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Reconstruction of Clanwilliam Dam in WCape to create thousands of jobs

By: African News Agency      12th October 2018 The construction of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Cederberg district in the Western Cape is envisaged to create more than 4,000 job opportunities, according to the department of water and sanitation. In a statement on Friday,  the department said: “A new-look Clanwilliam Dam is envisaged to create... 

W Cape focusing on creating certainty in agriculture sector

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Western Cape provincial government is focusing on creating certainty for the agriculture industry by trying to ensure that farmers can continue farming and save jobs by requesting an increase in the water allocation to the industry from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says... 

Western Cape edges closer to an end to the drought as dam levels continue to rise

By: News24Wire      12th July 2018 Good news for the drought-stricken Western Cape came in the form of a dramatic increase in the province's dam levels. According to the Department of Water Affairs, dam levels increased from 45% to 51.7% in seven days, thanks to recent torrential rains in large parts of the province. And that's... 

W Cape drought not over despite rising dam levels – Bredell

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th June 2018 Despite recent rains and the subsequent rise in dam levels in the Western Cape, the drought is far from over, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell warned on Monday. The average level for dams across the Western Cape for the week... 

Nkwinti announces turnaround strategy for water department

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti has announced bold plans to turn around the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and accelerate service delivery.  

Western Cape dam levels drop even more

By: News24Wire      5th March 2018 The latest average level, for dams across the Western Cape, is 20.83% - compared to 30.09% for the same time last year - MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell said on Monday. "At this stage, the water situation in our 30 municipalities is... 

Zille blames department of water for stalled Clanwilliam Dam project

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 A project which aims to double the capacity of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Western Cape will not be able to proceed because of a lack of funding. This is according to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, who on Monday said the project, for which R2bn had been budgeted as far back as 2013/2014, would... 

South Africa’s dam levels continue to drop

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2018 South Africa’s dam levels continue to decrease, with data released by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), on Wednesday, showing that average dam levels had dropped from 60.2% last week to 58% this week. In the Western Cape, dams have reached critically low levels, with the average dam... 

Taps slow down to trickle as water rationing starts in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      10th October 2017 The City of Cape Town has rolled out Phase One of its Critical Water Shortages Disaster Plan and pre-selected suburbs can expect dry taps during peak hours. Water rationing through extreme pressure reduction is underway, the City said on Monday. 

High level talks around Western Cape water crisis continue

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2017 The Western Cape provincial government is again calling on all stakeholders and the public to do everything possible to reduce water use. The average level for dams across the province for the week starting October 9 is 36%, compared with 63% last year. 

Water dept frustrates MPs with conflicting annual reports

By: News24Wire      5th October 2017 MPs on the portfolio committee on water and sanitation were left frustrated on Wednesday after receiving two conflicting reports on the department of water's leaking financials. Both the department and the office of the auditor general reported to the committee on Wednesday on the 2016/17 annual... 

Cape Town ordered to reduce water consumption by 40%

By: News24Wire      3rd October 2017 The Department of Water and Sanitation has told the City of Cape Town to reduce overall water consumption by 40%, the city said on Monday. The department is the custodian of all national water resources. 

Western Cape dam levels still dire

By: News24Wire      12th September 2017 Water levels in Western Cape dams are showing slight improvements at an average 35.2% full, but the situation is still dire. This time last year, dams were 61% full. 

Heavy rainfall predicted in late summer, says water dept

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2017 Although no heavy rains are expected at the beginning of the summer season, the South African Weather Services is predicting heavy showers towards the end of the period. “The good news is that the El Nino phenomenon that brings with it the drought, will not hit South Africa this summer,” the... 

Western Cape dams only a third full

By: News24Wire      5th September 2017 The Western Cape's dams are only at an average 33.6% full as the rainy season draws to a close, the province's MEC for Local Government Anton Bredell said on Monday. At the moment, Theewaterskloof Dam is currently at 26% (2016: 51%); Voëlvlei Dam is at 26% (2016: 65%) and Clanwilliam Dam 38%... 

Western Cape reiterates need to save water as dam levels reach 31%

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 The average water level for dams across the Western Cape has reached 31% following recent rainfall, compared with a level of 58% at the same time last year. Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell has cautioned the public about the... 

What is government doing about Cape Town’s water crisis?

By: News24Wire      19th July 2017 Cape Town's dam levels were at just over 26% on July 17, almost 17% down on the same week last year. The City says it is hard to use the last 10% of water in dams, meaning the dam levels are essentially about 16%, GroundUp reported. For a city that relies on historically wet winters, these... 

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 dams drop below 20%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 The average water level of dams across the Western Cape has dropped to below 20%, with the latest data showing that the major dams in the Western Cape including the Voëlvlei dam, currently, at 14.7%; the Theewaterskloof dam, at 13.4%; and the Clanwilliam dam, at 6%, are struggling. Western Cape... 

Western Cape dam levels still low 

By: African News Agency      29th September 2016 Despite recent spring rainfall, dam levels in the Western Cape have only increased marginally, Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell said on Thursday. Bredell said he was concerned because as of Monday dams were 61.4% full compared to 90.9% at the same time last year. 

Dam levels remain low in Western Cape

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2016 This season’s rains have helped – to some extent – to address the Western Cape’s water shortages, according to the latest data available on the state of the province’s dam levels, provided by the national Department of Water and Sanitation. Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and... 

W Cape govt worried over low rainfall

By: Natalie Greve     9th October 2015 Amid looming water shortages in the Cederberg and Matzikama local municipalities as a result of the low level of the Clanwilliam dam, the Western Cape government is closely monitoring the impact of unusually dry seasonal weather in some regions across the province. While the the dam level was... 

Bigen Africa appointed to manage extension of Clanwilliam Dam 

17th August 2015 Bigen Africa, a leading infrastructure development company, has been appointed site supervision and contract management service provider during the extension of the Clanwilliam dam structure in the Cederberg Local Municipality, which includes raising the wall from its current height of 43m to... 

PICC to push major dam building, expansion projects 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th April 2015 The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) aims to pursue a major dam-building programme to increase access to water and ensure a more integrated “source-to-tap” approach to distributing the resource to communities. Addressing media post a President Jacob Zuma-convened PICC... 

Sa French Supplies Tower Cranes For Major South African Dam Project

22nd April 2015 Potain tower cranes will dominate the horizon on a major project by the Department of Water and Sanitation to raise the Clanwilliam Dam wall. This will be the largest dam construction project undertaken by DWS after the De Hoop Dam project, where Potain tower cranes were also deployed. The latest... 

W Cape govt spends almost R1m to avert water crisis, aid farmers in Clanwilliam area

By: Tracy Hancock     28th January 2015 To prevent the loss of millions of rands in agricultural produce, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has funded close to R1-million to provide an interim solution to this month’s collapse of a section of one of the canals fed by the Clanwilliam dam. The concrete gravity dam on the... 

Strong planning urged as SA begins to come to terms with its water scarcity 

By: Joanne Taylor     23rd August 2013 It is common cause that South Africa is facing various challenges with regard to its water resources and the manage- ment thereof. It is also well recognised that South Africa needs to intensify its efforts to protect its already limited water resources and materially improve the efficiency of... 

Strong planning and management urged as SA begins to come to terms with its water scarcity

By: Joanne Taylor     23rd August 2013 It is common cause that South Africa is facing various challenges with regard to its water resources and the management thereof. It is also well recognised that South Africa needs to intensify its efforts to protect its already limited water resources and materially improve the efficiency of... 

Eastern Cape dam project to start next year

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th June 2013 Construction of the Mzimvubu dam project in the Eastern Cape, which also includes a hydropower component, is set to start in the first half of 2014, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said this week. Final planning for the first phase of the project, which has been prioritised... 

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