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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

New premises for fluid conveyance company

18th July 2008 Fluid conveyance management company Rare Energy, a division of the multifaceted Rare Group, has moved its operations from Alrode to Kliprivier. The new 120 000-m2 premises are situated along the R59 Corridor and the company is charting a course for further expansion. 

Wastewater treatment supplier introduces new products

18th July 2008 Wastewater treatment equipment supplier and manufacturer SAME Water, a member of the Water Institute of South Africa, has introduced three new products in 2007 and 2008. 

Water project phase one nears completion

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 Phase One of the Eastern Cape Mbashe North water supply project, which will supply water to about 63 000 people, is nearing completion says consulting engineering firm Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA) director André Naudé. 

Coal giant recognises water management responsibility

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 Resources giant Anglo American’s coal subsidiary Anglo Coal declares in its report, Leading for sustainable coal, which was released in June 2008, that it recognises water as a critical resource that requires responsible management in both its use and in its impact on water resources. 

SA to host specialised water distribution conference

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 The tenth Water Distribution System Analysis (WDSA) conference, the first of this leading international series to be hosted outside the US, will be held at the Kruger National Park in August, this year. 

Consulting company completes Madagascan salinity control weir

18th July 2008 Engineering and environmental consultanting company SSI has recently completed the construction phase of a multi-million contract awarded by Quebec Iron and Titanium (QIT) Madagascar Minerals (QMM) in Madagascar. 

Specialist institute conducts water research projects

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 Several research projects for the South African Water Research Commission (WRC) and the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) are being carried out through the Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch's Department of Civil Engineering. 

Pumping station refurbishment ensures Gauteng water supply 

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 Water board Rand Water is refurbishing and upgrading its Vereeniging water treatment plant’s (VWTP’s) operations and has several projects under way at the site, as well as at the Lethabo intake, with the view to maintain uninterrupted water supply to its area of supply, including Gauteng into the... 

Water treatment specialist quenches local projects’ water thirst

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 Water and wastewater treatment specialist VWS Envig, part of Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, is currently working on a number of projects in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. 

New water treatment plant to flow at platinum mine

18th July 2008 Engineering firm Thuthuka Group Limited (TGL), of Gauteng, is responsible for the installation of the new water treatment plant and water management circuit at the Elands Platinum mine near Brits, in the North West province. The plant will control the delivery of both process and potable water to... 

Demand management to ease potential water supply problems

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) water division chairperson Dr Chris Herold says that South Africa's national power crisis has prompted the investigation of the country's water supply systems and its aging infrastructure. 

Ballast water treatment receives approval

18th July 2008 Engineering group Alfa Laval's chemical-free system for ballast water treatment, PureBallast, has received full Ballast Water Type Approval from Det Norske Veritas (DNV), on behalf of Norwegian authorities. 

Berg Water telemetry system set for March completion

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 Telemetry systems designer and manufacturer SSE Cape has been implementing supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada), telemetry, and wireless communications for the Berg water project (BWP) which is scheduled to be finished in March next year. When commissioned, the telemetry system will... 

BWP within budget–Dwaf

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 The Berg Water Project (BWP) will be completed within the original budget, according to current indications, says the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s (Dwaf) chief director in infrastructure development Willie Croucamp. He adds that the implementation of BWP has set a standard for... 

BWP improves Wester Cape's water quality

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 The improvement of the quality of water in the Western Cape is one of the main benefits that has arisen from the Berg Water Project (BWP), the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Lindiwe Hendricks said at a media briefing at the Berg river dam site earlier this year. 

Dam construction complete, but challenges remain

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 The Berg River Dam is 90% complete, and the dam 42% full, with the final second stage concrete and ancillary works still under construction says Berg River Project Joint Venture (BRPJV) project manager Hans Roux.  

Berg dam almost ready to flow

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 The construction of the Berg river dam is nearing completion, with the reservoir status currently at 46% full, the embankment and spillway complete, and impoundment achieved on July 26, 2007, says Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) project manager David Keyser.  


By: Dennis Ndaba     16th November 2007 Water utility, Rand Water has reissued the controversial tender that it was considering awarding to steel pipe manufacturer 3W-BSP earlier this year. 

Water utility expects to increase its involvement in Africa

By: Dennis Ndaba     9th November 2007 Water utility Rand Water has set aside about R30-billion for the replacement of ageing infrastructure, acting CEO Zvinaiye Manyere said at the company’s annual results presentation last week. 

Rand Water's board reissues controversial steel-pipe tender

By: Dennis Ndaba     9th November 2007 Water utility Rand Water's board has reissued the controversial tender it awarded to steel pipe manufacturer 3W-BSP on condition that it finalised a black economic-empowerment partnership agreement not more than 30 days after December 1, 2006. 

Chinese group says it won disputed Rand Water tender fair and square

By: Dennis Ndaba     5th October 2007 Steel pipes manufacture 3W-BSP has refuted the claim by contracting company Group Five Pipe (GFP) that it was awarded a R100-million pipeline contract by Rand Water irregularly. 

Unprecedented growth for water valve industry

20th July 2007 Water services company RARE Water, which focuses on the water, wastewater and mining markets, says that the local valve industry has seen unprecedented growth over the last two years. 

Engineering company advances South African water projects

20th July 2007 South African infrastructure engineering company Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA), a subsidiary of the consulting and engineering B&A Group, is currently working on various water engineering projects across South Africa. 

Three new sewage plants for KZN Department of Public Works

20th July 2007 Local water purification company Best Water Technology (BWT) Africa has been awarded a R2,5-million contract by multidisciplinary engineering company Thuthuka Group Limited (TGL) to design and build three packaged sewage treatment plants for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works. 

Wash plant improves limestone quality output

20th July 2007 Limestone producer Metlime has received positive feedback on the improved quality of the limestone coming from its R10-million washplant, which was commissioned in August last year. 

Waterval wastewater care works receive R170m upgrade

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2007 Local wastewater company the East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) is currently extending its Waterval wastewater care works at the confluence of the Rietspruit river and Klip river by 50-million litres a day at a cost of R170-million. 

New wastewater treatment technology enters South African market 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2007 Local consulting engineering and project management group SSI, a member of the international consultancy and engineering group DHV, has introduced a new advance in wastewater treatment in South Africa. 

R7-million order for local pump company

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2007 Local pump manufacturer APE Pumps has received a R7-million pump order as part of the refurbishment of a pump house, which forms part of a water supply project in Iraq. 

Local company receives R18m sewage plant upgrade contract

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2007 A Gauteng supplier and manufacturer for the water and sanitation industry has been awarded an R18-million contract for the mechanical and electrical upgrade of the Brits Sewage Works. 

Microscopic algae serve as useful water quality monitoring tool

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2007 Diatoms, unicellular organisms that were discovered shortly after the invention of the microscope, are gaining international popularity as a tool to provide an integrated reflection of water quality, says DH Environmental Consulting (DHEC) co-owner and diatomologist Dr Bill Harding. While the use... 

Dwaf accelerates service delivery plan

20th July 2007 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) aims to ensure access to basic water supply to all South Africans by 2008 and to provide basic sanitation to all households by 2010. 

Irrigation water successfully abstracted from the Nile

20th July 2007 South African specialist pump company Denorco, has been working towards solving problems associated with the efficient abstraction and distribution of water from the Nile river systems in Sudan for irrigation purposes, for the past four years. 

Local company supplies water-purifying product to reclamation

20th July 2007 Many municipalities and a number of industries have shown a growing appreciation of the need to recycle and purify precious water resources to remove total dissolved solids and suspended solids. 

New generation drive for waste-water applications

20th July 2007 Producer of mechanical and electronic products and controls, Danfoss' VLT AQUA Drive is used for water and wastewater applications. 

Automation firm expands water level measurement solution

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2007 Process automation company Endress+Hauser has expanded its Waterpilot range, which is designed specifically for the water industry, to provide an accurate and cost-effective water level measurement solution. 

Intaka Tech - A quest for engieering excellence in Africa

29th June 2007 Making a practical and meaningful difference in Africa is Intaka Tech, manufacturer and marketer of innovative, state-of-the-art equipment, in particular water purification plants and on-site oxygen and medical air generation plants. 

Foskor mulls on-site water treatment plant

By: Nelendhre Moodley     29th January 2007 Phosphate producer Foskor, which is the largest user of domestic water in the Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal area, has called for proposals to determine the viability of building an on-site raw water purification plant. 

Lonrho buys Swiss water producer with DRC, Moz assets

By: Nelendhre Moodley     29th January 2007 Africa-focused mining and logistics group Lonrho Africa on Monday announced that it had exchanged contracts to acquire 100% of Strenner Holding Limited, a private company registered in Switzerland, for $215 000. 

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