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Water

2004 a pivotal year for waste management in South Africa

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s is in the initial phases of three projects that will assist in appropriately managing sources of waste and disposal practices. 

Water security key issue at Joburg summit

     29th August 2002 Water security will be a key issue at the UN's World Summit on Sustainable Development, under way in Johannesburg until September 4. 

Water disease could kill 76m by 2020 – report

     20th August 2002 More than 76-million people, mainly children, will die from water-related diseases by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to clean up the planet's water supplies, according to a report issued on Friday. 

Experts, industry want $25-bn a year for water

     19th August 2002 Additional investments of at least $25-billion must be made each year to halve the number of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015, industry representatives and environmental experts said last week. 

Geographic info system planned for SA farmers

By: candice haase     16th August 2002 The development of a geographic information system (GIS) as the foundation for precision farming is a dream of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). 

GM foods safer than water, says association

     16th August 2002 The warning sounded by University of the Western Cape’s Prof Winston Hyde in media reports that genetically modified (GM) crops are dangerous and present a health hazard is repudiated as unfounded by AfricaBio executive director Dr Jocelyn Webster. 

Better water access key to poverty fight – experts

     14th August 2002 Efforts to halve the number of people worldwide living in poverty by 2015 will fail unless access to clean water is radically improved, a group of leading scientists and politicians has said. 

S African tanks bound for a Zanzibar sewage plant

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 East Rand-based vessel and tank manufacturer Famsystems has been awarded a R1,5-million contract to design, manufacture, supply, install and commission tanks for a sewage plant in Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania. 

Restructuring allows company stronger regional focus

     9th August 2002 The recent restructuring of the top management of the 81-year-old consulting engineering group, Knight Pi 

State praised for biotech focus

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2002 Government’s focus on biotechnology as an important future technology in South Africa is considered a good move by everybody involved, says Highveld Biological MD Dr Elke Bey. 

Innovative technology portends well for oxygen-poor SA water

     26th July 2002 Environmental technology designed to re-oxygenate impounded water resources, being hailed as a major breakthrough in the UK and now in China, bodes well for the future environmental well-being of South Africa’s own oxygen-poor impounded water, says Dr Dave Ossin of Afrox. 

SA acid water treatment solution is in demand

     26th July 2002 The treatment of acid water from mining processes is an ongoing challenge in the mining industry. 

Outdoor vacuum sewer systems arrive in SA

     26th July 2002 A vacuum sewer system with proved performance in Europe, the US, Australia and Asia is to be marketed to civil water authorities in South Africa as of this month. 

Platinum boom drives R400m Midrand–Rustenburg pipeline

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Bulk water supplier Rand Water will be spending R500-million in capital expenditure in the next five years, instead of spending the amount over the next ten years, as was originally planned a year ago. 

Joburg summit puts SA water strategy under the spotlight

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Water will be one of the focal points during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), which will be held in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from August 26 to September 4. 

SA to spend R414m fighting alien plants in 2002

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 The Working for Water (WfW) programme, which focuses on clearing invading alien plants, will implement 350 projects worth R414-million this year in its drive to promote the sustainable development of South Africa’s natural resources. 

New product prevents lime formation

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 East Rand-based South African water-heating equipment manufacturer Kwikot, has added an innovative new product to its range – an electronic anti-lime formation unit that crystallises scale without the use of chemicals. 

Commission pumps R60m into water research

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 South Africa is a water-scarce country and the Water Research Commission (WRC) strives to serve the nation as a dynamic hub for water-centred knowledge, innovation and intellectual capital. 

Association set up to reduce container misuse

By: Deborah Spicer     19th July 2002 The Responsible Container Management Association of Southern Africa will be picking up momentum in the coming months after having been registered as a section-21 company in June. 

New range of blowers, vacuum pumps launched

By: nkolola halwindi     19th July 2002 Leading supplier of air blowers, exhausters and vacuum pumps Sowerby Engineering, of Johannesburg South, has launched a new range of blowers and vacuum pumps to the South African market. 

Wastewater gets biotech treatment

     12th July 2002 A homegrown solution to treat wastewater is the latest investment to find favour with Bioventures Fund, the first niche biotechnology venture-capital fund in South Africa, which has R80-million of committed capital from investors Gensec Bank, Genbel Securities, Real Africa Holdings, the... 

Basic free water reaching 27m people

     4th July 2002 Following government's free basic water programme implemented a year ago, at least 27-million people – who previously had no access to water – are now able to enjoy a basic amount of free water per household per month. 

Aids damns Gauteng's water development

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th June 2002 Although Gauteng and its environs are unlikely to require additional water sources for the next 25 years, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) will, within the coming 18 months, finalise outstanding investigations into the proposed multibillion-rand Thukela water project. 

Simo Lushaba Rand Water

     21st June 2002 Rand Water Leader of 3 474 

Malawi moves to privatisation of its water sector . . .

By: Marcel Chimwala     21st June 2002 MALAWI – Malawi is making progress in the privatisation of its two giant water parastatals, Blantyre Water Board and Lilongwe Water Board. 

A braai on Mars?

By: Kelvin Kemm     14th June 2002 The times they are a’changing! Dramatic news has raced across the dark expanse of space! Huge volumes of water have been discovered on Mars! 

SA firm drives some of Africa's biggest agitators

     31st May 2002 Having secured the tender from the Skorpion Project Joint Venture (SPJV), Mixtec appointed Hansen Transmissions to supply ten agitator drives for the Namzinc Skorpion zinc project near Rosh Pinah, in southern Namibia. 

Motors supplied to water pumpstation

     31st May 2002 The close ties between manufacturer Alstom Electrical Machines’ and Sulzer South Africa has again borne fruit. Their latest joint success being contracts for the supply of pumps and large machines for Rand Water’s Zwartkopjies pump station No.1 south of Johannesburg. 

Gauteng to spend R1,5bn on water, sanitation

     30th May 2002 The Gauteng government will spend R1,5-billion in the next four years to provide 230000 families with better water and sanitation services, Gauteng development planning and local government MEC Trevor Fowler said. 

Plant to recover millions of litres of water

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 A second tubular reverse osmosis (TRO) plant has been commissioned by Sasol Synfuels in Secunda. 

A South African firm completes R7,5-million African water project

     24th May 2002 One of South Africa’s leading business consulting and IT services firms, CS Holdings, has designed a full cost-recovery water tariff model for Ethiopia's Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority (AAWSA) in a R7,5-million multidisciplinary project. 

Contract secured for largest hydropower plant

     24th May 2002 IFS has announced the signing of an agreement with the Three Gorges Project Corporation for the implementation of IFS Applications. 

SA's water backlog to be erased by 2008

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is aiming to move away from direct implementation, embracing an increased regulatory and support function. 

Dam study for Steelpoort river

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     17th May 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) may consider damming the Steelpoort river at De Hoop, in Limpopo Province, if expected mining development in the river’s catchment materialises. 

First tenders for Cape dam by 2003

     17th May 2002 Construction of a R1,4-billion dam and pumping scheme on the Berg River, about five kilometres from Franschhoek in the Western Cape has been given the green light. 

Moroka dam and precinct, Soweto, Gauteng.

     17th May 2002 The rehabilitation of the Moroka dam and the landscaping of the Moroka and Thokoza parks known as the Moroka Precinct, as a showcase project for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. 

SA tackles water and sanitation backlog

By: Zonika Botha     10th May 2002 The Community Water Supply and Sanitation programme of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) won first place at the prestigious Water Globe Awards held in Linz, Austria, in March this year. 

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