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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

Water security key issue at Joburg summit

29th August 2002 Water security will be a key issue at the UN's World Summit on Sustainable Development, under way in Johannesburg until September 4. 

Water disease could kill 76m by 2020 – report

20th August 2002 More than 76-million people, mainly children, will die from water-related diseases by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to clean up the planet's water supplies, according to a report issued on Friday. 

Experts, industry want $25-bn a year for water

19th August 2002 Additional investments of at least $25-billion must be made each year to halve the number of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015, industry representatives and environmental experts said last week. 

Geographic info system planned for SA farmers

By: candice haase     16th August 2002 The development of a geographic information system (GIS) as the foundation for precision farming is a dream of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). 

GM foods safer than water, says association

16th August 2002 The warning sounded by University of the Western Cape’s Prof Winston Hyde in media reports that genetically modified (GM) crops are dangerous and present a health hazard is repudiated as unfounded by AfricaBio executive director Dr Jocelyn Webster. 

Better water access key to poverty fight – experts

14th August 2002 Efforts to halve the number of people worldwide living in poverty by 2015 will fail unless access to clean water is radically improved, a group of leading scientists and politicians has said. 

S African tanks bound for a Zanzibar sewage plant

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 East Rand-based vessel and tank manufacturer Famsystems has been awarded a R1,5-million contract to design, manufacture, supply, install and commission tanks for a sewage plant in Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania. 

Restructuring allows company stronger regional focus

9th August 2002 The recent restructuring of the top management of the 81-year-old consulting engineering group, Knight Pi 

State praised for biotech focus

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2002 Government’s focus on biotechnology as an important future technology in South Africa is considered a good move by everybody involved, says Highveld Biological MD Dr Elke Bey. 

Innovative technology portends well for oxygen-poor SA water

26th July 2002 Environmental technology designed to re-oxygenate impounded water resources, being hailed as a major breakthrough in the UK and now in China, bodes well for the future environmental well-being of South Africa’s own oxygen-poor impounded water, says Dr Dave Ossin of Afrox. 

SA acid water treatment solution is in demand

26th July 2002 The treatment of acid water from mining processes is an ongoing challenge in the mining industry. 

Outdoor vacuum sewer systems arrive in SA

26th July 2002 A vacuum sewer system with proved performance in Europe, the US, Australia and Asia is to be marketed to civil water authorities in South Africa as of this month. 

Platinum boom drives R400m Midrand–Rustenburg pipeline

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Bulk water supplier Rand Water will be spending R500-million in capital expenditure in the next five years, instead of spending the amount over the next ten years, as was originally planned a year ago. 

Joburg summit puts SA water strategy under the spotlight

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Water will be one of the focal points during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), which will be held in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from August 26 to September 4. 

SA to spend R414m fighting alien plants in 2002

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 The Working for Water (WfW) programme, which focuses on clearing invading alien plants, will implement 350 projects worth R414-million this year in its drive to promote the sustainable development of South Africa’s natural resources. 

New product prevents lime formation

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 East Rand-based South African water-heating equipment manufacturer Kwikot, has added an innovative new product to its range – an electronic anti-lime formation unit that crystallises scale without the use of chemicals. 

Commission pumps R60m into water research

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 South Africa is a water-scarce country and the Water Research Commission (WRC) strives to serve the nation as a dynamic hub for water-centred knowledge, innovation and intellectual capital. 

Hydrological measurement firm celebrates 130 years

26th July 2002 The company OTT Messtechnik & Co. in Germany is celebrating it's 129th anniversary this year, proving it's commitment as a supplier of quality hydrological instruments worldwide. 

New tunnel ensures constant water supply in KZN

26th July 2002 Areas in and around Maritzburg in Kwazulu-Natal will be assured of an uninterrupted water supply due to the construction of the new Stuckenberg pipeline and tunnel – one of two tunnels currently being constructed in the country. 

Zululand water-supply scheme investigated

26th July 2002 The Zululand District Municipality (ZDM) has appointed the water division of UWP Consulting Engineer’s office in Maritzburg to prepare a masterplan for the Mandlakazi Regional Water Supply Scheme. 

Bulk-water supply to Bethal upgraded

26th July 2002 Due to increasing water demand in the area, Rand Water appointed consulting, civil engineering and project management firm GFJ Consulting Engineers to upgrade the existing bulk-water supply system to Bethal, in Mpumalanga, a contract valued at some R10-million. 

Delivering high-quality water to hospitals

26th July 2002 In the day-to-day functioning of any hospital, it is absolutely critical to organise the supply and delivery of high quality water for a number of different functions and needs. 

Water-services privatisation in Nelspruit meets with success

26th July 2002 The country’s first concession agreement allowing for water services to be supplied by a private-sector company is at last receiving increased community support, thanks to the national implementation of free basic services since January. 

S Africa's largest microfiltration, reverse osmosis plant completed

26th July 2002 Keyplan has just commissioned the largest microfiltration/ reverse osmosis plant in South Africa on behalf of Eskom’s Lethabo Power Station. 

Prepaid water-dispensing system developed

26th July 2002 A new water and electricity prepayment dispensing system developed jointly in South Africa by Tellumat Electronics and water-flow specialist Rhomberg will allow municipalities to track free water allocations of 6 000 l/m as promulgated by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. 

Rural Limpopo gets safe drinking water

26th July 2002 The 20 Ml/d Xikundu Water Treatment Plant forms part of the greater Levuvhu Government Water Scheme which is currently being implemented by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) to supply safe drinking water to the rural areas in the Limpopo Province. 

Drinking-water plant cuts costs at gold-mine

26th July 2002 In the past Gold Fields’ Driefontein gold-mine, in the North West Province, used mine fissure water blended with Rand Water Board water to produce the correct water chemistry for drinking water. 

R200m capex to grow Joburg's water services

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Johannesburg Water (JW), an independent private utility company, wholly-owned by the City of Johannesburg, was created a year ago to serve the Greater Johannesburg Metropolis. 

New technologies to combat organic pollution of water

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 The East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) runs 22 wastewater care works treating sewage effluent, serving over 3,5-million people and more than 2 000 industries every day. 

Less waste is more profit for all

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Industry should understand the important role it plays and the responsibilities it has towards water, and should become more involved in applying and determining water quality standards. 

Global water resource centre is established

26th July 2002 A resource centre providing technical assistance for water provision, sanitation and environmental health on a global scale has been established at Loughborough University in central England. 

R35m effluent-treatment contract awarded

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Vivendi Water Systems in South Africa, a subsidiary of the French Vivendi Water Systems, which, in turn, is a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest providers of water-treatment services, is bringing innovative wastewater-treatment solutions to local industry. 

Association set up to reduce container misuse

By: Deborah Spicer     19th July 2002 The Responsible Container Management Association of Southern Africa will be picking up momentum in the coming months after having been registered as a section-21 company in June. 

New range of blowers, vacuum pumps launched

By: nkolola halwindi     19th July 2002 Leading supplier of air blowers, exhausters and vacuum pumps Sowerby Engineering, of Johannesburg South, has launched a new range of blowers and vacuum pumps to the South African market. 

Wastewater gets biotech treatment

12th July 2002 A homegrown solution to treat wastewater is the latest investment to find favour with Bioventures Fund, the first niche biotechnology venture-capital fund in South Africa, which has R80-million of committed capital from investors Gensec Bank, Genbel Securities, Real Africa Holdings, the... 

Basic free water reaching 27m people

4th July 2002 Following government's free basic water programme implemented a year ago, at least 27-million people – who previously had no access to water – are now able to enjoy a basic amount of free water per household per month. 

Aids damns Gauteng's water development

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th June 2002 Although Gauteng and its environs are unlikely to require additional water sources for the next 25 years, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) will, within the coming 18 months, finalise outstanding investigations into the proposed multibillion-rand Thukela water project. 

Simo Lushaba Rand Water

21st June 2002 Rand Water Leader of 3 474 

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