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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

SA water facts

By: System Author     30th July 1999 South Africa is largely semi-arid, and the country’s main source of water is rivers. The country’s yearly rainfall is 470 mm, compared to the world average of 857 mm a year and, on average, only about 9% of rainfall reaches rivers. In addition to surface water, 5 400-million... 

Concrete-mix design for pipeline project

By: System Author     30th July 1999 With the scarce supply of water in Botswana, the challenge to develop appropriate technologies for improving the supply of safe, reliable and affordable water to isolated communities is being improved with the construction of the North–South Carrier pipeline. The project stretches over 360... 

Big industrial show scheduled for Dubai

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The Big Five show will once again take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October of this year offering literally billions of dollarsworth of opportunities to suppliers in the key industry sectors served by the show, namely building, water technology and environment, air-conditioning... 

R75m dam nears completion

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Construction of the R75-million Paris dam in Kwazulu-Natal is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year. At this stage the wall is 65% complete and the intake tower civils work is complete. Situated on the Bivane river in the Vryheid district, the dam is to supplement the flow of the... 

Leaking dams, reservoirs cost Africa millions

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Despite Africa being the main beneficiary of international aid to develop water-related infrastructure, millions of dollars are being lost drop by drop every year as a result of leaking dams and reservoirs. Water provision in Africa is a crucial issue and, although international aid organisations... 

Novel dam financing

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Adopting a unique approach to infrastructure funding, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and the Infrastructure Finance Corporation Limited (Inca) provided R65-million for the construction of the newly-opened Ceres Koekedouw dam. A joint development between the Koekedouw irrigation board, the Department of... 

R264m water scheme flows on

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The R264-million fifth-phase extension of the Vaalkop Southern Water Supply Scheme is on schedule, with the first water expected to be delivered by September, reports Mag- alies Water CE Nick Fenner. Pretoria consulting engineering firm GFJ Consulting Engineers was awarded the contract for the... 

R95-million sewage plant

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A R95-million sewage plant which is said to reach new heights in environmental sensitivity is under construction near Victoria on the island of Mah 

Design challenge at Malawian dam

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Kamuzu Dam II is a 750-m-long earth-embankment dam which supplies water to Lilongwe, Ma-lawi. In April last year the Lilongwe Water Board called for tenders to raise the original full supply level (FSL) by 5 m in order to increase the storage capacity. The original design involved the placing of... 

R100-million Namibian water project begins

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Extensions worth R100-million to the Goreangab water-reclamation plant in Windhoek, Namibia, said to be the only one of its kind in the world, have started. The plant is renowned internationally for its achievements over the past 30 years in producing potable water from treated sewage effluent.... 

Gauteng firm clinches big Swazi contract

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Following the successful establishment of innovative computerised water-management systems throughout Southern Africa, Gauteng water-system information technology specialist Hydraulic Computer Service is undertaking an additional project in Swaziland, reports Southern Africa manager Allan... 

Flowmetering technology in steady advance

By: System Author     30th July 1999 With resource-management legislation expected to tighten as water becomes a scarcer commodity, international process-control specialist Krohne has announced its intention to extend its market focus to include the supply of flow-control and analysis equipment to wastewater and water-treatment... 

Driefontein dam and canal project completed

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The Driefontein dam and associated canal water-management project, constructed by Middelburg Mine Services south-east of Witbank, Mpumalanga, has been completed. Design of the pollution-control and water-management facility was undertaken by Gauteng consulting civil engineering firm Jones &... 

Jhb utility companies on the cards by 2002

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Despite limited human and financial resources, Johannesburg’s water-service providers are progressing steadily towards the formation of utility companies as set out by the iGoli 2002 plan, reports Metro Bulk Water acting executive officer Chris Botha. The Greater Johannesburg masterplan,... 

E Gauteng sewer, watercare-works upgrade

By: System Author     30th July 1999 South Africa’s only regionalised commercial wastewater-management organisation, the East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat), has approved the upgrading and extension of three outfall sewers and four watercare works in Eastern Gauteng. As part of its strategic planning, the company identified... 

Sokhulu is a paean to innovation

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Top-quality design and management of South Africa’s dams and reservoirs is critical if the country is to continue making effective use of its scarce water resources, warns Stewart Scott water division director Francis Gibbons. “South Africa requires a creative approach to water... 

R29m meter contract

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Leading manufacturer of prepayment electricity, water and solar dispensing systems, Conlog of Durban, has been contracted to supply Bambamanzi community standpipe water meters to the Peddie regional water-supply scheme in the Eastern Cape. The scheme, worth R29,1-million, will eventually supply... 

Firm has business in 17 African countries

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Since South Africa’s readmittance to the global economic arena, Pretoria infrastructure company Africon has actively sought to develop and expand its business throughout Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. This thrust into markets abroad has been spearheaded... 

R22m reticulation works on course

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Good progress is being made on the R21,5-million Driftsands water-reticulation works for the Port Elizabeth municipality, Engineering News can today report. Gauteng consulting engineer Jeffares & Green has been appointed by the main consultant and overall project manager, JE Glibbery &... 

Search for groundwater tees off

By: System Author     30th July 1999 n investigation to secure a ground- water source for the residential golf course at Melkbosstrand, 40 km from Cape Town, has been undertaken by SRK Consulting. The consulting firm was appointed during the proposal phase of the development by Johnnic Properties to secure a groundwater source which... 

R4m IT upgrade

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Kwazulu-Natal water reticulation and sanitation authority Umgeni Water has upgraded its ageing computer infrastructure and network at its Maritzburg head office, as well as regional offices and waterworks throughout the province. The R4-million upgrade was designed in conjunction with networking... 

R200m for Gauteng community projects

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Accelerating the pace of delivery in terms of projects and services as well as creating job opportunities are two of the biggest challenges which face the Eastern Gauteng Services Council (EGSC) in its 1999–2000 financial year, executive committee chairperson William Mahlangu tells... 

New series of dry vacuum pumps launched

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 new series of dry vacuum pumps designed to perform in industrial applications has been launched by Edwards High Vacuum International. GV Drystar pumps have displacements of from 90 m3/h to 540 m3/h. The pumps have two pairs of claw-shaped rotors on two shafts, which rotate in opposite directions... 

Strong commitment to ‘green’ management

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 As one of the first two companies in South Africa to be certified to ISO 14001 standards, Mossgas is committed to proper environmental management and responsible care in line with internationally acceptable standards and requirements. Detailed environmental-impact studies were therefore carried... 

Hi-tech plant on Garden Route

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The onshore plant is situated 11 km west of Mossel Bay on a 410 ha site on South Africa’s scenic Garden Route. A modern solid-waste disposal facility is situated next to the main plant on a property of 360 ha. This high-technology plant has a design production capacity of 30 200 barrels of... 

R5-million electrical contract awarded

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 ADOPTING a reportedly unique approach to infrastructure funding, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and the Infrastructure Finance Corporation (Inca) have provided R65-million for the construction of the newly-opened Ceres Koekedouw dam. This figure represents the Koekedouw Irrigation Board’s portion... 

Meters for R29m Eastern Cape water scheme

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Community standpipe water meters will be supplied to the Peddie regional water supply scheme in the Eastern Cape by Conlog, one of Africa’s leading manufacturers of prepayment electricity, water and solar dispensing systems. Worth R29,1-million, the scheme will eventually supply about 62... 

Lesotho electrical contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN electrical subcontract for the Matsoku tunnel and weir project – which forms part of the R1,2-billion phase 1B of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project – has been secured by electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Electrical. The floodwaters of the Matsoku river will be... 

Ultrafiltration unit for Pretoria plant

By: System Author     25th June 1999 LOCAL company Pall South Africa has designed, installed and commissioned a three-bank ultrafiltration unit for the e-coat plant at Samcor, Pretoria, to remove water from the electrocoating liquid into which vehicle bodies are immersed in the painting or coating process. After the immersion and... 

Engineering giants join forces

By: System Author     18th June 1999 SOUTH African industry, municipalities and water authorities have gained access to the world’s most extensive and advanced range of control and automation technology following the merger of two international engineering giants, BTR and Siebe. “The merger has created Britain’s... 

So much complex technology hangs on a thread

By: System Author     18th June 1999 When you think about it, nuts and bolts play a vital, but seldom-recognised role in our lives. Although based on a simple helical thread, they represent a highly complex niche of technology, which impinges on virtually every facet of the manufacturing industry. The Greek mathematician Archimedes... 

Water scarcity threatens

By: System Author     18th June 1999 NEARLY a third of the world’s population, about 2,7 billion people, will experience severe water shortage within the next 25 years, according to a new study by a leading global water organisation. “Water scarcity is now the single greatest threat to human health, the environment and... 

R2,4m civil services contract awarded

By: System Author     18th June 1999 CIVIL engineering company Ruthcon Civil Contractors has been awarded a R2,4-million contract for the installation of civil services at Kamagugu in Mpumpalanga. The contract comprises the installation in two stages of water, sewer and stormwater reticulation as well as surfaced roads, and forms... 

Tap opens on R780m Western Cape dam

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Construction of the R780-million Skuifraam dam and Skuifraam supplement scheme on the upper Berg river in the vicinity of Franschhoek and Paarl are going ahead. The implementation of these two development options form part of an integrated water-resource management approach for the Greater Cape... 

Rising to challenge of water management

By: System Author     28th May 1999 s a relatively large- volume water con- sumer, Sasol has been rising increasingly to the challenges of continually improving its water-management systems and technologies, reports the 1999 Sasol Review. The group’s goal is to prevent all forms of water wastage and abuse, thereby helping to... 

Progress on water project flows on

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Electrical installations on various pumpstations and treatment plants on the estimated overall US$350-million North–South Carrier water project in Botswana is being executed by Johannesburg-based turnkey electrical projects company RBF Engineering. Work comprises a network of four... 

Phalaborwa projects ripe for the picking

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Despite being the ‘baby’ in South Africa’s family of spatial development initiatives (SDI) the Phalaborwa SDI, which covers the area from Tzaneen and Phalaborwa towards Nelspruit, promises to grow into a strapping array of agriculture, tourism, forestry and mining projects.... 

Constitution averts RDP water crisis

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The constitution is coming to the rescue of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s (Dwaf’s) multibillion-rand reconstruction and development programme (RDP) water schemes which are facing a looming cash-flow crisis. Since 1994, the department has rolled out some 1 300 projects... 

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