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Water

Water management crucial for ensuring economic viability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 It is imperative that water resources and assets be protected and preserved through collective and holistic water management to secure the economic future of South Africa, says engineering consultant WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff hydrology senior associate Karen King. 

Increased awareness key to enhancing industrial water efficiency

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Increased awareness of the importance of water conservation and an enhanced sensitisation to practices that can facilitate it are some of the most effective means of eliciting a positive response to the drive to see that water efficiency practices are adopted in South Africa’s industrial... 

Increased awareness key to  enhancing industrial water efficiency
SAFEGUARDING SCARCE RESOURCE The Industrial Water Efficiency Project will guide a transformation of industry’s water use through a systematic and holistic approach to water management

Newly installed system helps KZN factory recover 1.63 Mℓ of process water

By: David Oliveira     3rd March 2017 A 500 000 ℓ rainwater harvesting system was handed over to global healthcare company BSN Medical’s Pinetown factory, in KwaZulu-Natal, in January, helping the company to reduce its environmental impact and operational costs as part of its global green initiative. Local rainwater harvesting... 

Newly installed system helps KZN factory recover  1.63 Mℓ of process water
COST CUTTING BSN Medical’s 500 000 ℓ rainwater harvesting system at the company’s factory in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, will help reduce its operational costs

Worst Western Cape drought in 100 years presents economic opportunity 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2017 Thirty-seven per cent of South Africa’s water supply is lost in urban infrastructure through leaks, the GreenCape ‘Water Market Intelligence Report 2017’ has revealed. Launched by Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde on Thursday, GreenCape’s research showed that 96% of... 

Cape water restrictions to remain until dams reach 85%

By: News24Wire      2nd March 2017 Water restrictions in the Western Cape will remain in place until dams have reached 85% of their capacity, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. Cabinet was looking at ways to help the province should the current water supply run out, he told journalists at a post-Cabinet... 

Cabinet discusses new minerals director-general, mine water and mine town steps

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2017 The Cabinet this week endorsed the appointment of Advocate Thabo S Mokoena as the new director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), a position that has been vacant for more than a year, and also approved the gazetting of a draft mine water management policy for public comment, as... 

Cabinet discusses new minerals director-general, mine water and mine town steps
Eastern Basin acid mine drainage plant in Springs

KwaZulu-Natal Premier appeals for more water savings

By: African News Agency      2nd March 2017 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has appealed to the province’s residents to heed the call of water saving, as KZN continues to feel the impact of drought. He was delivering the State of Province Address at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday. He said while government had... 

Check for water leaks, says water-wary Cape Town

By: News24Wire      2nd March 2017 The City of Cape Town has urged residents to check their water bills and meters regularly after a resident who was named and shamed for excessive water consumption discovered a massive underground leak on his property. "It has made people sit up and take note," said mayoral spokesperson Zara... 

Situation critical as Western Cape remains driest province in country – Water Department

By: African News Agency      1st March 2017 The Department of Water and Sanitation was working with the provincial government in the Western Cape to “avert a total disaster”, it said in a statement on Wednesday. Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said two of the Western Cape’s rivers, Prinsrivier and Gamka, had completely dried up,... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project compensation policy introduced

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has reaffirmed its commitment to improve the livelihoods of communities affected by the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP).  During a consultative workshop to share the newly approved Phase II Compensation Policy, held in... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project compensation policy introduced

Cape Town water prices could jump – De Lille 

By: News24Wire      28th February 2017 If Capetonians don't cut water use even more, the next step to avert dry taps could be putting treated waste water back into the system and an expensive desalination plant, which would push water prices up by at least 50%, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. With the dams that feed the city... 

Cape Town water prices could jump – De Lille

Mokonyane lifts Gauteng water restrictions 

By: African News Agency      27th February 2017 The Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane on Monday announced the lifting of water restrictions in Gauteng with immediate effect. She made the announcement following the sharp rise in dam levels as a result of torrential rains recently. The Vaal Dam which supplies the province with... 

Mokonyane lifts Gauteng water restrictions
Photo by Duane Daws
Water & Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

South African dams recovering as torrential rains continue

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th February 2017 The Vaal dam is expected to reach 100% capacity soon, if current rainfall volumes continue, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said on Friday. The dam was 81.6% full by Friday and water levels were rising fast, owing to the torrential rains of the last two weeks. 

South African dams recovering as torrential rains continue

Mokonyane gives thumbs-up as Eastern Basin plant treats 94 Mℓ/d of AMD 

By: Ilan Solomons     17th February 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has lauded the successes achieved at the Eastern Basin acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant, in Springs, in Gauteng. The R1-billion plant, which started operations in June 2016, was completed under the instruction of State-owned water management... 

Mokonyane gives thumbs-up as Eastern Basin plant treats 94 Mℓ/d of AMD
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane discusses the importance of the Eastern Basin acid mine drainage treatment plant. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends

     3rd February 2017 In line with significant changes in the power and energy landscapes in Africa, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) conference and expo will focus on the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors. “The availability of private investment for power and... 

Expo and conference  to focus on major  industry trends
SOURCING SOLUTIONS The African Utility week conference and expo will gather over 7000 decision-makers from more than 40 countries

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 With South Africa’s signing of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations twenty-first Conference of the Parties in 2015 requiring it to have met certain greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets from a mitigation and an adaptation point of view by 2020, this year’s Industrial Efficiency... 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy
TRANSFORMING INDUSTRIES The Industrial Efficiency Conference aims to guide industries in energy, water and waste efficiency

Water scenario plan seen as way of stimulating innovative responses to crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2017 An international scenario planner has teamed up with conservation organisation WWF to chart scenarios for South Africa’s water future in light of the country’s precarious position as a water-stressed country, as well as the recent drought, which caused serious social and economic damage. The... 

Water scenario plan seen as way of stimulating innovative responses to crisis
Boston Consulting Group’s Alan Iny

Specialist to supply ten motors to Jhb water plant

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th January 2017 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive will supply ten of its new DRN IE3 premium efficiency motors from its DR series to the extension of the existing Meyerton Wastewater Treatment Works south of Johannesburg, in Gauteng, at the end of next month. The company will also supply six 45 kW motors... 

Innovative powder based solution limits water evaporation 

By: David Oliveira     27th January 2017 The opening of water conservation solutions provider WaterSavr South Africa (SA) in November last year has seen the introduction of an important technology to the local fight to conserve water, which could prove to be a boon for government and farmers. WaterSavr, a proprietary technology... 

New sewer pipeline to relieve pressure on existing works

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 Dube TradePort will construct the 6-km-long Hlawe river sewer pipeline, which will link the Dube TradePort precinct to the existing Tongaat Wastewater Treatment Works, service the northern part of the TradePort precinct and relieve pressure on the wastewater works. 

New sewer pipeline to relieve pressure on existing works
DUBE TRADEPORT The Dube AgriZone is intended to act as a catalyst for high-value agribusiness in Kwa-Zulu Natal

Water restrictions remain as drought still bites supply 

     26th January 2017 The currently imposed water restrictions are expected to remain in place for at least a few more months while drought-hit South Africa continues to suffer water shortages. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Water restrictions remain as drought still bites supply
Water restrictions remain as drought still bites supply

Mokonyane stresses need for careful water management as drought persists

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2017 It will be three years before South Africa starts to fully recover from the intense drought that has exacerbated its already-dry conditions over the past few years; however, the country will always be a naturally water-scarce country that needs careful water management. Briefing media in Kempton... 

Mokonyane stresses need for careful water management as drought persists

Western Cape’s dam water levels continue to decline 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2017 The Western Cape’s average overall dam level has dipped below 40% and is continuing its rapid decline despite efforts to reduce water consumption. While not yet at a “crisis level”, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell on Monday said... 

Western Cape’s dam water levels continue to decline

Cape Town may be upgraded to tougher water restrictions

By: News24Wire      20th January 2017 On Thursday the City of Cape Town's mayoral committee requested that council implement more severe water restrictions at its sitting next week. The mayoral committee proposed a plan to upgrade the current Level 3 water restrictions to Level 3B because of diminishing dam levels and unnecessary... 

Water shortages still a concern despite recent rainfall

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2017 South Africa will need ten times as much rainfall as the amount of rain it received in the past week to pull the country out of its water shortage crisis, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said on Wednesday. Despite the mid-summer rainfalls, South Africa remains a long way from being... 

Water shortages still a concern despite recent rainfall
Photo by Duane Daws
DWS deputy director-general for emergency projects Trevor Balzer

Outa broadens scope to investigate water administration issues 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday said it would set its sights on South Africa’s ongoing water issues, through the introduction of an additional portfolio aimed at investigating possible maladministration within the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), regarding concerns... 

Outa broadens scope to investigate water administration issues

Water department appoints new DG 

     15th December 2016 Dan Metlana Mashitisho has been appointed director-general of the Department of Water and Sanitation, effective January 3. Mashitisho brings a wealth of experience in senior management, particularly in the public sector. His most recent employment was at Mogale City municipality where he served... 

Lilongwe Water Board mulls plan to draw water from Lake Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     15th December 2016 Malawi is mulling over a $400-million project to draw water from Lake Malawi to supply the capital city, Lilongwe. The project’s implementer, the Lilongwe Water Board (LWB), intends to approach international organisations for finance, with the Malawi government acting as the guarantor. 

Innovative wastewater treatment system launched in W Cape

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 Water solutions provider Maskam Water launched the Clarus Fusion sewage treatment system, which substitutes treated water with recycled water for sanitation, industrial or irrigation use, in October. The decentralised wastewater treatment system, launched at the company’s premises in Brackenfell... 

Innovative wastewater treatment system launched in W Cape
CLARUS FUSION The Clarus system requires sludge removal only once every four to six years, and only one hour of routine maintenance every six months

Property developers shift focus to manage economic risk

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th December 2016 There has been a slowdown in the development of commercial properties as developers shift their focus to residential, healthcare and industrial projects to best manage risks in South Africa’s economic climate, says business management consultant WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa regional director... 

Property developers  shift focus to manage  economic risk
WILLIAM JOHNSTON Best practice designs that incorporate a holistic and sustainable approach to property development is becoming entrenched among South Africa developers

Desalination a ‘serious’ option to augment water supply

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2016 More needs to be done to ensure the recycling of water and the desalination of water was a “serious option” to augment South Africa’s strained water supply, Western Cape Department of Water and Sanitation provincial head Rashid Khan said on Tuesday. In an opinion piece to clarify the “many facets... 

South Africa's water sector: a case study in state capture 

     2nd December 2016 The call for radical economic transformation in the water sector is being used as a cover for the enrichment of a new elite, professor Mike Muller argues. A lot of what is being presented as radical economic transformation initiatives in South Africa is simply state capture by a corrupt elite.... 

South Africa's water sector: a case study in state capture
Photo by Duane Daws
Professor Mike Muller

Drought prevails in South Africa despite increased rainfall

By: Anine Kilian     30th November 2016 Despite the significant increase in rainfall across South Africa in recent weeks, the country is still experiencing a severe drought, noted Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) climate modelling chief researcher Professor Francois Engelbrecht on Wednesday. Speaking at a CSIR... 

Drought prevails in South Africa despite increased rainfall

Bid deadlines loom for two key water-transfer components of Lesotho Highlands project 

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2016 Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) reports that the engineering design contracts for the two main water-transfer components of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II will be awarded by mid-2017 and that construction should begin 18 months thereafter. The R23-billion binational... 

Bid deadlines loom for two key water-transfer components of Lesotho Highlands project

Western Cape residents have the most improved drinking water

By: News24Wire      24th November 2016 The Western Cape has the highest rate of universal access to improved drinking water sources in the country, says Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). At 99.4% the province is closely followed by the Free State at 99.3%, the Northern Cape at 99.1% and Gauteng at 98.6%. 

No irregularities in R1.1bn tenders – Rand Water

By: News24Wire      23rd November 2016 There were no irregularities in the R1.1-billion tenders awarded to one company by Rand Water, Parliament heard on Wednesday. This after reports that the country’s biggest water utility, which supplies Gauteng and parts of Mpumalanga and Free State, was paying millions more for work that was not... 

Recent rainfall improves dam levels

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 As a result of increased rainfall in recent weeks, the total volume of water in storage across South Africa’s dams and water systems increased this week from 47.9% to 48.7%, according to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The department further confirmed that water released from the... 

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