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Water

Company launches unique water plant, empowers community

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th January 2020 Mineral water company Aqua Air Africa (AAA) officially launched Africa’s first atmospheric water-generating plant at the Ga-Rankuwa industrial site, in Gauteng, in November. 

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan agree to US-brokered deal over Nile dam

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2020 Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan said they reached an agreement on the operation of a giant dam on a Nile tributary, a sign of easing tensions in the region. The countries issued a joint statement along with the US and World Bank, which had participated as observers at meetings in Washington this week.... 

South Africa ‘not out of the woods’ yet, despite weekly improvement in water levels

By: Simone Liedtke     15th January 2020 Persistent rains across South Africa have started increasing the country’s dam levels, which rose by 1% week-on-week, according to the most recent weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The report states that the average national level is currently 60.2%, a slight... 

Western Cape concerned about predicted rainfall

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2020 While the dam levels in the Western Cape recorded a marginal year-on-year climb, continued early weather predictions for this year indicate the season ahead may not see the rainfall that is needed in all regions. At the start of 2020, the Western Cape’s dam levels climbed slightly to 53.9%, from... 

Ethiopia seeks mediation over Nile dam deadlock with Egypt

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2020 Ethiopia’s Prime Minister asked South Africa’s President to intervene in the Nile dam deadlock between Egypt and his country. The three countries and neighboring Sudan are being hosted by the US Treasury for negotiations in Washington on Monday. 

South Sudan plans environmental audit of oil fields in move to curb pollution

By: Reuters     10th January 2020 South Sudan is launching a tender for a comprehensive environmental audit of all its oil-producing fields in a bid to reduce pollution following years of neglect, the government said on Friday. Oil sales bring in almost all the revenue of the East African nation, which has boosted output to stand... 

Ethiopia warns of last chance to reach agreement on $5bn dam

By: African News Agency      10th January 2020 Ethiopia has warned of a “last chance” to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of the $5-billion dam being built by Addis Ababa (the country’s commercial and cultural hub) on the Nile.  According to Anadolu Agency (AA), Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have been in talks on the Grand... 

Gauteng dams remain at stable levels

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th January 2020 Gauteng’s combined provincial water storage levels has reached 99.2% this week – an improvement from 94.3% in the corresponding period the year before. The Integrated Vaal River System’s 14 major dams registered an aggregate level of 62.4%, which, while up from last week’s 61.9%, is lower than... 

National water storage levels on a decline

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2020 South Africa’s national water storage levels have dropped to 59.2%, compared with 64.1% during the same period last year, as many regions across the country struggle to recover from the prolonged drought. “South Africa’s full water capacity is about 32 012.2 cubic metres, and currently we are... 

Water dept to provide funding for Eastern Cape drought emergency

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th January 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has committed to provide funding for drought relief efforts in the drought-stricken Eastern Cape. The province has been hard hit by severe drought conditions and has been declared a drought disaster area. 

No end in sight for Eastern Cape drought 

By: News24Wire      6th January 2020 Residents of Butterworth in the Eastern Cape are desperately waiting for water that was released from the Wriggleswade Dam to provide them with some respite from a lengthy drought that is showing no signs of ending. The water was released from the dam earlier this month and it was estimated that... 

No end in sight for Eastern Cape drought

Years of drought threaten South Africa's wildlife industry

By: Reuters     6th January 2020 A severe drought is threatening South Africa's wildlife industry, with game farmers keeping fewer animals and tourists visiting game lodges in smaller numbers. Parts of the country have been affected by consecutive years of abnormally hot weather and below average rainfall that have scorched... 

Namibia rushes to drill boreholes as worst drought in a century bites

By: Reuters     13th December 2019 Namibia's dam water levels have almost halved from already low levels as the worst drought in more than 100 years pushes the desert nation closer to famine. Dams nationwide were at 19.3% of capacity compared to 35.6% this time last year, water utility Namwater said, a drop officials blame on... 

New proposal to tackle Western Cape, Southern Africa’s water woes

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2019 A large-scale water infrastructure development plan has been proposed by engineering consortium Trans Africa Water Alliance (TAWA) to solve, firstly, the water needs of the Western Cape over five years and, secondly, to meet the needs of Southern Africa up to 2100. The plan was developed over the... 

New proposal to tackle Western Cape, Southern Africa’s  water woes
KONSTANT BRUINETTE Gravity-flow water delivery systems are reliable, cost-effective and can deliver large quantities of water to areas a long way from the source

DHSWS launches national water master plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) hopes to tackle the significant obstacles facing the water sector in South Africa through the implementation of its long-awaited National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (NWSMP). There is an urgent need to focus attention and resources on maintaining... 

Rainfall lifts Gauteng dam levels

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2019 Gauteng’s dam levels have increased following days of persistent rainfall, leaving some dams above the 100% level. The Department of Water and Sanitation estimates the province’s dams are at an average 111.3% full, a significant increase when compared with the 88.2% registered last week. 

African cities bet on new technology to fix growing water shortages

By: Reuters     11th December 2019 From solar-powered ground pumps to 3D-printed filters, new technology can help solve water shortages in African cities facing rapid growth, entrepreneurs and policymakers said. These were among the solutions discussed at a summit hosted by the Islamic Development Bank in Senegal's capital Dakar... 

Water levels at world’s biggest dam sink to two-decade low

By: Bloomberg     10th December 2019 The Kariba dam has plunged to its lowest level since 1996, raising further risks to the hydropower plants that Zimbabwe and Zambia depend on for nearly half of their power. Water levels at the world’s largest man-made freshwater reservoir that straddles the two countries, fell to 10% of usable... 

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... 

SAHRC finds some Mpumalanga municipalities violating the Constitution

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
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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... 

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