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Water Engineering and Infrastructure

Wash plant improves limestone quality output

20th July 2007 Limestone producer Metlime has received positive feedback on the improved quality of the limestone coming from its R10-million washplant, which was commissioned in August last year. 

Waterval wastewater care works receive R170m upgrade

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2007 Local wastewater company the East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) is currently extending its Waterval wastewater care works at the confluence of the Rietspruit river and Klip river by 50-million litres a day at a cost of R170-million. 

New wastewater treatment technology enters South African market 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2007 Local consulting engineering and project management group SSI, a member of the international consultancy and engineering group DHV, has introduced a new advance in wastewater treatment in South Africa. 

R7-million order for local pump company

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2007 Local pump manufacturer APE Pumps has received a R7-million pump order as part of the refurbishment of a pump house, which forms part of a water supply project in Iraq. 

Local company receives R18m sewage plant upgrade contract

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2007 A Gauteng supplier and manufacturer for the water and sanitation industry has been awarded an R18-million contract for the mechanical and electrical upgrade of the Brits Sewage Works. 

Microscopic algae serve as useful water quality monitoring tool

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2007 Diatoms, unicellular organisms that were discovered shortly after the invention of the microscope, are gaining international popularity as a tool to provide an integrated reflection of water quality, says DH Environmental Consulting (DHEC) co-owner and diatomologist Dr Bill Harding. While the use... 

Dwaf accelerates service delivery plan

20th July 2007 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) aims to ensure access to basic water supply to all South Africans by 2008 and to provide basic sanitation to all households by 2010. 

Irrigation water successfully abstracted from the Nile

20th July 2007 South African specialist pump company Denorco, has been working towards solving problems associated with the efficient abstraction and distribution of water from the Nile river systems in Sudan for irrigation purposes, for the past four years. 

Local company supplies water-purifying product to reclamation

20th July 2007 Many municipalities and a number of industries have shown a growing appreciation of the need to recycle and purify precious water resources to remove total dissolved solids and suspended solids. 

New generation drive for waste-water applications

20th July 2007 Producer of mechanical and electronic products and controls, Danfoss' VLT AQUA Drive is used for water and wastewater applications. 

Automation firm expands water level measurement solution

By: Chanel de Bruyn     20th July 2007 Process automation company Endress+Hauser has expanded its Waterpilot range, which is designed specifically for the water industry, to provide an accurate and cost-effective water level measurement solution. 

Intaka Tech - A quest for engieering excellence in Africa

29th June 2007 Making a practical and meaningful difference in Africa is Intaka Tech, manufacturer and marketer of innovative, state-of-the-art equipment, in particular water purification plants and on-site oxygen and medical air generation plants. 

Foskor mulls on-site water treatment plant

By: Nelendhre Moodley     29th January 2007 Phosphate producer Foskor, which is the largest user of domestic water in the Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal area, has called for proposals to determine the viability of building an on-site raw water purification plant. 

Lonrho buys Swiss water producer with DRC, Moz assets

By: Nelendhre Moodley     29th January 2007 Africa-focused mining and logistics group Lonrho Africa on Monday announced that it had exchanged contracts to acquire 100% of Strenner Holding Limited, a private company registered in Switzerland, for $215 000. 

African company receives hygiene management tool certification

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 A newly introduced, integrated safety and hygiene management tool is set to bring improved peace of mind to quality assurance and production managers in the food industry. 

TCTA completes R100m bond auction

By: Nelendhre Moodley     18th January 2007 State-owned company TCTA, which finances and manages bulk water projects, on Thursday auctioned R100-million of government-guaranteed bonds, maturing in 2016. The auction was oversubscribed four-and-a-half times. 

Institute recognises

3rd November 2006 The Ugu district municipality's R32,5-million rural household sanitation project, which was implemented between 2004 and 2006, has received the Ethekweni Water and Sanitation Services Award for achievement in the category of community based projects at the SAICE Durban Branch Regional Awards. 

Water-treatment plant handed over fully commissioned

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 Paris based water services specialist Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies (VWS) has recently handed over a fully commissioned water treatment plant to Sasol at its Synfuel factory in Secunda. 

Defence lab to the President's rescue

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2006 Having shower is normally a simple thing – but if you want to have one while flying at 10 000 m or more, then things can get surprisingly complicated. 

South Africa's award-winning rainfall enhancement programme may soon be back on track 

By: Jade Davenport     29th September 2006 It is estimated that, withoutappropriate water resourcemanagement interventions, by 2020, South Africa’s water reserves will have diminished to the point that the country could be classified as a water-scarce, arid state. As a result, a renewed effort is being made by the Department of... 

African company wins accreditation for hygiene-management tool

By: Jade Davenport     22nd September 2006 Electrochemical activation technology research and development company Radical Waters has become the first African company to receive South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) accreditation for its safety and hygiene management tool for the food industry. 

Sugar body, conservation group in biversity pact

By: Laura Tyrer     22nd September 2006 Conservation organisation WWF and the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) have signed a memorandum of under-standing (MoU) that will focus on conserving freshwater and estuarine habitats and promoting biodiversity. 

SA unveils new approach to water resources managment

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2006 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is adopting a completely new approach to the management of the quality of the country’s water resources, an approach called Resource Directed Management of Water Quality. 

New Rand Water CE believes that Africa, Middle East represent opportunities for growth

By: Jade Davenport     8th September 2006 Newly appointed Rand Water CE Themba Nkabinde believes that Africa and the Middle East represent the most prospective growth opportunities for the Gauteng-based bulk water supplier in the long-term. 

'Lean and mean' water affairs unit on the way, Minister heralds

By: Mariaan Webb     28th August 2006 South Africa's water affairs and forestry department was set to become a smaller, “lean and mean” unit, focused on playing a leadership role in the water, sanitation and forestry industries, Minister Lindiwe Hendricks said on Monday. Speaking at a media briefing to mark her first 90... 

Dwaf advances consultation on South African National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency Bill

By: Laura Tyrer     18th August 2006 Government Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is in the process of refining a South African National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency Bill, which will spell out the proposed functions and compositions of the anticipated National Water Resource Infrastructure Agency (NWRIA), says... 

Rand Water upgrades two key pipelines

By: Nelendhre Moodley     28th July 2006 Bulk-water utility Rand Water, which supplies water to 12-million people, mostly in Gauteng province, delivers 60% of the country’s gross domestic product, is involved in reconditioning its B4 and O2 pipelines in the region. 

Key positions filled

21st July 2006 Murray & Roberts construction, in a joint venture with Group Five Construction, WK Construction and the J & J Group, has secured the contract for the Vresap (Vaal River Eastern Sub-System Augmentation Project). 

Aquatic aliens removed from Kwazulu-Natal river 

21st July 2006 More than 80 km of the Dusi/Umgeni river systems was invaded by Water Hyacinth, an invasive aquatic alien plant, which potentially threatens the safe passage of an expected 2 000 paddlers in the Hansa Powerade Dusi. 

Poor water use threatens development goals

By: khalid patel     21st July 2006 The Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgisa) supports the core objective of government to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014. Socioeconomic development depends on the reliable supply of water for industrial, mining, agricultural, domestic and recreational purposes.... 

Miner moves to cut water use

By: khalid patel     21st July 2006 International resources group Anglo American is making continued strides into reducing the water consumption of its activities through the use of efficient and cost effective water treatment technology and innovative approaches to water as business. 

‘Collaboration needed to tackle industry challenges’

By: khalid patel     21st July 2006 The South African water industry requires improved collaboration and cooperation between different stakeholders and within various disciplines to positively impact the sector’s health and status. 

R2,6-million to safeguard water pipelines

By: khalid patel     21st July 2006 Bulk-water supplier Rand Water has allocated R2,6-million to implement projects to solve the problem of informal settlements encroaching on its servitudes and underlying pipelines. 

Cost-effective acid-water neutralisation

By: khalid patel     21st July 2006 Recently, restructured engineering firm, Thuthuka Group Limited (TGL) is able to offer clients a new cost-effective form of acid water neutralisation, developed by the CSIR. 

Local firm wins R7,7m Botswana water contract

By: khalid patel     21st July 2006 Local firm Rockwell Automation has been awarded a R7,7-million contract by the Botswana Water Utilities Corporation to upgrade its ageing network and telemetry systems on the critical North South carrier water pipeline. 

Solutions for mixing and agitating applications

21st July 2006 Geared motors specialist SEW Eurodirve now supplies an industrial gear unit that offers solutions for mixing and agitating applications with its MC range of extended bearing distance (EBD) industrial gear units. 

Reliable bulk-water supply for KZN children’s home

21st July 2006 The St. Martins Children’s Home in Oribi on the KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast, which is home to over 100 children and staff, has, until recently, been dependant on rainwater harvesting for its water supply and on an irregular tankered water service from a nearby mining company. 

German technology advances rural water treatment

21st July 2006 Germany-based MSR Dosiertechnik a specialist company in designing and manufacturing of proportional to flow water powered dosing equipment have recently added an automotive alternator to the drive end of their water driven dosing feeder, resulting in the development of the RotaDos motor. 

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