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Water

Prolonged drought hits South African farmers’ resilience

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2019 Federation of agricultural organisations AgriSA outlines a dire picture of the impact the years-long drought has had on South Africa’s farming industry and its now-waning capacity to recover in the midst of a climatic shift. Over the past four years, the country has faced a drier climatic spell,... 

Gauteng outlines ambitions for climate change mitigation   

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2019 After two years of development, gathering input, undertaking consultations and further refinements, the Gauteng City Region is preparing to implement an overarching Climate Change Response Strategy and Action Plan. Unveiled at the third Gauteng Climate Change Indaba, held in Pretoria, the plan... 

Gauteng outlines ambitions for climate change mitigation

Zimbabwe’s second-biggest city extends water-supply cuts

By: Bloomberg     21st November 2019 Zimbabwe’s second-biggest city of Bulawayo will extend interruptions to water supplies because of depleting resources, the town clerk said. Outages will increase to 96 hours a week from November 25, Christopher Dube said in an emailed statement on Thursday. Last month, the city imposed a 72-hour... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project tunnel to be refilled

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th November 2019 After a two-month shutdown for inspections and maintenance work, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel is being replenished with water, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) announced on Wednesday. In October, the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority, in conjunction with the... 

SA parliament committee concerned over lack of 'tangible' drought strategy

By: African News Agency      20th November 2019 Parliament's select committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs, water and sanitation says it is concerned at the lack of a tangible drought strategy to deal effectively with the challenges South Africa is currently facing. Last week commercial farmers said a ravaging drought had... 

SA parliament committee concerned over lack of 'tangible' drought strategy

Southern Africa drought to persist through March, FEWS NET says

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2019 Southern Africa faces further drought through March as land preparation and planting of summer crops gets underway, even after most parts of the region received near-normal rainfall through early November, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). “Seasonal forecasts... 

LTM Energy to bring off-grid sanitation solution to South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th 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... 

Mobile phones monitor flood levels

By: Debbie French     15th November 2019 A new water monitoring station that measures levels, flows, flumes and stage discharge via cloud networks has been launched, to assist in the mitigation of the effects of floodwaters, stormwater and compromised storage dams. The system is said to deliver near real-time water level and flow... 

Mobile phones monitor flood levels

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Multinational construction services company Hilti designed and supplied the modular installation systems to support wet services for chicken producer Early Bird Farms, in Olifantsfontein. Early Bird Farms has been refurbishing and refitting its operations as part of Project Phoenix, which... 

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir
CRIZETTE VAN DEN BERGH The modular installation system is beneficial in terms of maintenance because of reduced downtime

Ministers attend LHWP II sod-turning

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th November 2019 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and her counterpart from the Kingdom of Lesotho, Minister Samonyane Ntsekele, on Wednesday visited Mokhotlong, Lesotho, for the sod-turning in preparation for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP II). The ceremony... 

SA’s water shortages 

13th November 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the water supply challenges in South Africa, how government plans to address the situation and how the ongoing drought is affecting the agricultural sector.   

SA’s water shortages
SA’s water shortages

Heavy rains bring some relief, but water situation remains dire

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th November 2019 Rainfall across South Africa has provided some relief after a period of hot and extremely dry conditions, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape. The rainfall will benefit the coastal belt from the Dolphin Coast in KwaZulu-Natal to the northern part of the Eastern Cape;... 

Committee welcomes water dept’s plan to deal with irregular expenditure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th November 2019 The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation has welcomed the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) financial recovery plan, which includes initiatives to deal with R16-billion in irregular expenditure. The committee said in a statement on Tuesday that it was sure... 

Prolonged drought hits South African farmers’ resilience 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th November 2019 Federation of agricultural organisations AgriSA on Tuesday painted a dire picture of the impact the years-long drought has had on South Africa’s farming industry and its now-waning capacity to recover in the midst of a climatic shift. Over the past four years, the country has faced a drier... 

Prolonged drought hits South African farmers’ resilience

Angola may seek almost half the power from a $14bn Congo hydro plant

By: Bloomberg     11th November 2019 Angola may buy as much as 5 000 MW from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo’s proposed $14-billion hydropower plant. In its current design, the Inga III dam would be the biggest hydropower plant in Africa, generating 11 050 MW. The two partners developing the project – one Chinese, one... 

Water dept steps in to ease Free State shortages

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th November 2019 To augment dwindling water levels in the Free State, the Department of Water and Sanitation has released water from the Saulsport dam to benefit areas such as Frankfort, Tweeling and Reitz. The department on Monday said the Saulsport dam was in a better state this week, at 80%, compared with most... 

Water dept steps in to ease Free State shortages

Deputy Minister calls for back-up power at Rooiwaal wastewater treatment works

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2019 Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo on Friday raised concerns about the lack of back-up electricity capacity at the Rooiwaal wastewater treatment works, which has left large parts of Hammanskraal without reliable water supply for weeks. The treatment works was struck by lightning... 

Uptick in demand for water-treatment system valves

By: Tracy Hancock     8th November 2019 Local demand for the Runxin water-treatment system valves has increased, despite the current business climate, says Johannesburg-headquartered boiler manufacturer and water-treatment components supplier Allmech. “More clients are discovering how easy these valves are to use and how reliable they... 

Uptick in demand for water-treatment system valves
RUNXIN RANGE The company offers flowrates from 4 500 l/hr – F56A1 manual and F63B/C automatic filter valves – to the 30 000 l/hr F112B filter and 40 000 l/hr F112A softener valves

Partnerships key to overcoming SA water value chain challenges

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th November 2019 Partnership in all its forms – public-private partnerships (PPPs), community and catchment-based approaches and corporate water stewardship – will be critical for South Africa to overcome the significant challenges faced across the water sector. Concerted collaborative efforts and the... 

Company’s butterfly valves in high demand

By: Tracy Hancock     8th November 2019 There is significant demand for the InterApp butterfly valves range from engineering consumables and components supplier BMG, with more than 100 units sold a month. Valves from the range have recently been supplied for chemical applications at mining operations and processing plants in Namibia... 

Company’s butterfly valves in high demand
SIGNIFICANT SELLER InterApp Bianca and Desponia butterfly valves are recommended by BMG for high efficiency and safe use in demanding industrial flow control applications

Valve new option for abrasive slurry applications at mines

By: Tracy Hancock     8th November 2019 Gauteng-based valve supplier Ultra Control Valves (UCV) has expanded its offering for slurry and abrasive applications with the introduction of the Titan metal-seated ball valve from Durban-based valve manufacturer Natal Pipe & Valve (NPV). “We now have a complete range of slurry valves, which... 

Valve new option for abrasive slurry applications at mines
PROVING POPULAR More consulting engineers are specifying the use of ratio reducing pressure reducing valves

Water availability in consumers’ hands – Sisulu

By: Thabi Madiba     7th November 2019 Despite fears that South Africa is heading towards a major water shortage, Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu said there was no need for panic if South Africans used water sparingly ahead of the normal summer rainfall. Sisulu said the availability of water was in... 

Water availability in consumers’ hands – Sisulu
Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu

Experts call for overhaul in the way waste is managed in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2019 Experts have called for changes in the way municipalities dispose of waste in South Africa, saying that up to 90% of waste goes to landfills, most of which are uncontrolled dump sites. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research principal scientist: waste and circular economy Professor Linda... 

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to try to resolve dam dispute by January 15

By: Reuters     7th November 2019 The foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed on Wednesday to work toward resolving their dispute over the filling and operation of a massive dam project in Ethiopia by Jan. 15, 2020, the US Treasury said. In a joint statement released after US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin hosted... 

Gauteng dam levels drop further  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th November 2019 High temperatures and a lack of rainfall have continued to put pressure on dwindling dam levels across the country and especially within the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS). The Department of Water and Sanitation on Wednesday reiterated its cry for consumers to cut back on their water use,... 

Steady progress being made to make South Africa a ‘competitive investment destination’   

By: Terence Creamer     6th November 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined the “steady, but sure” progress being made to make South Africa a “more competitive investment destination” as he sought to consolidate an investment push designed to attract $100-billion (R1.2-trillion in 2018 exchange rates terms) of fixed investment over the... 

Steady progress being made to make South Africa a ‘competitive investment destination’
President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined the “steady, but sure” progress being made to make South Africa a “more competitive investment destination” as he sought to consolidate an investment push designed to attract $100-billion (R1.2-trillion in 2018 exchange rates terms) of fixed investment over the five-year period to 2023. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 6.11.2019

Mahlobo urges stakeholders to work together on the Vaal river interventions

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th November 2019 A new task team has been established to review a proposal for reusing treated wastewater for agricultural purposes such as irrigation, cash crops and aquaculture activities in the Vaal area. Emfuleni local municipality MEC for Basic Services councellor Bheki Ntsele will chair the newly... 

Western Cape dam levels rise on summer rains

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th November 2019 The average dam levels in the Western Cape have increased as a result of summer rains across large parts of the province during the past ten days. The latest average dam level for the province as a whole increased from 63.9% during the comparative week in 2018, to 66.8% currently. 

Congo says $14bn Inga dam on track despite disagreements

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2019 The Democratic Republic of Congo remains committed to building a $14-billion dam on the Congo River, even as the project is bogged down in disagreements between its developers, according to the government agency overseeing the project. Congo envisages an 11 050 MW facility that can export 5 000... 

Tourism, energy at risk as Africa's largest waterfall runs low

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2019 The flow at the Africa’s biggest waterfall is at its lowest since 1995, highlighting the threat posed by a drought to tourism and electricity generation in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Flow has slumped to 109 m3/s at Victoria Falls, a 1.7 km curtain of falling water at the peak of a normal wet season,... 

Tourism, energy at risk as Africa's largest waterfall runs low
Photo by Bloomberg
The Victoria Falls before the drought

Aveng Water rebranded as Nafasi Water

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2019 Black-owned water technology and water utility services company Nafasi Water, formerly known as Aveng Water, has formally unveiled its new name, identity and owners. Nafasi Water, owned and led by CEO Suzie Nkambule, is beginning a new chapter of sustained growth following a successful... 

Water restrictions on the cards in Limpopo as dam levels continue to drop

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st October 2019 As the dam levels in Limpopo dropped from 50.5% last week to 49.8% this week, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) warns that possible water restrictions could be applied to assist in conservation of this valuable resource. Raising a red flag for the DWS is Tzaneen dam, the levels of... 

Egypt says Washington to host Nov 6 meeting on Ethiopia dam dispute

By: Reuters     30th October 2019 The Trump administration has invited Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to a meeting in Washington on Nov. 6 to try to break the deadlock in negotiations over a giant hydropower dam on Ethiopia's Blue Nile, Egypt's foreign minister said on Tuesday. Earlier this month, Cairo said it accepted a US... 

Two mines step in to help Barberton's water crisis

By: News24Wire      30th October 2019 The water crisis facing residents of Barberton in the Mpumalanga Lowveld has been temporarily curtailed after two mines in the area stepped in. The two mines, Barberton and Agnes, are two of the biggest employers in the area. 

Water-shedding can be avoided, says Sisulu 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2019 Water-stressed South Africa has to decrease the amount of water consumed or face the prospect of “water-shedding”. The Department of Water and Sanitation on Monday urged citizens to heed calls of water demand reductions, as the country enters the summer period with water restrictions. 

Water-shedding can be avoided, says Sisulu
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Rand Water CEO Sipho Mosai talk about the need for South Africans to save water. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Metals sector in costly battle to turn green

By: Reuters     25th October 2019 Metals producers, from miners to smelters, are grappling with increasingly tough and costly environmental demands imposed by banks seeking cleaner investments. While the transition may prove overwhelming for smaller producers, larger companies are playing a long game, casting ahead to a period... 

R50m emergency drought funding approved for Western Cape farms

By: African News Agency      24th October 2019 The Western Cape cabinet has approved the release of R50 million in emergency funding to assist farms severely affected by drought.  According to the province's MEC for finance and economic opportunities, David Maynier, the release of the funding was authorised on Tuesday.  

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