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Qld declares Adani’s Carmichael ‘critical’ to fast-track project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th October 2016 The Queensland government has invoked special power to progress the A$21.7-billion Carmichael coal and rail project being developed by Indian major Adani. The combined mine, rail and associated water infrastructure have all been declared “critical” infrastructure, the first time this has... 

Infrastructure crucial to water availability

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 Global professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa says various factors contribute to the operating efficiencies of existing water infrastructure in South Africa, which affects the country’s availability of water resources, including management thereof. WSP environment and energy... 

Reaching your full potential, leads to endless opportunities

     19th September 2016 As a Junior Civil Engineer at GIBB, Kate Murphy owes her successful career at a young age to her own perseverance and determination. She strives harder each day to make a positive impact on the lives of the people around her, through the work she does. Working at GIBB, one of South Africa’s... 

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... 

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... 

More support needed for local steel industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 While government has increased import tariffs to protect the local steel market from low-cost Chinese imports, steel products manufacturer and supplier LionSteel CFO Pierre Willemse believes that more needs to be done to support the South African steel market. 

Construction of Western Aqueduct continues according to plan

     27th June 2016 Durban’s largest ever bulk water pipeline, the Western Aqueduct, is making steady progress and reaching important milestones. Head of eThekwini Water and Sanitation, Ednick Msweli, said this week that the WA would have a significant impact on the future development of the eThekwini region.“With... 

Strong flow of water, sanitation projects for SMEC South Africa

     22nd June 2016 The Water & Environment sector of SMEC is engaged in a range of projects in South Africa, demonstrating its experience and track record in this highly competitive sector. Apart from its general capabilities, the Water & Environment sector also boasts specialist skills such as hydrology and water... 

EWS thanks residents for patience during construction of the Northern Aqueduct Augmentation

     13th June 2016 Work on Durban’s R250 million Northern Aqueduct Augmentation project is gaining momentum and this much needed bulk infrastructure project is on track for commissioning by year end. Ednick Msweli, Head of eThekwini Water and Sanitation, thanked Umhlanga and Phoenix residents for their patience... 

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... 

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... 

Vedhant Maharaj wins the 2015 Corobrik Architectural Awards

     12th May 2016 Vedhant Maharaj from The University of the Witwatersrand became the 29th architectural student to take first prize at the Corobrik Architectural Awards in Johannesburg last night. For nearly three decades, this prestigious award has been presented to a talented young graduate who is on the brink... 

Lionsteel South Africa Acquires Mozambique Steel Pipe Manufacturing Mill From Capital Africa Steel (Cas)

     3rd May 2016 LionSteel South Africa has, after extensive negotiations with Capital Africa Steel, acquired the steel pipe manufacturing mill Capital Star Steel SA, located in Matola, Mozambique. The acquisition worth in excess of R500 million, involved a comprehensive debt restructuring with a syndication of... 

Ekurhuleni budget maintains ‘pro-poor' stance

By: Samantha Herbst     28th April 2016 In an attempt to maintain a pro-poor stance on public spending aimed at improving social development, the City of Ekurhuleni will inject R3.5-billion of its 2016 budget for into its community empowerment package, Mintirho Ya Vula Vula. Tabling the budget vote for the city on Thursday, mayoral... 

Lincoln inches closer to Kookaburra Gully development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2016 Graphite developer Lincoln Minerals has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the District Council of Tumby Bay, in South Australia, over the proposed Kookaburra Gully graphite mine. The MoU provided a framework for both parties to work together on the road, power and water... 

South Africa on the cusp of broader water crisis – report 

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th April 2016 With ever-increasing urgency, intervention is required, as South Africa is on the cusp of a major water crisis that poses an immediate, serious and broader risk to the economy and social stability. In the next 15 years, water demand in South Africa would outstrip supply by 17% and the water... 

Opic opens Côte d’Ivoire office

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2016 US development finance institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) has established its first permanent, dedicated regional office in Côte d’Ivoire, in an effort to stimulate investment into development projects in the critically strategic West and Central Africa. To mark the... 

Building the Perfect Public-Private Partnership in Africa

     16th March 2016 When South African Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan detailed his budget in Parliament in Cape Town, he emphasized the need for Public Private Partnerships to evolve as a means to reinforce and drive infrastructure. This is a thought that is shared across the African continent, with PPPs now... 

Minister Jeff Radebe to deliver keynote address at Vision 2030 Summit

     7th March 2016 Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Vision 2030 Summit to be hosted by Topco Media in June. The Summit, to be held at Emperors Palace on June 8 and 9, follows on the successful Summit and the publication of a book on the National Development... 

Cesa commits to govt infrastructure plans

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th February 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. During his 2016 Budget Speech on... 

Infrastructure still Budget priority with R870bn allocation

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 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, tabled on Wednesday, showed... 

Budget sets aside R1.1bn for drought relief

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 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 on the farming sector and... 

Drought seeps through Gordhan’s budget

By: African News Agency      24th February 2016 The impact of the nation’s drought featured prominently in South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan’s Budget speech on Wednesday, with many mentions of government’s response and praise for those looking to lessen the devastating effects. “Budget allocations for water infrastructure this... 

More study required into role of rain harvesting in water security mix 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th February 2016 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 alternative water sources, such as... 

More study required into role of rain harvesting in water security mix

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th February 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 water sources, such as domestic... 

Drought needs all hands on deck – Zuma

By: News24Wire      18th February 2016 The ongoing drought is a big problem that needs everyone to work together, President Jacob Zuma has said. Addressing Parliament on Thursday, he said the impact on the agricultural sector was severe. 

Australia aims to unlock north’s resource and energy potential

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th January 2016 The Australian government was hoping that renewed focus on the country’s northern region would unlock significant resource and energy potential. Resources, Energy and Northern Australian Minister Josh Frydenberg said on Friday that Northern Australia represented 40% of the country’s land mass,... 

“Customer relations and expansion into Africa are key to sustainable growth” – new Goscor Access Rental MD

     19th January 2016 The Executive Management of the Goscor Group of Companies welcomes Andrew Kendrick as the newly appointed Managing Director of Goscor Access Rental, a specialist Rental Company of a wide range of mobile lifting equipment and systems. Andrew, who recently attained a post graduate diploma in... 

Association pushes for water-saving solutions using plastic pipes  

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th January 2016 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Associations (Sappma) has been pushing for long-term water-saving solutions over the past four years through its promoting that the existing water pipeline network infrastructure, which comprises old cement, steel and asbestos pipes should be... 

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal water management

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 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 Infrastructure sector senior... 

Namakwa water project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th January 2016 The Department of Water and Santation and the Namalwa district municipality is building water infrastructure that will supply 16-million litres of water a day. 

Mega Water Delivers Innovative And Efficient Uses Of Sa’s Precious Water Resources

     14th January 2016 The agreement recently achieved at the COP21 climate-change summit in Paris, France, is a landmark all of us can celebrate, says Mega Water Corporation founder and CEO, Rudy Roberts. “This important step forward in trying to limit the impact of climate change should not distract us, however, from... 

Charlie natural gas tenements development project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     11th December 2015 The project involves the development of QGC and its partners’ natural gas tenements, west of Wandoan. 

It’s still tight out there, Group Five chief cautions

By: Irma Venter     4th December 2015 The South African civils market remains “very much under pressure”, says Group Five CEO Eric Vemer. The road-building sector is “very competitive”, with more complex infrastructure projects “very quiet”. 

Central, West Africa a hotbed of infrastructure growth, report finds

By: Natalie Greve     3rd December 2015 A study into infrastructure development in Africa has pointed to the emergence of Central and North Africa as megaproject hotspots, with 301 transport, energy and power, water and mining projects – denoting investment of $375.4-billion – currently under way on the continent. Drawing from the... 

Creamer Media publishes Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector research report 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd November 2015 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. 

Inside government’s War on Leaks project as water worries rise

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th November 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 equates to 37% of nonrevenue water. Of this, a quarter is considered to be losses through physical leaks. The War on Leaks project,... 

Inside government’s War on Leaks project as water worries rise

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th November 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 physical leaks. 

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