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Nelson Mandela Bay water crisis drops to disaster status

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay was formally declared a water disaster by Executive Mayor Athol Trollip. Th mayor formally declared the metro a disaster area on Monday after major storage dams dropped to 38.5%. At a media briefing on Wednesday, Trollip said the city faced a severe drought and had been... 

Drought already cost Western Cape grape farmers R500m – MEC

By: News24Wire      25th May 2017 Western Cape Agriculture MEC Alan Winde has said the ongoing drought in the province will cost grape producers an estimated R500-million. "We’ve seen a decline in the volume of wine grapes harvested, in part due to a lack of irrigation water," Winde said in a statement. 

MPs fume as water dept fails to explain R1.5bn debt

By: News24Wire      24th May 2017 MPs across the political spectrum slammed the department of water and sanitation on Tuesday after its officials failed to explain how the department still owed contractors R1.5-billion. The department was due before the portfolio committee on Tuesday to discuss, among other things, outstanding... 

Cape Town to spend more than R300m over 3 years to tackle drought

By: News24Wire      24th May 2017 City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says the city plans to spend R315-million in the next three financial years to deal with the ongoing drought in the region. This came after Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared the Western Cape a disaster zone last week to accelerate the deployment... 

Cape Town to spend more than R300m over 3 years to tackle drought

Cape Town water usage must come down by 100 million litres - city

By: News24Wire      23rd May 2017 Water use in Cape Town must be brought down by 100 million litres immediately, the City of Cape Town said in a statement on Monday. “Dam storage levels are now at 20,7%, which is 0,7% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being usable, dam levels are effectively at... 

Western Cape declared disaster area to repriotise funding

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2017 The Western Cape was on Monday declared a disaster area, with local government implementing drastic interventions to relieve the distressing water shortage in the province. This includes the drilling of boreholes at hospitals, starting in the metro, and followed by schools in high-risk water... 

DA asks AG to probe unnecessary R81m advance payment to Zuma benefactor

By: African News Agency      22nd May 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane needs to explain why President Jacob Zuma’s close friend Philani Mavundla was allegedly irregularly paid an advance of tens of millions of rand, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Sunday. The DA would ask Auditor General (AG) Kimi Makwetu to... 

DA asks AG to probe unnecessary R81m advance payment to Zuma benefactor
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President Jacob Zuma

Long-awaited national water master plan to see light in September 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2017 The first draft of a master plan aimed at “re-engineering the manner in which the water and sanitation business in South Africa is coordinated and guided” is expected to be tabled in September, more than a year after its intended completion of August 2016. The Department of Water and Sanitation... 

Long-awaited national water master plan to see light in September

Company reaches 400-mark installation milestone

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Water solutions company Amanziflow Projects have installed more than 400 of its locally developed Fluid Dynamic Systems automatic diaphragm valves (FDS-DVs) across Southern Africa to date.  

Company reaches 400-mark installation milestone
AUTOMATIC APPLICATION The equipment requires no electrical supply or labour to operate

Expo creates new opportunities for young scientists

     19th May 2017 Earlier this month, three learners departed to participate in the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) in Houston, US. The three learners did exceptionally well in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Finals in October last... 

New water-heating solutions provider unveils product offering

By: David Oliveira     19th May 2017 South Africa has a new entrant into the commercial, industrial and residential water-heating market following the April 2017 launch of water-heating solutions provider HydraTherm’s own basket of water-heating products, which aims to significantly reduce consumer’s electricity costs relating to... 

Princess Anne crowns South African conservationist a winner

By: African News Agency      18th May 2017 HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne on Thursday presented a Whitley Award, a prestigious international nature conservation prize worth £35 000 in project funding, to Ian Little at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society, London, in honour of his work to protect South Africa’s threatened... 

Open letter to Zuma: 'Water crisis will lead to war and deaths in W Cape'

By: News24Wire      18th May 2017 The water crisis in the Western Cape will lead to war and deaths unless urgent steps are taken soon, Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) said on Wednesday. "We know that we have asked for you to step down, but whilst you are still president we bring this urgent matter to your... 

Cape Town’s water crisis calls for drastic steps – city official 

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 Despite dramatically reducing water consumption, the City of Cape Town is still in a severe situation, with dam levels dropping by the day. “We are well beyond the point that Gauteng was at when it declared a disaster,” City of Cape Town executive director of informal settlements, water and waste... 

Western Cape water crisis an opportunity for innovation – Zille

By: News24Wire      17th May 2017 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Tuesday compared the ongoing drought in the Western Cape to load shedding in 2008, saying it was an opportunity for the country to innovate. "This is an opportunity for South Africa to emerge as the fastest growing water economy in the world," Zille said in a... 

Water levels in South Africa still slowly dropping

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2017 Water levels are continuing to drop gradually despite recent good rains that have been experienced in some parts of South Africa. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Tuesday said the national water storage decreased from 72.9% last week to 72.7% this week. This was, however, still... 

Cape Town recommends Level 4 water restrictions

By: News24Wire      16th May 2017 The City of Cape wants to introduce Level 4 water restrictions which would ban all use of municipal water for outside and non-essential use and limit residents to 100 litres of water per person per day. This means no car washing, watering of gardens, irrigation with municipal drinking water at... 

Critical water warning for Capetonians

By: African News Agency      15th May 2017 The City of Cape Town metro on Monday issued a “critical warning” to water users in the Mother City. The city has warned residents to only use water for drinking, cooking and washing as dam levels drop to 21.2%, or an effective 11.2%, as the last 10% of dam water is not useable. 

Four bidders shortlisted for Blantyre water project 

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th May 2017 Malawi’s Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has shortlisted four bidders for a project to tap water from the Likhubula river to the city, the country’s commercial capital. The project will be financed by a $23-million loan from the Export and Import (Exim) Bank of India. 

Water shortages sound a warning to city planners 

By: Kim Cloete     8th May 2017 The extremely worrying water shortage in Cape Town is an indication that climate change is an issue that can simply not be ignored by engineers and city planners, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has told consulting engineers in Cape Town. She told the International Federation of Consulting... 

African Utility Week organisers clinch four awards

     5th May 2017 Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser Spintelligent, which owns and organises the African Utility Week, has won four major awards at the Respect, Opportunities, Achievement, Recognition (Roar) Organiser and Exhibitor Awards, which took place in Johannesburg on January 26. The... 

African Utility Week  organisers clinch  four awards
AWARD WINNING EVENT African Utility Week is the joint winner in the Best Trade Exhibition 6 001 m2 to 12 000 m2 category

Drought has exposed SA’s poor water management

     5th May 2017 The drought, which has impacted many regions within South Africa for a considerable length of time, has exposed the poor – or in some cases lack of – water management ability of many water institutions, as well as the difficulties and inability of municipalities and their consumers to reduce... 

Drought has exposed SA’s poor water management
Photo by Duane Daws
HARSH TRUTHS Drinking water and wastewater utilities in Africa are struggling to cope with the increasing demand for services

Awards to recognise innovation and efficiency at utility event

     5th May 2017 The fourth edition of the yearly African Utility Week (AUW) Industry Awards will once again honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent during the AUW event, on May 17, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Awards to recognise  innovation and efficiency at utility event
RECOGNITION Being a finalist verifies excellence in the nominee’s business and proves leadership in either the energy or water industry

Utility expo to highlight off-grid project developments

By: David Oliveira     5th May 2017 African Utility Week, taking place from May 16 to 18, in Cape Town, will showcase how the continent is creating innovative, home-grown solutions for its energy and water challenges, and how these are creating opportunities for utilities and industry suppliers. The event will give voice to the... 

African countries must create conducive environment to attract more infrastructure investment

By: Shirley le Guern     4th May 2017 Development finance institutions, banks and private investors are collectively sitting on trillions of dollars in capital that could be invested into African infrastructure projects if they were offered returns commensurate with the perceived higher risk environment, Africa50 CEO Alain Ebobisse... 

South Africa’s water levels remain low

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd May 2017 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Wednesday warned of dwindling water reserves in South Africa’s dams, and pleaded with consumers to continue to save water and the Water Service Authorities to implement water conservation and water demand management strategies. With no significant... 

Workshop addresses sanitation policies for forums

     28th April 2017 Last month, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) held a workshop in which issues pertaining to water and sanitation policies, illegal connections and the implications thereof, water tariffs and billing systems, as well as water restrictions and licensing, were presented.  

Modernised sewage treatment aids efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to climate change globally and increasing droughts recently being experienced in South Africa, water treatment industries are in a steep growth phase, which have triggered the need for more cost-effective technologies for industry.  

Modernised sewage treatment aids efficiency
TRIED AND PROVEN WKL Environmental Solutions uses the return activated sludge process to achieve desired standards of sewage treatment

Wastewater management short course presented

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to ageing water infrastructure as well as the increasing drought crisis that has affected various regions in the country, Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) notes that its short courses on water quality management and effluent treatment challenge attendees to come up with... 

Discussions to spark innovative solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Engineers Without Borders South Africa (EWBSA) last month hosted an interactive discussion for students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and young professionals regarding the future of sanitation in South Africa last month.  

Outa investigates DWS

     28th April 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has raised concern over the widespread violation of the public’s constitutional right of access to clean drinking water and a healthy environment.  

Outa investigates DWS
JULIUS KLEYNHANS The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse is concerned about the state of water affairs and the lack of accountability

Solutions company installs latest innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Water recycling solutions provider Biobox is installing its first locally manufactured MobiSewer sewage treatment system unit at a retirement estate in Benoni, Gauteng. The recycled water will be used for water features and irrigation throughout the estate.  

Solutions company installs latest innovation
FIRST INSTALLATION The MobiSewer incoporates all sewage treatment processes in one container

88 days of water left in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      25th April 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday said the city's feeder dams only have enough water for another 88 days. The city asked residents to decrease city water usage to 600-million litres per day. Previously the city’s target was to have consumption below 700-million litres per day. 

Auditor General findings on water department disturbing – Outa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is investigating alleged abuse of capital grants, which were intended to address the dire situation of South Africa’s increasingly threatened natural water resources, following “disturbing” findings by the Auditor General (AG) in a special performance... 

Cape Town finally hits water use target

By: News24Wire      19th April 2017 Water consumption in Cape Town has dropped below the city’s 700-million litre per day target for the first time. The city’s inhabitants used 685-million litres per day in the past week, the city said in a statement on Tuesday. 

De Lille to address Cape Town drought intervention plans 

By: News24Wire      18th April 2017 Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille will join a panel discussion on Tuesday to discuss the city's interventions in the metro's drought crisis. De Lille will address the Climate Change Coalition at Green Point Urban Park, and will also discuss the city's stance on climate change, and the risks... 

Water situation in Nelson Mandela Bay a 'crisis'

By: African News Agency      13th April 2017 Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay can gear up for stringent water restrictions within the next week as the water situation in the city is on the verge of a “crisis”. Executive Mayor Athol Trollip on Wednesday called an emergency media briefing at Port Elizabeth City Hall to address the critical... 

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