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Water

DWS set to submit NWRIA Bill to Presidency

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2024 Following the adoption of the National Water Resource Infrastructure Agency (NWRIA) Bill, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is preparing to submit it to President Cyril Ramaphosa for final sign-off. The Bill, which aims to establish the NWRIA to ensure sustainable, equitable and... 

Opinion: Time to open the floodgates on infrastructure development

16th May 2024 In this article, Stellenbosch University PhD student and Centre for Sustainability Transitions junior researcher Alboricah Rathupetsane writes about the impact of extreme weather events on South Africa's infrastructure and the need for increased investment in infrastructure development, as well... 

Alboricah Rathupetsane
Alboricah Rathupetsane

Water a hurdle in Africa’s development - expert

10th May 2024 Water scarcity poses a significant hurdle to Africa's growth and development, with climate change and deteriorating infrastructure intensifying the challenges, says advisory and analytics firm Frost & Sullivan consultant Hannro Steenekamp. He explains that South Africa’s ongoing water crisis,... 

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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE BUT... The scarcity of drinkable water is denting the development of Africa as a continentent

Unlocking social and environmental benefits through tailings retreatment

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2024 The retreatment, or remining, of mine tailings can provide usable land, provide profits for companies and clean the environment by moving the reprocessed tailings to more advanced and well-managed facilities. Owing to changes in legislation, tailings need to be stored in facilities that are... 

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Cooling company to highlight new concepts

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 After two successful webinars that unpacked the use of air-cooled condensers (ACC) for recoverable energy in power generation, thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) aims to address future clients and investors at this year’s Enlit Africa 2024, which will be held at the Cape... 

An air-cooled condensers designed and manufactured by IWC
COOL AS A CUCUMBER According to thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Coolin air-cooled condensers are the most efficient, green option for cooling

UK, South African universities partner to establish water security forum

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2024 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) and UK-based Cranfield University Centre for Water, Environment and Development (CWED) are partnering to establish a cross-stakeholder consortium to achieve water security in Johannesburg. The Johannesburg... 

Interwaste launches leachate and effluent treatment plant 

2nd May 2024 Local waste management company Interwaste – a Séché Environnement Group company – has launched its R100-million leachate and effluent treatment plant in Delmas, Mpumalanga. The company describes the plant as a “first of its kind in South Africa,” noting that it marks a step forward in... 

Interwaste launches leachate and effluent treatment plant
Interwaste launches leachate and effluent treatment plant

LHWP tunnel closure won’t have significant impact on water supplies, assures DWS

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th April 2024 The upcoming six-month closure of the Lesotho Highlands tunnel, from October 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025, for scheduled maintenance is not expected to have a significant impact or disruption on Gauteng’s water supply. The shutdown will result in an 80-million-cubic-metre shortfall during 2024 in... 

Cape Town budgets R5.3bn for water and sanitation capital projects  

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2024 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says its total proposed budget for water and sanitation for the upcoming 2024/25 financial year is R18.5-billion. Of this, R5.3-billion will be spent on capital projects, while R13.2-billion is allocated to operations. 

View of the Cape Flats Managed Aquifer Recharge Programme
View of the Cape Flats managed aquifer recharge project

Sanitation solution developed for underserved communities, schools

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2024 The introduction of the Enviro Loo Clear Non-Sewered Sanitation System (NSSS) marks a substantial advance in addressing pressing issues of sanitation and water scarcity, says sanitation service provider Enviro Loo COO Mark La Trobe. The self-sustaining, flushing toilet system that recycles 100%... 

NON-SEWERED SANITATION SYSTEM
The self-sustaining, flushing toilet system that recycles 100% of used water targets underserved communities, and is environmentally sustainable and practical for widespread implementation
NON-SEWERED SANITATION SYSTEM The self-sustaining, flushing toilet system that recycles 100% of used water targets underserved communities, and is environmentally sustainable and practical for widespread implementation

Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2024 In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end the economy’s persistent underperformance 

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Task team established to enhance service delivery

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2024 In response to the concerning findings of the Blue, Green and No Drop reports, which highlight a nationwide decline in the quality of water services, government has established a task team dedicated to enhancing service delivery across various municipalities. The task team will aim to reverse the... 

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The 2023 Blue Drop report highlighted that the proportion of water supply systems failing to meet minimum microbiological water-quality standards increased significantly
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SIGNIFICANT INCREASE The 2023 Blue Drop report highlighted that the proportion of water supply systems failing to meet minimum microbiological water-quality standards increased significantly

NGO unpacks poor quality of S Africa’s wastewater systems

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2024 Nongovernmental organisation (NGO) AfriForum’s latest blue and green drop report notes that 81% of sewage wastewater treatment works (SWWTWs) fail to meet minimum standards, which the NGO says endangers water sources nationwide, including those that supply drinking water to communities. This dire... 

FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE  
AfriForum’s latest blue and green drop report notes that 81% of sewage wastewater treatment works fail to meet minimum standards, endangers water sources nationwide
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FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE AfriForum’s latest blue and green drop report notes that 81% of sewage wastewater treatment works fail to meet minimum standards, endangers water sources nationwide

Acquabox offers sustainable drinking water solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th April 2024 Acquabox has extended its water delivery services nationwide, offering a sustainable alternative to traditional bottled water delivery services and enables access to water as piped supply is disrupted. According to Mountain Falls and Acquabox founder Michael Beatham, Acquabox is a viable option... 

Tank supplier intends to help S Africa navigate water crisis

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      19th April 2024 Leading water and storage solutions company JoJo asserts that its agility to innovate rapidly – stemming from in-house research and development capacity, 40 years of experience and deep local knowledge – will support South Africans as they face the current water crisis amid the significant decay... 

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INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS JoJo IoT devices can monitor water tank levels, and measure water consumption

Company highlights innovative product offering

19th April 2024 Amid the country’s water crisis, packaged wastewater treatment plant service provider Calcamite highlights the importance of treating wastewater and reintroducing it to the environment.  Calcamite, as a subsidiary of JoJo, adds that water placed back into municipal systems should be of the... 

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CRISIS REVISITED Calcamite emphasises the need to improve and maintain the country's wastewater treatment systems

Joburg Water showcases its reservoirs 

17th April 2024 Johannesburg Water has showcased some of the various reservoirs and systems that supply the City of Johannesburg with water. The water utility also outlined the challenges in operating the systems that feed the economic hub with the critical resource. Natasha Odendaal has the story. 

Joburg Water showcases its reservoirs
Joburg Water showcases its reservoirs

Water disruptions must not turn into another Eskom – Uasa

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th April 2024 Trade union Uasa has warned that if Gauteng's water disruptions are not addressed soon, the situation could end up as “a second Eskom”. South Africa was introduced to loadshedding in 2007, after State-owned utility Eskom announced it would implement rolling blackouts to avert the collapse of the... 

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National register of polluters necessary to deal with water pollution, says DWS

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2024 The establishment of a national register of polluters will be key to dealing with the pollution of the environment and water sources in South Africa, says Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu. This emerged as one of the resolutions of a workshop on ‘Water Services Authorities impacting the... 

Work continues on Rooiwal, Klipdrift water infrastructure upgrade, refurbishment

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2024 The refurbishment of the Rooiwal wastewater treatment works and the upgrade of the Klipdrift water treatment works in Hammanskraal is well underway, with Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu committing to ensure the success of the projects. The Rooiwal wastewater treatment works is being... 

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People at the heart of South Africa’s water sector recovery

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2024 The complexity of the water sector in South Africa, along with the numerous and seemingly insurmountable challenges faced, demands a series of integrated interventions – and people are at the centre of these solutions. South Africa’s long-known water woes are the result of several factors,... 

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Nedbank looks to investment banking for growth under new CEO

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2024 South Africa’s Nedbank Group is hoping to hire more investment bankers as it seeks to take advantage of a surge of deals in renewable energy, water and logistics in Africa’s most developed economy. With the bank’s home country in the throes of an electricity crisis and intensifying water... 

Nedbank outgoing CEO Mike Brown
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Nedbank outgoing CEO Mike Brown

Interwaste launches R100m leachate, effluent treatment plant in Delmas

By: Sabrina Jardim     10th April 2024 Waste management company Interwaste on April 10 launched its R100-million leachate and effluent treatment plant in Delmas, Mpumalanga. The company says the plant is the first of its kind in South Africa, noting that it marks a leap forward in environmental stewardship and resource recovery. 

Interwaste's new leachate and effluent treatment plant
Photo by Interwaste
Interwaste's new leachate and effluent treatment plant

Joburg Water assures of quality as it upgrades lab power, equipment

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th April 2024 Johannesburg Water on Wednesday assured residents of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) that the drinking water it provides is of the highest possible quality. The water utility, responsible for the supply of 1.6-billion litres of water across Gauteng, has extensive testing and quality control... 

AfriForum requests urgent meeting with Mashatile on water situation following interest in engagement 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2024 Civil rights organisation AfriForum on Monday said that it requested an urgent meeting with Deputy President Paul Mashatile following an announcement that government’s new water task team is willing to involve it and other civil society roleplayers. The proposed meeting to discuss the matter... 

Deputy President Paul Mashatile
Deputy President Paul Mashatile

Progress made on the Lower uMkhomazi water project

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2024 Good progress is being made on the implementation of the Lower uMkhomazi water scheme project, in KwaZulu-Natal, which is expected to be complete by December 2027, says Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu. The project will augment raw water availability and meet the water supply demand of... 

South Africa’s water availability on the edge

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2024 Various factors can lead to a rapid decline in South Africa’s water availability, according to Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo, who reiterated the need to diversify the water resource mix to ensure water security. Economic growth, population growth, urbanisation, inefficient... 

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Gauteng metros continue to exceed water allocations

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th April 2024 Water utility Rand Water on Friday reiterated its commitment to be part of the Gauteng water provision solution, as high water consumption across Gauteng continues. The utility is collaborating with Gauteng’s metropolitans to ensure integrated water demand and conservation management, through a... 

Experts propose private solutions to better capacitate municipalities for effective water management 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2024 As South Africa starts to experience more extreme weather events, such as floods, droughts and high-energy storms, the sustainability of public water systems becomes crucial; however, municipal mismanagement or lack of maintenance is posing a major risk, a panel of experts agreed in a webinar... 

Experts who participated in Creamer Media's webinar on water
Strengthening South Africa's water infrastructure

CoJ officially launches water security strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th March 2024 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) has officially launched its Water Security Strategy to connect to existing strategies and policies to offer an aligned approach to water security and provide a guideline towards becoming a water secure Johannesburg by 2040. The strategy was designed to understand... 

CoJ Executive Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda
CoJ Executive Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda

SQM supports water treatment startup with initial $1.27m investment

By: Darren Parker     22nd March 2024 UK-based engineering tech startup Salinity Solutions has secured a $1.27-million initial investment from battery-grade lithium chemicals producer Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile’s (SQM’s) corporate venture capital arm SQM Lithium Ventures to fund the next stage of its growth. SQM Lithium... 

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Zambezi river flow recedes amid reduced rainfall, El Niño

By: Sabrina Jardim     20th March 2024 The river flows at Chavuma gauging station, the first gauging station located in the North-Western province of Zambia and which measures river flows as the Zambezi river enters Zambia from Angola, have been increasing slowly this month, says the Zambezi River Authority. The slow increase has been... 

Thungela launches fish breeding facility in Mpumalanga  

20th March 2024 Coal producer and exporter Thungela in February launched a fish breeding facility at the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, in Mpumalanga, to mitigate some of the impacts of an uncontrolled release of mine-affected water in the area. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Thungela launches fish breeding facility in Mpumalanga
Thungela launches fish breeding facility in Mpumalanga

CoJ presents plan to tackle water challenges

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2024 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) has presented an action plan, comprising immediate, medium and long-term measures, to tackle widespread water infrastructure challenges and the high levels of nonrevenue water. This followed a meeting on March 5, where the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS)... 

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Rand Water’s Eikenhof station hit again

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th March 2024 The City Power substation that powers Rand Water’s Eikenhof pump station with electricity was tripped after being struck by lightning on Monday night, the water utility reported. Accordingly, a City Power technical team has been dispatched to the site undertake a reset. 

South African economic hub’s water system on verge of collapse

By: Bloomberg     19th March 2024 South Africa is facing the prospect of a breakdown in the water supply to its industrial heartland and most-populated region, adding to the woes of an economy battered by power outages, congested ports and a broken freight-rail system. Rand Water, Africa’s biggest bulk-water supplier, on March 16... 

Rand Water purification station

Skills development central to fixing water quality issues, says Mavuso

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2024 In her latest weekly newsletter, published on March 18, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso addresses the major challenge of local government’s mismanagement of water infrastructure, which is leading to an increase in water shortages and questionable water quality. It... 

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