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Water

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

City of Cape Town withdraws drought levy proposal

By: News24Wire      19th January 2018 The City of Cape Town has scrapped the proposed introduction of a drought levy, after the proposal was withdrawn at a special sitting on Friday. Council members debated the proposal following strong public backlash to the idea since it was mooted on Sunday, January 14. 

City of Cape Town withdraws drought levy proposal

ANC WC to request inquiry into whether City 'deliberately ignored' drought warnings

By: News24Wire      19th January 2018 The ANC in the Western Cape on Thursday said it would request President Jacob Zuma to institute a Commission of Inquiry to establish whether the Western Cape government and the City of Cape Town "deliberately ignored the warnings of the diminishing water resources". "The DA must accept the blame... 

Industry demand sets high targets for company

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Activated carbon manufacturer Rotocarb aims to become the biggest activated carbon producer in Africa by 2019, owing to increasing demand and dependence on activated carbon in the wastewater treatment, purification and desalination industry. 

Industry demand sets  high targets for company
PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN The company’s water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations use local raw materials, technology and deployment

Investment prioritised in water industry

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recent droughts in South Africa have spurred renewed prioritisation of investments to increase capacity in water supply, treatment infrastructure and management to continuously meet demand for potable and drinkable water, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa environment... 

Investment prioritised in water industry
GREG MATTHEWS Resources are under pressure as demand increases owing to a growing population, industry and commercial operations

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Owing to water currently being a critical global commodity, engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV business development manager Sander Zweers says a societal mindset change regarding the importance of water, as well as its treatment, purification and desalination, is needed. 

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects
SANDER ZWEERS The global water crisis is considered not only an environmental risk but also a social risk

Hammerhead benefits in replacing Gauteng’s ageing pipelines

19th January 2018 Aging water infrastructure in cities throughout Gauteng is leading to a loss of millions of litres of potable water, while sewerage leaks silently contaminate the province’s waterways and ground water. With thousands of pipelines already well over the 50-year mark and equally many over 100 years... 

Hammerhead benefits  in replacing Gauteng’s  ageing pipelines
URBANITE The Hammerhead pipe-bursting solution allows crews to work in confined and heavily built-up areas

Plant to be completed in March

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Integrated solutions provider ImproChem will be completing the construction and commissioning of a desalination plant for a large factory on the West Coast, in South Africa, with the plant expected to supply its first water in the second week of March 2018. 

Plant to be completed in March
REVERSE OSMOSIS Sea water will be pumped through a Suez Reverse Osmosis plant where the salt and mineral particles will be separated

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recycling of wastewater on site by high water users in South Africa provides a cost-effective solution in managing water resources, says biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat business development manager Theunis Coetzer. 

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency
SIYABONGA FACILITY The facility will treat and reuse 3 650 000 ℓ/y of water (based on a treatment rate of 10 000 ℓ/d)

Drought levy likely to be dropped after massive outcry – De Lille

By: News24Wire      18th January 2018 The controversial drought levy, or drought charge, proposed by the City of Cape Town will most likely be rejected at a council meeting on Friday, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Thursday. This, as detailed plans for the "eventuality" of the City’s Day Zero contingency plans will be released next... 

Drought levy likely to be dropped after massive outcry – De Lille
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Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

Cape Town cuts water allowance to daily 50 litres as Day Zero nears

By: African News Agency      18th January 2018 Cape Town on Thursday drastically cut water restrictions from 87 litres per person per day to 50 litres -- about two-and-a-half standard buckets -- as South Africa's mother city continues to struggle with a three-year-long drought that could see it become the first major modern city in the world... 

Cape Town cuts water allowance to daily 50 litres as Day Zero nears

Gigaba must refuse De Lille's drought levy proposal – Western Cape ANC

By: News24Wire      17th January 2018 The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape wants Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to refuse embattled Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille's bid to replace R1.6-billion in lost revenue through a drought levy, given the allegations of corruption swirling around the council. "They are using... 

Gigaba must refuse De Lille's drought levy proposal – Western Cape ANC
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Cape Town confronts looming 'Day Zero' water crisis

By: News24Wire      17th January 2018 Like many others in Cape Town, Sandra Dickson has no other option but to get creative. "We catch water from our showers in buckets, and throw it into our toilets," Dickson, who has been living in the South African city for the last 24 years, told Al Jazeera. 

Cape Town confronts looming 'Day Zero' water crisis

South Africa’s dam levels continue to drop

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2018 South Africa’s dam levels continue to decrease, with data released by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), on Wednesday, showing that average dam levels had dropped from 60.2% last week to 58% this week. In the Western Cape, dams have reached critically low levels, with the average dam... 

Without rain, S Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 South Africa's Cape Town, one of the world's iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April as the city's worst drought in a century risks forcing residents to join queues for emergency rations. "Day Zero" – the date taps are due to run dry – has crept forward to April 22 as city... 

Without rain, S Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April

City of Cape Town launches its water map, another effort to address water crisis

By: African News Agency      16th January 2018 The City of Cape Town on Monday, launched its water map and calls on residents to paint Cape Town green with their water-saving efforts in order to get through drought stage in the province. “We thank all of our water savers who are working hard to avoid day zero which is estimated to kick in on... 

City of Cape Town launches its water map, another effort to address water crisis

Sapoa concerned about funding Cape Town water projects

By: Anine Kilian     15th January 2018 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) is concerned that the City of Cape Town is not receiving the necessary income needed to fund projects for emergency water supply augmentation projects that were launched in mid-2017. The city proposed to raise the funding through the... 

Enviro Loo lauded for contribution to water saving in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 With South Africans facing uncertainty around future water supply, particularly in the drought-stricken Western Cape, a local toilet manufacturer has received the 2017 Southern African Company of the Year award from research firm Frost & Sullivan for its efforts to save water. Enviro Loo has... 

Enviro Loo lauded for contribution to water saving in South Africa

Drilling on Cape Flats Aquifer starts as Cape Town dams dry up in drought

By: News24Wire      12th January 2018 The City of Cape Town drilled its first test borehole into the Cape Flats aquifer on Thursday, hoping that the earth's natural underground reservoirs would provide an extra 80-million litres of water per day as dams dry up in a prolonged drought. "This is the first in the history of the City of... 

Sale of borehole water illegal – DWS

By: Anine Kilian     10th January 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has warned citizens that it is illegal to sell water from private boreholes. It said in a statement on Wednesday that private boreholes were meant to benefit the occupants of the piece of land or property on which the borehole has been drilled, and... 

LHDA awards Polihali transfer tunnel design contract

By: Schalk Burger     10th January 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded the contract to design and supervise the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel – the largest of all the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase Two (LHWP II) engineering design contracts – to the Metsi a Senqu-Khubelu... 

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