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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

Prepayment water offer to deal with arrears

By: Jill Stanford     2nd November 2001 CAPE Town companies Tellumat and Rhomberg claim to have the answer to the city's problem of recovering hundreds of millions of rands in outstanding water revenues. 

Study on for new Mozambique dam

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2001 After being tormented by severe floods in the last two years, Mozambique is conducting a feasibility study into building the Moamba dam in the Moamba district, in the Maputo province, 70 km west of the country’s capital, Maputo. 

Changes flow at water research body

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2001 A re-engineering process is under way at the Pretoria-based Water Research Commission (WRC), under the leadership of newly-appointed CEO Dr Rivka Kfir. 

UK-SA seek a water alliance

By: Keith Campbell     19th October 2001 Britain is keen to share its expertise in water sector with SA – water privatisation has been highly successful and beneficial in the UK 

R2,2bn grant for water projects

18th October 2001 The Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Province are set to benefit from a R2,2-billion grant for the improvement of water services over the next three years, reports Bua News. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

Oxygen solution helps fish-farm breathe easier

21st September 2001 Gas solutions company Air Liquide has secured a contract with leading freshwater fish farm Lunsklip Fishers, of Mpumalanga, to supply oxygen and associated technology for the monitoring and control of the water dissolved oxygen content. 

R994m Cape dam project still on

19th September 2001 Water affairs minister Ronnie Kasrils has announced the ‘in principle’ approval of a R944-million Skuifraam dam and supplement scheme in the Western Cape. 

Water-supply chain efficiency saves costs

27th July 2001 South Africa’s large water users can slash their costs by up to 80% by maximising efficiencies throughout the water supply chain, says Venn Diagnostics MD Gavin Bennetts. 

R44m river rehabilitation nears completion

27th July 2001 A significant R44-million river rehabilitation scheme, designed to restrict erosion, is in progress on the Ash River in the Free State. 

SA water-engineering firm goes oriental

27th July 2001 Water-engineering company Thuthuka is involved in three pending contracts with the government of China worth millions of rands. 

Water projects reduce cholera, create jobs

27th July 2001 The cholera epidemic sweeping through the rural areas of Kwazulu-Natal has given new impetus to the AquAmanzi project presently being implemented by Jeffares & Green Parkman and its joint-venture partners. 

New treatment plant for steel firm

27th July 2001 The Corex plant and direct reduced iron (DRI) facility at Saldanha Bay Steel Works has freed the giant steel maker from the onerous task of producing coking coal from South Africa’s limited high-grade coal reserves. 

Water to the people with help from the sun

27th July 2001 A South African-developed solar-powered water pumping system will provide clean drinking water to rural communities and help fill water holes in rural and wildlife conservation areas. 

Understanding water's hard issues

27th July 2001 Many of the hard issues surrounding the sustainable development of water delivery will be hot topics of discussion at the Water Institute of South Africa (WISA)-organised workshops at Gallagher Estate during August. 

System helps municipalities track water allocations

27th July 2001 Municipalities will now be able to track monthly free water allocations as promulgated by the national government’s Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, thanks to a new water and electricity prepayment dispensing system developed jointly by Tellumat Electronics and water-flow system... 

PPP improves wastewater treatment

27th July 2001 The recently reported crisis concerning close to 100 local municipalities which suffered accidental releases of untreated sewage into rivers and waterways represents a problem that has been a long time in the making. 

Ozone water treatment coming for agriculture

27th July 2001 Ozone, active oxygen (03), which occurs naturally in the earth’s atmosphere to protect us from the sun’s harmful rays, is gaining increasing acceptance in South African agriculture as a more effective, cost efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to chemicals, such as... 

Minewater treated to save Namaqualand's daisies

27th July 2001 South Africa is a country with mining roots that go back – in some instances – a few hundred years. 

More-fluid water network analysis

27th July 2001 Increased profitability usually starts with an increase in efficient application of resources. Using a single set of demand parameters for designing a water network will not produce optimum results. 

Water recycling ups firm's growth

27th July 2001 Opportunities in the African market and the industrial water reuse and recycling market are presently Vivendi Water System’s largest growth areas at present. 

Pirate couplings sabotage pipeline

27th July 2001 A new potable water pipeline, linking a pump station to a reservoir in the Greater Nelspruit area, Mpumalanga, has been rejected on behalf of the Mbombela Local Municipality by Biwater, the pipeline operator, partly as a result of inferior pirate couplings used to secure the joins of the pipeline. 

Poor waterproofing floods industry

27th July 2001 Buying a new home forms part of the most of the population’s lifeplan. Imagine the feeling of horror and disappoint, when after settling down in your new dream home, you notice dripping ceilings and cracking roofs. 

South African firm to defuse Ugandan water time bomb

27th July 2001 Pretoria engineering and management firm, BKS has been commissioned to provide a plan and strategy to implement a stormwater drainage system for the Ugandan city of Kampala. 

SA's fifth-highest dam is nearing completion

27th July 2001 Due to South Africa’s low average of rain, few flowing streams and no significant underground resources, water is one of the greater concerns facing the population in the near future. 

Globe's first sewage-to-tap plant is almost complete

27th July 2001 The globally renowned Goreangab water treatment plant in Windhoek, Namibia, should be the only such plant in the world to reclaim domestic sewage water for potable use. 

Utility wins R350m contract in Nigeria

27th July 2001 The decision to offer its expertise commercially beyond South African borders has been met with significant success by Umgeni Water. This includes an initial three-year R350-million water management contract with Port Harcourt in Nigeria. 

Cape treatment plant upgrade under way

27th July 2001 The City of Cape Town has spent R35-million on the upgrading of the Athlone Wastewater Treatment Works to date. 

Treatment stabilises residue dam

27th July 2001 Iscor’s new Hillendale residue dam lies along the N2 freeway outside Richards Bay. The dam is a temporary construction, and was built to store residue water from the Iscor plant before being treated. 

World water first for Namibia

27th July 2001 French utility company Vivendi Water is leading the consortium that has been awarded a contract to recycle wastewater for domestic use in Windhoek. 

New water source for Cape Town

By: System Author     8th December 2000 A scientific study has identified a significant potential water-supply source for Cape Town in the Table Mountain group. 

New mobile water

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Environmental protection 

Pedal power never outdated

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Developments to Watch 

Maguga dam road construction, Swaziland

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Tenders are invited for the construction of a gravel road. 

Water purified in seconds

By: System Author     29th September 2000 A British company is offering its compact water-filter bottle in world markets, including South Africa. 

Water deregulation attracts UK investor

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 A large international firm has invested in South Africa with an eye on water deregulation prospects. 

Water future: now ‘small’ becomes a big issue

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 South Africa is facing what can arguably be called one of its biggest challenges of the millennium – ensuring that it has enough water resources for the generations to come. 

Water bank concept seems feasible

1st September 2000 Preliminary results of a study into artificial groundwater recharge has indicated that it is feasible to ‘bank’ vast quantities of water underground for later use. 

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