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South Africa to fast-track continental infrastructure projects

By: Bloomberg     10th February 2020 South Africa will fast-track four continent-wide infrastructure projects in which it’s involved, including a $14-billion dam on the Congo river, President Cyril Ramaphosa said as the country assumed the chair of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa. The country will drive the Inga III power... 

Mining sector found to be highly exposed to water risks 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2020 The mining sector has come out tops as the industry most likely to be affected most by the world’s worsening water crises, and South Africa’s mining sector is not immune. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has warned of the water risks facing the mining industry after an exhaustive analysis of... 

Mining sector found to be highly exposed to water risks

DWS to step up Giyani water intervention

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2020 With concerns expressed by parliamentarians over the slow progress of the Giyani water supply scheme, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) this week assured it will “hasten” the completion of the long-awaited project. The Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Portfolio Committee... 

Growing concern over impact climate change may have on water security

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2020 As the world scrambles to mitigate the anticipated impact of climate change and global warming and strive to limit the temperature increase to below 1.5 °C above that of the preindustrial period, solutions to ensure South Africa’s own water secure future needs deeper scrutiny. Many climate change... 

Growing concern over impact climate change may have on water security

Oil recycling foundation reaching out to farmers

By: Tracy Hancock     7th February 2020 The further farmers are from a town or city, the more likely they are to find it difficult to dispose of used oil responsibly, says nonprofit organisation Recycling Used Oil Saves the Environment Foundation CEO Bubele Nyiba. Although this is not an excuse, he emphasises that, as farmers live off... 

Oil recycling foundation reaching out to farmers
NO TOWN TOO SMALL Used oil collectors travel to various small towns throughout South Africa, where farmers can dispose of used oil at automotive workshops

Water Portfolio Committee urges speed on legislation amendments

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th February 2020 The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation has urged movement on the amendment of two primary pieces of legislation that govern South Africa’s water services. The committee said in a statement on Thursday that the amendments of the Water Services Act and the National Water... 

Worker killed in accident at Central Basin AMD treatment plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th February 2020 State-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) on Wednesday reported that a worker had been killed in an accident at the Central Basin acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant, which is under its management. The worker was an employee of contractor Proxa. The fatality occurred when a mobile... 

Joburg Water on drive to fix all damaged pipes, starting with Soweto, Alexandra

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th February 2020 Joburg Water has announced that it will intensify its efforts to repair or replace aging and obsolete water infrastructure in Soweto, Orange Farm and Alexandra. This will reduce water losses owing to leaks – the entity lost about 38% of its bulk supply in 2019 owing to damaged infrastructure.  

Joburg Water on drive to fix all damaged pipes, starting with Soweto, Alexandra

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan say final agreement on Blue Nile dam ready by next month

By: Reuters     3rd February 2020 Ministers from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan said on Friday a final agreement will be signed by the end of February on the giant Blue Nile hydropower dam that sparked a years-long diplomatic crisis between Cairo and Addis Ababa. The countries have been at odds over the filling and operation of the... 

Climate change will hit Africa much harder than other continents – panel  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th January 2020 A panel of speakers participating in consultancy Deloitte's Africa Outlook 2020 event, on Thursday, highlighted the economic and social themes that are expected to feature prominently on the continent this year, including climate change, which is anticipated to hit Africa the hardest. Deloitte... 

Climate change will hit Africa much harder than other continents – panel
A panel of experts explain why Africa has been and will be hit hardest by climate change going forward

SANDF to withdraw from Vaal River intervention project by Friday

By: News24Wire      27th January 2020 The South African National Defence Force will withdraw its personnel and equipment deployed to the Vaal River Project by the end of the week. In a statement issued on Monday, the Defence Department's head of communications Siphiwe Dlamini said: "Regiments under the stewardship of the SA Army... 

SANDF to withdraw from Vaal River intervention project by Friday

Premier Wash & Wax a 100% waterless car cleaning product

By: Tracy Hancock     27th January 2020 Developed by automotive enthusiasts in response to Africa’s water crisis, demand for Premier Wash & Wax is growing monthly as more people become conscious of the need to conserve water and fall in love with the products’ results, says Premier Products owner Gerhard Veldsman. “Africa’s water... 

Premier Wash & Wax a 100% waterless car cleaning product

Opinion: Amazing SA inventions of 2019

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th January 2020 South Africans are an innovative lot. Much of the world knows about Chris Barnard, the surgeon who performed the world’s first heart transplant in 1967, but many other citizens of this great nation who introduced a multiplicity of amazing innovations in various fields remain below the radar.... 

Opinion: Amazing SA inventions of 2019

Sisulu moves to intervene in QwaQwa water crisis

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has promised immediate interventions to address the extensive and prolonged water challenges in QwaQwa, in the Free State. Several initiatives were tabled for immediate action, with Sisulu planning to assess the progress within six... 

Water woes, infrastructure challenges concerning – association

24th January 2020 While drought and climate change might have aggravated South Africa’s current water crisis, a major contributing factor is the country’s failure to upgrade and maintain its water pipes and infrastructure over the last decade, says industry association the Southern African Plastic Pipe... 

Water woes, infrastructure challenges concerning – association
JAN VENTER There is no doubt that the impact of this current crisis could have been reduced – if not completely avoided

Accessories supplied for diverse industries

24th January 2020 Pumping equipment supplier Werner Pumps is now able to supply an extensive range of accessories for the wastewater treatment, construction and engineering industries as the sole agent for German tool supplier HAAS Abwassertechnik in South Africa. 

Accessories supplied for  diverse industries
QUICK FIX These pipe stoppers are effective tools for quickly and reliably sealing or closing off pipelines during repair and maintenance work

SA water situation improves slightly

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2020 South Africa’s water situation is starting to see improvement as rains boosted overall dam levels from 60.2% last week to 61.2% this week. A weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) shows that dam levels in the drought-stricken Eastern Cape have improved from 46.4% last week... 

Spain's ACS withdraws from Inga 3 hydro project in Congo

By: Reuters     22nd January 2020 Spain's ACS is withdrawing from the multibillion-dollar Inga 3 hydroelectric project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the company said on Tuesday, dealing a further setback to plans to develop Africa's largest hydro plant. A consortium led by Actividades de Construccion y Servicios signed a... 

Government to renew efforts on war-on-leaks programme 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2020 The Ministries of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation have teamed up to breathe life back into government’s war-on-leaks programme. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Human Settlements, Water... 

Company launches unique water plant, empowers community

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th January 2020 Mineral water company Aqua Air Africa (AAA) officially launched Africa’s first atmospheric water-generating plant at the Ga-Rankuwa industrial site, in Gauteng, in November. 

Company launches unique water plant, empowers community
FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND The construction of the atmospheric water geberating plant began in 2018 with a team of committed engineers and local small, medium-sized and microenterprises

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan agree to US-brokered deal over Nile dam

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2020 Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan said they reached an agreement on the operation of a giant dam on a Nile tributary, a sign of easing tensions in the region. The countries issued a joint statement along with the US and World Bank, which had participated as observers at meetings in Washington this week.... 

South Africa ‘not out of the woods’ yet, despite weekly improvement in water levels

By: Simone Liedtke     15th January 2020 Persistent rains across South Africa have started increasing the country’s dam levels, which rose by 1% week-on-week, according to the most recent weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The report states that the average national level is currently 60.2%, a slight... 

Western Cape concerned about predicted rainfall

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2020 While the dam levels in the Western Cape recorded a marginal year-on-year climb, continued early weather predictions for this year indicate the season ahead may not see the rainfall that is needed in all regions. At the start of 2020, the Western Cape’s dam levels climbed slightly to 53.9%, from... 

Ethiopia seeks mediation over Nile dam deadlock with Egypt

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2020 Ethiopia’s Prime Minister asked South Africa’s President to intervene in the Nile dam deadlock between Egypt and his country. The three countries and neighboring Sudan are being hosted by the US Treasury for negotiations in Washington on Monday. 

South Sudan plans environmental audit of oil fields in move to curb pollution

By: Reuters     10th January 2020 South Sudan is launching a tender for a comprehensive environmental audit of all its oil-producing fields in a bid to reduce pollution following years of neglect, the government said on Friday. Oil sales bring in almost all the revenue of the East African nation, which has boosted output to stand... 

Ethiopia warns of last chance to reach agreement on $5bn dam

By: African News Agency      10th January 2020 Ethiopia has warned of a “last chance” to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of the $5-billion dam being built by Addis Ababa (the country’s commercial and cultural hub) on the Nile.  According to Anadolu Agency (AA), Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have been in talks on the Grand... 

Gauteng dams remain at stable levels

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th January 2020 Gauteng’s combined provincial water storage levels has reached 99.2% this week – an improvement from 94.3% in the corresponding period the year before. The Integrated Vaal River System’s 14 major dams registered an aggregate level of 62.4%, which, while up from last week’s 61.9%, is lower than... 

National water storage levels on a decline

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2020 South Africa’s national water storage levels have dropped to 59.2%, compared with 64.1% during the same period last year, as many regions across the country struggle to recover from the prolonged drought. “South Africa’s full water capacity is about 32 012.2 cubic metres, and currently we are... 

Water dept to provide funding for Eastern Cape drought emergency

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th January 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has committed to provide funding for drought relief efforts in the drought-stricken Eastern Cape. The province has been hard hit by severe drought conditions and has been declared a drought disaster area. 

No end in sight for Eastern Cape drought 

By: News24Wire      6th January 2020 Residents of Butterworth in the Eastern Cape are desperately waiting for water that was released from the Wriggleswade Dam to provide them with some respite from a lengthy drought that is showing no signs of ending. The water was released from the dam earlier this month and it was estimated that... 

No end in sight for Eastern Cape drought

Years of drought threaten South Africa's wildlife industry

By: Reuters     6th January 2020 A severe drought is threatening South Africa's wildlife industry, with game farmers keeping fewer animals and tourists visiting game lodges in smaller numbers. Parts of the country have been affected by consecutive years of abnormally hot weather and below average rainfall that have scorched... 

Namibia rushes to drill boreholes as worst drought in a century bites

By: Reuters     13th December 2019 Namibia's dam water levels have almost halved from already low levels as the worst drought in more than 100 years pushes the desert nation closer to famine. Dams nationwide were at 19.3% of capacity compared to 35.6% this time last year, water utility Namwater said, a drop officials blame on... 

New proposal to tackle Western Cape, Southern Africa’s water woes

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2019 A large-scale water infrastructure development plan has been proposed by engineering consortium Trans Africa Water Alliance (TAWA) to solve, firstly, the water needs of the Western Cape over five years and, secondly, to meet the needs of Southern Africa up to 2100. The plan was developed over the... 

New proposal to tackle Western Cape, Southern Africa’s  water woes
KONSTANT BRUINETTE Gravity-flow water delivery systems are reliable, cost-effective and can deliver large quantities of water to areas a long way from the source

DHSWS launches national water master plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) hopes to tackle the significant obstacles facing the water sector in South Africa through the implementation of its long-awaited National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (NWSMP). There is an urgent need to focus attention and resources on maintaining... 

Rainfall lifts Gauteng dam levels

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2019 Gauteng’s dam levels have increased following days of persistent rainfall, leaving some dams above the 100% level. The Department of Water and Sanitation estimates the province’s dams are at an average 111.3% full, a significant increase when compared with the 88.2% registered last week. 

African cities bet on new technology to fix growing water shortages

By: Reuters     11th December 2019 From solar-powered ground pumps to 3D-printed filters, new technology can help solve water shortages in African cities facing rapid growth, entrepreneurs and policymakers said. These were among the solutions discussed at a summit hosted by the Islamic Development Bank in Senegal's capital Dakar... 

Water levels at world’s biggest dam sink to two-decade low

By: Bloomberg     10th December 2019 The Kariba dam has plunged to its lowest level since 1996, raising further risks to the hydropower plants that Zimbabwe and Zambia depend on for nearly half of their power. Water levels at the world’s largest man-made freshwater reservoir that straddles the two countries, fell to 10% of usable... 

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