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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

Construction of 6,4-MW project to start in September

By: Jade Davenport     30th June 2006 With the completion of the development phase at the end of last year, construction of the R60-million 6,4 MW Bethlehem Hydroelectric project in the Free State is due to start in September this year, with the first electricity to be delivered in November 2007. 

New SA-France coopertation in water research

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2006 South Africa and France last week inaugurated a new R4,8-million cooperation programme in the area of water research, designated SAFe Water. 

CT firm completes proof-load testing

By: Laura Tyrer     28th April 2006 Offering complete certification and proof-load testing of cranes and lifting equipment, Water Weights International SA, of Cape Town, recently undertook the mammoth testing of 660 t on a ship crane in Cape Town Harbour. 

Covering all aspects of sewage-water management

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 The chemical and bacteriological analysis of water samples conducted by Regen Waters Laboratory are realised by employing highly sophisticated instrumentation and extensively qualified personnel, says Regen Waters manager, Ludolf Uys. 

Valves manufacturer active in water sector

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 Represented globally since 1989, Gunric Valves is the only manufacturer of metal-seated butterfly valves in South Africa. 

Water-treatment plant completed

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 The recovery, treatment and re-use of surface, subsurface and other domestic and industrial waste water is an important part of water management at Process Water Technologies. 

Effective management ensures future water supply

31st March 2006 One of the functions of the various water service providers in South Africa is to ensure that a constant supply of potable water is delivered to citizens in their provisioning areas. 

Scarce water must be conserved and monitored

31st March 2006 A large, widely-dispersed population in South Africa requires water to live and progress, yet four factors hinder its cost-effective delivery to all population centres. 

Limpopo villages given access to clean drinking water

31st March 2006 Several remote villages in the Limpopo Province have, for the first time, been given access to safe clean drinking water following the donation of a state-of-the-art water-treatment plant by ?Canadian company Zenon. 

Bringing hope to drought stricken area in KZN

31st March 2006 Specialist engineering consultant, Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA) has been appointed by the Ugu District Municipality, on Kwazulu-Natal’s South Coast, to work with the team on the second phase of the KwaFodo water-supply project. 

Institute throws its weight behind water initiative

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 National Water Week is an important annual awareness campaign of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf). The campaign serves as a power-ful mechanism to popularise the importance of water to the general public and to the general water stakeholder group. It creates a platform for Dwaf... 

Lake desludged and rehabilitated for new waterfront project

31st March 2006 In one of the biggest projects of its type ever undertaken in South Africa, a large Cape wetland was emptied and the contaminated sludge at the bottom of the lake removed in order to make way for the construction of a waterfront project. 

Waterborne bacterium poses health risk

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 A waterborne bacterium found naturally in the environment (water and soil) is responsible for causing the respiratory disease known as Legionnaires Disease. 

Invasive alien plants threatening water security

31st March 2006 The struggle against invasive alien plants (IAPs) in South Africa is headed by the Working for Water (WFW) programme. 

Company has strategy to meet market challenges

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2006 Specialist South African manufacturing company Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) is acting and investing to meet the challenges it faces in the local and international markets. 

Cleaning up

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 The need to counter global warming, conserve water, and protect the environment are creating important new opportunities for IST Industrial. 

Western Cape water

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th February 2006 The road to the future 

Construction industry rocked by contract award to Chinese firm

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2006 State-owned bulk water infrastructure utility TCTA has confirmed the award of a R425-million contract to a Chinese construction company, whose bid was reportedly some 25%, or around R100-million, lower than those submitted by two local construction consortia. 

Shock as Chinese contractor snaps up big SA water contract

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2006 State-owned bulk water infrastructure utility TCTA has confirmed the award of a R425-million contract to a Chinese construction company, whose bid was reportedly some 25%, or around R100-million, lower than those submitted by two local construction consortia. The company concerned is the China... 

Growing demand likely to force Rand Water capaicty upgrade by 2014

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2005 The Utility Rand Water will have to augment its current water treatment capacity by 2014, should water demand trends continue at its current pace. 

Work beginning to flow for R1,6bn water project

By: Nelendhre Moodley     16th December 2005 The diversion of the Berg river into a diversion conduit, a momentous occasion that signified the first milestone in the project�s construction, took place on November 24. 

Africa prepares for global water summit

13th December 2005 Faced with significant challenges in water management, African countries have joined hands and will take a common message to the Fouth World Water Forum (4th WWF) in Mexico, in March next year. 

Study into R4bn water scheme completed

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2005 The feasibility study and environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the R4-billion second phase of the Olifants River Water Resources Development Project (ORWRDP) have been completed. 

New DG welcomed

By: Helene Le Roux     11th November 2005 The local water services sector welcomed the appointment of the new director-general (DG) of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf), Jabu Sindane, on October 1. 

Coal-miners work with community on water-reclamation schemes

24th October 2005 Miners Anglo American and BHP Billiton on Friday reported that thei respective coal operations in Mpumalanga were working with the local Municipality to reclaim much-needed water for municipal, commercial and local use. 

SA in danger of losing water excellence?

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2005 The outbreak of typhoid in Delmas illustrates that those responsible for water and waste water management in many municipalities do not have a basic understanding of what the job entails, says Mike Muller of the University of Witwatersrand’s graduate school of Public and Development... 

Delmas seeks Rand Water connection in wake of typhoid scare

19th October 2005 To avoid another typhoid outbreak, the Mpumalanga government and the Delmas municipality are jointly trying to raise R70-million to connect Delmas to Rand Water in Gauteng. 

Solar pumping system in high water demand

By: Mariaan Webb     7th October 2005 The use of nature’s free and most reliable asset to create electricity – the sun – offers one of the most cost-effective ways to pump water from the earth. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project next-phase study launched

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2005 The feasibility study for phase two of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) will start this month. 

Rand Water's renewal and refurbishment challenge

By: Keith Campbell     7th October 2005 Gauteng provincial water utility Rand Water is today facing the challenge of replacing and refurbishing its infrastructure. 

Lessons from Delmas disaster

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2005 Inspections of municipal water-treatment works under way 

Water catchment agency launched

26th September 2005 South Africa's first catchment-management agency has been launched in Nelspruit, in Mpumalanga, in a move designed to help the country manage its water resources to its optimum level by delegating water resource management to the regional or catchments and to involve and empower local communities... 

Summit mulls SADC water plan

By: Liezel Hill     21st September 2005 Efficient and well-planned water-demand management (WDM) strategies are crucial in unlocking development in Southern Africa, South African Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Buyelwa Sonjica said yesterday. 

Bioremediation is a safe wastewater treatment alternative

By: Jade Davenport     26th August 2005 South Africa’s classification as a newly-industrialising country has resulted in a significant amount of effluents, industrial-residues and industrial accidents contaminating surface waters, soils, air, streams and reservoirs. 

Additional treatment systems supplied to Mali gold-mine

By: Jade Davenport     26th August 2005 Kwazulu-Natal-based Lilliput Treatment Technologies, the recipient of the coveted SABS Design Institute Award for Engineering Excellence in 1999 for its Domestic Sewage Effluent Treatment Technologies, has recently had a two-man installation team arrive back from a three-week stay in Mali, where... 

Massive landfill rehab preserves E Rand enviro

By: Jade Davenport     26th August 2005 Waste-landfill sites and the associated environmental effects on surrounding areas has become a significant concern for local municipalities in recent years as stringent South African legislation requires all closed landfills to be rehabilitated and capped to prevent environmental degradation and... 

New water utility to focus on security

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2005 Cabinet has approved the establishment of a National Water Resource Infrastructure Agency (NWRIA), “to ensure long-term water security for South Africa”, says Water Affairs and Forestry minister Buyelwa Sonjica. 

Roadmap agreed for R40bn water merger

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2005 A comprehensive roadmap has been finalised for the proposed integration of State liability manager TCTA and the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry's (Dwaf's) development and infrastructure functions following the August 3 Cabinet decision to merge the two into a new State-owned enterprise. 

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