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Water

Swazi water scheme to aid poor farmers

By: Zonika Botha     27th August 2004 A Swaziland water project, which enjoys financial backing from, among others, the African Development Bank and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, could help to significantly reduce poverty in the African country. 

Wastewater database system developed

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th August 2004 A Gauteng-based information technology (IT) company, TSI, has recently developed the laboratory information database (LID) system for the wastewater of the city of Tshwane metropolitan municipality. 

SA to stage new water exhibition

20th August 2004 The African Water Association (AfwA), in collaboration with Exhibition Management Services (EMS), has completed arrangements to stage Water Focus Africa, alongside the fourth edition of EMS’s highly-successful Pumps Valves and Pipes Exhibition (PVPA), at the Gallagher Estate venue, EMS... 

Study under way for R3bn water scheme

By: Irma Venter     13th August 2004 The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) of the R3-billion Olifants River water resources development project (ORWRDP) started last month, and should be completed by August next year. 

Construction of R1,8bn Berg water project kicks off

By: Jill Stanford     13th August 2004 MINISTER of Water Affairs and Forestry Buyelwa Sonjica has turned the first sod to mark the beginning of construction of the R1,8-billion Berg Water Project (BWP) outside Franschhoek in the Western Cape. 

Contaminated drums result in children’s deaths

By: elizabeth rebelo     6th August 2004 Three children died in Soweto after drinking contaminated water from a 25-l plastic drum at the beginning of July this year. 

Saving water simply, but effectively

By: Karel Smrcka     30th July 2004 Water is a valuable resource that is in increasingly short supply in many parts of the world, and the pressure is growing to find better systems and equipment for reducing water consumption. 

Mineral-water use is on the rise in SA

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 The estimated market value of South Africa’s mineral-water market is R702,5-million, says BMI Foodpack market research analyst Shawn Henning. 

Dwaf defends water storage strategy

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 According to the United Nations World Water Assessment, where the annual rainfall of 182 countries was examined, only 30 countries have less available water per person than South Africa. 

New water scheme is necessary unless wastage is curbed

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 Fifty two per cent of the 3,8-million kilolitres of water that Rand Water supplies every day is either wasted or inefficiently used, says water management strategist Hannes Buckle. 

Pipeline to be completed in October

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 A 20-km pipeline from Mamelodi to Cullinan is in the process of being constructed by Rand Water and is scheduled for completion in October this year. 

R1,8bn dam project to deliver water in 2007

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 Construction of the Berg river dam on the Berg river, near Franschhoek, is finally under way. 

Water-resource organisation tackles oestrogen, fouling problems

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 South Africa has the largest discrepancy between high-income earners and low-income earners after Brazil; almost 50% of the population live in rural areas. 

Software ensures sea life’s well-being

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 Ensuring a clean, oxygenated aquatic environment is essential to the health?and well-being of the many priceless sea creatures at Durban’s billion-rand?tourism destination, uShaka Marine World. 

Zululand water-treatment PPP awarded

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 A newly-formed subsidiary company of Munitech, Alliance Water Engineering has been awarded a significant contract by the Zululand district municipality (ZDM) to manage, maintain and operate water and waste-water treatment works, as well as associated bulk infrastructure, for two years. 

Firm will build, operate effluent-treatment plant

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 Since textile company Da Gama did not see the treatment of effluent as part of its core business process, after a comprehensive bidding process that was managed by BKS Consulting Engineers, it appointed EnviroServ Waste Management’s process management division to build, operate and maintain... 

. . . and hands over part of R17m project

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 The Hereford Canal, a 75-year-old canal in northern Mpumulanga that has been losing up to 60% of its water through leakage, is being waterproofed by construction company Group Five at a cost of R17-million. 

Phase two of storm-water project soon

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 South African-based Ninham Shand Consulting Engineer was appointed to handle the design and the stormwater management in Phuthaditjhaba and Qwa Qwa as well as the construction of several gravel roads. 

Web-based river information system is introduced

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 The sole Macromedia-approved Internet service provider in South Africa, Fusion Reactor has implemented a Web-based river information system for the Komati River Basin Water Authority (Kobwa) to assist water users in the region with their usage planning. 

Study launched for R3bn Olifants water scheme

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st July 2004 An environmental-impact assessment (EIA) study is to be launched for the construction of the second phase of the R3-billion Olifants River Water Resource Development Project. 

Lesotho’s anticorruption stance may open doors for SA firms

By: Martin Czernowalow     20th July 2004 Lesotho’s successful prosecution of those involved in bribery and corruption within the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is expected to not only serve as a warning that the small country is serious about stamping out corrupt practices, but could also open doors for South African companies. 

SA welcomes EU water grant

15th July 2004 The European Union (EU) Commission has approved funding for a R375-million project to provide water and sanitation to needy communities in the country. 

Composites help insulate marine-park ‘wreck’

By: elizabeth rebelo     11th June 2004 Some 1100 Insulite calcium silicate composite panels have been used to clad the steel framework that forms the main structure of the replica wreck at Durban’s Point Waterfront uShaka Island theme park, which was officially opened in April. 

R3bn water project on the cards

11th June 2004 Cabinet has released further details of a R3-billion water project to supply water for social and economic development in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. 

Furniture coating product successfully received

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 In the area of foil coatings, BASF Coatings has developed a new product line for the manufacturing of highly water-resistant furniture foils and successfully put it on the market. 

Botswana acts to improve water supply

2nd June 2004 The Government of Botswana has undertaken to improve the water supply to villages in the north-east district and adjacent villages in the central district by implementing a project with a duration of 26 months. 

Sonjica spells out water, sanitation targets

1st June 2004 All South Africans will have access to proper sanitation by 2008 and all households will have access to clean water by 2015, Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said yesterday. 

‘Groundwater could meet Cape Town’s water demand’

31st May 2004 Groundwater can play a significant role in meeting the water requirements of the greater Cape Town area, where current levels of surface water impoundments, at about 40% capacity, are at historical lows. 

Water body calls for research proposals

By: jenny furness     21st May 2004 South African research body the Water Research Commission (WRC) last week called for the submission of proposals for nonsolicited research. 

Modest water-demand growth puts Lesotho scheme back in the frame

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2004 Gauteng's water demand has increased slower than anticipated by such a magnitude from previous Vaal River water demand projections, that the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) expects the new date of further augmentation to be after 2020, rather than around 2010. 

Water body calls for research proposals

By: jenny furness     12th May 2004 South African research body the Water Research Commission (WRC) this week called for the submission of proposals for nonsolicited research. 

Malawi considers water privatisation option

By: Marcel Chimwala     7th May 2004 Malawi – The Malawian government has identified an option for privatising its giant Blantyre and Lilongwe water boards. 

Cape Town mulls use of aquifer as water source

By: Jill Stanford     7th May 2004 THE City of Cape Town (CCT) is investigating the feasibility of using the Table Mountain Group (TMG) aquifer, which lies between Tulbagh and Kleinmond, as a water source to augment its water supplies. 

Water Affairs' focus to fall on sanitation

5th May 2004 Newly-appointed Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Buyelwa Sonjica looks set to focus on the same targets her predecessor was aiming at before President Thabo Mbeki's new Cabinet was announced last week. 

Simulations boost efficiency

By: elizabeth rebelo     30th April 2004 The budget for the G2 Simulation grand plan to determine terminal efficiencies and opportunities for strategic infrastructure investments for all seven ports has been approved, says National Ports Authority (NPA) senior manager planning and development Mamsie Khoapa. 

R1,6b Durban development increases port capacity

By: elizabeth rebelo     30th April 2004 The R1,6-billion Port of the Durban development 2005 project is well under way, says Durban port manager Basil Ndlovu. 

SA’s large-dam era coming to a close

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2004 The era of large dams in South Africa is nearing an end. 

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