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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

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. 

Water conference showcases SA manufacturers

9th August 2005 A water, waste and environmental conference, Afriwater 2005, kicks off at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on today, and runs until Friday 12th August. 

World's largest pressure-management system installed

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The world’s largest single advanced pressure management installation has recently been installed at the Emfuleni local municipality, 50 km south of Johannesburg. 

Firm wins R160-million refurbishment contract

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The rapid growth in and around Rustenburg in the North-West province, mainly caused by the increased mining activities, has led to the sewage-purification works becoming overloaded. 

A bag full of projects for consultancy firm

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The implementation of measurements to lessen negative social impacts of the Nandoni dam, in the Luvuvhu river, south of Thohoyandou in the former Venda, carried out by consulting engineering firm BKS, has recently been completed and deputy CEO Bob Pullen, who was involved with the project from... 

Emergency water supply plans in Limpopo

1st August 2005 With the drought in several districts of Limpopo starting to assume crisis proportions, the provincial government is considering several emergency water supply schemes. 

Engineers get cracking at Pretoria reservoir

By: peter cromberge     22nd July 2005 Repair work valued at R3-million to large cracks in the walls of the Quenswood Reservoir, Pretoria, was completed at the end of June. 

Giant dam knife-gate valves built in SA

By: peter cromberge     22nd July 2005 An order for the largest knife-gate valves in South Africa has been completed by Edenvale-based Insamcor. 

Water breakthrough for Southern Africa

22nd July 2005 Southern Africa is on the threshold of a big breakthrough in the conservation of the world’s most precious resource 

Drainage of engineers from municipal water sector

By: thamashni naidoo     22nd July 2005 Municipalities are seemingly losing the ability to attract and retain technical expertise in the public-sector domain, rather attracting civil engineers towards a private-sector reach, with 74 local municipalities and four district municipalities having no engineers to complete projects. 

Water-support strategy for SA unveiled

By: thamashni naidoo     22nd July 2005 A long-term water-support strategy, based on fundamental improvements of current water services, ensuring sustainable water systems, will be finalised at the end of the month, says Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s executive manager of water services, Helgard Muller. 

Demand for water-control instrumentation on the increase

By: thamashni naidoo     22nd July 2005 South Africa’s demand for water has reached new heights, with communities, industries and companies alike fighting against the low water supply. 

Mineral-water industry worth R800-million

By: thamashni naidoo     22nd July 2005 The South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA) chairperson and hydrogeologist John Weaver tells Engineering News that the mineral-water industry is worth R800-million and predicts that mineral-water sales will continue booming at high levels for at least the next ten years. 

Groundwater comes of age

By: thamashni naidoo     22nd July 2005 Two current national projects covering the quantification of groundwater resources highlight the increased importance being attached to this previously often underrated resource. 

Water-supply scheme nearing completion

By: thamashni naidoo     22nd July 2005 Affirmative action company Afriscan Construction, based in Pinetown, Durban, has been involved in numerous water-supply projects since its inception in 1989. 

Water projects are flowing in

By: thamashni naidoo     22nd July 2005 Engineering company Knight Pi 

Two-year wastewater contract awarded

By: thamashni naidoo     22nd July 2005 A multidisciplinary consulting engineering group operating primarily in Africa, the B & A Group, under Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA), has been involved in the development of Alliance Water Engineering, which has been awarded a major contract by the Zululand District Municipality (ZDM) to manage,... 

New water-treatment system developed

By: thamashni naidoo     22nd July 2005 A new water-treatment system for nitrate removal from water – the Advanced Amberpack system – was developed by Rohm & Haas, a global chemical company. 

Research body keeps water issues afloat

By: thamashni naidoo     22nd July 2005 A big challenge for the Water Research Commission (WRC) is to build and strengthen water management at local government level. 

Enviro-friendly technology deployed at wash plant

22nd July 2005 Metlime’s new limestone wash plant, designed by Gauteng-based engineering firm Thuthuka Project Managers, will facilitate the more efficient disposal of Sappi Fine Paper’s Enstra Mill’s lime mud waste, for the next decade and beyond. 

Damming up options for water resources

By: peter cromberge     22nd July 2005 The Trans Caledon Tunnelling Authority (TCTA) has helped oil the sluice-gates that have opened up development for much of the country’s significant bulk water infrastructure. 

Municipal water muscle

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2005 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) has to date signed 27 transfer agreements with local government, transferring 78 water schemes with a value of about R1,679-billion, as well as 717 staff members, to municipalities. 

Why dam project is needed

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 The City of Cape Town’s increasing demand for water, although significantly tempered by a water demand management policy and strategy, required the implementation of the National Cabinet’s decision in 2002, to implement the Berg Water project. 

'Real' work now under way

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 Situated on the upper Berg river in the La Motte forest outside Franschhoek in the Western Cape, the Berg River dam, which was previously known as the Skuifraam dam, is the largest water-infrastructure project currently under construction in South Africa. 

Water project powered up

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 For over 30 years Brand Engineering has been engaged in the construction industry as a contractor for power distribution, electrical, instrumentation and control installations. 

Instrumentation installation under way at dam project

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 Specialising in geotechnical instrumentation, the 19-year-old company Kop-Kop was awarded the contract for the supply, installation and monitoring of the Berg River dam’s instrumentation by the Berg River Project Joint Venture (BRPJV). 

Enviro-friendly bush clearing creates jobs

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 The 560-ha footprint of the Berg River dam is almost being left untouched as the bush clearing and chipping contract, awarded to Cape Town-based Fastfell in January, is being done in an environment-friendly manner, a member of Fastfell, Shaughn Frost, tells Engineering News. 

Office solution supplied to Berg Water Project

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 Black-empowered company e-KwikBuild Housing, with 27% black woman-owned equity, supplied and installed the office buildings to the Berg Water project – a contract worth R2,2-million. 

R10m blasting contract nearing completion

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 The R10-million blasting contract for the Berg River dam, subcontracted by the Berg River Project Joint Venture (BRPJV) to Durban-based Eire Contractors, will be completed by the end of July. 

R98m for Swaziland water project

By: Nicola Mawson     21st June 2005 The Swaziland government, under the auspices of Swaziland Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise (Swade), has issued a tender inviting companies to prequalify for an aspect of the R815-million Lower Usuthu Smallholder Irrigation Project (Lusip). 

Water department turns to Cuba for support

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2005 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) has contracted the services of 13 Cuban water specialists for the period up to August 2007. 

Long-term water strategy unveiled

2nd June 2005 Government has announced that a long-term strategy was being developed to support local government in delivering its water services obligations. 

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