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Zimbabwe to cut power to mines, others over $77m in unpaid bills

By: Reuters     24th October 2019 Zimbabwe's State-owned electricity distributor, grappling with drought and ageing equipment, said on Thursday it will disconnect mines, farms and other users as it looks to recover $77-million in unpaid bills. The Southern African nation is experiencing daily power cuts lasting up to 18 hours... 

Sisulu steps in as water supply challenges, high temperatures persist

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd October 2019 Rand Water on Wednesday implemented water restrictions to various areas across its network as demand heavily outstripped supply of 4 370 Ml/d. It warned that the prolonged average water consumption of 4 900 Ml/d – at a 530 Ml/d deficit – over the past few months was unsustainable and would lead... 

Ethiopia probes alleged dam misspending that slowed construction

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2019 Ethiopian authorities are probing missing funds a military contractor already accused of graft was meant to spend on a showpiece dam on a Nile tributary that’s raised tensions with Egypt. Military-linked Metals & Engineering Corp, which was replaced as a contractor on the Grand Ethiopian... 

Egypt accepts invitation to meet in US over Ethiopia dam dispute

By: Reuters     23rd October 2019 Egypt said on Tuesday it had accepted a US invitation to a meeting of foreign ministers over a project for a giant hydropower dam on Ethiopia's Blue Nile that is causing an escalating spat between the two African countries. The meeting of foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, the three... 

Rand Water warns of interruptions amidst high demand and temperatures

By: African News Agency      23rd October 2019 Rand Water on Wednesday appealed to communities to use water sparingly, as the utility battles high demand inspired the high temperatures being experienced in provinces including Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the North West. The current combination of extremely high temperatures and virtually no... 

Rand Water warns of interruptions amidst high demand and temperatures

Thousands left high and dry as drought takes punishing toll in the Eastern Cape

By: News24Wire      23rd October 2019 Five villages in Tsomo in the Eastern Cape have been without water for three months. According to the Chris Hani District Municipality, the villages – Gqogqorha, Emdeni, Mahlubini Komkhulu, Mnyangula and Mmangobomvu – were expected to benefit from the R345-million Ncorha bulk water project... 

Rising drought risk spurs most cash into water funds in a decade

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2019 Investors are starting to pay more attention to water shortages and how to turn them into long-term investments. Water-related exchange-traded funds (ETFs) attracted more money in the nine months through September than in any full year since 2007, data compiled by Bloomberg show. These funds have... 

Municipal debt threatening water security, DG warns 

By: African News Agency      22nd October 2019 The accumulation of municipal debt for water was threatening the sustainability of water boards and beyond that the country's water security, the director-general for human settlements, Mbulelo Tshangana, cautioned MPs on Tuesday. Tshangana told Parliament's portfolio committee on human... 

Egypt, Ethiopia leaders to meet in coming days over GERD dam

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2019 Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will meet President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt to discuss a 5 150 MW dam that has strained relations between the two nations over access to water. Egypt is concerned that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam being built 3 200 km upstream will restrict the... 

Egypt, Ethiopia leaders to meet in coming days over GERD dam

Rand Water appeals to consumers to save water

By: African News Agency      22nd October 2019 Water utility Rand Water on Tuesday urged consumers in the Gauteng, North West, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces to use the resource prudently to ease pressure on supplies. In a statement, Rand Water said the current combination of extremely high temperatures and virtually no rainfall within... 

 Rand Water appeals to consumers to save water

Day Zero not on horizon for Gauteng as Vaal Dam levels drop, say officials

By: News24Wire      22nd October 2019 Day Zero is not yet on the horizon in Gauteng, according to officials. On Monday, Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said although water levels were declining in the Vaal Dam, Day Zero had not yet arrived in the province. 

Cape Town's daily water consumption exceeds daily target

By: News24Wire      22nd October 2019 Cape Town’s water consumption this week has exceeded the current 650-million litres a day limit. The City's Member of Mayoral Committee for Water and Waste, Xanthea Limberg, said dams supplying Cape Town are currently sitting at 79.7% of storage capacity, a drop of 1% from the previous week. 

'All we can do now is pray for rain' - Water crisis hits Barberton

By: News24Wire      22nd October 2019 The water shortage in Barberton, Mpumalanga, is so critical that the Mbombela Municipality (Nelspruit) is set to ask the Ehlanzeni District Municipality to declare a part of the town a disaster area. Municipality spokesperson Joseph Ngala said the town's main water source, the Lomati Dam in the... 

Inner Western Cape dam levels remain low, Wilderness water supply fixed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st October 2019 The Western Cape government on Monday reported that the latest average dam level for the Western Cape was 64.1%, compared with 65.7% at the same time last year. Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell said dam levels in the interior... 

Interventions, solutions urgently needed to bridge water supply-demand gap

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th October 2019 South Africa is experiencing many challenges in terms of meeting water demand and the country will have to pursue a number of different solutions to engender water security, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy GIBB senior associate Ron Tluczek. 

Hot weather, no rain contribute to decreasing Gauteng dam levels

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2019 The City of Johannesburg has imposed level one water restrictions to curtail water use by residents, considering a consistent decline in Gauteng’s water levels over the past months. Hot temperatures and no rain over the past few months have affected the state of the province’s water resources,... 

Hot weather, no rain contribute to decreasing Gauteng dam levels

Department acknowledges Vaal river’s dire state

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Wednesday acknowledged the extent to which the condition of the Vaal river had deteriorated in recent months, which the department said was “posing a serious social and economic challenge” for the country. To mitigate the challenge, the department... 

Rustenburg implements water restrictions to avoid taps running dry

By: African News Agency      16th October 2019 The Rustenburg local municipality in North West on Tuesday, implemented water restrictions. "Due to the absence of rainfall in the Rustenburg area after winter, coupled with the daily consumption of water by private and commercial clients, the water restrictions are necessary as any delay in the... 

DPWI continues pursuit of resolving outstanding debt on municipal rates, services 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2019 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) on Tuesday reiterated that it remains resolute in its commitment to settle all verified debts within 30 days of receipt of the statements, invoices and reconciliation signoffs. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille... 

Wilderness water pipeline collapses 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th October 2019 The main water pipeline transporting water from George to the Wilderness area has collapsed and fallen into the sea, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell said on Monday. The pipeline was attached below the existing walkway over the... 

AfDB partners with Senegal to host 2021 World Water Forum

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th October 2019 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has partnered with Senegal to host the world’s largest international water-related event, in Dakar, in March 2021. As the preparations for the ninth World Water Forum continue, the bank will play an important role in supporting the hosting of the forum, said... 

Lack of funds means South Africa can’t stop sewage polluting dam

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2019 South African troops suspended work to rehabilitate the water system that serves the nation’s richest province because of a lack of funds. President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the sewage problem in the Vaal River system a national crisis in October last year and authorized the deployment of the... 

Deputy Minister calls for greater collaboration

11th October 2019 Municipalities need to work with the Department of Water and Sanitation and water entities to ensure efficient government supply systems, said Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo at the inaugural Municipal Water Services Scientific Forum held at the Athlone Wastewater Treatment... 

Deputy Minister calls for  greater collaboration
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QUALITY CATALYST The Municipal Water Services Scientific Forum will serve as a platform for knowledge sharing in the management of water and effluent quality

More municipalities must undertake metering projects

By: Tracy Hancock     11th October 2019 Water loss, from a vital-asset and an income perspective, has plagued municipalities throughout South Africa for some years, says professional services engineering company SMEC South Africa management services function manager Jashmer Rajcoomar. “With drought affecting South Africa, it is... 

More municipalities must undertake metering projects
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER With drought affecting South Africa, it is important to know where and how much water is being used for planning purposes

New water-level station introduced

By: Tracy Hancock     11th October 2019 The HOBO MicroRX water-level station, which can monitor water levels in the harshest conditions, is the “perfect solution” to South Africa’s current economic and environmental challenges, says local technology integrator Euca Technologies. South Africa has fast become a water-conscious country,... 

New water-level  station introduced
INFORMED DECISION-MAKING The MicroRX water-level station can provide data to help businesses make more informed decisions on how best to action strategies that allow for better management

Innovation exists, but needs to be scaled up locally

By: Tracy Hancock     11th October 2019 South Africa’s infrastructure needs refurbishment to restore functionality, as well as a digital refit  to enable a new cyber management regime as the local water industry enters the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), says national water knowledge hub Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dhesigen... 

Innovation exists, but needs to be scaled up locally
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WATER GOALS Innovation is the only way through which Africa will come close to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and achieve reasonable water security

Egypt denounces Ethiopia for moving ahead with Nile dam amid water-shortage fears

By: Reuters     10th October 2019 Egypt denounced Ethiopia on Wednesday for moving forward with building and operating a hyropower dam on the Nile, which Cairo worries will threaten already scarce water supplies. Ethiopia, the source of the Blue Nile which joins the White Nile in Khartoum and runs on to Egypt, says the dam will... 

Egypt denounces Ethiopia for moving ahead with Nile dam amid water-shortage fears

LHWP successfully shut down for inspection, maintenance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th October 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has, in conjunction with the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, successfully shut down the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), water transfer and delivery tunnel and associated systems. The two-month shutdown – from October 1 to November 30 – is... 

Drought conditions persist in some parts of the country – Agriculture dept

By: African News Agency      9th October 2019 Below normal rainfall is anticipated over the central and south-eastern parts of South Africa during late spring, while above normal rainfall is expected during early summer to mid-summer in the central and eastern regions, the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries said on Wednesday,... 

Drought conditions persist in some parts of the country – Agriculture dept

Johannesburg residents urged to save water as Vaal Dam level drops to just above 50% 

By: News24Wire      8th October 2019 Johannesburg residents have been urged to try to save water after the level of the Vaal Dam dropped to 53.1%.  In addition, no water transfers to the dam will be possible until November 30, owing to maintenance. In the Western Cape, dam levels are starting to show a slight decrease as the summer... 

Johannesburg residents urged to save water as Vaal Dam level drops to just above 50%

Jobs Summit committee reports progress in various areas

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th October 2019 The Presidential Working Committee on the Jobs Summit, which held its monthly meeting on Monday, noted that substantial progress had been made in reforming and modernising South Africa’s visa regime, issuing water-use licences, releasing broadband spectrum, saving jobs in distressed firms and... 

Egypt urges international mediation over Nile river deadlock

By: African News Agency      7th October 2019 Seven years of talks between Egypt and Ethiopia in Sudan over a massive dam construction on the Nile river have reached a deadlock with Cairo appealing to the international community to intervene. Ethiopia began constructing the Grand Renaissance dam on the Blue Nile in 2012 saying the... 

Panel systems order fast-tracked for Zimbabwe delivery

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Local industrial component supplier ElectroMechanica delivered pre-assembled irrigation pump panel systems for use in agricultural applications last month. The panels are scheduled for installation and commissioning, in Zimbabwe, by the end of this month. 

Panel systems order fast-tracked for Zimbabwe delivery
OPEN AND SHUT CASE The pump panels were assembled, wired and packaged in seven days

Drought relief for Karoo sheep farmers

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Pump manufacturer Grundfos, in association with humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers, is assisting nonprofit organisation Save the Sheep in providing relief for drought-stricken sheep farmers in Sutherland, in the Northern Cape. Borehole water in the area is usually lifted using wind... 

Drought relief for Karoo sheep farmers
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS The ongoing drought in Sutherland is killing the livelihoods of the sheep farmers in the region

Pumps supplied to Zambian project

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Local pumps manufacturer Brehnor Pumps has been contracted to supply axial flow pumps for a bulkwater application at the Chiansi Irrigation Infrastructure project, in Zambia. The project is situated on the Kafue river, 45 km from Lusaka. 

Pumps innovation can solve raw sewage challenges

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 Most tender specifications for local raw sewage pump stations tend not to be sufficient to cope with the harsh conditions in which they have to operate. Therefore, local pump designer and manufacturer Fluid Pumps has developed the VX range of submersible pumps. “South Africa’s wastewater... 

Pumps innovation can solve raw sewage challenges
BRING ON THE ROUGH STUFF The VX range of submersible pumps can deal with raw unscreened sewage without clogging

Joburg residents asked to adhere to water restrictions amid maintenance of LHWP

By: News24Wire      3rd October 2019 Residents in Johannesburg have been urged to adhere to the Level 1 water restrictions implemented in the city. This as the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel system undergoes a planned shutdown for inspection and maintenance. The tunnel has been under maintenance since Tuesday.... 

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