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Water privatisation misunderstood -Kasrils

By: Deborah Spicer     4th October 2002 The water privatisation debate in South Africa had protesters chanting slogans such as “South Africa is not for sale to G8” and “Lesotho water is not for sale” at a meeting on water privatisation at last month’s Joburg summit. 

Water resource strategy released for comment

By: Martin Czernowalow     1st October 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) has released a ‘Proposed National Water Resource Strategy’ for comment on August 8, and said the strategy could affect the way in which everyone in South Africa uses and values water. 

Steel group in court over pollution claims

1st October 2002 A South African High Court began hearing on Monday an application by families seeking a court order to stop giant steel producer Iscor from allegedly polluting their underground water sources. 

E20-million for health, education and infrastructure

By: vanessa vasques     27th September 2002 The Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), the French Development Agency, has been involved with projects and programmes in South Africa since 1994, with a mandate to enhance the standard of living of poor communities by giving them access to essential services, such as water and sanitation,... 

Grants available for pollution busters

By: Deborah Spicer     27th September 2002 Local authorities interested in reducing pollution from settlements will be able to apply to the Development Bank of South Africa, for technical grants, and the Consolidated Municipal Infrastructure Plan, for capacity-building grants, from January, informs Manda Hinsch, the Department of Water... 

Big investment needed to meet world electricity backlog

By: Deborah Spicer     20th September 2002 A United Nations Foundation-sponsored programme to combat water wastage in eight African cities has shown such impressive results that a similar programme will be launched in Asia. 

Japan grants Malawi $4,5m for water project

By: Marcel Chimwala     20th September 2002 The government of Japan has provided a $4,5-million grant to the Malawi government for a ground water development project in Malawi's central districts of Lilongwe and Dedza. 

Groundwater could be key to Cape water supply

18th September 2002 Groundwater can play a major role in ensuring Cape Town has an adequate supply of water in the future and a five-year study has been commissioned to assess the feasibility of developing local aquifers (a sub-surface geological formation capable of storing and transporting usable quantities of... 

An environmental study shows negligible impact on groundwater

13th September 2002 Concern for the protection of the environment at the Caltex refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town, is leading to action to ensure the environment is not being contaminated by refinery operations. 

South-South water partnership launched

By: Deborah Spicer     13th September 2002 Links between South Africa and Brazil became stronger in September, when two local water utilities signed a partnership agreement with three Brazilian water-service providing organisations at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. 

Joburg water utility plans new sewer pipeline 

9th September 2002 Johannesburg Water, the water and sanitation service provider for the city of Johannesburg, has plans to construct a new sewer pipeline in the north of the city to accommodate the rapid development and growth. 

Water agencies need mending, not privatising

By: Seeraj Mohamed     6th September 2002 Water is a basic necessity. Everyone should have the right to an adequate supply of clean water. 

EU offers big water, sanitation support

6th September 2002 The European Union (EU) has launched a water initiative, aimed at helping millions of poor people in Africa and Asia gain access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities. 

UK provides R330m for SA water projects

5th September 2002 In a joint statement on Monday, the UK government’s Department for International Development (DIFD) and the SA government’s Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF), announced the extension of a comprehensive water and forestry development programme, worth  

Okavango basin management plan underway

5th September 2002 The government of Botswana, earlier this week signed an agreement with IUCN - The World Conservation Union – to work together on the improved management of water resources. 

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. 

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