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Water

Vaal dam dips lower than 50%

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 5 hours ago The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is calling on citizens to save water as the average water levels of dams within the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) deteriorates. The system has experienced a decline from 67.6% last week to 67.3% this week, compared with the 74.1% in the same week... 

Scopa unsatisfied with pace of DWS investigation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th May 2020 The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has expressed its discontent over the slow progress of investigations into unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure cases at the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and its water trading entities. While the committee... 

Electrolux South Africa partners with PowerOptimal to sell solar geyser solution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2020 Energy solutions developer PowerOptimal has partnered with the South African subsidiary of Swedish appliance giant Electrolux to help bring cost-effective and sustainable solar photovoltaic (PV) water heating solutions to the local market. The partnership will see PowerOptimal’s Elon solar PV... 

Covid-19 highlights challenges, opportunities in South Africa's water sector

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the deficits in the water and sanitation sectors in South Africa, Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dr Dhesigan Naidoo said during a webinar on May 22. He added that the pandemic had also highlighted some of the opportunities in these sectors. 

Covid-19 highlights challenges, opportunities in South Africa's water sector

Stable leadership will correct path of DWS

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2020 Stability in the leadership of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will be critical to turning the department around and achieving the targets outlined in its Annual Performance Plans and its 2020/25 Medium Term Strategic Plan. Instability in leadership positions within the DWS... 

AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities 

21st May 2020 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. AECI has established a ‘filling station’ for the City of Tshwane to supply 40 000 ℓ of safe drinking water to the water-stressed Hammanskraal community amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities
AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities

WRC kicks off wastewater surveillance programme for Covid-19 spread 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2020 The Water Research Commission (WRC) has launched a National Programme on Monitoring Covid-19 Spread in Communities to track the prevalence of the virus in communities through wastewater surveillance and monitoring. The WRC aims to work with local and international partners to research and measure... 

DWS tables financial recovery plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2020 A financial recovery plan has been formulated and approved to stabilise and clean up the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). Water and Sanitation acting DG Mbulelo Tshangana and his team have committed to “clean up” the department through the effective implementation of the new financial... 

Covid-19 catalysing cooperation in water sector

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 Water Research Commission CEO Dhesigen Naidoo has said the Covid-19 pandemic was encouraging different water sector role-players to open channels of communication and use digital tools to further their goals of making clean and safe water available to an increased number of people and... 

Covid-19 catalysing cooperation in water sector
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Water Research Commission CEO Dhesigen Naidoo

138 officials guilty of wrongdoing at water department, says director-general

By: News24Wire      13th May 2020 The director-general of the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Mbulelo Tshangana, says the department has written to Parliament to condone R10-billion of its R16-billion irregular expenditure. Tshangana was speaking at a briefing on Wednesday to provide an update on alleged... 

GoSun unveils portable solar-powered water purifier and sanitation system

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th May 2020 Solar-powered outdoor gear manufacturer and cleantech innovator GoSun has unveiled its eighth crowdfunded solar product – a portable, solar-powered water purification and sanitation system. The new GoSun Flow uses solar energy to filter 99.99% of pathogens from water and can function as a... 

DWS appoints Advocate Terry Motau to lead fraud and corruption review

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th May 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has appointed Advocate Terry Motau to lead a team of lawyers to review all fraud, corruption and irregular expenditure reports at the Department of Water and Sanitation and to ensure that all recommendations are fully implemented.... 

DWS appoints Advocate Terry Motau to lead fraud and corruption review
Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

First phase of investigations into alleged maladministration at DWS completed 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2020 The first phase of investigations into allegations of maladministration at the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has been concluded. Following through on a Budget Vote commitment in July last year, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu appointed a team of eminent persons, assisted... 

AfDB-managed water and sanitation project wins Prince Talal International Prize

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2020 An African Development Bank- (AfDB-) financed and supervised water and sanitation project in Malawi has been awarded the Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development. Co-financed by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) Fund for International Development and the... 

South Africa’s dam levels rise sharply

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2020 South Africa’s average dam levels are now at 70.4% full, with Gauteng’s dams increasing to 100.5%, followed by Northern Cape and the Free State at 98.8% and 83% respectively. The average dam level in the Western Cape is lagging behind at 37.3%; however, with winter rains expected at the end of... 

AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2020 AECI has established a ‘filling station’ for the City of Tshwane to supply safe drinking water to the water-stressed Hammanskraal community amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The initiative, which builds on a R3-million investment made in November 2019 to provide safe drinking water to a number of... 

Farmers urged to de-silt dams before dry season

1st May 2020 As the dry season approaches in many parts of South Africa, farmers need to ensure that silt is not limiting the volume of water that they can store, says specialist pump rental company Integrated Pump Rental MD Lee Vine. He notes that the progressive build-up of silt means that dams and ponds in... 

Farmers urged to de-silt dams before dry season
SUCK JOB A fit-for-purpose dewatering solution from Integrated Pump Rental is successfully desilting farm dams

Covid-19 underscores need for multidisciplinary approach to diseases in Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th April 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic that has swept the globe has become an additional burden in Africa’s list of epidemics and noncommunicable diseases, highlighting the continent’s vulnerability to disease, and thereby reinforcing the need to focus on a multidisciplinary approach when countering outbreaks of... 

DWS delivers 17 000 water storage tanks, 1 200 water tankers

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has delivered nearly 17 000 water storage tanks and over 1 200 water tankers across South Africa in an effort to ensure human settlements and rural areas have enough water to ride out the current Covid-19 pandemic. This forms part of the department’s... 

IFAT Africa trade fair to proceed as planned for 2021

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2020 IFAT Africa, the trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling in Sub-Saharan Africa, will be back in Johannesburg in 2021, with an expanded African reach and a range of new highlights. With water, waste management and recycling now more important than ever before, IFAT Africa will showcase... 

DWS delivers additional 141 water tanks in Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th April 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has delivered another 141 water tanks across Gauteng, as well as increased the number of water tanks in Tshwane to 466. The number of water tanks distributed in the cities of Joburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni, as well as the Sedibeng and West Rand... 

Pipeline repair continues despite Covid-19

24th April 2020 Repair of the Mt Albert high-pressure sludge pipeline is a critical project for city council Wellington’s wastewater network in New Zealand, and one that Wellington Water is committed to progressing during lockdown.  Repairing these pipelines is a significant technical challenge, because the... 

Supplier keeps valves flowing

By: Halima Frost     24th April 2020 Water treatment solutions provider Allmech assures clients that although South Africa is still reeling from the Covid-19 lockdown, implemented last month, the company will continue to supply its water treatment solutions and Runxin filter valves range in the coming months. Runxin valves are... 

Supplier keeps  valves flowing
"A-RANGED" When all lined up the Allmech Runxin range of valves suites most sewage and water treatment applications

Drive systems suited for sewage applications

24th April 2020 Industrial equipment supplier BMG offers solutions for the water, wastewater and sewage sectors, encompassing the supply of quality branded drive systems. BMG supplies an extensive range of drive packages from Nord Drivesystems and diversified corporation Sumitomo Drive Technologies including... 

Drive systems suited for sewage applications
HANDSOME HANSEN BMG offers a full range of gear units that drive aerators, water screws and brush aerators for the sewage and water treatment sector

South Africa’s dam levels rise

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd April 2020 South Africa’s average dam levels have increased from 67.6% to 68.8% week-on-week despite poor rainfalls. The latest weekly report on dam levels by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) shows that Gauteng has the highest average at 101%, followed by the Northern Cape at 94% and Free State... 

Water-related data could be put to better use to save water

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2020 Ageing infrastructure; insufficient water management; not using water-related data; poor water recycling; and outdated irrigation techniques are the most common reasons for wasted water in South Africa, water technology company Xylem Africa says. While modern technology can help reduce waste,... 

Committees welcome additional R20bn water funding

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2020 The additional R20-billion allocation promised by President Cyril Ramaphosa to fund emergency water and sanitation provision during the state of national disaster has been welcomed by the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation and the Select Committee on Cooperative... 

Only half of water tanks installed to date

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st April 2020 While 14 737 of the planned 18 875 tanks have been delivered to all provinces across South Africa, only 7 689 tanks have been installed four weeks after the declaration of a state of disaster. The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation and the Select Committee on... 

Water relief efforts gain momentum in Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th April 2020 The number of water tanks distributed across water-deprived regions in Gauteng have increased to 1 785, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said. Since the national lockdown was implemented on March 26, the department has been distributing water tanks nationally in an effort to provide... 

Sisulu warns against evictions during Covid-19 lockdown

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th April 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu said that no evictions will take place as government attempts to ease congestion in informal settlements. The Department of Human Settlements is encouraging citizens to move to 27 identified land parcels currently being prepared for... 

Business is booming for supplier

By: Darren Parker     10th April 2020 Stainless steel vessels and tanks supplier Metal Tank Industries has noted a definite market upswing in the past eight months, particularly in the food and beverage sector, as well as in the industrial sector, in terms of mineral oils, petroleum oils, chemicals and agrochemicals production.... 

Business is booming for supplier
MAKING IT WORK Metal Tank Industries’ streamlined production processes has helped it become more competitive in terms of costing

KSB ensures availability of pumps for water, sanitation and electricity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th April 2020 Pumps critical to the provision of water and sanitation services, as well as pumps used in the generation of electricity, are being fully supported during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown period, says supplier KSB Pumps and Valves. It assures end-users that it has far-reaching contingency plans... 

KSB ensures availability of pumps for water, sanitation and electricity
KSB Pumps and Valves workers repairing a boiler circulating pump and motor

South Africa’s dam levels rise

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2020 The recent rains experienced have bolstered South Africa’s average dam levels to 67.3%. The latest dam levels report by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) show that Gauteng’s dam levels increased from 98.8% last week to the current 101.2%. 

Xylem appoints new Southern Africa sales director

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2020 Water and liquid management solutions provider Xylem South Africa has appointed Jehiel E Lawrence as its new sales director for Southern Africa. Lawrence will be responsible for driving sales within the region and identifying new opportunities in areas where Xylem’s current presence has not yet... 

Another 180 water tanks distributed in Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has delivered another 180 water tanks across Gauteng. This brings the total number of deployed water tanks to 1662 water tanks throughout the province as part of an intervention to fight the rapidly spreading Covid-19 pandemic. 

Mpumalanga communities receive boreholes, storage tanks to curb Covid-19 spread

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th April 2020 Residents of Jerusalem and Mshadza, in the City of Mbombela, in Mpumalanga have been provided with six 10 000 l water storage tanks and six boreholes as part of government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). More than 20 water storage tanks were also handed over to... 

Mpumalanga communities receive boreholes, storage tanks to curb Covid-19 spread
Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation David Mahlobo

Association to assist in overcoming South Africa’s water woes

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2020 The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers of South Africa (ASTPM) says it will provide assistance to and work as a strategic stakeholder with municipalities and water authorities to see to it that the urgently needed implementation of the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan’s... 

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