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Water

Western Cape dams reach highest levels in four years

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th August 2019 Dams in the Western Cape have reached their highest levels in four years owing to good rainfall. Some major dams are already 100% full, while others, such as the Clanwilliam dam, have reported a second weekly increase in excess of 20% in the past week, reaching 91.6%. 

Work won’t start on next phase of Mokolo-Crocodile transfer scheme until EIA appeal finalised 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation has confirmed that work on the R12.3-billion Mokolo-Crocodile Water Augmentation Project Phase 2A (MCWAP-2A) project will not commence while there is an appeal against the project’s environmental impact assessment authorisation. In June, the Trans-Caledon... 

Work won’t start on next phase of Mokolo-Crocodile transfer scheme until EIA appeal finalised
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The MCWAP-2A is designed to transfer water largely to support mining and energy activities in the Limpopo province

Water and Sanitation dept welcomes significant increase in WCape dam levels  

By: African News Agency      30th July 2019 The department of water and sanitation on Tuesday welcomed a significant increase in dam levels across the Western Cape following recent rains. According to the department, the rainfall, accompanied by snow that fell on the catchment areas of the province, had improved dam levels.  

Water and Sanitation dept welcomes significant increase in WCape dam levels

Trevor Balzer retires, marking an end to 42 years in public service

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th July 2019 Following 42 years of public service, Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) deputy director-general responsible for strategic and emergency projects Trevor Balzer has called it a day. He is retiring after serving in different capacities within the DWS since 1995. 

Trevor Balzer retires, marking an end to 42 years in public service
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Trevor Balzer

Cape Town wastewater treatment plant pays off

By: Kim Cloete     29th July 2019 The largest privately owned modular wastewater treatment plant, together with a borehole water treatment plant at Cape Town’s Mutual Park, is working well and is able to provide treated water to between 10 000 and 15 000 people a day. The plant was developed by Old Mutual and water reuse experts... 

Desalination could be an option for KZN, but not in the near future

By: Kim Cloete     26th July 2019 Desalination may be considered as an option to supply additional water for the growing population in and around Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, in the long term, but Umgeni Water is continuing with plans for more traditional water schemes for now. Umgeni Water planning services manager Kevin Meier this... 

Water dept embarks on raw water tariff consultations

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th July 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) this week embarked on consultations over the 2020/21 raw water tariffs. The Vaal River User Forum 2020/21 raw water tariff consultation held this week was aimed at providing an overview of the legislative process and consulting with water users and... 

Desalination is getting cheaper, says expert

By: Kim Cloete     24th July 2019 The costs of desalination are dropping in several countries, with the ultimate goal to supply water from desalination plants at a cost of $0.40 a kilolitre. Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) strategy advisory senior manager Dawid Bosman told the Water Desalination/RO Membrane & Wastewater... 

Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th July 2019 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the proposed acquisition of Murray & Roberts by ATON be prohibited. ATON, through Redpath South Africa, provides a range of mining services, including the excavation of vertical or inclined openings from the surface for... 

Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R

Water, sanitation challenges 

19th July 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s plans to deal with corruption within the Department of Water and Sanitation, as well as the funding challenges facing the... 

Water, sanitation challenges
Water, sanitation challenges

Talbot & Talbot rebrands as it celebrates thirtieth anniversary

By: Nadine James     17th July 2019 African pioneer in water and wastewater management Talbot & Talbot is “especially proud of reaching its 30 year landmark in 2019” and, in acknowledgment of its legacy, the company has chosen to commemorate by rebranding Talbot & Talbot as simply Talbot. “This evolved corporate identity represents... 

Sisulu promises traction in water sector  

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2019 The Department Water and Sanitation is taking stock as it determines the required solutions for a sector fraught with major inequalities and unequal distribution, and an “inability to uphold the right of every South African to access water”. “South Africa’s water story is not a good one,” Human... 

Sisulu promises traction in water sector
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

WC dam levels continue to rise, but user cautioned not to waste water

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2019 The Western Cape government on Monday urged permanent behavioural change with regard to water use as average dam levels stabilised. The average level of dams across the province contracted from 48% in 2018 to 47.2% during the same period in 2019. 

Garden Route Dam spillway on track for completion

By: African News Agency      12th July 2019 Construction on the raising of the Garden Route Dam spillway is on track and is expected to be completed within ten months, George Municipality said in a statement on Friday.  Construction of the spillway kicked off in May and the old concrete spillway was demolished and a new drainage channel... 

Use Mandela Month for water awareness – DWS

By: Thabi Madiba     11th July 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Thursday called on Gauteng residents to use their 67 minutes this Mandela Month towards cleaning freshwater sources and called on people to stop polluting water. The DWS urged water users not to take water for granted, and pointed out that former... 

Use Mandela Month for water awareness – DWS
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Former President Nelson Mandela

Taps run dry in Mpumalanga villages as they await the completion of a R14m water project

By: News24Wire      10th July 2019 Residents of several villages in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga, have been forced to buy water from vendors, despite promises that they would soon have water flowing from taps in their yards. In November 2018, the acting Mpumalanga provincial secretary of the ANC, Lindiwe Mabona-Ntshalintshali, promised... 

Drought is not over, restrictions still in place says City of Cape Town

By: African News Agency      9th July 2019 Increasing dam levels did not mean the drought was over, the City of Cape Town said on Monday.  The city said via a press statement that it wanted to remind residents that water restrictions remained in place.   

SABS willing to help municipalities design portable toilet specifications

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th July 2019 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) on Monday said it was able and willing to help municipalities design a set of specific requirements for the efficient functioning of portable toilets, chemical or otherwise. This comes as some municipalities are facing challenges in managing chemical... 

Massive upgrade under way at Zandvliet Wastewater Treatment Works in Cape Town

By: African News Agency      8th July 2019 The R1.7-billion upgrade of the Zandvliet Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTWs) is set to unlock development in one of the fastest growing catchments in Cape Town, the city said on Sunday. The Zandvliet WwTWs treats effluent from the southern parts of Kuils River, Delft, Blackheath, Blackheath... 

Calculator to estimate daily water use

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     5th July 2019 With South Africa classified as a water-stressed country, owing to its receiving an average of about 492 mm/y of rainfall, water utility Rand Water’s environmental brand Water Wise’s water calculator provides users with an estimate of how much water is used in daily activities. Water Wise... 

Water-crisis conditions hold serious implications and challenges

5th July 2019 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM senior engineer Hanine van Deventer stresses that, when a severe multiyear drought, coupled with difficult water-management parameters, is experienced, such as was the case in the Western Cape from 2015 to 2018, water-crisis conditions hold serious... 

Water-crisis conditions hold serious implications and challenges
HANINE VAN DEVENTER Private-sector companies are seldom knowledgeable or equipped to deal with water-crisis interventions on a regular basis

R341-million set aside to overhaul infrastructure

5th July 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation has set aside R341-million to completely overhaul wastewater treatment infrastructure in the Vaal Triangle, says pump manufacturer and supplier Werner Pumps MD Sebastian Werner. The Vaal river is polluted with untreated sewage flowing into it from three... 

R341-million set aside to overhaul infrastructure
PUMP IT UP The truck-mounted jetting units built by Werner South Africa Pumps and Equipment will assist ERWAT to save the Vaal River

Infrastructure backlog provides growth opportunities for company

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 There is a backlog of sufficient planned new bulk water infrastructure projects in South Africa which could potentially provide increased opportunities for engineering consultants, such as AECOM, to become involved in more infrastructure development, says AECOM water business line director Werner... 

Infrastructure backlog provides growth opportunities for company
WERNER COMRIE Collaboration between the public and private sectors is long overdue. We have to use our collective knowledge to solve the challenges going forward

South Africa water supply not keeping up with developments

5th July 2019 There are potential mining zones – in coal, platinum and chrome, for instance – in the northern parts of provinces like Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga. In many of these, growth has in fact already taken place – but water supply is not keeping up, says consulting firm SRK Consulting partner... 

Thames Water appoints SA analytics firm to monitor sewer headroom

By: Schalk Burger     5th July 2019 Local data science consulting company Explore-AI has been appointed by Thames Water, in the UK, to help deliver data analytics solutions for the UK’s largest water utility, says Explore-AI CEO Shaun Dippnall. The project involves building data science solutions to assist the utility in managing... 

SA looks to innovation to help manage ‘daunting’ water challenge

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th July 2019 As the thirtieth driest country in the world, South Africa has an as yet incomplete innovation story waiting to be told in what is undeniably a future of massive water shortages. As this future unfolds, an already inventive water and sanitation infrastructure and engineering sector has a... 

SA looks to innovation to help manage ‘daunting’ water challenge

Two water tanks installed at water treatment plant

5th July 2019 Water storage tank and solutions company Prestank recently installed two water tanks at the Ritchie water treatment plant in Northern Cape, says Prestank estimator and project coordinator Werner Hugo. This follows the expansion that has been taking place at the plant for the past few years, he adds. 

Water supply sufficient but users urged to use the resource wisely

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation has assured South Africans that the country will not run out of water during the dry winter spell, but warns that the sustainability of the water may be compromised if consumers use water negligently. It, therefore, encourages consumers to adopt... 

Water supply sufficient but users urged to use the resource wisely
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
Vaal Dam

Mpumalanga coal mines noncompliant with water use licence conditions – CER 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2019 Nonprofit organisation (NPO), the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) says coal mines in Mpumalanga are “significantly” noncompliant with their water use licence conditions. In a report – the fourth instalment in the CER’s Full Disclosure series – released on Wednesday, the NPO details gross... 

Mpumalanga coal mines noncompliant with water use licence conditions – CER

Water department committed to transparency in Clanwilliam dam wall project

By: African News Agency      2nd July 2019 The department of water and sanitation has reiterated its commitment to transparency and to empowering the residents of the West Coast district municipality during the raising of the Clanwilliam dam wall. Officially launched last October, the project is one of the biggest government... 

Company will host a masterclass at IFAT Africa 2019

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th June 2019 The IFAT Africa 2019 conference is scheduled to be held at the Gallagher convention centre, in Gauteng, from July 9 to 11.   QFS will share an overview of its involvement in various projects in the industrial and municipal sectors. It will also showcase water treatment and odour control... 

Company will host a masterclass at IFAT Africa 2019
STOPPING THE STENCH Odour control is a process that involves the treatment of odorous gas in heavily built-up areas that have become a nuisance to local residents, who live in the surrounding areas near wastewater treatment plants.

Rand Water planned maintenance wraps with minimal disruption

By: African News Agency      26th June 2019 Johannesburg residents can now breathe a sigh of relief after the 54-hour shut down for maintenance work on the B11 bulk supply line of Rand Water went off with minimum impact on households, the City of Johannesburg said on Tuesday. Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Environment and... 

AfDB to fund upgrades to South Sudan water, sanitation infrastructure

By: African News Agency      26th June 2019 South Sudan’s water and sanitation infrastructure is to be upgraded thanks to a decision by the African Development Bank to provide $24.7-million in funding. The bank’s Strategic Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project will support the rehabilitation of about 50 km of the capital Juba’s... 

Pollution on our plate: How waste is ending up in fish caught off the Cape coast

By: News24Wire      26th June 2019 The ocean around Cape Town is so polluted that pharmaceutical and industrial chemical compounds are accumulating in the flesh of fish caught off the coast, reports GroundUp . Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town's water quality reports remain hidden from the public. Scientists from the University of... 

Minister responds to Astral water constraints in Lekwa municipality

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2019 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has asked two officials to submit a full report on the water challenges affecting the Lekwa municipality, in Standerton, Mpumalanga, as well as business in the area. This follows after poultry producer Astral Foods on Monday... 

Minister responds to Astral water constraints in Lekwa municipality
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Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Aveng finalises water business sale  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2019 JSE-listed construction company Aveng on Tuesday received R85-million from Infinity Partners as payment for the sale of the Aveng Water business. Aveng announced the sale to the 100% black-owned company in January, with an original selling price of R95-million, which was subsequently reduced... 

Work to end Joburg water shutdown progressing as scheduled – Rand Water

By: News24Wire      25th June 2019 Johannesburg’s leading bulk water supplier, Rand Water, says its work on the B11 pipeline shutdown is progressing according to schedule.  "The technical teams worked throughout the night and achieved the set project milestones. The work is on target," spokesperson Justice Mohale said, as the... 

Work to end Joburg water shutdown progressing as scheduled – Rand Water
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