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Methods of heating water by electric current

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Breede river basin study, Western Cape

By: System Author     19th November 1999 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry is investigating the optimal use of all the country’s water resources in terms of the requirements of the National Water Act. 

Water treatment, Gauteng

By: System Author     19th November 1999 The viability of a privately-owned water-treatment plant that will produce potable water from ground-water pumped from mines is being investigated. 

SA plans its water security beyond 2020

By: System Author     12th November 1999 With South Africa due to run out of water between the years 2020 and 2030, various solutions concerning water conservation and augmentation schemes, among others, need to be maintained and sustained. 

Water project, Kwazulu-Natal

By: System Author     12th November 1999 The Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry has approved the implementation of the first phase of the Mooi-Mgeni transfer scheme. 

V&A Waterfront residential marina, Western Cape

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Stocks Coastal has started its bulk earthworks contract to prepare the site for the canal. 

Gauteng’s water future hangs on one source

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 It is essential to ensure adequate and sustainable water resources into the next millennium, 

35% of province’s water goes to waste

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 It is estimated that an average of 60% of water within the Gauteng water system is wasted. 

N$95m dam project on track

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Construction on the N$95-million new reclamation plant at Goreangab dam in Namibia is progressing well and due to come on stream in October 2000. 

Co-operation needed in water, sanitation

By: System Author     10th September 1999 South Africa needs private sector involvement to meet the water supply and sanitation needs of the country. 

R53m housing project takes off

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The Kwazulu-Natal provincial housing board and the Umlazi community have appointed Grinaker Housing Kwazulu-Natal as the developer for the R53,5-million project to provide 3 100 houses to residents in Ward B10. The development is an on-site upgrade. In order to formalise the existing informal... 

Invasive plants threaten SA economy

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Invasive species are one of the single biggest threats to the South African economy, warns Working for Water Programme (WFW) national programme leader Dr Guy Preston. Although no estimate has been calculated for South Africa, scientists in Australia have put their figure at R35-billion damage a... 

Free State water-supply projects are flowing ahead

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Extensive expansions have been undertaken by Bloem Water to ensure that the utility is in a position to continue to meet the growing demands of its consumers, says spokesperson Louis van Oudtshoorn. Bloemfontein’s present source of raw water is the Caledon and Modder rivers, with about... 

Plan is a river first

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Following years of delay the Palmiet river, near Grabouw in the Western Cape, will soon be the first river in South Africa to have a strategic catchment-management plan in place which complies with most of the requirements set out by the National Water Act of 1998. Although the process of drawing... 

Spec being revised

By: System Author     30th July 1999 IN order to provide the end-user with better-quality products, the specification for small-bore steel water-piping specification, SABS 62, is undergoing revision at present, reveals Robor Tube technical market development manager Franco Mordini. Moreover, the government has now introduced a... 

Contract secured for 12 gravity sand filters

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Gauteng water-treatment systems and components supplier ASW Engineering has secured a significant contract for the refurbishment of 12 rapid gravity sand filters at Umgeni Water’s Wiggins road water-purification works. The water authority has been experiencing severe filter media loss... 

Facelift for Johannesburg sewage works 

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The facelift of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council sewage works, which included the replacement of its outdated manual control system, has been completed in record time by Gauteng firm Ram-Tec Systems. The old manual control panels of the sewage works, located off the R28 highway, have... 

Software boosts revenue flow of utilities

By: System Author     30th July 1999 By employing modern metering technology, optimising the accuracy of water meters supplying bulk consumers, and employing the latest data-capture and transfer technology, water utilities could increase revenue, reports Meinecke Meters MD Basil Bold. “Through the implementation of these... 

SA water facts

By: System Author     30th July 1999 South Africa is largely semi-arid, and the country’s main source of water is rivers. The country’s yearly rainfall is 470 mm, compared to the world average of 857 mm a year and, on average, only about 9% of rainfall reaches rivers. In addition to surface water, 5 400-million... 

Concrete-mix design for pipeline project

By: System Author     30th July 1999 With the scarce supply of water in Botswana, the challenge to develop appropriate technologies for improving the supply of safe, reliable and affordable water to isolated communities is being improved with the construction of the North–South Carrier pipeline. The project stretches over 360... 

Big industrial show scheduled for Dubai

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The Big Five show will once again take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October of this year offering literally billions of dollarsworth of opportunities to suppliers in the key industry sectors served by the show, namely building, water technology and environment, air-conditioning... 

R75m dam nears completion

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Construction of the R75-million Paris dam in Kwazulu-Natal is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year. At this stage the wall is 65% complete and the intake tower civils work is complete. Situated on the Bivane river in the Vryheid district, the dam is to supplement the flow of the... 

Leaking dams, reservoirs cost Africa millions

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Despite Africa being the main beneficiary of international aid to develop water-related infrastructure, millions of dollars are being lost drop by drop every year as a result of leaking dams and reservoirs. Water provision in Africa is a crucial issue and, although international aid organisations... 

Novel dam financing

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Adopting a unique approach to infrastructure funding, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and the Infrastructure Finance Corporation Limited (Inca) provided R65-million for the construction of the newly-opened Ceres Koekedouw dam. A joint development between the Koekedouw irrigation board, the Department of... 

R200m for Gauteng community projects

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Accelerating the pace of delivery in terms of projects and services as well as creating job opportunities are two of the biggest challenges which face the Eastern Gauteng Services Council (EGSC) in its 1999–2000 financial year, executive committee chairperson William Mahlangu tells... 

New series of dry vacuum pumps launched

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 new series of dry vacuum pumps designed to perform in industrial applications has been launched by Edwards High Vacuum International. GV Drystar pumps have displacements of from 90 m3/h to 540 m3/h. The pumps have two pairs of claw-shaped rotors on two shafts, which rotate in opposite directions... 

Strong commitment to ‘green’ management

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 As one of the first two companies in South Africa to be certified to ISO 14001 standards, Mossgas is committed to proper environmental management and responsible care in line with internationally acceptable standards and requirements. Detailed environmental-impact studies were therefore carried... 

Hi-tech plant on Garden Route

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The onshore plant is situated 11 km west of Mossel Bay on a 410 ha site on South Africa’s scenic Garden Route. A modern solid-waste disposal facility is situated next to the main plant on a property of 360 ha. This high-technology plant has a design production capacity of 30 200 barrels of... 

R5-million electrical contract awarded

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 ADOPTING a reportedly unique approach to infrastructure funding, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and the Infrastructure Finance Corporation (Inca) have provided R65-million for the construction of the newly-opened Ceres Koekedouw dam. This figure represents the Koekedouw Irrigation Board’s portion... 

Meters for R29m Eastern Cape water scheme

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Community standpipe water meters will be supplied to the Peddie regional water supply scheme in the Eastern Cape by Conlog, one of Africa’s leading manufacturers of prepayment electricity, water and solar dispensing systems. Worth R29,1-million, the scheme will eventually supply about 62... 

Lesotho electrical contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN electrical subcontract for the Matsoku tunnel and weir project – which forms part of the R1,2-billion phase 1B of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project – has been secured by electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Electrical. The floodwaters of the Matsoku river will be... 

Ultrafiltration unit for Pretoria plant

By: System Author     25th June 1999 LOCAL company Pall South Africa has designed, installed and commissioned a three-bank ultrafiltration unit for the e-coat plant at Samcor, Pretoria, to remove water from the electrocoating liquid into which vehicle bodies are immersed in the painting or coating process. After the immersion and... 

Engineering giants join forces

By: System Author     18th June 1999 SOUTH African industry, municipalities and water authorities have gained access to the world’s most extensive and advanced range of control and automation technology following the merger of two international engineering giants, BTR and Siebe. “The merger has created Britain’s... 

So much complex technology hangs on a thread

By: System Author     18th June 1999 When you think about it, nuts and bolts play a vital, but seldom-recognised role in our lives. Although based on a simple helical thread, they represent a highly complex niche of technology, which impinges on virtually every facet of the manufacturing industry. The Greek mathematician Archimedes... 

Water scarcity threatens

By: System Author     18th June 1999 NEARLY a third of the world’s population, about 2,7 billion people, will experience severe water shortage within the next 25 years, according to a new study by a leading global water organisation. “Water scarcity is now the single greatest threat to human health, the environment and... 

R2,4m civil services contract awarded

By: System Author     18th June 1999 CIVIL engineering company Ruthcon Civil Contractors has been awarded a R2,4-million contract for the installation of civil services at Kamagugu in Mpumpalanga. The contract comprises the installation in two stages of water, sewer and stormwater reticulation as well as surfaced roads, and forms... 

Tap opens on R780m Western Cape dam

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Construction of the R780-million Skuifraam dam and Skuifraam supplement scheme on the upper Berg river in the vicinity of Franschhoek and Paarl are going ahead. The implementation of these two development options form part of an integrated water-resource management approach for the Greater Cape... 

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