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Water

Rush to get Cape Town's temporary desalination plants online

By: News24Wire      2nd February 2018 The City of Cape Town's R240m temporary desalination plant at Strandfontein Pavilion is on track, but it will only start producing the first two million litres of an expected seven million a day in March. This is according to the City's mayoral committee member for water, Xanthea Limberg, who was... 

Construction expo brings new opportunities to KwaZulu-Natal

2nd February 2018 The second annual KZN Construction Expo will gather thousands of construction professionals, government officials and investors to support infrastructure development, service delivery, and the development partnerships and industry transformation currently underway in the province. KwaZulu-Natal... 

Construction expo  brings new opportunities to KwaZulu-Natal
Photo by Duane Daws
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Round table discussions will focus on enabling public-private sector collaboration to achieve KwaZulu-Natal’s development milestones for infrastructure

African expo and conference expanding

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd February 2018 To cater for a growing interest in power generation and water, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) will occupy the entire Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) as well as the new building, CTICC 2. The new 31 148 m2 building consists of 10 000 m2 conference and exhibition space... 

African expo and  conference expanding
NETWORKING HUB The African Utility Week conference and expo will feature over 300 speakers

New models needed to revitalise and modernise SA’s water sector

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 Sustainable transformation in the South African water sector requires the introduction of new models and mechanisms for working relationships that will enhance the effective and efficient delivery of related water services to consumers, according to Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.  

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     2nd February 2018 As dam levels drop and water becomes even more scarce, Cape Town is racing against time to deal with the worst drought in the city’s history. Over the past few weeks, Capetonians have been hurtling towards Day Zero, when the City of Cape Town has warned that water to households will be cut off.... 

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages seeks ways to help provide water to Cape Town

By: Simone Liedtke     1st February 2018 Local bottler Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB), in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation and participating suppliers, are finalising details for the provision of millions of litres of relief water to the drought-affected Western Cape and the City of Cape Town. CCPB on Thursday said this... 

South Africa's water crisis spreads from Cape Town

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Cape Town is running out of water and low dam levels in the emerald-green highlands of Lesotho are raising alarm bells in South Africa's industrial heartland around Johannesburg, which has so far avoided the shortages hitting other regions. The tourist hub of Cape Town may run dry in April and... 

South Africa's water crisis spreads from Cape Town

Too little done too late by authorities, as Cape Town businesses plan for Day Zero

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2018 Cape Town businesses believe there has been “too much water politicking and too little sound planning” in response to the current water crisis and have started making their own plans for Day Zero, which is expected to occur on April 16. A Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry survey shows that... 

Trade and Industry Portfolio Committee appeals for bottled water price freeze 

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry is seeking an intervention to “rein in unscrupulous traders” who are taking advantage of Cape Town’s water crisis to increase the price of bottled water. The committee plans to ask Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and the National Consumer... 

Plans for extra desalination plants at tender stage – city

By: News24Wire      31st January 2018 Cape Town's deputy mayor Ian Nielson says plans to build additional desalination plants in the city are currently at tender stage and could be announced in the next few weeks. Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane held a press conference on Tuesday, along with members of the City of Cape... 

Cape Town’s drought crisis team closed down – City

By: News24Wire      30th January 2018 A drought crisis task team created last year on the instructions of embattled Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has been closed down. This emerged on Tuesday as the City of Cape Town faces the possibility of Day Zero in April - the day when taps will be switched off due to further dwindling dam... 

Cape Town’s drought crisis team closed down – City

Day Zero pushed back to April 16

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2018 Cape Town’s impending Day Zero has been pushed back by four days to April 16, as efforts to “defeat Day Zero” ramp up. The City of Cape Town on Tuesday said collaborative efforts to scale back water use was resulting in small, but significant victories, showing that “residents are coming together... 

aQuellé donates 30 000 litres of water as Day Zero draws closer

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2018 As Day Zero approaches for the drought-stricken Western Cape, bottled water brand aQuellé has donated almost 30 000 ℓ of bottled water to retirement homes across Cape Town. aQuellé MD Arno Stegen and other drivers are expected to deliver 19 008 one-and-a-half-litre bottles equating to 28 512 ℓ to... 

Managers focused on furniture needs, not water – De Lille on Cape Town's 'derailed' drought plan

By: News24Wire      30th January 2018 Project managers in the City of Cape Town tasked with coming up with solutions about the drought spent lots of time talking about furniture they wanted instead of water projects, a submission by Mayor Patricia de Lille has revealed. "At some of the very first meetings it was astounding to hear... 

Managers focused on furniture needs, not water – De Lille on Cape Town's 'derailed' drought plan
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Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan hope to break Nile dam talks deadlock in one month 

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 The leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan on Monday set a one-month deadline for laying out the ways to break a deadlock in talks over a mega dam Addis Ababa is building along its share of the Nile, an official said. Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the construction of the Grand... 

Capetonians way off usage target as dam levels drop further

By: News24Wire      29th January 2018 The threat of Day Zero, which is an increasing reality for Cape Town, is gaining ground, according to data on the latest dam levels released on Monday. It indicates that dam levels for Cape Town are 26.3% as at January 29, 2018, from 26.6% at January 26, 2018. 

Capetonians way off usage target as dam levels drop further

Moody's raises red flags over Cape Town water crisis

By: News24Wire      29th January 2018 Due to the marked income inequality in the City, Cape Town's water crisis poses a possible threat to social order, according to a report released by Moody's Investors Service on Monday. The City of Cape Town is currently rated Baa3 - the lowest level of investment grade, and is on review for a... 

 Moody's raises red flags over Cape Town water crisis

National Water and Sanitation Master Plan necessary for growth – DWS 

By: Anine Kilian     29th January 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is calling on the public to to make inputs into the draft National Water and Sanitation Master Plan by Wednesday. The master plan is aimed at assisting in the provision of water and sanitation services and at establishing a consolidated plan for water... 

Money won't curb #DayZero, we must adapt – Mokonyane

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says that throwing money at the looming #DayZero crisis is not the answer, but rather Capetonians need to adapt to the situation. Mokonyane and deputy director general Trevor Balzer were addressing the Cape Town Press Club on Sunday on the prospect... 

Water shops cashing in on #DayZero panic warned over municipal water use

By: News24Wire      29th January 2018 Shops cashing in on Cape Town's water panic by selling filtered municipal water without a licence will be targeted in the coming days, a city official said at a briefing on its #DayZero plans on Sunday. "Either you stop this or we going to have to cut the water flow to the facility to a much... 

Water crisis hits Cape Town tourism, cancellations from international visitors - industry body

By: African News Agency      26th January 2018 The drought-induced water crisis in the Western Cape province, which could run out of supply in April if there are no rains, has hit the key tourism sector with visitors cancelling trips, an industry official said on Friday. Officials in Cape Town, South Africa's tourism capital which boasts... 

How Cape Town businesses are tightening the taps

By: News24Wire      26th January 2018 As the countdown to Cape Town's dreaded Day Zero continues, ratepayers are not the only ones forced to tighten their belts when it comes to water use. Businesses operating in what may soon become the first major city to run out of water have been implementing more large-scale water-saving... 

Rand Water board nominations to close end-January 

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has called for nominations for candidates to serve on the Rand Water board from 2018 to 2022. Individuals and organisations have been invited to submit nominations of suitably qualified and experienced persons to be considered for appointment as board... 

Cape Town held up as example of climate change disaster at WEF

By: African News Agency      25th January 2018 Cape Town and its desperate battle to avoid running out of water is a climate change disaster, the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, has heard. At a WEF session on environmental risks, experts urged the world to move faster on climate change to avoid disaster, as extreme weather... 

 Cape Town held up as example of climate change disaster at WEF

City of Cape Town set to reach out to the bottled water industry

By: News24Wire      25th January 2018 With less than 80 days to go until Day Zero, the City of Cape Town may want to consider getting help from the bottled water industry. South African National Bottled Water Association (Sanbwa) chairperson John Weaver said that some of their members have donated water to afflicted areas in the past... 

'Our mandate for water provision and support knows no politics' – Nomvula Mokonyane

By: News24Wire      25th January 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane are looking for a scapegoat on the water crisis. "We will not be drawn into petty political squabbles while the people and economy of the Western Cape are on the... 

'Our mandate for water provision and support knows no politics' – Nomvula Mokonyane
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Water & Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Orange Farm gets new R90m reservoir

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th January 2018 The City of Johannesburg has completed the construction of a R90-million reservoir in Orange Farm, increasing water storage capacity from nine hours to 27 hours and reducing disruptions in water supply to high-lying areas of the region. The 33.5 megalitre concrete reservoir was built at a cost of... 

Water woes: Maimane, Zille shift blame to Nomvula Mokonyane 

By: News24Wire      24th January 2018 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane made it very clear on Wednesday that the responsibility to provide bulk water lay with the national Department of Water and Sanitation. Despite starting off his address by saying that "this is not a finger pointing exercise", both Maimane and Premier... 

Water woes: Maimane, Zille shift blame to Nomvula Mokonyane
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Water & Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

'Save water like your life depends on it' – Zille on Cape Town water crisis

By: African News Agency      24th January 2018 The South African Police Service said on Wednesday it had plans in place to secure the Western Cape province in the event of its water running out. The possibility that water taps could run dry, referred to as "day zero"  has been moved forward to April 12. It was previously set at April 21. 

 'Save water like your life depends on it' – Zille on Cape Town water crisis
Photo by Reuters
Western Cape Premier

WWF calls for emergency water-sharing laws in CT

By: African News Agency      24th January 2018 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Wednesday called for Cape Town to introduce emergency by-laws for groundwater sharing when the city becomes the first in the world to run dry after water restrictions become insufficient amid a three-year drought. “Life beyond Day Zero will present... 

Cape Town water crisis: Maimane to give details on 'what's really happening'

By: News24Wire      24th January 2018 Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane will brief the media on what is "really happening" regarding the water crisis in Cape Town during a visit to Athlone on Wednesday. "We are committed to avoiding #DayZero," the DA tweeted as the city council where Maimane's party is in the majority faces... 

Day Zero now on April 12 for Cape Town

By: News24Wire      24th January 2018 Day Zero in Cape Town has been brought forward by nine days to April 12 due to a drop in dam levels, City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, due to a drop in the dam levels of 1.4%, Day Zero has, as of today, moved forward to 12 April 2018," said Neilson. 

Day Zero now on April 12 for Cape Town

Infrastructure development a key driver of South African economy – Patel

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2018 Infrastructure development is a key driver of South Africa's growth prospects, with rail and water infrastructure focal areas. This is according to Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, who is in Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF), as part of the South African delegation looking to... 

Infrastructure development a key driver of South African economy – Patel

SAB to quench Capetonians' thirst – but with a different drink

By: News24Wire      23rd January 2018 South African Breweries (SAB) will be helping Capetonians struggling through the drought crisis by shipping out 12-million quarts of a drink not usually associated with the company. SAB general manager John Stenslund confirmed that 9-million litres of water – bottled in 12-million quarts – would... 

Ethiopia leader rejects call for World Bank arbitration in dam dispute 

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has rejected a call by Egypt for World Bank arbitration in a dispute over a hydroelectric dam Addis Ababa is building along its share of the Nile. The two countries are at odds over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, with Cairo... 

Zille to meet national disaster management on water crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd January 2018 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille will meet with the National Disaster Management team and other authorities on Monday to discuss the impending water crisis. The meeting is aimed at focusing on preparations for "Day Zero" when the Western Cape runs out of water. 

Water crisis: De Lille's powers limited, tariffs to be introduced 

By: News24Wire      19th January 2018 The City of Cape Town voted on Friday to both limit mayor Patricia De Lille's powers to handle the drought crisis, and to introduce punitive tariff measures for residents. A special council sitting on Friday was due to address the introduction of punitive tariffs for residents falling within... 

Water crisis: De Lille's powers limited, tariffs to be introduced
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Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille

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