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Water

A third of Africa’s population has no access to clean water 

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th April 2021 With sub-Saharan Africa achieving an implementation level of just 46% in integrated water resources management, there is considerable scope for the region to improve its performance in meeting citizens’ water needs. A third of the people in Africa remain without access to clean, safe water and... 

Electricity, water price hikes pose risk to inflation outlook – central bank

By: Reuters     15th April 2021 Above-inflation increases to South Africa's electricity and water prices pose a risk to the consumer inflation outlook and could trigger a rise in lending rates, the central bank said on Wednesday. "These risks, should they materialise, could drive headline above the 4.5% target midpoint and... 

Sisulu pleased with upgrade at the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th April 2021 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has welcomed the progress that has been made towards the upgrading of the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Works to restore it from its severely deteriorated state. Sisulu visited the facility on April 14 to conduct an inspection at the... 

Astral obtains High Court order for govt to improve Lekwa municipal service delivery

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2021 Poultry producer Astral Foods has obtained a High Court order against government and the National Treasury over the nondelivery of basic water and electricity supply services within the Lekwa (Standerton) municipality. In terms of the Order issued on April 12, government will be required to... 

DWS appoints contractors on an emergency basis to unblock the sewer system in the Vaal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th April 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will appoint 18 contractors, on an emergency basis, to accelerate unblocking the pollution within the sewage system of the Vaal river and the local households in the Vaal area, particularly in the Emfuleni local municipality, to allow for better flows.... 

Midvaal municipality withholds payment to embattled Emfuleni municipality over lack of water supply

By: News24Wire      12th April 2021 More woes are piling on the embattled Emfuleni municipality with the DA-led Midvaal municipality withholding funds meant for Emfuleni municipality due its failure to supply water. Midvaal municipality has, with immediate effect, withheld all payments due to Emfuleni municipality, related to the... 

Egypt, Sudan reject Ethiopian proposal for data sharing on Renaissance dam

By: Reuters     12th April 2021 Egypt and Sudan on Saturday rejected an Ethiopian proposal to share data on the operations of its giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile after negotiations between the three countries in Kinshasa this week ended without progress. Ethiopia is pinning its hopes of economic development and power... 

Bank of America triples environmental funding goal to $1tr by 2030

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2021 Financial institution Bank of America on April 8 announced its goal of deploying and mobilising $1-trillion by 2030 in its Environmental Business Initiative to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable economy. This commitment will anchor a broader $1.5-trillion sustainable finance... 

The IVRS water levels continue to increase

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2021 The water levels of the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) increased from 92.5% last week to 93.1% this week. During the same week last year, the IVRS water levels were 65.8%. 

Egypt says latest round of GERD talks are 'last chance' before second dam filling

By: Reuters     6th April 2021 The latest meeting between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam may be the last chance to re-launch talks before it is filled for the second year in a row, Egypt said in a statement on Sunday. The meeting concludes on Monday in Kinshasa. Previous attempts at reaching... 

Vaccination success key to igniting SA’s infrastructure roll-out

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Despite the strain that the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations is placing on the fiscus, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) believes that it needs to be prioritised in concert with the fast-tracked implementation of infrastructure projects for the recovery of South Africa’s... 

Vaccination success key to igniting SA’s infrastructure roll-out

Firm expands service offering

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Consulting engineers firm Knight Piésold Southern Africa has added a hydrogeology and groundwater department to its service offering while expanding its mine services offering since the start of the year. “We are providing the full infrastructure spectrum for the mining sector, which includes... 

Firm expands  service offering
VISHAL HARIPERSAD Knight Piésold celebrates its centennial anniversary this month

Deloitte Africa makes an impact with new green building

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th March 2021 Deloitte has made strides in ensuring its new Waterfall headquarters is sustainable as a green building with a low impact on the environment. The building, which was designed and constructed with an emphasis on creating a sustainable, healthy, safe and productive environment, complies with a... 

Japan hands over training centre to South Africa to bolster water sector

By: Yvonne Silaule     24th March 2021 The Japanese government has handed a multimillion-rand training yard over to South Africa's Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The Japanese government, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), funded the construction of the training facility at the DWS's Roodeplaat... 

Sudan's cabinet backs UAE mediation in border, dam disputes with Ethiopia

By: Reuters     24th March 2021 Sudan's cabinet has backed an initiative for the United Arab Emirates to mediate in a dispute over Sudan's border with Ethiopia, and over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Sudanese information minister said on Tuesday. Tensions surrounding the control of farmland in al-Fashqa, on... 

Changes to water-use licence issuing powers to help agricultural industry, says AgriSA

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2021 Agricultural industry organisation AgriSA has welcomed the decision by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) acting director-general Deborah Mochotlhi to give regional DWS offices and catchment management agencies the power to issue water-use licences for low-risk and low-volume... 

TCTA put forward as new water agency implementor 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2021 State-owned entity Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) had been put forward as a possible potential proto-agency for the implementation of the new National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency (NWRIA). On February 11, 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the establishment of a national... 

TCTA put forward as new water agency implementor

Senqu river bridge construction tender launched in early March

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2021 The tender for the construction of the largest of three bridges that will span the Polihali reservoir and that will be built as part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2 – the Senqu River bridge – was released on March 4. The bridge will be the first extradosed bridge, which... 

Atterbury reduces water use by 250 000 ℓ a day across eight properties

By: Schalk Burger     19th March 2021 Property investment and development company Atterbury's intensive water consumption reduction drive, using sustainable water management systems at eight of its buildings, has enabled it to use 250 000 ℓ less a day compared with historical consumption. It achieved this through a combination of... 

Hall Longmore launches fusion bonded epoxy pipe coatings for the local market

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 Steel pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore is looking to attract a key domestic market segment with its newly launched dual layer fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) coatings. MD Kennith van Rooyen tells Engineering News the company, which is based in Wadeville, Gauteng, recently commissioned a dual spray... 

Hall Longmore launches fusion bonded epoxy pipe coatings for the local market

IVRS remains above 90%

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th March 2021 The water levels of the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) remain above 90%, despite a slight decline this week following weeks of steadily increasing water levels owing to rainfall in the catchment areas. The Department of Water and Sanitation’s weekly state of the reservoirs report showed that... 

Work starts on water supply scheme project in Mpumalanga

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th March 2021 Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo on March 16 oversaw the start of work on the Greater Breyten Water Supply Scheme project, in Warburton, Mpumalanga. The project is scheduled for completion in May 2024 and will benefit the communities of Breyten, Chrissiesmeer, Lothair and... 

Sudan formally requests four-party mediation over Ethiopian dam

By: Reuters     16th March 2021 Sudan's prime minister has written to the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and the US to formally request their mediation on the Nile water being used to fill Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Sudanese foreign ministry said on Monday. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok... 

DWS lays out plan to minimise Vaal river pollution  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has undertaken to expedite a strategic intervention to significantly minimise the impact of raw sewerage seeping into the Vaal river and its tributaries in the southern Gauteng region. DWS earlier in March appeared before the Portfolio Committee on... 

Calls for professionalisation of water management

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 There is an urgent need to ensure that appropriately qualified and experienced water professionals are appointed to plan, develop and manage South Africa’s water resources and services, says Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) technical director Mike Muller. “Water management is complex.... 

Water stewardship can halt security decline

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 With water security declining in South Africa, consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting principal consultant Fiona Sutton believes that securing commitment from companies regarding the value of water stewardship is the first step towards water security. “Adhering to water stewardship... 

Water stewardship can halt security decline
WADING THROUGH THE WATERS Water risks such as declining water quality, flooding, drought, water scarcity and water stress are all contributing to a decline in local water security

Pandemic stresses need for conservation

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 With Covid-19 further emphasising the importance of water and water conservation in South Africa, water tank storage solutions provider Abeco Tanks has supplied water tanks to several hospitals and facilities in the country to ease the impact of the pandemic. “The best defence against the... 

Pandemic stresses need for conservation
MANNIE RAMOS JNR As we brand ourselves as a water bank, businesses to store water for when water supply is unavailable in order to have continuity of service

Four strategic water projects ‘ready for investment’

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th March 2021 As infrastructure deployment plays a central role in South Africa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, four water-related projects under the recently gazetted Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) are gearing up for implementation. In July last year, the Department of Public Works and... 

Four strategic water projects ‘ready for investment’

DWS to implement enforcement measures over substandard drinking water in Tshwane

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th March 2021 Compliance and enforcement measures will be tightened against the City of Tshwane (CoT) to ensure it complies with its obligation to deal with low effluent standards and provide safe drinking water to affected communities, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) assured. An action plan to... 

Egypt's Sisi ups pressure for Ethiopia dam deal on Sudan visit

By: Reuters     8th March 2021 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called on Saturday for a binding deal by the summer on the operation of a giant Ethiopian hydropower dam, as he made his first visit to neighbouring Sudan since the 2019 overthrow of Omar al-Bashir. Egypt also signalled support for Sudan in a dispute with... 

M&R's ‘all time high’ order book positions company for 2022 return to profitability 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th March 2021 Considering engineering and construction services firm Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) “all time high” order book of R60.5-billion, and near orders of R19.9-billion, CEO Henry Laas says the group is “well positioned” for a return to profitability in the 2022 financial year. He adds that the firm is... 

M&R's ‘all time high’ order book positions company for 2022 return to profitability

WRC delivers on all targets in 2019/20 despite pandemic

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd March 2021 As the Water Research Commission (WRC) wraps up a successful 2019/20 in terms of performance, the firm is eying ambitious goals as it outlines its visions for its 2021 corporate plans (CP). During 2019/20, the WRC continued to play its role in the sector as a knowledge hub, promoting... 

Govt needs to focus on securing reliable hydrological information to ensure water security

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2021 The South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) has urged government to focus on securing reliable hydrological information to manage South Africa’s scarce water resources. In an advisory note written to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the association recommended that the Ministers responsible for... 

NGO International Rivers calls on SA not to support Grand Inga scheme

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2021 International rivers and river communities rights nongovernmental organisation International Rivers has called on South Africa to withdraw its agreement to offtake electricity from the Inga 3 hydropower project being built in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). South Africa continues to... 

NPC outlines the National Water Security Framework   

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th February 2021 The National Planning Commission’s (NPC’s) National Water Security Framework (NWSF) covers what is required to holistically protect South Africa’s scarce water resources, however, the country is weak in implementation. NPC commissioner Dr Pulane Molokwane, discussing the plan during a stakeholder... 

NPC outlines the National Water Security Framework
NPC commissioner Dr Pulane Molokwane discusses the National Planning Commission’s National Water Security Framework, which covers what is required to holistically protect South Africa’s scarce water resources. Date recorded 19.02.2021. Video recording: Kutlwano Matlala. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Sisulu reiterates government’s commitment to universal access to water

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th February 2021 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has reiterated the commitment of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to provide water for all. While the sustainable provision of water to everyone is still a challenge facing South Africa and “huge” disparities remain, she... 

SAHRC recommends Emfuleni municipality be placed under administration amid ongoing Vaal river pollution  

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2021 The South African Human Rights Commission warns that the Vaal river, "Gauteng's most vital water resource", may have been irreparably damaged and recommends that the Emfuleni municipality be placed under administration and that public servants, municipal administrators and staff who failed to... 

SAHRC recommends Emfuleni municipality be placed under administration amid ongoing Vaal river pollution
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