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Water

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... 

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

Partnerships key to overcoming SA water value chain challenges

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th November 2019 Partnership in all its forms – public-private partnerships (PPPs), community and catchment-based approaches and corporate water stewardship – will be critical for South Africa to overcome the significant challenges faced across the water sector. Concerted collaborative efforts and the... 

Company’s butterfly valves in high demand

By: Tracy Hancock     8th November 2019 There is significant demand for the InterApp butterfly valves range from engineering consumables and components supplier BMG, with more than 100 units sold a month. Valves from the range have recently been supplied for chemical applications at mining operations and processing plants in Namibia... 

Company’s butterfly valves in high demand
SIGNIFICANT SELLER InterApp Bianca and Desponia butterfly valves are recommended by BMG for high efficiency and safe use in demanding industrial flow control applications

Valve new option for abrasive slurry applications at mines

By: Tracy Hancock     8th November 2019 Gauteng-based valve supplier Ultra Control Valves (UCV) has expanded its offering for slurry and abrasive applications with the introduction of the Titan metal-seated ball valve from Durban-based valve manufacturer Natal Pipe & Valve (NPV). “We now have a complete range of slurry valves, which... 

Valve new option for abrasive slurry applications at mines
PROVING POPULAR More consulting engineers are specifying the use of ratio reducing pressure reducing valves

Water availability in consumers’ hands – Sisulu

By: Thabi Madiba     7th November 2019 Despite fears that South Africa is heading towards a major water shortage, Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu said there was no need for panic if South Africans used water sparingly ahead of the normal summer rainfall. Sisulu said the availability of water was in... 

Water availability in consumers’ hands – Sisulu
Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu

Experts call for overhaul in the way waste is managed in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2019 Experts have called for changes in the way municipalities dispose of waste in South Africa, saying that up to 90% of waste goes to landfills, most of which are uncontrolled dump sites. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research principal scientist: waste and circular economy Professor Linda... 

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to try to resolve dam dispute by January 15

By: Reuters     7th November 2019 The foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed on Wednesday to work toward resolving their dispute over the filling and operation of a massive dam project in Ethiopia by Jan. 15, 2020, the US Treasury said. In a joint statement released after US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin hosted... 

Gauteng dam levels drop further  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th November 2019 High temperatures and a lack of rainfall have continued to put pressure on dwindling dam levels across the country and especially within the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS). The Department of Water and Sanitation on Wednesday reiterated its cry for consumers to cut back on their water use,... 

Steady progress being made to make South Africa a ‘competitive investment destination’   

By: Terence Creamer     6th November 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined the “steady, but sure” progress being made to make South Africa a “more competitive investment destination” as he sought to consolidate an investment push designed to attract $100-billion (R1.2-trillion in 2018 exchange rates terms) of fixed investment over the... 

Steady progress being made to make South Africa a ‘competitive investment destination’
President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined the “steady, but sure” progress being made to make South Africa a “more competitive investment destination” as he sought to consolidate an investment push designed to attract $100-billion (R1.2-trillion in 2018 exchange rates terms) of fixed investment over the five-year period to 2023. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 6.11.2019

Mahlobo urges stakeholders to work together on the Vaal river interventions

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th November 2019 A new task team has been established to review a proposal for reusing treated wastewater for agricultural purposes such as irrigation, cash crops and aquaculture activities in the Vaal area. Emfuleni local municipality MEC for Basic Services councellor Bheki Ntsele will chair the newly... 

Western Cape dam levels rise on summer rains

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th November 2019 The average dam levels in the Western Cape have increased as a result of summer rains across large parts of the province during the past ten days. The latest average dam level for the province as a whole increased from 63.9% during the comparative week in 2018, to 66.8% currently. 

Congo says $14bn Inga dam on track despite disagreements

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2019 The Democratic Republic of Congo remains committed to building a $14-billion dam on the Congo River, even as the project is bogged down in disagreements between its developers, according to the government agency overseeing the project. Congo envisages an 11 050 MW facility that can export 5 000... 

Tourism, energy at risk as Africa's largest waterfall runs low

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2019 The flow at the Africa’s biggest waterfall is at its lowest since 1995, highlighting the threat posed by a drought to tourism and electricity generation in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Flow has slumped to 109 m3/s at Victoria Falls, a 1.7 km curtain of falling water at the peak of a normal wet season,... 

Tourism, energy at risk as Africa's largest waterfall runs low
Photo by Bloomberg
The Victoria Falls before the drought

Aveng Water rebranded as Nafasi Water

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2019 Black-owned water technology and water utility services company Nafasi Water, formerly known as Aveng Water, has formally unveiled its new name, identity and owners. Nafasi Water, owned and led by CEO Suzie Nkambule, is beginning a new chapter of sustained growth following a successful... 

Water restrictions on the cards in Limpopo as dam levels continue to drop

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st October 2019 As the dam levels in Limpopo dropped from 50.5% last week to 49.8% this week, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) warns that possible water restrictions could be applied to assist in conservation of this valuable resource. Raising a red flag for the DWS is Tzaneen dam, the levels of... 

Egypt says Washington to host Nov 6 meeting on Ethiopia dam dispute

By: Reuters     30th October 2019 The Trump administration has invited Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to a meeting in Washington on Nov. 6 to try to break the deadlock in negotiations over a giant hydropower dam on Ethiopia's Blue Nile, Egypt's foreign minister said on Tuesday. Earlier this month, Cairo said it accepted a US... 

Two mines step in to help Barberton's water crisis

By: News24Wire      30th October 2019 The water crisis facing residents of Barberton in the Mpumalanga Lowveld has been temporarily curtailed after two mines in the area stepped in. The two mines, Barberton and Agnes, are two of the biggest employers in the area. 

Water-shedding can be avoided, says Sisulu 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2019 Water-stressed South Africa has to decrease the amount of water consumed or face the prospect of “water-shedding”. The Department of Water and Sanitation on Monday urged citizens to heed calls of water demand reductions, as the country enters the summer period with water restrictions. 

Water-shedding can be avoided, says Sisulu
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Rand Water CEO Sipho Mosai talk about the need for South Africans to save water. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Metals sector in costly battle to turn green

By: Reuters     25th October 2019 Metals producers, from miners to smelters, are grappling with increasingly tough and costly environmental demands imposed by banks seeking cleaner investments. While the transition may prove overwhelming for smaller producers, larger companies are playing a long game, casting ahead to a period... 

R50m emergency drought funding approved for Western Cape farms

By: African News Agency      24th October 2019 The Western Cape cabinet has approved the release of R50 million in emergency funding to assist farms severely affected by drought.  According to the province's MEC for finance and economic opportunities, David Maynier, the release of the funding was authorised on Tuesday.  

Zimbabwe to cut power to mines, others over $77m in unpaid bills

By: Reuters     24th October 2019 Zimbabwe's State-owned electricity distributor, grappling with drought and ageing equipment, said on Thursday it will disconnect mines, farms and other users as it looks to recover $77-million in unpaid bills. The Southern African nation is experiencing daily power cuts lasting up to 18 hours... 

Sisulu steps in as water supply challenges, high temperatures persist

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd October 2019 Rand Water on Wednesday implemented water restrictions to various areas across its network as demand heavily outstripped supply of 4 370 Ml/d. It warned that the prolonged average water consumption of 4 900 Ml/d – at a 530 Ml/d deficit – over the past few months was unsustainable and would lead... 

Ethiopia probes alleged dam misspending that slowed construction

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2019 Ethiopian authorities are probing missing funds a military contractor already accused of graft was meant to spend on a showpiece dam on a Nile tributary that’s raised tensions with Egypt. Military-linked Metals & Engineering Corp, which was replaced as a contractor on the Grand Ethiopian... 

Egypt accepts invitation to meet in US over Ethiopia dam dispute

By: Reuters     23rd October 2019 Egypt said on Tuesday it had accepted a US invitation to a meeting of foreign ministers over a project for a giant hydropower dam on Ethiopia's Blue Nile that is causing an escalating spat between the two African countries. The meeting of foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, the three... 

Rand Water warns of interruptions amidst high demand and temperatures

By: African News Agency      23rd October 2019 Rand Water on Wednesday appealed to communities to use water sparingly, as the utility battles high demand inspired the high temperatures being experienced in provinces including Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the North West. The current combination of extremely high temperatures and virtually no... 

Rand Water warns of interruptions amidst high demand and temperatures

Thousands left high and dry as drought takes punishing toll in the Eastern Cape

By: News24Wire      23rd October 2019 Five villages in Tsomo in the Eastern Cape have been without water for three months. According to the Chris Hani District Municipality, the villages – Gqogqorha, Emdeni, Mahlubini Komkhulu, Mnyangula and Mmangobomvu – were expected to benefit from the R345-million Ncorha bulk water project... 

Rising drought risk spurs most cash into water funds in a decade

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2019 Investors are starting to pay more attention to water shortages and how to turn them into long-term investments. Water-related exchange-traded funds (ETFs) attracted more money in the nine months through September than in any full year since 2007, data compiled by Bloomberg show. These funds have... 

Municipal debt threatening water security, DG warns 

By: African News Agency      22nd October 2019 The accumulation of municipal debt for water was threatening the sustainability of water boards and beyond that the country's water security, the director-general for human settlements, Mbulelo Tshangana, cautioned MPs on Tuesday. Tshangana told Parliament's portfolio committee on human... 

Egypt, Ethiopia leaders to meet in coming days over GERD dam

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2019 Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will meet President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt to discuss a 5 150 MW dam that has strained relations between the two nations over access to water. Egypt is concerned that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam being built 3 200 km upstream will restrict the... 

Egypt, Ethiopia leaders to meet in coming days over GERD dam

Rand Water appeals to consumers to save water

By: African News Agency      22nd October 2019 Water utility Rand Water on Tuesday urged consumers in the Gauteng, North West, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces to use the resource prudently to ease pressure on supplies. In a statement, Rand Water said the current combination of extremely high temperatures and virtually no rainfall within... 

 Rand Water appeals to consumers to save water

Day Zero not on horizon for Gauteng as Vaal Dam levels drop, say officials

By: News24Wire      22nd October 2019 Day Zero is not yet on the horizon in Gauteng, according to officials. On Monday, Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said although water levels were declining in the Vaal Dam, Day Zero had not yet arrived in the province. 

Cape Town's daily water consumption exceeds daily target

By: News24Wire      22nd October 2019 Cape Town’s water consumption this week has exceeded the current 650-million litres a day limit. The City's Member of Mayoral Committee for Water and Waste, Xanthea Limberg, said dams supplying Cape Town are currently sitting at 79.7% of storage capacity, a drop of 1% from the previous week. 

'All we can do now is pray for rain' - Water crisis hits Barberton

By: News24Wire      22nd October 2019 The water shortage in Barberton, Mpumalanga, is so critical that the Mbombela Municipality (Nelspruit) is set to ask the Ehlanzeni District Municipality to declare a part of the town a disaster area. Municipality spokesperson Joseph Ngala said the town's main water source, the Lomati Dam in the... 

Inner Western Cape dam levels remain low, Wilderness water supply fixed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st October 2019 The Western Cape government on Monday reported that the latest average dam level for the Western Cape was 64.1%, compared with 65.7% at the same time last year. Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell said dam levels in the interior... 

Interventions, solutions urgently needed to bridge water supply-demand gap

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th October 2019 South Africa is experiencing many challenges in terms of meeting water demand and the country will have to pursue a number of different solutions to engender water security, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy GIBB senior associate Ron Tluczek. 

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