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Water

More of supplier’s pumps for Tshwane Metro upgrade

19th March 2004 The multimillion rand upgrade and expansion of Tshwane Metro’s water-delivery services included the installation of two high-performance Salmson pumps. 

Women in water honoured

By: zeena isaacs     19th March 2004 The 2004 Women in Water awards will take place on 19 March as a curtain raiser to National Water Week which is to be celebrated from March 22 to 28. 

Alien plants are being cleared in Elandsfontein and Mogale

By: zeena isaacs     19th March 2004 Bulk water supplier to Gauteng Rand Water reports that its alien-vegetation-eradication project is on schedule and meeting its objectives. 

Much needs to be done to achieve millennium development goals

By: zeena isaacs     19th March 2004 According to the 2003 United Nations water development report, 6 000 people die a year from drinking dirty water. 

SA backs expansion of DRC power project

27th February 2004 South Africa has given its backing to a multibillion-dollar expansion of a giant power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help light up the African continent, a minister said. 

Rand Water appointed to construct R70m pipeline

12th February 2004 Rand Water has been appointed by the South African Department of Water Affairs and Forestry to construct a R70-million pipeline, which will deliver clean water to the drought stricken western highveld areas of Cullinan and the western highveld region of Mpumalanga. 

Kasrils promises movement on forestry restructuring

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th February 2004 Forestry restructuring in South Africa would be completed and the expansion of commercial plantation forestry in the Eastern Cape would be promoted – a clear contribution to the challenge of addressing the social transition, said Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Ronnie Kasrils yesterday. 

Three shortlisted for the Franschhoek dam project

By: Jill Stanford     6th February 2004 Bulk water agency Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority has shortlisted three joint ventures to tender for the construction of the Berg river dam on the upper reaches of the Berg river, near Franschhoek in the Western Cape. 

SA firm bullish on Jordan pipeline construction bid

By: Martin Czernowalow     23rd January 2004 South African company Group Five may know in about a month whether or not its bid for the construction of a Jordanian water pipeline has been successful. 

New-era water works opens on East Rand

By: Zonika Botha     12th December 2003 The first wastewater treatment works in South Africa to produce treated water to the new 2010 water quality standards, and also the first to operate on the new water licensing system, was officially opened by Water Affairs and Forestry MInister Ronnie Kasrils last week. 

Construction 65% complete

By: elizabeth rebelo     5th December 2003 Construction of Durban’s R700-million uShaka Marine World is already 65% complete, says Stocks Building Africa (SBA) executive director Johan Brink. 

Soweto water overhaul gets moving

By: Deborah Spicer     5th December 2003 Water utility Johannesburg Water hopes to have completed the pilot phase of a project to repair and upgrade the water-reticulation infrastructure in Soweto by April next year. 

SA celebrates National Quality Week

10th November 2003 Quality equals growth; it is one of the keys to unlock South Africa’s economic development, says Stranger Kgamphe, chairperson of the South African Quality Institute at the launch of National Quality Week 2003. 

Water utility in piping world first

By: Deborah Spicer     7th November 2003 Richards Bay water utility Mhlatuze Water will have the distinction of installing a world-first in pipe technology when it completes the replacement of a section of its buoyant effluent-disposal scheme. 

Countering filter contaminants

By: Steven Chiaberta     17th October 2003 Many filters are prematurely blocked because of problems associated with water contamination. ?This is the view of hydraulics director Philip Johnson of the multinational filter technology company Donaldson. 

Ekurhuleni initiates a water-saving forum

By: Zonika Botha     17th October 2003 In an effort to promote the sustainable use of water by main industry participants in the East Rand, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council has embarked on an initiative to establish a Water Saving and Efficiency Forum. 

Mines complain about rising tariffs

By: Deborah Spicer     10th October 2003 Marginal mining companies are complaining that price increases by Rand Water will affect their sustainability. 

Rising input costs put pressure on water prices

By: Deborah Spicer     10th October 2003 Bulk water supplier Rand Water is concerned that increases in input costs for its business may have a negative effect on the poorest South Africans. 

Mining underpins water utility’s growth

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th September 2003 Bulk water supplier Rand Water said yesterday the 2002/3 financial year saw a 45% increase in net profit, to R281-million, and the consequent improvement of the profit margin to 9,7%. 

South African sentenced for water project bribery

18th September 2003 A South African was sentenced yesterday in the Maseru High Court for bribery during the construction of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. 

R450m Soweto water project launched

8th September 2003 A R450-million Soweto water-infrastructure project was launched by Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo at the weekend. 

Kimberley operation implements a new water conservation method 

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Diamond-mining company De Beers has implemented a new water conservation system at its Combined Treatment Plant (CTP) in Kimberley, Northern Cape, which is based on the paste and thickened tailings disposal (P&TTD) concept. 

Bids invited for R1,4bn Cape water scheme

By: Jill Stanford     29th August 2003 THE Berg River Consultants (BRC) have invited civil engineering contractors to prequalify for the construction of the Berg river dam on the Berg river near Franschhoek, in the Western Cape.? 

Desert town in water-banking move

By: nkolola halwindi     22nd August 2003 Being a water-stressed country, South Africa will have to continue finding innovative and effective ways of managing and using its water resources. 

SA firm bids for Jordanian pipeline project

By: Martin Czernowalow     22nd August 2003 South African broad-based infrastructure company Group Five on Wednesday submitted a bid for the construction of a Jordanian water pipeline as part of its activities in the Middle East. 

Montagu groundwater scheme completed

15th August 2003 A groundwater scheme to make up a shortfall of irrigation water in the Koo Valley, near Montagu, in the Western Cape, has been completed. 

Suppressing flames with minimal damage

By: Karel Smrcka     15th August 2003 Finish company Marioff Corporation, of Vantaa, has achieved the position of market leader as a supplier of fire extinguishing systems for passenger ships throughout the whole world, and it also sells similar systems for on-land premises. 

Invasive-alien plant programme prioritises research

By: Jill Stanford     15th August 2003 WORKING for Water (W4W), the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s programme that deals with invasive alien plants, is holding its first research symposium from August 19 to 21 at the Old Mutual Conference Centre, at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. 

Study to determine mine-linked water needs nears completion

By: Martin Czernowalow     8th August 2003 A study to determine future water requirements in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, expected to grow with the development of various platinum projects, is nearing completion, said South Africa’s Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf). 

R140m water-accounting project for megacity

By: Deborah Spicer     8th August 2003 It is hoped that a project to make the Ekurhuleni database more accurately reflect water and electricity usage will reduce the amount of unaccounted for water that the metropolitan area is reporting by a significant amount. 

New plan for apartheid-era water schemes

By: Deborah Spicer     8th August 2003 About 700 water schemes associated with the former Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei (TBVC) homelands will be transferred from the books of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) to those of local government or receiving authorities in the coming years. 

Joburg water utility in sewer maintenance drive

8th August 2003 Water and sanitation service provider for the Johannesburg, Johannesburg Water, increased its capacity on preventative sewer maintenance through commissioning into operation of three custom designed hydro jetting vacuum tankers. 

R1,2bn budget for water supply and sanitation

By: Helene Le Roux     25th July 2003 This financial year the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) will spend R1,2-billion of its total budget of R6-billion on new water supply and sanitation infrastructure, and about R800-million on assisting municipalities to operate and maintain existing basic water supply projects. 

Quality of bottled water comes under suspicion

By: Helene Le Roux     25th July 2003 The bottled water industry is booming with sales, locally and worldwide, growing year-on-year, but do consumers really know what they are drinking? This is the question posed by East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) laboratory services executive manager Dries Louw. 

Municipal engineering body asks questions on basic free water policy

By: Helene Le Roux     25th July 2003 About 76% of local water authorities implement government’s basic free water policy, a pro-poor strategy, which aims to meet basic water and sanitation needs in the drive to eradicate poverty in the country. 

Water from air

By: Helene Le Roux     25th July 2003 A machine designed to replace traditional office water coolers, using technology that turns air into water, is currently undergoing local trials. 

Coal-mine completes acid effluent treatment plant

25th July 2003 The treatment of acid effluent from mining processes is an ongoing challenge in the mining industry. 

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