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Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the creation of a public-private infrastructure fund at the heart of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, otherwise constrained by South Africa’s serious fiscal constraints. In unveiling the plan during a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Pilot programme seeks to align artisan training with industry needs

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 The Centres of Specialisation pilot programme has been launched by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to develop a focused and industry-led apprenticeship structure for 13 priority trades needed for infrastructure development. The objective is to test the effectiveness of... 

Pilot programme seeks to align artisan training with industry needs

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 The Centres of Specialisation pilot programme has been launched by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to develop a focused and industry-led apprenticeship structure for 13 priority trades needed for infrastructure development. The objective is to test the effectiveness of... 

Life After Coal continues fight against coal-fired IPP projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The Life After Coal Campaign contends that two proposed independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power stations will never be built. The organisation is opposed to the construction of the proposed 557 MW Thabametsi project, near Lephalale, in Limpopo, and the proposed 306 MW Khanyisa project... 

Western Cape farmers call for easing of water restrictions to repair drought damage

By: News24Wire      18th September 2018 Western Cape farmers are calling on government to reveal how much water they are likely to be allocated this summer, so they can make plans to fix the damage caused by the 60% cut in their water supply. Some farmers say they have already experienced their Day Zero – now they want to know if they... 

Trailblazers, innovators win awards at GIL

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 Trailblazers, innovators and entrepreneurs have been honoured with Best Practices Awards by global market research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. The company held its Growth, Innovation and Leadership awards banquet, in Cape Town, this week, to recognise the achievements of people in South... 

DWS today presented on its 2017/18 Quarter 4 performance at the Portfolio Committee

13th September 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) today presented on its 2017/18 performance at the Portfolio Committee. The DWS delegation was led by the Acting Director-General, Ms. Deborah Mochotlhi whilst the Portfolio Committee was as usual led by the Chairperson, Hon. Lulu Johnson. In response... 

SA launches new probe into Water Ministry contract with Germany's SAP

By: Reuters     6th September 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised a new investigation into a water ministry contract with German software firm SAP on Thursday, citing allegations that public money was spent unlawfully. The investigation by South Africa's Special Investigating Unit (SIU) comes after the... 

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. 

Bigen wins two Standard Bank Top Women Empowerment Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2018 The Bigen Group, an innovative and solutions-focused infrastructure development group, earned two sought-after Standard Bank Top Women Awards. Bigen was named Top Gender Empowered Company in Infrastructure Development and CEO Anton Boshoff the Top Male Driving Gender Empowerment at the annual... 

Bauba optimistic for FY2019, despite potentially weaker chrome market

By: Simone Liedtke     30th August 2018 JSE-listed Bauba is optimistic about prospects for the 2019 financial year, despite the possibility of a weaker chrome market. Commenting on the chrome producer’s results for the 2018 financial year, ended June 30, CEO Nick van der Hoven explained that the ramp-up of underground production to 30... 

Capetonians still flock to collect free water from the city's spring

By: News24Wire      30th August 2018 The rain was pelting down and the wind blowing icy off the snow-capped mountains, but that did not stop people trekking to collect the free water at Cape Town's springs in this week's rain. What started as a panic reaction earlier this year when Day Zero hung over their heads – and even led to... 

Verder expands its network with Nelspruit distribution partner

29th August 2018 Verder Pumps South Africa, a market leader in advanced industrial pumping solutions – is pleased to confirm the company has appointed Flo-Tek as its exclusive distributor in Nelspruit and surrounding areas. “We are very pleased to bring Flo-Tek onboard as a distribution partner. Nelspruit and the... 

South African farmers play chicken with Trump tariffs

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Herman Pretorius is just the kind of white South African farmer US President Donald Trump expressed concern for when he barged into the country's delicate land reform debate by ordering an investigation into the "large-scale killing of farmers". But for the greying, bespectacled 58-year-old,... 

Kouga dam drop sparks water restrictions

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th August 2018 The Eastern Cape is facing water restrictions of 80% to avoid a looming water crisis across several towns in Gamtoos Valley as the Kouga dam’s water levels drop to 6.8%. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) plans to introduce the restrictions after meeting with farmers from the... 

Electropolished metals making pumping smoother

By: Halima Frost     24th August 2018 Following the introduction of the Packo Pump brand to the South African food and beverage industry, industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa says the brand is electropolished as part of its finishing process. Verder Pumps Packo Pumps product specialist Dwight Nortman explains that... 

British aid partnership aimed at allowing Ethiopia to fund its own development

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th August 2018 Earlier this month the UK launched its largest ever “tax partnership programme”, with Ethiopia. In terms of this partnership, which was announced by UK International Development Secretary (Cabinet Minister) Penny Mordaunt while on a visit to the north east African country, Britain will provide... 

GreenCape unveils tool for modelling water efficiency interventions

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2018 Nonprofit organisation the GreenCape Sector Development Agency has developed a financial feasibility tool modelling scenarios of suitable water efficiency interventions for commercial and industrial buildings, showing that it makes business sense to invest in water efficiency solutions. With... 

Nene unpacks SOE failures, remedial measures 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Tuesday addressed governance challenges in State-owned enterprises (SOEs) during a National Council of Provinces gathering, stating that rebuilding should focus on the institutions, rather than individuals. “Given the dire situation in which some of these SOEs... 

Sanitech Rapit Solution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2018 Two or so years ago after the sad passing of yet another toddler Sanitech briefed its R&D department to find a solution to the travesty of the current pit latrines. Their mandate was simple. Firstly, develop a product that protects our children from harm and the risk of falling into an open pit. 

Municipalities to blame for 'contamination of Vaal river system' – Parliament 

By: News24Wire      20th August 2018 A lack of maintenance in sewage infrastructure by municipalities is to blame for contamination into the Vaal River system, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation said on Sunday. "The Sedibeng District and Emfuleni Local Municipalities [are] at the centre of crumbling current... 

Expediting infrastructure development to address rapid urbanisation

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 With increasing urbanisation and technological advancement in African countries, the need for more robust and sophisticated infrastructure to support and sustain this growth is essential, says global engineering consultancy firm SRK Consulting partner and principal civil engineer James Morris.... 

Experts collaborate to deliver project in Kenya

17th August 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom’s Nairobi team, consisting of experts from South Africa, Kenya, Germany and the US, is working on a civil-structure assessment project for a transmission line in Kenya. “A major advantage for Aecom in the region is its ability to leverage its... 

55 Mℓ/d treatment plant completed

17th August 2018 Global optimised resource management company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently handed over the 55 Mℓ/d potable water treatment plant to State-owned water utility Umgeni Water in the iLembe district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. The project was part of the Lower Thukela Bulk Water... 

Bids sought for water and sanitation project

By: Marcel Chimwala     17th August 2018 Malawi’s Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) is inviting eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in undertaking preparing detailed designs and rendering construction supervision for the Nkhata Bay town water supply and sanitation project. The Malawi government will finance the project... 

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade allows municipality to accommodate growth in area 

16th August 2018 Following the completion of the Rothdene Pump Station at the end of June, the project aims to provide the Midvaal Municipality with an opportunity to start several housing and social developments in the area. Simone Liedtke tells us more. 

Esor’s share price plummets as major subsidiary files for business rescue

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2018 JSE-listed Esor’s share price plummeted on Monday by 62.5% as the company announced the start of business rescue proceedings for its Esor Construction subsidiary, which holds the group’s infrastructure, building and housing, pipelines, sanitation and pipe services businesses. The decision follows... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

AECOM continues to secure major infrastructure contracts in East Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM continues to secure major contracts in East Africa through its Nairobi office. This forms part of a concerted strategy to target transportation, water, and power projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya. A major advantage for AECOM... 

Clanwilliam dam wall raising resumes

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th August 2018 Construction on the raising of the Clanwilliam dam wall resumed on Monday after a lengthy delay. “This is very welcome news and we want to applaud and thank the Water and Sanitation Department under Minister Gugile Nkwinti for keeping to their commitments and starting to deliver on their mandate... 

thyssenkrupp teams up with The Red Wings Project to spread Mandela Day goodwill

6th August 2018 The education of countless disadvantaged young girls in South Africa is being compromised due to high absenteeism from school; the lack of access to and unaffordability of sanitary pads result in many girls missing one week of school every month. thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa has... 

thyssenkrupp teams up with The Red Wings Project to spread Mandela Day goodwill

3rd August 2018 The education of countless disadvantaged young girls in South Africa is being compromised due to high absenteeism from school; the lack of access to and unaffordability of sanitary pads result in many girls missing one week of school every month. thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa has... 

Water Research Commission to investigate tow-an-iceberg proposal

By: News24Wire      1st August 2018 The Water Research Commission is to investigate the proposal to tow an iceberg to Cape Town to establish whether it is feasible as a new source of water. The commission has asked the brains behind the project, salvage expert Nick Sloane, to set up a seminar where they can get a more detailed... 

Solid start for M&D Construction Group on ground-breaking housing development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 M&D Construction Group, a leading South African building and civil-engineering construction contractor, has commenced work on a large development that will provide affordable housing to many low income earners and tenants in Vosloorus, Gauteng. Importantly, this project aims to deliver an... 

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