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Image of Centre for Biological Control Deputy Director Dr Julie Coetzee showing the invasive water lettuce at the Vaal Barrage
DWS, DFFE to probe whether Vaal invasive vegetation clearing methods are aligned with regulations
19th February 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

The departments of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) are reviewing complaints and concerns in the public domain over the use of chemicals as part of a... 


New task team to review municipal water, sanitation service delivery mechanisms
16th February 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

A new nationally coordinated task team is being established to review service delivery mechanisms for water and sanitation services in South Africa. The task team, comprising the Department of... 


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Good governance key to addressing water infrastructure challenges
16th February 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

Transparency, accountability and good governance practices are critical to address the current water infrastructure crisis in South Africa, emphasises Talbot, a sustainable water solutions company.... 


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Rand Water kicks off programme to weed out water lettuce in the Vaal river
15th February 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

Rand Water on Thursday released the first batch of weevils and hoppers as biocontrol agents to start eliminating the invasive water lettuce in the Vaal river. The programme, which formed part of... 


AECOM ranked first in Dams and Reservoirs in ENR Top 500 Design Firms for 2023
15th February 2024

Globally trusted infrastructure consulting firm AECOM was ranked first in Dams and Reservoirs in the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms list for 2023. It underpins its reputation as... 


DRDGOLD CEO Niël Pretorius
DRDGOLD reports near R1bn operating profit despite 7% production dropoff
14th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

Despite its gold production for the six months to December 31, 2023, having decreased by 7%, owing to a 13% drop in throughput, DRDGOLD managed to return an operating profit of R909.3-million, with... 


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Cape Town to invest R43bn in infrastructure in the next three years – mayor
14th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says the city will invest R43-billion in infrastructure over the next three years. The ten-year project pipeline is valued at R120-billion. 


Significant progress made on R292m Sir Lowry's Pass river upgrade
14th February 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

Since breaking ground on the R292-million major upgrade of the Sir Lowry’s Pass river a year ago, the City of Cape Town is on track to complete the project in 2026. The upgrades, in an effort to... 


Proposed water amendments needed, but inconsistencies, enforcement need to be fixed
14th February 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

While some of the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) recently proposed water amendments, which have significant implications for water resource management and public access to water, are... 


Plastics industry response to President Cyril Ramaphosa's 2024 State of the Nation Address
13th February 2024

Plastics SA, the umbrella body representing the local plastics industry, has issued a response to President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (SONA)  delivered on February 8, 2024.... 


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HPX, Liberian govt, Guma sign letter of intent to develop Liberty Corridor
12th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

US-based mineral exploration and development company High Power Exploration (HPX), which is backed by Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson Robert Friedland, has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with the... 


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Toll tariffs to increase by 6.25%, Sanral announces
12th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced that its toll tariffs will increase by 6.25% from March 1. The tariffs are adjusted yearly in line with the Consumer Price... 


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Waning perceptions of drinking water quality underline need for urgent intervention
9th February 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

While the majority of South Africans perceive their water to be safe to drink, their confidence in water services and quality has been deteriorating over the last decade, a water services barometer... 


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DRDGold to report higher interim earnings, despite cost increases
6th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

JSE-listed gold mining company DRDGold, which is in the process of finalising its results for the six months ended December 31, expects to report a 5% to 15% year-on-year increase in earnings per... 


DWS, Salga, Cogta to review water service delivery mechanisms in municipalities
5th February 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), the Department of Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) are establishing a... 


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World Bank tours Cape Town’s Steenbras power plant, to augment support
2nd February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Energy councillor Beverley van Reenen has hosted a World Bank delegation to the city’s Steenbras hydro pumped storage scheme. The Steenbras plant is... 


Mchunu warns of hardline approach towards nonconforming water-service authorities, municipalities
2nd February 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

While the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is offering comprehensive and collaborative support for underperforming water services authorities (WSAs), mayors and municipalities, Water and... 


World Bank, DBSA report highlights local SDG requirements
1st February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Closing South Africa’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gap will require significant infrastructure and related spending, informed by the right objectives and relevant metrics, a joint study by... 


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Multibillion-rand Cape Winelands Airport aims to receive first passengers in 2027  
22nd January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Cape Town’s proposed second big commercial airport, the Cape Winelands Airport (CWA), should receive its first passengers in 2027, says RSA.Aero MD Nick Ferguson. RSA.Aero is the project developer,... 


Water summit concludes with multistakeholder resolutions to tackle issues
19th January 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

While the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is offering comprehensive and collaborative support for underperforming water services authorities (WSAs), mayors and municipalities, Water and... 


Water reuse increases potable water supply
19th January 2024

Water reuse will add about 7% to Cape Town’s total bulk potable water supply by 2040 as part of Cape Town’s Water Strategy. The programme aims to add 300-million litres of water a day from new... 


Grave concern at water problems in South Africa
19th January 2024

The Blue Drop and No Drop reports, as well as the Green Drop progress report and awards ceremony, held on December 5, 2023, were a way to award those who have “heeded the call and subscribed to... 


Govt called to enhance service
19th January 2024

Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo has called for reinvigoration from all government sectors to fast-track service delivery provision to communities to realise “a better quality of... 


AfDB pledges to quadruple financing for climate adaptation
19th January 2024

Development funding institution African Development Bank (AfDB) recently pledged to quadruple its financing for climate adaptation to reach $25-billion by 2025 through the promotion of... 


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Huge investment to bring Rwanda water relief
19th January 2024

Development finance institution African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, announced last month that it had approved loans of over R4.7-billion to Rwanda, to improve the... 


Dept to launch turnaround initiatives as SA’s water quality, wastewater plants deteriorate
19th January 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

As South Africa’s water quality, nonrevenue water and wastewater facilities deteriorate, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is embarking on various initiatives to arrest the downward... 


Potential modest global FDI increase in 2024, but geopolitical, debt and global fracturing are risks
17th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (Unctad's) 'Global Investment Trends Monitor' shows that global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows increased marginally by 3% in 2023 to... 


Dinokana water project makes progress
15th December 2023

Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has committed to ensure that Operation Bulela Metsi meets its obligations to the people of Dinokana, in the North West, and ultimately the whole province.... 


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Cape Town bulk sewer upgrades making headway
15th December 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

The City of Cape Town started work on the Milnerton and Cape Flats bulk sewer upgrades earlier this year and is on track to complete both by 2025, says City of Cape Town Water and Sanitation MMC... 


TCTA reports progress on projects in preparation or under implementation, despite challenges
15th December 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The various projects under the umbrella of the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) are gaining traction, says TCTA CEO Percy Sechemane, outlining the projects in an update on the state of the... 


New R250m Contermanskloof reservoir starts water supply
11th December 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The City of Cape Town’s new R250-million, 100-megalitre Contermanskloof reservoir, in Durbanville, has completed a one-year operational trial period and will now supply water to the city’s northern... 


Rand Water redeems its 2013 bond
11th December 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Water utility Rand Water has settled its RW23 bond under its R10-billion domestic medium term note (DMTN) programme, which was listed with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in 2013 and matured... 


Deteriorating water quality, wastewater management a crisis, says Human Rights Commission
8th December 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that the rate and extent of the combined decline of South Africa’s water resource management and distribution indicates a state of “creeping... 


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Berg River Voëlvlei Augmentation Scheme, South Africa – update
8th December 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Good progress has been made in the implementation activities at the scheme. 


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Mokolo-Crocodile Water Augmentation Project Phase 2A, South Africa – update
8th December 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The full implementation of the project has started. 


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uMkhomazi Water project – Phase 1, South Africa – update
8th December 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority has reported that the project is in the concept design phase. 


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Septic tank waste disposal solution ensures legal compliance
7th December 2023

A solution to manage septic tanks on mining and industrial sites, residential estates, office parks, and hospitality establishments aims to help ensure compliance with statutory waste disposal... 


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Engen helps grow Fred Junior’s Garden School Project
7th December 2023

Aspiring 12-year-old farmer, Fred Junior MacCarthy is a step closer to realising his vision of addressing child hunger in South Africa after receiving R20,000 worth of implements from Engen.... 


New study finds South Africans losing confidence in water services
7th December 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

A new survey undertaken by the Water Research Commission (WRC), in collaboration with the South African Local Government Association (Salga), has found that South Africans’ confidence in water... 


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Organisations raise concern over latest DWS water reports
6th December 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse initiative WaterCAN and AfriForum are raising their concerns over the latest results from the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) full Blue and No Drop... 


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Opinion: Climate – lead, follow or get out of the way
6th December 2023

In this opinion article, Shoprite group sustainability manager Sanjeev Raghubir writes that conferences are necessary for progress on crucial issues facing humankind, but on the existential crisis... 


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Country’s water quality deteriorates since 2014, nonrevenue water rockets - Blue, No, Green Drop reports
5th December 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The latest full Blue and No Drop reports, along with the Green Drop progress assessment report, released by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Tuesday, show the deterioration of South... 


The Water Mafia crisis sees SA’s most vital resource under threat
The Water Mafia crisis sees SA’s most vital resource under threat
29th November 2023

The South African water sector is under siege. In a disturbing parallel to the notorious 'construction mafias', water or tanker mafias—criminal syndicates thriving on the country's water crisis—are... 


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