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Water

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. 

R20m facelift for Soweto greenbelt

By: Deborah Spicer     10th May 2002 One of the few greenbelts and the only accessible water body in Soweto will be opened to residents on August 10, with the completion of a R20-million facelift at the Moroka and Thokoza parks. 

Prepayment water plan for Cape Town

10th May 2002 Cape Town is in line to become the first city in South Africa to introduce prepayment for water, says the City of Cape Town’s executive committee member responsible for city infrastructure David Erleigh. 

R1,4bn Cape dam gets approval

9th May 2002 Cabinet has approved the construction of the long-awaited R1,4-billion Skuifraam dam on the Berg River, near Franschhoek in the Western Cape. 

Industry urged to support govt water-supply and sanitation plan

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Pump manufacturers and suppliers have the opportunity to develop their industry and also boost social upliftment by supporting moves by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) to improve water supply and sanitation. 

South African firm bags a R16m Middle-East contract

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Wadeville-based sales, service and pump manufacturer has received five export orders valued at R16-million for the supply of petrochemical and water-pumps to the refinery industry and water authorities. 

Solar water pump launched following Australian/SA JV

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Through a joint venture with Australian-based pumps company Magnetic Gearing and Turbine (MGT), Boksburg castings company Rely Precision Castings, a division of Allied Productions Industries (API), has launched the MGT-50 solar water pump for use in the agricultural industry and in remote areas. 

R6m expansion of SA testing facility

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 East Rand pumps giant Sulzer has invested R6-million in the upgrading and expansion of its test-bed facility so as to become one of the major pump testing facilities with advanced technology in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Submersible pumps donated for Kenyan health project

26th April 2002 Johannesburg-based pump manufactuer Lowara has donated submersible pumps to the African Medical and Research Foundation, the main non-profit private health organisation in East Africa. 

Submersible pumps for irrigation scheme

26th April 2002 A farmer from Hectorspruit has installed one of the biggest EIM submersible pumps in the series for use in a major irrigation scheme. 

Helical-rotor pumps for Pta wastewater works

26th April 2002 Extensive design experience has secured an order for pump manufacturer and supplier Howden-Orbit to supply six more helical-rotor pumps to Weldgedacht Wastewater Treatment Works, north of Pretoria. 

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