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Valve companies upgraded to Level 1 BBBEE status 

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 Valve manufacturer Ainsworth Engineering and its sister company valve distributor United Valve Company (UVC) are under new ownership and have been upgraded to Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) status. The initiative was funded by the Industrial Development Corporation and... 

Water restrictions: Govt to announce water allocation before month end

By: News24Wire      6th November 2018 Capetonians will have to wait several weeks to hear if water restrictions are to be further relaxed. Farmers, also waiting to hear if they will be allocated more irrigation water, are getting worried about the effects of the delay. Rashid Khan, regional head of the Department of Water Affairs and... 

Water restrictions: Govt to announce water allocation before month end

City of Cape Town poised to ease water restrictions further

By: News24Wire      30th October 2018 The City of Cape Town believes dam levels are high enough for water restrictions to be relaxed even further – possibly to level 4 or even level 3. But the City cannot take steps to ease restrictions until the national Department of Water and Sanitation decides how much bulk water supply Cape Town... 

Prototype soil sampling device being tested for use in agriculture

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 A cost-effective, handheld soil and water chemical testing device for use in agriculture is being developed and tested by information technology research subsidiary IBM Research, says IBM Research Brazil Industrial Technology & Science manager Dr Mathias Steiner. The AgroPad is a business... 

Prototype soil sampling device being tested for use in agriculture
AGROPAD SCAN Farmers can gain meaningful information to optimise conditions to grow a specific crop

Gauteng dams almost 100% full, Western Cape levels stable

By: News24Wire      24th October 2018 Gauteng dam levels are at a whopping 98%, according to a weekly Department of Water and Sanitation report. The latest levels, following heavy rains in the province last weekend, make the dams the fullest in the country, the department said. It said the levels were 12% higher than those recorded... 

Pollutec 2018 shines the spotlight on Burkina Faso

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd October 2018 Pollutec 2018, which will mark the fortieth anniversary of this international environmental trade show, is set to cover 14 key industry sectors, and focus keenly on Africa – notably Burkina Faso – as well as other key regions, such as South America and South-East Asia. Pollutec has featured an... 

Pollutec 2018 shines the spotlight on Burkina Faso

Congo sets deadline for plan on 11 000 MW hydropower plant

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo gave two groups of investors a four-week deadline to submit a joint proposal on the development of the multibillion-dollar Inga 3 hydropower plant. The government signed an accord with Chinese and Spanish consortia this week to advance the 11 000 MW facility, the... 

Embattled Rand Water appoints Sipho Mosai as acting CEO

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 Rand Water on Friday announced that COO Sipho Mosai will assume a new position as acting chief executive of one of the country’s biggest water boards with effect from Monday next week. Mosai, a scientist by training turned strategist in the water sector, boasts over 20 years executive management... 

Germany's Voith to supply more turbines for Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 German mechanical engineering conglomerate Voith has signed an agreement to supply turbines for a $4-billion dam Ethiopia is building along the River Nile, state-affiliated media said on Wednesday. The 6 000 MW Grand Renaissance Dam is the centrepiece of the Horn of Africa country's bid to become... 

Farmers head to court to challenge policy on transfer of water rights

By: News24Wire      15th October 2018 West Coast farmers launched an urgent application in the Western Cape High Court on Monday concerning water rights, which may have far-reaching consequences for agriculture. At the heart of the case is whether it is lawful for irrigation boards to approve the transfer of water rights from one... 

First LHWP Phase 2 construction contracts awarded

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 Construction work on Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is set to start soon. This follows the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) awarding the first construction contract on the project – the R235-million contract for the Polihali north-east access road – to the... 

Reconstruction of Clanwilliam Dam in WCape to create thousands of jobs

By: African News Agency      12th October 2018 The construction of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Cederberg district in the Western Cape is envisaged to create more than 4,000 job opportunities, according to the department of water and sanitation. In a statement on Friday,  the department said: “A new-look Clanwilliam Dam is envisaged to create... 

Cape Town's increased water consumption is not sustainable, experts warn

By: News24Wire      12th October 2018 Cape Town's water consumption rose to 546-million litres a day this week – up from 520-million last week and 511-million the week before. Although dams that supply the city are 76% full, experts say a trajectory of increased consumption is not sustainable. The increased consumption comes as... 

R&D provides solutions for water management problems

By: Donald Makhafola     12th October 2018 Constant research and development (R&D) has been key to the growth and success of 34-year-old industrial agitator and specialised mixing-equipment for water and wastewater treatment company, Mixtec, says the company’s sales and project manager Rudi Swanepoel.    The Mixtec global group of... 

R&D provides solutions for water management problems
HIGH-QUALITY Mixtec is known for producing mixers to the latest international standards and quality controls

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges

12th October 2018 Power-saving water-pump solutions company Grundfos presents municipalities with improved energy efficient pumps that allow them to lower their demand on the national power grid, says sub-Saharan Africa regional head Henning Sandager.    “Water, waste water removal and electricity are the main... 

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges
OPTIMISATION Grundfos energy efficient pumps can save up to 50% of energy

Lesotho Metolong dam achieves full capacity

12th October 2018 The new $100-million Metolong dam in Lesotho has achieved a significant project success this year, with the dam spilling for the first time since its completion in 2016. Spilling occurs when the dam is at full capacity, and the dam’s spillway – meant to direct excess water downstream during flood... 

Lesotho Metolong dam achieves full capacity
MILESTONE Metolong dam in Lesotho reaches spilling stage for the first time since its completion in 2016

New coupling provides easy pipe joining solution

By: Donald Makhafola     12th October 2018 Ongoing water shortages relating to insufficient and aging infrastructure and lack of proper maintenance in South Africa and Africa, make mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic’s safe, efficient and cost-effective pipe joining solution, which eliminates hazardous welding and... 

New coupling provides easy pipe joining solution
JOINING SOLUTION Victaulic's plain end solutions pipe couplings, fittings and connectors technology are easy to install

Bulk water supply project nears completion

12th October 2018 Phase 1 of the design and implementation for the augmentation of the James Kleynhans Bulk Water Supply project in Makhanda – formerly known as Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape – which started last year in September is due for completion in December. The first phase of the four-phase project,... 

Bulk water supply project nears completion
PROGRESSING Phase 1 of the design and implementation for the augmentation of the James Kleynhans Bulk Water Supply project in Makhanda is due for completion in December

Cape Town secures R974m towards disaster recovery programmes, projects 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 The National Treasury and the National Disaster Management Centre has allocated R974-million towards disaster recovery programmes and projects in the Western Cape. Some R553-million of this drought funding was distributed to the City of Cape Town for drought alleviation projects and specifically... 

Cape Town dam levels show only slight increase amid warmer weather

By: African News Agency      8th October 2018 The City of Cape Town on Monday announced that dam levels feeding the city had improved to 76,2 percent of storage capacity over the past week. Dam levels rose only slightly by 0,3 percent over the last week to 76,2 percent of storage capacity, while the average water consumption for the past... 

 Cape Town dam levels show only slight increase amid warmer weather

Marine waste a pressing issue, but few solutions in sight

By: Dylan Slater     5th October 2018 Plastics have become the “ubiquitous workhorse material” of the modern economy, combining unrivalled functional properties with low cost, and its use has increased twenty-fold in the past half-century, according to circular economy advocacy charity The Ellen MacArthur Foundation.  

Marine waste a pressing issue, but few solutions in sight

Water an asset for sustainable growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd October 2018 Over and above appreciating the intrinsic value of water as a vital human resource, the South African approach should be to recognise the business value of the commodity and, therefore, the country should pursue investments in the sector to generate sustained economic growth, employment and... 

R4.6bn Nwamitwa dam construction set for 2026 completion, subject to finance availability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd October 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation plans to appoint contractors for the roads and advanced works for the Nwamitwa dam, in Limpopo, in March 2020, ahead of the appointment of a contractor for the construction of the dam in March 2022, Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti said in a... 

R4.6bn Nwamitwa dam construction set for 2026 completion, subject to finance availability
Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

LHDA holds workshops on Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase 2

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd October 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has started a series of workshops with registered construction companies in Gauteng and Free State to explain the procurement framework of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2 and to share lessons learned from previous tender... 

Capetonians can use more water – and pay less 

By: News24Wire      2nd October 2018 Capetonians can now use a bit more water every day – and will pay around 25% less for it. The slightly less stringent water restrictions kicked in on Monday as the combined level of supply dams reached 75.9% of storage capacity. While the rocketing fuel price is making a dent in consumers'... 

Capetonians can use more water – and pay less

Provincial Joint Tactical Committee on water established in Free State

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2018 To ensure water services are prioritised in the Free State, a Provincial Joint Tactical Committee (PJTC) has been established with representatives from the department of Water and Sanitation, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the South African Local Government Association, water... 

Mars’ sustainable generation plan achieves key milestones globally, locally

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2018 Mars Multisales Africa, a division of global family-owned food company Mars, has recorded progress with its global Sustainable in a Generation plan, which was launched globally last year. The plan is designed to make tangible, scientifically-based changes to the way Mars does business globally. 

Drilling for water 'makes no economic sense'

By: News24Wire      1st October 2018 The City of Cape Town's (CoCT) borehole drilling programme has scientists scratching their heads at the apparent determination of the City to drill into the hard rock of the Table Mountain Group Aquifer (TMGA) at great cost, while other cheaper and more environment-friendly options are not first... 

Behavioural change a hurdle across industries

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 A change of attitude towards waste management and recycling is needed to effect a real and positive cultural shift in the sector, but cooperation and willingness to change behaviours is a significant obstacle, says waste management company Interwaste business development and marketing director... 

Behavioural change  a hurdle across industries
RECYCLE, REUSE, REPURPOSE Waste management companies play an important role in providing alternative channels of waste disposal to assist in encouraging citizens to adopt a recycling culture

Closure, rehabilitation of landfills a major issue

28th September 2018 As landfill space in South Africa reaches capacity, the controlled, planned and systematic filling of landfill cells requires progressive closure and rehabilitation, says infrastructure delivery company Aecom, adding that it can provide this specialised service. Landfills may need to be closed... 

Closure, rehabilitation of landfills a major issue
JAM-PACKED JUNK Once filled to capacity, landfills must be closed and decommissioned

Plastics industry should strive for zero pellet loss

28th September 2018 Plastics industry body Plastics|SA is calling on role-players to work towards achieving the goal of zero pellet, flake and powder loss. The local plastics industry has reiterated its commitment to keep the country’s water sources free of plastic pollution. Plastics|SA executive director Anton... 

Plastics industry should strive for zero pellet loss
Photo by Bloomberg
PROBLEMATIC PELLETS Pellet, flake and powder loss has several negative impacts on individual companies, the plastics industry as a whole and the environment

100 Resilient Cities 'game-changer' launched in Cape Town to tackle urban problems

By: News24Wire      21st September 2018 Cape Town has felt the shock of the taps nearly running dry and the shock of floods. It has felt the chronic stress of crime and being the murder capital of the country. The daily stress of hours in traffic congestion and being stranded on trains. The stress of poverty and 450 000 people who want... 

Angola, IFC court South African investors

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 World Bank Group executive director for Angola, Nigeria and South Africa Bongiwe Kunene says a roundtable event taking place on September 24, will enable South African businesses and investors to explore the growth opportunities in Angola created as a result of the 2017 election of that country’s... 

Western Cape farmers call for easing of water restrictions to repair drought damage

By: News24Wire      18th September 2018 Western Cape farmers are calling on government to reveal how much water they are likely to be allocated this summer, so they can make plans to fix the damage caused by the 60% cut in their water supply. Some farmers say they have already experienced their Day Zero – now they want to know if they... 

Western Cape farmers call for easing of water restrictions to repair drought damage

City of Cape Town announces improving dam levels

By: African News Agency      17th September 2018 The City of Cape Town on Monday announced that dam levels feeding the city had improved to 70 percent of storage capacity over the past week. The announcement came as Cape Town and surrounding areas experienced further heavy rainfall overnight Sunday and into Monday, with further rainfall... 

 City of Cape Town announces improving dam levels

Commission calls for submissions on Vaal river pollution

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is calling for submissions on the pollution of the Vaal river. This follows after the commission conducted a site inspection of the Vaal river earlier this month, following allegations that about 150 Mℓ/d of raw sewage was spilling into the river. 

Rand Water loses appeal on provision of piped water to Blyvooruitzicht village

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 The Constitutional Court dismissed an appeal, brought by Gauteng water utility Rand Water, against an order of the Pretoria High Court preventing the disconnection of the piped water supply to the Blyvooruitzicht mining village, a distressed mining community of about 6 000 people located west of... 

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