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SAHRC finds some Mpumalanga municipalities violating the Constitution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th December 2019 The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Mpumalanga on Monday said it had determined that some municipalities were violating Sections 24(a) and 10 of the Constitution owing to a continued failure to effectively address the challenges of sewage spillages and the inadequate treatment of... 

Victoria Falls shrink to a trickle, feeding climate change fears

By: Reuters     6th December 2019 For decades Victoria Falls, where southern Africa's Zambezi river cascade down 100 metres into a gash in the earth, have drawn millions of holidaymakers to Zimbabwe and Zambia for their stunning views. But the worst drought in a century has slowed the waterfalls to a trickle, fuelling fears that... 

Eldana challenge continues, bat study under way

By: Tracy Hancock     6th December 2019 Eldana remains one of the sugar industry’s major challenges, says South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) biosecurity manager Rowan Stranack. The African sugarcane borer is commonly found throughout the West, Central, East and Southern Africa. 

Eldana challenge continues, bat study under way
GROWING NUMBERS The Eldana populations have increased over the years in the Midlands, where growers prefer integrated pest management strategies that rely on spraying as a last resort

IFC launches study to improve water efficiency in agriculture sector 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2019 To identify opportunities for water efficiency in the agricultural sector and analyse the barriers to improvement in this area, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has launched a study as part of its Agroprocessing Resource Efficiency Programme. In partnership with IFC’s partner,... 

IFC launches study to improve water efficiency in agriculture sector
IFC manufacturing, agribusiness and services adviser Raymond Greig

Water, land reform concerns weigh on agriculture sector's confidence 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2019 The Agricultural Business Chamber and the Industrial Development Corporation Agribusiness Confidence Index declined from 46 points in the third quarter of this year to 44 index points in the fourth quarter. This level below the 50-point neutral mark, Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo told... 

Water, land reform concerns weigh on agriculture sector's confidence
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo

Lesotho Highlands Water Project tunnel reopened

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel has been reopened, with water having reached the Saulspoort dam, in Bethlehem, in the Free State, the Department of Water and Sanitation announced on Wednesday. The replenishing of the tunnel started on November 20, after a two-month shutdown for... 

DWS starts to move on implementing master plan strategies 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd December 2019 A week after the launch of the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan, the Department of Water and Sanitation has announced plans to start implementing several measures to help mitigate the persistent drought in South Africa. Addressing the media on Tuesday, Human Settlements, Water and... 

DWS starts to move on implementing master plan strategies
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Aqua Air Africa launches atmospheric water generating plant in Pretoria 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd December 2019 Atmospheric water generation technology company Aqua Air Africa has unveiled its new atmospheric water generating plant in Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria. The plant, which is aimed at tackling the critical scarcity of potable water in South Africa, produces 10 000 l/d of clean potable water from air daily,... 

W12 Congress to unpack water issues, solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2019 By 2050, nearly two-billion people living in cities will suffer from water shortages, as demand for water will increase by up to 70%, says the World Bank. In light of this, the City of Cape Town, in partnership with pump manufacturer Grundfos, will host a W12 Congress, which will produce a... 

W12 Congress to unpack water issues, solutions

Sibanye recognised by Rand Water for water conservation

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2019 Dual-listed miner Sibanye-Stillwater has been recognised as the most collaborative and water saving company in the South African mining industry at the yearly Rand Water awards, which took place last week. The award recognises Sibanye for its positive contributions and willingness to assist, as... 

President speaks out about South Africa’s water woes

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd December 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that drastic measures are required to ensure South Africa’s water security, or the country will face a developmental and economic challenge bigger than its current energy challenges. A ten-year-plus drought, which has placed immense pressure on water systems,... 

L2D launches rooftop aquaponics farm at Eastgate shopping centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th November 2019 Real estate investment trust Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) on Friday launched a rooftop aquaponics farm district at its Eastgate shopping centre, in Bedfordview. The farm is a first for the company’s shopping centres. It uses smart technology to provide sustainable food production solutions to... 

SANDF intervention in the Vaal comes to an end, but water department has a plan

By: News24Wire      29th November 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation says the Ekurhuleni Water Care Company (ERWAT) will be taking over the Vaal River rehabilitation project. This, as the intervention from the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) ended in November, the chairperson of the ministerial rapid response task team,... 

LTM Energy to bring off-grid sanitation solution to SA

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th November 2019 Renewable and energy management solutions group LTM Energy is preparing to enter the sanitation industry through the launch of an off-grid, customised sanitation solution for the South African – and the broader African – market. The green economy-focused business aims to pilot the solution after... 

DWS launches national water master plan  

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th November 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation on Thursday launched its long-awaited master plan to guide investment in the water sector and facilitate development planning for water resources and the delivery of water and sanitation services to 2030 and beyond. The National Water and Sanitation Master... 

DWS launches national water master plan
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu talks about the country's water resources and the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

M&R sees 2020 as ‘a year of consolidation’ 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th November 2019 Following several acquisitions in the prior financial year, the 2020 financial year will be “a year of consolidation for all three business platforms”, with the focus on growing the order book and on successful project delivery, multinational engineering and construction services provider Murray... 

Water department prepared to settle dispute to get water running in Giyani by June 2020

By: African News Agency      26th November 2019 The department of human settlements, sanitation and water affairs was ready to pay contractors outstanding fees to get the stalled Giyani bulk water infrastructure project completed within the next seven months, director-general of human settlements and water affairs Mbulelo Tshangana said on... 

Capetonians increasing water consumption, says city

By: African News Agency      26th November 2019 Cape Town’s water consumption has increased by 39-million litres/day for the past week, reaching 689-million litres/day, while the daily allocation is 650-million litres/day, the city said on Monday.  The collective metro dam levels had dropped by 0,6% over the previous week and were currently at... 

Tugela–Sterkfontein water transfers to begin in December 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) expects to start the transfer of water from the Tugela river to the Sterkfontein dam on or around December 2, after resolving challenges that delayed the initiative for months. The date remains provisional as the department, which is continuing... 

Prolonged drought hits South African farmers’ resilience

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2019 Federation of agricultural organisations AgriSA outlines a dire picture of the impact the years-long drought has had on South Africa’s farming industry and its now-waning capacity to recover in the midst of a climatic shift. Over the past four years, the country has faced a drier climatic spell,... 

Gauteng outlines ambitions for climate change mitigation   

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2019 After two years of development, gathering input, undertaking consultations and further refinements, the Gauteng City Region is preparing to implement an overarching Climate Change Response Strategy and Action Plan. Unveiled at the third Gauteng Climate Change Indaba, held in Pretoria, the plan... 

Gauteng outlines ambitions for climate change mitigation

Zimbabwe’s second-biggest city extends water-supply cuts

By: , Bloomberg     21st November 2019 Zimbabwe’s second-biggest city of Bulawayo will extend interruptions to water supplies because of depleting resources, the town clerk said. Outages will increase to 96 hours a week from November 25, Christopher Dube said in an emailed statement on Thursday. Last month, the city imposed a 72-hour... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project tunnel to be refilled

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th November 2019 After a two-month shutdown for inspections and maintenance work, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel is being replenished with water, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) announced on Wednesday. In October, the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority, in conjunction with the... 

SA parliament committee concerned over lack of 'tangible' drought strategy

By: African News Agency      20th November 2019 Parliament's select committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs, water and sanitation says it is concerned at the lack of a tangible drought strategy to deal effectively with the challenges South Africa is currently facing. Last week commercial farmers said a ravaging drought had... 

SA parliament committee concerned over lack of 'tangible' drought strategy

Southern Africa drought to persist through March, FEWS NET says

By: , Bloomberg     19th November 2019 Southern Africa faces further drought through March as land preparation and planting of summer crops gets underway, even after most parts of the region received near-normal rainfall through early November, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). “Seasonal forecasts... 

LTM Energy to bring off-grid sanitation solution to South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th November 2019 Renewable and energy management solutions group LTM Energy is preparing to enter the sanitation industry through the launch of an off-grid, customised sanitation solution for the South African – and the broader African – market. The green economy-focused business aims to pilot the solution after... 

Mobile phones monitor flood levels

By: Debbie French     15th November 2019 A new water monitoring station that measures levels, flows, flumes and stage discharge via cloud networks has been launched, to assist in the mitigation of the effects of floodwaters, stormwater and compromised storage dams. The system is said to deliver near real-time water level and flow... 

Mobile phones monitor flood levels

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Multinational construction services company Hilti designed and supplied the modular installation systems to support wet services for chicken producer Early Bird Farms, in Olifantsfontein. Early Bird Farms has been refurbishing and refitting its operations as part of Project Phoenix, which... 

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir
CRIZETTE VAN DEN BERGH The modular installation system is beneficial in terms of maintenance because of reduced downtime

Ministers attend LHWP II sod-turning

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th November 2019 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and her counterpart from the Kingdom of Lesotho, Minister Samonyane Ntsekele, on Wednesday visited Mokhotlong, Lesotho, for the sod-turning in preparation for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP II). The ceremony... 

SA’s water shortages 

13th November 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the water supply challenges in South Africa, how government plans to address the situation and how the ongoing drought is affecting the agricultural sector.   

SA’s water shortages
SA’s water shortages

Heavy rains bring some relief, but water situation remains dire

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th November 2019 Rainfall across South Africa has provided some relief after a period of hot and extremely dry conditions, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape. The rainfall will benefit the coastal belt from the Dolphin Coast in KwaZulu-Natal to the northern part of the Eastern Cape;... 

Committee welcomes water dept’s plan to deal with irregular expenditure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th November 2019 The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation has welcomed the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) financial recovery plan, which includes initiatives to deal with R16-billion in irregular expenditure. The committee said in a statement on Tuesday that it was sure... 

Prolonged drought hits South African farmers’ resilience 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th November 2019 Federation of agricultural organisations AgriSA on Tuesday painted a dire picture of the impact the years-long drought has had on South Africa’s farming industry and its now-waning capacity to recover in the midst of a climatic shift. Over the past four years, the country has faced a drier... 

Prolonged drought hits South African farmers’ resilience

Angola may seek almost half the power from a $14bn Congo hydro plant

By: , Bloomberg     11th November 2019 Angola may buy as much as 5 000 MW from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo’s proposed $14-billion hydropower plant. In its current design, the Inga III dam would be the biggest hydropower plant in Africa, generating 11 050 MW. The two partners developing the project – one Chinese, one... 

Water dept steps in to ease Free State shortages

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th November 2019 To augment dwindling water levels in the Free State, the Department of Water and Sanitation has released water from the Saulsport dam to benefit areas such as Frankfort, Tweeling and Reitz. The department on Monday said the Saulsport dam was in a better state this week, at 80%, compared with most... 

Water dept steps in to ease Free State shortages

Deputy Minister calls for back-up power at Rooiwaal wastewater treatment works

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2019 Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo on Friday raised concerns about the lack of back-up electricity capacity at the Rooiwaal wastewater treatment works, which has left large parts of Hammanskraal without reliable water supply for weeks. The treatment works was struck by lightning... 

Uptick in demand for water-treatment system valves

By: Tracy Hancock     8th November 2019 Local demand for the Runxin water-treatment system valves has increased, despite the current business climate, says Johannesburg-headquartered boiler manufacturer and water-treatment components supplier Allmech. “More clients are discovering how easy these valves are to use and how reliable they... 

Uptick in demand for water-treatment system valves
RUNXIN RANGE The company offers flowrates from 4 500 l/hr – F56A1 manual and F63B/C automatic filter valves – to the 30 000 l/hr F112B filter and 40 000 l/hr F112A softener valves
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