulu-Natal farming community has thus far been the hardest hit during the national drought crisis, the provincial cabinet said. It was announced on Wednesday that the preliminary assessment of the extent of damage to the province, especially to livestock and...
Nov 17, 2015
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Higher water tariffs could be imposed during drought conditions, including penalties for those who use more than a specified amount of water. This is according to the "Norms and standards in respect of tariffs for water service authorities and bulk service providers"...
Nov 16, 2015
The City of Ekurhuleni has imposed water restrictions on residents with considerable fines for non-compliance. The restrictions are due to the “persisting heat wave sweeping through Gauteng and the delayed seasonal rains, which has caused acute water supply...
Nov 16, 2015
The Democratic Alliance (DA) will on Monday file an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to access “the long overdue blue and green drop reports so we may know the full extent of our water infrastructure”, DA Member of Parliament...
Nov 13, 2015
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The water woes that have hit South Africa’s most populous province are not a result of water scarcity and drought, but rather a surge in demand that went well beyond Rand Water’s supply capacity. Assuring the public that Gauteng had sufficient water supply for years...
Nov 13, 2015
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Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana
Farmers across South Africa are losing livestock due to the current drought which may force government to import maize and wheat into the country, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said on Friday. “Stats SA notes that the sector contracted by 17% quarter on...
Nov 12, 2015
The rainfall in KwaZulu-Natal over the past two days was insufficient to increase dam levels, an Umgeni Water official said. KwaZulu-Natal experienced heavy rainfall this week, but Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder said on Thursday the 4mm and 10mm...
Nov 12, 2015
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The water shortages in parts of Johannesburg were not a crisis because they could be managed, Co-operative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. "A crisis would be when a problem is unmanageable. [The] current issues are due to a mix of changing...
Nov 12, 2015
As South Africa battles drought-induced water shortages, a South African Cities Network survey has shown that the overall expenditure of the country’s biggest municipalities declined by 1% between 2009 and 2013. The dry conditions have exposed inadequacies in water...
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