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New tech, investments can reduce water crisis

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 New technologies for water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as investments in ecological infrastructure, could reduce the risks of water pollution and failure of critical water supply infrastructure in the country, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon South... 

New Technical Director Channels Water Expertise Into WEC Projects

23rd March 2018 South Africa’s water sector issues can be overcome with a renewed public private sector partnership that prioritises technical skills. That’s the word from newly-installed WEC Projects Techical Director, Gunter Rencken, who believes our current challenges are not insurmountable. “Technical... 

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... 

Plans for extra desalination plants at tender stage – city

By: News24Wire      31st January 2018 Cape Town's deputy mayor Ian Nielson says plans to build additional desalination plants in the city are currently at tender stage and could be announced in the next few weeks. Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane held a press conference on Tuesday, along with members of the City of Cape... 

Court action to stop PRASA 'conspiracy'

By: News24Wire      12th December 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has missed a deadline to respond to demands by the UniteBehind coalition. Legal action will now be taken against the agency responsible for Metrorail, GroundUp reports. 

Umgeni Water exec exits as anonymous 'whistleblower' retracts corruption claims

By: News24Wire      3rd July 2017 On the same day Umgeni Water chief executive Cyril Gamede, who had been suspended pending corruption allegations, left the utility, an anonymous letter exonerating him was sent to the board, its spokesperson said on Sunday. "A mutual agreement was reached between the outgoing board of Umgeni... 

Acting Umgeni Water chief executive appointed

By: News24Wire      28th June 2017 General manager for operations at Umgeni Water, Msizi Cele, has been appointed as acting chief executive following the recent suspension of Msizi Gamede, who faces corruption allegations, the Water and Sanitation department said on Tuesday. Gamede, who has headed up Umgeni Water for nearly five... 

Umgeni Water chief exec suspended over corruption allegations

By: News24Wire      14th June 2017 Umgeni Water Chief Executive Cyril Gamede has been suspended from his post pending an investigation into corruption allegations, an official confirmed on Wednesday. “Yesterday [Tuesday] the board served a letter of precautionary suspension on the chief executive of Umgeni Water Cyril Gamede. This... 

Authorities warn KZN still in drought danger

By: News24Wire      2nd June 2017 Umgeni Water, bulk water supplier for KwaZulu-Natal, has cautioned that the province is not yet safe from worsening drought conditions. Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder on Friday said they had taken a decision to intensify messages to communities that water shortages were still... 

Initiative enlightens communities about infrastructure concerns

7th October 2016 An Umgeni Water team hosted an event in June at the Mhlabatshane dam in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ugu district to inform and educate attendees, as part of a commitment to assist in the protection of communities that live close to bulk water storage and treatment infrastructure. Umgeni Water abstracts,... 

Bleak news for KZN dams 

By: News24Wire      4th July 2016 Several KwaZulu-Natal dams could dry up early next year, bulk water supplier Umgeni Water said on Monday. The first predicted to reach “failure” level were the Hazelmere and Ixopo dams, in February 2017, spokesperson Shami Harichunder said. 

Calls to reuse water treatment waste take centre stage at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 While the cost-effective and environmentally compliant disposal of water treatment residue (WTR) is a challenge for water treatment practitioners worldwide, WTR management has taken centre stage in the local water industry amid increasing water demands, deteriorating raw water quality aggravated... 

R1.4bn water relief scheme for KZN north coast

By: News24Wire      24th March 2016 A bulk water supply scheme with a price tag of R1.4-billion is set to relieve water woes on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast. The project, named the Lower Tugela Water Supply Scheme, is one of the largest bulk water infrastructure projects to be implemented by KZN bulk water supplier, Umgeni Water. 

Recent rains in KZN not enough - Umgeni Water

By: News24Wire      12th November 2015 The rainfall in KwaZulu-Natal over the past two days was insufficient to increase dam levels, an Umgeni Water official said. KwaZulu-Natal experienced heavy rainfall this week, but Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder said on Thursday the 4mm and 10mm rainfalls was “insufficient”. 

Study aims to assess viability of KZN bulk-water supply scheme

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th January 2014 An 18-month-long planning study to investigate and assess the viability of a bulk water supply scheme for the Southern Ndwedwe area, in KwaZulu-Natal, is underway. 

New dam to improve water reliability for rural KZN community

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th December 2013 Work is well under way on the R212-million Imvutshane dam, 30 km north-west of Stanger, in KwaZulu-Natal, which is a key link in supplying people in rural Maphumulo with a reliable source of safe drinking water.  

Govt moots desalination plant for Durban

By: Sapa     3rd July 2013 The eThekwini municipality may become the first in the country to build a large-scale seawater desalination plant, the water affairs department said on Wednesday. "We are quite advanced in investigating [desalination] options in eThekweni," the department's acting director general Trevor Balzer... 


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