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Water Week

R120m sewage 
treatment works for CT

By: Petronel Smit     12th March 2010 Multidisciplinary engineering and science consultancy GIBB recently completed the R120-million Helderberg coastal sewerage project for the disposal of sewage within the Helderberg area at the end of 2009. 

Nanotechnology may offer water purification technology

By: Beth Shirley     13th March 2009 A research team, comprising scientists from five different South African universities, is using nanotechnology to develop methods to produce clean drinking water. 

Association punts environmental stewardship

By: Beth Shirley     13th March 2009 The South African National Bottled Water Association's (Sanbwa's) environmental committee has issued the association's members with guidelines aimed at improving environmental stewardship. 

Organisation assists municipality’s water roll-out programmes

By: Beth Shirley     13th March 2009 Development organisation Khanyisa Projects is assisting the eThekwini municipality with water projects across the province and is effectively using alternative technologies for these endeavours. 

Container liners reduce ground pollution

By: Beth Shirley     13th March 2009 Water products manufacturer Hydrex supplies the mining industry with high density polyethylene (HPDE) liners for water containers to reduce the amount of polluted water leaking into the ground. This falls in line with the best practice guidelines enshrined in the South African National Water Act... 

Pre-emptive maintenance system could revolutionise water systems

By: Beth Shirley     13th March 2009 Multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm Arcus Gibb director of electrical engineering Dr Willem Sprong believes the improvement of maintenance on water infrastructural systems lies in an innovative computer-based programme he has developed. 

Water company provides conveyance solutions to rural communities

By: Beth Shirley     13th March 2009 Subdivision of fluid conveyance solutions company the Rare Group, Rare Water, offers fluid conveyance solutions to rural communities as part of its Rural Community Upliftment Programme (RCUP). 

Consulting firm revives irrigation project

By: Beth Shirley     13th March 2009 Engineering consulting company Gibb is currently involved in the rehabilitation of a 40-ha sprinkler-irrigation project near Sterkspruit, in the Eastern Cape. 

Power stations pose risk to Waterberg water quality

By: Beth Shirley     13th March 2009 Aquatic ecosystems in the Waterberg area are at risk of being adversely affected by the construction of coal-fired power stations, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) scientist Paul Oberholster 

Growth strategy framework launched during Water Week 2009

By: Beth Shirley     13th March 2009 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) announced the launch of the Water for Growth and Development strategy framework during 2009's Water Week. 

Water is life

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th March 2008 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) has selected the theme ‘Water for Development and Enabling Growth’ as the theme for National Water Week 2008. 

Municipality extends contract on Mpumalanga infrastructure refurbishment

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th March 2008 Specialist consulting engineering and project management group Steward Scott International (SSI), a DHV company, has received an extension on its contract to refurbish the rural municipal water related infrastructure for the Thaba Chweu Municipality in Mpumalanga. 

Zambian contract for SA engineering company

14th March 2008 South African engineering company VWS Envig has completed a second water-package plant installation for a copper mine in Zambia. 

Wetlands rehabilitation programme creates jobs for underprivileged communities

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th March 2008 The wetlands rehabilitation programme, a programme initiated and funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) and executed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), it is one of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) under the environment and... 

Energy crisis holds lessons for water industry

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th March 2008 The lessons learned by industry and the South African government from the national energy crises could avert a potential water crises reports water authority Water Institute of South Africa (WISA). 

SA water losses not as significant as claimed – Rand Water

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th March 2008 South African bulk water supplier water Rand Water says that the amount of water lost in the system as a result of waste is not as significant as reports issued in the media have claimed. 

Water economy is top priority – WRC

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd March 2007 The message for National Water Week 2007 from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) is, �€˜Water is life - protect our scarce resources’. 

University launches new water institute

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd March 2007 In response to the needs of the country and the region, the University of Pretoria has established a specialized water institute, which officially opened on 19 March 2007, conducting research into various aspects of water in the country. 

Water utility tightens up ageing infrastructure

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd March 2007 Africa’s largest water utility, Rand Water, together with the Gauteng department of public works, and the Department of water affairs and Forestry (DWAF), has implemented various programmes aimed at repairing wasteful leaking infrastructure in various local townships. 

Water week highlights water conservation 

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd March 2007 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) annual initiative, National Water Week, this year takes place from March 19-25, 2007. 

Water institute's new arm gains momentum

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd March 2007 The only professional organisation representing the entire water sector in Southern Africa, the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) has launched eWISA. 

Rural communities to receive water decontaminant

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd March 2007 As world population increases, developments in water treatment processes continue to work towards decreasing the health risks, such as cholera, associated with the consumption of unsafe water. 

Local expert appointed to international water associaton

23rd March 2007 A seat on the board of the International Water Resource Association (IWRA) concludes a year during which the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) played an active role in critical global water issues. 

Water exhibitions seeks sustainability

23rd March 2007 There is increasing understanding internationally that water resources can be successfully managed only if the natural, social, economic and political environments in which water occurs and is used, are taken fully into consideration. 

Water programme creates employment opportunities

23rd March 2007 The Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Mrs Lindiwe Hendricks has expressed her confidence in the Working for Water (WfW) programme that is providing employment opportunities in poor communities in the removal of invasive alien plant species that damage the environment and consume large... 

Government aids Eastern Cape district municipalities

23rd March 2007 Spending millions of rands, South Africa’s Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, (DWAF), has embarked upon a major feasibility exercise to identify and build a data base of groundwater resources in the Eastern Cape. 

Water reclamation top priority for mines

23rd March 2007 The ever increasing demand for water resources to be successfully managed throughout the world and, more so, in Southern and sub Saharan Africa, is forcing the mining industry to take a hard look at water saving devices. 

Berg Water project affirmed AA+

23rd March 2007 International risk ratings company, Fitch Ratings, has affirmed Berg Water Project’s (BWP) national long-term ‘AA+’ and Short-term ‘F1+’ ratings. 

Residential expansions pressurise sanitation, water supply

23rd March 2007 Thaba Chweu Municipality (TCM) in Mpumalanga is experiencing great pressure on its existing services, including water supply and sanitation in especially Lydenburg/Mashishing, but also Sabie/Simile and Graskop due to nearby mining expansions north of Burgersfort as well as the Dwars River area... 

Miners seek positive contribution to water issues

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd March 2007 The Witbank area in Mpumalanga faced the threat of running out of water in 2007. Various solutions were sought, such as constructing a pipeline from the Orange River to supply the need. 

Top water projects meet SA's growing water needs

23rd March 2007 Throughout South Africa there are a number of water projects and programmes currently under way to meet the growing social and economic development needs of particular regions. These aim to increase the sustainability and effective use of this scarce resource. 

NCT may partner Swedish firm to build KZN mill

By: Nelendhre Moodley     22nd March 2007 Independent timber grower NCT Forestry Co-operative (NCT) on Thursday announced that it had named the Rottneros Group as a potential partner for a proposed eucalyptus-based bleached, chemi, thermo, mechanical pulp mill at Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

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