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Desalination could bolster South Africa’s water supply

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 6 hours ago As South Africa faces a deepening water crisis, desalination should be considered as part of the solution towards water security. The 2 800 km coastline, stretching from Mozambique to Namibia, positions South Africa well to use sea water to help combat water scarcity, said ABB Energy Industries... 

Civil war hardens Ethiopian Nile-dam stance, Sudan Minister says

By: Bloomberg     22nd June 2021 The carnage of Ethiopia’s civil war is making its rulers less willing to compromise with Sudan and Egypt in a dispute over the imminent filling of its giant Nile dam, a Sudan official said, as his government urges the United Nations to prevent any unilateral move. With Ethiopia embroiled in an... 

GreenCape’s 2021 market intelligence reports highlight Western Cape investment opportunities

By: Simone Liedtke     17th June 2021 GreenCape’s 2021 market intelligence reports (MIRs), produced in partnership with the Western Cape Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism, are now available for download. The reports highlight the investment opportunities in key sectors of the green economy in the province,... 

Water department extends comment period for unconventional gas regulations

By: Donna Slater     14th June 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has extended the period available for the public and key sector stakeholders to comment on the unconventional gas regulations, as published in government notice 406 in Government Gazette 44545 in May, by 60 days. This follows after stakeholders... 

Sudan says it is open to conditional interim deal on Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

By: Reuters     14th June 2021 Sudan is open to a partial interim agreement on Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, on specific conditions, Irrigation Minister Yasir Abbas told a news conference on Monday. The conditions include the signing-off of everything that has already been agreed on in... 

University spinoff company develops energy, water efficiency solution for schools

By: Donna Slater     11th June 2021 Stellenbosch University (SU) spinoff company GreenX Engineering’s initiatives to help equip Cloetesville Primary School, in Stellenbosch, with energy-saving technology ensured that it became the first school in South Africa to receive an electrical performance certificate (EPC). The school... 

University spinoff company develops energy, water efficiency solution for schools
Cloetesville Primary School principal Rodger Cupido (pictured centre) receives the energy performance certificate, and is joined by Western Cape Education Department education planning DDG Salie Abrahams and SU COO professor Stan du Plessis.

Track S Africa’s economic recovery on Operation Vulindlela dashboard

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th June 2021 South Africans can now track government’s progress in economic and employment growth with up-to-date information on the new Operation Vulindlela dashboard, launched this week. The new dashboard presents an overview of the milestones in 19 focus areas identified by government as priority reforms,... 

Track S Africa’s economic recovery on Operation Vulindlela dashboard

Egypt and Sudan urge Ethiopia to negotiate seriously over giant dam

By: Reuters     10th June 2021 Sudan and Egypt agreed on Wednesday to coordinate efforts to push Ethiopia to negotiate "seriously" on an agreement on filling and operating a giant dam it is building on the Blue Nile, a joint statement said. The two countries, which are downstream from the dam, issued the statement after... 

Hurst Hill reservoir remains low

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th June 2021 The Hurst Hill reservoir is still running low after the two-hour shut down of Rand Water’s Eikenhof Pumping Station on June 5 to enable City Power to fix an electrical fault on the power line. This setback had negatively impacted recovery, as the water supply system recovers slowly during the day... 

DWS opens bursaries for youth in water sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is inviting Grade 12 learners or those accepted to mainstream South African Institutions of Higher Learning for water-related qualifications to apply for available bursaries. Applications, which opened on June 1, will close on October 31, and will be... 

Steenhuisen slams water department as dams supplying Nelson Mandela Bay drop to 11% 

By: News24Wire      8th June 2021 Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen has ripped into the department of water and sanitation, demanding answers on how it plans to keep the taps running in the Eastern Cape amid declining dam levels. In a whirlwind oversight visit to Kouga Dam in the Kouga Local municipality on Monday,... 

Steenhuisen slams water department as dams supplying Nelson Mandela Bay drop to 11%
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DA leader John Steenhuisen

Rand Water to lay criminal charges against customers over profane emails

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th June 2021 Gauteng-based water utility Rand Water intends on laying criminal charges against members of the public for using abusive language to its employees during water shortages. This follows a series of email correspondences received by Rand Water’s customer service centre, in which members of the... 

TCTA, DBSA close R5.5bn deal for Vaal River System’s Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2021 The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have concluded two loan facility agreements, totalling R5.5-billion and spanning 20 years, for the implementation of Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), which forms part of South... 

TCTA, DBSA close R5.5bn deal for Vaal River System’s Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II

Zutari appointed to develop feeder roads plan for LHWP Phase II

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2021 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded Zutari Lesotho the professional services contract for the development of the master plan for feeder roads and bridges related to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II. Work on the contract is valued at about M13-million... 

Rand Water, Johannesburg Water work on Hursthill supply solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2021 Rand Water and Johannesburg Water are reviewing short to medium-term interventions to deal with the current challenges plaguing the Hursthill water system. The system supplies high lying areas that have historically been vulnerable to fluctuating bulk water supply during high demand seasons. Over... 

Gift of the Givers to drill borehole to alleviate water crisis at Johannesburg hospital

By: News24Wire      2nd June 2021 Gift of the Givers will be drilling for water at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Coronationville following water delivery disruptions in Johannesburg. In the last week, there have been water outages across the City of Johannesburg because of below optimum inflow of water into the system... 

Documents show Cubans engineers will be employed by the water dept, states Solidarity 

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2021 The public statements made by Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu about whether Cuban water engineers will be employed by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) are "materially different" from what is stated in documents submitted to the North Gauteng High Court... 

Documents show Cubans engineers will be employed by the water dept, states Solidarity

Municipalities cautioned to pay Water Boards for services

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2021 Billions of rands are being lost through nonpayment by municipalities to Water Boards for water supply and services, triggering a stern warning from Human Settlement, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu for municipalities to pay for services. “Monies that are lost through nonpayment to... 

Sedibeng Water withdraws water services cut-off instruction in North West

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2021 Business group Sakeliga is dropping its legal action against Sedibeng Water after the water agency agreed to withdraw its instruction for the cut-off of water supply services in several municipalities in the North West. On May 25, Sedibeng Water issued a suspension notice, effective June 1, for... 

R78m river project launched in the Western Cape

By: News24Wire      31st May 2021 The Western Cape government has launched a R78 million Holsloot weir river project which is set to benefit 150 farming households in the Rawsonville area. The weir is a river protection intervention aimed at ensuring functioning ecosystems. 

Water dept provides Solidarity with information about Cuban engineers

By: Schalk Burger     31st May 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has provided trade union Solidarity with comprehensive information about the Cubans who will perform engineering work in South Africa. “The fact that this information has been provided is a first but important victory in the legal battle against the... 

New project to boost Hurst Hill, Brixton and Crosby reservoirs and towers

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2021 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) plans to invest more than R330-million to support Johannesburg Water’s short- and long-term plans to build more resilient water infrastructure for the Brixton, Hurst Hill and Crosby reservoirs and towers. The new project, unveiled by CoJ Environment and... 

Sakeliga prepares urgent litigation to prevent water cut-off in North West

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th May 2021 Business organisation Sakeliga is preparing an urgent court application to prevent the cut-off of water supply services in several municipalities in the North West. Sakeliga has given Sedibeng Water until May 27 to withdraw instructions to its employees and to ensure continuing services after the... 

LHDA calls for tender submissions for Polihali Transfer Tunnel construction 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2021 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LDHA) has advertised the tender for the construction of the Polihali Transfer Tunnel, with the tender advertisement for the construction of the Polihali Dam expected in due course. Interested construction firms have until August 30 to submit tenders. 

Lesotho may see water revenue and undersea cable share seized

By: Bloomberg     26th May 2021 Lesotho is facing the loss of revenue from water and power sales to South Africa and may see its share of an undersea communications cable seized after it breached the terms of a contract with Frazer Solar. Under a global enforcement order, following the award of €50-million in damages in an... 

City of Joburg tries to strike balance between revenue, relief in new budget 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2021 In its R73.3-billion budget statement for the 2021/22 financial year, the City of Joburg (CoJ) has attempted to strike a balance between the needs of residents and the institution’s ability to provide services, considering continued Covid-19 impacts. The budget comprises of R65.1-billion in... 

City of Joburg tries to strike balance between revenue, relief in new budget
Finance MMC Jolidee Matongo presents the City of Joburg budget for 2021/22 and the medium-term

TCTA amasses R68bn water project pipeline

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2021 The Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has amassed a R68-billion pipeline of water resources projects that will start delivering water to South Africans before the end of the decade. These include the Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme Phase 2, uMkhomazi Water Project, Mokolo-Crocodile Water... 

DWS sets out MTEF budget for Vaal clean-up 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has set aside R1.1-billion over the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) period for the refurbishment of the Vaal River wastewater treatment plants. A further R700-million, over the MTEF period, has been set aside to add more capacity on the sewer... 

Sewage testing gives advanced warning of the third Covid-19 wave in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2021 Data from the Water Research Commission’s (WRC’s) wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) initiative has confirmed South Africa’s third Covid-19 wave three weeks in advance, demonstrating the early warning capabilities – and the proof of concept – of wastewater-based surveillance. The WRC led the... 

DWS to oppose court case, says Cuban engineers' qualifications accepted

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) says it will oppose the court case brought against it by trade union Solidarity to reverse its decision to deploy Cuban engineers in South Africa. Solidarity and other organisations in South Africa are opposed to the deployment of Cuban engineers in... 

African Development Bank approves water policy

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2021 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a new policy on water that prioritises Africa’s water security and the transformation of water assets to foster sustainable, green and inclusive economic growth in regional member countries. The new policy, based on four principles, provides a... 

Court date for interdict against appointment of Cubans set for June 1

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2021 Trade union Solidarity says it will be in court on June 1 to obtain an interdict against the plans of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to import and deploy Cuban engineers. Solidarity brought an urgent application to the North Gauteng High Court to stop these... 

WRC embarks on siltation programme to ease strain on dam storage 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2021 The Water Research Commission (WRC) is embarking on an ambitious programme to ensure the effective siltation management and improved storage capacity of 320 State-owned, Department of Water and Sanitation- (DWS-) managed large dams. The three-year National Dam Siltation Management Strategy in... 

Significant KZN area declared a protected environment

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2021 A new declaration will see the formal protection of a 25 000 ha area between the towns of Paulpietersburg and Utrecht within the Amajuba and Zululand district municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal. The new Elandsberg Protected Environment, which was gazetted on May 13, is a significant step in efforts... 

Solidarity says to serve court papers on Minister Sisulu over Cubans

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2021 Trade union Solidarity says it will serve court papers on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to force the disclosure of information and stop the deployment of the Cuban engineers, pending an application for a review of the government’s decision.   This follows after... 

DWS finalising critical tenders for Vaal spills

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th May 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is finalising the evaluation of the received tenders for the upgrading of the Vaal River infrastructure to prevent sewage spills. The tenders were advertised in November, with closure in January, for the expertise required in the areas of civil... 

New valves add to supplier portfolio

By: Halima Frost     14th May 2021 Specialist valve distributor Astore Keymak has added two new valves to its portfolio to offer ease of installation. Astore Keymak compression fittings and saddles product manager Aldrin Velan tells Engineering News that the check valve and stop cock valve were introduced to the company’s range in... 

New valves add to supplier portfolio
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