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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

Construction of Skuifraam to begin this year

By: Martin Czernowalow     16th April 2003 The implementation of the Berg Water Project reached an important milestone yesterday, with the signing of two agreements during a ceremony hosted by Cape Town Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo. 

R4bn pumped-storage power project moves into design phase

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th April 2003 South African power utility Eskom Holdings is about to enter the first phase of final design of the proposed Braamhoek pumped-storage scheme, having recently completed the feasibility study for the 1 330 MW project. 

R40m relief sewer soon to be constructed in Johannesburg

By: Marius Roodt     4th April 2003 The utility Johannesburg Water is set to construct a R40-million relief sewer for the city. 

Developments planned around the Jukskei river in Alexandra cleanup

By: Marius Roodt     4th April 2003 The Jukskei river is being cleaned up as part of a larger Alexandra cleanup scheme, reports convenor of engineering services at the Alexandra Renewal Project Rodney Nay. 

Utility invests in new water-analysis equipment

4th April 2003 Water provision company Johannesburg Water (JW), the water and sanitation provider for the city of Johannesburg, has upgraded its analytical ability with the purchase of a new Agilent Gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) system at a cost of R1,2-million. 

Johannesburg company to commission dosing plant

4th April 2003 A Johannesburg-based company, Electron Technologies, is to commission the system one and two batch silica activation and dosing plant at Rand Water’s Zuikerbosch pumping station, near Vereeniging, which incorporates a motor control centre (MCC) designed, manufactured and installed by Electron. 

Local and international company form new venture

4th April 2003 It often takes the outbreak of disease such as cholera to draw attention to the inadequacy of water and sanitation systems in a country. 

Study outlines benefits of African river cooperation

31st March 2003 A new World Bank report claims that cooperating on managing Africa’s 60 international rivers can lead to benefits that extend far beyond the value added of the more efficient and equitable use of water resources. 

More resources expected for African water projects

By: Deborah Spicer     28th March 2003 Africa can expect that more money will be available for water projects following the Third World Water Forum which ended on March 23 in Kyoto, Japan. 

Big textile investment push into Lesotho

By: Zonika Botha     28th March 2003 Lesotho’s textile industry is one of the most lucrative business sectors in that African country, according to Andrew Gibbs, research intern at the University of Natal’s Centre for Civil Society. 

Community input vital in provision of water

By: Keith Campbell     21st March 2003 COMMUNITIES and water-supply officials should interact in the planning of local water distribution systems. 

Malawi is striding towards water-sector privatisation

By: Marcel Chimwala     14th March 2003 Malawi – The Malawian government is making significant strides towards the sale of giant water parastatals Blantyre Water Board and Lilongwe Water Board. 

Water crisis to deepen as supplies dry out – UN

6th March 2003 World water reserves are drying up fast and booming populations, pollution and global warming will combine to cut the average person's water supply by a third in the next 20 years, a United Nations report said yesterday. 

World Bank announces water-for-growth strategy

4th March 2003 The World Bank last week unanimously endorsed a new Water Resources Strategy, aimed at providing more effective assistance to countries, using water as a vehicle for increasing growth and reducing poverty in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. 

Big Olifants river initiative announced

28th February 2003 Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Ronnie Kasrils last week elaborated on plans for the development of the Olifants river system in the Limpopo Province. 

Lesotho water scheme study contract awarded

25th February 2003 A South African water consultancy, Jeffares Green Parkman Consultants (JGP), together with their British co-shareholder, Parkman, has been awarded the R13-million European Union-funded Lesotho Lowlands Water Feasibility Study. 

Why is drinking water fluoridated?

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st February 2003 A number of people have asked me my opinion of the fluoridation of drinking water. My position is that I am opposed to it. 

Steam may offer green-power option to Cape

By: Laura Franz     21st February 2003 The Southern Cape Fold Mountains hold subterranean reservoirs of superheated water that could be a source of cheap, ‘green’ energy. 

Climate change could have big economic impact

By: Deborah Spicer     14th February 2003 Climate change goes with Aids and politics when it comes to the top three issues that should concern South Africans, says University of Cape Town climatologist Prof Bruce Hewitson. 

Hogsback reticulation scheme in disrepair

14th February 2003 Two years after the completion of the R3,2-million award-winning dam and water scheme supplying the Eastern Cape mountain village of Hogsback, the purification system lies in disrepair, the water has been judged unfit to drink and leaking pipes are reported along the 18-km reticulation system. 

Orange Farm's water supply receives an upgrade

6th February 2003 Johannesburg Water (JW), the water and sanitation service provider for the cty has completed work in Orange Farm aimed at improving water supply and reticulation services. 

Germans set aside c17m for Malawi projects

By: Marcel Chimwala     31st January 2003 The German government has given Malawi €17-million to cater for a number of development projects. 

Cape Town to host big water symposium

29th January 2003 The City of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape are to host the first ever symposium on Integrated Urban Water Management. 

Corruption busting: Lesotho in brave fight against graft

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th January 2003 The multibillion-rand Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), which transfers huge quantities of water from the rugged peaks of the Mountain Kingdom to the industrial heartland of South Africa, has always fitted the current stereotype of large dams – that they are massive, expensive and,... 

Steel tube division focuses on providing complete solutions

24th January 2003 The steel tube division within global brand management company Barloworld, Barloworld Robor, is keenly focused on providing solutions to fulfil not only the needs of its existing customers, but the needs of its potential customers as well. 

Corruption busting: Lesotho in brave fight against graft

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th January 2003 The multibillion-rand Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which transfers huge quantities of water from the rugged peaks of the Mountain Kingdom to the industrial heartland of South Africa, has always fitted the current stereotype of large dams – that they are massive, expensive and,... 

$20m Zambia–DRC powerline project begins

24th January 2003 The Copperbelt Energy Company (CEC) in Zambia, together with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government, has embarked on the erection of a second 220kV line that is 136 km long. Once completed, the line is expected to run from Luano near Chingola in Zambia to Karavia in the DRC. 

Harvesting water from fog

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th January 2003 Only 35% of South Africa receives more than 500 mm of rain a year. 

Cape optimistic about gas find near Saldanha Bay

By: Joanne Delaurentis     17th January 2003 A major new gas find near Saldanha Bay and the servicing of the West Africa off-shore oil industry could widen the industrial base of the Western Cape and help its economy achieve a growth rate of five per cent. 

R64m project to install water metres

17th January 2003 Contractors began installing water metres in 37 areas across Mpumalanga this week, as part of the provincial department of local government's attempts to ensure the equal distribution of water in the region. 

Algeria awards emergency water contract

14th January 2003 Engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Group said it won a C$96-million ($60-million) contract from Algeria's Agence Nationale des Barrages to build an emergency water project in Skikda, about 400 km (256 miles) east of Algiers. 

Gugu Moloi, Umgeni Water

13th December 2002 Full name: Gugu Moloi Position: CEO of Umgeni Water, South Africa, from April 2002 Main activity of the company: Water utility Date and place of birth: September 12, 1967, in Bulwer, Kwazulu-Nata Education: Matric (Convent High), BA Law (University of Durban-Westville), Masters in town and... 

Portable water purification plants for SA

12th December 2002 Uruguayan-based public/private partnership company Rocco/Ose and South African company, Wastat, which manufacture compact, portable water treatment and purification plants, have signed a joint-venture deal worth R30-million. 

Reinheitsgebot demands high-quality water input

22nd November 2002 Most beverages require the addition of water during the manufacturing process.?Beer, for example, consists primarily of barley malt, hops, yeast and water. 

Loan sought for water project

By: Marcel Chimwala     22nd November 2002 Malawi – The Malawian parliament has authorised that country’s ministry of finance to obtain a US$3-million loan from the International Development Association (IDA) for a national water development project in addition to the $75-million loan it acquired from IDA for the project. 

Water utility in big capex roll-out

By: Deborah Spicer     15th November 2002 Infrastructure expenditure at water utility Rand Water is expected to peak in two years. 

Soweto water upgrades initiated

14th November 2002 Johannesburg Water (JW), the water and sanitation service provider for the city of Johannesburg, has initiated yet another project aimed at improving water supply provision in Soweto. 

R105m for Mpumalanga roads, water, sanitation

12th November 2002 Mpumalanga's financial situation is so healthy that it can afford to allocate R105-million for road repairs, rural sanitation and water provision across the province, Premier Ndaweni Mahlangu announced. 

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