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Day Zero: Govt diverts water from Gariep Dam to 'red zone' regions of Nelson Mandela Bay

By: News24Wire      Updated 7 hours ago The 109 western suburbs in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, which are set to run dry when Day Zero kicks in, have been thrown a temporary lifeline after Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu on Monday connected the area to the Kwanobuhle pump station. The pump station is supplied by the... 

Study finds six potentially harmful elements in Krugersdorp game reserve water

By: Schalk Burger     5th July 2022 The Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) academics and their counterparts from the Council for Geosciences have discovered high concentrations of six potentially harmful elements (PHE) in the Krugersdorp Game Reserve. The academics conducted a study to determine the levels of various... 

Providing water should not be political – Senzo Mchunu

By: Sane Dhlamini     5th July 2022 Minister of Water and Sanitation Senzo Mchunu has said that providing water should not be a political nor a rhetorical issue, but, rather, it should be a question of providing a basic service, which is a basic right. He was speaking to local media during his visit to the Nelson Mandela Bay... 

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Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu

Water veteran Claassens retires from TCTA

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st July 2022 Long-standing Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) executive team member Johann Claassens has retired, effective June 30. Johannes Mavuso was appointed at the start of June as a successor to Claassens, with the handover process now completed. 

New 15-megalitre water reservoir for Lenasia and surrounds

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st July 2022 A new 15 megalitre water reservoir has been launched for Lenasia and surrounding communities to improve storage capacity of the Lenasia High Level Reservoir and to ensure reliability of clean water supply. The R45-million multi-faceted project, which started in August 2020, included site... 

More schools means more infrastructure needed

1st July 2022 The Kenyan government’s plan to construct an additional 10 000 classrooms to accommodate an expected surge in student numbers once learners’ transition from primary to junior secondary schools under the Competency-Based Curriculum is welcome and necessary. However, the transition will require... 

A large round drum used as a peptic tank made of Weholite ready for delivery to Kenya's new school projects
SANITATION SUCCESS In order for sanitation works of this magnitude Megapipe suggests the projects use its Weholite HDPE technology

Pump and hose flotation devices on offer

1st July 2022 Specialist pumps supplier Integrated Pump Rentals (IPR) says it carries a comprehensive range of pump flotation devices (PFD) and hose flotation devices (HFD) which are available for either purchase or hire. IPR operations manager Henru Strydom explains that a PFD is used to suspend the pump... 

HFDs are used to suspend hoses during pumping applications where either pontoons or barges are used
FLOATING AWAY HFDs are used to suspend hoses during pumping applications where either pontoons or barges are used

Pipe supply proves manufacturer’s metal

By: Halima Frost     1st July 2022 Steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds Pipes & Fittings have successfully delivered over 1.4 km of pipe to a project in Tshwane – cementing its position as a leading pipe supplier in Africa. The project entailed the supply of about 70 pipes of 800 nominal bore (NB) in lengths of 12.19 m, with... 

A number of 12-meter-long blue water pipes on a truck set for delivery at a water works
TRUE BLUE The water pipes for a 1.4 km project have been delivered to site by Stewarts & Lloyds

Manufacturer now offers new stainless steel braided hose

1st July 2022 Earlier this year, industrial hose specialist Truco announced it had started manufacturing stainless steel braided hose at its Chamdor campus in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Initial capabilities are for hose assemblies from 6 mm to 25 cm in diameter. 

A reel of stainless steel braided hose which is impervious to fire chemicals and pressure
STEELING THE SHOW The new sheet braided hose offered by Truco is ideal for use across a range of industries

Association stresses quality control is imperative

1st July 2022 As part of its continuous education process, Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) continues to enlighten design engineers, contractors and all users of plastic pipe of the critical importance of getting the highest quality of polymers in the products they specify or... 

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SHINING LIGHT Sappma continues to shine a light on the need for quality products and materials to its members

Production continuing despite Nelson Mandela Bay water crisis ­­­– VWSA 

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2022 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) says production of the Polo and Polo Vivo at its Kariega plant in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is continuing, despite the water supply crisis in the area. “Our Kariega plant is operating as normal and there are no issues as yet with the water supply,”... 

VWSA's Kariega plant

Day Zero: Rain brings slight relief in Nelson Mandela Bay, but concerns remain over high water usage

By: News24Wire      27th June 2022 Recent rainfall has slightly lifted dam levels in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, but the authorities are still concerned about water consumption levels in the area. Dam levels increased to just over 13% after it rained in the Eastern Cape last week. Parts of the metro received as much as 40mm of... 


Mchunu calls for the fast-tracking of projects to restore water supply in Ugu municipality

By: Yvonne Silaule     27th June 2022 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has called for the fast-tracking of two bulk water projects in the Ugu district municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal. In recent months, the municipality has been under the spotlight owing to its inability to provide reliable water supply to residents, who took... 

Nelson Mandela Bay Day Zero: Supply from Churchill Dam to be reduced in effort to avoid crisis

By: News24Wire      24th June 2022 The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will be opening communal taps on Saturday in a bid to prevent one of its dams from running dry by Tuesday. The municipality said it would reduce consumption from Churchill Dam on Sunday, from 60 megalitres daily, to 25 megalitres. At the current consumption... 

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SA's water crisis is directly linked to our dysfunctional municipalities – Mavuso

By: News24Wire      24th June 2022 To achieve water security, National Treasury said last year that  SA needs to close an estimated capital funding gap of about R33-billion a year for the next ten years - a frightening prospect in light of Nelson Mandela Bay's impending day zero, says Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busisiwe... 

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Is it possible to convert old coal mines into successful farms?

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 The rehabilitation of South Africa’s closed coal mines has long been a source of contention among miners, environmental activists and affected communities. Numerous old mines were not rehabilitated at all, while many others were rehabilitated to within only the bare minimum requirements of the... 

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Operation Vulindlela making progress in driving priority structural reforms  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st June 2022 The Presidency’s Operation Vulindlela (OV) has made markable process on accelerating implementation of priority structural reforms since its establishment in October 2020. Presidency project management office head Rudi Dicks addressed delegates during the Manufacturing Indaba, held in Sandton on... 

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Presidency private office director Saul Musker explains how far Operation Vulindlela has come with assisting structural reform

Day Zero: Two dams in Nelson Mandela Bay metro have 6 days of water left as consumption spikes

By: News24Wire      21st June 2022 Water consumption in the drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay metro has increased significantly, putting pressure on an already thin system. The metro's residents and businesses were consuming roughly 60 megalitres more per day, which was "quite high and worrisome", the metro's water crisis joint... 

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WearCheck acquires Set Point Water Laboratories

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th June 2022 Condition monitoring specialist company WearCheck has acquired sister company water analysis company Set Point Water Laboratories. Adding a new division to WearCheck’s scientific testing structure, the integration of Set Point expands WearCheck’s expertise and services, which include scientific... 

Finish, WWF release 28-million litres of water

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th June 2022 Dishwasher products provider Finish and the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa’s (WWF’s) partnership has led to the clearance of 12.8 hectares of alien trees that released 28-million litres of water, the protection of three springs and an increased number of communities with improved water... 

GreenCape’s 2022 green economy market intelligence reports outline opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2022 This year’s editions of nonprofit organisation GreenCape’s yearly green economy market intelligence reports (MIRs) have been made available. The reports were officially launched on June 7 by Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities Mireille Wenger and Western Cape Minister of... 

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro’s water failure underlines need for national plan on Day Zeros

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th June 2022 Day zero is and will be the water challenge of the next decade for South Africa and the country must prepare better for more day zeros and water shedding, said non-profit civil action organisation Outa’s WaterCan initiative. The organisation said that, while the recent reports of Nelson Mandela... 

Nelson Mandela Bay hits Day Zero as dam levels drop too low for water extraction

By: News24Wire      13th June 2022 Day Zero has arrived in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality after levels in the Impofu Dam, near Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape, dropped too low to allow for water extraction. On Monday, the municipality shared a document with News24 that indicated that the dam had hit Day Zero and would no... 

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Ways to overcome challenges when your boiler fails

10th June 2022 Over the past 24 months, companies requiring emergency boiler systems have succumbed to price increases to keep their steam operations functioning. 

An image of a man fixing a boiler
STEAM SYSTEMS A spike in boiler hire is directly proportional to an increased uptake in boiler repair services.

Company adds new product to its boiler offering

10th June 2022 Industrial process technologies supplier Alfa Laval has launched its new Alfa Laval AC65 brazed plate heat exchanger at its first online net-zero launch event, where it showcased new, cutting-edge thinking in energy efficiency, clean energy and circular-economy solutions.  

An image of a brazed plate heat exchanger
HEAT EXCHANGER Company offers new, cutting-edge thinking in energy efficiency, and clean-energy and circular-economy solutions.

Company receives a Queen’s Award

10th June 2022 Combustion management solutions provider Autoflame Engineering is delighted to announce that the company has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. 

Company adds two new boiler rental units

10th June 2022 Local boiler and burner supplier Combustion Technology has added two new boiler rental units to its rental offering. 

An image of a rental boiler
RENT A BOILER Combustion Technology adds two new boiler rental units

Mhlathuze Water takes disciplinary steps against CEO, CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th June 2022 The board of Mhlathuze Water has resolved to take disciplinary action against its CEO and CFO on charges of financial misconduct and maladministration following an intensive investigation commissioned by the board in December 2021. The investigation was initiated after whistle-blower allegations... 

Zimile nears completion on landmark water supply project

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2022 Zimile Consulting Engineers is nearing the completion of a large-scale water supply scheme covering seven villages in uMuzimkhulu local municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal. After implementing the project in early May 2021, the construction firm is preparing for the handover to the municipality by the... 

Maintenance to leave some municipalities in Gauteng, North West without water for June 3 and 4

By: Schalk Burger     27th May 2022 Water utility Rand Water will conduct maintenance at the Vereeniging Water Treatment Plant, and power utility City Power will do maintenance of the electrical systems that feed Rand Water’s Eikenhof pump station from June 3 to 4. This will leave Johannesburg, Merafong, Randwest, Mogale City and... 

Nelson Mandela Bay needs new approach amid water crisis

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2022 With the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality (NMBM) experiencing a severe drought that could leave it without water by the end of June, a new approach is required to ensure water security, a webinar has heard. The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), in collaboration with the Water Research... 

Enlit Africa is back

27th May 2022 Enlit Africa returns to Cape Town as a live conference and exhibition from June 7 to 9 this year, focusing on the current opportunities and challenges in the energy sector – from self-generation for municipalities and gas exploitation to renewable and energy storage solutions for the commercial... 

Energy transition to be discussed at Enlit

27th May 2022 As South Africa experiences yet another period of load-shedding, the option of generating electricity for personal use is starting to look all the more attractive. 

Water solutions for Makana Municipality

27th May 2022 Water service utility Amatola Water, Makana municipality and consulting engineering company Bosch Projects continue to work hard to solve the water shortages in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape.  

Image of water waste treatment plant under construction
PROJECT UNDER WAY The James Kleynhans Water Treatment Works project is currently in its second phase

Hydro project achieves commercial operation

27th May 2022 The Nyamwamba 11, 7.8MW hydropower project reached its PPA Commercial Operation Date (COD) on March 17, 2022. 

Expect to pay more for water and electricity in Ekurhuleni and Joburg

By: News24Wire      26th May 2022 Residents in the Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni municipalities are in for hefty tariff hikes for water and electricity. The two cities presented budget outlooks for the 2022-2023 financial year. 

Rand Water to conduct Midrand pipeline tie-in, water disruptions expected in June

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2022 Water utility Rand Water is scheduling a shutdown of its H12 pipeline from June 3 to 4 in a 39.5-hour project to tie in a 5.2-km-long section of the newly built 1.7-m-diameter H39 pipeline. The implementation of the project will require that the existing H12 pipeline be isolated on June 3 from... 

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