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Govt needs to focus on securing reliable hydrological information to ensure water security

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2021 The South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) has urged government to focus on securing reliable hydrological information to manage South Africa’s scarce water resources. In an advisory note written to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the association recommended that the Ministers responsible for... 

NGO International Rivers calls on SA not to support Grand Inga scheme

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2021 International rivers and river communities rights nongovernmental organisation International Rivers has called on South Africa to withdraw its agreement to offtake electricity from the Inga 3 hydropower project being built in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). South Africa continues to... 

NPC outlines the National Water Security Framework  

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th February 2021 The National Planning Commission’s (NPC’s) National Water Security Framework (NWSF) covers what is required to holistically protect South Africa’s scarce water resources, however, the country is weak in implementation. NPC commissioner Dr Pulane Molokwane, discussing the plan during a stakeholder... 

NPC outlines the National Water Security Framework
NPC commissioner Dr Pulane Molokwane discusses the National Planning Commission’s National Water Security Framework, which covers what is required to holistically protect South Africa’s scarce water resources. Date recorded 19.02.2021. Video recording: Kutlwano Matlala. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Sisulu reiterates government’s commitment to universal access to water

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th February 2021 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has reiterated the commitment of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to provide water for all. While the sustainable provision of water to everyone is still a challenge facing South Africa and “huge” disparities remain, she... 

SAHRC recommends Emfuleni municipality be placed under administration amid ongoing Vaal river pollution 

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2021 The South African Human Rights Commission warns that the Vaal river, "Gauteng's most vital water resource", may have been irreparably damaged and recommends that the Emfuleni municipality be placed under administration and that public servants, municipal administrators and staff who failed to... 

SAHRC recommends Emfuleni municipality be placed under administration amid ongoing Vaal river pollution

MWCB, Impact Catalyst aim for Upper Olifants mine water management platform

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2021 Mpumalanga mine water public-private organisation the Mine Water Coordinating Body (MWCB) hopes its new partnership with socioeconomic development collaboration company The Impact Catalyst will provide a collaborative platform for the collective, integrated and sustainable mine water management... 

Specialist installs humidifier at tobacco plant

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th February 2021 Humidification specialist Humidair, in collaboration with air conditioning contractor Fifty-two Engineering, completed a humidification project for a tobacco company in Edenvale, Gauteng at the end of last year. The project entailed the installation of large JetSpray humidifier systems comprising... 

Implats scores an A for water disclosure

By: Schalk Burger     11th February 2021 Platinum-group metals (PGM) producer Impala Platinum (Implats) says it has received an A rating for its water disclosure submission to global voluntary disclosure nonprofit organisation CDP for the 2020 CDP Water Disclosure Project. The rating, which also marks the second consecutive year Implats... 

Rising Integrated Vaal River System nearing 100%

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2021 The Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) looks set to reach the 100% mark as heavy downpours continue to fall throughout the country, with major dams within the system rapidly rising to full capacity, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said on February 10. "Being the biggest of the... 

Filling Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam in July threatens Sudan's security - Minister

By: Reuters     8th February 2021 Any unilateral step by Ethiopia to fill its hydropower project, called the Renaissance Dam, in July would directly threaten Sudan's national security, Sudanese Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasser Abbas said on Saturday. Sudan is also proposing a mediation role for the United States,... 

Final MMSEZ EIA application report submitted to competent authority

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd February 2021 The Musina Makhado Special Economic Zone (MMSEZ) on February 1 submitted the final environmental-impact assessment (EIA) application report to the legally designated competent authority, the Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism.  The EIA application started in 2018 with a... 

New sanitation and wastewater management benchmark tool launched

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd February 2021 A new tool to benchmark and accelerate Africa’s progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on safe sanitation and wastewater management has been launched. The inaugural Sanitation and Wastewater Atlas of Africa is the outcome of four years of collaboration between the African... 

ZRA clarifies stakeholder engagement process, confirms Batoka construction has not started

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd February 2021 Binational organisation the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has reiterated and clarified its Covid-19-impacted stakeholder engagement process amid preparations to start building the multibillion-dollar 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydropower project on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project areas experiencing heavy rains, impacting work

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th January 2021 The areas around the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) are experiencing heavy rains which are temporarily interrupting work on the sites, the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) reported on January 29. Heavy rainfall has been reported across most of the inland country which has... 

Boiler maintenance cuts company costs

29th January 2021 A comprehensive boiler maintenance programme not only keeps boilers up and running reliably, but also ensures equipment longevity and improves safety for employees. However, many companies try to save costs on water treatment to reduce operating costs and meet production demands. While this can... 

Boiler maintenance cuts company costs
BREAKING THE BAD About 1 mm of scale build-up can increase fuel consumption by 2%

Vaal River System water levels continue to rise

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th January 2021 The water levels of the dams within the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) are at steady levels this week as persistent wet weather conditions replenish the system. The average water level of the system, which comprises 14 dams, is at 78.1% this week, an increase from 76.6% last week and 64.5%... 

Groundwater needs to be used wisely - Institute for Groundwater Studies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th January 2021 South Africa’s groundwater, on which nearly two-thirds of South Africa depends solely or partially on for domestic use, needs to be used wisely, said University of the Free State Institute for Groundwater Studies director and geohydrologist Dr Eelco Lukas. Groundwater, a significant source of... 

Work progresses at Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2021 Binational organisation the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) is progressing work at the Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project (KDRP). In a January 19 update, the authority said that ongoing KDRP works comprise two components, namely reshaping of the plunge pool and the refurbishment of the spillway gates. 

Cape Town dam levels decrease to 87.5%  

By: African News Agency      19th January 2021 The total capacity of dams supplying the Cape Town metropolitan area has decreased by 1.6 percentage points in the last week to 87.5 percent, compared with 72 percent at the same time last year, the city council said. Daily water consumption for the same period also dipped to 776-million litres... 

 Cape Town dam levels decrease to 87.5%

WRC calls for expressions of interest for Water Seed funding 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th January 2021 The Water Research Commission (WRC) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) are calling on interested stakeholders to apply for the Water Seed Fund programme. Higher education institutions and small and medium enterprises in the water sector have until January 29 to submit an expression of... 

Mixture of strategies will provide suitable water treatment solution

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th January 2021 A mixture of strategies will provide the best water treatment solution for a water-scarce country, such as South Africa, says global technology company ABB Energy Industries South Africa sales manager Joyce Moganedi. “The scarcity of water has led to the Department of Water and Sanitation... 

Mixture of strategies will provide suitable water treatment solution
DECISIONS, DECISIONS Big data is an output that is targeted at high level management, to enable plant managers to make company strategic decisions

Wastewater treatment for all industries

15th January 2021 Owing to decades of experience in the water and wastewater treatment industry, and a dedicated portfolio of solutions, instrumentation company Endress+Hauser can help make industrial wastewater treatment safe and efficient, explains water and wastewater industry manager Hennie Pretorius.   “Water... 

Awareness grows for atmospheric bottled water

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th January 2021 Consumers being more cautious about the purification of drinking water has resulted in growing awareness of atmospheric water generation technology company Aqua Air Africa’s atmospheric bottled water, says Aqua Air CEO Keamogetswe Matsho. The company’s atmospheric water generating technology... 

Four requests for proposals issued for consultants for Orange-Senqu River project

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2021 The Orange-Senqu River Commission (Orasecom) has issued a request for proposals for various short-term consulting services for its Orange-Senqu River Strategic Action Programme Implementation. Advisory body Orasecom provides recommendations aimed at optimising the development and management of... 

Three-way talks on Ethiopian dam reach new impasse

By: Reuters     11th January 2021 Negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, in a long-running dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, have reached a new impasse, the three countries said on Sunday. "We cannot continue this vicious cycle of circular talks indefinitely," Sudanese irrigation... 

Coca-Cola Foundation’s RAIN to replenish 15bn litres of water in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2020 The Coca-Cola Foundation's Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) is funding five projects in South Africa to help restore priority water catchment areas by removing invasive alien plants, while creating valuable employment opportunities for women, youth and families. “These important water catchment... 

Summer rains improve levels in 7 provinces

By: News24Wire      17th December 2020 Dams in the Eastern Cape have reached 51% capacity after months of dry conditions in the province, the Department of Water and Sanitation says. The department's weekly report showed that dam levels have been on the rise in the past two weeks due to torrential summer rains. Gauteng dam levels... 

Rand Water, Emfuleni mayor meet to discuss debt agreement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 Water utility Rand Water on December 15 met with Emfuleni executive mayor Gift Moerane about a debt settlement agreement. The municipality owes Rand Water about R1.1-billion in outstanding debt, with Rand Water having reduced the water pressure to the municipality by 20% as a credit control... 

Cape Town pair develop water importance initiative

By: Donna Slater     11th December 2020 Independent facilitator Peter Willis and filmmaker Victor van Aswegen have collaborated to build a unique initiative to capture learnings from Cape Town’s 2017/18 water crisis, during which a prolonged drought resulted in the city almost running out of potable water resources. The Cape Town... 

DWS advertises critical tenders to deal with protracted sewer spillages into the Vaal river 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th December 2020 Several critical Department of Water and Sanitation tenders have been advertised to expedite the Vaal river raw sewer spillages intervention work. The tenders, which were advertised on November 27, will close in January 2021. 

Abeco builds its biggest tank in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2020 Abeco Tanks has completed its biggest tank in Africa, holding 5.8-million litres of water with a surface area equivalent to two tennis courts. In conjunction with a three-million litre supplementary tank, the group is provides one of South Africa’s largest poultry producer’s with a total of... 

UNDP, WRC award R3m grant to water innovators   

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2020 Seven water innovators have been awarded an aggregate R7-million grant to kick off field testing and further product development after a call for solutions to help resolve some of South Africa’s water challenges, particularly those exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The United Nations... 

Stable dam levels boost the Integrated Vaal River System

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th November 2020 The aggregate water levels of the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) continue to climb as the critical dams feeding it remain stable. The IVRS increased to 57.1% this week, up from the 56.8% recorded in the comparative week last year. 

Sisulu hands over KZN bulk water supply scheme

By: Yvonne Silaule     23rd November 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, on Sunday, launched the uMshwathi Regional Bulk Water Supply Scheme, set to service more than 3 000 households in the areas of Albert Falls, Mpolweni, Nadi, Cool Air, Efaye, Kwazibusele, Ntanzi, Mtulwa and Mount Elias. The scheme is... 

Sisulu hands over KZN bulk water supply scheme
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Umgeni Water appoints acting CFO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th November 2020 Kajal Singh has been appointed acting CFO of Umgeni Water with immediate effect and until such time as an appointment for the position of permanent CE has been finalised. The follows an announcement by the company on October 22 that former CFO Nomalungelo Mkhize had been appointed acting CE. 

Global Water Partnership Southern Africa teams up with DBSA to realise water projects 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2020 The Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that seeks to promote investment and collaboration for water and sanitation projects in the Southern Africa region. The MoU was signed by... 

Tech partnership brews beer from re-used water 

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Local water technology company Xylem has partnered with Berlin water utility Berliner Wasserbetriebe and the Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin (the Berlin Centre of Competence for Water) to produce Berlin Reuse Brew. Berlin Reuse Brew is a beer made from purified and treated wastewater. 

Tech partnership brews beer from re-used water
Xylem Water Solutions treatment project manager Brendan van Wyk discusses the use of ozone and ultraviolet technology in the cleaning processes in breweries and wineries. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.10.20
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