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Cameroon seeking to build $3bn dam to export electricity

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2020 Cameroon will build a $3-billion hydropower plant as part of an ambitious plan to make the central African nation an exporter of electricity by 2035. The 810 MW Grand Eweng project on the Sanaga river, a joint venture between the government and the US-based energy company Hydromine, is the fifth... 

DWS kicks off Phase 2 of KwaZulu-Natal water supply project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th September 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in KwaZulu-Natal has started the second phase of the Greytown Bulk Water Supply project to implement long-term measures dealing with water scarcity issues in different parts of the province. The implementation of the Greytown Bulk Water Supply will... 

WISA2020 conference to go virtual

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2020 The Water Institute of Southern Africa’s biennial conference and exhibition, WISA2020, is going virtual from December 7 to 11, under the theme hashtag AllHandsOnDeck. The virtual conference aims to bring together experts, leaders, professionals, researchers and other stakeholders to debate urgent... 

Locally produced hot water innovation reduces household energy costs

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Using heat pump systems manufacturer EMS Holdings’ domestic 200 ℓ integrated heat pump system can save households between 60% and 70% of their monthly electricity costs as it uses home-grown efficient technology. EMS Holdings CEO Franco Diedericks, speaking during this year's Electra Mining... 

Low-pressure mist solution effectively mitigates dust

By: Theresa Bhowan     11th September 2020 To mitigate fugitive dust emissions at mining operations, environmental solutions company I-CAT offers end-to-end integrated dust-management solutions that comply with all relevant industry regulations and standards. 

Low-pressure mist solution  effectively mitigates dust
FLY-AWAYS With low-pressure misting solutions, water droplets dampen the dust and limit its volatility

Sisulu urges water boards to commit to a corruption-free environment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2020 South Africa’s water boards will be required to sign a declaration that binds and commits the leadership of water institutions to ensure there is no corrupt activity in the sector. Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, outlining some of her priorities over the next few months, called on... 

Lesotho aims to ‘go big’ on agriculture amid Agoa textiles uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2020 Lesotho Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro reports that the country aims to overhaul its underperforming agricultural sector with the objective of improving both food security and attracting export-oriented investment into the production of high-value crops, such as fruit, vegetables and... 

Lesotho aims to ‘go big’ on agriculture amid Agoa textiles uncertainty
Lesotho Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro

World-first heat pump to launch at Electra

By: Tracy Hancock     4th September 2020 Krugersdorp heat pump manufacturer EMS Holdings will officially launch its world-first 200 ℓ low-pressure, integrated heat pump alongside its official distributor, ACDC, at Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect from September 7 to 11. “For the first time in a long time, we have something that is... 

World-first heat pump to launch at Electra
FRANCO DIEDERIKS Since the ease of the lockdown, sales are starting to pick up, especially among new developments and refurbishment projects

IFC confirms $225m green-economy loan to FirstRand

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2020 The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) has extended a $225-million loan to South Africa’s FirstRand Bank, which will deploy the finance in support of “energy-efficient and water-smart projects” in South Africa. The loan includes a $75-million contribution from the Dutch... 

IFC confirms $225m green-economy loan to FirstRand

Cape Town dams hit 90% for the first time in 2020

By: News24Wire      1st September 2020 Cape Town dams have passed the 90% mark for the first time this year as consistent rain helps to replenish the city's water supply. According to data from the City of Cape Town, dam levels were 90.7% as at 31 August and the key Theewaterskloof Dam was at 87.9%. This is significantly up from 2019... 

Cape Town dams hit 90% for the first time in 2020

Zambezi River Authority gears up for community consultations on proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydro scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2020 The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) is preparing to conduct disclosure meetings with communities in Zambia and Zimbabwe whose land or livelihoods could be affected by the construction of the proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme (BGHES), a transboundary project located 47-km... 

Zambezi River Authority gears up for community consultations on proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydro scheme
Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme site

Ethiopia seeks US clarification on reports of planned aid cut

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2020 Ethiopia asked the US government to clarify reports it may withhold about $130-million of aid in a bid to pressure the Horn of Africa nation to review its plans to fill a new dam that have affronted its neighbors. “We have asked for clarification on reports of the United States’ decision not to... 

Emfuleni sewage crisis unresolved

27th August 2020 The Emfuleni municipality’s waste water treatment system is an ongoing serious health risk and is causing severe pollution of the Vaal River and its tributaries between Vereeniging and the Vaal Barrage, said Save the Vaal Environment (SAVE). In response to the Water and Sanitation Portfolio... 

Sudan and Ethiopia pledge to push for deal on Blue Nile dam

By: Reuters     26th August 2020 Ethiopia's prime minister and Sudan's leadership said on Tuesday they would make every effort to reach a deal on a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile that has caused a bitter dispute between Addis Ababa and Cairo over water supplies. Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan failed to strike an agreement on... 

Agri SA welcomes reduced increases in raw water charges for the irrigation sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2020 The reduction of the proposed increases in the 2021/22 raw water price for the irrigation sector will assist in easing some of the burdens faced by financially-stressed farmers, said Agri SA, welcoming the move. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) presented its proposed raw water tariff... 

Portfolio Committee welcomes water pollution intervention in two municipalities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2020 The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation has welcomed the progress made by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to address the challenges of pollution in the municipalities of Emfuleni and the City of Tshwane. While much work has been done over the last few... 

Mobile technology making water accessible and affordable in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2020 UK-based joint venture RSKeWATERservices has won a tender to install 650 solar-powered eWaterPay pay-as-you-go water meters across the Dodoma and Singida districts in Tanzania. RSKeWATERservices, a joint venture between integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business RSK and... 

Water infrastructure project on course

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 Multidisciplinary engineering, procurement and construction management house COENG is offering its occupational health and safety, as well as environmental management, expertise to the second phase of the Klipdrift Water Treatment Works project in the Hammanskraal area, in northern Gauteng and... 

UNDP, WRC open applications for innovative water solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2020 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa and the Water Research Commission (WRC) have partnered to fast track the development and promote the adoption of promising innovations in the water sector. A newly-inked memorandum of understanding between the parties will guide a... 

Smart network technologies can alleviate South Africa’s water insecurities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th August 2020 A scaled up deployment of smart water networks will enable South Africa to better manage its water security. South Africa faces deteriorating water quality and water inequality challenges, attributed in part to low historical investment into water infrastructure development and insufficient... 

New charcoal production facility launched in Western Cape 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2020 Western Cape-based Toronto Group on August 18 launched its charcoal production facility, in the Swartland municipality of the province. The combined virtual and limited attendance sod-turning ceremony was hosted by information bureau Wesgro. 

New charcoal production facility launched in Western Cape
An artist's rendering of the Toronto Group's Charcoal Production Facility once completed.

Water dept denies claims of rift between Minister, DG

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has disputed allegations published by newspaper, the City Press, on August 16, claiming that Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and the department’s director-general Mbulelo Tshangana are at odds over the appointment of Dr Les Konar and Piet... 

Rand Water concerned for sustainability after tariff increase rejected

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2020 Rand Water has raised concerns over its future sustainability after proposals for the 2020/21 water tariff increase were rejected. The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation and the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs rejected a... 

Water for All provides borehole in Mathabatha

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2020 Water for All, comprising a consortium of Atlas Copco, Rand Air and Epiroc, has installed a new borehole in Mathabatha, in Limpopo, to alleviate a shortage of water and bolster sanitation and hygiene amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The installation of boreholes provides a simple and cost effective... 

Peaceful use of nuclear tech underscores its value to Africa’s developmental needs

By: Simone Liedtke     7th August 2020 The development and peaceful use of nuclear technology could further underscore its value by helping to meet Africa’s developmental needs, says African Commission on Nuclear Energy (Afcone) executive secretary Messaoud Baaliouamer. He says the safe and peaceful use of nuclear technology has... 

Interim board for Umgeni water appointed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2020 An 11-member interim board has been appointed to stabilise governance at Umgeni Water while Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu finalises the process to appoint a fully-fledged permanent board. The interim board comprises chairperson Magasela Mzobe and deputy... 

Smart-Farming initiative supports food security

7th August 2020 Engineering solutions company BMG’s Boer Slim and/or Smart-Farming agricultural team works closely with farmers throughout Southern Africa, assisting them with the selection, installation and operation of new electromechanical systems. These projects are designed to improve efficiencies, reduce... 

Smart-Farming initiative supports food security
SMART-FARMING INITIATIVE BMG’s agricultural team works closely with farmers throughout Southern Africa, assisting them with the selection, installation and operation of new electromechanical systems

New interface’s mobile version coming soon 

By: Tracy Hancock     7th August 2020 Data-driven agricultural solutions provider SupPlant has launched a new user interface for its decision support system (DSS), with a mobile version to follow, enabling farmers to keep an eye on their crops wherever they are. The Israeli company first entered the South African market when it... 

New interface’s mobile version coming soon
ADVANCING AGRICULTURE The new platform makes all the data from SupPlant’s sensors, such as the first continuous measurement fruit sensor on Macadamia fruit in South Africa, easily accessible and understood

Pump rentals effective contingency plan to ensure food security

By: Tracy Hancock     7th August 2020 When a pump used for agricultural applications fails, it poses a significant risk to the food production cycle, revenue generation and, ultimately, the food supply chain during a time when South Africa is facing food-security pressure. The local agriculture industry cannot afford to lose crops... 

Pump rentals effective contingency plan to ensure food security
MEETING MARKET DEMANDS Rand-Air offer diesel-driven pumps for when power is not available at the source that meet the needs of the undersupplied market for high-head pumps

Climate change must be considered when granting water use licences, says Water Tribunal

By: Simone Liedtke     5th August 2020 A landmark decision by the Water Tribunal confirms that water licensing authorities must consider the impacts of climate change when deciding whether or not to grant water use licences for new coal-fired power stations. In a decision handed down on July 21, the tribunal upheld an appeal to set... 

Increasing infrastructure investment would boost South Africa’s potential growth, OECD survey asserts 

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2020 Higher levels of infrastructure investment are needed to increase South Africa’s potential growth, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) latest survey of South Africa asserts. Released on July 31, the report warns that the South African economy could contract by as... 

Increasing infrastructure investment would boost South Africa’s potential growth, OECD survey asserts
OECD says tourism sector has big jobs potential, but will need support until the middle of 2021

Xylem closes $1bn inaugural green bond

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th July 2020 Water technology company Xylem has successfully closed its inaugural green bond offering of $1-billion in senior unsecured notes. The bond, which received interest from the market, comprised $500-million in 1.95% senior notes due in January 2028 and $500-million in 2.25% senior notes due in... 

Vaal dam levels under stress

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2020 The average water levels of the Integrated Vaal River System declined from 63.7% last week to 63.3% this week. This is a year-on-year decline from the 69.5% reported in the corresponding week last year. 

Approvals for Gazetted list of infrastructure projects valued at R360bn to be fast-tracked 

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2020 The Presidency’s Investment and Infrastructure Office head Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa  reported on Monday that the publication of an initial list of 50 Strategic Integrated Projects and 12 Special Projects in the Government Gazette is motivated by a desire to ensure that the approval processes... 

Approvals for Gazetted list of infrastructure projects valued at R360bn to be fast-tracked
Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

SANEDI, defence dept partner on delivery of energy efficient water treatment works in Hoedspruit

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2020 The South African National Energy and Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Department of Defence (DoD) on July 27 announced a partnership to develop an energy efficient water treatment works at the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Air Force Base, in Hoedspruit, in the Maruleng... 

DWS being restructured to improve water management

By: Schalk Burger     23rd July 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on July 23 outlined work done over the past year to improve the work of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The DWS is undergoing a restructuring to stabilise the department, achieve good governance and ensure it is fit for... 

Rosatom introduces mobile water treatment units in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd July 2020 Russian State nuclear corporation Rosatom has introduced a new mobile water treatment and desalination solution into the water scarce South African market to help promote access to clean water. The fully containerised UMKWA units, designed and produced in Russia by Rosatom subsidiary JSC Science... 

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