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Water

Cape Town dam levels rise by 3.7% following recent rains

By: News24Wire      20th June 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday warned residents to curb water consumption, saying recent rains had done little to elevate the ongoing drought. On Monday afternoon, the city's storage dam levels stood at 23.1%, an increase of 3.7%, following recent rains. 

Knysna facing major water crisis

By: News24Wire      20th June 2017 The Knysna community is being urged to use water sparingly after the town only received 1mm of rain during the past week. Knysna Municipality said both the Gouna and Knysna Rivers, that feed the town's off-channel storage Akkerkloof Dam, have stopped flowing. 

City of Cape Town releases request for information to industry on possible temporary water solutions 

By: African News Agency      19th June 2017 Despite recent rain, the City of Cape Town is increasing its efforts to secure new sources of temporary water supplies in the midst of the worst drought in 100 years, mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday. At the May council meeting, the council resolved to take a new water resilience approach... 

Malawi and Tanzania sign MOU for Songwe River Basin Programme 

By: David Oliveira     16th June 2017 Malawi and Tanzania signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last month at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, Malawi, which will see the two African nations work together for the development of the Songwe River Basin Development Programme (SRBDP). The SRBDP was... 

Umgeni Water chief exec suspended over corruption allegations

By: News24Wire      14th June 2017 Umgeni Water Chief Executive Cyril Gamede has been suspended from his post pending an investigation into corruption allegations, an official confirmed on Wednesday. “Yesterday [Tuesday] the board served a letter of precautionary suspension on the chief executive of Umgeni Water Cyril Gamede. This... 

LHWP construction tenders ready to be advertised

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Water Commission (LHWC) has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), highlighting challenges facing the project, the scope of work ahead under Phase 2,... 

LHWP construction tenders ready to be advertised

Need to keep saving water and using water sparingly remains essential, says Cape Town mayor De Lille

By: African News Agency      12th June 2017 The need to keep saving water and using water sparingly remains as pressing as ever despite the recent rain, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday. “Today [Sunday] I visited the city’s Think Water exhibition at the Canal Walk shopping centre where dozens of great water saving... 

Gauteng’s dam levels take a dip

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th June 2017 Gauteng’s decreasing dam levels week-on-week, along with below-average winter rainfalls, are starting to worry the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), which, on Tuesday called on stakeholders to use water sparingly. “As the system operating forum plan to meet this month to consider the... 

Desalination the way to go in water-scarce South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     5th June 2017 With South Africa facing even more dire water shortages than expected, the need for desalination is vital and should be at the forefront of government plans, according to local water expert and University of the Free State professor Dr Anthony Turton. “Desalination is a critical component. It is... 

Desalination the way to go in water-scarce South Africa
Water expert Anthony Turton

Authorities warn KZN still in drought danger

By: News24Wire      2nd June 2017 Umgeni Water, bulk water supplier for KwaZulu-Natal, has cautioned that the province is not yet safe from worsening drought conditions. Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder on Friday said they had taken a decision to intensify messages to communities that water shortages were still... 

City urges Cape Town residents to store emergency water

By: News24Wire      2nd June 2017 The City of Cape Town has advised residents to keep an emergency supply of 2 to 5 litres of water as it starts further pressure reduction which may interrupt supply to some high lying areas. ''Residents are advised that supply interruptions are now more likely due to intensified water pressure... 

MPs fume over water dept's leaking billions

By: News24Wire      1st June 2017 Members of Parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) were on Wednesday deeply disturbed by the department of water and sanitation's inability to provide details for the irregular spending of R2.5bn in the 2015/2016 financial year. This angered MPs, who said they had requested... 

Government focused on improving water quality management  

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2017 Water quality management in South Africa is currently fragmented and siloed within the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and across various government departments, consultancy firm Pegasys consultant Traci Reddy said. “Government needs to integrate and consolidate the way water quality... 

Urbanisation, pollution a threat to South Africa’s water quality

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2017 Rapid urbanisation is contributing to a deterioration in South Africa’s water quality, Department of Water and Sanitation water quality planning scientific manager Pieter Viljoen said on Wednesday. Addressing delegates at an integrated water quality management symposium, in Centurion, Gauteng, he... 

City of Cape Town approves Level 4 water restrictions 

By: News24Wire      31st May 2017 The City of Cape Town on Wednesday approved Level 4 water restrictions, which limits residents to 100 l of water per person per day. It also bans all use of municipal water for outside and non-essential use. The restrictions come into effect from Thursday. 

City of Cape Town approves Level 4 water restrictions

Cape Town mayor warns of ‘catastrophic crisis’ if water runs out 

By: African News Agency      31st May 2017 Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday described the scenario of the city running out of useable water as a “crisis of catastrophic proportions” and warned that water scarcity was now the “New Normal”. In a speech to a full Council on Wednesday, De Lille said that over many decades,... 

Cape Town mayor warns of ‘catastrophic crisis’ if water runs out

De Lille to brief Capetonians on 'water resilience' plan

By: News24Wire      31st May 2017 Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille is on Wednesday expected to announce further plans to deal with the city’s water shortage. The "Water Resilience Plan", which will be tabled in the city council, is expected to include increased measures to avoid acute water shortages. 

De Lille to brief Capetonians on 'water resilience' plan
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

Western Cape dams drop below 20%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 The average water level of dams across the Western Cape has dropped to below 20%, with the latest data showing that the major dams in the Western Cape including the Voëlvlei dam, currently, at 14.7%; the Theewaterskloof dam, at 13.4%; and the Clanwilliam dam, at 6%, are struggling. Western Cape... 

Western Cape dams drop below 20%

Column: Koeberg aims to ease Cape Town's water woes through desalination

     29th May 2017 In this article, Koeberg power station manager Velaphi Ntuli outlines initiatives under way at the nuclear power station to reduce water consumption and desalinate groundwater. Cape Town is in a drought crisis, and it is predicted that this will certainly not be the city’s last water crisis. Dam... 

Column: Koeberg aims to ease Cape Town's water woes through desalination

LHDA calls on construction companies to attend information briefings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 Water resources development and management organisation, the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) will host a briefing session on June 12, at the Wanderers Club, in Johannesburg, to provide information relating to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2 project schedule. The... 

LHDA calls on construction companies to attend information briefings

SA will take some three years to recover from drought, WC more – Mokonyane

By: African News Agency      26th May 2017 South Africa will take two to three years to recover from the worst drought in a century but the Western Cape will feel the effects for longer than that, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Friday. Mokonyane said in her budget vote speech major dams were almost three quarters... 

Stellenbosch municipality announces tougher water restrictions

By: News24Wire      26th May 2017 The Stellenbosch municipality will also introduce Level 4 water restrictions from June 1, with exemptions available on application for the town's important agricultural and nursery industries, it announced on Thursday. This is after Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared a drought disaster in... 

Active citizenry mobile platform launched in Eastern Cape

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 The OR Tambo district municipality, in the Eastern Cape, rolled out a citizen engagement omni-channel digital platform – Thetha Nathi, which means “talk to us” in isiXhosa – that enables citizens to engage directly with the municipality on service delivery issues, says telecommunication service... 

‘Onerous’ Northern Aqueduct project impacts Esor’s FY17 results

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2017 Losses of R102-million incurred on the Northern Aqueduct water pipeline project, in KwaZulu-Natal, severely impacted on JSE-listed Esor’s profitability for the year ended February 28. The nonrealisation of the R50-million Franki agterskot in terms of the three-year earn-out clause under the sale... 

Cape Town water supplies will last until August – city official 

By: News24Wire      25th May 2017 The City of Cape Town has enough water to last until August or September at current consumption levels, an official has said. Any rainfall in the coming weeks would change this projection, but there was "significant uncertainty" over the rain forecast for June and July, mayoral committee member... 

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
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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... 

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