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Water

Despite commodity slump, M&R bets future on resources

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago 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... 

Water restrictions loom with Vaal Dam levels critical

By: News24Wire      Updated 7 hours ago 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

Sinvac Piping

     10th June 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. 

Sinvac Piping

Step-change in water resource management urgently needed  

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2016 Being the thirtieth-driest country in the world, facing the most severe drought in decades and grappling with water shortages across the board, South Africa faced a one-billion-plus cubic-metre deficit by 2030 if water consumption was not curbed urgently. South Africans currently consumed water... 

Step-change in water resource management urgently needed

Namibian uranium miner offers to sell water desalination plant to govt for $200m

By: African News Agency      7th June 2016 Namibian uranium miner Areva Resources Namibia has offered to sell its private 26-million cubic metres water plant to the Namibian government for $200-million (N$3.1-billion) to mitigate a nationwide water crisis that has hit cities and the mining industry hard. Areva Resources Namibian MD Hilifa... 

Water should be traded as a commodity – Israeli water expert

By: Anine Kilian     6th June 2016 For South Africa to overcome the challenges it faces as a result of drought conditions, the country needs to start treating water as a commodity, Israeli water expert Professor Eilon Adar suggests. Speaking at the Israel–South Africa Water conference, in Johannesburg, on Monday, he noted that... 

Water should be traded as a commodity – Israeli water expert

R116m water treatment plant launched in the Eastern Cape 

By: African News Agency      1st June 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through its Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP), has launched a R116-million water treatment plant in Steytleville, outside Port Elizabeth, to combat water shortages in the area. The project was supported by the DTI, the Department of Water and... 

R116m water treatment plant launched in the Eastern Cape

Calls to reuse water treatment waste take centre stage at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 While the cost-effective and environmentally compliant disposal of water treatment residue (WTR) is a challenge for water treatment practitioners worldwide, WTR management has taken centre stage in the local water industry amid increasing water demands, deteriorating raw water quality aggravated... 

Calls to reuse water  treatment waste take  centre stage at WISA 2016
MEGAN SCHALKWYK Findings suggest that there has to be a change in mind-set across the water industry value chain, with stakeholders treating WTR as a reusable commodity rather than waste

Consulting company creates innovative infrastructure solutions

By: Victor Moolman     27th May 2016 Engineers are continuously searching for more creative ways to design and complete infrastructure and other projects, says international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, which has in joint venture with Knight Piesold and Naidu Consulting completed the Ashley... 

eThekwini digestion pilot plant in trial

     27th May 2016 Resource management company Veolia Water Technologies completed the installation of an anaerobic digestion pilot plant, which was erected at eThekwini Water and Sanitation’s Southern Wastewater Treatment Plant in Merebank, Durban in the first quarter of this year. The trial project, which was... 

eThekwini digestion pilot plant in trial
ANAEROBIC DIGESTION PILOT The trial project, which was commissioned and optimised by Veolia, aims to generate biogas from the current waste water feeds at the plant

Piano key weir solutions investigated at ICOLD 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 The investigation into the structural behaviour of piano key weirs was put under the spotlight at the 2016 annual International Commission on Large Dams Meeting (ICOLD), which was held at the Sandton Convention Centre from May 15 to 20. Speaking at the eighty-fourth edition of the meeting,... 

Piano key weir  solutions investigated  at ICOLD 2016
PIANO KEY WEIRS The rectangular keys are made with sloped bases, which guide flow over and away from the crest of the weir

Pilot under way to optimise biogas production in Durban

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Water treatment solutions company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa earlier this month completed the installation of an anaerobic digestion pilot plant designed to test the digestibility of the domestic and industrial waste received by eThekwini Water and Sanitation’s southern wastewater... 

Pilot under way to optimise biogas production in Durban
PLANT OUTLAY The sludge digestion pilot plant shows two primary settling tanks in the foreground, two anaerobic digesters in the background and two thickener vessels

Radar offers robust solutions

     27th May 2016 International instrumentation engineering enterprise Kobold Messring has introduced its Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) technology to its Kobold NGR components. The components, which use microwave or guided radar, offer a robust and low-maintenance solution for level measurement and monitoring.... 

Radar offers  robust solutions
TIME DOMAIN REFLECTOMETRY Unlike older technologies, the TDR technology offers measurement readings that are independent of chemicals or physical properties of the process media

Rainwater harvesting key for drought-stricken SA

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 Owing to constant water supply not being guaranteed, aggravated by the prolonged drought, South Africans have become more proactive in saving water by creating emergency back-up systems and systems that can collect rainwater, says water systems provider Sinvac Plastics, which is based in Pretoria... 

Rainwater harvesting key for drought-stricken SA
ROTOMOULDED TANKS Sinvac has been supplying the South African market since 1962 with rotomoulded products such as water tank

Water and sanitation priority at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 African cities are developing rapidly and existing water management systems cannot keep up, leading to a projected quadrupling in demand for water over the next 25 years, said ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa professional officer Tarryn Quayle during the Water Institute of... 

Water and sanitation  priority at WISA 2016
WATER SHORTAGE ICLEI cited figures which suggested 565-million people are still using unimproved sanitation and 330-million using unimproved drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa.
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