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Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund commits $200m in loans to fragile States

By: African News Agency      20th February 2018 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), suppliers of debt finance to private sector infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa, said on Tuesday that it had ended 2017 on a high note with $200-million in loan commitments to fragile states. EAIF, a company of the Private Infrastructure... 

Legacy issues, poor Q1 affect Rolfes' H1 earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 Black-empowered chemical group Rolfes' financial results for the six months ended December 31 were negatively affected by legacy issues and a poor first quarter, resulting in headline earnings halving to R23.62-million, from R48.23-million in the six months to December 31, 2016. Revenue from... 

Koeberg participating in development of other desalination projects

By: Kim Cloete     19th February 2018 Apart from its recently announced temporary desalination plant, the Koeberg nuclear power station is working on a range of desalination projects, including a detailed feasibility study with the City of Cape Town on a large-scale desalination plant. If the feasibility study is successful, it will... 

Koeberg participating in development of other desalination projects
Photo by Duane Daws
Koeberg nuclear power station

Coega SEZ receives EIA approval for desalination, aquaculture zones

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Eastern Cape, has received environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approval for a 440 ha land-based aquaculture development zone (ADZ) and a desalination plant in Zone 10 of the Coega SEZ. “The approval of the EIA is a step towards fulfilling the Coega... 

Stellenbosch declares Level 6B water restrictions

By: News24Wire      16th February 2018 Joining Cape Town, Stellenbosch municipality is set to enforce Level 6B water restrictions from Monday, February 19, to help extend the availability of water in the region, Mayor Gesie van Deventer announced. The municipality is situated about 50 km east of Cape Town and receives two thirds of... 

Cape Town to host a trio of major water conferences in 2018

By: Kim Cloete     15th February 2018 Cape Town is fast becoming the international water conference capital for this year, with the city and the Western Cape Convention Bureau having won a bid to host its third major conference on water this year. The International Conference on Sanitation, Waste and Water will be held in November... 

Koeberg launches mobile desalination plant to counter water shortages 

By: Kim Cloete     14th February 2018 In the wake of the severe water shortages in and around Cape Town, Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station has launched a mobile groundwater desalination plant which will take care of the station’s water needs. The temporary groundwater desalination plant has a 920 kilolitre-a-day capacity. The... 

Koeberg launches mobile desalination plant to counter water shortages

Umgeni Water offers more detail on Cape Town desalination plant  

By: News24Wire      14th February 2018 While water utility Umgeni Water has the expertise and skills to assist the City of Cape Town during the water crisis, the City first has to agree to "conditions" before any work starts. Umgeni Water's acting chief executive Thami Hlongwa made the statement during a press briefing at the Albert... 

Drought crisis: Three provinces declared national disasters

By: News24Wire      14th February 2018 The national disaster management centre has called on organs of state to implement contingency measures to enable the national executive to deal with the drought in parts of South Africa. In a statement released in the government gazette on Tuesday, Disaster head Dr Mmaphaka Tau Tau said, after... 

KwaZulu-Natal is not out of the woods, water levels still critical – Umgeni Water

By: News24Wire      14th February 2018 KwaZulu-Natal's water supply is still at serious risk with one of the province's main storage dam levels critically low. A senior contingent of Umgeni Water officials, led by acting chief executive Thami Hlongwa, dropped the bomb at a media briefing at Albert Falls Dam, where the full impact of... 

Agricultural council sets up policy advisory committee on drought

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th February 2018 A high-level Section 7 committee has been established to consider the impact of South Africa’s prolonged drought, particularly on the agricultural sector, and to generate plans to mitigate its effects. The State-owned National Agricultural Marketing Council- (NAMC-) formed committee comprises... 

Day Zero pushed back to June as water users cut back

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th February 2018 Cape Town’s looming Day Zero has been pushed back to June 4, as Cape Town reduced its water use over the past week to an average of 529-million litres a day – the lowest daily consumption achieved to date. Last week, Day Zero, which had initially been expected to occur in April, had been further... 

Relief for Cape Town as mining indaba proceeds despite water shortage

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 The acute water shortage in South Africa’s tourism capital Cape Town almost cost it crucial revenue when the organisers of an annual international mining conference considered scrapping this year's event in the city. But the Investing in African Mining Indaba went ahead this week despite strict... 

Cape drought takes its toll on the economy 

9th February 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the impact of the ongoing drought and water shortages on Cape Town’s tourism sector and the economy. 

Cape drought takes its toll on the economy
Natasha Odendaal discusses the Cape drought & the economy. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Mokonyane says 'Day Zero' will not happen in Cape Town

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane says “Day Zero” is a phenomenon in drought-stricken Cape Town, which will "not happen". The minister made her remarks on Thursday during a meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, her department and the Department of... 

Water department seeking partnerships to strengthen policy environment

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has reiterated that it is seeking partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, to strengthen the current water and sanitation policy environment, said Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, during the Water Infrastructure Investment... 

Water crisis in Cape Town could be declared a national disaster by February 14

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 The drought in South Africa's Western, Eastern and Northern Cape provinces could be declared national disasters as early as next week, government said on Thursday. The announcement was made by members of a Cabinet task team on drought and water scarcity in Cape Town. 

Water crisis in Cape Town could be declared a national disaster by February 14

Western Cape adds a further R82.5m for drought relief efforts

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2018 The Western Cape cabinet has allocated another R82.5-million to fund drought relief measures, including new water augmentation and demand management projects in the water-strapped province. The additional funding will be focused on municipalities that border the City of Cape Town and which rely... 

Cape Town drought hits tourism, threatens province’s credit ratings 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2018 As the ongoing drought and resultant water crisis threatens Cape Town’s credit ratings and gross domestic product (GDP) growth, warnings of the impact the drought on the local tourism industry are mounting. Tourism to one of South Africa’s most popular destinations is starting to take a knock as... 

Cape Town drought hits tourism, threatens province’s credit ratings
South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona and Wesgro CEO Tim Harris discuss the Cape Town water crisis and the importance of bolstering the tourism industry despite the drought. 07.02.2018. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Videoediting: Christo Greyling.

Experts call for national war room to tackle mounting water issues

By: Dylan Slater     7th February 2018 Water expert and environmental adviser Dr Anthony Turton and infrastructure development company Accentuate CEO Fred Platt have proposed that a national war room be established to begin implementing strategic steps that are required to deal with South Africa’s mounting water scarcity challenges.... 

'We cannot afford to lose momemtum now' – Maimane on water crisis

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane on Wednesday thanked Capetonians for playing their part in reducing water consumption in the City, but warned that it will require a collective effort to avert Day Zero. At a press briefing on several "demand management" techniques to further reduce... 

City of Cape Town ups price of water to reduce consumption

By: News24Wire      7th February 2018 The City of Cape Town on Tuesday announced its "the more you use, the more you pay" water prices in a bid to reduce water consumption during the drought. According to Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson, the new tariffs on a total monthly bill (Level 6 tariffs) (including VAT) for non-indigent persons are: 

Fruit farmers opening sluices for Cape Town

By: News24Wire      6th February 2018 The fruit growers of the Groenland Water Users Association (GWUA) in the Western Cape will begin the release of between seven-million to ten-million cubic metres of water on Tuesday to help Cape Town avoid Day Zero, GWUA chief executive Johan Groenewald said. "We were blessed [with rain], even... 

Cape Town’s Day Zero could be moved out to May

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th February 2018 A drop in agricultural water use has pushed out Cape Town’s dreaded Day Zero to mid-May; however, with no significant decline in urban water use, the city has moved forward with its level 6B water restrictions and tariffs to limit water use to 50 ℓ/d per person. The City of Cape on Monday moved... 

Beaufort West municipality to be handed fresh water resource – Zwane

By: African News Agency      5th February 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane announced on Monday that his department would be handing over the newly-discovered fresh water resource in Beaufort West to the municipality. Last year, the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory science council under the Department of Mineral... 

Cape Town's water crisis hitting tourism – officials

By: Reuters     2nd February 2018 A chronic drought that could leave South Africa's Cape Town without water within weeks is hurting visitor numbers and knocking a rare economic bright spot, officials said on Friday. With experts predicting Cape Town will run out of water in mid-April, residents have been told to limit usage to 50... 

Cape Town's water crisis hitting tourism – officials

Rush to get Cape Town's temporary desalination plants online

By: News24Wire      2nd February 2018 The City of Cape Town's R240m temporary desalination plant at Strandfontein Pavilion is on track, but it will only start producing the first two million litres of an expected seven million a day in March. This is according to the City's mayoral committee member for water, Xanthea Limberg, who was... 

Construction expo brings new opportunities to KwaZulu-Natal

2nd February 2018 The second annual KZN Construction Expo will gather thousands of construction professionals, government officials and investors to support infrastructure development, service delivery, and the development partnerships and industry transformation currently underway in the province. KwaZulu-Natal... 

Construction expo  brings new opportunities to KwaZulu-Natal
Photo by Duane Daws
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Round table discussions will focus on enabling public-private sector collaboration to achieve KwaZulu-Natal’s development milestones for infrastructure

African expo and conference expanding

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd February 2018 To cater for a growing interest in power generation and water, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) will occupy the entire Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) as well as the new building, CTICC 2. The new 31 148 m2 building consists of 10 000 m2 conference and exhibition space... 

African expo and  conference expanding
NETWORKING HUB The African Utility Week conference and expo will feature over 300 speakers

New models needed to revitalise and modernise SA’s water sector

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 Sustainable transformation in the South African water sector requires the introduction of new models and mechanisms for working relationships that will enhance the effective and efficient delivery of related water services to consumers, according to Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.  

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     2nd February 2018 As dam levels drop and water becomes even more scarce, Cape Town is racing against time to deal with the worst drought in the city’s history. Over the past few weeks, Capetonians have been hurtling towards Day Zero, when the City of Cape Town has warned that water to households will be cut off.... 

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages seeks ways to help provide water to Cape Town

By: Simone Liedtke     1st February 2018 Local bottler Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB), in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation and participating suppliers, are finalising details for the provision of millions of litres of relief water to the drought-affected Western Cape and the City of Cape Town. CCPB on Thursday said this... 

South Africa's water crisis spreads from Cape Town

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Cape Town is running out of water and low dam levels in the emerald-green highlands of Lesotho are raising alarm bells in South Africa's industrial heartland around Johannesburg, which has so far avoided the shortages hitting other regions. The tourist hub of Cape Town may run dry in April and... 

South Africa's water crisis spreads from Cape Town

Too little done too late by authorities, as Cape Town businesses plan for Day Zero

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2018 Cape Town businesses believe there has been “too much water politicking and too little sound planning” in response to the current water crisis and have started making their own plans for Day Zero, which is expected to occur on April 16. A Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry survey shows that... 

Trade and Industry Portfolio Committee appeals for bottled water price freeze 

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry is seeking an intervention to “rein in unscrupulous traders” who are taking advantage of Cape Town’s water crisis to increase the price of bottled water. The committee plans to ask Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and the National Consumer... 

Plans for extra desalination plants at tender stage – city

By: News24Wire      31st January 2018 Cape Town's deputy mayor Ian Nielson says plans to build additional desalination plants in the city are currently at tender stage and could be announced in the next few weeks. Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane held a press conference on Tuesday, along with members of the City of Cape... 

Cape Town’s drought crisis team closed down – City

By: News24Wire      30th January 2018 A drought crisis task team created last year on the instructions of embattled Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has been closed down. This emerged on Tuesday as the City of Cape Town faces the possibility of Day Zero in April - the day when taps will be switched off due to further dwindling dam... 

Cape Town’s drought crisis team closed down – City

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