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Water

Entries for AB Sugar’s Innovation Irrigate Challenge to close this week

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2019 Online entries for global sugar producer AB Sugar’s Innovate Irrigation Challenge, which is aimed at generating new ideas to reduce water losses from irrigation in the sugar industry, will be open for a 48-hour period over June 19 and 20. The global initiative was launched by AB Sugar in... 

Drought leaves key African hydro dam less than a third full

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2019 A regional drought has reduced water levels at Kariba Dam, the main source of power for Zambia and Zimbabwe, to less than a third of its capacity. The dam is only 29% full, compared with 88% a year ago and 31% at the start of June, the Zambezi River Authority said in an emailed statement on... 

TCTA comes up with power alternative amid ‘war zone’ at Mintails plant  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2019 The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority on Thursday announced that its acid mine drainage water treatment plant in the Western basin, near Krugersdorp, could not be reopened as planned on June 4. This was owing to an escalating security threat at the adjacent Mintails gold treatment plant, where... 

Unfolding environmental disaster

By: African News Agency      4th June 2019 A security company responsible for safeguarding a gold treatment plant belonging to Mintails on the West Rand withdrew last week, citing “financial constraints”. The evacuation, which follows the liquidation of the embattled mining company and its subsidiaries, has left the door wide open to... 

Rand Water to cut water supply to two municipalities over unsettled debt

By: News24Wire      31st May 2019 Two municipalities in Mpumalanga that breached their contracts to pay bills owing to Rand Water will have their water cut down to a trickle. This will be the second time in six months that residents of the Govan Mbeki municipality, which serves towns like Secunda, Bethal, Embalenhle and... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project to shut down for maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA), in conjunction with the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, is planning a shutdown of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) water transfer and delivery tunnel and associated systems during October and November.    

Global innovation challenge launched to tackle irrigation water loss

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2019 As part of its commitment to reducing its environment footprint, global sugar producer AB Sugar has opened a call for ideas to tackle irrigation water loss through the Innovate Irrigation Challenge, an initiative launched in partnership with WaterAid and the Centre for Industrial Sustainability... 

Transformation deal enhances Talbot & Talbot’s position in the water sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th May 2019 Black-owned investment holding company Thesele Group’s acquisition of a 35% stake in South African water and wastewater solutions provider Talbot & Talbot opens the door for Talbot & Talbot to access opportunities in the South African public sector and positions the company well among its peers... 

Water Tribunal upholds granting of Yzermyn water licence 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2019 The National Water Tribunal has dismissed an appeal brought by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) against the Department of Water and Sanitation granting a water licence to Indian mining company Atha-Africa Ventures for the Yzermyn coal mine development, in Mpumalanga. The CER appeal was... 

Gauteng metros hit by water restrictions due to declining reservoir levels

By: African News Agency      24th May 2019 Rand Water on Friday morning started the process of reducing flow to the three metros, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni as a result of declining levels in Gauteng reservoirs. In a statement, Rand Water said these reductions were as a consequence of higher than normal demand resulting in... 

Makhanda considering paying for 11 out of 15 boreholes drilled by Gift of the Givers

By: African News Agency      24th May 2019 Government has agreed to compensate humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers for its drought intervention work done in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown.  A meeting was held in Makhanda on Thursday following a R10-million dispute between the Makana Municipality and the humanitarian organisation.... 

NPA starts prosecution of Aurora directors 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Thursday announced that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would start its prosecution of the former directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems on May 28. A summons had been issued in March related to environmental and water transgressions at the... 

KZN learners to represent South Africa in global water prize competition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2019 Two learners from Star College High in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, were announced as the winners of the twentieth national South African Youth Water Prize competition. Their Hydro-Conservation innovation, is aimed at reducing the quantity of water that is wasted in households across South Africa daily... 

Company uses macadamia nut shells to purify water

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th May 2019 Kusini Water has developed a locally designed solar-powered water purification system that uses an activated carbon filter made from locally sourced macadamia nut shells and that is being used to meet the water needs of schools and communities in South Africa.   The system was developed by... 

Company uses macadamia nut shells to purify water
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The Heidelberg Kusini Water plant

Nordic countries strengthen partnerships with sub-Saharan Africa

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2019 The Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are strengthening their partnerships with sub-Saharan African countries to increase green electrification and water security. The four countries are known for their expertise in developing viable and innovative energy systems, with a... 

Pioneers and projects that shone at African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2019 A dynamic South African leader in renewable energy, a former influential government minister in Ethiopia, the Ghana Grid Company and a range of renewable energy projects were among the winners at the annual African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards announced in Cape Town this week. The... 

PPPs could help ailing municipal water sector, suggests NBI

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2019 A series of public–private partnerships with municipalities could help ailing local water and sanitation departments (WSDs), many of which face challenges ranging from deteriorating infrastructure to declining water quality and poor governance. According to the National Business Initiative,... 

Desalination plant ends contract with City of Cape Town, plans to sue

By: News24Wire      16th May 2019 Quality Filtration Systems (QFS), the V&A Waterfront desalination plant owner, has terminated its water supply contract with the City of Cape Town and will pursue legal action. The City was notified of this decision on May 7, GroundUp reports. "The City is disappointed with this unilateral... 

Presidency slapped with hefty R29.9bn claim over Lesotho diamonds

By: News24Wire      16th May 2019 A diamond mining company has filed a R29.9-billion claim against President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government as a near three-decade-long dispute over expropriated diamond mining rights in Lesotho reaches South African courts again. Josias van Zyl, MD of Swissbourgh Diamond Mining, is arguing... 

Coca-Cola outlines its work on replenishing water in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2019 Multinational beverage company Coca-Cola has outlined its efforts to replenish the water it uses through partnerships and projects across communities in Africa. “The company has made significant strides in improving its water use over the past ten years and recently announced that three-million... 

SA has enough water supply for winter season – Govt

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 South Africa has adequate water in storage to sustain it through the dry winter season, but the resource should be utilised carefully, the department of water and sanitation has said. Dam levels were at 73.7 percent for the past two weeks, a 6.2 drop compared to the same period last year,... 

SA has enough water supply for winter season – Govt

UJ designs mobile lab to aid in water contamination testing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2019 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has created a mobile lab for water testing, amid various sewage spills in South Africa. The Transnet National Ports Authority reported earlier this month that it had prohibited angling and diving activity at the Durban port, owing to a massive sewage spill in... 

Zimbabwe starts rolling power cuts, hitting mines, industry

By: Reuters     13th May 2019 Zimbabwe has started rolling power cuts lasting up to eight hours that will also hit mines, a schedule from the State power utility showed on Monday, after reduced output at both the largest hydropower plant and ageing coal-fired generators. The power cuts will add to mounting public anger... 

Zimbabwe starts load-shedding as drought hits Kariba Dam power station

13th May 2019 Zimbabwe started implementing load-shedding on Monday, after the government announced it was facing critical power shortfalls and had to introduce rotational power cuts in order to "balance the power supply available and the demand". Power utility supplier the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission &... 

Zimbabwe starts load-shedding as drought hits Kariba Dam power station

Dirty sea water brings Cape Town desalination plant to a halt 

By: News24Wire      7th May 2019 The R60-million V&A Waterfront desalination plant has been sitting dormant since February. Quality Filter Systems (QFS), the plant owner and contractor, said the decision to stop operation was due to concerns about the "legality" of the ocean water being injected into the plant, GroundUp reports.... 

Cape Town's dam levels decline 0.3% 

By: African News Agency      6th May 2019 Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 0.3 percent over the past week to 46.3 percent of storage capacity, the City of Cape Town announced on Monday. According to the City’s records, dams were at 20.8 percent of storage capacity at the same time last year, and at 22.4 percent of storage... 

 Cape Town's dam levels decline 0.3%

Nkwinti appoints new board at Umgeni Water

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2019 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti has finalised the appointment of the board of directors of Umgeni Water, which came into effect on May 1. To ensure a smooth transition as well as continuity from the knowledge and experience attained while serving Umgeni Water, the Minister retained... 

New TCTA board announced

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2019 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti has appointed a new board for State-owned water infrastructure project implementer Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority. The board will serve until April 30, 2022. 

New TCTA board announced
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TCTA Vaal pipeline project

Africa gains traction as trade destination

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Africa, as a trade and export destination, is looking increasingly attractive from a South African perspective, and represents an opportunity for growth for many South African companies, says research and consulting specialist Africa House MD Liz Whitehouse. Africa offers South African companies... 

Africa gains traction as trade destination
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MAKING PROGRESS Several industries and factors are driving growth in sub-Saharan Africa, including agricultural development and power

South African-Danish partnership to launch Phase 2 of water project

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 Phase 2 of the Strategic Water Sector Cooperation partnership between Denmark and South Africa will be launched at this year’s African Utility Week, which will be held from May 14 to 16 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The partnership will host an exhibition stand and the water... 

South African-Danish  partnership to launch Phase 2 of water project
ASSESSMENTS EQUAL SAVINGS Water assessments can often bring about unplanned energy savings

Slimline battery pack announced

3rd May 2019 Smart water metering company Utility Systems is one of the platinum sponsors at this year's African Utility Week (AUW) exhibition that is taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 14 to 16. 

Slimline battery pack announced
CHOP AND CHANGE New replaceable battery pack for its water management device

Collaboration a solution for the water sector

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 Government and individuals can contribute to solutions for the water sector by creating awareness on unlicensed dumping at manholes, and through better collaboration among industry bodies, says wastewater treatment utility East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) MD Tumelo Gopane. “Inadequate... 

Collaboration a solution for the water sector
ENERGY SAVVY ERWAT implements more energy efficient technologies to improve the quality of the receiving surface waters

Activists slam South Africa's decision to pump water to coal mines

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2019 South African environmental groups have challenged the government’s decision to grant permission for a water project which aims to supply developments for its future coal reserves. Authorizing a part of the Mokolo Crocodile (West) Water Augmentation Project, which would pump water to the... 

Guinea boosts power output to foster bauxite refining

By: Reuters     29th April 2019 Guinea expects to boost its energy production capacity by nearly four-fold over the next six years as it pushes mining companies to refine their bauxite output locally, the energy minister said on Friday. The West African nation, Africa's biggest producer of the aluminium ore, is in the midst of... 

Winter rains are starting later in the year – study

By: News24Wire      29th April 2019 The rainy season in South Africa’s winter rainfall region is starting later in the year than it used to, according to a study conducted at the University of Cape Town (UCT). But Waarith Abrahams, a master’s student at UCT’s Climate Systems Analysis Group who did the research, said further studies... 

Major 54-hour Rand Water shutdown 'postponed until further notice'

By: News24Wire      29th April 2019 A planned 54-hour shutdown by Rand Water that would have been with effect from Monday has been postponed until further notice.  A Rand Water spokesperson confirmed the postponement to News24 on Monday. In an earlier statement, Johannesburg Water advised all residents of the City of Johannesburg... 

Major 54-hour Rand Water shutdown 'postponed until further notice'

EIB extends €82m loan to Lesotho Lowlands Water Development Project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2019 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed an €82-million, or 1.3-billion Lesotho Maloti, loan for the Lesotho Lowlands Water Development Project Phase 2 (LLWDP 2). The project aims to improve access to clean water in four priority areas of the Lesotho lowlands. LLWDP 2 is the second phase... 

 

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