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Water

South Africa hosts first UN Drought Core Group meeting

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2018 A meeting, focusing on the outlook and risks for drought and famines on the African continent in the year ahead, was held at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation's (Dirco's) offices, in Pretoria, on Wednesday. The inaugural meeting, which was hosted and chaired by South... 

Department of Water and Sanitation blames municipal debt, budget cuts for huge debt

By: News24Wire      28th February 2018 A full parliamentary inquiry into the finances of the Department of Water and Sanitation has been instituted after it conceded to being billions of rand in debt. The department presented itself before Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday where its overdraft,... 

Department of Water and Sanitation blames municipal debt, budget cuts for huge debt

Gabon accuses France's Veolia of polluting amid concession dispute

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Gabon accused French environmental services group Veolia on Tuesday of widespread pollution at SEEG, the power and water utility it operates there, amid a growing dispute over the company's concession. Veolia, which has already threatened legal action after the government seized SEEG earlier this... 

Mokonyane lambasted for 'collapsing' water dept: Scopa decries reshuffling and calls for charges

By: News24Wire      27th February 2018 The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) expressed concern over the reshuffling of former minister of water and sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane to the ministry of communications. Scopa chairperson Themba Godi has called for a full parliamentary inquiry and for criminal charges to be opened... 

Mokonyane lambasted for 'collapsing' water dept: Scopa decries reshuffling and calls for charges
Photo by Duane Daws
Minister of Communications Nomvula Mokonyane

Residents in water-scarce areas need to adjust, says water department

By: African News Agency      26th February 2018 Residents in water-scarce areas of the country need to recognise and adjust to the water supply limitations, especially those in drought-stricken areas, the water and sanitation department said on Sunday. The department was continuing its endeavours to ensure security of the supply of water for... 

AfriForum, WSSA implement emergency water plan in Cape Town 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2018 Civil rights organisation AfriForum and Water Shortage South Africa (WSSA) have teamed up to implement an emergency water plan – the establishment of emergency water points in Cape Town to ensure the vulnerable have access to water should Day Zero occur. Three water points are planned across the... 

UCT civil engineering graduate wins national award for waterless urinal study

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering graduate Tinashe Chipako won the 2018 South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) National Investigative Project Showdown for his research project on the feasibility of implementing waterless urinals on UCT’s upper campus. The Western... 

Western Cape drought will severely test govt, says provincial premier Zille

By: African News Agency      22nd February 2018 The immense challenge of the province's longest drought on record will test the capabilities at all levels of government to their limits, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said during her state-of-the-province address on Thursday. Addressing the provincial parliament, Zille said: "While addressing... 

 Western Cape drought will severely test govt, says provincial premier Zille

SAWEA welcomes govt’s commitment to renewables

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) on Thursday appealed to President Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as to the Finance, Energy and Public Enterprises Ministers to ensure the setting of a firm date for concluding power purchase agreements (PPAs) for duly procured renewable energy, by no... 

Treasury allocates R6bn for drought relief measures

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2018 Citizens of towns in the Western Cape, particularly Cape Town, on Wednesday could give a sigh of relief as Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba outlined that a provisional allocation of R6-billion has been set aside in 2018/19 for drought relief measures and to augment public infrastructure investment.... 

Treasury allocates R6bn for drought relief measures

Cape Town’s Day Zero delayed until July 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2018 Day Zero has again been pushed back by another month as daily water use in the drought-stricken province drops by three-million litres, with the average consumption averaging 523-million litres a day. While still short of the 450-million-litre a day target, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi... 

City of Cape Town welcomes 'major court victory for preservation of water sources'

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 A ruling by the Western Cape High Court has been described as "a watershed ruling" for the preservation of Cape Town's rivers, floodplains, and wetlands. The judgment refers to a case in which the City approached the courts to order Really Useful Investments, a developer of the Hout Bay Beach... 

Zille blames department of water for stalled Clanwilliam Dam project

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 A project which aims to double the capacity of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Western Cape will not be able to proceed because of a lack of funding. This is according to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, who on Monday said the project, for which R2bn had been budgeted as far back as 2013/2014, would... 

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund commits $200m in loans to fragile States

By: African News Agency      20th February 2018 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), suppliers of debt finance to private sector infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa, said on Tuesday that it had ended 2017 on a high note with $200-million in loan commitments to fragile states. EAIF, a company of the Private Infrastructure... 

Legacy issues, poor Q1 affect Rolfes' H1 earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 Black-empowered chemical group Rolfes' financial results for the six months ended December 31 were negatively affected by legacy issues and a poor first quarter, resulting in headline earnings halving to R23.62-million, from R48.23-million in the six months to December 31, 2016. Revenue from... 

Koeberg participating in development of other desalination projects

By: Kim Cloete     19th February 2018 Apart from its recently announced temporary desalination plant, the Koeberg nuclear power station is working on a range of desalination projects, including a detailed feasibility study with the City of Cape Town on a large-scale desalination plant. If the feasibility study is successful, it will... 

Koeberg participating in development of other desalination projects
Photo by Duane Daws
Koeberg nuclear power station

Coega SEZ receives EIA approval for desalination, aquaculture zones

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Eastern Cape, has received environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approval for a 440 ha land-based aquaculture development zone (ADZ) and a desalination plant in Zone 10 of the Coega SEZ. “The approval of the EIA is a step towards fulfilling the Coega... 

Stellenbosch declares Level 6B water restrictions

By: News24Wire      16th February 2018 Joining Cape Town, Stellenbosch municipality is set to enforce Level 6B water restrictions from Monday, February 19, to help extend the availability of water in the region, Mayor Gesie van Deventer announced. The municipality is situated about 50 km east of Cape Town and receives two thirds of... 

Cape Town to host a trio of major water conferences in 2018

By: Kim Cloete     15th February 2018 Cape Town is fast becoming the international water conference capital for this year, with the city and the Western Cape Convention Bureau having won a bid to host its third major conference on water this year. The International Conference on Sanitation, Waste and Water will be held in November... 

Koeberg launches mobile desalination plant to counter water shortages 

By: Kim Cloete     14th February 2018 In the wake of the severe water shortages in and around Cape Town, Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station has launched a mobile groundwater desalination plant which will take care of the station’s water needs. The temporary groundwater desalination plant has a 920 kilolitre-a-day capacity. The... 

Koeberg launches mobile desalination plant to counter water shortages

Umgeni Water offers more detail on Cape Town desalination plant  

By: News24Wire      14th February 2018 While water utility Umgeni Water has the expertise and skills to assist the City of Cape Town during the water crisis, the City first has to agree to "conditions" before any work starts. Umgeni Water's acting chief executive Thami Hlongwa made the statement during a press briefing at the Albert... 

Drought crisis: Three provinces declared national disasters

By: News24Wire      14th February 2018 The national disaster management centre has called on organs of state to implement contingency measures to enable the national executive to deal with the drought in parts of South Africa. In a statement released in the government gazette on Tuesday, Disaster head Dr Mmaphaka Tau Tau said, after... 

KwaZulu-Natal is not out of the woods, water levels still critical – Umgeni Water

By: News24Wire      14th February 2018 KwaZulu-Natal's water supply is still at serious risk with one of the province's main storage dam levels critically low. A senior contingent of Umgeni Water officials, led by acting chief executive Thami Hlongwa, dropped the bomb at a media briefing at Albert Falls Dam, where the full impact of... 

Agricultural council sets up policy advisory committee on drought

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th February 2018 A high-level Section 7 committee has been established to consider the impact of South Africa’s prolonged drought, particularly on the agricultural sector, and to generate plans to mitigate its effects. The State-owned National Agricultural Marketing Council- (NAMC-) formed committee comprises... 

Day Zero pushed back to June as water users cut back

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th February 2018 Cape Town’s looming Day Zero has been pushed back to June 4, as Cape Town reduced its water use over the past week to an average of 529-million litres a day – the lowest daily consumption achieved to date. Last week, Day Zero, which had initially been expected to occur in April, had been further... 

Relief for Cape Town as mining indaba proceeds despite water shortage

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The acute water shortage in South Africa’s tourism capital Cape Town almost cost it crucial revenue when the organisers of an annual international mining conference considered scrapping this year's event in the city. But the Investing in African Mining Indaba went ahead this week despite strict... 

Cape drought takes its toll on the economy 

9th February 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the impact of the ongoing drought and water shortages on Cape Town’s tourism sector and the economy. 

Cape drought takes its toll on the economy
Natasha Odendaal discusses the Cape drought & the economy. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Mokonyane says 'Day Zero' will not happen in Cape Town

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane says “Day Zero” is a phenomenon in drought-stricken Cape Town, which will "not happen". The minister made her remarks on Thursday during a meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, her department and the Department of... 

Water department seeking partnerships to strengthen policy environment

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has reiterated that it is seeking partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, to strengthen the current water and sanitation policy environment, said Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, during the Water Infrastructure Investment... 

Water crisis in Cape Town could be declared a national disaster by February 14

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 The drought in South Africa's Western, Eastern and Northern Cape provinces could be declared national disasters as early as next week, government said on Thursday. The announcement was made by members of a Cabinet task team on drought and water scarcity in Cape Town. 

Water crisis in Cape Town could be declared a national disaster by February 14

Western Cape adds a further R82.5m for drought relief efforts

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2018 The Western Cape cabinet has allocated another R82.5-million to fund drought relief measures, including new water augmentation and demand management projects in the water-strapped province. The additional funding will be focused on municipalities that border the City of Cape Town and which rely... 

Cape Town drought hits tourism, threatens province’s credit ratings 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2018 As the ongoing drought and resultant water crisis threatens Cape Town’s credit ratings and gross domestic product (GDP) growth, warnings of the impact the drought on the local tourism industry are mounting. Tourism to one of South Africa’s most popular destinations is starting to take a knock as... 

Cape Town drought hits tourism, threatens province’s credit ratings
South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona and Wesgro CEO Tim Harris discuss the Cape Town water crisis and the importance of bolstering the tourism industry despite the drought. 07.02.2018. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Videoediting: Christo Greyling.

Experts call for national war room to tackle mounting water issues

By: Dylan Slater     7th February 2018 Water expert and environmental adviser Dr Anthony Turton and infrastructure development company Accentuate CEO Fred Platt have proposed that a national war room be established to begin implementing strategic steps that are required to deal with South Africa’s mounting water scarcity challenges.... 

'We cannot afford to lose momemtum now' – Maimane on water crisis

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane on Wednesday thanked Capetonians for playing their part in reducing water consumption in the City, but warned that it will require a collective effort to avert Day Zero. At a press briefing on several "demand management" techniques to further reduce... 

City of Cape Town ups price of water to reduce consumption

By: News24Wire      7th February 2018 The City of Cape Town on Tuesday announced its "the more you use, the more you pay" water prices in a bid to reduce water consumption during the drought. According to Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson, the new tariffs on a total monthly bill (Level 6 tariffs) (including VAT) for non-indigent persons are: 

Fruit farmers opening sluices for Cape Town

By: News24Wire      6th February 2018 The fruit growers of the Groenland Water Users Association (GWUA) in the Western Cape will begin the release of between seven-million to ten-million cubic metres of water on Tuesday to help Cape Town avoid Day Zero, GWUA chief executive Johan Groenewald said. "We were blessed [with rain], even... 

Cape Town’s Day Zero could be moved out to May

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th February 2018 A drop in agricultural water use has pushed out Cape Town’s dreaded Day Zero to mid-May; however, with no significant decline in urban water use, the city has moved forward with its level 6B water restrictions and tariffs to limit water use to 50 ℓ/d per person. The City of Cape on Monday moved... 

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