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Water

R1,2bn budget for water supply and sanitation

By: Helene Le Roux     25th July 2003 This financial year the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) will spend R1,2-billion of its total budget of R6-billion on new water supply and sanitation infrastructure, and about R800-million on assisting municipalities to operate and maintain existing basic water supply projects. 

Quality of bottled water comes under suspicion

By: Helene Le Roux     25th July 2003 The bottled water industry is booming with sales, locally and worldwide, growing year-on-year, but do consumers really know what they are drinking? This is the question posed by East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) laboratory services executive manager Dries Louw. 

Municipal engineering body asks questions on basic free water policy

By: Helene Le Roux     25th July 2003 About 76% of local water authorities implement government’s basic free water policy, a pro-poor strategy, which aims to meet basic water and sanitation needs in the drive to eradicate poverty in the country. 

Water from air

By: Helene Le Roux     25th July 2003 A machine designed to replace traditional office water coolers, using technology that turns air into water, is currently undergoing local trials. 

Coal-mine completes acid effluent treatment plant

25th July 2003 The treatment of acid effluent from mining processes is an ongoing challenge in the mining industry. 

New water regulations require rethink on industry and mine water-use

25th July 2003 In South Africa today, mining and industry are facing increasing competition for scarce water resources. 

Microbicides produced for use in water treatment process

25th July 2003 Global speciality chemical company Rohm and Haas manufactures a range of water treatment microbicides and polymers designed for use in water treatment and purification programmes. 

Study to determine mine-linked water needs nears completion

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th July 2003 A study to determine future water requirements in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, expected to grow with the development of various platinum projects, is nearing completion, said South Africa’s Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf). 

CT budgets for upgrade of growing informal settlements

By: katharine mckenzie     20th June 2003 This year the City of Cape Town municipality has set aside considerable resources in its annual budget to upgrade the large informal settlements that characterise Cape Town. 

SA will build more large dams

19th June 2003 Government says it will build more large dams in areas of South Africa where it believes they are needed, although it has pledged to do so in a technically, environmentally and socially responsible way. 

€44-million EC-Tanzania water deal announced

16th June 2003 The European Commission and the government of Tanzania have signed a €44-million water supply financing deal for the towns of Iringa, Mbeya and Mwanza, which together have a population of almost 1-million. 

Joburg sets capex at R1,1bn

By: Deborah Spicer     13th June 2003 The city of Johannesburg will have capital expenditure budget of R1,1-billion for the next financial year, informed executive director for finance Roland Hunter at a presentation of the city’s budget last month. 

Landlords – it pays to get a grip on water and lights

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     6th June 2003 I remember years ago explaining to my friend Colin Hultzer how electricity in buildings worked. I explained that the building owner was constrained to charge his tenants for electricity no more than they would pay if they were directly connected to the municipality. 

Building the Renaissance

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2003 Forget Africa’s Big Five. The continent is looking for Africa’s Big Fifteen. Fifteen – or more – projects that will kickstart development. 

Rural councils struggle with free water provision

5th June 2003 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) says around 50 municipalities in mostly rural communities are still battling to implement the free basic water policy. 

In search of water using atomic physics

3rd June 2003 The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency is helping countries use atomic physics to squeeze every last bit of water hidden in the earth's crust to avert a crisis of the world's most precious commodity. 

Durban hosts rural water gathering

3rd June 2003 International delegates gathered in Durban yesterday for the start of the fourth HTN Global Forum organised by the water and sanitation programme of the World Bank and Unicef to discuss the strengthening the rural water supply network. 

Water solution software distributorship awarded

23rd May 2003 Johannesburg company Amanzi Amhlope has been selected by EarthSoft as its sole distributor for South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Should Lesotho Highlands water be used to generate more electrical power?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd May 2003 I am privileged to have as a correspondent Mr AH Charnaud who lives in Durban. Mr Charnaud is over eighty years old and regularly sends me copies of memoranda that he forwards to various authorities, suggesting various practical schemes involving water. 

Water high on sustainable-development agenda - UN

16th May 2003 The United Nations (UN) Commission on Sustainable Development says two-year follow-ups to the World Summit held in Johannesburg last year will focus on water, sanitation and human settlements. 

Lack of expertise, finance hamper water projects, says NGO

By: Luxolo Tyali     9th May 2003 Remarkable progress in the provision of clean water and sanitation has been achieved since the beginning of the reconstruction and development programme in South Africa. 

Joburg water pipeline to be revamped

9th May 2003 The water and sanitation service provider for the City of Johannesburg, Johannesburg Water, is spending some R3-milion on the upgrading of a 64-year-old pipe in the Johannesburg CBD. 

Corrosion-monitoring systems evaluated for Durban water network

2nd May 2003 The eThekwini municipality has appointed Paradigm Projects to evaluate various corrosion monitoring systems for the entire water pipeline network of Durban. 

R1,4bn Berg Water project moves ahead

2nd May 2003 DESIGN and construction of the R1,4-billion Berg Water Project (BWP), near Franschhoek in the Western Cape, is to begin in the 2003/4 financial year. 

300 play-pumps are already installed in rural South Africa

By: Helene Le Roux     25th April 2003 An innovative local design is making child’s play of pumping water and providing rural communities with a clean source of water. 

Tenders invited for Malawian water project

By: Marcel Chimwala     25th April 2003 Malawi – The Malawian government is inviting sealed bids from local and international eligible bidders for the construction of river intakes, pipelines and water treatment works for the rural gravity-fed piped water schemes for the Nkhamanga area, in the country’s northern district of... 

Epoxy product allows flooring company to expand its reach

By: candice haase     18th April 2003 While the African division of an international flooring company has traditionally focused its activity on the industrial sector, a product, launched locally in January, will enable the company to venture into other more aesthetically orientated sectors. 

Business spin-off of acid drainage dilemma

By: Deborah Spicer     18th April 2003 Local communities around the old Vryheid Coronation colliery and Hlobane colliery, 25 km east of Vryheid, in Kwazulu-Natal, will be able to start their own businesses through Anglo Coal and Kumba Resources’ treated acid-mine drainage. 

Construction of Skuifraam to begin this year

By: Martin Czernowalow     16th April 2003 The implementation of the Berg Water Project reached an important milestone yesterday, with the signing of two agreements during a ceremony hosted by Cape Town Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo. 

R4bn pumped-storage power project moves into design phase

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th April 2003 South African power utility Eskom Holdings is about to enter the first phase of final design of the proposed Braamhoek pumped-storage scheme, having recently completed the feasibility study for the 1 330 MW project. 

R40m relief sewer soon to be constructed in Johannesburg

By: Marius Roodt     4th April 2003 The utility Johannesburg Water is set to construct a R40-million relief sewer for the city. 

Developments planned around the Jukskei river in Alexandra cleanup

By: Marius Roodt     4th April 2003 The Jukskei river is being cleaned up as part of a larger Alexandra cleanup scheme, reports convenor of engineering services at the Alexandra Renewal Project Rodney Nay. 

Utility invests in new water-analysis equipment

4th April 2003 Water provision company Johannesburg Water (JW), the water and sanitation provider for the city of Johannesburg, has upgraded its analytical ability with the purchase of a new Agilent Gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) system at a cost of R1,2-million. 

Johannesburg company to commission dosing plant

4th April 2003 A Johannesburg-based company, Electron Technologies, is to commission the system one and two batch silica activation and dosing plant at Rand Water’s Zuikerbosch pumping station, near Vereeniging, which incorporates a motor control centre (MCC) designed, manufactured and installed by Electron. 

Local and international company form new venture

4th April 2003 It often takes the outbreak of disease such as cholera to draw attention to the inadequacy of water and sanitation systems in a country. 

Study outlines benefits of African river cooperation

31st March 2003 A new World Bank report claims that cooperating on managing Africa’s 60 international rivers can lead to benefits that extend far beyond the value added of the more efficient and equitable use of water resources. 

More resources expected for African water projects

By: Deborah Spicer     28th March 2003 Africa can expect that more money will be available for water projects following the Third World Water Forum which ended on March 23 in Kyoto, Japan. 

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