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Water

Big Olifants river initiative announced

28th February 2003 Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Ronnie Kasrils last week elaborated on plans for the development of the Olifants river system in the Limpopo Province. 

Lesotho water scheme study contract awarded

25th February 2003 A South African water consultancy, Jeffares Green Parkman Consultants (JGP), together with their British co-shareholder, Parkman, has been awarded the R13-million European Union-funded Lesotho Lowlands Water Feasibility Study. 

Why is drinking water fluoridated?

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st February 2003 A number of people have asked me my opinion of the fluoridation of drinking water. My position is that I am opposed to it. 

Steam may offer green-power option to Cape

By: Laura Franz     21st February 2003 The Southern Cape Fold Mountains hold subterranean reservoirs of superheated water that could be a source of cheap, ‘green’ energy. 

Climate change could have big economic impact

By: Deborah Spicer     14th February 2003 Climate change goes with Aids and politics when it comes to the top three issues that should concern South Africans, says University of Cape Town climatologist Prof Bruce Hewitson. 

Hogsback reticulation scheme in disrepair

14th February 2003 Two years after the completion of the R3,2-million award-winning dam and water scheme supplying the Eastern Cape mountain village of Hogsback, the purification system lies in disrepair, the water has been judged unfit to drink and leaking pipes are reported along the 18-km reticulation system. 

Orange Farm's water supply receives an upgrade

6th February 2003 Johannesburg Water (JW), the water and sanitation service provider for the cty has completed work in Orange Farm aimed at improving water supply and reticulation services. 

Germans set aside c17m for Malawi projects

By: Marcel Chimwala     31st January 2003 The German government has given Malawi €17-million to cater for a number of development projects. 

Cape Town to host big water symposium

29th January 2003 The City of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape are to host the first ever symposium on Integrated Urban Water Management. 

Corruption busting: Lesotho in brave fight against graft

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th January 2003 The multibillion-rand Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), which transfers huge quantities of water from the rugged peaks of the Mountain Kingdom to the industrial heartland of South Africa, has always fitted the current stereotype of large dams – that they are massive, expensive and,... 

Steel tube division focuses on providing complete solutions

24th January 2003 The steel tube division within global brand management company Barloworld, Barloworld Robor, is keenly focused on providing solutions to fulfil not only the needs of its existing customers, but the needs of its potential customers as well. 

Corruption busting: Lesotho in brave fight against graft

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th January 2003 The multibillion-rand Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which transfers huge quantities of water from the rugged peaks of the Mountain Kingdom to the industrial heartland of South Africa, has always fitted the current stereotype of large dams – that they are massive, expensive and,... 

$20m Zambia–DRC powerline project begins

24th January 2003 The Copperbelt Energy Company (CEC) in Zambia, together with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government, has embarked on the erection of a second 220kV line that is 136 km long. Once completed, the line is expected to run from Luano near Chingola in Zambia to Karavia in the DRC. 

Harvesting water from fog

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th January 2003 Only 35% of South Africa receives more than 500 mm of rain a year. 

Cape optimistic about gas find near Saldanha Bay

By: Joanne Delaurentis     17th January 2003 A major new gas find near Saldanha Bay and the servicing of the West Africa off-shore oil industry could widen the industrial base of the Western Cape and help its economy achieve a growth rate of five per cent. 

R64m project to install water metres

17th January 2003 Contractors began installing water metres in 37 areas across Mpumalanga this week, as part of the provincial department of local government's attempts to ensure the equal distribution of water in the region. 

Algeria awards emergency water contract

14th January 2003 Engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Group said it won a C$96-million ($60-million) contract from Algeria's Agence Nationale des Barrages to build an emergency water project in Skikda, about 400 km (256 miles) east of Algiers. 

Gugu Moloi, Umgeni Water

13th December 2002 Full name: Gugu Moloi Position: CEO of Umgeni Water, South Africa, from April 2002 Main activity of the company: Water utility Date and place of birth: September 12, 1967, in Bulwer, Kwazulu-Nata Education: Matric (Convent High), BA Law (University of Durban-Westville), Masters in town and... 

Portable water purification plants for SA

12th December 2002 Uruguayan-based public/private partnership company Rocco/Ose and South African company, Wastat, which manufacture compact, portable water treatment and purification plants, have signed a joint-venture deal worth R30-million. 

Reinheitsgebot demands high-quality water input

22nd November 2002 Most beverages require the addition of water during the manufacturing process.?Beer, for example, consists primarily of barley malt, hops, yeast and water. 

Loan sought for water project

By: Marcel Chimwala     22nd November 2002 Malawi – The Malawian parliament has authorised that country’s ministry of finance to obtain a US$3-million loan from the International Development Association (IDA) for a national water development project in addition to the $75-million loan it acquired from IDA for the project. 

Water utility in big capex roll-out

By: Deborah Spicer     15th November 2002 Infrastructure expenditure at water utility Rand Water is expected to peak in two years. 

Soweto water upgrades initiated

14th November 2002 Johannesburg Water (JW), the water and sanitation service provider for the city of Johannesburg, has initiated yet another project aimed at improving water supply provision in Soweto. 

R105m for Mpumalanga roads, water, sanitation

12th November 2002 Mpumalanga's financial situation is so healthy that it can afford to allocate R105-million for road repairs, rural sanitation and water provision across the province, Premier Ndaweni Mahlangu announced. 

Water pollution posing threat to SA

By: marisa rodrigues     8th November 2002 The largest problem facing the environment in South Africa is water pollution. 

Johannesburg water utility nabs meter thieves

7th November 2002 The water and sanitation service provider for the City of Johannesburg, Johannesburg Water (JW), has cracked down on a syndicate involved in the theft of water meters. 

SA energy firm may enter $500m Uganda power venture

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2002 South Africa’s State-owned Eskom Enterprises has been asked to participate in the controversial $550-million Bujagali hydropower project in Uganda. 

Solid performance recorded for latest financial year

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 GM finance Pat Ward has the task of handling the finances of South Africa’s biggest water provider. 

Company's new focus on growth, world-class customer service

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 For the great majority of Rand Water’s nearly 100-year history, the company has concentrated on one function, namely the abstraction, treatment and distribution of bulk potable water. 

New business vital to long-term sustainability

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 The development of new business outside of Gauteng and South Africa is vital to the long-term sustainability of Rand Water, says Thabani Myeza. 

36-year-old takes over the reins of water giant

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 The future of the 100-year-old Rand Water has been placed in the determined hands of an urbane 36-year old chemist since April 1. 

Asset upkeep, tracking system is upgraded

25th October 2002 Following a successful implementation of the Maximo Release 3.0.2 work and asset management system at Rand Water’s central depot distribution point, south of Johannesburg, the utility decided in November last year to upgrade to Maximo 4.1.1. 

Expansion into Africa and Middle East planned

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 In order to compete as a world-class water services provider, Rand Water will have to increase involvement in projects outside South Africa, say Rand Water chief engineer civils Alan Tonks and chief engineer development Roy Thomson. 

Historic Vaal River barrage refurbishment in progress

25th October 2002 Local company Concor Engineering has completed the contract for phase two of the replacement programme of steel gates in the historic Vaal River barrage. 

Employment equity strong focus of human resource department

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 Employee retention, employee training and employment equity are all-important at Rand Water says George Chimbuzi. 

Empowerment procurement target set at 50%

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 Moalosi Borotho is Rand Water’s commercial manager. He is responsible for the procurement functions of the company, and assumed the position four years ago. 

Utility in IT upgrade

25th October 2002 Water utility Rand Water was recently looking for reliable, high-speed connectivity between eight sites, and Bytes Communication Systems was given the challenge of managing and installing the upgrade. 

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