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Water

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. 

SA suspends R5bn Thukela water project

By: Martin Czernowalow     20th April 2004 The South African Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) recently revealed that it would shelve the proposed R5-billion Thukela water project (TWP), as it was determined that new water to the Vaal river supply area would only be needed beyond 2020. 

R18m clean water project for E Rand

13th April 2004 Gauteng Development Planning and Local Government MEC Trevor Fowler has launched a R18 million project to provide clean water and proper sanitation to some communities on the East Rand. 

Water polluters to pay as from 2006

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2004 By 2006, industry, local municipalities, farmers and mines will start paying for the waste they discharge into the country’s water resources. 

Moz prepares hydropower plan

By: Keith Campbell     9th April 2004 SOUTH Africa’s eastern neighbour Mozambique is busy preparing a Power System Master Plan, for completion this year. 

Study on for phase two of Lesotho water project

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2004 A feasibility study on phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) should be completed within two and a half to three years, says Department of Water Affairs and Forestry director-general Mike Muller. 

Temba water-treatment plant progresses

19th March 2004 In a contract aimed at doubling the supply of potable water to the under-serviced northern areas of Tshwane, in Pretoria, WBHO, in joint venture with empowerment partner JMCA, is making good progress on extensions to the Temba water-treatment plant in Hammanskraal, north-west of Pretoria. 

Consulting firm to assist government projects

19th March 2004 Since its inception in 1961, the B&A group, leading consulting engineers, has been involved in many key water-related projects throughout Africa. 

Water and sanitation backlog being tackled

By: zeena isaacs     19th March 2004 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) anticipates the eradication of the current backlog of people without access to water and sanitation by 2008 and 2010 respectively. 

Water projects for platinum mines are now under way

By: zeena isaacs     19th March 2004 The first phase of the proposed R3-billion plus water-resources-development project, part of the additional expansion project for the Olifants river in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, is currently under way. 

More of supplier’s pumps for Tshwane Metro upgrade

19th March 2004 The multimillion rand upgrade and expansion of Tshwane Metro’s water-delivery services included the installation of two high-performance Salmson pumps. 

Women in water honoured

By: zeena isaacs     19th March 2004 The 2004 Women in Water awards will take place on 19 March as a curtain raiser to National Water Week which is to be celebrated from March 22 to 28. 

Alien plants are being cleared in Elandsfontein and Mogale

By: zeena isaacs     19th March 2004 Bulk water supplier to Gauteng Rand Water reports that its alien-vegetation-eradication project is on schedule and meeting its objectives. 

Much needs to be done to achieve millennium development goals

By: zeena isaacs     19th March 2004 According to the 2003 United Nations water development report, 6 000 people die a year from drinking dirty water. 

SA backs expansion of DRC power project

27th February 2004 South Africa has given its backing to a multibillion-dollar expansion of a giant power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help light up the African continent, a minister said. 

Rand Water appointed to construct R70m pipeline

12th February 2004 Rand Water has been appointed by the South African Department of Water Affairs and Forestry to construct a R70-million pipeline, which will deliver clean water to the drought stricken western highveld areas of Cullinan and the western highveld region of Mpumalanga. 

Kasrils promises movement on forestry restructuring

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th February 2004 Forestry restructuring in South Africa would be completed and the expansion of commercial plantation forestry in the Eastern Cape would be promoted – a clear contribution to the challenge of addressing the social transition, said Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Ronnie Kasrils yesterday. 

Three shortlisted for the Franschhoek dam project

By: Jill Stanford     6th February 2004 Bulk water agency Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority has shortlisted three joint ventures to tender for the construction of the Berg river dam on the upper reaches of the Berg river, near Franschhoek in the Western Cape. 

SA firm bullish on Jordan pipeline construction bid

By: Martin Czernowalow     23rd January 2004 South African company Group Five may know in about a month whether or not its bid for the construction of a Jordanian water pipeline has been successful. 

New-era water works opens on East Rand

By: Zonika Botha     12th December 2003 The first wastewater treatment works in South Africa to produce treated water to the new 2010 water quality standards, and also the first to operate on the new water licensing system, was officially opened by Water Affairs and Forestry MInister Ronnie Kasrils last week. 

Construction 65% complete

By: elizabeth rebelo     5th December 2003 Construction of Durban’s R700-million uShaka Marine World is already 65% complete, says Stocks Building Africa (SBA) executive director Johan Brink. 

Soweto water overhaul gets moving

By: Deborah Spicer     5th December 2003 Water utility Johannesburg Water hopes to have completed the pilot phase of a project to repair and upgrade the water-reticulation infrastructure in Soweto by April next year. 

SA celebrates National Quality Week

10th November 2003 Quality equals growth; it is one of the keys to unlock South Africa’s economic development, says Stranger Kgamphe, chairperson of the South African Quality Institute at the launch of National Quality Week 2003. 

Water utility in piping world first

By: Deborah Spicer     7th November 2003 Richards Bay water utility Mhlatuze Water will have the distinction of installing a world-first in pipe technology when it completes the replacement of a section of its buoyant effluent-disposal scheme. 

Countering filter contaminants

By: Steven Chiaberta     17th October 2003 Many filters are prematurely blocked because of problems associated with water contamination. ?This is the view of hydraulics director Philip Johnson of the multinational filter technology company Donaldson. 

Ekurhuleni initiates a water-saving forum

By: Zonika Botha     17th October 2003 In an effort to promote the sustainable use of water by main industry participants in the East Rand, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council has embarked on an initiative to establish a Water Saving and Efficiency Forum. 

Mines complain about rising tariffs

By: Deborah Spicer     10th October 2003 Marginal mining companies are complaining that price increases by Rand Water will affect their sustainability. 

Rising input costs put pressure on water prices

By: Deborah Spicer     10th October 2003 Bulk water supplier Rand Water is concerned that increases in input costs for its business may have a negative effect on the poorest South Africans. 

Mining underpins water utility’s growth

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th September 2003 Bulk water supplier Rand Water said yesterday the 2002/3 financial year saw a 45% increase in net profit, to R281-million, and the consequent improvement of the profit margin to 9,7%. 

South African sentenced for water project bribery

18th September 2003 A South African was sentenced yesterday in the Maseru High Court for bribery during the construction of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. 

R450m Soweto water project launched

8th September 2003 A R450-million Soweto water-infrastructure project was launched by Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo at the weekend. 

Kimberley operation implements a new water conservation method 

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Diamond-mining company De Beers has implemented a new water conservation system at its Combined Treatment Plant (CTP) in Kimberley, Northern Cape, which is based on the paste and thickened tailings disposal (P&TTD) concept. 

Bids invited for R1,4bn Cape water scheme

By: Jill Stanford     29th August 2003 THE Berg River Consultants (BRC) have invited civil engineering contractors to prequalify for the construction of the Berg river dam on the Berg river near Franschhoek, in the Western Cape.? 

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