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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

Malawi moves to privatisation of its water sector . . .

By: Marcel Chimwala     21st June 2002 MALAWI – Malawi is making progress in the privatisation of its two giant water parastatals, Blantyre Water Board and Lilongwe Water Board. 

A braai on Mars?

By: Kelvin Kemm     14th June 2002 The times they are a’changing! Dramatic news has raced across the dark expanse of space! Huge volumes of water have been discovered on Mars! 

SA firm drives some of Africa's biggest agitators

31st May 2002 Having secured the tender from the Skorpion Project Joint Venture (SPJV), Mixtec appointed Hansen Transmissions to supply ten agitator drives for the Namzinc Skorpion zinc project near Rosh Pinah, in southern Namibia. 

Motors supplied to water pumpstation

31st May 2002 The close ties between manufacturer Alstom Electrical Machines’ and Sulzer South Africa has again borne fruit. Their latest joint success being contracts for the supply of pumps and large machines for Rand Water’s Zwartkopjies pump station No.1 south of Johannesburg. 

Gauteng to spend R1,5bn on water, sanitation

30th May 2002 The Gauteng government will spend R1,5-billion in the next four years to provide 230000 families with better water and sanitation services, Gauteng development planning and local government MEC Trevor Fowler said. 

Plant to recover millions of litres of water

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 A second tubular reverse osmosis (TRO) plant has been commissioned by Sasol Synfuels in Secunda. 

A South African firm completes R7,5-million African water project

24th May 2002 One of South Africa’s leading business consulting and IT services firms, CS Holdings, has designed a full cost-recovery water tariff model for Ethiopia's Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority (AAWSA) in a R7,5-million multidisciplinary project. 

Contract secured for largest hydropower plant

24th May 2002 IFS has announced the signing of an agreement with the Three Gorges Project Corporation for the implementation of IFS Applications. 

SA's water backlog to be erased by 2008

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is aiming to move away from direct implementation, embracing an increased regulatory and support function. 

Dam study for Steelpoort river

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     17th May 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) may consider damming the Steelpoort river at De Hoop, in Limpopo Province, if expected mining development in the river’s catchment materialises. 

First tenders for Cape dam by 2003

17th May 2002 Construction of a R1,4-billion dam and pumping scheme on the Berg River, about five kilometres from Franschhoek in the Western Cape has been given the green light. 

Moroka dam and precinct, Soweto, Gauteng.

17th May 2002 The rehabilitation of the Moroka dam and the landscaping of the Moroka and Thokoza parks known as the Moroka Precinct, as a showcase project for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. 

SA tackles water and sanitation backlog

By: Zonika Botha     10th May 2002 The Community Water Supply and Sanitation programme of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) won first place at the prestigious Water Globe Awards held in Linz, Austria, in March this year. 

R20m facelift for Soweto greenbelt

By: Deborah Spicer     10th May 2002 One of the few greenbelts and the only accessible water body in Soweto will be opened to residents on August 10, with the completion of a R20-million facelift at the Moroka and Thokoza parks. 

Prepayment water plan for Cape Town

10th May 2002 Cape Town is in line to become the first city in South Africa to introduce prepayment for water, says the City of Cape Town’s executive committee member responsible for city infrastructure David Erleigh. 

R1,4bn Cape dam gets approval

9th May 2002 Cabinet has approved the construction of the long-awaited R1,4-billion Skuifraam dam on the Berg River, near Franschhoek in the Western Cape. 

Industry urged to support govt water-supply and sanitation plan

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Pump manufacturers and suppliers have the opportunity to develop their industry and also boost social upliftment by supporting moves by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) to improve water supply and sanitation. 

South African firm bags a R16m Middle-East contract

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Wadeville-based sales, service and pump manufacturer has received five export orders valued at R16-million for the supply of petrochemical and water-pumps to the refinery industry and water authorities. 

Solar water pump launched following Australian/SA JV

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Through a joint venture with Australian-based pumps company Magnetic Gearing and Turbine (MGT), Boksburg castings company Rely Precision Castings, a division of Allied Productions Industries (API), has launched the MGT-50 solar water pump for use in the agricultural industry and in remote areas. 

R6m expansion of SA testing facility

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 East Rand pumps giant Sulzer has invested R6-million in the upgrading and expansion of its test-bed facility so as to become one of the major pump testing facilities with advanced technology in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Submersible pumps donated for Kenyan health project

26th April 2002 Johannesburg-based pump manufactuer Lowara has donated submersible pumps to the African Medical and Research Foundation, the main non-profit private health organisation in East Africa. 

Submersible pumps for irrigation scheme

26th April 2002 A farmer from Hectorspruit has installed one of the biggest EIM submersible pumps in the series for use in a major irrigation scheme. 

Helical-rotor pumps for Pta wastewater works

26th April 2002 Extensive design experience has secured an order for pump manufacturer and supplier Howden-Orbit to supply six more helical-rotor pumps to Weldgedacht Wastewater Treatment Works, north of Pretoria. 

Next phase unlikely for Highlands water project

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2002 Indications are becoming clear that the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) will not continue beyond phase one in the foreseeable future. 

Two water projects on the cards for Limpopo Province

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th April 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is mulling two water-resource development projects in the Olifants river catchment, with a combined cost of more than R900-million at today’s prices. 

Water polluters will start paying penalties by 2004

4th April 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is developing a Waste Discharge Charge System (WDCS), which will provide a framework for billing water users that dispose of their waste into water resources. 

R3,2-billion water, sanitation project making progress

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2002 One year into the Masibambane project, which aims to establish basic water supply and sanitation services, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) indicates that good progress is being made with the three-year R3,2-billion venture, says Dwaf communications director Babs Naidoo. 

Water polluters will start paying penalties by 2004

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is developing a Waste Discharge Charge System (WDCS), which will provide a framework for billing water users that dispose of their waste into water resources. 

SA division turns global centre of excellence

22nd March 2002 The pure-water systems division of Pall South Africa is set to become a centre of excellence within the Pall Corporation. 

Wave power potential

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th February 2002 I undertook that the next few columns would discuss the above topic, based on a number of papers given at a recent conference. 

Lesotho water now used in six provinces

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st February 2002 The last major component of the first phase of the multibillion-rand scheme to transfer water from the highlands of Lesotho to South Africa's Gauteng province is expected to be completed this year, capping a series of engineering feats which have garnered numerous awards over the years. 

Malawi to kick-start water project

By: Marcel Chimwala     25th January 2002 MALAWI - Malawi is to kick start a $12-million integrated rural water-supply project for the central district of Ntchisi and northern district of Mzimba. 

Dorbyl Water

14th December 2001 Established in 1947, Dorbyl Water is the largest manufacturer of valves in the Southern Hemisphere, producing over 25 000 valves each month. 

Demand for 'intelligent' actuator is growing

16th November 2001 Valve actuator manufacturer Rotork Africa reports that there has been a growing requirement to supply its intelligent IQ range of actuators with serial communications. 

Struggle for clean water far from over

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2001 The struggle for cleaner water in South Africa is far from over, but the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) promises it has several programmes in place to deal with issues that made headlines in Engineering News earlier this year, in an article on the country’s national health... 

The big fluoridation debate

16th November 2001 The fluoridation of potable water has always been, and will remain, a controversial and emotive practice. 

World Bank set to approve $500m Uganda hydro project

16th November 2001 The World Bank said it was likely to approve a $500-million project to build a 250 megawatt power dam in Uganda aimed at almost doubling the country’s electric power capacity. 

Evaporation technology to stop enviro pollution

By: Karel Smrcka     9th November 2001 Environmental issues have a substantial effect on the treatment and disposal of industrial effluents and landfill leachate. The environmental movement is gaining momentum to minimise water usage and wastewater volume is increasing daily. 

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