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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

Water pollution posing threat to SA

By: marisa rodrigues     8th November 2002 The largest problem facing the environment in South Africa is water pollution. 

Johannesburg water utility nabs meter thieves

7th November 2002 The water and sanitation service provider for the City of Johannesburg, Johannesburg Water (JW), has cracked down on a syndicate involved in the theft of water meters. 

SA energy firm may enter $500m Uganda power venture

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2002 South Africa’s State-owned Eskom Enterprises has been asked to participate in the controversial $550-million Bujagali hydropower project in Uganda. 

Solid performance recorded for latest financial year

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 GM finance Pat Ward has the task of handling the finances of South Africa’s biggest water provider. 

Company's new focus on growth, world-class customer service

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 For the great majority of Rand Water’s nearly 100-year history, the company has concentrated on one function, namely the abstraction, treatment and distribution of bulk potable water. 

New business vital to long-term sustainability

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 The development of new business outside of Gauteng and South Africa is vital to the long-term sustainability of Rand Water, says Thabani Myeza. 

36-year-old takes over the reins of water giant

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 The future of the 100-year-old Rand Water has been placed in the determined hands of an urbane 36-year old chemist since April 1. 

Asset upkeep, tracking system is upgraded

25th October 2002 Following a successful implementation of the Maximo Release 3.0.2 work and asset management system at Rand Water’s central depot distribution point, south of Johannesburg, the utility decided in November last year to upgrade to Maximo 4.1.1. 

Expansion into Africa and Middle East planned

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 In order to compete as a world-class water services provider, Rand Water will have to increase involvement in projects outside South Africa, say Rand Water chief engineer civils Alan Tonks and chief engineer development Roy Thomson. 

Historic Vaal River barrage refurbishment in progress

25th October 2002 Local company Concor Engineering has completed the contract for phase two of the replacement programme of steel gates in the historic Vaal River barrage. 

Employment equity strong focus of human resource department

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 Employee retention, employee training and employment equity are all-important at Rand Water says George Chimbuzi. 

Empowerment procurement target set at 50%

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 Moalosi Borotho is Rand Water’s commercial manager. He is responsible for the procurement functions of the company, and assumed the position four years ago. 

Utility in IT upgrade

25th October 2002 Water utility Rand Water was recently looking for reliable, high-speed connectivity between eight sites, and Bytes Communication Systems was given the challenge of managing and installing the upgrade. 

The fluid ways of water

By: Kelvin Kemm     25th October 2002 I saw a news item on television in which Glenfiddich whiskey was selling for amazing prices at an auction. 

Infrastructure is key to intra-African trade

25th October 2002 WHILE trade between European countries accounts for about 80% of their total gross domestic product, Africans are not trading with each other as much as they could, said acting chief operating officer of Trade and Investment South Africa Ismail Dockrat at the Safcec convention held in... 

Moz dam cuts electricity to SA

18th October 2002 Mozambican hydroelectric power generator Hidroelectrica do Cahora Bassa (HCB) has cut off a 750-megawatt daily supply to South African monopoly supplier Eskom, after the two disputed the price that should be paid for the electricity. 

World Bank backs $39m power, water project in Chad

By: Martin Czernowalow     17th October 2002 The World Bank has agreed to back a $39-million electricity and water-supply upgrade project in Chad, which would prevent a possible collapse of the services in that country. 

Remote water, lights metering tech developed

By: Zonika Botha     11th October 2002 Pretoria-based company Grintek Energy Technologies has developed an integrated service management system (ISMS) which is capable of executing remote water and electricity meter reading on a real-time basis. 

Providing a solution to the Thames wastewater problem

11th October 2002 Historically, wastewater from the Docklands development area in London, UK, had been discharged directly into the Thames River and tidal flow had been relied upon to disperse effluent. 

Dams: essential growth or damning development

By: Deborah Spicer     7th October 2002 Discussions around the Skuifraam dam in the Western Cape are focused on many of the elements of the large-scale dam debate that has occupied the world's attention for the last 15 years. 

Dams: essential for African growth or damning development?

By: Deborah Spicer     4th October 2002 Discussions around the Skuifraam dam in the Western Cape are focused on many of the elements of the large-scale dam debate that has occupied the world’s attention for the last 15 years. 

Environmental activism or ecoterrorism?

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2002 A Chilean environmentalist tells Engineering News about his life’s work, and and why he believes privatisation is not neccesarily the answer to a developing country’s economic woes. 

Water privatisation misunderstood -Kasrils

By: Deborah Spicer     4th October 2002 The water privatisation debate in South Africa had protesters chanting slogans such as “South Africa is not for sale to G8” and “Lesotho water is not for sale” at a meeting on water privatisation at last month’s Joburg summit. 

Water resource strategy released for comment

By: Martin Czernowalow     1st October 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) has released a ‘Proposed National Water Resource Strategy’ for comment on August 8, and said the strategy could affect the way in which everyone in South Africa uses and values water. 

Steel group in court over pollution claims

1st October 2002 A South African High Court began hearing on Monday an application by families seeking a court order to stop giant steel producer Iscor from allegedly polluting their underground water sources. 

E20-million for health, education and infrastructure

By: vanessa vasques     27th September 2002 The Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), the French Development Agency, has been involved with projects and programmes in South Africa since 1994, with a mandate to enhance the standard of living of poor communities by giving them access to essential services, such as water and sanitation,... 

Grants available for pollution busters

By: Deborah Spicer     27th September 2002 Local authorities interested in reducing pollution from settlements will be able to apply to the Development Bank of South Africa, for technical grants, and the Consolidated Municipal Infrastructure Plan, for capacity-building grants, from January, informs Manda Hinsch, the Department of Water... 

Big investment needed to meet world electricity backlog

By: Deborah Spicer     20th September 2002 A United Nations Foundation-sponsored programme to combat water wastage in eight African cities has shown such impressive results that a similar programme will be launched in Asia. 

Japan grants Malawi $4,5m for water project

By: Marcel Chimwala     20th September 2002 The government of Japan has provided a $4,5-million grant to the Malawi government for a ground water development project in Malawi's central districts of Lilongwe and Dedza. 

Groundwater could be key to Cape water supply

18th September 2002 Groundwater can play a major role in ensuring Cape Town has an adequate supply of water in the future and a five-year study has been commissioned to assess the feasibility of developing local aquifers (a sub-surface geological formation capable of storing and transporting usable quantities of... 

An environmental study shows negligible impact on groundwater

13th September 2002 Concern for the protection of the environment at the Caltex refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town, is leading to action to ensure the environment is not being contaminated by refinery operations. 

South-South water partnership launched

By: Deborah Spicer     13th September 2002 Links between South Africa and Brazil became stronger in September, when two local water utilities signed a partnership agreement with three Brazilian water-service providing organisations at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. 

Joburg water utility plans new sewer pipeline 

9th September 2002 Johannesburg Water, the water and sanitation service provider for the city of Johannesburg, has plans to construct a new sewer pipeline in the north of the city to accommodate the rapid development and growth. 

Water agencies need mending, not privatising

By: Seeraj Mohamed     6th September 2002 Water is a basic necessity. Everyone should have the right to an adequate supply of clean water. 

EU offers big water, sanitation support

6th September 2002 The European Union (EU) has launched a water initiative, aimed at helping millions of poor people in Africa and Asia gain access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities. 

UK provides R330m for SA water projects

5th September 2002 In a joint statement on Monday, the UK government’s Department for International Development (DIFD) and the SA government’s Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF), announced the extension of a comprehensive water and forestry development programme, worth  

Okavango basin management plan underway

5th September 2002 The government of Botswana, earlier this week signed an agreement with IUCN - The World Conservation Union – to work together on the improved management of water resources. 

2004 a pivotal year for waste management in South Africa

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s is in the initial phases of three projects that will assist in appropriately managing sources of waste and disposal practices. 

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