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Water

Tech helps address nonrevenue water loss

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 According to a rough consensus derived from its end customers and partners, about 38% of South Africa’s produced water is non-revenue water, but water technology company Xylem Water Solutions South Africa says its key technologies assist in addressing this challenge. Non-revenue water is water... 

Pump energy efficiency, maintenance critical to address water scarcity 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 Although not many realise it, South Africa is an arid country and there is a pressing need to address water scarcity, which is why pump manufacturer Grundfos places such emphasis on energy efficiency and addressing water leakages in pumping systems, says team leader Andrew Brunette. He laments... 

Pump energy efficiency, maintenance critical to address water scarcity
Grundfos team leader Andrew Brunette discusses the company’s energy efficiency and maintenance offerings.

Proactive national water programme on the cards 

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), in partnership with various government departments, is addressing the country’s water woes with the development of a proactive national water programme that aims to offer tangible solutions to municipalities, the relevant government departments and... 

Proactive national water programme on the cards
DBSA disruption specialist Johann Lübbe and infrastructure finance specialist Konstant Bruinette discuss the progress being made on a new national water programme that the DBSA is developing.

Data-driven approach for water approached

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 The time to apply a data-driven approach to optimise water distribution in South Africa is now, says consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV advisory group director Bongani Dladla. “This could be the country’s catalyst for digital transformation – the point when municipalities start using technology... 

Data-driven approach for water approached
TANK TRACING A data-driven approach will help optimise water use and its infrastructure suggest Royal HaskoningDHV

Easy-to-assemble water storage tanks launched

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 Steel products and related services company Structa Group recently launched the marketing drive for its new Circotank brand, which offers a range of rolled sectional steel tanks. Circotank is manufactured from galvanised steel sheet, cold rolled, with a stiffening profile.  

Easy-to-assemble water storage tanks launched
TANK TOP The Maxi range of tanks offers water storage capacity of up to 1.5Mℓ

Department urges users to continue saving water as dam levels stabilise

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has called on Gauteng residents to continue saving water, despite some small dams in the province being in a stable state, according to this week’s ‘State of Reservoirs’ report issued published by the department. The provincial water storage is... 

Garden Route region receives much-needed rains

By: Donna Slater     14th October 2020 Having received inadequate rainfall over the last few years, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in the Western Cape is “elated with the much-needed rain” that fell in the Garden Route and surrounding areas recently. The previously low rainfall had affected the Central Karoo, Little... 

Wastewater, rainwater, storm water and greywater alternatives to constrained surface, ground water

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2020 A combination of conservation management, rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse and the reuse of treated effluent from centralised and decentralised facilities should help to address the issue of water scarcity over the long term, a study by University of Stellenbosch Department of Industrial... 

Western Cape dams continue to fill up to near capacity

By: Donna Slater     12th October 2020 Dams levels in the Western Cape continue to rise, with the average level for dams in the province increasing marginally to a new high of 81.2%, which is up from 65.1% at the same time in 2019. The latest level for dams providing water to the City of Cape Town are 100.3%, up from the 80.2% during... 

Consultations around Cape Town water tariffs under way

By: African News Agency      7th October 2020 The City of Cape Town is rejoicing after its dam levels reached a staggering 100.8%. In a statement released by the city council, it said the dams supplying the Cape Town metro increased from 99.5% to 100.8% capacity between September 28 and October 4. 

Ethiopia says GERD dam will begin generating power in next 12 months

By: Reuters     5th October 2020 Ethiopia's giant new hydropower dam on the Blue Nile will begin generating power in the next 12 months, the country's president said on Monday. “This year will be a year where the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will start generating power with the two turbines," Sahle-Work Zewde said in a speech... 

Ethiopia bans flights over dam for security reasons - aviation chief

By: Reuters     5th October 2020 Ethiopia has banned all flights over its giant new hydropower dam on the Blue Nile for security reasons, the head of its civil aviation authority said on Monday. Ethiopia is locked in a dispute with Egypt and Sudan over its $4-billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which Cairo has said could... 

Water sector technology and innovation forum launched

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2020 The Water Research Commission (WRC), the South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the departments of Water and Sanitation and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs have launched the Water Technology and Innovation Forum (WTIF). The forum will serve as a platform for all... 

DWS services E Cape communities affected by drought for R6m

By: Yvonne Silaule     29th September 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation and service delivery partner Amatola Water have distributed 5 694 water tanks and 171 water trucks to service communities around the Eastern Cape as part of government’s drought and Covid-19 intervention. DWS spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said while the... 

DWS services E Cape communities affected by drought for R6m

IWA recognises Rand Water senior manager as distinguished fellow

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2020 The International Water Association (IWA) Fellows steering committee and the IWA board of directors have approved Rand Water GM for scientist services Professor Hamanth Kasan's nomination as an IWA Distinguished Fellow. Kasan is only the second South African and the first local expert of colour... 

Cameroon seeking to build $3bn dam to export electricity

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2020 Cameroon will build a $3-billion hydropower plant as part of an ambitious plan to make the central African nation an exporter of electricity by 2035. The 810 MW Grand Eweng project on the Sanaga river, a joint venture between the government and the US-based energy company Hydromine, is the fifth... 

DWS kicks off Phase 2 of KwaZulu-Natal water supply project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th September 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in KwaZulu-Natal has started the second phase of the Greytown Bulk Water Supply project to implement long-term measures dealing with water scarcity issues in different parts of the province. The implementation of the Greytown Bulk Water Supply will... 

WISA2020 conference to go virtual

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2020 The Water Institute of Southern Africa’s biennial conference and exhibition, WISA2020, is going virtual from December 7 to 11, under the theme hashtag AllHandsOnDeck. The virtual conference aims to bring together experts, leaders, professionals, researchers and other stakeholders to debate urgent... 

Locally produced hot water innovation reduces household energy costs

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Using heat pump systems manufacturer EMS Holdings’ domestic 200 ℓ integrated heat pump system can save households between 60% and 70% of their monthly electricity costs as it uses home-grown efficient technology. EMS Holdings CEO Franco Diedericks, speaking during this year's Electra Mining... 

Low-pressure mist solution effectively mitigates dust

By: Theresa Bhowan     11th September 2020 To mitigate fugitive dust emissions at mining operations, environmental solutions company I-CAT offers end-to-end integrated dust-management solutions that comply with all relevant industry regulations and standards. 

Low-pressure mist solution  effectively mitigates dust
FLY-AWAYS With low-pressure misting solutions, water droplets dampen the dust and limit its volatility

Sisulu urges water boards to commit to a corruption-free environment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2020 South Africa’s water boards will be required to sign a declaration that binds and commits the leadership of water institutions to ensure there is no corrupt activity in the sector. Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, outlining some of her priorities over the next few months, called on... 

Lesotho aims to ‘go big’ on agriculture amid Agoa textiles uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2020 Lesotho Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro reports that the country aims to overhaul its underperforming agricultural sector with the objective of improving both food security and attracting export-oriented investment into the production of high-value crops, such as fruit, vegetables and... 

Lesotho aims to ‘go big’ on agriculture amid Agoa textiles uncertainty
Lesotho Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro

World-first heat pump to launch at Electra

By: Tracy Hancock     4th September 2020 Krugersdorp heat pump manufacturer EMS Holdings will officially launch its world-first 200 ℓ low-pressure, integrated heat pump alongside its official distributor, ACDC, at Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect from September 7 to 11. “For the first time in a long time, we have something that is... 

World-first heat pump to launch at Electra
FRANCO DIEDERIKS Since the ease of the lockdown, sales are starting to pick up, especially among new developments and refurbishment projects

IFC confirms $225m green-economy loan to FirstRand

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2020 The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) has extended a $225-million loan to South Africa’s FirstRand Bank, which will deploy the finance in support of “energy-efficient and water-smart projects” in South Africa. The loan includes a $75-million contribution from the Dutch... 

IFC confirms $225m green-economy loan to FirstRand

Cape Town dams hit 90% for the first time in 2020

By: News24Wire      1st September 2020 Cape Town dams have passed the 90% mark for the first time this year as consistent rain helps to replenish the city's water supply. According to data from the City of Cape Town, dam levels were 90.7% as at 31 August and the key Theewaterskloof Dam was at 87.9%. This is significantly up from 2019... 

Cape Town dams hit 90% for the first time in 2020

Zambezi River Authority gears up for community consultations on proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydro scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2020 The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) is preparing to conduct disclosure meetings with communities in Zambia and Zimbabwe whose land or livelihoods could be affected by the construction of the proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme (BGHES), a transboundary project located 47-km... 

Zambezi River Authority gears up for community consultations on proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydro scheme
Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme site

Ethiopia seeks US clarification on reports of planned aid cut

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2020 Ethiopia asked the US government to clarify reports it may withhold about $130-million of aid in a bid to pressure the Horn of Africa nation to review its plans to fill a new dam that have affronted its neighbors. “We have asked for clarification on reports of the United States’ decision not to... 

Emfuleni sewage crisis unresolved

27th August 2020 The Emfuleni municipality’s waste water treatment system is an ongoing serious health risk and is causing severe pollution of the Vaal River and its tributaries between Vereeniging and the Vaal Barrage, said Save the Vaal Environment (SAVE). In response to the Water and Sanitation Portfolio... 

Sudan and Ethiopia pledge to push for deal on Blue Nile dam

By: Reuters     26th August 2020 Ethiopia's prime minister and Sudan's leadership said on Tuesday they would make every effort to reach a deal on a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile that has caused a bitter dispute between Addis Ababa and Cairo over water supplies. Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan failed to strike an agreement on... 

Agri SA welcomes reduced increases in raw water charges for the irrigation sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2020 The reduction of the proposed increases in the 2021/22 raw water price for the irrigation sector will assist in easing some of the burdens faced by financially-stressed farmers, said Agri SA, welcoming the move. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) presented its proposed raw water tariff... 

Portfolio Committee welcomes water pollution intervention in two municipalities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2020 The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation has welcomed the progress made by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to address the challenges of pollution in the municipalities of Emfuleni and the City of Tshwane. While much work has been done over the last few... 

Mobile technology making water accessible and affordable in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2020 UK-based joint venture RSKeWATERservices has won a tender to install 650 solar-powered eWaterPay pay-as-you-go water meters across the Dodoma and Singida districts in Tanzania. RSKeWATERservices, a joint venture between integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business RSK and... 

Water infrastructure project on course

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 Multidisciplinary engineering, procurement and construction management house COENG is offering its occupational health and safety, as well as environmental management, expertise to the second phase of the Klipdrift Water Treatment Works project in the Hammanskraal area, in northern Gauteng and... 

UNDP, WRC open applications for innovative water solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2020 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa and the Water Research Commission (WRC) have partnered to fast track the development and promote the adoption of promising innovations in the water sector. A newly-inked memorandum of understanding between the parties will guide a... 

Smart network technologies can alleviate South Africa’s water insecurities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th August 2020 A scaled up deployment of smart water networks will enable South Africa to better manage its water security. South Africa faces deteriorating water quality and water inequality challenges, attributed in part to low historical investment into water infrastructure development and insufficient... 

New charcoal production facility launched in Western Cape 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2020 Western Cape-based Toronto Group on August 18 launched its charcoal production facility, in the Swartland municipality of the province. The combined virtual and limited attendance sod-turning ceremony was hosted by information bureau Wesgro. 

New charcoal production facility launched in Western Cape
An artist's rendering of the Toronto Group's Charcoal Production Facility once completed.

Water dept denies claims of rift between Minister, DG

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has disputed allegations published by newspaper, the City Press, on August 16, claiming that Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and the department’s director-general Mbulelo Tshangana are at odds over the appointment of Dr Les Konar and Piet... 

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