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Water

DWS delivers additional 141 water tanks in Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th April 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has delivered another 141 water tanks across Gauteng, as well as increased the number of water tanks in Tshwane to 466. The number of water tanks distributed in the cities of Joburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni, as well as the Sedibeng and West Rand... 

Pipeline repair continues despite Covid-19

24th April 2020 Repair of the Mt Albert high-pressure sludge pipeline is a critical project for city council Wellington’s wastewater network in New Zealand, and one that Wellington Water is committed to progressing during lockdown.  Repairing these pipelines is a significant technical challenge, because the... 

Supplier keeps valves flowing

By: Halima Frost     24th April 2020 Water treatment solutions provider Allmech assures clients that although South Africa is still reeling from the Covid-19 lockdown, implemented last month, the company will continue to supply its water treatment solutions and Runxin filter valves range in the coming months. Runxin valves are... 

Supplier keeps  valves flowing
"A-RANGED" When all lined up the Allmech Runxin range of valves suites most sewage and water treatment applications

Drive systems suited for sewage applications

24th April 2020 Industrial equipment supplier BMG offers solutions for the water, wastewater and sewage sectors, encompassing the supply of quality branded drive systems. BMG supplies an extensive range of drive packages from Nord Drivesystems and diversified corporation Sumitomo Drive Technologies including... 

Drive systems suited for sewage applications
HANDSOME HANSEN BMG offers a full range of gear units that drive aerators, water screws and brush aerators for the sewage and water treatment sector

South Africa’s dam levels rise

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd April 2020 South Africa’s average dam levels have increased from 67.6% to 68.8% week-on-week despite poor rainfalls. The latest weekly report on dam levels by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) shows that Gauteng has the highest average at 101%, followed by the Northern Cape at 94% and Free State... 

Water-related data could be put to better use to save water

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2020 Ageing infrastructure; insufficient water management; not using water-related data; poor water recycling; and outdated irrigation techniques are the most common reasons for wasted water in South Africa, water technology company Xylem Africa says. While modern technology can help reduce waste,... 

Committees welcome additional R20bn water funding

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2020 The additional R20-billion allocation promised by President Cyril Ramaphosa to fund emergency water and sanitation provision during the state of national disaster has been welcomed by the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation and the Select Committee on Cooperative... 

Only half of water tanks installed to date

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st April 2020 While 14 737 of the planned 18 875 tanks have been delivered to all provinces across South Africa, only 7 689 tanks have been installed four weeks after the declaration of a state of disaster. The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation and the Select Committee on... 

Water relief efforts gain momentum in Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th April 2020 The number of water tanks distributed across water-deprived regions in Gauteng have increased to 1 785, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said. Since the national lockdown was implemented on March 26, the department has been distributing water tanks nationally in an effort to provide... 

Sisulu warns against evictions during Covid-19 lockdown

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th April 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu said that no evictions will take place as government attempts to ease congestion in informal settlements. The Department of Human Settlements is encouraging citizens to move to 27 identified land parcels currently being prepared for... 

Business is booming for supplier

By: Darren Parker     10th April 2020 Stainless steel vessels and tanks supplier Metal Tank Industries has noted a definite market upswing in the past eight months, particularly in the food and beverage sector, as well as in the industrial sector, in terms of mineral oils, petroleum oils, chemicals and agrochemicals production.... 

Business is booming for supplier
MAKING IT WORK Metal Tank Industries’ streamlined production processes has helped it become more competitive in terms of costing

KSB ensures availability of pumps for water, sanitation and electricity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th April 2020 Pumps critical to the provision of water and sanitation services, as well as pumps used in the generation of electricity, are being fully supported during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown period, says supplier KSB Pumps and Valves. It assures end-users that it has far-reaching contingency plans... 

KSB ensures availability of pumps for water, sanitation and electricity
KSB Pumps and Valves workers repairing a boiler circulating pump and motor

South Africa’s dam levels rise

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2020 The recent rains experienced have bolstered South Africa’s average dam levels to 67.3%. The latest dam levels report by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) show that Gauteng’s dam levels increased from 98.8% last week to the current 101.2%. 

Xylem appoints new Southern Africa sales director

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2020 Water and liquid management solutions provider Xylem South Africa has appointed Jehiel E Lawrence as its new sales director for Southern Africa. Lawrence will be responsible for driving sales within the region and identifying new opportunities in areas where Xylem’s current presence has not yet... 

Another 180 water tanks distributed in Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has delivered another 180 water tanks across Gauteng. This brings the total number of deployed water tanks to 1662 water tanks throughout the province as part of an intervention to fight the rapidly spreading Covid-19 pandemic. 

Mpumalanga communities receive boreholes, storage tanks to curb Covid-19 spread

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th April 2020 Residents of Jerusalem and Mshadza, in the City of Mbombela, in Mpumalanga have been provided with six 10 000 l water storage tanks and six boreholes as part of government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). More than 20 water storage tanks were also handed over to... 

Mpumalanga communities receive boreholes, storage tanks to curb Covid-19 spread
Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation David Mahlobo

Association to assist in overcoming South Africa’s water woes

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2020 The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers of South Africa (ASTPM) says it will provide assistance to and work as a strategic stakeholder with municipalities and water authorities to see to it that the urgently needed implementation of the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan’s... 

Icasa to urgently, responsibly release emergency spectrum 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is planning to temporarily release the high-demand International Mobile Telecommunications spectrum as telecommunications demand surges amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The move aims to ease the burden of regulatory compliance for the sector... 

DWS delivers nearly 1 500 water tanks across Gauteng, urges against water cuts

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has deployed 1 482 water tanks across Gauteng to provide water-deprived communities with sufficient water during the Covid-19 pandemic. About 410 water tanks have been made available to the City of Joburg, 190 to the City of Tshwane and 166 to the City... 

Almost 1 500 water tanks delivered in Gauteng to avert spread of coronavirus

By: News24Wire      6th April 2020 A total of 1 482 water tanks have been delivered in various parts of Gauteng to ameliorate protracted water shortages in water-deprived communities and avert their susceptibility to the deadly novel coronavirus. The Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation (DWS) activated its... 

Almost 1 500 water tanks delivered in Gauteng to avert spread of coronavirus

South Africa’s dam levels rise marginally 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd April 2020 South Africa’s dam water levels increased marginally from 66.8% to 67% week-on-week, the average boosted by rising dam levels in the Free State. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) weekly report shows Gauteng has the highest dam levels in the country, with its water storage full,... 

DWS steps up deployment of water tanks and tankers

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd April 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has delivered 852 water tanks and 20 tankers to water-stressed communities across Gauteng. The department, along with Rand Water and municipalities, are working to provide water to desperate communities in the most densely populated informal... 

Agri-fintech company moves to provide digital support for small-scale farmers

By: Schalk Burger     3rd April 2020 Agri-fintech company eSus Africa is supporting small-scale and emerging farmers by gathering and using data. Its onsite system enables farmers to gather machine and sensor data, monitor inputs and feeds from weather and agriculture agencies for planning and decisions, as well as record yields,... 

Building for sustainability promotes valuable returns

3rd April 2020 There is a direct link between the stability of an economy and ongoing development, says consulting engineers firm WSP Africa structures regional director Johan Piekaar. Currently, the local construction and property industries are experiencing a lull owing to reduced expenditure by government on... 

Building for sustainability promotes valuable returns
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CONSTRUCTIVE BUILDING Implementing a sustainable building philosophy provides value-add throughout the value chain

Virus impact places strain on natural resources

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st April 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic is placing significant strain on South Africa’s water resources, as the first-line of defence against the unabated spread – washing of hands thoroughly – is sending some five litres of water flows from a household tap down the drain. The entire South African – and world –... 

AfriForum calls on DWS assistance for brewing water troubles

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th March 2020 AfriForum has urgently requested the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to resolve various water issues faced by communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. The group sent a letter to Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu after the receipt of complaints from... 

DWS delivers 287 water tank across Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th March 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation on March 30 reported the delivery of another 100 water tanks to needy communities in Soweto. Amid a national lockdown and an increasing number of Covid-19 cases, the DWS has been deploying water tanks to vulnerable communities to allow them access to water... 

Covid-19 will not be stopped without the provision of safe water to the vulnerable – UN experts

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th March 2020 The United Nations (UN) Information Centre warned that without the provision of continuous access to sufficient water to populations living in the most vulnerable conditions, the global fight against the pandemic has little chance of success. About 2.2-billion people worldwide have no access to... 

Covid-19 reveals the dangers of South Africa’s lacking water infrastructure

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th March 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic is highlighting South Africa’s lacking water infrastructure and the dangers it poses to the country’s most vulnerable citizens, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has said. While frequent hand washing with soap and clean water is one of the... 

Groundwater expert wins Stockholm Water Prize

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th March 2020 The 2020 Stockholm Water Prize has been awarded to groundwater expert Dr John Cherry for discoveries that have revolutionised the understanding of groundwater vulnerability. His research, which has raised awareness of how groundwater contamination is growing across the world, has led to new, more... 

Greenpeace against granting of MES compliance postponement to Eskom 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2020 South Africa’s National Air Quality Officer Dr Thuli Khumalo’s decision on Eskom’s application for a postponement from complying with the Minimum Emission Standards (MES) at the end of this month could have implications as far reaching as the country’s water security, says Greenpeace Africa.... 

Greenpeace against granting of MES compliance postponement to Eskom

Fears over handwashing in Africa to stem coronavirus seen as trigger for change

By: Reuters     22nd March 2020 People globally are being told to wash their hands to fight the spread of coronavirus but in Africa many can't, experts said, urging states to use the pandemic as a reason to finally push for improvements to water supplies. Aid workers and advisors said countries should seize the moment ahead of... 

Coca-Cola starts up solar-powered boreholes in Limpopo community

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2020 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has launched the first of its off-grid, solar-powered groundwater harvesting and treatment projects to commemorate National Water Week. The first project, called Coke Ville, is based in the Tshikota village community, just west of Louis Trichardt, in... 

Coca-Cola starts up solar-powered boreholes in Limpopo community
Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa's first off-grid, solar-powered water harvesting and treatment project, in the Tshikota village

Higher dam levels will help fight Covid-19 – water and sanitation 

By: African News Agency      19th March 2020 Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has instructed her department, human settlements, water and sanitation, to pull out all stops to increase water provisioning and sanitation especially to the most vulnerable, people in informal settlements and rural areas, to assist in curbing the spread of the virus. The... 

 Higher dam levels will help fight Covid-19 – water and sanitation
Photo by Creamer Media
Vaal Dam

Rural population need to boil water from streams – water dept

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th March 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Wednesday urged rural dwellers to boil the water that they source from rivers and streams prior to drinking, washing and cooking. With the rampant pollution of water resources in South Africa, the department is concerned that some rural people who... 

Coronavirus in SA: Extra water and sanitation for informal settlements, rural areas 

By: News24Wire      17th March 2020 The Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation will increase the provision of water and sanitation in high-density public areas, informal settlements and rural areas in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak in South Africa. The department will provide water tanks and standpipes to... 

Coronavirus in SA: Extra water and sanitation for informal settlements, rural areas
Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu

AfDB approves $121.7m loan, Euro €3m grant to support Namibian water and sanitation sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2020 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $121.7-million loan, along with a €3-million grant from the Rural Water Supply Sanitation Initiative Trust Fund, to support Namibia’s Water Sector Support Programme. The five-year programme aims to improve access to potable water and for... 

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