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Water

Clean water still a concern in South Africa

18th January 2019 Despite so many innovators in the sector, South Africa is still confronted by many challenges in the water and sanitation sector. 

Outa, WSSA call for establishment of independent water regulator

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and Water Shortage South Africa (WSSA) says South Africa is in need of an independent water regulator. The organisations agree that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is failing to effectively regulate the country’s water sector and requires a... 

Outa, WSSA call for establishment of independent water regulator

Vaal river system water levels show year-on-year decline

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2019 The water levels across the 14 dams forming part of the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) continue to decline. A Department of Water and Sanitation statement on Thursday indicates that the high temperatures and above normal water use in recent days have resulted in a decrease in water levels to... 

Rand Water reduces supply to two Mpumalanga municipalities in arrears

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2019 Rand Water on Wednesday said it had reduced water pressure to two Mpumalanga-based local municipalities owing to the nonpayment of fees. The Victor Khanye and Govan Mbeki local municipalities have allegedly failed to honour agreements made to settle the outstanding amounts due to Rand Water. 

Bethal water crisis: Rand Water curbs supplies over outstanding municipal debt

By: News24Wire      16th January 2019 Fed-up Bethal residents, who have had little or no water over the last 25 days, have launched a silent protest to draw attention to their plight. But it didn't quite go according to plan. "The original plan was to get as many residents as possible to gather at the Bethal Dam and then have one... 

UN warns of rising levels of toxic brine as more desalination plants are built

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2019 The fast-rising number of desalination plants globally, now almost 16 000, quench a growing thirst for fresh water but create a “salty dilemma” on how to deal with all the chemical-laden left-over brine, authors of a recently published United Nations- (UN-) backed paper say. In the paper, the... 

Western Cape spends millions on drought relief

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th January 2019 The Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Department will have spent R78.2-million by March 31 on drought alleviation projects across the province. The average dam level in the Western Cape was 51% on Monday, nearly double the 26.5% recorded in the... 

Lower Thukela bulk water plant to provide purified water for over 300 000 people 

By: African News Agency      14th January 2019 The Lower Thukela bulk water purification plant in KwaZulu-Natal province is set to provide purified water to over 300,000 people, the KwaDukuza municipality said on Monday. The Lower Thukela water supply scheme includes infrastructure for abstracting and treating water from the uThukela River to... 

Agri-hub seen as key post-mining-economy jobs driver in west Gauteng  

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2019 An ambitious plan to develop Gauteng’s West Rand into an agri-industrial hub, primarily producing high-value crops for domestic and export markets, is starting to take shape and is expected to be officially launched during the first quarter of 2019. The initiative has been branded ‘Bokamoso Ba... 

Agri-hub seen as key post-mining-economy jobs driver in west Gauteng
Photo by Sibanye-Stillwater
The programme is part of bigger plan to build a sustainable post-mining economy in the West Rand

Cape Town dam levels holding steady

By: African News Agency      8th January 2019 Cape Town dam levels sit at 62% average capacity, a huge improvement from the 27% capacity at this time last year when Cape Town was in the grips of a crippling drought. The City of Cape Town said on Tuesday “dam levels have made an improvement by averaging 62% now, compared to averaging 27% at... 

 Cape Town dam levels holding steady

Water Affairs takes Tshwane to court over waste water plants

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has taken the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality to court over pollution that it says emanates from water treatment plants in the metro’s jurisdiction. The matter was set to be heard in the Gauteng High Court on Friday, and the DWS said that it hoped... 

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 A new labour-based upgrade for wastewater management plants and acid mine drainage plants below ground – the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASB) process – can be used to produce potable water and energy while reducing costs and creating job opportunities, says engineering and... 

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs
HYSON CELLS The upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor process is below ground, which allows for natural insulation of the cone structures

LHWP Phase II ensures employment opportunities in January 2019

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 The start next month of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II advance infrastructure construction at Polihali, where the Phase II dam will be built, and Katse village, which was constructed in Phase I as housing for consultants and contractors, will bring eagerly anticipated... 

LHWP Phase II ensures employment opportunities in January 2019
LESOTHO HIGHLANDS WATER PROJECT The road infrastructure works will help improve access to basic services and facilities, as well as reduce travelling time and stimulate local business ventures

LHDA workshop places contractors in better bidding position

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) held successful workshops for South Africa- and Lesotho-based small and medium-sized registered contractors to place them in a better position to bid for construction projects on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). Held in several towns... 

LHDA workshop places  contractors in better  bidding position
WATER PROVIDES CONTRACTS Workshops were successfully held to ensure that small businesses can bid for construction projects on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project

Water monitoring platform one-stop shop for S Africa water intelligence

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 The website application Mzansi Amanzi (isiZulu translation of Water South Africa), has the capabilities to monitor and provide insight on surface-water resources across South Africa on a monthly basis, says Mark Thompson, the director of the earth observation technology company GeoTerraImage. The... 

Water monitoring platform one-stop shop for S Africa water intelligence
THEEWATERSKLOOF DAM WESTERN CAPE Water is going to be the kingpin in just about every decision-making sector

Prequalification for construction of Phase 2 works on LHWP to launch in January

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) will kick 2019 into gear with the launch in January of the prequalification for construction of the Phase 2 main works of the Polihali dam and Polihali transfer tunnel. “The call for expressions of interest for the construction of the 165-m-high... 

Outa, WSSA call for establishment of an independent water regulator

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2018 Civil society organisations, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and Water Shortage South Africa (WSSA), believe the establishment of an independent regulator will result in an effective and efficient water sector and help to protect South Africa's scarce water supplies. The pair have... 

Wakkerstroom residents want R13m water pipeline project halted

By: News24Wire      7th December 2018 Residents of Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga have called for a R13-million water pipeline project to be halted, saying it will put their water supply at risk. Speaking via the Wakkerstroom Interest Group (WIG), they say the pipeline project - from Martin's Dam, above the Wakkerstroom Wetland, to... 

Water and sanitation audit committee says Mokonyane ignored reports on financial mismanagement

By: News24Wire      7th December 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation's internal audit committee had given its former minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, detailed quarterly reports about serious financial mismanagement in her department – but she ignored them all. The ailing department has clocked up more than R6-million in irregular... 

Water and sanitation audit committee says Mokonyane ignored reports on financial mismanagement
Former Water & Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Work on Vaal river system rehabilitation project gets under way

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2018 Work on the Vaal River System rehabilitation project, in Sebokeng, is now under way after a technical team from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) completed its assessments, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says. Following the deployment by Finance... 

Mpumalanga remains under strain as water pollution continues

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Residents of Mpumalanga remain concerned about sewage spillages and wastewater challenges. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received complaints about alleged sewage spillages and/or the inadequate treatment of wastewater. 

Outa asks SAHRC to investigate Sedibeng scheme

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2018 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday said it recommends the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) probe the Sedibeng Regional Sanitation Scheme (SRSS) project during its investigation into the state of pollution in the Vaal river. The SRSS is supposed to protect the Vaal... 

Nkwinti shares update on Blue, Green Drop progress assessment tool reports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2018 The 2017 Green Drop Progress Assessment Tool report will be released once the process of quality assurance has been concluded and the necessary approvals have been received, which is anticipated in June 2019, says Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti. In response to a Parliamentary... 

Nkwinti shares update on Blue, Green Drop progress assessment tool reports

National water dept, City differ on water consumption level for next year

By: News24Wire      4th December 2018 The national Department of Water and Sanitation has ruled that Cape Town needs to cut water consumption by only 10% for the year starting in December. This comes just days after the City of Cape Town announced that residents would need to cut consumption by a much bigger 30% for the coming year.... 

Pollutec covers full spectrum of environmental industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd December 2018 Environmental trade show Pollutec concluded a successful fortieth anniversary, in Lyon, France, last week. This year’s event saw an increase in the number of international exhibitors and also hosted three new pavilions – Korea, Hungary and Italy. 

Pollutec covers full spectrum of environmental industry
Photo by Tasneem Bulbulia
Display depicting ocean pollution

Seapro South Africa is the new authorised distributor of Cla-Val for SADC region

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd December 2018 Privately owned Seapro South Africa (SA) has been appointed the sole agent for Cla-Val in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Cla-Val has also awarded Seapro SA the right to produce components and assemble its valves in South Africa, with Seapro having appointed a local... 

Seapro South Africa is the new authorised distributor of Cla-Val for SADC region

TCTA intends to expand its horizons 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th November 2018 Motivated by the idea of making an optimal contribution within the South African water sector, State-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) on Thursday reaffirmed its plans to explore ways in which it could expand its horizons and capacitate the organisation for the challenges the water... 

TCTA intends to expand its horizons
Photo by Dylan Slater
Recently appointed TCTA CEO Percy Sechemane

Cape Town households shoulder a bigger share of water restrictions so economy and business can recover

By: News24Wire      30th November 2018 Cape Town households will shoulder a bigger share of the new water restrictions to make more water available for the region’s economic drivers of agriculture, industry and tourism. This reflects a major shift in the way the region’s water is allocated, with agriculture getting a bigger share than... 

Court sets aside decision permitting mining in protected area

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th November 2018 The North Gauteng High Court earlier this month set aside a 2016 decision of former Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and late Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa that permitted a new coal mine to be developed in the Mabola protected environment, in Mpumalanga. Under the... 

Court sets aside decision permitting mining  in protected area
CHRISTINE REDDELL The Centre for Environmental Rights has been continuously campaigning for administrative penalties to be introduced as part of South African environmental law

High recovery water treatment plant being commissioned

30th November 2018 After extensive testwork and design, international mineral processing specialist – with a local subsidiary based in Kempton Park – Multotec Group is commissioning a full-scale DeSALx plant to treat waste water from a flue gas desulphurisation scrubber, at a minerals processing plant in Oman in... 

High recovery water  treatment plant  being commissioned
CARIEN SPAGNUOLO During the testwork, we were able to simulate the effect of changing feed conditions on the DeSALx system – proving its ability to adjust effectively to these variable conditions

Alignment of solutions needed for water security

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th November 2018 Nature-based and engineering solutions should be aligned and the value of ecological infrastructure must be recognised for water security, says South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) ecological infrastructure director Mahlodi Tau. In May, Sanbi launched a R90-milllion Ecological... 

Alignment of solutions needed for water security
COMBINING INFRASTRUCTURE The R90-million water security project seeks to illustrate the complementarity and the support that ecological infrastructure offers built infrastructure

Gauteng survey shows water provision still a challenge

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2018 A local quality of life biennial survey has found that the reliable provision of water remains a challenge for residents in Gauteng. While more than 90% of the Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO) survey respondents have piped water in their dwelling or yard, nearly quarter of respondents, at... 

Human Rights Commission in Mpumalanga to probe complaints of sewage spillage

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th November 2018 Hot on the heels of the Vaal river and Randfontein water pollution investigations currently under way, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) intends investigating complaints over sewage spillages and wastewater treatment challenges in various municipalities in Mpumalanga. The local... 

SIU moves to recover R2.2bn in failed Giyani water project

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is seeking to recover R2.2-billion from the tender appointment of LTE Consulting Engineers by state-owned water utility Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) for a failed water project in Giyani, Limpopo. The SIU has instituted a civil claim in the High Court in... 

Treasury loses out on more than R1bn in VAT from drought-stricken farmers

By: News24Wire      27th November 2018 The government has lost out on more than R1-billion in VAT from drought-stricken farmers who were forced to cut production after their irrigation water from the Cape supply dams was radically reduced a year ago. Agri Western Cape CEO Carl Opperman said on Monday this was one of the facts he... 

Treasury loses out on more than R1bn in VAT from drought-stricken farmers

Work on Vaal river system rehabilitation project gets under way

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2018 Work on the Vaal River System rehabilitation project, in Sebokeng, is now under way after a technical team from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) completed its assessments, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has said. Following the deployment by Finance... 

Education, Health, Public Works finances are in a bad way, says Auditor-General

By: Kim Cloete     22nd November 2018 Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has warned that the financial health of the provincial departments of health, education and public works are in a bad way and need urgent intervention. “Urgent intervention is needed to prevent the collapse of these key service delivery departments,” said Makwetu in... 

 

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