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Water

Technology provides digital water solution for Africa

6th July 2018 The water industry has been focused on ushering in a new era of water management, with an emphasis on automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and sophisticated data management and analysis software that enables the water end-user or plant operator to have valuable, actionable information, says... 

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 New technologies for water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as investments in ecological infrastructure, could reduce the risks of water pollution and failure of critical water supply infrastructure in the country, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon South... 

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis
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COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT South Africa is depending on a complex and technically challenging bulk-water supply which requires a high level of expertise and coordination

Low maintenance treatment plants supplied to hospital

6th July 2018 Global optimised resource management company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently designed, manufactured and commissioned two containerised, plug-and-play solutions for State-owned Bambisana Hospital in Goqwana township, Eastern Cape. The two packaged low-footprint and low maintenance... 

Low maintenance treatment plants supplied to hospital
WATER SOLUTION Veolia's packaged water treatment plants provide potable water to Bambisana Hospital and treats its sewage water

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Half of South Africa’s water infrastructure is in disrepair and it will take significant financial investment, and political will, to restore it, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). “Our research indicates that what is needed is investment in basic infrastructure such as fixing... 

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair
WASTEWATER South Africa can increase the amount of wastewater treated, to boost water supply

Repairing of ageing water infrastructure can increase supply

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Amid ageing water infrastructure in most developed areas in South Africa, engineering advisory firm WSP technical director water, transport and infrastructure Africa Arnaud Malan says there is a need to adopt more sustainable approaches to managing available water through smarter water governance... 

Repairing of ageing water infrastructure can increase supply
WATER SCARCE South Africa needs to adopt more sustainable approaches to managing available water through smarter water governance stewardship

Phase 1 of Madibeng water plant set for 2019 completion

By: Simone Liedtke     4th July 2018 The first phase of the Madibeng water purification plant, in North West, is projected to be completed by March 31, 2019, provided that an additional R100-million is made available in the current financial year for electrical and mechanical works of the plant, Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile... 

National dam levels rise higher than 2017 – water department

By: News24Wire      4th July 2018 Dams across the country have collectively reached nearly 80% capacity – rising above levels recorded this time last year, the Department of Water and Sanitation said on Wednesday. "Nationally, figures show that the country's dams, with a total capacity of 32 322.6m3, are standing at 79.3%... 

National dam levels rise higher than 2017 – water department
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Vaal Dam

Cape dams half full, but too early to call for easing restrictions 

By: News24Wire      4th July 2018 Cape Town's dam levels rose to 50.3% on Tuesday as streams and rivers swollen with rain from the weekend's intense cold front, flowed into the storage dams. There is now double the amount of water in the city's supply dams than there was at this time last year, when the level stood at 25.1%. The... 

Cape dams half full, but too early to call for easing restrictions

Fears of a dry future for Cape Town as water conference kicks off

By: News24Wire      2nd July 2018 A scarce supply of water may become Cape Town's defining feature, and the city has already been touted as one of the first major cities in the world that could run out of water. This was the warning from City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson, who spoke on Sunday at the WISA 2018 Conference,... 

South Africa, Japan team up on water resource management

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th June 2018 South Africa and Japan have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) focused on infrastructure development and technical cooperation in water resource management. The MoC will see the Department of Water and Sanitation in South Africa and the Department of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and... 

Veolia's new South African chemical production facility offers improved cost competitiveness

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The new 6 600 m2 chemical production facility of multinational Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, which opened in Pomona, Kempton Park, on Thursday, is the main blending facility for the company’s local operations, and is also set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its... 

No Day Zero for 2019 – City of Cape Town

By: News24Wire      28th June 2018 The City of Cape Town has announced that the dreaded Day Zero – the day when most of the taps will be turned off – will not happen in 2018 or 2019. The City of Cape Town said on Thursday that provided that adequate water restrictions are maintained, "the City is confident that there will be no... 

No Day Zero for 2019 – City of Cape Town

Water and sanitation minister opens SADC ministers meeting in Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      27th June 2018 South Africa Water and sanitation minister Gugile Nkwinti on Wednesday welcomed the Southern African development community (SADC) ministers to a water and energy summit taking place at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. In his welcome address, Nkwinti said: “It has become critically clear... 

 Water and sanitation minister opens SADC ministers meeting in Johannesburg
Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Visionary leadership needed to handle the emerging long-term water crisis

By: News24Wire      27th June 2018 The panic that emerged after Day Zero was announced was instrumental in getting Capetonians to cut water consumption substantially - but a water-saving programme driven by fear is not sustainable. This is the view of Gina Ziervogel, an associate professor at UCT's Department of Environmental and... 

Cape Town dams filling up, but drought not broken

By: News24Wire      26th June 2018 The recent winter rains pushed the overall level of the City of Cape Town's supply dams up to 42.7% full on Monday, higher than it was at this time in 2017 or 2016. This time last week the level was 38.1%. And despite the recent rains and the dams filling up, Capetonians are still keeping water... 

Cape Town dams filling up, but drought not broken

IFAT Africa partners with Water Institute of Southern Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 To help overcome the water crisis in South Africa, IFAT Africa and the Water Institute of Southern Africa (Wisa) will launch a cooperation venture as of this week.  

Fears of a dry future for Cape Town as water conference kicks off

By: News24Wire      25th June 2018 A scarce supply of water may become Cape Town's defining feature, and the city has already been touted as one of the first major cities in the world that could run out of water. This was the warning from City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson, who spoke on Sunday at the WISA 2018 Conference,... 

Arid cities urged to adopt climate responsive design solutions

By: Anine Kilian     22nd June 2018 A new research report by multinational professional services firm Arup highlights the need for cities in arid and semi-arid climates, like Cape Town, to not only manage their scarce water resources better, but to promote smarter ways of living in arid urban environments through climate responsive... 

Getting below the surface of the Cape Town water crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2018 It will take three months and cost R350-million for a small-scale temporary desalination plant to produce enough water to raise the level of Cape Town’s supply dams by just 1%. Yet the small amount of rain over the long weekend in April raised the dam levels by more than 1% – free of charge.... 

SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

SAGCC, partners aim  to digitalise industries
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NEW STANDARD There is a shift towards automation and digitalisation of supply chains

PTM subsidiary, Capricorn municipality ink plan to increase water supply

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Waterberg JV Resources, the operating company of the Waterberg Joint Venture (JV), has entered into an agreement with the Capricorn district municipality, in Limpopo, to jointly develop a water supply management plan to increase the water supply and infrastructure capacity for both the local... 

City of Cape Town will take 3 years to deal with drought impact - De Lille

By: African News Agency      19th June 2018 It will take at least three years for the City of Cape Town to deal with the impact of climate change and the current drought on the city, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. Welcoming delegates to Adaptation Futures 2018, the world’s leading conference on climate change adaptation... 

 City of Cape Town will take 3 years to deal with drought impact - De Lille
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Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

Over 1 000 international delegates gather in Cape Town to find ways of adapting to global climate change

By: News24Wire      18th June 2018 In the beginning the conversation about global climate change focused on cutting greenhouse gas emissions to keep Earth's temperatures from rising dangerously high. Later, another conversation developed alongside the first, which said even if we stopped all greenhouse gas emissions today, we... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) have reached a significant milestone in a collaborative exercise on water conservation and water demand management aimed at driving water savings and usage improvements in the mining industry. The... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade nears completion 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2018 The upgrade of the Rothdene pumpstation, in Meyerton, is 99% complete and will be finalised by the end of June. The project started in June last year and is four pumps with a capacity of 440 ℓ/s comprise the upgrade, which, upon completion, will open the opportunity for the Midvaal municipality... 

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade nears completion

SOURCE hydropanel launches in S Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2018 Zero Mass Water has launched its SOURCE hydropanel, which applies thermodynamics, materials science and controls technology to produce potable drinking water from only sunlight and air, in South Africa.  

SOURCE hydropanel launches in S Africa
Zero Mass Water's SOURCE hydropanel

W Cape drought not over despite rising dam levels – Bredell

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th June 2018 Despite recent rains and the subsequent rise in dam levels in the Western Cape, the drought is far from over, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell warned on Monday. The average level for dams across the Western Cape for the week... 

Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 The leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt vowed on Sunday to iron out their differences over a dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile River that Cairo fears threatens its water supplies. Talks over the Grand Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia's $4-billion hydroelectric project, have been deadlocked for months.... 

Industry pursuing better management of energy use

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There has been a growing trend among South African manufacturing plants to pursue energy reduction and manage its use better, says energy training services provider the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) training manager Yolanda de Lange. She explains that significant hikes in electricity rates... 

Industry pursuing better management  of energy use
YOLANDA DE LANGE The Energy Training Foundation is looking forward to expanding further into West Africa

Nkwinti announces turnaround strategy for water department

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti has announced bold plans to turn around the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and accelerate service delivery.  

Nkwinti announces turnaround strategy for water department
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Water & Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Nestlé launches 'zero water' manufacturing facility in Western Cape

By: Anine Kilian     5th June 2018 Nestlé South Africa on Tuesday launched its R88-million zero-water dairy manufacturing facility in Mossel Bay, in the Western Cape. The facility will allow Nestlé to reduce the factory’s water consumption by more than 50% during the first year of implementation by reusing the water recovered from... 

Nestlé launches 'zero water' manufacturing facility in Western Cape

Analytical tools seen as increasingly essential to water management

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 It is inevitable that water utilities will continue to face various challenges, but technology can be used to ensure visibility of water quality throughout the value chain, and automatically communicated to stakeholders and consumers.   In this regard, investment in analytics can be a quick win... 

Analytical tools seen as increasingly essential to water management
MAANDA RAMUTUMBU Analytical tools can empower utilities to manage their water resources more efficiently and enable them to take proactive steps

DWS, Sanbi launch R90m water project

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti and South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) chairperson Nana Magomola on Thursday launched the R90-million Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security project, in Johannesburg. The project is aimed at transforming the way people think... 

DWS, Sanbi launch R90m water project
Photo by Dylan Slater
Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Brics’ New Development Bank approves six project loans totalling $1.6bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Multilateral development bank, the New Development Bank (NDB), on Monday held its third yearly meeting of the NDB board of governors (BoG) and the fourteenth meeting of the NDB board of directors (BoD), in Shanghai, China.  

Brics’ New Development Bank approves six project loans totalling $1.6bn
New Development Bank Yearly Meeting

Engen owner builds own desalination plant in response to water crisis 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2018 In response to the water crisis in Cape Town, Engen False Bay 1Stop owner Kobus Pretorius has built his own desalination plant to ensure customers have access to purified water. The rationale behind the project, Pretorius explained, is owing to the current water shortage in the Western Cape and... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 African infrastructure projects are meeting, and sometimes setting, global engineering best practices, says infrastructure and engineering multinational AECOM Africa civil infrastructure lead Darrin Green. Large-scale engineering projects worldwide require a range of technical, multidisciplinary... 

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices
TEMA PORT The Tema Port Expansion Project, in Ghana, meets global engineering best practices for ground and civil engineering, sustainability and environmental and social impact

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