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Water

Desalination could be the answer, but financial hindrances remain – DWS 

By: Anine Kilian     13th July 2017 While desalination could be the answer to addressing water crises in South Africa, there are still a number of financial challenges surrounding it, says Department of Water and Sanitation infrastructure and operations CEO Leonardo Manus. Speaking to Engineering News Online at a media roundtable... 

Desalination could be necessary to mitigate S Africa’s water woes 

By: Anine Kilian     13th July 2017 With freshwater resources in South Africa almost fully utilised and heavily stressed – especially in the Western Cape, where drought conditions have left dam levels at 25% – water scarcity conditions are set to increase in the country, especially in winter months, according to engineering... 

Desalination could be necessary to mitigate S Africa’s water woes

Three in 10 people around the world lack access to safe water

By: African News Agency      13th July 2017 Three in 10 people around the world lack access to safe and readily available water at home, and almost six in 10 do not have safe managed sanitation, a new United Nations report has revealed. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) joint report “Progress on... 

Three in 10 people around the world lack access to safe water

Green Bond to help with 'new normal' of water shortages

By: News24Wire      13th July 2017 The City of Cape Town should spend some of the R1bn raised in its first Green Bond on installing digital water-use devices in homes, a University of Cape Town (UCT) senior lecturer has suggested. "We have no electronic dashboard to help us compare day-to-day consumption," Dr Kevin Winter, who is... 

Green Bond to help with 'new normal' of water shortages
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

Cape Town dams 25.4% full

By: News24Wire      11th July 2017 Despite an increase in water levels since June, the City of Cape Town says dam storage levels and usable water are still very low. The city said in a statement on Monday that dam storage levels were at 25.4% and usable water levels were at approximately 15.4%. Water levels have increased by 6%,... 

Nepad Special Fund contributors call for increased contribution for Africa’s infrastructure development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2017 While contributions to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development’s (Nepad’s) Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (IPPF) Special Fund reached some $90.5-million during the first half of this year, donor contributors have urged other countries to contribute to the fund to support... 

Wesgro to host water loss conference in Cape Town in 2018  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th July 2017 The International Water Association's (IWA’s) 2018 Water Loss Conference will be held in Cape Town from May 7 to 9, 2018.   The conference, which will be hosted by Wesgro, will be held at the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel and is expected to attract over 500 participants from more than... 

Lack of contractual commitments hindering solar-geyser manufacturing growth

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 The current economic climate and a lack of mid- to long-term contractual agreements from the Department of Energy (DoE) has slowed plant expansion and capacity increases by local solar water heater (SWH) manufacturers. Local manufacturer Satchwell Controls, a division of electro-mechanical... 

Lack of contractual commitments hindering solar-geyser manufacturing growth

LHDA appoints JV to oversee Polihali dam design, construction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th July 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has appointed the Matla a Metsi joint venture to oversee the R445-million design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam. The dam is one of the two main water transfer components of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP),... 

LHDA appoints JV to oversee Polihali dam design, construction

Harsh summer predicted for 2018 – Cape Town

By: News24Wire      5th July 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday warned residents to conserve more water as a harsh summer is predicted for the city in 2018. In a statement, the city said residents should use less than 87l of water per person per day. 

Next phase of Durban’s Northern Aqueduct Augmentation to start in August 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd July 2017 Construction on the fifth phase of Durban’s Northern Aqueduct Augmentation project is set to begin in August, eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) said on Monday. Phase 5 comprises a new 1 200 mm diameter continuously welded steel high-pressure pipeline, stretching from the Durban Heights... 

TCTA increases Vresap project funding programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd July 2017 The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has increased the commercial paper programme for the Vaal River Eastern Subsystem Augmentation Project (Vresap) to R400-million. Vresap comprises a 120-km pipeline from the Vaal dam to the Knoppiesfontein diversion structure, near Secunda, in Mpumalanga,... 

Umgeni Water exec exits as anonymous 'whistleblower' retracts corruption claims

By: News24Wire      3rd July 2017 On the same day Umgeni Water chief executive Cyril Gamede, who had been suspended pending corruption allegations, left the utility, an anonymous letter exonerating him was sent to the board, its spokesperson said on Sunday. "A mutual agreement was reached between the outgoing board of Umgeni... 

Unisa professors scoop 2016/17 NSTF awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2017 Two University of South Africa (Unisa) professors have been recognised for excellence in science, engineering and technology and innovation at the nineteenth Annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) 2016/17 Awards. Material and Process Synthesis research unit director and chemical... 

DA, ANC duke it out over who's to blame for Western Cape drought

By: News24Wire      30th June 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) and African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPLs) took turns in blaming each other over the causes of the Western Cape drought. The Western Cape legislature debated the crippling effects of the current drought in the province on Thursday. The draught was... 

DA, ANC duke it out over who's to blame for Western Cape drought

Strides made in smart solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 An early flood warning app designed for the city of Accra, in Ghana, will make all the difference to the city’s resilience, its people and their future wellbeing, posits Royal HaskoningDHV global business line director water Anke Mastenbroek. The app is a notable example of a smart water solution... 

New solution available in SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 US-based safe water disinfection company MIOX, a Johnson Matthey company, designs and manufactures on-site chemical generators, which are an alternative solution to using hazardous chemicals, and its many benefits can be applied positively in South Africa, suggests MIOX senior applications... 

New solution available in SA
ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION MIOX’s on-site chemical generators are an alternative to using hazardous chemicals for water treatment

Short- and long-term options for ailing supply

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 Although South Africa’s current dam infrastructure setup is reliable, sustainable consulting in the built and natural environment provider WSP Africa Structures senior engineer Peter Townshend says there are a number of short- and long-term solutions that South Africa can pursue to augment water... 

Short- and long-term options for ailing supply
Photo by Duane Daws
DAMNING STATE Dams in South Africa are under pressure to meet a growing water demand

Smart water solutions promise improved efficiencies for S Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 Smart water solution technology will redefine everything the water and wastewater industries do, the extent of which we cannot begin to fathom, enthuses independent international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV global business line director water Anke... 

Smart water solutions promise improved efficiencies for S Africa
DATA CRUNCHER Smart solutions combine large amount of raw data with artificial intelligence, in order to convert this into useful information to be used for predicting scenarios

Three-tier approach necessitated to tackle water losses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 A combination of proper water management systems, incentivisation, and solid water infrastructure will enable South Africa to address the prevalent problem of municipal water losses before reaching industrial and residential consumers, suggests smart technology and solutions provider Jasco Group... 

Three-tier approach necessitated  to tackle water losses
Photo by Bloomberg
PIPE DOWN Jasco is using data analysis to detect when a leak or burst occurs in the water system

New factory increases monthly production

By: Victor Moolman     30th June 2017 14 new plastic extruder machines have been moved to plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics’ new factory in Roodekop, Johannesburg, which is next to the already existing Roodekop polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe factory. The extruders can produce 2 200 t/m of new high-density polyethylene (HDPE). 

New factory increases monthly production
PELLETS Waste material from the production is being recycled in the factory

Park upgrades provide community upliftment

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 The construction of two 35 m pedestrian bridges is under way in Paterson Park, completing the final phase of an upgrade project that will provide the community of Norwood, in Johannesburg, with a visually pleasing and functional recreational environment. 

Park upgrades provide community upliftment
UPGRADED RECREATIONAL ENVIORNEMENT In 2015, the Johannesburg Development Agency initiated a project to uplift the Norwood area that included the upgrade of Paterson Park

Billions more in municipal coffers – Stats SA

By: African News Agency      29th June 2017 The revenue collected by municipalities across South Africa increased by R27-billion in the financial year ending June 2016, in comparison with the previous year, according to the Financial Census of Municipalities results released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) on Wednesday. The report,... 

Treasury paints bleak picture of water dept's finances

By: News24Wire      28th June 2017 There is a misalignment between how the department of water and sanitation plans its budget and how it spends it, MPs have heard. National Treasury presented before the portfolio committee on water and sanitation on Wednesday on the department's performance under the Public Finance Management Act. 

Water declaration signed by WCape provincial and municipal leadership

By: African News Agency      28th June 2017 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, provincial ministers, as well as mayors from across the province, on Wednesday signed a municipal water declaration as part of efforts to secure the region’s water security. The declaration, which was signed in Worcester, was a result of the outcomes of the... 

Acting Umgeni Water chief executive appointed

By: News24Wire      28th June 2017 General manager for operations at Umgeni Water, Msizi Cele, has been appointed as acting chief executive following the recent suspension of Msizi Gamede, who faces corruption allegations, the Water and Sanitation department said on Tuesday. Gamede, who has headed up Umgeni Water for nearly five... 

Mokonyane fires Overberg Water board

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has terminated Overberg Water’s entire board, with immediate effect, citing financial irregularities. Overberg Water acting CEO Nthabiseng Fundakubi has also been recalled from her position. 

Mokonyane fires Overberg Water board

Western Cape dam levels recover, but only slightly

By: African News Agency      26th June 2017 Dam levels in the Western Cape have seen a slight increase, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell said on Monday. Dam levels have increase to 22.8 percent, which is still far off the dam levels of 35.4 percent this time last year. 

Western Cape dam levels recover, but only slightly

Western Cape govt hopes to see dams 75% full by October

By: News24Wire      21st June 2017 The Western Cape government has cautioned residents to use water sparingly, despite the increase of dam levels across the province following recent rains. Local Government MEC Anton Bredell said dams had risen to 21.2%. 

Manguang water supply cut over multimillion-rand debt

By: News24Wire      21st June 2017 Bloem Water has cut its water supply to Manguang to 30% over an R340-million outstanding debt. Water shortages were expected to occur on Tuesday evening. 

Cape Town dam levels rise by 3.7% following recent rains

By: News24Wire      20th June 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday warned residents to curb water consumption, saying recent rains had done little to elevate the ongoing drought. On Monday afternoon, the city's storage dam levels stood at 23.1%, an increase of 3.7%, following recent rains. 

Knysna facing major water crisis

By: News24Wire      20th June 2017 The Knysna community is being urged to use water sparingly after the town only received 1mm of rain during the past week. Knysna Municipality said both the Gouna and Knysna Rivers, that feed the town's off-channel storage Akkerkloof Dam, have stopped flowing. 

City of Cape Town releases request for information to industry on possible temporary water solutions 

By: African News Agency      19th June 2017 Despite recent rain, the City of Cape Town is increasing its efforts to secure new sources of temporary water supplies in the midst of the worst drought in 100 years, mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday. At the May council meeting, the council resolved to take a new water resilience approach... 

Malawi and Tanzania sign MOU for Songwe River Basin Programme 

By: David Oliveira     16th June 2017 Malawi and Tanzania signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last month at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, Malawi, which will see the two African nations work together for the development of the Songwe River Basin Development Programme (SRBDP). The SRBDP was... 

Umgeni Water chief exec suspended over corruption allegations

By: News24Wire      14th June 2017 Umgeni Water Chief Executive Cyril Gamede has been suspended from his post pending an investigation into corruption allegations, an official confirmed on Wednesday. “Yesterday [Tuesday] the board served a letter of precautionary suspension on the chief executive of Umgeni Water Cyril Gamede. This... 

LHWP construction tenders ready to be advertised

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Water Commission (LHWC) has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), highlighting challenges facing the project, the scope of work ahead under Phase 2,... 

LHWP construction tenders ready to be advertised

Need to keep saving water and using water sparingly remains essential, says Cape Town mayor De Lille

By: African News Agency      12th June 2017 The need to keep saving water and using water sparingly remains as pressing as ever despite the recent rain, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday. “Today [Sunday] I visited the city’s Think Water exhibition at the Canal Walk shopping centre where dozens of great water saving... 

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