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Water department going to court to stop EC municipality 'polluting' Great Fish River

By: African News Agency      Updated 3 hours ago The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is taking legal action to force an Eastern Cape municipality to stop polluting the Great Fish River, it said on Monday.  DWS’ Andrew Lucas, responsible for water regulation in the Eastern Cape, said in a statement that legal action was being taken... 

Astral Foods secures emergency water arrangement for Mpumalanga facility 

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2019 Poultry producer Astral Foods has recently, with the assistance of a number of national government departments, secured an emergency arrangement with the Lekwa municipality as an interim measure to stave off the water crisis affecting its Goldi poultry processing facility in Standerton,... 

Sisulu calls on municipalities to prioritise water, sanitation infrastructure maintenance

By: African News Agency      24th June 2019 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Sunday called on all municipalities to prioritise maintenance of water and sanitation infrastructure to prevent pollution of dams and rivers. In a statement issued after a briefing by water and sanitation department acting... 

Freezing cold, water cuts and power outages: Gauteng's week of triple challenges

By: African News Agency      24th June 2019 Gauteng residents began the last week of June facing the triple challenges of freezing temperatures, water supply cuts and power outages in various parts of the province. In the south of Gauteng, the province, SA Weather Services warned of extreme cold on Monday, with overnight temperatures... 

TCTA appoints interim CFO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st June 2019 Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) on Friday announced that its CFO Halima Nazeer had resigned, effective July 1. She has worked for TCTA since 2001 and will now pursue a director-general position of finance, budgeting and accounting at New Development Bank Shanghai.  

Johannesburg water shutdown: Contingency measures in place

By: African News Agency      21st June 2019 Environment and Infrastructure Services Department on Friday assured residents that during 54-hour Rand Water maintenance shutdown next week water supplies will be available, but some areas may experience low pressure. The City of Johannesburg said Rand Water, which supplies water to... 

 Johannesburg water shutdown: Contingency measures in place

TCTA moves ahead with R12.3bn second phase of Mokolo-Crocodile water scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     19th June 2019 Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) announced on Wednesday that it had commenced with the implementation of the Mokolo-Crocodile Water Augmentation Project Phase 2A (MCWAP-2A) project, which is strongly associated with minerals and energy projects in the Limpopo province and is, thus, facing... 

Johannesburg Water warns of major supply shutdown

By: African News Agency      19th June 2019 A major water supply shutdown by Rand Water will affect businesses and residences next week. Johannesburg Water said the Monday shutdown will last for 54 hours. "The shutdown is on the B11 pipeline to a 2500mm butterfly valve from Lethabo to Vereeniging pumping stations and will affect Rand Water... 

 Johannesburg Water warns of major supply shutdown

Balwin registers over 16 000 EDGE certified units

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2019 JSE-listed Balwin Properties has registered more than 16 000 units across seven of its built-to-sell and three of its rental developments as excellence in design for greater efficiency certified with the Green Building Council South Africa. The registration will be completed over the next six... 

Balwin registers over 16 000 EDGE certified units
Balwin Properties Kikuyu development

Joburg warns of 54-hour water cuts due to major Rand Water shutdown

By: African News Agency      18th June 2019 Joburg Water on Tuesday said that Rand Water, which is the main bulk water supplier, was planning a major shutdown that will affect all its reservoirs and towers in terms of water supply for 54 hours from next Monday, 24 June. Nico de Jager, MMC for environment and infrastructure services, said... 

Entries for AB Sugar’s Innovation Irrigate Challenge to close this week

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2019 Online entries for global sugar producer AB Sugar’s Innovate Irrigation Challenge, which is aimed at generating new ideas to reduce water losses from irrigation in the sugar industry, will be open for a 48-hour period over June 19 and 20. The global initiative was launched by AB Sugar in... 

Drought leaves key African hydro dam less than a third full

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2019 A regional drought has reduced water levels at Kariba Dam, the main source of power for Zambia and Zimbabwe, to less than a third of its capacity. The dam is only 29% full, compared with 88% a year ago and 31% at the start of June, the Zambezi River Authority said in an emailed statement on... 

TCTA comes up with power alternative amid ‘war zone’ at Mintails plant  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2019 The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority on Thursday announced that its acid mine drainage water treatment plant in the Western basin, near Krugersdorp, could not be reopened as planned on June 4. This was owing to an escalating security threat at the adjacent Mintails gold treatment plant, where... 

Unfolding environmental disaster

By: African News Agency      4th June 2019 A security company responsible for safeguarding a gold treatment plant belonging to Mintails on the West Rand withdrew last week, citing “financial constraints”. The evacuation, which follows the liquidation of the embattled mining company and its subsidiaries, has left the door wide open to... 

Rand Water to cut water supply to two municipalities over unsettled debt

By: News24Wire      31st May 2019 Two municipalities in Mpumalanga that breached their contracts to pay bills owing to Rand Water will have their water cut down to a trickle. This will be the second time in six months that residents of the Govan Mbeki municipality, which serves towns like Secunda, Bethal, Embalenhle and... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project to shut down for maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA), in conjunction with the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, is planning a shutdown of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) water transfer and delivery tunnel and associated systems during October and November.    

Global innovation challenge launched to tackle irrigation water loss

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2019 As part of its commitment to reducing its environment footprint, global sugar producer AB Sugar has opened a call for ideas to tackle irrigation water loss through the Innovate Irrigation Challenge, an initiative launched in partnership with WaterAid and the Centre for Industrial Sustainability... 

Transformation deal enhances Talbot & Talbot’s position in the water sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th May 2019 Black-owned investment holding company Thesele Group’s acquisition of a 35% stake in South African water and wastewater solutions provider Talbot & Talbot opens the door for Talbot & Talbot to access opportunities in the South African public sector and positions the company well among its peers... 

Water Tribunal upholds granting of Yzermyn water licence 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2019 The National Water Tribunal has dismissed an appeal brought by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) against the Department of Water and Sanitation granting a water licence to Indian mining company Atha-Africa Ventures for the Yzermyn coal mine development, in Mpumalanga. The CER appeal was... 

Gauteng metros hit by water restrictions due to declining reservoir levels

By: African News Agency      24th May 2019 Rand Water on Friday morning started the process of reducing flow to the three metros, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni as a result of declining levels in Gauteng reservoirs. In a statement, Rand Water said these reductions were as a consequence of higher than normal demand resulting in... 

Makhanda considering paying for 11 out of 15 boreholes drilled by Gift of the Givers

By: African News Agency      24th May 2019 Government has agreed to compensate humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers for its drought intervention work done in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown.  A meeting was held in Makhanda on Thursday following a R10-million dispute between the Makana Municipality and the humanitarian organisation.... 

NPA starts prosecution of Aurora directors 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Thursday announced that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would start its prosecution of the former directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems on May 28. A summons had been issued in March related to environmental and water transgressions at the... 

KZN learners to represent South Africa in global water prize competition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2019 Two learners from Star College High in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, were announced as the winners of the twentieth national South African Youth Water Prize competition. Their Hydro-Conservation innovation, is aimed at reducing the quantity of water that is wasted in households across South Africa daily... 

Company uses macadamia nut shells to purify water

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th May 2019 Kusini Water has developed a locally designed solar-powered water purification system that uses an activated carbon filter made from locally sourced macadamia nut shells and that is being used to meet the water needs of schools and communities in South Africa.   The system was developed by... 

Company uses macadamia nut shells to purify water
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
The Heidelberg Kusini Water plant

Nordic countries strengthen partnerships with sub-Saharan Africa

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2019 The Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are strengthening their partnerships with sub-Saharan African countries to increase green electrification and water security. The four countries are known for their expertise in developing viable and innovative energy systems, with a... 

Pioneers and projects that shone at African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2019 A dynamic South African leader in renewable energy, a former influential government minister in Ethiopia, the Ghana Grid Company and a range of renewable energy projects were among the winners at the annual African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards announced in Cape Town this week. The... 

PPPs could help ailing municipal water sector, suggests NBI

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2019 A series of public–private partnerships with municipalities could help ailing local water and sanitation departments (WSDs), many of which face challenges ranging from deteriorating infrastructure to declining water quality and poor governance. According to the National Business Initiative,... 

Desalination plant ends contract with City of Cape Town, plans to sue

By: News24Wire      16th May 2019 Quality Filtration Systems (QFS), the V&A Waterfront desalination plant owner, has terminated its water supply contract with the City of Cape Town and will pursue legal action. The City was notified of this decision on May 7, GroundUp reports. "The City is disappointed with this unilateral... 

Presidency slapped with hefty R29.9bn claim over Lesotho diamonds

By: News24Wire      16th May 2019 A diamond mining company has filed a R29.9-billion claim against President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government as a near three-decade-long dispute over expropriated diamond mining rights in Lesotho reaches South African courts again. Josias van Zyl, MD of Swissbourgh Diamond Mining, is arguing... 

Coca-Cola outlines its work on replenishing water in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2019 Multinational beverage company Coca-Cola has outlined its efforts to replenish the water it uses through partnerships and projects across communities in Africa. “The company has made significant strides in improving its water use over the past ten years and recently announced that three-million... 

SA has enough water supply for winter season – Govt

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 South Africa has adequate water in storage to sustain it through the dry winter season, but the resource should be utilised carefully, the department of water and sanitation has said. Dam levels were at 73.7 percent for the past two weeks, a 6.2 drop compared to the same period last year,... 

SA has enough water supply for winter season – Govt

UJ designs mobile lab to aid in water contamination testing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2019 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has created a mobile lab for water testing, amid various sewage spills in South Africa. The Transnet National Ports Authority reported earlier this month that it had prohibited angling and diving activity at the Durban port, owing to a massive sewage spill in... 

Zimbabwe starts rolling power cuts, hitting mines, industry

By: Reuters     13th May 2019 Zimbabwe has started rolling power cuts lasting up to eight hours that will also hit mines, a schedule from the State power utility showed on Monday, after reduced output at both the largest hydropower plant and ageing coal-fired generators. The power cuts will add to mounting public anger... 

Zimbabwe starts load-shedding as drought hits Kariba Dam power station

13th May 2019 Zimbabwe started implementing load-shedding on Monday, after the government announced it was facing critical power shortfalls and had to introduce rotational power cuts in order to "balance the power supply available and the demand". Power utility supplier the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission &... 

Zimbabwe starts load-shedding as drought hits Kariba Dam power station

Dirty sea water brings Cape Town desalination plant to a halt 

By: News24Wire      7th May 2019 The R60-million V&A Waterfront desalination plant has been sitting dormant since February. Quality Filter Systems (QFS), the plant owner and contractor, said the decision to stop operation was due to concerns about the "legality" of the ocean water being injected into the plant, GroundUp reports.... 

Cape Town's dam levels decline 0.3% 

By: African News Agency      6th May 2019 Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 0.3 percent over the past week to 46.3 percent of storage capacity, the City of Cape Town announced on Monday. According to the City’s records, dams were at 20.8 percent of storage capacity at the same time last year, and at 22.4 percent of storage... 

 Cape Town's dam levels decline 0.3%

Nkwinti appoints new board at Umgeni Water

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2019 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti has finalised the appointment of the board of directors of Umgeni Water, which came into effect on May 1. To ensure a smooth transition as well as continuity from the knowledge and experience attained while serving Umgeni Water, the Minister retained... 

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