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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

R38m project under way for rural Eastern Cape community

By: khalid patel     21st July 2006 Local consultancy firm Africon East London has taken on the challenge of developing an adequate water supply system for the rural Ngqusi area in the Eastern Cape. 

A complete water solution

21st July 2006 Isando-based VWS Envig is the only water-treatment company in South Africa that delivers the full scope of activities from turnkey contracting for small and large projects to offering specialised services and speciality chemicals for the industrial and municipal market segments, the company claims. 

China tackles tough water challenges

21st July 2006 A look at the water-supply sector in China reveals a picture full of nuances due to pronounced variability in the distribution of the resource - shortages of water in the arid, semi-arid and mountainous regions of the north and an abundant supply of water in the rainy south 

Ghana hosts African water show

21st July 2006 The Water Africa 2006 exhibition, held in Accra on January 25 - 27, 2006, marked the return of the popular water and wastewater show after an absence of five years. 

Waterjet cutting offers key advantages

21st July 2006 A major advantage of waterjet cutting is the ability to cut a vast range of different materials and provide a high quality finished product.?This is clearly demonstrated by specialist sub-contractor K-Cut of Morecambe, who have worked closely with Powerjet Systems, initially for the original... 

R30-million JV recycling plant eases pressure on Cape grid

By: khalid patel     21st July 2006 Improchem and Chevron have successfully launched their R30-million joint venture water recycling plant on the 29 March 2006, alleviating pressures placed on the stressed Cape Town municipal drinking water grid. ? 

Eco-friendly water treatment

21st July 2006 A low-cost eco-friendly solution preventing scale, corrosion and bio-life in the water system is available. 

Construction under way for Vaal pipeline project

21st July 2006 Construction of the eagerly awaited R2,5-billion 121 km Vaal Pipeline from the Vaal Dam to the Secunda Area got underway in early March this year, with an official sod-turning ceremony held at Vaal Marina. 

Rammers supplied for Soweto water project

21st July 2006 The building boom is seeing continued benefits for equipment companies such as HA Plant Maintenance. 

Gauteng water prices rise

21st July 2006 Gauteng bulk potable water supplier Rand Water increased its bulk potable water price by 5% on July 1. ? 

Vertical spindle pumps used in water engineering

21st July 2006 Becker Alert Pumpmor, part of the Becker group of companies, is a major supplier of vertical spindle pumps used extensively in water engineering. 

Water for growth and development

21st July 2006 The then Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Buyelwa Sonjica earlier this year called for increased cooperation and interaction by all stakeholders to ensure that the country improves its water use and delivery trends. 

Construction of 6,4-MW project to start in September

By: Jade Davenport     30th June 2006 With the completion of the development phase at the end of last year, construction of the R60-million 6,4 MW Bethlehem Hydroelectric project in the Free State is due to start in September this year, with the first electricity to be delivered in November 2007. 

New SA-France coopertation in water research

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2006 South Africa and France last week inaugurated a new R4,8-million cooperation programme in the area of water research, designated SAFe Water. 

CT firm completes proof-load testing

By: Laura Tyrer     28th April 2006 Offering complete certification and proof-load testing of cranes and lifting equipment, Water Weights International SA, of Cape Town, recently undertook the mammoth testing of 660 t on a ship crane in Cape Town Harbour. 

Covering all aspects of sewage-water management

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 The chemical and bacteriological analysis of water samples conducted by Regen Waters Laboratory are realised by employing highly sophisticated instrumentation and extensively qualified personnel, says Regen Waters manager, Ludolf Uys. 

Valves manufacturer active in water sector

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 Represented globally since 1989, Gunric Valves is the only manufacturer of metal-seated butterfly valves in South Africa. 

Water-treatment plant completed

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 The recovery, treatment and re-use of surface, subsurface and other domestic and industrial waste water is an important part of water management at Process Water Technologies. 

Effective management ensures future water supply

31st March 2006 One of the functions of the various water service providers in South Africa is to ensure that a constant supply of potable water is delivered to citizens in their provisioning areas. 

Scarce water must be conserved and monitored

31st March 2006 A large, widely-dispersed population in South Africa requires water to live and progress, yet four factors hinder its cost-effective delivery to all population centres. 

Limpopo villages given access to clean drinking water

31st March 2006 Several remote villages in the Limpopo Province have, for the first time, been given access to safe clean drinking water following the donation of a state-of-the-art water-treatment plant by ?Canadian company Zenon. 

Bringing hope to drought stricken area in KZN

31st March 2006 Specialist engineering consultant, Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA) has been appointed by the Ugu District Municipality, on Kwazulu-Natal’s South Coast, to work with the team on the second phase of the KwaFodo water-supply project. 

Institute throws its weight behind water initiative

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 National Water Week is an important annual awareness campaign of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf). The campaign serves as a power-ful mechanism to popularise the importance of water to the general public and to the general water stakeholder group. It creates a platform for Dwaf... 

Lake desludged and rehabilitated for new waterfront project

31st March 2006 In one of the biggest projects of its type ever undertaken in South Africa, a large Cape wetland was emptied and the contaminated sludge at the bottom of the lake removed in order to make way for the construction of a waterfront project. 

Waterborne bacterium poses health risk

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 A waterborne bacterium found naturally in the environment (water and soil) is responsible for causing the respiratory disease known as Legionnaires Disease. 

Invasive alien plants threatening water security

31st March 2006 The struggle against invasive alien plants (IAPs) in South Africa is headed by the Working for Water (WFW) programme. 

Company has strategy to meet market challenges

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2006 Specialist South African manufacturing company Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) is acting and investing to meet the challenges it faces in the local and international markets. 

Cleaning up

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 The need to counter global warming, conserve water, and protect the environment are creating important new opportunities for IST Industrial. 

Western Cape water

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th February 2006 The road to the future 

Construction industry rocked by contract award to Chinese firm

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2006 State-owned bulk water infrastructure utility TCTA has confirmed the award of a R425-million contract to a Chinese construction company, whose bid was reportedly some 25%, or around R100-million, lower than those submitted by two local construction consortia. 

Shock as Chinese contractor snaps up big SA water contract

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2006 State-owned bulk water infrastructure utility TCTA has confirmed the award of a R425-million contract to a Chinese construction company, whose bid was reportedly some 25%, or around R100-million, lower than those submitted by two local construction consortia. The company concerned is the China... 

Growing demand likely to force Rand Water capaicty upgrade by 2014

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2005 The Utility Rand Water will have to augment its current water treatment capacity by 2014, should water demand trends continue at its current pace. 

Work beginning to flow for R1,6bn water project

By: Nelendhre Moodley     16th December 2005 The diversion of the Berg river into a diversion conduit, a momentous occasion that signified the first milestone in the project�s construction, took place on November 24. 

Africa prepares for global water summit

13th December 2005 Faced with significant challenges in water management, African countries have joined hands and will take a common message to the Fouth World Water Forum (4th WWF) in Mexico, in March next year. 

Study into R4bn water scheme completed

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2005 The feasibility study and environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the R4-billion second phase of the Olifants River Water Resources Development Project (ORWRDP) have been completed. 

New DG welcomed

By: Helene Le Roux     11th November 2005 The local water services sector welcomed the appointment of the new director-general (DG) of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf), Jabu Sindane, on October 1. 

Coal-miners work with community on water-reclamation schemes

24th October 2005 Miners Anglo American and BHP Billiton on Friday reported that thei respective coal operations in Mpumalanga were working with the local Municipality to reclaim much-needed water for municipal, commercial and local use. 

SA in danger of losing water excellence?

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2005 The outbreak of typhoid in Delmas illustrates that those responsible for water and waste water management in many municipalities do not have a basic understanding of what the job entails, says Mike Muller of the University of Witwatersrand’s graduate school of Public and Development... 

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