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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... 

Defence Minister to visit Vaal river system rehabilitation project

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2018 Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will on Friday visit the Vaal river system rehabilitation project that is currently under way in Sebokeng. This followed the deployment of the South African National Defence Force technical teams to restore infrastructure, including... 

SAHRC steps up efforts in water sector 

21st November 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the South African Human Rights Commission’s investigation into the alleged violation of citizens’ right to clean water and a clean environment. 

SAHRC steps up efforts in water sector
SAHRC steps up efforts in water sector

Vaal River pollution: 'There have been challenges to compliance', Sasol says 

By: News24Wire      21st November 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has denied that it is responsible for pollution in the Vaal river. However, it has admitted struggling to interpret some compliance requirements with regard to regulations on the discharge of waste. According to a report by the Department of Water and Sanitation... 

Cape Town borrows R1.3bn from German bank for wastewater projects

By: News24Wire      21st November 2018 The City of Cape Town signed a R1.3-billion loan with the German government-owned KfW Development Bank for urban wastewater management, Mayor Dan Plato's office said. The unsecured loan will cost 8.107% in interest and is payable over 15 years. In a statement, the City said the interest rate was... 

New toilet can save 30% of water and 30% of consumers' water bills

By: News24Wire      20th November 2018 South Africa has developed a revolutionary new toilet that uses less than two litres of water for a full flush – saving around 700 litres of water a person every month. Normal lavatories use between six and 12 litres for each flush and account for 30% to 40% of a household's water use, so the new... 

Lack of school toilets puts 620m children in danger – report

By: Reuters     16th November 2018 A lack of proper school toilets threatens the health, education and safety of at least 620-million children around the world, the charity WaterAid said in a new study published on Friday. Children at one in three schools lack access to proper toilets, putting them at risk of diarrhea and other... 

IoT tools can be used to improve water management

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2018 The Internet of Things (IoT) can help preserve scare resources, as pollution and climate change results in greater pressure on water supply and increasing human population and urbanisation leads to a higher demand, Apex Innovation MD Brynn Williams says. “The consequence [of this trend] is higher... 

Construction industry depressed, but upturn expected

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 South African thermoplastic valves supplier Astore Keymak depends on project and maintenance work, as the civil engineering and construction sector is depressed, says Astore Keymak compression fittings and saddles manager Aldrin Velan. However, he believes that there will be an upturn,... 

Cape Town to sign loan with German state-owned KfW Bank for urban wastewater management

By: African News Agency      15th November 2018 The City of Cape Town will next week sign a loan agreement with the Germany's KfW Development Bank for urban wastewater management which will be payable at a favourable rate over 15 years.  The loan is in line with the City's ongoing focus on the upgrading of urban wastewater management... 

Municipalities' unpaid water bills increase to a whopping R13.1bn

By: News24Wire      15th November 2018 Municipalities that do not pay their water bills have run up a whopping R13.1bn debt – an amount just R2bn short of the entire annual budget of the Department of Water and Sanitation. The department told the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on Wednesday that despite interventions since... 

Municipal debt to Eskom climbs to R17bn

By: African News Agency      13th November 2018 The debt owed to Eskom by South Africa's municipalities continues to grow and had now reached R17-billion, Cooperative Governance Minister Zweli Mkhize told MPs on Tuesday.. "We have noted that debt stood at R14.3-billion and currently has gone up to R17-billion and that's just for Eskom and a... 

City of Cape Town to harness stormwater to boost water resources

By: News24Wire      13th November 2018 Stormwater is set to become a new water resource, the City of Cape Town has said. Instead of rushing down gutters and into the sea, stormwater will be kept and used. Just how it will be incorporated into the water system, or how much of it will be captured, is still in the planning stages. But... 

City of Cape Town to harness stormwater to boost water resources

DWS to establish licensing body, advisory council

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th November 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will establish a schedule three institution to accelerate the issuing of water use licences. This follows after Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti expressed his intention, during a Ministerial Innovators Interactive Session that was hosted... 

Advance infrastructure construction on LHWP Phase 2 to start in January

By: Simone Liedtke     9th November 2018 Advance infrastructure construction at Polihali and Katse, which forms part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2, is set to begin in early January, following the award of a contract, valued at about 394-million Lesotho Maloti, to the WBHO and LSP Construction joint venture (JV).... 

Lack of valve traceability hampers local industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 The local valves industry has become extremely competitive, especially since there has been an influx of products that have no traceability, says industrial automation, valve and control supplier Fluid Control Services owner Allen Maguire. Many products are entering the local market from the... 

Lack of valve traceability hampers local industry
VALVE STANDARD The local valves industry needs to conform to a certain standard in terms of traceability

Valve companies upgraded to Level 1 BBBEE status 

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 Valve manufacturer Ainsworth Engineering and its sister company valve distributor United Valve Company (UVC) are under new ownership and have been upgraded to Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) status. The initiative was funded by the Industrial Development Corporation and... 

Valve companies upgraded to Level 1 BBBEE status
Ainsworth Engineering and United Valves Company CEO Siyabonga Meyiwa and United Valves Company General Manager Ruben van Loggerenberg discuss the state of the valve industry and company developments. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Water restrictions: Govt to announce water allocation before month end

By: News24Wire      6th November 2018 Capetonians will have to wait several weeks to hear if water restrictions are to be further relaxed. Farmers, also waiting to hear if they will be allocated more irrigation water, are getting worried about the effects of the delay. Rashid Khan, regional head of the Department of Water Affairs and... 

Water restrictions: Govt to announce water allocation before month end

City of Cape Town poised to ease water restrictions further

By: News24Wire      30th October 2018 The City of Cape Town believes dam levels are high enough for water restrictions to be relaxed even further – possibly to level 4 or even level 3. But the City cannot take steps to ease restrictions until the national Department of Water and Sanitation decides how much bulk water supply Cape Town... 

Prototype soil sampling device being tested for use in agriculture

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 A cost-effective, handheld soil and water chemical testing device for use in agriculture is being developed and tested by information technology research subsidiary IBM Research, says IBM Research Brazil Industrial Technology & Science manager Dr Mathias Steiner. The AgroPad is a business... 

Prototype soil sampling device being tested for use in agriculture
AGROPAD SCAN Farmers can gain meaningful information to optimise conditions to grow a specific crop

Gauteng dams almost 100% full, Western Cape levels stable

By: News24Wire      24th October 2018 Gauteng dam levels are at a whopping 98%, according to a weekly Department of Water and Sanitation report. The latest levels, following heavy rains in the province last weekend, make the dams the fullest in the country, the department said. It said the levels were 12% higher than those recorded... 

Pollutec 2018 shines the spotlight on Burkina Faso

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd October 2018 Pollutec 2018, which will mark the fortieth anniversary of this international environmental trade show, is set to cover 14 key industry sectors, and focus keenly on Africa – notably Burkina Faso – as well as other key regions, such as South America and South-East Asia. Pollutec has featured an... 

Pollutec 2018 shines the spotlight on Burkina Faso

Congo sets deadline for plan on 11 000 MW hydropower plant

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo gave two groups of investors a four-week deadline to submit a joint proposal on the development of the multibillion-dollar Inga 3 hydropower plant. The government signed an accord with Chinese and Spanish consortia this week to advance the 11 000 MW facility, the... 

Embattled Rand Water appoints Sipho Mosai as acting CEO

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 Rand Water on Friday announced that COO Sipho Mosai will assume a new position as acting chief executive of one of the country’s biggest water boards with effect from Monday next week. Mosai, a scientist by training turned strategist in the water sector, boasts over 20 years executive management... 

Germany's Voith to supply more turbines for Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 German mechanical engineering conglomerate Voith has signed an agreement to supply turbines for a $4-billion dam Ethiopia is building along the River Nile, state-affiliated media said on Wednesday. The 6 000 MW Grand Renaissance Dam is the centrepiece of the Horn of Africa country's bid to become... 

Farmers head to court to challenge policy on transfer of water rights

By: News24Wire      15th October 2018 West Coast farmers launched an urgent application in the Western Cape High Court on Monday concerning water rights, which may have far-reaching consequences for agriculture. At the heart of the case is whether it is lawful for irrigation boards to approve the transfer of water rights from one... 

First LHWP Phase 2 construction contracts awarded

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 Construction work on Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is set to start soon. This follows the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) awarding the first construction contract on the project – the R235-million contract for the Polihali north-east access road – to the... 

Reconstruction of Clanwilliam Dam in WCape to create thousands of jobs

By: African News Agency      12th October 2018 The construction of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Cederberg district in the Western Cape is envisaged to create more than 4,000 job opportunities, according to the department of water and sanitation. In a statement on Friday,  the department said: “A new-look Clanwilliam Dam is envisaged to create... 

Cape Town's increased water consumption is not sustainable, experts warn

By: News24Wire      12th October 2018 Cape Town's water consumption rose to 546-million litres a day this week – up from 520-million last week and 511-million the week before. Although dams that supply the city are 76% full, experts say a trajectory of increased consumption is not sustainable. The increased consumption comes as... 

R&D provides solutions for water management problems

By: Donald Makhafola     12th October 2018 Constant research and development (R&D) has been key to the growth and success of 34-year-old industrial agitator and specialised mixing-equipment for water and wastewater treatment company, Mixtec, says the company’s sales and project manager Rudi Swanepoel.    The Mixtec global group of... 

R&D provides solutions for water management problems
HIGH-QUALITY Mixtec is known for producing mixers to the latest international standards and quality controls

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges

12th October 2018 Power-saving water-pump solutions company Grundfos presents municipalities with improved energy efficient pumps that allow them to lower their demand on the national power grid, says sub-Saharan Africa regional head Henning Sandager.    “Water, waste water removal and electricity are the main... 

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges
OPTIMISATION Grundfos energy efficient pumps can save up to 50% of energy

Lesotho Metolong dam achieves full capacity

12th October 2018 The new $100-million Metolong dam in Lesotho has achieved a significant project success this year, with the dam spilling for the first time since its completion in 2016. Spilling occurs when the dam is at full capacity, and the dam’s spillway – meant to direct excess water downstream during flood... 

Lesotho Metolong dam achieves full capacity
MILESTONE Metolong dam in Lesotho reaches spilling stage for the first time since its completion in 2016

New coupling provides easy pipe joining solution

By: Donald Makhafola     12th October 2018 Ongoing water shortages relating to insufficient and aging infrastructure and lack of proper maintenance in South Africa and Africa, make mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic’s safe, efficient and cost-effective pipe joining solution, which eliminates hazardous welding and... 

New coupling provides easy pipe joining solution
JOINING SOLUTION Victaulic's plain end solutions pipe couplings, fittings and connectors technology are easy to install

Bulk water supply project nears completion

12th October 2018 Phase 1 of the design and implementation for the augmentation of the James Kleynhans Bulk Water Supply project in Makhanda – formerly known as Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape – which started last year in September is due for completion in December. The first phase of the four-phase project,... 

Bulk water supply project nears completion
PROGRESSING Phase 1 of the design and implementation for the augmentation of the James Kleynhans Bulk Water Supply project in Makhanda is due for completion in December

Cape Town secures R974m towards disaster recovery programmes, projects 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 The National Treasury and the National Disaster Management Centre has allocated R974-million towards disaster recovery programmes and projects in the Western Cape. Some R553-million of this drought funding was distributed to the City of Cape Town for drought alleviation projects and specifically... 

Cape Town dam levels show only slight increase amid warmer weather

By: African News Agency      8th October 2018 The City of Cape Town on Monday announced that dam levels feeding the city had improved to 76,2 percent of storage capacity over the past week. Dam levels rose only slightly by 0,3 percent over the last week to 76,2 percent of storage capacity, while the average water consumption for the past... 

 Cape Town dam levels show only slight increase amid warmer weather
 

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