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Water

Five W Cape municipalities declared ‘disaster areas’ as drought persists

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2016 The ongoing drought taking a toll on the Southern African region is impacting significantly on the Western Cape, which has declared five municipalities local disaster areas, according to Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell, who... 

TCTA celebrates thirtieth consecutive unqualified audit, eyes further mandates

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th November 2016 State-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has achieved its thirtieth consecutive unqualified audit opinion in the financial year ended March 31, and the water infrastructure entity is targeting further mandates by shareholder, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The DWS-led... 

Finnish firm gets funding to commercialise AMD solution in SA

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 Following the July launch of water treatment technology for the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD) and industrial hazardous waste water in South Africa, Finland-based company Global EcoProcess Services Oy (Epse) has been granted funding by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation for the... 

Finnish firm gets funding to commercialise AMD solution in SA
Photo by Duane Daws
LASSE MUSAKKA Our technology can assist in achieving a sustainable and better future for South Africa

Leaks to blame for South Africa’s major water losses 

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2016 The amount of municipality-supplied water being lost through leaking pipes and dripping taps – which amounts to about 25% – is a significant concern in the current drought-promoting climate and subsequent water restrictions in the country, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering... 

Leaks to blame for South Africa’s major water losses

Grey water treatment innovation receives recognition

By: Dylan Slater     11th November 2016 Top honours were awarded to Klerksdorp-based multidisciplinary environmental, social and ecological services company Baoberry founder and MD Yolandi Schoeman at the 2016 awards ceremony of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in South Africa (GCIP-SA)... 

Grey water treatment innovation  receives recognition
AWARDS CEREMONY Winners at awards ceremony of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in South Africa

Vaal dam gets boost to maintain at least 25% capacity

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th November 2016 As Gauteng grapples with water shortages amid a severe drought and evaporation owing to high summer temperatures, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Monday started opening up water flow from Sterkfontein dam to replenish the dangerously low levels of water at Vaal dam. A maximum of... 

Vaal dam gets boost to maintain at least 25% capacity

Supplier introduces diaphragm valve to African market

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 Valves supplier Astore Africa officially introduced the DK diaphragm valve to the African market at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition, held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in September. Astore Africa product manager Francois van Vuuren notes that the DK range, developed by Italian industrial... 

Supplier introduces diaphragm valve to African market
DK DIAPHRAGM VALVE DK series is suited to industrial applications, specifically those pertaining to chemical and industrial processes or water purification

Valves supplier to extend foothold in municipal market

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 Valve and steel supplier Stewarts and Lloyds (S&L) hopes to extend its market share in the municipal and civil engineering sectors, as it expects that the drive by government to effectively manage and optimise the water resources sector will result in several supply opportunities for local... 

Valves supplier to extend foothold in  municipal market
SALVALVE PRODUCTS The range includes several butterfly, gate, ball and resilient seal valves, strictly manufactured to local and international standards

Ageing infrastructure offers opportunities

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon has noted a growing trend towards high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe solutions, presenting its water infrastructure segment with a major growth opportunity, as South Africa’s ageing water infrastructure network requires serious government... 

Sterkfontein water to boost Vaal dam levels

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd November 2016 While reiterating its call for citizens to use water wisely, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Thursday announced that it would release water from its reserve Sterkfontein dam into the Vaal dam on November 7. Amid the ongoing drought, dam levels across the country have depleted to... 

Sterkfontein water to boost Vaal dam levels

Outdated laws give farmers, landowners sole water ownership, MPs hear 

By: News24Wire      3rd November 2016 Parliament needs to help change existing laws that give landowners and farmers the sole rights to water running through their property, the Department of Water and Sanitation said on Wednesday. Existing "sunset clauses" meant farmers and landowners benefitted from water historically found on... 

New holdings group unveils prototype point-of-entry water filtration system 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st November 2016 CrossAfrica Holdings is leveraging its official launch this week as a platform to unveil its new Cleansui water filtration system prototype under its newly established standalone subsidiary CrossAfrica Water Solutions. The holdings group will on Thursday showcase a prototype point-of-entry... 

New holdings group unveils prototype point-of-entry water filtration system
CrossAfrica group MD Manny Cross and top South African water expert Dr Anthony Turton speak to Engineering News about CrossAfrica Holdings leveraging its official launch this week as a platform to unveil its new Cleansui water filtration system prototype. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 1.11.2016

Ndlovu steps down after eight years at the helm of TCTA

     1st November 2016 James Ndlovu has stepped down as CEO of the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA), effective October 31. He had served two terms as head of the organisation. 

Johannesburg’s northern suburbs run out of water

By: African News Agency      1st November 2016 Some parts of Johannesburg’s northern areas were left without water on Tuesday after a major pipe burst in Steyn City. The city’s water utility, Joburg Water, said repair work started earlier and could take hours until the evening. 

South Africa encouraged to join Oceans Joint Partnership Initiative

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st October 2016 Collaborative research efforts between Norway and South Africa, through programmes such as Horizon 2020, which focuses on the promotion of research excellence in the fields of environment, climate change and renewable energy, have led to a number of successful initiatives. Speaking to delegates... 

Worsening drought puts water supply under pressure

By: African News Agency      31st October 2016 As the drought worsens, the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation has warned South Africans to use water sparingly as persisting low dam levels could force government to use reserve water supply, which could be detrimental. Spokesman Sputnik Ratau said the country’s water supply situation... 

Worsening drought puts water supply under pressure

AFD, DBSA to help fund Durban bulk water supply projects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th October 2016 Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have provided the eThekwini municipality with a R700-million 15-year loan. A grant of R93-million was also provided to the municipality by the Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa which is... 

Investment in infrastructure remains government priority

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2016 Government has budgeted R987.4-billion for infrastructure over the next three years, with large investments continuing in energy, transport and telecommunications, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said during the presentation of the 2016 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday. He... 

Investment in infrastructure remains government priority

New SADC body set up to strengthen groundwater management

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 The Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI), a new organisation that will work within 15 SADC member States to collaboratively strengthen the management and development of groundwater for social and economic development in the region through the... 

New SADC body set up to strengthen groundwater management
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UNTAPPED RESOURCE Groundwater is the primary source of all water for about 70% of the inhabitants of the Southern African Development Community, yet only 1.5% is used

Reforesting Kilimanjaro would protect water supplies 

By: African News Agency      20th October 2016 There is a need to reforest Africa’s highest mountain to help protect vital water supplies that are under threat across large parts of East Africa, a UN Environment report has urged. The loss of Mount Kilimanjaro’s forests could trigger a water crisis as rivers begin to dry up, the report,... 

Leaking money: Water Dept's irregular expenditure rises by 300%

By: News24Wire      18th October 2016 The Department of Water and Sanitation's irregular expenditure rose by 300% over the last financial year, with the latest audit showing it had increased to R1.7-billion, the Auditor-General (AG) has said. A representative from the AG of South Africa presented before Parliament's portfolio... 

Innovation to provide solutions for African businesses

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2016 Businesses in Africa are facing a variety of challenges, which has led professional services firms like KPMG to constantly invest in innovative products to provide solutions for businesses. 

Innovation to provide solutions for African  businesses
BENSON MWESIGWA To date, KPMG has delivered 85 000 l of water as part of Operation Hydrate

Water dept procurement processes to be reviewed

By: SANews, SA government news service     13th October 2016 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has appointed a task team to review procurement processes in the department. Minister Mokonyane made the announcement during a media briefing on Wednesday at her office. The task team is expected to report its findings to the Minister within six... 

‘Catastrophe’ to hit Tshwane unless water usage is cut, says mayor

By: African News Agency      10th October 2016 Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga on Monday urged residents to adhere to the new water usage restrictions announced by the municipality, warning that the capital city could be heading for disaster if the consumption was not arrested. “We will now be intensifying the community awareness. This campaign,... 

‘Catastrophe’ to hit Tshwane unless water usage is cut, says mayor

Lake Kariba dam wall structural rehabilitation to commence in February 2017 

By: African News Agency      7th October 2016 Work on the long-awaited rehabilitation of the Kariba Dam wall, which hosts the giant Kariba Hydro-Electric Station that generates electricity for Zimbabwe and Zambia is set to commence in February 2017, the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has announced. Addressing journalists in the southern... 

Plastic pipes integral to water infrastructure

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 The plastic pipe industry is arguably one of the most important in South Africa as infrastructure such as water distribution, waste disposal, irrigation, telecommunications and a myriad of other services rely on pipe infrastructure to work effectively, says Southern African Plastic Pipe... 

SaaS solutions reduce water loss

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 With almost 40% of municipal water supplied in South Africa being lost before it even reaches the public, information and communications technology solutions provider Jasco Group states that there are tools and technologies available, such as big data, analytics and Software as a Service (SaaS),... 

Sewer pipes’ difference key in fitting and installation

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and high-density polyethylene water reticulation and drainage pipe and fitting systems manufacturer DPI Plastics warns that the South African market needs to be aware of the differences between PVC sewer fittings and polypropylene (PP) sewer fittings, as a fitting... 

Initiative enlightens communities about infrastructure concerns

     7th October 2016 An Umgeni Water team hosted an event in June at the Mhlabatshane dam in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ugu district to inform and educate attendees, as part of a commitment to assist in the protection of communities that live close to bulk water storage and treatment infrastructure. Umgeni Water abstracts,... 

Initiative enlightens  communities about  infrastructure concerns
UMGENI WATER The provision of infrastructure, such as dams, is accompanied by certain risks to people who live close to this infrastructure

Water treatment plant for Limpopo

     7th October 2016 Water technology solutions provider, Veolia Water Technologies South Africa (SA) recently reported that it provided an energy efficient, low maintenance packaged water treatment plant to supply an additional 5 Mℓ/d of potable water to two villages in Limpopo. Veolia was contracted by Lepelle... 

Infrastructure overhaul could boost consumer expenses

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 South Africa is in dire need of infrastructure upgrades to better manage available water resources and ensure that water can be distributed to where it is needed. However, to undertake the massive infrastructure overhaul needed, funds for capital investment will be required. Like with... 

Partnerships can provide infrastructure solutions

     7th October 2016 Last month the Parliament of South Africa’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation announced that it is distressed that the local government sphere is not fully exploiting the potential available in Public-Private Partnerships in finding solutions to the challenge of provision of water. The... 

Partnerships can provide infrastructure solutions
PRIVATE SECTOR DEPENDENT One of the major challenges that hamper service delivery is the lack of skills at municipal level

Proposed budget raises industry challenges

     7th October 2016 In May the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, delivered a speech to Parliament announcing the proposed budget for water and sanitation in the 2016/17 financial year. Following her speech and debate on her proposed budget, a budget roughly 3.2% smaller than the budget... 

Proposed budget raises  industry challenges
Photo by Duane Daws
NOMVULA MOKONYANE The Minister’s budget speech focuses on the infrastructure needed to deal with water scarcity

Municipalities need to prioritise water infrastructure – KPMG

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 With infrastructure being a vehicle for economic development, global consulting firm KPMG says government and municipalities should prioritise infrastructure projects, especially in the water sector where there is a growing demand. “The challenges in the water industry have not changed that much.... 

Inyatsi to target larger markets as it seeks to double turnover in two to three years

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th October 2016 In pursuing a new succession planning strategy, infrastructure construction specialist Inyatsi Construction Group Holdings plans to target larger markets and increase its turnover from R1.5-billion currently to more than double in the next two to three years. “Growth creates opportunities, and... 

Inyatsi to target larger markets as it seeks to double turnover in two to three years
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DRIVING FACTOR Water infrastructure and road infrastructure would significantly drive construction growth across Africa

Infrastructure crucial to water availability

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 Global professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa says various factors contribute to the operating efficiencies of existing water infrastructure in South Africa, which affects the country’s availability of water resources, including management thereof. WSP environment and energy... 

Gauteng households need to save more water – Minister 

By: News24Wire      5th October 2016 Gauteng’s water supply levels are so low that they are virtually at the point of no return, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Tuesday. The Vaal Dam – one of Gauteng’s biggest water sources - was currently at 30.1% capacity and losing about 0.8% every week, she told reporters... 

Gauteng households need to save more water – Minister
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Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

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