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Public Works to release RFP for renewable energy programme this quarter

By: Darren Parker     Updated 6 hours ago The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) will publish a request for proposals (RFP) for its Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) in the first quarter of this year, it said in a statement on January 27. The iREREP will be the largest programme for... 

Water Boards to be reviewed

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th January 2022 South Africa’s water boards are set to be reviewed in an effort to enhance service delivery, starting with the Sedibeng Water Board, which the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said it has bailed out on two occasions in the recent past. Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu said that... 

DWS concerned about possible liquid gas chlorine shortages that could affect water supply

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th January 2022 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is monitoring a potential supply shortage of liquid gas chlorine, which could impact the treatment of potable water and effluent water managed by water service authorities (WSA’s), metropolitans and water boards. “The DWS is aware of the incident... 

Save the Vaal Environment says Emfuleni wastewater treatment system remains dysfunctional

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th January 2022 Save the Vaal Environment (Save) said that none of the three Emfuleni wastewater treatment plants are meeting the requirements of their waste water licences and stated that the impression that the Sedibeng Sewage Scheme is on track is erroneous. “The existing Emfuleni wastewater treatment system... 

Vaal dam water levels improve

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th January 2022 The water levels of the Vaal dam have improved 3.3%, reaching 110.5% as rainfall continues inland. The latest information released by the Department of Water and Sanitation shows that, last week, the dam stood at 105.4%, while last year at the same time it was at 71.4%. 

Polihali Village and visitors’ lodge construction kicks off

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2022 The construction of permanent housing, visitors’ lodge and associated infrastructure at the Polihali Village is set to start in January after the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) awarded the construction tender to the Polihali Village Joint Venture (JV) in December 2021.... 

GIBB oversees refurbishment of Nalubaale dam in Uganda

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2022 After being awarded the contract to design and oversee the refurbishment of the Nalubaale dam, in Uganda, in 2018, engineering firm GIBB said that construction deadlines were met, high technical standards were achieved and the project budget was not exceeded, despite the limitations brought on by... 

Coca-Cola, partners launch new sustainability platform to build on past successes 

By: Donna Slater     14th January 2022 Beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola’s Africa Operating Unit (AOU) and its bottling partners have launched an Africa-focused sustainability platform – Jamii, which houses Coca-Cola AOU’s existing and new sustainability initiatives to improve water use, empower women and better manage waste streams.... 

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Coca-Cola Africa launches new sustainability platform – Jamii

DWS prioritises Sedibeng water project 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2022 The Sedibeng Regional Sewer Sanitation Scheme, which remains central to resolving the issues that affect the Vaal River System in the Emfuleni local municipality, has been prioritised by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and is part of the immediate scope of works that will be... 

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Effective circular waste management important to maintain healthy air, study shows

By: Schalk Burger     11th January 2022 A study by research institute the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) shows that circular waste management systems can help to effectively curb emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants, although the waste sector is often neglected in discussions about climate... 

Mchunu to establish committee to oversee water projects in Limpopo

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th January 2022 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu plans to establish a political steering committee on water in Limpopo to oversee various water and sanitation projects in the province.  The committee is to be led by Premier Stan Chupu Mathabatha. 

City of Cape Town reassures residents 'earthy' tasting water is safe to drink

By: News24Wire      7th January 2022 The City of Cape Town has reassured residents who have detected an "earthy" flavour to their tap water that it remains safe to drink. On Thursday, the City said the water was safe to drink and compliant with SANS241 standards. 

Two more sluice gates opened at Vaal dam

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th January 2022 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has opened two more sluice gates at the Vaal dam, with four gates now open. This is as part of the continuous monitoring of the high inflows impacting on the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) and thus the Vaal dam as one of the 14 dams in the system. 

Mchunu sets up Water Political Steering Committee in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Yvonne Silaule     10th December 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has established a Water Political Steering Committee in KwaZulu-Natal to tackle water challenges in the province. The committee, chaired by the Minister, includes Premier Sihle Zikalala, Water and Sanitation Deputy Ministers Dikeledi Magadzi and David... 

NGO sets bold target of positively impacting the lives of ten-million people by 2026

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th December 2021 Nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Innovation: Africa has set itself the ambitious goal of impacting more than ten-million people positively by the end of 2026, through the installation of solar power in schools and medical centers and the implementation of solar water pumping systems in rural... 

New director-general for DWS announced

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2021 Dr Sean Douglas Phillips has been appointed as the new permanent director-general of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu said that he is hopeful that the stability of the department and its entities will be realised with a permanent... 

IVRS boosted by rise of dam levels

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2021 The water levels of the Vaal dam have significantly increased from 78.8% last week to the current 85.8%. Last year at this time, the water level of the dam, which is one of 14 that form part of the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS), stood at 36.2%. 

LHDA awards Katse village, lodge upgrade construction tenders

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2021 Development agency the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded a M131-million construction contract for upgrades to the Katse Village and increased capacity at Katse Lodge. The Katse Village upgrades contract is the first of four housing construction contracts to be awarded as... 

An artist's impression of the Katse Lodge
An artist's impression of the Katse Lodge

Eskom power transition lacking energy, says LTM Energy CEO

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd December 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom, South Africa’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, is not adapting to change fast enough, as the world races to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by adopting greener energy solutions, says local energy services company LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay. South... 

LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay
LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay

Deputy Minister warns against illegal water use

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2021 Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo has issued a stern warning against illegal water use, while also reiterating government’s commitment to enhancing the provision of water to affected communities in different parts of the country. Speaking during the National Assembly question and... 

DWS appeals water use rights transfer ruling

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st December 2021 After the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on November 9 ruled that trading of water rights is not unlawful, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has filed an appeal to the Constitutional Court against the decision. In turn, the SCA judgment followed three appeals, including by the South... 

Vumela Fund invests in Kusini Water

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2021 The Vumela Fund is investing an undisclosed amount into cleantech enterprise Kusini Water to expand its operations and broaden its ability to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in rural, peri-urban and informal settlements throughout Africa. Kusini Water provides clean drinking water to... 

Mchunu dissatisfied with delays at Clanwilliam dam project

By: Yvonne Silaule     29th November 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu at the weekend expressed his dissatisfaction with the delays being experienced at the Clanwilliam dam project, in the Western Cape. The raising of the Clanwilliam dam wall is the second-biggest infrastructure project being undertaken in the Western Cape... 

Indigenous plant biofilters effectively remove pollutants from stormwater, researchers say

By: Schalk Burger     26th November 2021 Biofilters with indigenous South African plants, such as palmiet, mat sedge, soft rush, cobra lily and vleibiesie, are significantly more efficient than unvegetated soils in removing nutrients and metals pollutants from urban stormwater, Stellenbosch University (SU) researchers say. The team... 

Mchunu calls on political parties to focus on service delivery, including water provision

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th November 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has made an impassioned plea to the Western Cape provincial government, municipalities and other stakeholders to put political associations aside and to pay particular attention on improving the lives of people through sufficient water and sanitation... 

South Africa, Cuba extend their working relations in the water sector 

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2021 South Africa and Cuba have signed an agreement for continued cooperation in water resources management and water supply. Signed during the fifth session of the South Africa–Cuba joint steering committee held in Pretoria on November 25, the agreement ensures the continuity of the cooperation on... 

Company provides new filtration solutions

26th November 2021 With the growing trend for diesel-fuelled equipment, industrial equipment supplier BMG has recognised a demand for the supply of cleaner, non-contaminated diesel and lubricant oils, says BMG fluid technology division low pressure business unit manager Willie Lamprecht. 

Wastewater use in desalination, a viable drought solution

By: Claire O'Reilly     26th November 2021 Water treatment supplier Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) has designed a solution-based technology – the Coastal Drought Buster – for coastal towns to augment their conventional water sources. 

Filtration solutions to fruit company provided

26th November 2021 Boilers manufacturer and supplier of water treatment components Allmech has provided filtration solutions to a fruit packing business in Limpopo that complies with SANS 241-1:2015, the South African National Standard for drinking water’s potable water standard. 

Picture of a filtration solution system used at a Limpop fruit packaging business
SOLUTION TO MEET POTABLE WATER STANDARDS Filtration solutions to a fruit packing business in Limpopo that complies with the South African National Standard for drinking water’s potable water standard

Green economy will drive inclusive economic growth, social upliftment – Nedbank

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2021 Financial services company Nedbank on November 25 launched its revised corporate social investment (CSI) strategy, which will focus on the green economy elements of agriculture, water, energy and waste, in recognition that a green economy approach is a key enabler of economic growth, social... 

AfDB approves new 2021 to 2025 Water Strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th November 2021 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a new five-year strategy to increase water security and foster sustainable, green and inclusive growth and development in Africa. The new Water Strategy for 2021 to 2025 ‘Towards a Water-Secure Africa’, approved on November 17, guides the bank’s... 

Cape Town’s V&A to get new desalination plant for water needs

By: Bloomberg     25th November 2021 Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is set to get a new desalination plant to ensure a fresh water supply at the tourism hotspot during any future crisis affecting South Africa’s second-largest city. Growthpoint Properties Ltd., the country’s biggest listed real estate firm, received approval for the... 

Uwasp to launch data monitoring tool for uMhlathuze catchment

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th November 2021 As the uMhlathuze Water Stewardship Partnership (Uwasp), focused on the Mhlathuze River Catchment on the north-east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, about 180 kms north of Durban, celebrates its fifth year, the development of a complementary, transformative catchment-wide monitoring tool is underway.... 

Water, wastewater infrastructure security a concern

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2021 Few cases of theft and vandalism of water and wastewater treatment works are reported by municipalities or to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and many of these plants in the Free State and in other parts of South Africa are currently dilapidated owing to vandalism, the Free State... 

Mchunu calls for quick resolution to allow Giyani project to continue

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th November 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu says outstanding matters regarding an investigation into the R3-billion Nandoni dam water project by the Special Investigation Unit should not be the cause for the delay of the project. The Minister was speaking during a return visit to Giyani township,... 

Rand Water warns some reservoirs, towers affected by recent maintenance programme

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2021 Rand Water on November 17 successfully completed the installation of the two valve rigs on the B11/B19 pipeline. The B11 raw water pipeline is now back in commission supplying water to the Vereeniging Water Treatment Works (WTW), which was restored to fully supply Rand Water’s Eikenhof pump... 

CSIR water research centre warns against excessive water use

By: Schalk Burger     18th November 2021 Water experts at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have joined calls by government and other organisations urging South Africans to exercise caution when using water, as supply in the country is under great pressure and demand continues to rise. Communities need to adopt... 

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