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LHDA publishes tenders for construction of two bridges

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st October 2021 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) is calling for tender submissions for the construction of the Mabunyaneng and Khubelu bridges under Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). The tenders, which interested construction firms have until February 17, 2022, to submit,... 

Water-poor Egypt eyes quadrupling desalination capacity in five years

By: Reuters     21st October 2021 Water-scarce Egypt aims to more than quadruple desalination capacity by granting private companies concessions from its sovereign wealth fund to build 17 plants over the next five years with sustainable solar energy. The plan fits into Egypt's push to diversify its sources of fresh water for a... 

Afrimat funds bulk water-link for Olifantshoek community

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2021 Afrimat’s Demaneng Mine has contributed undisclosed funds toward the construction of a bulk link line from three boreholes to a 7 ML reservoir to alleviate prevailing water issues in Olifantshoek, in the Northern Cape. The two-phase project followed the reporting to Afrimat management by Demaneng... 

Mchunu, Zikalala call for improved water conservation in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Yvonne Silaule     18th October 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu and KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala have called on residents in the province to improve their water conservation measures amid marginal dam level increases in the province. On a Ministerial visit to assess the state of water and sanitation related... 

Sappi, WWF team up to improve uMkhomazi catchment water security

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th October 2021 Sappi and the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) are working together to improve water security in the uMkhomazi catchment area, in KwaZulu-Natal. Under a two-year water stewardship agreement, the duo will engage local communities, civil organisations, leadership and regulatory... 

Cape Town fights alien trees threatening its water supply, biodiversity

By: Reuters     18th October 2021 In South Africa's Franschhoek mountains a helicopter drops off abseilers to cut down invasive pine trees that are choking off water supplies to millions of Cape Town residents already facing climate change-induced shortages. The crews are there to help to remove 54,000 hectares of alien trees by... 

Broad view of water treatment options advised by consulting firm

15th October 2021 A broad view should be taken when considering the options for treating water, says consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting principal engineer Xanthe Adams. Complying with water quality limits set out in water use licences is imperative for mines, industrial organisations and other authorised... 

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WETLANDS A key responsibility of public sector water regulators is the maintenance of water resource quality in rivers, streams and other natural water bodies

Sustaining water supply requires innovation

15th October 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu pleaded with water sector stakeholders to rally behind ensuring that water supply exceeds water demand during his keynote address at the fifth Water Research Commission Symposium held on September 20. The symposium was also attended by Kenyan High... 

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SENZO MCHUNU Technologies that can use less water or no water at all are the future of our country, the continent, and the global community

Reservior awaits commissioning

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 A 25 Mℓ reservoir on Dann road in Glen Marais, Kempton Park, in Gauteng, has still not been commissioned, despite being completed in November 2018 at a cost of about R48-million. Almost three years after construction was completed, the reservoir remains empty and unused. 

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION The City of Ekurhuleni is busy building several large reservoirs across the city as part of a long-term water security plan

Smart pumping solves infrastructure problems

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 Outdated water management infrastructure is threatening to “spiral out of control” as the global population grows, says digitalisation and automation technology company Schneider Electric South Africa product manager Jaque Mare, who claims that smart pumping technology is the solution. According... 

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JACQUE MARE Smart pumping has the ability to safeguard water and wastewater expenditure and maintenance

Digital platforms mitigate water processing risks

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted significant risks to water processing operations across various sectors. All of these sectors depend on these operations being fully operational and for maintenance services to function properly, says water technology and services company Veolia Services... 

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HUBGRADE Hubgrade is part of the quality improvement process continuously adopted by Veolia for clients

Desalination plant reaches key milestone

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 The Ndlambe seawater reverse osmosis plant in Port Alfred, in the Eastern Cape, reached the milestone of having pumped 100-million litres of potable quality water into the municipal reticulation system last month, providing relief for the drought-stricken region. “The desalination plant was... 

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CHEERS Stakeholders celebrate 100-million litres of potable quality water being pumped into the Ndlambe municipal reticulation system

CoJ signs deal with Kelvin Power Station for extra 100 MW 

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2021 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the privately-owned Kelvin Power Station to increase electricity supply for the city by 100 MW. CoJ executive mayor Mpho Moerane signed the PPA on October 8 alongside Gauteng Premier David Makhura and CoJ Environment and... 

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The Kelvin power station

AfDB green lights $86.72m loan for Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase 2

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th October 2021 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $86.72-million loan to co-finance the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). South African State-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, which is mandated to finance and implement bulk raw water infrastructure projects, will... 

Sacci business confidence lower in September, but remains above pre-Covid levels

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2021 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (Sacci's) business confidence index (BCI) declined to 91 in September after having registered its highest level this year to date of 97 in May. The level of 91 in September, nevertheless, reflects a better business confidence level than the... 

Zimile water treatment project helping to double Kokstad's water supply

By: Schalk Burger     8th October 2021 Engineering firm Zimile Consulting Engineers is nearing completion of a bulk water project in Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal, for the Harry Gwala district municipality. The project will more than double the town’s water supply from the river system, from about 6 Mℓ a day to 14 Mℓ a day, which will... 

Mchunu calls on stakeholders to work together to resolve Tshwane water challenges

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th October 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu, along with Deputy Ministers Dikeledi Magadzi and David Mahlobo, this week met with the executive mayors of the Gauteng province.  Among those present was the Tshwane mayor Randall Williams, Member of the Mayoral Committee Phillip Nel and executive... 

DWS assessing water treatment plants in several municipalities as Blue, Green Drop programme restarts

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has begun with the assessment of wastewater treatment plants in several municipalities across the country after the relaunch of the Blue and Green Drop Certification Programmes, which advocate for excellent drinking water and wastewater quality... 

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Hydrogen economy holds opportunities for water tech companies, says analyst

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th October 2021 Market analysis company BlueTech Research says the hydrogen economy could be worth as much as $12-trillion by 2050, but there is concern about the availability of water, particularly in water-stressed countries and regions. The number of green hydrogen projects – where hydrogen is produced... 

Made-from-carbon-dioxide concrete, lululemons and diamonds spark investor excitement

By: Reuters     4th October 2021 What do diamonds, sunglasses, high-end lululemon sportswear and concrete have to do with climate change? They can all be made using carbon dioxide (CO2), locking up the planet warming gas. And tech startups behind these transformations are grabbing investor attention. 

Durban chemical company had no environmental authorisation to operate plant, report finds 

By: News24Wire      4th October 2021 United Phosphorus Limited (UPL) had no environmental authorisation to operate its Cornubia chemical factory, nor did it obtain risk assessment and planning permissions as required by environmental and municipal by-laws, a preliminary report has found. Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister... 

SAAE urges an end to water being released from Lesotho dams unnecessarily

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2021 Revised operating rules for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) are currently being negotiated, and South Africa must use the opportunity to improve operation, reduce waste and keep the region water secure, the South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) said in a new advisory note. In a... 

KZN govt launches Provincial Water Master Plan and Borehole Intervention Programme

By: Yvonne Silaule     28th September 2021 The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has formally launched the Provincial Water Master Plan and Borehole Intervention Programme in the Harry Gwala district municipality, with the aim to improve access to safe and clean water in rural communities. Premier Sihle Zikalala was joined by... 

Save water while reservoirs recover from Eskom outage, Rand Water urges

By: News24Wire      27th September 2021 Power supply from an Eskom substation, which negatively impacted water production in Gauteng, has since been restored. The power supply interruption, affecting transmission from Snowden substation, was caused by a veld fire on Sunday afternoon. This subsequently impacted Rand Water's Zuikerbosch... 

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DWS on the hunt for permanent director-general

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is seeking a permanent director-general for a five-year contract in Pretoria, calling for applicants to submit their CVs by October 4. The critical post, over the past few financial years, has mostly been held by acting directors-general. 

Cape Town water tariffs will not be decreased to pre-drought levels, despite overflowing dams

By: News24Wire      20th September 2021 Dams supplying water in the City of Cape Town may be overflowing, but water tariffs will not be lowered to what they were before the drought. "It's ridiculous," said ratepayer Domonique Parker. 

Harvesting water from atmosphere posited as a solution to enhance water security

By: Donna Slater     16th September 2021 Technology used to extract water from the Earth’s atmosphere, otherwise known as atmospheric water generating (AWG), may be a solution that can be easily scaled to mitigate current and future water scarcity issues in South Africa and globally, Sustainbale Operations Group (SOG) Water Solutions... 

UN council urges Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to restart dam talks

By: Reuters     16th September 2021 The UN Security Council on Wednesday urged Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan to resume African Union-led talks to reach a binding deal "within a reasonable timeframe" over the operation of a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. Egypt and Sudan had both called on the council to help resolve... 

Limpopo water storage affected by high temperatures – DWS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th September 2021 The water levels across Limpopo’s reservoirs recorded a slight decrease to 80.7% this week, compared with last week’s 81.3%, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said. While the water levels are higher than the 62.3% reported during the same period last year, the DWS said in its weekly... 

CDH says project developers may see quicker turnaround in processing WUL applications in future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th September 2021 Water use licence (WUL) application delays can result in infrastructure projects missing development deadlines, developers incurring additional costs, and in some extreme cases, may prevent projects from being developed at all. This can result in a cost burden on developers who have incurred... 


WEC Projects to test, commercialise off-grid sanitation system 

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2021 WEC Projects has been selected by the Water Research Commission (WRC), under the South African Sanitation Technology Enterprise Programme (Sastep), to test a new off-grid sanitation system with the intention of commercialising it in South Africa. The NEWgenerator, which was developed by the... 

Water Tribunal dismisses appeal against granting of Elandsfontein water-use licence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th September 2021 Emerging African phosphate explorer and developer Kropz says the Water Tribunal has dismissed an appeal against the granting of an integrated water-use licence (WUL) for the Elandsfontein project. Following the granting of the WUL by the Department of Water and Sanitation in April 2017, an appeal... 

IVRS system remains stable despite winter dryness

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th September 2021 The Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) experienced a week-on-week decline in average water levels from 84% to 83.7%. However, despite the marginal drop and considering the expected fall owing to the dry winter season and the pressure by the decline of some of the major dams within the system,... 

DTIC establishes metering association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has established the South African Metering Industry Association (Samia). Since the designation of both residential electricity and water meters have created employment, and has benefited component manufacturing industries, the DTIC... 

Standard Chartered arranges $1.1bn financing for Angola water project

By: Reuters     6th September 2021 Standard Chartered said on Monday that it had arranged $1.1-billion of financing to the Angolan government for a water supply project that will serve its capital Luanda. The funding is made up of two loans - a $910-million facility supported by a partial World Bank guarantee, and $165-million... 

Municipality investing in a new wastewater treatment works, high school for Moorreesburg

By: Schalk Burger     3rd September 2021 The Swartland municipality, in the Western Cape, is upgrading the wastewater treatment works of rural town Moorreesburg at a cost of R122-million, says Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell. The project is expected to be completed by... 

CSIR develops polymer composite for steel pipe maker for push-fit applications

By: Schalk Burger     3rd September 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a polymer composite solution for, and in partnership with, steel pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore. The solution advances Hall Longmore's aim to offer the South African water industry a localised push-fit application for... 

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