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Water

Legal framework offers model for enhancing transboundary infrastructure investment

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) has unveiled the Model Law that provides a framework for the harmonisation of cross-border rules, regulations, laws and policies governing transboundary infrastructure projects in Africa. The Model Law was unveiled at the yearly Nigerian... 

Water Diagnostic Consultants

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd September 2017 Water Diagnostic Consultants (WDC) is a water-related consulting company that offers a broad spectrum of services to a range of clients. WDC is committed to quality assessments and service that will add value to any operation, while providing integrated solutions for the real needs of clients in... 

Water Diagnostic Consultants

Johannesburg Water appoints new MD

     20th September 2017 Ntshavheni Mukwevho has been appointed MD of Johannesburg Water, effective September 1. He joined Johannesburg Water as depot manager in 2003 and later served as divisional manager of investment delivery and GM of capital investment and infrastructure develoment. In 2012, he was appointed COO. 

Johannesburg Water appoints new MD
Ntshavheni Mukwevho

Many Capetonians ignoring water restrictions – City

By: News24Wire      19th September 2017 Many Capetonians are failing to adhere to level 5 water restrictions, with only one out of two limiting their daily personal water consumption to 87 litres, the City of Cape Town said. The City of Cape Town announced level 5 water restrictions earlier this month. 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility
SHEER ADVANTAGE The 60 000 m2 facility allows for the ability to work more efficiently while increasing capacity to provide unmatched parts availability for customers across Africa

Western Cape dam levels still dire

By: News24Wire      12th September 2017 Water levels in Western Cape dams are showing slight improvements at an average 35.2% full, but the situation is still dire. This time last year, dams were 61% full. 

Western Cape drought set to continue

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th September 2017 While South Africa’s north-eastern half has largely recovered from prolonged drought conditions owing to a good rainfall season, the south-western region is likely to continue experiencing severe drought conditions. With the Cape’s traditionally rainy season drawing to a close, South African... 

Heavy rainfall predicted in late summer, says water dept

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2017 Although no heavy rains are expected at the beginning of the summer season, the South African Weather Services is predicting heavy showers towards the end of the period. “The good news is that the El Nino phenomenon that brings with it the drought, will not hit South Africa this summer,” the... 

Western Cape dams only a third full

By: News24Wire      5th September 2017 The Western Cape's dams are only at an average 33.6% full as the rainy season draws to a close, the province's MEC for Local Government Anton Bredell said on Monday. At the moment, Theewaterskloof Dam is currently at 26% (2016: 51%); Voëlvlei Dam is at 26% (2016: 65%) and Clanwilliam Dam 38%... 

Level 5 water restrictions implemented in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      4th September 2017 Further water restrictions for domestic and commercial users have been implemented in Cape Town, Mayor Patricia de Lille announced on Sunday. “[These include] the institution of Level 5 restrictions and a further increase in pressure management,” she said. 

Water dept moves to fast-track Cape Town’s critical water use licence applications

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2017 Amid the ongoing drought in the Western Cape, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is assessing critical water use licence applications submitted by the City of Cape Town. These applications are being given priority and include three applications for the abstraction of water for domestic... 

Range of radar level transmitters extended

     1st September 2017 Process instrumentation solutions supplier Krohne has added six new 24 GHz and 80 GHz transmitters to its Optiwave series of frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar level transmitters, which are aimed at liquid and solid applications in a range of industries. 

Range of radar level transmitters extended
RADAR LEVEL MEASUREMENT Each device has a particular target area of application

Huge interest in tenders to supply Cape Town with more water

By: Kim Cloete     31st August 2017 Companies have expressed a resounding interest in the City of Cape Town’s call to boost its dwindling water supply. In a media release published Thursday, the City of Cape Town noted that tender specifications for procuring and commissioning various water augmentation schemes have been downloaded... 

Recycling wastewater an option to counter water scarcity

By: Kim Cloete     31st August 2017 Recycling sewage into potable, drinking water is an extensive and complicated process, but it could be part of the solution for water-scarce South Africa in future. The issue has come into the spotlight since the World Health Organisation (WHO) published its ‘Potable Reuse Guidance for producing... 

Experts unpack their experience in desalination solutions

By: Kim Cloete     31st August 2017 Gathering this week at the Water Desalination Symposium Africa 2017, water experts have offered their experience and insight into building and operating desalination plants in South Africa, with some saying the real cost of desalinated water has worked out to between R7/m3 and R10/m3.  The price... 

Nigeria awards dam power plant contract to Chinese State firm again

By: Reuters     31st August 2017 Nigeria has approved the construction of a $5.8-billion hydroelectric power plant by a Chinese State firm, the power minister said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of Chinese deals since the project was first envisioned decades ago. The project, if completed, could provide a much needed... 

Cape Town unveils plans to mitigate impending water crisis

By: Kim Cloete     30th August 2017 Emergency contingency plans to roll out temporary desalination plants, drastically tighten water restrictions and draw water from groundwater sources are likely to take hold in Cape Town soon in a bid to prevent the city from running out of water. “The strategic intent is to drive down water... 

Rand Water cuts Bushbuckridge water level by 20% over massive debt

By: News24Wire      30th August 2017 Water supply to Bushbuckridge Local Municipality has been reduced by 20% over a whopping R200-million debt owed to Rand Water said spokesperson Justice Mohale said on Wednesday. Mohale told News24 that the total owning as of the end of July 2017 was R269 963 449. 

Disaster relief money starts flowing into Western Cape

By: News24Wire      29th August 2017 The Western Cape government has received the first tranche of the money it needs to cope with the devastating drought and fires in the province, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen said on Tuesday. The first tranche of R34 866 263 was transferred on August 21... 

Tackle Middle East water scarcity to save money, boost stability – World Bank

By: Reuters     29th August 2017 The Middle East and North Africa region loses about $21 billion each year because of an inadequate supply of water and sanitation, the World Bank said on Tuesday, warning urgent action is needed to prevent ripple effects on stability and growth. Poor management of water resources and sanitation... 

Water department proposes up to 14.6% increase in raw water tariffs for 2018/19

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2017 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has proposed water tariffs for the 2018/19 financial year, with a proposed increase of up to 14.6% throughout the spectrum of raw water users. The DWS proposed the increase at its final national raw water consultation, held in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, on... 

Water department proposes up to 14.6% increase in raw water tariffs for 2018/19

Innovative surfactants enhance firefighting

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Owing to ongoing drought conditions and a more intense fire season expected in South Africa, environmental solutions company I-CAT has developed innovative surfactants to boost the fire-extinguishing and dust-suppression capability and effectiveness of water. 

Innovative surfactants  enhance firefighting
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG iFire is an ideal water-treatment agent to improve the wetting capability of water which, in turn, enhances its firefighting capability

National Disaster Management Centre grants Cape Town R20.8m for drought relief

By: News24Wire      24th August 2017 The City of Cape Town has been granted R20.8-million from the National Disaster Management Centre to mitigate the effect of the ongoing drought, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Wednesday. The National Department of Cooperative Governance said the funds should solely be used for emergency relief... 

Illegal dumping threatens Philippi aquifer

By: African News Agency      23rd August 2017 Illegal sand mining, along with dumping in and around the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) poses a huge risk of contamination to the underground Cape Aquifer, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has warned. At a briefing by the Environment Law Enforcement Unit in the Western Cape Provincial... 

Mokonyane blames municipalities' R7bn debt for her dept's financial woes

By: News24Wire      22nd August 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane had laid the blame for her department's ailing finances on ill-equipped municipalities who could not implement their projects. Mokonyane on Tuesday appeared before the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) to account for R2.5-billion in... 

Western Cape reiterates need to save water as dam levels reach 31%

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 The average water level for dams across the Western Cape has reached 31% following recent rainfall, compared with a level of 58% at the same time last year. Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell has cautioned the public about the... 

Cape Town reveals sites of proposed new water desalination plants

By: News24Wire      18th August 2017 Cape Town's Granger Bay, Hout Bay and Dido Bay may soon be home to three proposed new desalination plants that the city intends commissioning to make extra drinking water for its residents and visitors, according to tender documents issued this week. Earlier on Thursday Cape Town Mayor Patricia... 

Company offers complete solution for water treatment works

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Chemical dosing and pump solutions supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) says its Polisol automatic polymer preparation plant unit, from Italy-based metering pumps manufacturer OBL, can cater for companies that need small-scale dosing equipment.  

Company offers  complete solution for water treatment works
POLISOL POLYMER PLANT There’s a gap in the market for small-scale dosing equipment that can be custom-made for a client’s applications

Company supplies piping for water treatment expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Thermoplastic piping company Plasti-Tech supplied a range of piping, custom fittings and flanges to Zululand district municipality’s Usuthu purification plant expansion infrastructure project to increase output by 20 M a day.  

Company supplies piping for water treatment  expansion project
MEGA SUPPLY Plasti-Tech supplied R1.8-million worth of piping and fabricated fittings for the Usuthu water purification plant expansion project

Licensing rules for large desalination plants remain challenging

By: Dylan Slater     18th August 2017 With increased debate around water security in South Africa, as a result of growing surface-water scarcity and future uncertainty, the prospect of implementing large-scale desalination of seawater is also increasing.  

Licensing rules for large desalination plants remain challenging
SHARON JONES Desalination may be the most sustainable source of water in the absence of natural recharge of surface and groundwater resources

BHP to invest $2.46bn to extend life of Chilean mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 BHP has approved capital expenditure of $2.46-billion for the Spence Growth Option (SGO) at the Spence opencut copper mine, in northern Chile, which will extend the mine life by more than 50 years.   CEO Andrew Mackenzie on Thursday said the SGO project supports BHP's strategy to deliver... 

BHP to invest $2.46bn to extend life of Chilean mine

City of Cape Town to release 'Water Resilience Plan'

By: News24Wire      15th August 2017 A comprehensive plan to avoid the City of Cape Town running out of water will be announced on Thursday, the city said on Monday. This as the city's storage dam levels stood at 31.1% on Monday compared to 56.1% for the same period in 2016. 

Agricultural irrigation efficiency framework improves water use

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Through intensive research, the Agricultural Research Council’s Institute for Agricultural Engineering has developed a framework to improve water efficiency in agricultural irrigation systems in South Africa, which reassesses the methods traditionally used to measure a system’s efficiency and... 

Agricultural irrigation efficiency framework improves water use
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT With effective water management and good subsurface drainage, soil health conditions can be created for irrigation farming to assist with food security in South Africa

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 Scarce surface-water resources in South Africa are threatening the availability of potable bulk water, which is also coming under strain because of growing suburban areas and increased demand from consumers. The recycling of wastewater to ensure long-term sustainability has been posited as the... 

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate

Creative farming methods ensure sustainability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Amid extreme weather, regulatory barriers and import competition, South African farmers need to think creatively about farming practices – not only to reduce costs but also preserve an environment that is struggling under the pressures of a growing global population, says agriculture... 

Creative farming methods  ensure sustainability
PLANT PROTECTION Haygrove’s multispan polytunnel structure provides a controlled environment for the aquaponic and hydroponic systems

Rust-prevention sealing system ideal for corrosive environments

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Engineering components manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of sealing products includes the Rust-Anode cold galvanisation system, designed for rust prevention in diverse industries, says BMG seals business unit manager Marc Gravett. He explains that Rust-Anode is the first active cold... 

Rust-prevention  sealing system ideal for corrosive environments
MULTIPURPOSE PRODUCT Rust-Anode is perfect for applications where an anti-corrosion seal would be beneficial

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof

     11th August 2017 Swedish steel producer Ovako has awarded technology provider Systems Spray-Cooled with a contract to modernise and increase safety on its electric arc furnace (EAF) with the first Spray-Cooled roof in the Nordic region, located at its bar, billet, tube and rings facility in Hofors, Sweden. After... 

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof
NEW SYSTEM Electric arc furnace with spray-cooled equipment in the charging phase
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