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Interactive lighting – a first for SA stadium

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2018 Electrical engineer and light-emitting-diode (LED) supplier Maritz Electrical completed the installation of an interactive lighting system at the St George’s Park cricket stadium, in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.  

Millions, gigabytes and gigawatts

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd February 2018 All the really frightening climate change graphs have the vertical scale in tenths of a degree. The scale is from –0.6 oC to 0.8 oC (about 1.4 oC). On the horizontal axis, the time is given as from 1880 to 2018, a period of 138 years. We know that, routinely, temperatures can change from, say, 12... 

Western Cape drought will severely test govt, says provincial premier Zille

By: African News Agency      22nd February 2018 The immense challenge of the province's longest drought on record will test the capabilities at all levels of government to their limits, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said during her state-of-the-province address on Thursday. Addressing the provincial parliament, Zille said: "While addressing... 

Inside Metrorail’s cable theft and commuter crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2018 Brazen thieves, who have effectively brought a critical rail route in Cape Town to a standstill for nearly six weeks, leaving thousands of commuters in the lurch, have become the focus of intense and unprecedented operations to squeeze out criminals who target beleaguered Metrorail's... 

Utilities should embrace technology and innovation – Eskom’s Govender

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2018 The fourth industrial revolution presents an opportunity to embrace technology and innovation in the energy sector, State-owned Eskom transmission and sustainability group executive Thava Govender said on Wednesday.   Addressing delegates at the Africa Energy Indaba in Johannesburg, he said that... 

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.... 

Ramaphosa should shift to green energy – Greenpeace

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 Environmental organisation Greenpeace is demanding newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa takes urgent action on energy policy in South Africa. Ramaphosa delivered his maiden State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Friday, when he highlighted economic growth and combating corruption. 

Vandalism threatens Cape Town public transport – Councillor Herron

By: African News Agency      15th February 2018 The latest statistics on vandalism of Cape Town's bus services MyCiTi, Golden Arrow, and Prasa - the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa – indicate that public transport faces an onslaught, Councillor Brett Herron said on Wednesday. Herron, a member of the mayoral committee for transport and... 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

Prasa’s subpoena aids safer commutes – DA

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape on Wednesday said it welcomes Parliament’s Transport Portfolio Committee’s decision to issue a subpoena to the Prasa board. "Prasa’s interim board failed to attend a meeting with the Committee yesterday, 6 February 2018, to discuss, among other... 

'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... 

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... 

Crossroads duped by alleged fraudsters in Western Cape water scam

     5th February 2018 Crossroads has been the unwitting victim of an alleged scam as it sought to be a good Samaritan in the Western Cape water crisis and warns others against similar scams during this difficult period for millions of people.    Crossroads is a logistics services organisation that operates a large... 

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... 

On-The-Air (26/01/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 A pioneering black industrialist has secured a R50-million non-repayable grant from the government for a nickel plant in North West; The private sector is taking a rare plunge into plant nutrient minerals that could see the creation of a new South African fertiliser champion; Strong calls are... 

Signing of power purchase agreements with IPPs imminent – SAWEA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) expects the conclusion of 26 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) to occur during the first quarter of this year. It said on Friday that the majority of the processes required to conclude the PPAs... 

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... 

Effective control of bird infestation with Maxiflex high-speed doors

     15th January 2018 The rapid opening and closing action of high-speed doors from Maxiflex help to keep birds out of facilities like factories and warehouses, consequently saving end-users substantial costs as well as reducing health risks and increasing productivity by promoting a safer and more comfortable working... 

Enviro Loo lauded for contribution to water saving in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 With South Africans facing uncertainty around future water supply, particularly in the drought-stricken Western Cape, a local toilet manufacturer has received the 2017 Southern African Company of the Year award from research firm Frost & Sullivan for its efforts to save water. Enviro Loo has... 

Prasa lifts supsension from UNTU members

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) lifted the suspension of train drivers and metro guards of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) who refused to work under unsafe working conditions with immediate effect and agreed that no disciplinary steps will be taken against them.... 

Koeberg Unit 1 passes 400 days of continuous operation

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2017 Unit 1 of the Koeberg nuclear power station has reached the milestone of 400 days of continuous operation. State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday said this was achieved after the unit was shut down for scheduled refuelling, inspection and maintenance on September 19, 2016, after a safe,... 

CGS discovers fresh water resource in Beaufort West 

By: African News Agency      13th December 2017 An unprecedented discovery of a fresh water resource has been found in Beaufort West, Western Cape, the Department of Mineral Resources said on Tuesday.  According to the department, the resource was discovered by the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory science council reporting to the... 

Day Zero moved forward as Cape Town water consumption increases to 'dangerous levels' 

By: News24Wire      13th December 2017 Cape Town's "Day Zero" has moved forward by two days after water consumption increased to "dangerous levels" from an average of 611-million litres per day last week to 628-million litres this week, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. "This means that many people have relaxed their... 

Company supplies Western Cape-based distribution centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Concrete construction specialist Bedrock Group has supplied 194 precast tilt-up concrete columns for the construction of food retailer Shoprite Holdings’ 63 000 m2 main distribution campus for the Cape Town area, in Brackenfell, in the Western Cape.  

Drought: Has Cape Town planned properly for Day Zero? 

By: News24Wire      6th December 2017 "Day Zero is the stark reality we face when most taps will be turned off and residents will have to queue for water." This sombre announcement was made by Mayor Patricia de Lille at the launch of the City of Cape Town's water dashboard on November 23, GroundUp reported on Wednesday. 

Renewable energy must continue to take centre stage in energy planning

     1st December 2017 By Tim Davidson It is imperative that South African policymakers continue to prioritise renewable energy in future power planning, considering the major strides the country has already made in the field. 

Saturday Schools programme celebrates ten years

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Global engineering and project management company Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa held celebrations across the country to mark ten years of investing in education through its Saturday Schools programme. These celebrations culminated in a function held at Kwabhekilanga Secondary School in... 

GirlCode floats ambitions of becoming world’s largest women's digital agency

By: Dylan Slater     23rd November 2017 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) GirlCode, which aims to empower women in the technology sector, on Thursday revealed its new programmes for 2018, as well as its Vision 2030 ambitions, which includes reaching ten-million women by 2030. GirlCode chairperson Zandile Keebine commented that reaching that... 

BBF Safety Group Recognises the Bright Stars

     23rd November 2017 On 9 November 2017, BBF Safety Group hosted customers in Johannesburg for its annual year-end celebration. On the evening, themed “The Future is Bright”, the BBF Safety Group leadership team set the agenda for a 2018 characterised by growth, diversification and a bullish outlook on the workplace... 

Drought unlikely to affect Cape Town tourism in December

By: Anine Kilian     21st November 2017 The acute water shortages in the Western Cape – and in the City of Cape Town, in particular – are unlikely to negatively affect the region’s tourism in the traditionally busy year-end period, says Grant Thornton Tourism director Martin Jansen van Vuuren, who acknowledges the severity of the water... 

Cidb concerned over 140 000 construction job losses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) monitoring and evaluation project manager Ntando Skosana on Tuesday described the loss of 140 000 jobs in the local construction industry between the first and third quarters of this year as “disheartening”. The construction industry is an important... 

A lot needs to be done to ensure universal access to water and sanitation – Tshwete

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 The roll-out of water and sanitation services to everyone in South Africa is a key priority for the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete.  

We will never allow Western Cape to run dry, vows Mokonyane

By: News24Wire      25th October 2017 The Western Cape will not get to a stage where it runs out of water completely, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane vowed on Wednesday. "We will never allow a situation of a total shutdown," Mokonyane told a joint sitting of three committees of Parliament, as the province's water... 

Drought: City doesn't live up to water augmentation promise

By: News24Wire      24th October 2017 The City of Cape Town has admitted that it will only be able to augment water supply to the drought-stricken Mother City by about half of the amount it promised previously. About two months ago, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said the city aimed to augment current water supply by 500-million... 

Afrox presents Harvey Shacklock Gold Medal Award in honour of founding CEO

     23rd October 2017 In celebration of 90 years in the gases and welding industry and in honour of Afrox’s founding CEO, Afrox presented the prestigious Harvey Shacklock Gold Medal Award at the 69th annual SAIW dinner held on 20 October at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg. The award is significant to Afrox as it was... 

Time and money – two major obstacles in tackling Cape Town's water crisis

By: News24Wire      19th October 2017 Desalination plants and other plans, which are in the pipeline for Cape Town to help alleviate the water crisis, will probably cost the city billions of rand, and it is not yet clear where this money will come from. Another possibly hampering factor could be the time it will take to construct... 

KlevaKidz puts paraffin safety first

     17th October 2017 The annual Engen KlevaKidz campaign which engages with and educates learners about the importance of paraffin safety launched in the Western Cape on October 13th and runs until the end of the month.  Over the course of three weeks, Engen KlevaKidz will travel to 30 primary schools in the... 

Technology suitable for South African context

By: Nica Schreuder     13th October 2017 In the quest to mitigate water supply difficulties that have been prevalent in South Africa in the past few years, international engineering consultancy and technology provider Royal HaskoningDHV says its range of innovative wastewater treatment and smart water solutions is relevant in the context. 

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