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Water

Govt, NGOs, industry combining to fend off acid mine water threat

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Acid mine drainage (AMD) is regarded as one of the greatest environmental challenges ever faced by South Africa, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) mine water management chief director Marius Keet. During a recent seminar on the need to rehabilitate mine-contaminated ecosystems, he... 

City of Johannesburg needs R12.5bn to fix water infrastructure

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2017 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) has revealed it will need around R12.65-billion over the next ten years to renew and replace the city’s ageing and decrepit water infrastructure. Joburg Water is in the process of building nine new water reservoirs and towers that will serve 163 800 households in... 

Cape Town needs megaprojects to address water crisis  

By: Anine Kilian     7th November 2017 A new water crisis initiative has been launched to identify and push through three multibillion-rand projects to restore water security to Cape Town. The launch followed a meeting in Cape Town, headed by the Water Leapathon Advisory Board, a strategy forum that brings together representatives... 

Summit aimed at attracting investment for water infrastructure

By: Dylan Slater     6th November 2017 South Africa needs about R40-billion to deal with its backlog in water infrastructure, says the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). To address this and other critical water-related issues, the department will, in collaboration with the Water Research Commission (WRC), host the Water... 

Mobile fly farm creator wins GCIP-SA competition

By: Anine Kilian     6th November 2017 Organic waste innovation Mobile Fly Farm creator Bandile Dlabantu has been announced the winner of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme – South Africa (GCIP-SA). Mobile Fly Farms use black soldier fly larvae to convert organic waste into animal feed, enabling emerging farmers to organically... 

A lot needs to be done to ensure universal access to water and sanitation – Tshwete

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 The roll-out of water and sanitation services to everyone in South Africa is a key priority for the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete.  

High-pressure industrial cleaning suitable for various industries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Water-jetting solutions provider Total Blasting says its ultrahigh-pressure jetting units are suitable for applications in industries such as petrochemicals (refineries), marine, offshore oil and gas, and automotive manufacturing plants.  

High-pressure industrial cleaning suitable for various industries
HIGH-PRESSURE CLEANING Total Blasting has provided many plants and industrial cleaning contractors with simple and flexible water-jetting capability

Reforms, business models key to unlocking private sector investment for climate change – IFC

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 Smart policy reforms and innovative business models can unlock the trillions of dollars in private investment that is needed to ensure Africa meets its climate targets as agreed to in the landmark Paris Agreement. The private sector, boasting innovation, the financing and resources, is considered... 

Joburg north residents warned of sewer contaminated water

By: African News Agency      1st November 2017 Joburg Water on Wednesday advised residents of Northriding not to drink tap water due to sewer contamination. ”Johannesburg Water suspects possible sewer contamination within the water network in parts of Northriding. We strongly advise residents residing in the area not to consume tap water... 

Tongaat Hulett recognised as sustainable leader in water management

By: Anine Kilian     31st October 2017 Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has been awarded a position on this year’s Water A-List by nonprofit global environmental disclosure platform CDP.   The Water A-List comprises 73 global companies and is published alongside similar lists for corporate leadership on climate change and forests. “Water... 

City of Cape Town gets go-ahead to deviate from municipal act to deal with drought

By: News24Wire      31st October 2017 Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba has approved the City of Cape Town's request to deviate from Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) regulations in order to urgently deal with the drought, the City said on Monday. The City in a statement said Gigaba informed it that he had been advised that... 

City of Cape Town gets go-ahead to deviate from municipal act to deal with drought

M&R sells Genrec to Southern Palace

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has sold Genrec to black-owned industrial company Southern Palace Group. Certain assets and liabilities are excluded from the transaction and will remain with the group. 

Cape Town will not run out of water, says mayor De Lille on visit to desalination plant site at V&A Waterfront

By: African News Agency      30th October 2017 Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Sunday pledged that Cape Town “will not run out of water”, and said one of the city’s modular land-based desalination plants would produce two-million litres of water per day to be fed into the city’s water distribution network by February 2018. “Last week I... 

Finalists selected for clean technology solutions competition

By: Anine Kilian     27th October 2017 Water saving taps, fly larvae that turn organic waste into animal food and plastic car parts made from agricultural waste are among the innovations by entrepreneurs who have reached the final round in the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme South Africa (GCIP-SA) for small, medium-sized and... 

Work drying up in Western Cape drought

By: News24Wire      26th October 2017 Red flags were raised over possible civil unrest in the Western Cape due to the predicted loss of around 50 000 jobs as the drought hammers the province's vital agricultural sector, a joint parliamentary committee sitting heard on Wednesday. "The impact on the economy is worse for the... 

Nelson Mandela Bay drought: Residents warned to reduce consumption

By: News24Wire      26th October 2017 Water consumption in Nelson Mandela Bay has increased despite the fact that the metro is experiencing one of its most severe droughts to date. Rainfall figures for the region are at their lowest in 20 years. 

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2017 With increasing indications that South Africa, on its current path, will not achieve its National Development Plan (NDP) ambitions, government is redirecting efforts to prioritise programmes that strengthen the alignment of the national budget, the medium-term strategic framework and the NDP.... 

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

We will never allow Western Cape to run dry, vows Mokonyane

By: News24Wire      25th October 2017 The Western Cape will not get to a stage where it runs out of water completely, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane vowed on Wednesday. "We will never allow a situation of a total shutdown," Mokonyane told a joint sitting of three committees of Parliament, as the province's water... 

We will never allow Western Cape to run dry, vows Mokonyane
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Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

JSE launches green bond segment

25th October 2017 The JSE on Wednesday launched its green bond segment, which provides a platform for companies and other institutions to raise funds that are ring-fenced for low-carbon initiatives. It also enables investors to invest social responsibility investment funds in securities that are truly green.   JSE... 

JSE launches green bond segment
JSE CEO Nicky Newton-King, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and JSE Capital Markets director Donna Nemer

Cape Town not required to provide uninterrupted supply of water – councillor

By: News24Wire      25th October 2017 The City of Cape Town is not required to provide "an uninterrupted supply" of water to residents, mayoral committee member Water and Waste Services Xanthea Limberg said. Limberg said according to the city's water by-law the city does not "constitute an undertaking to maintain at any time or at... 

Drought: City doesn't live up to water augmentation promise

By: News24Wire      24th October 2017 The City of Cape Town has admitted that it will only be able to augment water supply to the drought-stricken Mother City by about half of the amount it promised previously. About two months ago, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said the city aimed to augment current water supply by 500-million... 

Hydro-economics: Egypt, Ethiopia and the Nile

By: News24Wire      23rd October 2017 Water ministers from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have gathered last week to discuss how Africa's largest hydroelectric dam will affect water distribution and access to the Nile. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is 60% complete and has yet to go into operation. The $4.8-billion megaproject... 

'Implement water demands, or we'll ask for you to be placed under administration' – ANC

By: News24Wire      20th October 2017 The Western Cape African National Congress (ANC) says it intends calling for the provincial government and City of Cape Town to be placed under administration for their dismal handling of the ongoing water crisis. ANC provincial leader Khaya Magaxa said on Thursday that they would approach the... 

'Implement water demands, or we'll ask for you to be placed under administration' – ANC

Miner defends Western Cape phosphate project, highlights its importance

By: Ilan Solomons     19th October 2017 Emerging miner Kropz has warned that the West Coast Environmental Protection Association’s (WCEPA’s) application to have the water-use license (WUL) for Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine, near Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, suspended, would, if successful, cause “irreversible environmental... 

Miner defends Western Cape phosphate project, highlights its importance

Time and money – two major obstacles in tackling Cape Town's water crisis

By: News24Wire      19th October 2017 Desalination plants and other plans, which are in the pipeline for Cape Town to help alleviate the water crisis, will probably cost the city billions of rand, and it is not yet clear where this money will come from. Another possibly hampering factor could be the time it will take to construct... 

City of Cape Town's water supply augmentation process 'not cancelled'

By: News24Wire      17th October 2017 The City of Cape Town has announced on Monday that its emergency augmentation programme to increase the supply of water in the drought-stricken metro has not been cancelled as reported in the media. "Contrary to allegations emerging over the weekend, the City of Cape Town's augmentation programme... 

Water dept urges corporates to close R30bn/y infrastructure funding gap

By: African News Agency      16th October 2017 The  Department of Water Sanitation has urged the South African financial sector to support its efforts to close the water services R30-billion-a-year infrastructure funding gap.  The department is in the process of drafting a new national water and sanitation master plan, which is expected to be... 

Warning that Cape Town's water outages could cause solar water geysers to 'explode'

By: News24Wire      13th October 2017 Water outages to preselected suburbs by the City of Cape Town could lead to solar water geysers "exploding", an electrical and electronic engineer warned on Thursday. The City on Monday announced that Phase One of its Critical Water Shortages Disaster Plan came into effect which would cause water... 

Groundwater a viable water saving initiative

13th October 2017 South African consulting and engineering firm JG Afrika is working hard to change the mind-set around using South Africa’s groundwater to mitigate water scarcity, despite project failures in the past. JG Afrika technical director Mark Schapers and JG Afrika executive associate Regan Rose agree... 

Groundwater a  viable water  saving initiative
MARK SCHAPERS JG Afrika’s systematic approach is transferred to all activities involved in completing groundwater projects

Global water insecurity calls for water infrastructure maintenance

13th October 2017 The growing funding gap to keep up with the rehabilitation, operation and maintenance of ageing water infrastructure is a global concern, particularly in the current age of austerity, says global engineering firm Aurecon. The firm emphasises that new water systems need to be built to cope with... 

Global water insecurity calls for water infrastructure maintenance
Photo by Bloomberg
FOOD INSECURITY Food is heavily reliant on water supply. Scarce water supply puts crops and livestock at risk

Nonconformance of standards exacerbates drought conditions

By: Nica Schreuder     13th October 2017 Fundamental conformities not being upheld during the manufacturing stages of pipe production has exacerbated South Africa’s current water scarcity, says plastics and polymer testing laboratory P.E.S.C. MD Graham Marsberg. “The basics of pipe manufacturing involves quality workmanship. This... 

Nonconformance of standards exacerbates drought conditions
CONFORMING TO STANDARDS SATAS or SABS accreditation is essential to ensuring reliable water infrastructure that adheres to strict standards

Population increase outstrips water infrastructure

By: Nica Schreuder     13th October 2017 With South Africa’s population rapidly increasing in the past 60 years, water scarcity and a lack of adequate infrastructure continue to be of concern, says water components supplier African Pipes, Valves and Fittings director Ben Levitas. In the past, the traditional way of increasing to... 

Population increase outstrips  water infrastructure
BEDFORD DAM The Bedford Dam, constructed in 2011, is one of the few notable water infrastructure projects in the past 20 years

Technology suitable for South African context

By: Nica Schreuder     13th October 2017 In the quest to mitigate water supply difficulties that have been prevalent in South Africa in the past few years, international engineering consultancy and technology provider Royal HaskoningDHV says its range of innovative wastewater treatment and smart water solutions is relevant in the context. 

Western Cape municipality begins master plan to combat water loss

13th October 2017 The Drakenstein local municipality in Paarl, Western Cape, has begun a 20-year master plan to replace old or ageing asbestos pipes in the region with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes, which will achieve significant success in reducing water loss throughout the municipal area. Water leakage... 

Western Cape municipality begins master plan to  combat water loss
MASTER PLANNERS Willem Liebenberg and André Kowalewski (right) of the Drakenstein municipality are at the forefront of the master plan

'It's now 12 years without proper water' – North West community

By: News24Wire      12th October 2017 Politicians don't work for people, say residents of the settlement of Schaumberg in the North West province. They are going into the rainy season without the water or sanitation services they have been asking for since 2005. Residents of the settlement, which lies between Hekpoort and Skeerpoort,... 

Cape Town's groundwater plan targets 'impossible' 

By: News24Wire      11th October 2017 Key partners in the extraction of groundwater to augment the City of Cape Town's water supply believe that the city's current 100-million litres per day target is impossible. Speaking as an audience member at a Muizenberg Festival gathering on Tuesday, Umvoto earth sciences consultancy director... 

Urgent need to explore alternative water sources in Western Cape to avoid day zero

By: Schalk Burger     10th October 2017 Department of Water and Sanitation Western Cape regional head Rashid Khan on Tuesday highlighted the urgent need to explore the use of alternative water sources to decrease reliance on surface water systems (rainfall) in the province. Recycling the partially treated final effluent through... 

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