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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

South Africa’s potable water use can be reduced by 25%

17th July 2009 Consulting engineering company SRK reports that with careful planning and research, potable water use in South Africa could be reduced by 25%. 

Improved water services to reduce costs for economy 

By: Lindsey Berry     17th July 2009 There are significant costs to South Africa’s economy that are the result of unsafe water conditions, reported consulting engineering firm Centre of Envisioning Excellence (Ceenex) MD and CEO Johan Wagner. 

New technology to have less impact on the environment

17th July 2009 GE Water, a business unit of power generation and energy delivery technology supplier GE Energy, is supplying a technology which lowers fuel usage at crude furnaces. 

Eastern Cape school receives a waterproofing upgrade

17th July 2009 Chemicals company ABE Construction Chemicals partnered with three other companies to provide 700 square metres of waterproofing at no cost for the leaking roofs of the Ugie High School in the Eastern Cape. 

Fluid conditioning purifiers available from local distributor

17th July 2009 Specialist distributor of bearings, seals and power transmission components, the Bearing Man Group (BMG) reports that it is distributing fluid conditioning purifiers designed to remove free and entrained water in lubrication streams.


Increasing scarcity of clean water is a global challenge

17th July 2009 Environmental engineering company Talbot & Talbot reports that the increasing scarcity of clean water has emerged as one of the most pressing challenges in the twenty-first century. 

Crane contract serves water project

By: Loni Prinsloo     5th December 2008 Tower crane distributor SA French has supplied a crane to the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) for use during the construction of the De Hoop dam, in Limpopo province. 

Accelerated water project to boost Limpopo economics, social development

By: Loni Prinsloo     5th December 2008 In a bid to increase the water supply for economic and social development in Limpopo, the government and 23 mining companies have agreed jointly to invest R7,4-billion in the Olifants river water resources project (ORWRDP). 

Hydropower plans for Olifants River water project 

By: Loni Prinsloo     5th December 2008 State-owned power utility Eskom's planned R19-billion Tubatse pumped-storage scheme in the Limpopo province, will supply the Steelpoort area with a 1 500 MW installed power capacity when commissioned in 2015. 

Country faces urban water management challenge

18th July 2008 The accelerated provision of housing, water and sanitation to previously unserviced sectors of the population, together with the rapid rise in urban, commercial and residential developments, is putting pressure on South Africa's urban water management systems. 

Consulting company races to install wastewater pump stations

18th July 2008 Engineering and environmental consultant SSI is rushing to install and commission two new wastewater sewage pump stations in Plettenberg Bay at the mouth of the Keurbooms River. The existing pump station, a key component of the area's central sewage transportation network, is under threat of... 

Wastewater treatment works successfully commissioned

18th July 2008 Specialist consulting engineering and project management group SSI, a DHV company, has successfully commissioned a R21,5-million extension to the Kelvin Jones wastewater treatment works (WWTW) on the outskirts of Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM). 

New premises for fluid conveyance company

18th July 2008 Fluid conveyance management company Rare Energy, a division of the multifaceted Rare Group, has moved its operations from Alrode to Kliprivier. The new 120 000-m2 premises are situated along the R59 Corridor and the company is charting a course for further expansion. 

Wastewater treatment supplier introduces new products

18th July 2008 Wastewater treatment equipment supplier and manufacturer SAME Water, a member of the Water Institute of South Africa, has introduced three new products in 2007 and 2008. 

Water project phase one nears completion

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 Phase One of the Eastern Cape Mbashe North water supply project, which will supply water to about 63 000 people, is nearing completion says consulting engineering firm Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA) director André Naudé. 

Coal giant recognises water management responsibility

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 Resources giant Anglo American’s coal subsidiary Anglo Coal declares in its report, Leading for sustainable coal, which was released in June 2008, that it recognises water as a critical resource that requires responsible management in both its use and in its impact on water resources. 

SA to host specialised water distribution conference

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 The tenth Water Distribution System Analysis (WDSA) conference, the first of this leading international series to be hosted outside the US, will be held at the Kruger National Park in August, this year. 

Consulting company completes Madagascan salinity control weir

18th July 2008 Engineering and environmental consultanting company SSI has recently completed the construction phase of a multi-million contract awarded by Quebec Iron and Titanium (QIT) Madagascar Minerals (QMM) in Madagascar. 

Specialist institute conducts water research projects

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 Several research projects for the South African Water Research Commission (WRC) and the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) are being carried out through the Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch's Department of Civil Engineering. 

Pumping station refurbishment ensures Gauteng water supply 

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 Water board Rand Water is refurbishing and upgrading its Vereeniging water treatment plant’s (VWTP’s) operations and has several projects under way at the site, as well as at the Lethabo intake, with the view to maintain uninterrupted water supply to its area of supply, including Gauteng into the... 

Water treatment specialist quenches local projects’ water thirst

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 Water and wastewater treatment specialist VWS Envig, part of Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, is currently working on a number of projects in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. 

New water treatment plant to flow at platinum mine

18th July 2008 Engineering firm Thuthuka Group Limited (TGL), of Gauteng, is responsible for the installation of the new water treatment plant and water management circuit at the Elands Platinum mine near Brits, in the North West province. The plant will control the delivery of both process and potable water to... 

Demand management to ease potential water supply problems

By: Jacqueline Holman     18th July 2008 South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) water division chairperson Dr Chris Herold says that South Africa's national power crisis has prompted the investigation of the country's water supply systems and its aging infrastructure. 

Ballast water treatment receives approval

18th July 2008 Engineering group Alfa Laval's chemical-free system for ballast water treatment, PureBallast, has received full Ballast Water Type Approval from Det Norske Veritas (DNV), on behalf of Norwegian authorities. 

Berg Water telemetry system set for March completion

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 Telemetry systems designer and manufacturer SSE Cape has been implementing supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada), telemetry, and wireless communications for the Berg water project (BWP) which is scheduled to be finished in March next year. When commissioned, the telemetry system will... 

BWP within budget–Dwaf

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 The Berg Water Project (BWP) will be completed within the original budget, according to current indications, says the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s (Dwaf) chief director in infrastructure development Willie Croucamp. He adds that the implementation of BWP has set a standard for... 

BWP improves Wester Cape's water quality

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 The improvement of the quality of water in the Western Cape is one of the main benefits that has arisen from the Berg Water Project (BWP), the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Lindiwe Hendricks said at a media briefing at the Berg river dam site earlier this year. 

Dam construction complete, but challenges remain

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 The Berg River Dam is 90% complete, and the dam 42% full, with the final second stage concrete and ancillary works still under construction says Berg River Project Joint Venture (BRPJV) project manager Hans Roux.  

Berg dam almost ready to flow

By: Guy Copans     7th December 2007 The construction of the Berg river dam is nearing completion, with the reservoir status currently at 46% full, the embankment and spillway complete, and impoundment achieved on July 26, 2007, says Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) project manager David Keyser.  


By: Dennis Ndaba     16th November 2007 Water utility, Rand Water has reissued the controversial tender that it was considering awarding to steel pipe manufacturer 3W-BSP earlier this year. 

Water utility expects to increase its involvement in Africa

By: Dennis Ndaba     9th November 2007 Water utility Rand Water has set aside about R30-billion for the replacement of ageing infrastructure, acting CEO Zvinaiye Manyere said at the company’s annual results presentation last week. 

Rand Water's board reissues controversial steel-pipe tender

By: Dennis Ndaba     9th November 2007 Water utility Rand Water's board has reissued the controversial tender it awarded to steel pipe manufacturer 3W-BSP on condition that it finalised a black economic-empowerment partnership agreement not more than 30 days after December 1, 2006. 

Chinese group says it won disputed Rand Water tender fair and square

By: Dennis Ndaba     5th October 2007 Steel pipes manufacture 3W-BSP has refuted the claim by contracting company Group Five Pipe (GFP) that it was awarded a R100-million pipeline contract by Rand Water irregularly. 

Unprecedented growth for water valve industry

20th July 2007 Water services company RARE Water, which focuses on the water, wastewater and mining markets, says that the local valve industry has seen unprecedented growth over the last two years. 

Engineering company advances South African water projects

20th July 2007 South African infrastructure engineering company Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA), a subsidiary of the consulting and engineering B&A Group, is currently working on various water engineering projects across South Africa. 

Three new sewage plants for KZN Department of Public Works

20th July 2007 Local water purification company Best Water Technology (BWT) Africa has been awarded a R2,5-million contract by multidisciplinary engineering company Thuthuka Group Limited (TGL) to design and build three packaged sewage treatment plants for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works. 

Wash plant improves limestone quality output

20th July 2007 Limestone producer Metlime has received positive feedback on the improved quality of the limestone coming from its R10-million washplant, which was commissioned in August last year. 

Waterval wastewater care works receive R170m upgrade

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2007 Local wastewater company the East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) is currently extending its Waterval wastewater care works at the confluence of the Rietspruit river and Klip river by 50-million litres a day at a cost of R170-million. 

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