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Water

Investment needed in strategic water source areas – WWF-SA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd March 2018 As South Africa struggles with the most devastating drought experienced in decades, the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) is calling for more investment into the country’s strategic water source areas to ensure the best yields are achieved from living landscapes. Spending more... 

Cape farmers lose 25% of orchards, vineyards as result of drought – expert 

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2018 Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This has had a knock-on effect on rural employment, with the loss of about 30 000 seasonal farm worker jobs... 

Water treatment, desalination plant to meet Sea Harvest’s Saldanha water needs 

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2018 A water treatment plant built at JSE-listed sea food company Sea Harvest’s internationally accredited Saldanha Bay operations, in the Western Cape, treats effluent and sea water and provides all the water the operations require, said Sea Harvest operations director Terence Brown on Thursday at... 

Water treatment, desalination plant to meet Sea Harvest’s Saldanha water needs
SEA HARVEST SALDANHA WTP

UCT scientists convince city to drill cautiously into aquifer

By: News24Wire      20th March 2018 The City of Cape Town's emergency groundwater drilling programme will be formally scrutinised by an environmental monitoring committee. This is to ensure boreholes are located in ecologically-acceptable areas and are operated responsibly, according to a GroundUp report. The programme, that... 

Association urges producers to meet standards

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 There is a strong need for all bottled, or packaged, water producers to comply with stringent legislation and meet globally benchmarked standards to prevent gross disservice to the bottled water industry and the consumer, says South African National Bottled Water Association CEO Charlotte Metcalf. 

Association urges producers to meet standards
CHARLOTTE METCALF The quality of municipal water in South Africa is high, but it does vary daily

Engineers urged to assertively infuse social debates with technical insight 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2018 Engineers have been urged to become more assertive in keeping political and social debates around water, as well as other infrastructure issues, more technically informed. Delivering the South African Academy of Engineering open lecture in Johannesburg this week, Wits University School of... 

Engineers urged to assertively infuse social debates with technical insight
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Wits University School of Governance professor Mike Muller

Economy faces paralysis if govt does not act urgently on water crisis – report

By: News24Wire      15th March 2018 If the government fails to respond to the country's critical water situation, South Africans could face a situation similar to the energy crisis that nearly paralysed the economy, according to a Water Research Commission report. "To avoid a state of national panic, similar to that which occurred... 

Economy faces paralysis if govt does not act urgently on water crisis – report

Cape Town increases use of treated effluent water to boost water security

By: African News Agency      15th March 2018 The City of Cape Town on Thursday said the use of treated effluent water would increase water security in the city as approval had now been given for the supply of up to 10-million litres of treated effluent to various businesses from collection points across the city. According to the City,... 

MPs move to set up inquiry into water department collapse

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 Members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday resolved to forge ahead with a full-scale parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of the water and sanitation department. In a joint meeting of the water and sanitation portfolio committee and the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa), MPs decided... 

 MPs move to set up inquiry into water department collapse

Blue Scorpions called in as Limpopo municipality faces its own Day Zero

By: News24Wire      14th March 2018 The Waterberg District in Limpopo is facing its own Day Zero, with just 49 days of drinking water left. The Department of Water and Sanitation says it will deploy the Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI), better known as the Blue Scorpions, to the area to conduct validation and... 

South Africa’s drought declared a state of disaster

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2018 South Africa’s persistent drought has now been declared a national state of disaster under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, an elevation from the initial disaster reclassification issued in February. The declaration will mobilise technical and financial resources by all spheres of... 

Cape Town's taps can still run dry despite Day Zero scrapping - experts

By: News24Wire      12th March 2018 The politicians may have scrapped Day Zero – but water experts say this does not mean Cape Town's taps won't run dry. It is still as likely to happen as it was a week ago. 

Cape Town's taps can still run dry despite Day Zero scrapping - experts

UCT academic joins UN special envoy to discuss Cape Town’s water future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) academic and Future Water Institute lead researcher Dr Kevin Winter was part of a team of experts that joined United Nations (UN) climate action special envoy Mike Bloomberg – founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York – on a tour of the... 

UCT academic joins UN special envoy to discuss Cape Town’s water future
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Climate and weather variability has raised new uncertainties

Day Zero in Cape Town will not happen in 2018, says DA's Maimane

By: African News Agency      7th March 2018 Day Zero will not occur in 2018 and this means taps will stay open, provided Cape Town residents continue consuming water at current levels and there is decent rainfall, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday. Maimane was speaking at a press briefing at the party’s... 

 Day Zero in Cape Town will not happen in 2018, says DA's Maimane
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DA leader Mmusi Maimane

Western Cape dam levels drop even more

By: News24Wire      5th March 2018 The latest average level, for dams across the Western Cape, is 20.83% - compared to 30.09% for the same time last year - MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell said on Monday. "At this stage, the water situation in our 30 municipalities is... 

Western Cape dam levels drop even more

South Africa needs to adopt strategic water plan to avoid deteriorating supply  

By: Anine Kilian     5th March 2018 South Africa’s water crisis is having a significant impact on economic growth and on the wellbeing of South African citizens, Department of Water and Sanitation DDG Trevor Balzer said on Monday. Addressing delegates at the Consulting Engineers of South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, in... 

South Africa needs to adopt strategic water plan to avoid deteriorating supply
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Trevor Balzer

South Africa to investigate water ministry amid severe drought

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 Parliament will conduct an inquiry into allegations of mismanagement at the water ministry, a senior lawmaker said on Friday, as the country's tourist hub Cape Town grapples with the worst recorded drought in its history. Mlungisi Johnson, chairman of parliament's Portfolio Committee on Water and... 

Cost-effective water treatment solutions imperative

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 South Africans have to reduce water use and wastage by optimising existing processes such as segregating, recovering, treating and recycling effluent waters for reuse, reducing the overall water footprint, says water treatment specialist Proxa director of business development Elspeth Grahn. "This... 

Cost-effective water treatment  solutions imperative
CONSTRUCTION ON COURSE The construction of the two seawater desalination plants by Water Solutions - Proxa JV in Strandfontein and Monwabisi, in the Western Cape, is under way

Drought raises need for more cost-effective models

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 The City of Cape Town provides an early indicator of the threat many cities could face amid ongoing water demand versus supply constraints, exacerbated by the Mediterranean climate in South Africa and globally, says Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) technical committee chairperson Jason... 

Drought raises need for more cost-effective models
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CHANGING WEATHER PATTERNS Cape Town is the first metro city in the country to experience the risk of a major water supply shut down as a result of severe drought

More water awareness initiatives needed

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 Despite a below-average average rainfall of about 465  mm a year - compared with the world average of about 860 mm a year - the water shortage in many parts of South Africa is also the result of inadequate management and wasting water, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Group... 

More water awareness  initiatives needed
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WATER WOES A total of 35% of water in the country is lost because of leaks caused by ageing infrastructure and lack of maintenance

Surface-water monitoring tool to manage water availability

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 Monitoring available water resources accurately and consistently is a key information requirement for successful water resource management, says geographical information services company GeoTerra Image (GTI) director Mark Thompson. "With the Western Cape feeling the pressure of the drought, we... 

Surface-water monitoring tool to manage water availability
MONITORING WATER SURFACE GeoTerra Image's Mzansi Amanzi Web-based platform enables users to determine the extent of surface-water availability across South Africa

Water preservation and treatment industry expected to grow

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Water preservation and treatment industries - from harvesting rainwater to the recycling of grey water and purification to potable water, as well as desalinating sea water - will vastly grow in importance globally, says Johannesburg-based valve manufacturer and supplier AVK Holding Southern... 

Water preservation  and treatment industry expected to grow
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES The Cape Town City Council is investigating advance leak- and pressure-detection technology to improve non-revenue water management within the region

Bosch completes Hytec takeover, strengthens African operations

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2018 Industrial technology and equipment multinational Bosch has acquired the remaining 50% stake in Johannesburg-based industrial technology company Hytec. The company had acquired 50% of the Hytec shares in 2014. 

Amatola Water appoints new CEO

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2018 Eastern Cape water board Amatola Water announced on Thursday that it had appointed Vuyo Zitumane as CEO following a recommendation by the Amatola Water Board. Her immediate focus will be to “drive the agency’s demanding turnaround strategy, build and stabilise the water utility and ensure its... 

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
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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... 

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