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Parliament portfolio committee says no to water cuts

By: African News Agency      30th November 2017 The Portfolio Committee on Water in Parliament has resolved that threats by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to cut off water supplies to defaulting municipalities are not a viable solution to resolve the matter. Some municipalities and water boards owe DWS substantial amounts of... 

Water cuts: Treasury can't write off municipal debt

By: News24Wire      30th November 2017 National Treasury told Parliament on Wednesday that it cannot write off the debt of 30 municipalities facing possible water cuts next month. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Monday said at least 30 municipalities would experience water cuts if they failed to pay their debt... 

Integrated, regional approach needed for mine water treatment – DWS

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th November 2017 Government and regulators should promote a regional integrated approach to mine water treatment, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Mine Water/Water Quality Management chief director Marius Keet. Speaking at the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference on Linking Science, Society,... 

SA municipal union worried about looming water cuts

By: African News Agency      29th November 2017 The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) on Wednesday said it was disappointed by the water and sanitation department's plan to cut off water supplies to defaulting municipalities. General secretary Simon Mathe described the move as "an evil plan" which would leave millions of South... 

 SA municipal union worried about looming water cuts

Capetonians failing to stick to water consumption targets

By: News24Wire      29th November 2017 Less than half of Cape Town’s residents adhered to the City’s 87 litres per day individual water consumption targets in the last two weeks, according to Mayor Patricia de Lille. In the City’s weekly water updates, De Lille said on Tuesday only 36% of Capetonians used less than 87 litres of water... 

Western Cape dam levels drop in spite of recent rain

By: News24Wire      28th November 2017 After all the rain, and even hail in some parts of the Western Cape last week, average dam levels went down, not up – falling from 34.66% full to 34.49%, the Western Cape government said on Monday. James-Brent Styan, spokesperson for Anton Bredell, the MEC for local government, environmental... 

Water dept will throttle water supply to 30 municipalities as R10.7bn debt piles up

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th November 2017 An ongoing culture of nonpayment by local municipalities has exacerbated the water troubles South Africa faces, with the Department of Water and Sanitation currently owed R10.7-billion, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane revealed on Thursday. She pointed out that R3.9-billion is owed to the department’s... 

Water dept will throttle water supply to 30 municipalities as R10.7bn debt piles up

Low flying choppers to confirm anti-drought water mapping on the Cape Flats

By: News24Wire      27th November 2017 Residents of Cape Town's Philippi, Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain might think they are imagining things at the sight of a helicopter carrying what looks like a giant steering wheel over their properties this week. According to Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille, this is actually a low flying... 

Additional construction tenders for LHWP Phase 2 released

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Two more infrastructure construction tenders for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) have been advertised, with construction expected to start next year. Phase II comprises a wide range of small and large contracts, and Lesotho Highlands Development Authority  (LHDA) divisional... 

Additional construction tenders for LHWP Phase 2 released
LESOTHO WATER PROJECT Phase II builds on the 2003 completion of Phase I and will increase the current supply rate to more than 1.26-billion cubic metres a year

TCTA on track with projects

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2017 State-owned Trans Caledonian Tunnel Authority (TCTA) completed two significant projects, the Mooi-Mgeni Transfer Scheme (MMTS) Phase 2 and the Acid Mine Drainage Short-term Intervention (AMD-STI) Eastern Basin plant during the 2017 financial year, CEO Leonard Radzuma said on Thursday. Presenting... 

Municipalities in South Africa owe R10bn for water, cuts looming

By: African News Agency      23rd November 2017 The Department of Water and Sanitation on Wednesday said that it was issuing notices to at least 30 municipalities that water supplies will be cut off, by December 8, should they fail to pay their water debt that has been outstanding for more than 60 days. “A total outstanding water debt of... 

Johannesburg Water undertaking largest repair job in its history

By: News24Wire      22nd November 2017 Utility company Johannesburg Water is currently dealing with the largest repair of a burst pipe in the entity's history, the City said on Wednesday. There were major leaks identified on the main water pipeline that runs through the Linbro Park landfill site, MMC for environmental and... 

Drought unlikely to affect Cape Town tourism in December

By: Anine Kilian     21st November 2017 The acute water shortages in the Western Cape – and in the City of Cape Town, in particular – are unlikely to negatively affect the region’s tourism in the traditionally busy year-end period, says Grant Thornton Tourism director Martin Jansen van Vuuren, who acknowledges the severity of the water... 

Egypt, Ethiopia deadlocked on dam studies 

By: African News Agency      20th November 2017 Egypt and Ethiopia have reached a deadlock in further studies on the effects of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) on downstream countries, Egyptian Al Ahram newspaper reports. This information was conveyed by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson... 

Table Mountain Group Aquifers could augment Cape Town’s water supply more permanently, says mayor De Lille

By: African News Agency      20th November 2017 The Table Mountain Group Aquifers (TMGA) have the potential to develop a large scale scheme to augment the City of Cape Town’s water supply on a more permanent basis, mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday. De Lille on Sunday visited the site of a pilot project for the abstraction of water from... 

City of Cape Town gearing up for battle to directly procure power from IPPs

By: Kim Cloete     17th November 2017 The City of Cape Town says it is prepared for a legal battle with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) in a bid to directly procure power from independent power producers (IPPs). This was the culmination of two years of trying to get permission, said City of Cape Town enterprise... 

Water-scarce Cape Town holding 'Day Zero' talks with police, army

By: News24Wire      17th November 2017 Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille is in talks with the police and the army to prepare for May 13 2018 - the day the taps are now anticipated to run dry around the city, with water only available at collection points, she said on Thursday. "The City is consulting with the South African Police... 

Third biennial food and drink exhibition to be held in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Conceptualised as a “for Africa by Africa” event, exhibition company Messe München South Africa (SA) will host the third biennial food and drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) exhibition from September 4 to 6 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, next year. 

Third biennial food and drink exhibition to be held in 2018
FDT AFRICA 2018 The aim of fdt Africa 2018 is to consolidate the existing target groups of exhibitors and visitors

SAB entrepreneurship for employment initiative welcomed

     17th November 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed South African Breweries (SAB’s) entrepreneurship campaign aimed at enabling South African entrepreneurs to create 10 000 jobs by 2021. 

SAB entrepreneurship for employment initiative welcomed
SAB PROGRAMME The SAB entrepreneurial programme, which provides a package of support, was launched in September

Industry still suffers effects of drought

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Although innovative production practices and a diversified geographic production area helped to buffer the effect of the drought on the 2017 harvest, wine industry body VinPro explains that insufficient rainfall in the winter months will undoubtedly have an effect on vine functionality and yield... 

Industry still suffers effects of drought
DROUGHT EFFECTS As a result of the drought, the Western Cape has received 30% less rainfall than the amount needed at this stage

DCD success in winemaking opens new markets

     17th November 2017 Having proven that its Disruptor technology is more than suitable for the winemaking and beer sectors, South African biotechnology company Green Cell Technologies (GCT), states that it has turned its attention to the lucrative fruit sugar concentrates market. 

DCD success in  winemaking opens new markets
LESS SUGAR Consumers are more informed about the effect of foodstuffs they consume and the growing demand for less sugary products

Tank cleaning ensures quality batch, every time

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Although tank cleaning is considered a ‘necessary evil’ for any producer in the wine, brewery and beverage industry, South Africa-based industrial nozzle, pump and filter supplier Spray Nozzle says tank cleaning is required between batches to ensure that a reliable, uncontaminated, high-quality... 

Tank cleaning ensures  quality batch, every time
SPECIALIST PRODUCT The HydroClaw nozzle is a specialist nozzle which is best suited for the cleaning of tanks with high solids content

Landmark projects help Esor to improve performance in tough market

By: Dylan Slater     17th November 2017 Despite challenging market conditions and a deteriorating market environment for the six months ended August 31, JSE-listed civils and construction group Esor recorded a “significant improvement” in its finances, with profit before tax of R3.1-million, compared with a loss recorded in February.... 

National Disaster Centre declined to help thirsty Beaufort West – province

By: News24Wire      16th November 2017 The National Disaster Management Centre declined a request to provide drought-stricken Beaufort West with emergency funding due to the initial stated terms, the Western Cape Local Government Department said on Tuesday. However, the province was re-negotiating the terms, said James-Brent Styan,... 

Western Cape appeals for Zuma's help with drought

By: News24Wire      15th November 2017 The Western Cape appealed for assistance from national government with the drought and water crisis engulfing the province at a meeting of President Jacob Zuma's President's Coordinating Council (PCC) on Tuesday at Tuynhuys, in Cape Town. James-Brent Styan, spokesperson for Western Cape MEC for... 

Only half of Cape Town putting 'efforts into saving water' – De Lille

By: News24Wire      14th November 2017 Only half of drought-stricken Cape Town is saving water, the City of Cape Town revealed on Monday as it appealed to residents to get on board and beat the drought. To make matters worse, recent hot and windy weather has led to a 1% decrease in dam levels over the past week alone. 

Beaufort West 'Day Zero' drought claims not true – Western Cape government

By: News24Wire      13th November 2017 The Western Cape government has denied claims that Beaufort West, a town of about 37 000 residents, has reached "Day Zero" in the water crisis in the region. The town "has simply run out of surface water", said James-Brent Styan, spokesperson for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and... 

Mokonyane appoints new TCTA chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th November 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has appointed Zodwa Manase chairperson of the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA). She succeeds Monhla Hlahla, who stepped down at the end of October. 

Innovative civil engineering solution to social ills – Manuel

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2017 Unless South Africa and its citizens deal with the issue of widespread corruption, the country will not be able to provide the “kinds of engineering services” that it ought to provide to people, former Finance Minister and Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel has said. Speaking at a South... 

Innovative civil engineering solution to social ills – Manuel
Photo by Duane Daws
Trevor Manuel

Govt, NGOs, industry combining to fend off acid mine water threat

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Acid mine drainage (AMD) is regarded as one of the greatest environmental challenges ever faced by South Africa, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) mine water management chief director Marius Keet. During a recent seminar on the need to rehabilitate mine-contaminated ecosystems, he... 

Govt, NGOs, industry combining to fend off acid mine water threat

City of Johannesburg needs R12.5bn to fix water infrastructure

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2017 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) has revealed it will need around R12.65-billion over the next ten years to renew and replace the city’s ageing and decrepit water infrastructure. Joburg Water is in the process of building nine new water reservoirs and towers that will serve 163 800 households in... 

Cape Town needs megaprojects to address water crisis  

By: Anine Kilian     7th November 2017 A new water crisis initiative has been launched to identify and push through three multibillion-rand projects to restore water security to Cape Town. The launch followed a meeting in Cape Town, headed by the Water Leapathon Advisory Board, a strategy forum that brings together representatives... 

Summit aimed at attracting investment for water infrastructure

By: Dylan Slater     6th November 2017 South Africa needs about R40-billion to deal with its backlog in water infrastructure, says the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). To address this and other critical water-related issues, the department will, in collaboration with the Water Research Commission (WRC), host the Water... 

Mobile fly farm creator wins GCIP-SA competition

By: Anine Kilian     6th November 2017 Organic waste innovation Mobile Fly Farm creator Bandile Dlabantu has been announced the winner of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme – South Africa (GCIP-SA). Mobile Fly Farms use black soldier fly larvae to convert organic waste into animal feed, enabling emerging farmers to organically... 

A lot needs to be done to ensure universal access to water and sanitation – Tshwete

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 The roll-out of water and sanitation services to everyone in South Africa is a key priority for the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete.  

High-pressure industrial cleaning suitable for various industries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Water-jetting solutions provider Total Blasting says its ultrahigh-pressure jetting units are suitable for applications in industries such as petrochemicals (refineries), marine, offshore oil and gas, and automotive manufacturing plants.  

High-pressure industrial cleaning suitable for various industries
HIGH-PRESSURE CLEANING Total Blasting has provided many plants and industrial cleaning contractors with simple and flexible water-jetting capability

Reforms, business models key to unlocking private sector investment for climate change – IFC

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 Smart policy reforms and innovative business models can unlock the trillions of dollars in private investment that is needed to ensure Africa meets its climate targets as agreed to in the landmark Paris Agreement. The private sector, boasting innovation, the financing and resources, is considered... 

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