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Company offers technology to mitigate floods

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV’s BlueLabel technology can be used to mitigate flooding in South Africa, says Royal HaskoningDHV business development water director Tjeerd Driessen. BlueLabel was developed by Royal HaskoningDHV in partnership with... 

Company rolls out second-generation water filtration system

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Specialist water repurpose and filtration company CrossAfrica Water Solutions is rolling out the second-generation SAFI Africa Point-of-Entry Microfiltration System, which filters water at the source of entry into an establishment. The prototype of the system was launched three years ago and the... 

Tech can be part of water management solution

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Technology, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), can be a part of the solution to better water management to ensure responsible water use and no waste, says access network infrastructure provider Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. IoT is readily available and can be... 

Variable climate presents challenges

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 A more variable climate is creating the challenges of ensuring adequate water supply in dry areas and dealing with higher rainfall in wet areas. Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal hydrologist Peter Shepherd tells Engineering News that water variability in... 

Variable climate presents challenges
RIVERBANK EROSION Severe erosion is taking place in South African rivers, with sheer walls and embankments a sure sign of material being washed downstream

'No tomorrow' for many unless consumption falls – UN

By: Reuters     13th March 2019 Global exploitation of natural resources – from water, sand and timber to oil, coal and gemstones – has more than tripled in 50 years, the United Nations (UN) said on Tuesday, warning of devastating environmental impacts unless demand is reduced. Surging consumption of natural resources –... 

Better planning needed to ensure jobs for skilled persons in water, energy sectors

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2019 About 300 000 graduates in the energy and water sectors in South Africa are seeking employment, some of whom even re-enter into learnerships to stay in the economically active loop, says Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority acting CEO Mpho Mookapele. Speaking at the Skills... 

CSIR launches tool to help municipalities assess their climate risks

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th March 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday launched an open access online climate risk profiling and adaptation tool – the Green Book – to assist municipalities across South Africa to assess their climate risks and implement adaptation measures to develop climate... 

Climate kids march for climate action

By: News24Wire      7th March 2019 There is a new movement in South Africa led by "climate kids" who will join a global school strike on March 15 to call for climate action from governments who they say are "stealing our future". An estimated 2 000 pupils will gather outside Parliament in Cape Town and more at the Union Buildings... 

Water dept urges users to be mindful as end of rainy season approaches

By: Simone Liedtke     6th March 2019 Even though this year’s dam levels have improved drastically compared with two years ago, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Wednesday urged water users in all provinces to continue with water-saving habits in order to have enough water to last through the anticipated dry months... 

Water dept prepares for water month activities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th March 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is set to embark on its yearly water month activities to highlight the importance of water in the livelihoods of the public and the economy. The discussions on water issues will be streamlined during National Water Week, to be held from March 18 to... 

Water dept prepares for water month activities

Western Cape dam levels improve year-on-year 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th March 2019 The average dam levels in the Western Cape have improved significantly year-on-year from 20.3% in the corresponding week last year, to 40.5% this week. However, water levels are lower than the 41.9% recorded last week. 

KZN water supply looks promising, but conservation is a must – Umgeni Water

By: News24Wire      1st March 2019 After years of poor rains and dry weather, one of KwaZulu-Natal's main dams is overflowing with water, bulk water supplier Umgeni Water said on Friday. Excellent rains in the Mgeni system in the Drakensberg region and ongoing water transfers from Mearns Weir resulted in the vital Midmar Dam... 

Dubai scientists grow super crops that thrive in salty deserts

By: Bloomberg     28th February 2019 Scientists in Dubai are developing crops like quinoa that can thrive in the salty soils intruding into the world’s croplands. Winning over enough people to eat them is proving a greater challenge. At an experimental farm within sight of the world’s tallest skyscraper, researchers at the... 

Africa’s first solar-powered desalination plant passes 10 000 kℓ mark  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th February 2019 Africa’s first solar-powered seawater desalination plant, the OSMOSUN plant, designed by Mascara and located in Witsand, in the Hessequa municipality, in the Western Cape, has produced more than 10  000 kℓ of drinkable water. The plant has been fully operational since December 20, 2018, providing... 

Africa’s first solar-powered desalination plant passes 10  000 kℓ mark
The OSMOSUN plan

Energy Partners Water merges with Venus Water Treatment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th February 2019 Energy Partners Water (EP Water), a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG Group, this week announced that it had acquired water purification specialist, Venus Water Treatment. In a statement issued on Monday, EP Water divisional head Andre Agenbag explained that the merger of the two... 

Wastewater audit missing as countrywide water shortage looms

By: News24Wire      26th February 2019 A countrywide water shortage is a decade away unless urgent action is taken to rehabilitate and preserve our rivers and catchment areas, fix and maintain crumbling infrastructure and implement water re-use, reports GroundUp. Without intervention, South Africa faces a deficit of about 3 000... 

Nkwinti extends TCTA board’s term to April 30

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th February 2019 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti has extended the term of the current Tans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) board to April 30. The current term of the board started on December 1, 2015, and ended on November 30, 2018. One extension had already been granted to February 28.  

Unilever, L'Oreal, Danone deemed most ready for climate change

By: Bloomberg     25th February 2019 Among the world’s biggest consumer companies, Europe’s Unilever, L’Oreal SA and Danone are best prepared for the effects of climate change relative to their peers, according to a report from the nonprofit CDP. Formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP took a double-barreled approach in... 

Zambia, Zimbabwe cut Kariba Dam power generation 

By: Reuters     25th February 2019 Zambia and Zimbabwe reduced power generation to around half capacity at their power stations at the Kariba Dam as water levels in the reservoir fell, Zambia’s State-owned Zesco said on Monday. Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata said power generation on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides had been... 

Water deal crucial for Kenya oil project might slip into Q3 – Tullow

By: Reuters     22nd February 2019 A deal with local Kenyan authorities that would allow Tullow Oil to pump water to pressurise oil wells, crucial for a final green light for the country's only oil project, may be delayed to the third quarter, a Tullow executive said on Friday. Tullow, with partners Total and Africa Oil, is... 

DEA to undertake R7m water quality testing project in PE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd February 2019 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will lead a R7-million water quality testing project, titled ‘Improving Ocean Governance in the Benguela Current Large Marine Econsystem’ (BCLME III) in the Swartkops area, in Port Elizabeth. The project is being implemented by the Benguela Current... 

Sasol denies claims it intentionally polluted Vaal River 

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2019 A whistleblower's claims that Sasol is to blame for the intentional pollution of the Vaal River, were vehemently denied by the petrochemical giant at a South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) inquiry on Wednesday. The SAHRC established the inquiry in September 2018 to determine whether the... 

JoJo offering trade-in discount on end-of-life tanks

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Polymer tank manufacturer JoJo is providing a credit of R2/kg for roto-moulded polymer products returned to partner stores as a trade-in on a replacement JoJo product, says JoJo national sales and marketing manager Sebasti Badenhorst. Clients can also bring any end-of -life JoJo tanks to a... 

Zambia, Zimbabwe shortlist foreign firms to build hydro plant 

By: Reuters     21st February 2019 Zambia and Zimbabwe have shortlisted American, European and Chinese companies to build the Batoka Gorge hydro power plant, the ministry of finance said in statement on Wednesday. Preparatory studies, including engineering feasibility, for the 2 400 MW power station will be completed by end of the... 

Hydrologist strikes again: Dr Groenewald's unconventional methods of finding water in drought-stricken regions

By: News24Wire      21st February 2019 Dr Gideon Groenewald has an unconventional way of finding water in drought-stricken regions. But while the hydrologist, geologist and palaeontologist's methods may be somewhat unusual, they have resulted in more than 200 boreholes being drilled with 90% accuracy over eight months. Oom Gideon, as... 

Industries and municipalities contribute to Vaal river pollution, SAHRC hears

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2019 There is continued unlawful spillage, mainly sewage, into waterways that run into the Vaal river from the Emfuleni region, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) was told on Wednesday, during the final sitting of its inquiry into the contamination of the river. South African National... 

Makhanda water crisis: Fresh hope as Gift of the Givers strikes water

By: News24Wire      20th February 2019 Makana municipality in the Eastern Cape has declared all its water, except in Riebeek East, free from E. coli as the Gift of the Givers rejoices over the quick discovery of underground water in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) that could help the troubled region pull through its water crisis soon.... 

Gift of the Givers given green light to drill boreholes in water-scarce Makhanda

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 The Makana municipality has given the green light to disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers to start drilling boreholes as a medium-term solution to the Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) water crisis. The town has been without water for the better part of February. 

City wants your comment on new strategy to drought-proof Cape Town

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 After a drought almost left Capetonians queuing for a mere few litres of water per person per day, the City of Cape Town wants your comment on a proposed R5.4bn strategy to avoid another possible "Day Zero". The proposed strategy, if accepted after public comment, presents ways of meeting growing... 

Umgeni Water to cooperate with SIU on investigation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th February 2019 Under a proclamation issued by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is preparing to undertake an investigation into various allegations of infractions at Umgeni Water, in KwaZulu-Natal. Umgeni Water on Wednesday said the SIU would receive its full cooperation and the... 

Western Cape dam levels double from last year

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2019 The average dam levels in the Western Cape have doubled from 22.6% in the comparative week last year to the current level of 45% recorded on Monday. However, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell urged consumers to continue to use... 

Learners represent South Africa at Taiwan International Science Fair

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 Pretoria-based Hoërskool Waterkloof learner Christiaan Bauman won the fourth prize in the engineering category at the 2019 Taiwan International Science Fair, which was held from January 26 to February 1. Bauman’s project, titled ‘Mine Safety – The Robotic Way’, addresses the problem of miners and... 

Learners represent South Africa at Taiwan International Science Fair
Hoërskool Waterkloof learner Christiaan Bauman

UCT scientists part of international study of Antarctic waters

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th February 2019 University of Cape Town (UCT) scientists, Dr Marcel du Plessis and Isabelle Giddy, are part of an international study team that is attempting to occupy and collect vital measurements of the frigid ice-covered waters of Antarctica – the least studied place on the planet. During winter, Antarctic... 

Dam levels stable for now 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th February 2019 South Africa’s dam levels have stabilised at a national average of 62.5%, with most dams’ water levels expected to rise with more rain and cooler weather over the next week. Intermittent thundershowers in parts of South Africa have stabilised dam levels, while the South African Weather Service... 

Ford engages the mining sector on the road to more EVs

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2019 Ford is quickening its pace towards the mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) and researching how the mining industry can help it to achieve its goals. “There are tremendous investments taking place at every level to achieve this radical revolution in the automotive industry,” Ford energy... 

Karoo gets rain, but drought far from over

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th February 2019 Much-needed rainfall in the drought-stricken Karoo region has resulted in some rivers flowing for the first time in four years; however, the drought persists and water conservation efforts remain critical. In a statement issued on Monday, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and... 

IFAT Africa features broader scope

1st February 2019 IFAT Africa, a trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling, will have a broader scope this year, as the event is colocated for the first time with food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) and analytica Lab Africa. Presented by international exhibition organiser Messe München, IFAT... 

IFAT Africa features broader scope
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WASTE AND RECYCLING IFAT Africa will focus on waste management and recycling for sub-Saharan Africa

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