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R3,2-billion water, sanitation project making progress

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2002 One year into the Masibambane project, which aims to establish basic water supply and sanitation services, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) indicates that good progress is being made with the three-year R3,2-billion venture, says Dwaf communications director Babs Naidoo. 

Water polluters will start paying penalties by 2004

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is developing a Waste Discharge Charge System (WDCS), which will provide a framework for billing water users that dispose of their waste into water resources. 

SA division turns global centre of excellence

22nd March 2002 The pure-water systems division of Pall South Africa is set to become a centre of excellence within the Pall Corporation. 

Wave power potential

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th February 2002 I undertook that the next few columns would discuss the above topic, based on a number of papers given at a recent conference. 

Lesotho water now used in six provinces

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st February 2002 The last major component of the first phase of the multibillion-rand scheme to transfer water from the highlands of Lesotho to South Africa's Gauteng province is expected to be completed this year, capping a series of engineering feats which have garnered numerous awards over the years. 

Malawi to kick-start water project

By: Marcel Chimwala     25th January 2002 MALAWI - Malawi is to kick start a $12-million integrated rural water-supply project for the central district of Ntchisi and northern district of Mzimba. 

Dorbyl Water

14th December 2001 Established in 1947, Dorbyl Water is the largest manufacturer of valves in the Southern Hemisphere, producing over 25 000 valves each month. 

Demand for 'intelligent' actuator is growing

16th November 2001 Valve actuator manufacturer Rotork Africa reports that there has been a growing requirement to supply its intelligent IQ range of actuators with serial communications. 

Struggle for clean water far from over

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2001 The struggle for cleaner water in South Africa is far from over, but the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) promises it has several programmes in place to deal with issues that made headlines in Engineering News earlier this year, in an article on the country’s national health... 

The big fluoridation debate

16th November 2001 The fluoridation of potable water has always been, and will remain, a controversial and emotive practice. 

World Bank set to approve $500m Uganda hydro project

16th November 2001 The World Bank said it was likely to approve a $500-million project to build a 250 megawatt power dam in Uganda aimed at almost doubling the country’s electric power capacity. 

Evaporation technology to stop enviro pollution

By: Karel Smrcka     9th November 2001 Environmental issues have a substantial effect on the treatment and disposal of industrial effluents and landfill leachate. The environmental movement is gaining momentum to minimise water usage and wastewater volume is increasing daily. 

Prepayment water offer to deal with arrears

By: Jill Stanford     2nd November 2001 CAPE Town companies Tellumat and Rhomberg claim to have the answer to the city's problem of recovering hundreds of millions of rands in outstanding water revenues. 

Study on for new Mozambique dam

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2001 After being tormented by severe floods in the last two years, Mozambique is conducting a feasibility study into building the Moamba dam in the Moamba district, in the Maputo province, 70 km west of the country’s capital, Maputo. 

Changes flow at water research body

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2001 A re-engineering process is under way at the Pretoria-based Water Research Commission (WRC), under the leadership of newly-appointed CEO Dr Rivka Kfir. 

UK-SA seek a water alliance

By: Keith Campbell     19th October 2001 Britain is keen to share its expertise in water sector with SA – water privatisation has been highly successful and beneficial in the UK 

R2,2bn grant for water projects

18th October 2001 The Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Province are set to benefit from a R2,2-billion grant for the improvement of water services over the next three years, reports Bua News. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

Oxygen solution helps fish-farm breathe easier

21st September 2001 Gas solutions company Air Liquide has secured a contract with leading freshwater fish farm Lunsklip Fishers, of Mpumalanga, to supply oxygen and associated technology for the monitoring and control of the water dissolved oxygen content. 

R994m Cape dam project still on

19th September 2001 Water affairs minister Ronnie Kasrils has announced the ‘in principle’ approval of a R944-million Skuifraam dam and supplement scheme in the Western Cape. 

New water source for Cape Town

By: System Author     8th December 2000 A scientific study has identified a significant potential water-supply source for Cape Town in the Table Mountain group. 

New mobile water

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Environmental protection 

Pedal power never outdated

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Developments to Watch 

Maguga dam road construction, Swaziland

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Tenders are invited for the construction of a gravel road. 

Water purified in seconds

By: System Author     29th September 2000 A British company is offering its compact water-filter bottle in world markets, including South Africa. 

Water deregulation attracts UK investor

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 A large international firm has invested in South Africa with an eye on water deregulation prospects. 

Water future: now ‘small’ becomes a big issue

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 South Africa is facing what can arguably be called one of its biggest challenges of the millennium – ensuring that it has enough water resources for the generations to come. 

Water bank concept seems feasible

1st September 2000 Preliminary results of a study into artificial groundwater recharge has indicated that it is feasible to ‘bank’ vast quantities of water underground for later use. 

More water for pumped-storage scheme

By: System Author     28th July 2000 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry is undertaking a feasibility study into increasing the water transfer capacity of Eskom’s Drakensberg power station. 

Jo’burg prepares for private water

By: System Author     14th July 2000 The establishment of the Johannesburg water and sanitation utility and the outsourcing of the management of this may not only provide a solution to the city’s revenue crisis, but could also present a lucrative private sector business opportunity. 

Water pump for Africa

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Newly-formed company Free Water Initiatives, of Midrand, Gauteng, is set to launch a free-flow suction water pump on the local market, which is believed will help uplift rural society life in Africa and other Third World countries. 

Private water obstacles flushed away

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Water Affairs and Forestry minister Ronnie Kasrils has published draft regulations which will govern the involvement of private and public sector providers in water services. 

‘World in a water crisis’

By: System Author     28th April 2000 South Africa will not achieve water security in the twenty-first century without balancing the creation of physical infrastructure and efficient water management. 

Pump contract is on track

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Pumps 

Progress made in water pollution and treatment

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Following the growing realisation that it was no longer possible to separate the fields of water-pollution control and drinking-water treatment, the International Association of Water Quality and the International Water Services Association have merged to form the International Water Association . 

Holistic approach needed in dam-building

By: System Author     7th April 2000 Alternatives to dam-building need to be thoroughly canvassed before a dam is built, and dam-building should not automatically be a first reaction. 

21 000 to benefit from water scheme

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Contracts for the construction of the R28-million Ndaleni water supply scheme are to be awarded at the end of this month. 

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