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JoJo Tanks broadens offering with Calcamite acquisition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th September 2019 Southern African roto moulder and water tank producer JoJo Tanks has acquired wastewater and sanitation specialist Calcamite. This continues JoJo’s transformation into a water solutions company, and follows its expansion into pumps and filtration products. 

A water crisis is making things even worse in Zimbabwe

By: , Bloomberg     13th September 2019 Trudging home along a dusty street in the Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo, Sikhathele Ndlovu balances a 20-liter bucket of water on her head, a ritual she’s performed daily for almost a decade. Persistent drought on top of existing faulty piping means there’s little prospect of an end to her... 

George municipality progresses with Garden Route dam wall raise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2019 George Municipality on Thursday confirmed that the raising of the Garden Route dam spillway and wall was on track for completion by March next year. The project started in May and the municipality reported that concrete for the first two sections of the spillway footing had been placed.  

George municipality progresses with Garden Route dam wall raise
Garden Route Dam wall raise project in progress

Department moots water tariff increases of up to 16.5%

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has proposed water resource infrastructure tariff increases of between 0% and 16.5% for industrial and domestic raw water users. Engaging various stakeholders late last month, the department set out to determine the appropriate increase for water... 

Saving water now will ensure that we are better prepared – water dept

By: Thabi Madiba     12th September 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation has called on Gauteng residents to save water, after dam levels in the province declined slightly this week owing to warmer temperatures. The dam levels are currently at 89.7%, however, the department points out that this is a decline compared with the same... 

Saving water now will ensure that we are better prepared  – water dept

Parliament slams cancellation of Rooiwal water treatment contract

By: African News Agency      11th September 2019 Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation says the cancellation of a chlorine contract to clean the water at the Rooiwal waste water treatment plant without a contingency plan was reckless and negligent and placed the health of the people of Tshwane, especially... 

Water tariffs to be reassessed, but resident's must keep saving, City of Cape Town says

By: News24Wire      10th September 2019 Water tariffs will be reassessed at a meeting of all users of the Western Cape's water supply system around November, the City of Cape Town's mayoral committee member for water and waste Xanthea Limberg said. "We acknowledge residents' calls to lower water tariffs," she said. 

DWS to establish antipollution task team

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th September 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is in the process of establishing a task team aimed at tackling escalating incidents of water pollution across the country. The Anti-Pollution Task Team (APTT), through the department’s Water Quality Management unit, will be tasked with undertaking a... 

South African ecologist wins prestigious Stockholm Water Prize

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2019 Aquatic ecologist Dr Jackie King has been named the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, by the Stockholm International Water Institute, for her contributions to global river management. Together with colleagues, King created methods to demonstrate ecological and social implications of damming... 

Joburg Water invests in Lenasia infrastructure to improve services

By: African News Agency      27th August 2019 Municipal utility Johannesburg Water said on Tuesday it was implementing infrastructure programmes in the township of  Lenasia to ensure sustainable and quality services to all residents. In a statement the utility, which is solely owned by the city of Johannesburg and serves an estimated... 

Gauteng could be SA's next Day Zero region, agriculture forum hears

By: News24Wire      27th August 2019 Gauteng is the next potential Day Zero region in South Africa if it is hit by another drought, according to Mike Muller, adjunct professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance. Speaking at the Agri SA Water Symposium in Somerset West on Monday, he said a report on what to... 

 Gauteng could be SA's next Day Zero region, agriculture forum hears

Western Cape dams: Careful water use urged as levels remain 'steady'

By: News24Wire      27th August 2019 The Western Cape's overall dam levels remained "steady", dropping slightly from 65.9% last week to the current 65.7%, but the City of Cape Town's dams went up 0.01% to 81.8%. However, although the levels are more positive than the pre-two-minute shower days of 2017, cautious water use was urged... 

Financial recovery plan at water dept must be urgently implemented, says committee 

By: African News Agency      26th August 2019 Parliament's human settlements, water and sanitation portfolio committee has urged the water and sanitation department to urgently implement key deliverables of the financial recovery plan of the department. "The key pillar of the plan is strengthening governance and compliance, as well as... 

Zambia mulls a Congo canal. Experts say don’t even try it

By: , Bloomberg     23rd August 2019 Drought-riven Zambia plans to build canals from the Congo river in its northern neighbor to supply water and electricity. It will never work, say experts. Water levels have plunged for the second time in three years in the Kariba dam, which feeds off the Zambezi river and provides both Zambia and... 

South African beverage sector aiming for cleaner production

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) is joining forces with nonprofit organisation Beverages Association of South Africa (Bevsa) to support and accelerate its members’ efforts to reduce their carbon emissions, save water, limit waste and embrace renewable energy and green... 

South African beverage sector aiming for cleaner production
CLEANER AND GREENER The food and beverage industry should explore how to be part of the transition to green enterprise and green economy

Plastic particles in drinking water present 'low' risk – WHO

By: Reuters     22nd August 2019 Microplastics contained in drinking water pose a "low" risk to human health at current levels, but more research is needed to reassure consumers, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Studies over the past year on plastic particles detected in tap and bottled water have sparked... 

Duzi contamination is wake-up call for boards – IoDSA

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2019 In the wake of yet another accidental water contamination in the course of business activity, it is time companies plan for worst-case scenarios and implement controls that will prevent contamination, says Sustainable Development Forum at the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA)... 

Highveld polluters on the water department’s radar

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is planning to take “drastic measures” to ensure mines and other sectors of the economy take responsibility for any groundwater contamination caused by their operations. In a water status update on Wednesday, the department said the pollution of... 

Clanwilliam dam wall raising to be completed by 2023

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2019 Work on the Clanwilliam dam wall-raising project is progressing, with indications that the long-awaited project will be completed by March 2023. The R3.5-billion project will see the capacity of the Clanwilliam dam roughly double after the existing wall is raised by 13 m. 

Desalination plant battle: City of Cape Town hits back, asks court to dismiss R50m lawsuit

By: News24Wire      21st August 2019 The City of Cape Town has asked the Western Cape High Court to dismiss legal action launched against it by the company that built a desalination plant at the V&A Waterfront. Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) filed court papers in June, suing the City for alleged breach of contract valued at more... 

Bad water quality hampers potential economic growth – World Bank

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th August 2019 The World Bank says the world is facing a water quality crisis that is eliminating a third of potential economic growth in heavily polluted areas, while also threatening human and environmental wellbeing. In a report, titled ‘Quality Unknown: The Invisible Water Crisis’, published on Tuesday,... 

Bad water quality hampers potential economic growth – World Bank
World Bank's illustration of high-risk countries in terms of bad water quality

Cape Town dam levels now at 81.7%

By: News24Wire      20th August 2019 Dams supplying the City of Cape Town are 81.7% full, according to the municipality on Monday, with dams in the Western Cape breaking through the 65% average level. Last week, the City's dams stood at 80.6% full. 

Cape Town dam levels now at 81.7%

Clean-up of Duzi continues

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Monday warned residents living upstream of the Duzi and Mngeni rivers, the Inanda dam and surroundings not to use water from the resource until further notice. This followed a spillage a week ago at Willowton Oil, in Pietermaritzburg, that has... 

Wakkerstroom residents seek interdict against municipality's R98m pipeline project

By: News24Wire      16th August 2019 The Wakkerstroom Natural Heritage Association has approached the Mpumalanga High Court in Middelburg to seek an interdict that will prevent the Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality from implementing a R98-million pipeline project. News24 earlier reported residents feared the project - from... 

Researchers highlight climate change risks for South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2019 Scientists from the South African Weather Service (SAWS), the National Research Foundation (NRF), policy makers and government officials discussed South Africa's research on, and responses to, climate change and its complex regional and global impacts on society, economy, politics, animals and... 

Industry body welcomes infrastructure spend decision

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     16th August 2019 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) welcomes the decision by government to allocate about R100-billon as seed funding for infrastructure development. “The organisation would like to appeal to government to use competent capacity at municipal level, by leveraging the... 

Billionaire-backed Kropz faces crucial water license hearing

By: , Bloomberg     15th August 2019 Kropz, which is almost half owned by South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital Investments, is set to face a crucial test next month that will determine the future of its flagship project. Representatives of the Elandsfontein phosphate mine, which Kropz has spent at... 

South Africa’s water situation improves

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2019 The general state of South Africa’s dam levels and water storage have improved, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said on Wednesday. Should the levels of reservoir-stored water remain stable, South Africa could possibly have sufficient water not only to sustain it through the upcoming... 

Right choices essential for the future of South African agriculture

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th August 2019 The future of the South African agricultural sector is dependent on the country and industry making the right policy and investment choices. So cautioned Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) Board of Directors member Professor Ferdi Meyer on Wednesday. He was speaking at the launch of... 

Magalies Water exceeds performance on water quality

By: African News Agency      14th August 2019 Magalies Water has exceeded all regulatory requirements on water quality, the bulk potable water supplier said on Tuesday. "We are pleased to inform all our clients, customers and stakeholders that our four Water Treatment Plants (WTP) which constitute Vaalkop, Klipdrift, Cullinan and... 

SABS says solar water geyser testing helps to advance widespread use

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2019 Solar heated water may become the norm in South Africa, says the South African Bureau of Standards. The bureau points out that collaboration between government and the private sector in the last few years has provided a sound foundation for the provision of high-quality, safe and locally... 

Western Cape dams start to fill

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2019 An above-average winter rainfall season has lifted the Western Cape’s dam levels from 29% at this time in 2017 and 52% in 2018 to the current 64.5%. The province’s largest dam, the Theewaterskloof dam, rose from a dangerously low level of 10% in January 2018 to more than 70.3% now. 

Cape Town's dams hit the 80% mark, but only 64.5% for Western Cape

By: News24Wire      13th August 2019 Dams supplying the City of Cape Town are 80.6% full, according to the municipality on Monday, but dams further afield are not filling up at the same pace. Collective water consumption is also inching up in Cape Town, with an increase of 20 megalitres (Ml) per day from 588Ml to 608Ml per day.  

Cape Town's dams hit the 80% mark, but only 64.5% for Western Cape

Company reduces costs, improves efficiency

9th August 2019 Technical solutions provider BMG’s global fluid sealing products manufacturer Garlock products – along with the company’s technical expertise, on-site maintenance, emission monitoring and repair programmes – ensure reduced operational costs, improved efficiency, minimal downtime and uninterrupted... 

Solar-powered irrigation requires greater subsidisation 

By: Darren Parker     9th August 2019 The high initial capital expenditure required for solar-powered irrigation systems (SPISes) makes it mostly an unviable option for small-scale farmers in South Africa, unless they receive heavy subsidisation, according to International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage president Felix... 

Solar-powered irrigation requires greater subsidisation
ICID president Felix Reinders discusses South Africa’s role in international irrigation concerns.

Ultrasonic dripline cleaner commercialised

By: Darren Parker     9th August 2019 Irrigation systems manufacturer Senter360 has partnered with local inventor and farmer Leon Lingnau to bring his proprietary ultrasonic dripline cleaning system Greendrum to the market on a commercial scale. The first co-manufactured unit was sold at this year’s NAMPO Harvest Day, in the Free... 

Ultrasonic dripline cleaner commercialised
SOUND TECHNOLOGY The Greendrum device can effectively clean driplines without the need for chemicals

Power-starved Zimbabwe, Zambia face further drought-induced dark

By: , Bloomberg     6th August 2019 The Kariba dam that straddles Zambia and Zimbabwe, the world’s biggest man-made reservoir, is emptying fast, sparking fears the countries may have to cut hydropower production there completely. For the two southern African nations already suffering daily blackouts and growing economic pressures... 

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