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Water

DWS promises 90-day water-use licensing process 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th June 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has revised the regulations governing the procedural requirements for water-use license applications and appeals to finalise water-use license applications within a 90-day period. “The business processes of water-use licensing has been revised and... 

Tussle for control of the Nile escalates as megadam talks falter

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2020 A last ditch attempt to resolve a decade-long dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over a huge new hydropower dam on the Nile has failed, raising the stakes in what - for all the public focus on technical issues - is a tussle for control over the region’s most important water source. The talks... 

Sedibeng Water progress projects in Maluti-a-Phofung

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th June 2020 Sedibeng Water is successfully progressing its implementation of the Drought Relief and Covid-19 Intervention Projects in the Maluti-a-Phofung local municipality since its appointment in February. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) mandated Sedibeng Water to fix the water crisis in... 

Garden Route dam raising duckbill spillway increases capacity, enhances safety

By: Schalk Burger     12th June 2020 Engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon developed a ‘duckbill’ spillway as part of the project to raise the Garden Route dam, which is the main supply for water-scarce George, in the Western Cape. This not only increased the dam’s existing storage capacity by 25%, but also significantly... 

Garden Route dam raising duckbill spillway increases capacity, enhances safety

Local scientists isolate Covid-19 RNA from sewage 

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2020 A commercial South African laboratory says it has extracted Covid-19 ribonucleic acid (RNA) from various sewage samples in the country as a proof of concept, after the Netherlands research agency KWR entered into an agreement with the South Africa Business Water Chamber in April. It was KWR that... 

Vaal dam water levels hit critically low levels

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th June 2020 The average water levels across 11 of the Integrated Vaal River System’s (IVRS’) 14 dams have dropped during the past week, with the Vaal dam hitting a three-year low. Overall, the system saw a decline from 66.6% last week to 66.1% currently. 

Cape Town dam levels dip to 54.6% of capacity

By: African News Agency      9th June 2020 Water levels at dams supplying the Cape Town metropolitan area have decreased by 0.5 percent over the past week to  54.6 percent of total capacity, the city council said on Tuesday. In a statement, the council said water consumption was at 659-million litres per day during the week of June 1 to... 

 Cape Town dam levels dip to 54.6% of capacity

Rand Water secures Salga support for price increase

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd June 2020 Rand Water secures Salga support for price increase Rand Water on June 3 welcomed support from the South African Local Government Association for its proposed 2020/21 tariff increase. 

IVRS dams record lower water levels

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd June 2020 The dams within the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) continue to decline, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said in a statement on June 3. The average water levels in the system declined from 67.3% last week to 66.6% this week, while during the same time last year, it hovered at 73.7%. 

Rand Water progresses DBE schools MoU

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd June 2020 Rand Water has progressed its mandate under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to provide water to 3 126 schools across South Africa. The scope of the MoU, finalised on May 13 with the potable water... 

Water Unite launches investment vehicle to fund SMEs outside of funding models

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd June 2020 UK-based, nonprofit organisation Water Unite has launched a new investment vehicle, with planned capitalisation of $100-million, to provide risk-tolerant capital to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in a “missing middle” funding gap. Water Unite Impact, managed by investment manager... 

CCBSA installs new ceramic water filtration system at its Polokwane plant

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2020 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has successfully installed a new ceramic water filtration system at its Polokwane bottling plant. It expects the system to deliver almost R2.6-million in water savings a year. 

DWS Gauteng water tank rollout hits over 2 000

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has delivered 2 211 water tanks across Gauteng. Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa, the department has been deploying water tanks to communities in densely-populated areas across Gauteng. 

SAAE urges water security investment to relieve post-Covid-19 economic stresses

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2020 The South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) has urged government to focus on targeted water infrastructure investment post-Covid-19 to bolster jobs and the economy amid limited resources. In a letter written to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the association advised a focus on infrastructure... 

Kariba dam's water allocation targets maintained, says authority

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2020 Binational catchment authority, the Zambezi River Authority in a June 1 update on the state of the Kariba dam at the end of the rainy season said it has predominantly maintained the allocation of 23-billion cubic metres of water to power uitilities Zesco, in Zambia, and the Zimbabwe Power... 

Precast-concrete manufacturing complements construction sector

29th May 2020 The precast-concrete manufacturing sector is complementing conventional in-situ building methods by helping to accelerate strategic infrastructure projects and reducing construction costs. It is also augmenting the public sector’s drive to use infrastructure projects to create employment and... 

Precast-concrete manufacturing complements construction sector
PRECAST PREFERENCE The elements are manufactured in a controlled factory environment and then transported to site where they are assembled

Covid-19 an opportunity for better resource management

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2020 The national lockdown because of Covid-19 presents a good opportunity for manufacturing companies to improve their resource and utilities management, says government-funded programme National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) KwaZulu-Natal regional manager Kevin Cilliers. There is... 

Covid-19 an opportunity for better resource management
KEVIN CILLIERS It is important to have a good management practice in place for utility use while there is time and space to focus on it

Vaal dam dips lower than 50%  

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th May 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is calling on citizens to save water as the average water levels of dams within the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) deteriorates. The system has experienced a decline from 67.6% last week to 67.3% this week, compared with the 74.1% in the same week... 

Scopa unsatisfied with pace of DWS investigation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th May 2020 The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has expressed its discontent over the slow progress of investigations into unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure cases at the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and its water trading entities. While the committee... 

Electrolux South Africa partners with PowerOptimal to sell solar geyser solution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2020 Energy solutions developer PowerOptimal has partnered with the South African subsidiary of Swedish appliance giant Electrolux to help bring cost-effective and sustainable solar photovoltaic (PV) water heating solutions to the local market. The partnership will see PowerOptimal’s Elon solar PV... 

Covid-19 highlights challenges, opportunities in South Africa's water sector

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the deficits in the water and sanitation sectors in South Africa, Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dr Dhesigan Naidoo said during a webinar on May 22. He added that the pandemic had also highlighted some of the opportunities in these sectors. 

Covid-19 highlights challenges, opportunities in South Africa's water sector

Stable leadership will correct path of DWS

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2020 Stability in the leadership of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will be critical to turning the department around and achieving the targets outlined in its Annual Performance Plans and its 2020/25 Medium Term Strategic Plan. Instability in leadership positions within the DWS... 

AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities 

21st May 2020 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. AECI has established a ‘filling station’ for the City of Tshwane to supply 40 000 ℓ of safe drinking water to the water-stressed Hammanskraal community amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities
AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities

WRC kicks off wastewater surveillance programme for Covid-19 spread 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2020 The Water Research Commission (WRC) has launched a National Programme on Monitoring Covid-19 Spread in Communities to track the prevalence of the virus in communities through wastewater surveillance and monitoring. The WRC aims to work with local and international partners to research and measure... 

DWS tables financial recovery plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2020 A financial recovery plan has been formulated and approved to stabilise and clean up the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). Water and Sanitation acting DG Mbulelo Tshangana and his team have committed to “clean up” the department through the effective implementation of the new financial... 

Covid-19 catalysing cooperation in water sector

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 Water Research Commission CEO Dhesigen Naidoo has said the Covid-19 pandemic was encouraging different water sector role-players to open channels of communication and use digital tools to further their goals of making clean and safe water available to an increased number of people and... 

Covid-19 catalysing cooperation in water sector
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Water Research Commission CEO Dhesigen Naidoo

138 officials guilty of wrongdoing at water department, says director-general

By: News24Wire      13th May 2020 The director-general of the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Mbulelo Tshangana, says the department has written to Parliament to condone R10-billion of its R16-billion irregular expenditure. Tshangana was speaking at a briefing on Wednesday to provide an update on alleged... 

GoSun unveils portable solar-powered water purifier and sanitation system

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th May 2020 Solar-powered outdoor gear manufacturer and cleantech innovator GoSun has unveiled its eighth crowdfunded solar product – a portable, solar-powered water purification and sanitation system. The new GoSun Flow uses solar energy to filter 99.99% of pathogens from water and can function as a... 

DWS appoints Advocate Terry Motau to lead fraud and corruption review

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th May 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has appointed Advocate Terry Motau to lead a team of lawyers to review all fraud, corruption and irregular expenditure reports at the Department of Water and Sanitation and to ensure that all recommendations are fully implemented.... 

DWS appoints Advocate Terry Motau to lead fraud and corruption review
Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

First phase of investigations into alleged maladministration at DWS completed 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2020 The first phase of investigations into allegations of maladministration at the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has been concluded. Following through on a Budget Vote commitment in July last year, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu appointed a team of eminent persons, assisted... 

AfDB-managed water and sanitation project wins Prince Talal International Prize

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2020 An African Development Bank- (AfDB-) financed and supervised water and sanitation project in Malawi has been awarded the Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development. Co-financed by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) Fund for International Development and the... 

South Africa’s dam levels rise sharply

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2020 South Africa’s average dam levels are now at 70.4% full, with Gauteng’s dams increasing to 100.5%, followed by Northern Cape and the Free State at 98.8% and 83% respectively. The average dam level in the Western Cape is lagging behind at 37.3%; however, with winter rains expected at the end of... 

AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2020 AECI has established a ‘filling station’ for the City of Tshwane to supply safe drinking water to the water-stressed Hammanskraal community amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The initiative, which builds on a R3-million investment made in November 2019 to provide safe drinking water to a number of... 

Farmers urged to de-silt dams before dry season

1st May 2020 As the dry season approaches in many parts of South Africa, farmers need to ensure that silt is not limiting the volume of water that they can store, says specialist pump rental company Integrated Pump Rental MD Lee Vine. He notes that the progressive build-up of silt means that dams and ponds in... 

Farmers urged to de-silt dams before dry season
SUCK JOB A fit-for-purpose dewatering solution from Integrated Pump Rental is successfully desilting farm dams

Covid-19 underscores need for multidisciplinary approach to diseases in Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th April 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic that has swept the globe has become an additional burden in Africa’s list of epidemics and noncommunicable diseases, highlighting the continent’s vulnerability to disease, and thereby reinforcing the need to focus on a multidisciplinary approach when countering outbreaks of... 

DWS delivers 17 000 water storage tanks, 1 200 water tankers

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has delivered nearly 17 000 water storage tanks and over 1 200 water tankers across South Africa in an effort to ensure human settlements and rural areas have enough water to ride out the current Covid-19 pandemic. This forms part of the department’s... 

IFAT Africa trade fair to proceed as planned for 2021

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2020 IFAT Africa, the trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling in Sub-Saharan Africa, will be back in Johannesburg in 2021, with an expanded African reach and a range of new highlights. With water, waste management and recycling now more important than ever before, IFAT Africa will showcase... 

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