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Mar 26, 2015
Mar 24, 2015
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has revealed that 96 mines currently active in South Africa are operating without water use licences. “My department is aware of the current number of mines that are operating without water use licences and, [of these...
Mar 24, 2015
A pioneering solar-powered water distribution system is improving access to potable water in a region of Far North Cameroon beset by drought, water-related illness and an influx of refugees fleeing Boko Haram attacks. The system, in which water is collected in a...
Mar 24, 2015
Leaders from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed a cooperation deal on Monday over a giant Ethiopian hydroelectric dam on a tributary of the river Nile, in a bid to ease tensions over regional water supplies. The leaders said the "declaration of principles" would pave...
Mar 20, 2015
Kenya launched Africa's first water fund on Friday, a public-private partnership aimed at raising $15-million to provide clean water to 9.3-million people by protecting the basin of the country's longest river. The Nature Conservancy, a US-based charity backing the...
Mar 18, 2015
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The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) plans to spend R1.6-billion in the 2014/15 fiscal period on the upgrade of dilapidated water infrastructure across South Africa and a further R220-million on the Dam Safety Rehabilitation Project, which would see the full...
Mar 18, 2015
Tanzania will receive a total of $380-million in loans from India to finance two major water projects in the east African nation, the president's office said on Tuesday. India's government has offered $100-million to improve water supply in the commercial capital Dar...
Mar 13, 2015
As the requirements of reliability and the extended life span of plastic pipes across industry are increasing, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers’ Association (Sappma) is inviting companies to submit high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe samples by April...
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Owing to its water-intensive nature, new mining and infrastructural development needs to be carefully considered in South Africa, says Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Joan Warburton-McBride, who believes that, for the same reason, hydraulic...
Mar 06, 2015
Until government is able to upgrade its water infrastructure, amend punitive laws for theft of State property and implement traceability laws for scrap metal, the routine theft of government-owned pipes, substation components, transformers and other water-related...
Mar 06, 2015
Identifying a need to clarify the South African National Standards (SANS) organisation’s SANS 2001 pressure test regulations, plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics in 2014 developed and published a guide on how to conduct the pressure testing of pipes.
Mar 06, 2015
French-based water treatment and waste management solutions provider Suez Environnement has signed a research contract with United Arab Emirates-based university the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company to study seawater...
Mar 06, 2015
About 35 000 delegates from more than 170 countries are expected to gather at this year’s World Water Forum, which will take place from April 12 to 17 in the South Korean cities of Daegu and Gyeongju. The forum, which is jointly organised by multistakeholder platform...
Mar 06, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Jeff Radebe
Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe would “soon” call for nominations for commissioners to serve on the country’s second National Planning Commission (NPC), with the term of the inaugural commission set to end in May....
Feb 19, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
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Medupi power station
With both the African water and energy sectors being under high levels of stress, while being pressured by climate change, the water–energy nexus has become a key uncertainty on the continent. “It is necessary for [countries] to zoom in on the relationship, linkages...
Feb 18, 2015
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Since partnering with US water technology firm Zoeller in 2010, Stellenbosch-based company Maskam Water has sold and installed some R10-million worth of water treatment plants and pumps in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya and Nigeria. Moreover, the company...
Feb 16, 2015
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Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has welcomed 35 Cuban engineers seconded to South Africa for a two-year term within the framework of a controversial bilateral cooperation agreement signed in September 2013. The engineers would undergo a two-week...
Feb 13, 2015
Kenya has started implementing a $2-billion holistic water supply master plan for its capital city of Nairobi and neighbouring towns as a rising population and urbanisation exert pressure on existing facilities and supply. The East African nation has announced that...
Feb 13, 2015
FEEDING ENERGY The proposed $1.7-billion coal-fired plant, to be located near Delmas, Mpumalanga, could use coal from the nearby Delmas mine to meet a portion of South Africa’s power needs
The public review period for the integrated water use licence application for the proposed construction of a 600 MW coal-fired independent power producer plant and associated infrastructure for Kuyasa Mining subsidiary KiPower will be extended until March 24.
Feb 12, 2015
The next 14 days will determine the fate of South African food prices over the next 12 months as the summer grains, namely maize, sunflower and soya beans, are in a “critical stage”, Grain SA CEO Jannie de Villiers advised on Thursday. “At this stage rain in the next...
Feb 06, 2015
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South Africa can expect high food prices for the next 12 months at least should no rain fall within the next ten days, effecting a below-average grain crop. Tragic conditions in the grain farming communities and the rural economy should be expected as a result, Grain...
Feb 06, 2015
ON-SITE OIL REMEDIATION Ergofito Aqua organically turns oil deposits on land and water into organic matter by attacking hydrocarbons and converting them into humus
The Ergofito Aqua oil remediator, manufactured locally by Cape Town-based bioproducts company Ergofito, is selling better internationally than it is locally, the company tells Engineering News.
Feb 05, 2015
With production losses in KwaZulu-Natal expected to reach R574-million, for Canegrowers in the drought-stricken areas of the province, “the loss is great”, Canegrowers Research Department analysis shows. Further, rehabilitation costs of some R274-million were...
Feb 05, 2015
Lefadi Makibinyane
In his position as the new CEO of water utility Amatola Water, Lefadi Makibinyane would be responsible for driving the utility’s 20-year strategy, which was in its second year of implementation. He would also be expected to play a critical role in steering the...
Feb 04, 2015
A whopping R381-million has been set aside to upgrade the Brits Water Treatment Works (BWTW), which will bring to an end the water shortages that has recently sparked service delivery protests in Majakaneng. Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) media liaison...
Jan 30, 2015
Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as...
Jan 28, 2015
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde
To prevent the loss of millions of rands in agricultural produce, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has funded close to R1-million to provide an interim solution to this month’s collapse of a section of one of the canals fed by the Clanwilliam dam. The...
Jan 26, 2015
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Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Jan 23, 2015
TALLY PALMER Water policies and initiatives must include the practicalities of community relations to establish good water practices within communities
The transdisciplinary water research method emphasising mutual learning and close coordination among researchers and communities is enabling effective water policy interventions. It is gaining a larger community of practice in South Africa with several projects,...
Jan 20, 2015
The Department of Water and Sanitation says steady progress is being made in providing water to the residents of Mashonamini village, in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality. The department on Monday said phase one of projects to deliver water to the area has been...
Jan 16, 2015
Physical asset management company Pragma will continue to install grey-water recovery plants at petroleum group Shell’s various Ultra Cities, where possible, following the success of its award-winning recycling plant, which was installed at Shell’s Three Sisters...
Dec 12, 2014
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SARUSHEN PILLAY Sasol has proven the viability of composting to remediate its industrial sludges over the course of two years of testing
Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project aims to move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project uses aerobic composting to convert the sludge from its Bioworks water...
Dec 10, 2014
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Water Damage Services, the Nuflow licensee for the Western Cape, has started rehabilitation work – incorporating new technology – on the City of Cape Town’s corroded pipes. The project, which started on Monday, aimed to cut the city’s water loss as a result of...
Dec 08, 2014
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The results of a ten-year study have revealed that harmful cyanobacteria are widespread in South Africa’s 50 largest dams, with the Hartbeespoort dam, in the North West, the Darlington dam, in the Eastern Cape, and Spitskop dam, in the Northern Cape, found to be the...
Nov 28, 2014
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The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has set aside an estimated R10-billion to mitigate acid mine drainage in the Witwatersrand goldfields. In a statement issued following a meeting between Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and mining experts on...
Nov 27, 2014
Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project will move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat its 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project made use of aerobic composting to convert sludges from Sasol’s Bioworks water...
Nov 19, 2014
Professor John Briscoe receiving the 2014 Stockholm Water Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf
World-renowned South African water engineer and academic Professor John Briscoe, who was the 2014 recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize, also known as the ‘Nobel prize for water’, has died at the age of 66. Following a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer, he...
Nov 14, 2014
The new guard at Aveng Manufacturing is steadfast in its focus to grow and expand the 125-year old manufacturing business across the African continent. With combined specialist skills across water, effluent and mineral processing sectors this African market leader...
Nov 13, 2014
Access to mobile services in developing countries has outpaced the rate at which much of the population is gaining access to basic services, such as electricity, sanitation and banking, a report by GSMA has revealed. However, the dominance of mobile services in...
Nov 07, 2014
PVC VALVE The polyvinyl chloride union ball valve is a compact type of valve featuring full flow and axial pipe load block
Continuous development in the design and manufacture of plastic valves has created an opportunity for these valves in the potable-water market that was previously dominated by metal valves, says Cape Town-based piping systems company Alprene Plastic Products.
Oct 24, 2014
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