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Water dept commits to doing more with less as Nkwinti presents R15.6bn budget

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is working to “achieve more with less”, with Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti having presented a R15.57-billion budget for 2018/19 on Tuesday. Historical commitments not adequately budgeted for, budgetary constraints influenced by... 

Water officials responsible for irregular spending to get second chance – Nkwinti

By: News24Wire      22nd May 2018 Water and sanitation officials who were involved in dodgy practices that contributed to the department's R6.7-billion in irregular spending last year are to be given a second chance, Minister of Water and Sanitation Gugile Nkwinti said on Tuesday. But he will be watching them. "Part of our... 

‘Water must be paid for’ should become 11th commandment - African Utility Week water pricing discussion

18th May 2018 Written by Alicestine October 
If ever there is an eleventh commandment, it should be “water must be paid for”, delegates were told on the last day of the African Utility Week. 

Capetonians applauded for driving down water use

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2018 Residents of Cape Town have managed to halve the amount of water they use compared with six months ago in what has been described as a “remarkable” effort. City of Cape Town Utility Services: Water and Sanitation director Peter Flower this week said people had completely changed their way of... 

Business, Cogta agree on cooperation plan for municipalities

By: Thabi Madiba     15th May 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) have agreed to cooperate in setting up a structured process aimed at resolving some of the key challenges facing many of South Africa’s dysfunctional municipalities, particularly in the... 

Atlantis SEZ designation to be completed in two months

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 The process of designating the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is to be completed within two months, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe.  

Municipal debt a threat to viability of municipalities – Parliament

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2018 South Africa’s rising municipal debt is becoming a major stumbling block to municipal viability, as municipalities are owed more than R138-billion by government departments, businesses and households. Parliamentary delegates attending a three-day Local Government Week programme have proposed a... 

Greenpeace Africa launches petition to make water central to govt decision-making

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2018 Greenpeace Africa has launched a petition calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to put water at the centre of all government decision-making.  

Irregular expenditure at water department rockets to R6.4bn 

By: African News Agency      9th May 2018 The office of South Africa’s auditor-general on Wednesday told parliament that irregular expenditure at the department of water and sanitation had rocketed to R6.4-billion. The AG’s office said that the irregular expenditure at the department was significantly high around 2014/15 and 2016/17... 

Agri SA launches water desk to ensure farmers get fair share of precious resource

By: News24Wire      4th May 2018 Agricultural industry association Agri SA has launched a water desk that will be dedicated to helping farmers across the country get equitable access to water, it said on Friday. Several policy proposals could increase the cost of water and reduce the amounts available to agricultural users, Agri... 

Water dept is in 'shambles', admits Nkwinti after taking over from Mokonyane

By: News24Wire      3rd May 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti conceded to MPs that the department he had inherited earlier this year from Nomvula Mokonyanewa is "a mess". At a briefing on the department's budget and strategic plan, presented to the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on... 

Tanks provide sustainable wastewater management

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Water tank supplier Water Systems’ 3301kℓ ST31 tank is the best solution for wastewater and sanitation plants, owing to its high quality standard and large capacity, says marketing manager James Preston. “The innovative design of SBS Tanks allows for the tanks to be easily transported and... 

Cooperation will lead to better school sanitation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th April 2018 Water supply and sanitation expert Jay Bhagwan contends that inter-stakeholder cooperation is key to improving sanitation for learners 

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... 

DWS hosts workshop on water and sanitation

27th April 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWA) in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal held a water and sanitation training workshop for provincial councillors in January at... 

Increasing debt at water trading entity unacceptable – Portfolio Committee

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation is worried about the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Water Trading Entity’s (WTE’s) increasing debt book, despite various calls by the committee to use intergovernmental relations framework avenues to address the problem, committee... 

M&R Water, partner launch innovative wastewater treatment demo plant

By: Shirley le Guern     25th April 2018 Murray & Roberts Water (MRW), together with its European technology partner, Organica Water, on Wednesday launched an innovative, environment-friendly wastewater treatment plant that closely resembles a greenhouse at the eThekwini municipality’s Verulam Wastewater Treatment Works. The first of... 

Inclusive infrastructure development impact – leading the charge, changing the mindset

23rd April 2018 The Bigen Group, a recognised infrastructure development activist with a reputable 46-year footprint throughout Africa, is leading the charge in infrastructure development inclusivity by empowering the women of Africa.... 

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... 

Cape Town's water plan is too narrow, says expert; advises long-term plan

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 UCT academic Dr Kevin Winter says the City council's proposed 26.9% water price hike, which has drawn howls of protest from Capetonians, is not big enough to shift the city out of the water crisis in the long term. "I think the increase is not nearly enough. I am sure the City is going to have to... 

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... 

Saldanha fresh fish processing plant invests in desalination solution

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 A water treatment plant built at JSE-listed sea food company Sea Harvest’s internationally accredited Saldanha Bay operations, in the Western Cape, treats effluent and sea water and provides all the water the operations require, says Sea Harvest operations director Terence Brown. “The most... 


6th April 2018 Given the seemingly wet summer season for the eastern side of the country, some provinces may have been lulled into a false sense of water security and abundance. The reality is that South Africa – and not only the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape provinces – is a water-scare country.... 

Rose Heathcote

30th March 2018 This week we feature Rose Heathcote, CEO of Lean Institute Africa, a a not-for-profit organisation advancing lean thinking and practice in Africa   

Oversight opportunity not to be missed

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2018 One of the few positives arising from the disastrous period during which President Jacob Zuma occupied the Union Buildings is the fact that it appears to have woken up Parliament, albeit belatedly, to the oversight role envisaged for it in the Constitution. As Institute for Security Studies... 

Engineers urged to assertively infuse social debates with technical insight

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2018 Engineers have been urged to become more assertive in keeping political and social debates around water, as well as other infrastructure issues, more technically informed. Delivering the South African Academy of Engineering open lecture in Johannesburg this week, Wits University School of... 

Waco Africa is now a 52% Black Owned Business

29th March 2018 A learnership programme for 60 females from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, with disabilities, was recently implemented by Sanitech, a division of Waco Africa. The learners, who all reside in rural areas around South Africa, embarked on a General Education and Training Certificate in... 

City of Cape Town's planned hikes for water, sanitation, electricity and rates  

By: News24Wire      28th March 2018 The introduction of fixed charges for water and electricity and a hefty increase in water and sanitation tariffs are some of the proposals for the next year in the City of Cape Town's draft budget, tabled on Wednesday. The total proposed budget for the new financial year that starts in June is... 

Gauteng urged to use water sparingly or face its own ‘Day Zero’  

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd March 2018 In light of government recently declaring the drought and water crisis plaguing the country a national disaster, the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation (DWS) has urged Gauteng water consumers to use resources sparingly. DWS water sector regulations director Mangwani Mabada cautioned on... 

Cape farmers lose 25% of orchards, vineyards as result of drought – expert 

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2018 Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This has had a knock-on effect on rural employment, with the loss of about 30 000 seasonal farm worker jobs... 

Headline: It’s proven: business can save on water purification costs by integrating nature-based solutions

22nd March 2018 There is no doubt that drought experienced in most provinces across South Africa has changed livelihood in various ways, including business and environment itself. The scarcity of water, and indeed its value has been proven to be worth even more than fuel per litre: NO WATER-NO LIFE!  Citizens,... 

Water Shortage Relief

22nd March 2018 Bedrock challenges businesses across South Africa to donate water to Western Cape. Kwa-Zulu Natal, March 14, 2018: Bedrock Group and Durban based NPO, Feedy Needy, recently loaded and delivered 16 000L of bottled water to the Western Cape. There are numerous claims that the Western Cape “Water... 

55 municipalities are dysfunctional – Mkhize 

By: News24Wire      20th March 2018 No fewer than 55 municipalities have been identified as distressed or dysfunctional, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize says. Mkhize announced on Tuesday that he would be deploying technical capacity experts who would provide support to municipalities in... 

UCT scientists convince city to drill cautiously into aquifer

By: News24Wire      20th March 2018 The City of Cape Town's emergency groundwater drilling programme will be formally scrutinised by an environmental monitoring committee. This is to ensure boreholes are located in ecologically-acceptable areas and are operated responsibly, according to a GroundUp report. The programme, that... 

Colenso power project set for construction in 2019

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The development of the greenfield Colenso anthracite coal mining project, in KwaZulu-Natal - primarily earmarked to supply the coal-fired Colenso power station currently in the planning phase - is expected to start next year at an estimated cost of R410-million, says coal mining and independent... 

PEWA to set stage for African energy investment once again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 With 600-million people in Africa not having access to electricity, the onus is on Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) to provide the platform that will encourage investment in infrastructure and grid connection across Africa.  

Engineers urged to assertively infuse social debates with technical insight 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2018 Engineers have been urged to become more assertive in keeping political and social debates around water, as well as other infrastructure issues, more technically informed. Delivering the South African Academy of Engineering open lecture in Johannesburg this week, Wits University School of... 

MPs move to set up inquiry into water department collapse

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 Members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday resolved to forge ahead with a full-scale parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of the water and sanitation department. In a joint meeting of the water and sanitation portfolio committee and the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa), MPs decided... 

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