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Rand Water loses appeal on provision of piped water to Blyvooruitzicht village

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 The Constitutional Court dismissed an appeal, brought by Gauteng water utility Rand Water, against an order of the Pretoria High Court preventing the disconnection of the piped water supply to the Blyvooruitzicht mining village, a distressed mining community of about 6 000 people located west of... 

Water dept, stakeholders continue to seek solutions to Vaal river pollution

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), together with the Gauteng provincial government, the Sedibeng district municipality and the Emfuleni local municipality say they remain seized with finding solutions to deal with pollution of the Vaal river. The Vaal river and Vaal dam, as critical... 

Water dept transfers R30m to Rand Water for War on Leaks programme

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has transferred R30-million to Rand Water for the War on Leaks (WoL) programme. The DWS noted in a statement on Tuesday that the money will assist Rand Water, as the implementing agent, to effect stipend payments to trainees. 

Johannesburg Water races to deliver emergency measures after fire at Eikenhoff pump station

By: News24Wire      28th August 2018 Johannesburg Water has placed water tankers at strategic locations across the city to assist residents after a power outage caused by a fire at the Eikenhoff pump station resulted in large parts of Johannesburg being without water. The fire, which happened on Monday night, affected the pump... 

Transformer explosion to affect water supply in parts of Johannesburg, Rustenburg

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2018 The explosion of an electrical transformer at Rand Water’s Eikenhof pumping station, in Johannesburg South, will affect water supply to consumers in parts of the West Rand, as well as Rustenburg in the North West province. The transformer, which is part of the electricity facility supplying power... 

Creecy concerned about lack of infrastructure spending

By: African News Agency      23rd August 2018 Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy on Thursday raised her concerns about the negative impact on the quality of public facilities and job creation caused by poor spending of infrastructure budgets by municipalities in the province. During a meeting with MMCs of Finance from all municipalities in... 

Creditors to vote on Basil Read business rescue plan in September

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st August 2018 Since JSE-listed Basil Read announced its entering into business rescue in June, it has secured R265-million in funding and its business rescue practitioners (BRP) have, this week, published a business rescue plan. The company’s appointed BRPs – Siviwe Dongwana and John Lightfoot – believe the... 

Water dept to prioritise SRSS as part of improving state of Vaal river

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has assured that it, together with Rand Water, the Gauteng provincial government, and the Sedibeng district and Emfuleni local municipalities are working towards improving the state of the Vaal river and the Vaal dam. Rand Water stated that reports... 

Agreement reached on Sedibeng water treatment plant project

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th August 2018 After facing several challenges that have delayed work on the Sedibeng water treatment plant, Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements MEC Dikgang Moiloa and Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti have signed an agreement with the Sedibeng/Vaal community... 

Impact of microplastics in Gauteng, North West water unknown – Rand Water

By: News24Wire      27th July 2018 The health impact of microplastics – bits of plastic less than 5mms in size – that were found in tap water in Johannesburg and Tshwane is at this stage unknown, Rand Water has said. This comes as a new study reported that substantial amounts of microplastics were found in the tap water supplied... 

Weir Minerals shines at Seifsa awards

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Mine dewatering equipment supplier Weir Minerals won the 2018 Most Transformed Company of the Year Award, as well as the Environment Stewardship Award, at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence, on Thursday night. Engineering support... 

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Owing to ageing infrastructure and a shortage of skills in wastewater a number of the wastewater treatment plants of the country’s municipalities are discharging effluent that requires attention, says wastewater treatment utility East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) MD Tumelo Gopane. Some... 

Department shares Vaal dam water regulatory best practice with Nigerian group 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th April 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Wednesday hosted a delegation from the Nigerian government’s integrated water resources management commission at the Vaal dam, in the Free State, to undertake a technical study tour and share water regulatory best practices. The study tour comes as... 

Rand Water threatens to cut water to Emfuleni municipality over R419m debt

By: News24Wire      11th April 2018 Rand Water has announced that it will once again reduce the bulk water supply to the Emfuleni Local Municipality after it failed to reach a settlement on the payment of the municipality's R419-million debt. Rand Water's Justice Mohale said in a statement on Wednesday that the entity was taking... 

Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2018 The Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), which includes many of South Africa’s largest mining and industrial companies, says the proposed carbon tax will have no material impact on reducing carbon emissions from the electricity sector, which is responsible for around half of the... 

CESA Infrastructure Indaba Day 1– Engineering the Future now!

7th March 2018 Johannesburg 6th February 2018 MEC for Infrastructure Development in Gauteng Jacob Mamabolo, Keynote Speaker at the 7th Annual CESA Infrastructure Indaba, taking place at Southern Sun, OR Tambo International, told the conference that it gives him pleasure to spend time with fellow industry... 

Afrisam Readymix For Unique Dynamic’s Droogheuwel Reservoir Project

22nd February 2018 Gauteng continues to be an urban magnet drawing job seekers from far and wide, making the Droogheuwel municipal bulk water reservoir in Randfontein a vital piece of infrastructure to keep sufficient water flowing to the growing area of Randgate. Hard at work on this 20 megalitre reservoir is the... 

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... 

Rand Water board nominations to close end-January 

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has called for nominations for candidates to serve on the Rand Water board from 2018 to 2022. Individuals and organisations have been invited to submit nominations of suitably qualified and experienced persons to be considered for appointment as board... 

Rand Water restores 75% of water in Emfuleni

By: African News Agency      10th January 2018 Emfuleni said on Wednesday utility Rand Water had restored at least 75% of water supply, easing shortages that have hit the municipality for months. Emfuleni however said some areas were still struggling due to burst pipes resulting from an ageing infrastructure. 

Disgruntled mayor barricades Rand Water gates demanding water for residents 

By: News24Wire      9th January 2018 Frustrated Emfuleni mayor Jacob Khawe has barricaded the gates of Rand Water's Glenvista head office in Emfuleni, Vereeniging on Tuesday morning, following the interruption of water supplies due to debt to the water board. Khawe told News24 that, although his municipality was financially... 

Water dept will throttle water supply to 30 municipalities as R10.7bn debt piles up

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th November 2017 An ongoing culture of nonpayment by local municipalities has exacerbated the water troubles South Africa faces, with the Department of Water and Sanitation currently owed R10.7-billion, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane revealed on Thursday. She pointed out that R3.9-billion is owed to the department’s... 

Rand Water cuts Bushbuckridge water level by 20% over massive debt

By: News24Wire      30th August 2017 Water supply to Bushbuckridge Local Municipality has been reduced by 20% over a whopping R200-million debt owed to Rand Water said spokesperson Justice Mohale said on Wednesday. Mohale told News24 that the total owning as of the end of July 2017 was R269 963 449. 

AfriSam Readymix For Unique Dynamic’s Droogheuwel Reservoir Project

7th August 2017 Gauteng continues to be an urban magnet drawing job seekers from far and wide, making the Droogheuwel municipal bulk water reservoir in Randfontein a vital piece of infrastructure to keep sufficient water flowing to the growing area of Randgate. Hard at work on this 20 megalitre reservoir is the... 

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 The recent appointment of the Matla a Metsi joint venture for the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam, part of the larger Phase 2 Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) that was initially forecast for completion by 2020, raises concerns as to whether delays may be placing the... 

Emergency measures in place for water crisis – Cape Town

By: News24Wire      14th March 2017 The City of Cape Town said on Monday disaster planning was underway to ensure measures were in place for the possibility of an extended drought. "[We] continue planning for the implementation of contingency and emergency measures in conjunction with the National Department of Water and... 

Samwu, Rand Water start wage talks

By: African News Agency      11th April 2016 The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) will this week begin salary negotiation with Rand Water, the union said on Monday. Samwu spokesperson Papikie Mohale said after extensive consultation and taking mandate from members, the union would begin wage and salary talks with Rand Water... 

Joburg water situation not a crisis – Gordhan 

By: News24Wire      12th November 2015 The water shortages in parts of Johannesburg were not a crisis because they could be managed, Co-operative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. "A crisis would be when a problem is unmanageable. [The] current issues are due to a mix of changing weather conditions, increased demand... 

Rand Water applies for court interdict against municipal union

By: African News Agency      19th August 2015 Rand Water would be approaching the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Thursday to stop the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) from embarking on a strike at the water utility, the union said. ”The application for the interdict is set to be heard on Thursday in the Labour Court in... 

Samwu issues notice to strike at Rand Water

By: Natalie Greve     17th August 2015 The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) plans to embark on a strike at Rand Water, following the collapse of wage negotiations between the water utility and the majority union on Monday. The union said in a statement that it had issued Rand Water with notice to strike within 48 hours –... 

Uasa threatens strike at Rand Water 

By: Natalie Greve     14th August 2015 Trade union Uasa says strike action by its members employed at Rand Water may be “unavoidable”, after the parties failed to reach an agreement during wage negotiations held under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration earlier this week. In a statement to the... 

Gauteng on high water alert – MEC

By: Sapa     1st October 2014 Gauteng's provincial leaders are on high alert and ready to respond to water-related problems that may re-surface in the near future, cooperative governance MEC Jacob Mamabolo said on Tuesday. "We need to be on high alert for any eventuality given that this problem is highly difficult to... 

Multimillion-rand fabrication contracts boost company operations 

By: Ilan Solomons     1st August 2014 Local metal fabrication and refurbishment company Starplex 393 is manufacturing 33 pressure vessels, in which to store ammonia, for local gas distributor Pro Gas Solutions. Company co-owner Robbie Roberts says the construction of the vessels, ranging in capacity from 1.3 m3 to 6.5 m3, will take... 

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