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May 03, 2016
A new World Bank report warns that some regions of the world, including parts of Africa, could see their growth rates decline by as much as 6% by 2050 as a result of water-related losses, with water scarcity also exacerbated by climate change. Titled ‘High and Dry:...
Apr 29, 2016
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The Department of Environmental Affairs on Thursday handed over a three-year R40 million agreement to the Walter Sisulu University for a water research programme. University spokesperson, Yonela Tukwayo, said in a statement that the programme was aimed at curbing...
Apr 25, 2016
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Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane
Amid new night-time water restrictions on eThekwini residents, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has confirmed that a medium-sized seawater desalination plant is being studied for development in an area south of the city. Writing in a response to a...
Apr 22, 2016
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PONDS The algae treatment system uses the existing ponds
The algae treatment project implemented by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) during the course of 2015 in the town of Motetema, in the Elias Motsoaledi municipality is fully operational.
Apr 22, 2016
IFAT TRADE FAIR The water sector at IFAT will show how the industry is responding to water and sewage crises around the world
Owing to economic necessities and new legal regulations dictating the course in the international water and sewage industry, trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management IFAT – taking place from May 30 to June 3 in Munich, Germany – will showcase...
Apr 22, 2016
SACHIN KULKARNI Using oxygen to aerate sewage is more efficient
The introduction of high purity oxygen (Oxy-Dep) technology at wastewater treatment facilities can serve to augment the capacity of sewage aeration basins in the short term, says gas supplier Air Products national sales manager Sachin Kulkarni.
Apr 22, 2016
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT The steps needed to clean sewage might decrease significantly
Water, energy, air and hygiene solutions specialist ImproChem believes that a critical contributor to a healthy population is a well managed sewage process. Owing to this, the company has designed membrane bioreactors (MBRs) for the treatment of sewage at plants in...
Apr 20, 2016
With parts of KwaZulu-Natal suffering some of the worst effects of the severe drought plaguing the region, Durban will play host to this year’s Water Institute of Southern Africa Conference and Exhibition (Wisa 2016) in May. The five-day-long conference, taking place...
Apr 15, 2016
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Apr 01, 2016
The development of shale gas projects in South Africa was halted with the 2011 issuing of a moratorium on the issuing of shale gas exploration licences within the central Karoo, which has subsequently been lifted.
Mar 24, 2016
A bulk water supply scheme with a price tag of R1.4-billion is set to relieve water woes on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast. The project, named the Lower Tugela Water Supply Scheme, is one of the largest bulk water infrastructure projects to be implemented by KZN bulk...
Mar 22, 2016
KwaZulu-Natal’s eThekwini municipality has warned all users to cut back on water use or face penalties. The city announced on Tuesday that it was taking a hardline stance as the Midmar and Albert Falls dams, which service the bulk of eThekwini, take strain in what...
Mar 18, 2016
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The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II, which comprises a water transfer system from Lesotho to South Africa and a hydropower generation scheme to improve Lesotho’s electricity security, is expected to deliver first water in late 2024, increasing the...
Mar 18, 2016
WILO-STRATOS The PICO-Z is suitable for use in small commercial buildings such as hospitals, hotels and flats
German pumps manufacturer Wilo extended its range of domestic hot water pumps last month, by launching the Wilo-Stratos PICO-Z. The Wilo-Stratos PICO-Z is a glandless circulation pump that the company believes will enhance its domestic product offering. Similar to...
Mar 18, 2016
BOOSTING PUMPS The large diameter pumps will deliver 200-million litres of water a day
Pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves is supplying eight ultra-efficient pump sets to State-owned water utility Rand Water’s Palmiet pumping station near Alberton to help boost potable water supply to the Gauteng region. The large diameter pumps are to be installed...
Mar 18, 2016
The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II, which comprises a water transfer system from Lesotho to South Africa and a hydropower generation scheme to improve Lesotho’s electricity security, is expected to deliver first water in late 2024, increasing the...
Mar 17, 2016
The Department of Water and Sanitation said on Thursday that the current rainfalls were having “some slight impact on the country’s dam levels”, but more rain would be welcome to counter the effects of the drought. Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said the...
Mar 14, 2016
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Moody's Investors Service has placed the ratings of 11 South African regional and local governments' (RLGs) and three government-related entities' (GRIs) under review on Sunday for possible downgrade. In addition, Moody's has changed to negative from stable the...
Mar 11, 2016
Dr Diejo J Rodriguez
ADVERTORIAL – By Nevenka Ristic How do we ensure that our investments are resilient to climate risks? How do we make climate-smart policy choices against a backdrop of uncertainty? So far, the world has relied on global circulation models that provide information on...
Mar 08, 2016
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The worst drought in decades has cost South Africa’s agricultural industry some R16-billion to date; however, despite many provinces being hard-hit by the prolonged drought conditions, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana did not believe the...
Mar 04, 2016
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While South Africa’s 278 municipalities seem to be making some improvements in water delivery and water infrastructure management, water conservation and demand management remained on a “worrisome” downward trend, a new report released by the South African Local...
Mar 02, 2016
JSE-listed dairy products manufacturer Clover has reported improved results for the six months ended December 31, despite much higher national milk flow in South Africa last year, compared with the prior year periods, except for December. The company reported revenue...
Feb 26, 2016
With Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan calling for greater public–private partnerships, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Friday reaffirmed its commitment to working with government to accelerate infrastructure development plans for the next three years....
Feb 26, 2016
KEY OBJECTIVE The water supply and sanitation programme II aims to improve access to sustainable safe water supply and sanitation facilities
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $91-million loan to Uganda for the provision of clean water and improved sanitation in the country and a $16.1-million loan to finance the Tanzania institutional support project for good governance (ISPGG III). The...
Feb 26, 2016
BUCKET HALF FULL While the drought has caused many problems for the southern African region, innovative entrepreneurs may benefit from the opportunities its created
While the current drought presents several challenges for local businesses, it has also created opportunities for entrepreneurs with workable water conservation solutions, says independent business association Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI)...
Feb 26, 2016
KATSE DAM The Lesotho Highlands Water Project delivers water to South Africa at an average rate of 25 m³/s, or 780-million cubic metres of water a year
Despite allegations by disgruntled Lesotho residents, the country’s water problems are because of the prevailing drought and not as a consequence of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), says Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LDHA) public relations...
Feb 26, 2016
Original-equipment manufacturer Sinvac Mining & Engineering is capable of supplying its South African Bureau of Standards-approved Sinvac Piping Systems not only across South Africa but into other areas of Africa.
Feb 26, 2016
BOTTLE HOARDING Plastics|SA's collects about 3500 lites of water a day
Professional industry association Plastics|SA urges businesses and residents to continue collecting water for drought-stricken areas, noting that while instances of localised and infrequent rainfall have resulted in a false sense of security for some citizens, the...
Feb 26, 2016
KEVIN CILLIERS The National Cleaner Production Centre regional manager says that ts new programme will help alleviate South Africa's water scarcity
Recognising the socioeconomic strain caused by the current drought and following the successful implementation of its Industry Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, the national resource efficiency programme National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) is...
Feb 26, 2016
PURIFIED? Consultant says that half of all the water treatment facilities are underperforming
Factors, such as climate change and dam sedimentation, as well as a skills shortage in local government, water boards and water utilities, will continue to impact on water security after the drought ends, says civil engineer and consultant for engineering services...
Feb 26, 2016
MINISTRY AT WORK The Minister of Water and Sanitation launched the 2015 Water Week at KwaDukuza in KwaZulu Natal on March 16
Where dam levels have further declined, more stringent restrictions will be implemented to preserve water supply, says the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The DWS notes that the latest South African Weather Services forecasts have projected below-average...
Feb 24, 2016
South Africa’s government plans to inject R865.4-billion into infrastructure projects such as housing, roads, rail, public transport, water and electricity, maintaining its public infrastructure investment commitments over the next three years. The 2016 Budget,...
Feb 24, 2016
As South Africa’s water woes worsen on the back of a protracted drought, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday announced relief initiatives totalling R1.1-billion over the medium term. The reprioritised funds aimed to alleviate the pressure of a severe drought...
Feb 19, 2016
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Reduced water availability, owing to the current drought conditions and one of the driest rainy seasons, have resulted in many households and companies having to deal with the reality of water insecurity. This has led to increased searches for and securing...
Feb 19, 2016
Reduced water availability, owing to current drought conditions and one of the driest rainy seasons, have resulted in many households and companies having to deal with the reality of water insecurity. This has led to increased searches for and securing alternative...
Feb 12, 2016
South Africa is in the throes of its worst drought in decades, with the South African Weather Service announcing last month that 2015 was the driest year on record since 1904. To combat this, government has implemented water restrictions in Gauteng, Cape Town and...
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...
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