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Press Office - Sanitech


With more than two decades of local experience and the global support of Waco International, Sanitech is the leading portable sanitation company in South Africa.

Sanitech's Toilet Hire division is the only toilet hire company with the nationwide branch network and the necessary national fleet to maintain a competitive edge.


Treasury allocates R6bn for drought relief measures

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2018 Citizens of towns in the Western Cape, particularly Cape Town, on Wednesday could give a sigh of relief as Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba outlined that a provisional allocation of R6-billion has been set aside in 2018/19 for drought relief measures and to augment public infrastructure investment.... 

Treasury allocates R57bn to fund fee-free higher education

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2018 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said R57-billion would be allocated over the coming three years to fund the fee-free higher education and training policy announced to by former President Jacob Zuma in December 2017 and reaffirmed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in February. Noting that this was the... 

JG Afrika supports KZN Wetlands Forum in devising a solution for endangered wetlands

     21st February 2018 This year’s World Wetlands Day (2 February) was celebrated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, by bringing together community leaders, municipalities, state departments, scientists and industry to discuss a workable solution to the rapidly declining water levels in the area. This includes... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

MC Mining obtains water-use licence for Vele

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th February 2018 Dual-listed MC Mining has completed the “full regulatory suite” of authorisations required for its Vele colliery, in Limpopo, following the Department of Water and Sanitation’s granting of an integrated water-use licence. The granting of the licence, a year after securing the environmental... 

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... 

Supplier adds food-grade range to lubricant offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Engineering consumables and components distributor BMG will start supplying a National Sanitation Foundation International-certified H1 food-grade range of lubricants from the third quarter this year to the food and beverage industry.  

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... 

With the drastic water shortage currently being experienced in Cape Town, individuals and organisations need to do all they can to save water.

     8th February 2018 One of the immediate actions which can be implemented is the use of portable toilets, which impacts on the physical saving of water as well as being a vital element of disaster management. “Although water saving has become a matter of urgency in Cape Town, it is relevant across South Africa and... 

'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... 

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... 

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

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.... 

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.  

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... 

Managers focused on furniture needs, not water – De Lille on Cape Town's 'derailed' drought plan

By: News24Wire      30th January 2018 Project managers in the City of Cape Town tasked with coming up with solutions about the drought spent lots of time talking about furniture they wanted instead of water projects, a submission by Mayor Patricia de Lille has revealed. "At some of the very first meetings it was astounding to hear... 

Rocla, part of the IS Group of companies, has appointed Servaas Le Roux as its Technical Executive.

     30th January 2018 Le Roux who has been with Rocla for over eight years in his capacity as a civil engineer was previously responsible for the negotiation, development, design and project management of bespoke projects at Rocla as well the management of existing designs and advising on manufacturing processes.   “I... 

Capetonians way off usage target as dam levels drop further

By: News24Wire      29th January 2018 The threat of Day Zero, which is an increasing reality for Cape Town, is gaining ground, according to data on the latest dam levels released on Monday. It indicates that dam levels for Cape Town are 26.3% as at January 29, 2018, from 26.6% at January 26, 2018. 

Moody's raises red flags over Cape Town water crisis

By: News24Wire      29th January 2018 Due to the marked income inequality in the City, Cape Town's water crisis poses a possible threat to social order, according to a report released by Moody's Investors Service on Monday. The City of Cape Town is currently rated Baa3 - the lowest level of investment grade, and is on review for a... 

National Water and Sanitation Master Plan necessary for growth – DWS 

By: Anine Kilian     29th January 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is calling on the public to to make inputs into the draft National Water and Sanitation Master Plan by Wednesday. The master plan is aimed at assisting in the provision of water and sanitation services and at establishing a consolidated plan for water... 

Money won't curb #DayZero, we must adapt – Mokonyane

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says that throwing money at the looming #DayZero crisis is not the answer, but rather Capetonians need to adapt to the situation. Mokonyane and deputy director general Trevor Balzer were addressing the Cape Town Press Club on Sunday on the prospect... 

Water shops cashing in on #DayZero panic warned over municipal water use

By: News24Wire      29th January 2018 Shops cashing in on Cape Town's water panic by selling filtered municipal water without a licence will be targeted in the coming days, a city official said at a briefing on its #DayZero plans on Sunday. "Either you stop this or we going to have to cut the water flow to the facility to a much... 

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... 

'Our mandate for water provision and support knows no politics' – Nomvula Mokonyane

By: News24Wire      25th January 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane are looking for a scapegoat on the water crisis. "We will not be drawn into petty political squabbles while the people and economy of the Western Cape are on the... 

Water woes: Maimane, Zille shift blame to Nomvula Mokonyane 

By: News24Wire      24th January 2018 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane made it very clear on Wednesday that the responsibility to provide bulk water lay with the national Department of Water and Sanitation. Despite starting off his address by saying that "this is not a finger pointing exercise", both Maimane and Premier... 

In October 2017, Pristine Health Services sold its Gauteng-based hygiene and pest control services to Sanitech.

     23rd January 2018 Having purchased Pristine Health Services, Sanitech now has a greater presence in the pest control market as well as being able to offer current clients an extra service. “We c an now move into various industries where we may not have had a presence before, thereby increasing our experience in... 

Cool heads and cooperation needed to address WCape drought crisis – Agri SA

By: African News Agency      19th January 2018 Cool heads and steady leadership are needed to mobile and support farmers and residents as south-western parts of  South Africa grapple with a drought-related water crisis, farm group Agri SA said on Friday. “As the threat of our water sources running dry begins to materialize, panic is beginning... 

Investment prioritised in water industry

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recent droughts in South Africa have spurred renewed prioritisation of investments to increase capacity in water supply, treatment infrastructure and management to continuously meet demand for potable and drinkable water, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa environment... 

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Owing to water currently being a critical global commodity, engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV business development manager Sander Zweers says a societal mindset change regarding the importance of water, as well as its treatment, purification and desalination, is needed. 

Hammerhead benefits in replacing Gauteng’s ageing pipelines

     19th January 2018 Aging water infrastructure in cities throughout Gauteng is leading to a loss of millions of litres of potable water, while sewerage leaks silently contaminate the province’s waterways and ground water. With thousands of pipelines already well over the 50-year mark and equally many over 100 years... 

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 Continued local and international pressure to ban plastic bags and other single-use plastics, as cited in the media and social media, is at an all-time high, says plastic industry representative body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA).  

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... 

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