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New Water Tribunal members appointed
22nd August 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Nine members for South Africa’s new Water Tribunal have been appointed. The Water Tribunal is an independent body formed to hear water-related appeals against the Department of Water and Sanitation... 

Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project
New Development Bank to provide R3.2bn loan to TCTA for LHWP Phase 2
21st August 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The New Development Bank (NDB) – an initiative of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa bloc – and South Africa's Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) have signed a R3.2-billion loan... 

DBSA’s Johann Lubbe to lead the newly established Water Partnership Office
21st August 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Former Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Project Preparation Unit disruption specialist Johann Lubbe has been appointed as the head of South Africa’s first Water Partnership Office (WPO),... 

DWS assures seamless proto-CMA transition to the Vaal-Orange CMA
21st August 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) says that the transition of the proto-Catchment Management Agency (proto-CMA) to the Vaal-Orange CMA will be seamless. This followed a meeting, on... 

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Rand Water, South African Green Industries Council in joint effort to conserve water
15th August 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Rand Water and the South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) are undertaking joint – and individual – water conservation efforts to reduce the traditional spike in water use in spring and... 

Drought conditions affecting water resources
Water-mining interdependence poses operational challenges, risks to miners
11th August 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The water-mining interdependence, or nexus, poses several operational challenges to mining companies, including physical, reputational and regulatory-related risks and, as water-related risks... 

Construction on the Polihali dam as part of the LHWP Phase 2
LHDA marks milestone in Polihali dam construction
8th August 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA), consultants and contractors on the Polihali dam have marked an early construction milestone – the diversion of the Senqu river by the... 

Second edition of TCS Sustainathon South Africa to tackle sustainable water and sanitation
8th August 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The second edition of TCS Sustainathon South Africa has been launched under the theme ‘Sustainable Water and Sanitation Management’, encouraging entrants to develop solutions for the country’s... 

Standard Bank offers water solutions consultation services for households
8th August 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Financial services firm Standard Bank's homeowners advice and services platform LookSee is now offering water tank consultation and assessment services with an experienced water backup specialist... 

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Potsdam wastewater works upgrade breaks ground
2nd August 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Construction on the Potsdam wastewater treatment works (WWTW) upgrade, the Western Cape’s second largest infrastructure project, has started. The R5.2-billion upgrade, which will double the plant’s... 

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African Water Facility plans $500m urban sanitation fund
2nd August 2023 By: Bloomberg

The African Water Facility seeks to tap private investors to help create a $500-million urban-sanitation fund as it rolls out an expansion plan that includes beginning to lend to projects. The... 

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Agri SA warns of unconstitutionality of proposed water-use licence regulation
31st July 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Industry body Agri SA remains concerned about the draft Water Use Licence Applications, Amendment and Appeals Regulations published by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and believes it... 

‘Muela power station’s Unit 1 returns to service after repairs
26th July 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) on Wednesday said that Unit 1 of the ‘Muela power station has returned to service following a successful restoration. The unit, which experienced... 

AECI Group CE and Executive Director Holger Riemensperger.
Mining, water businesses drive AECI’s record interim performance
26th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Diversified chemicals group AECI delivered record growth in revenue; earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda); and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six... 

Fedhasa calls for government intervention as water crisis batters KwaZulu-Natal South Coast tourism
26th July 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The ongoing water crisis on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is significantly impacting the region’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry. As municipal authorities struggle to provide a... 

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Light manufacturer expands range
21st July 2023

Global lighting solutions manufacturer ams OSRAM bolstered its horticultural lighting offerings in June, announcing the addition of two new products. The company continues to provide important... 

Vantage Capital invests $25m in Aquasantec
20th July 2023 By: Darren Parker

Large-scale mezzanine debt fund manager Vantage Capital has made a $25-million investment into water tanks, pipes and related products manufacturer and distributor Aquasantec International, which... 

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Battery energy storage system installed at Limpopo pump station
19th July 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Energy solutions provider NEC XON Systems and the Lebalelo Water User Association (LWUA) have partnered to install an emergency battery energy storage system (BESS) at the Clapham pump station, in... 

Limpopo water project serves as PPP model for municipalities
18th July 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

A multi-year public-private partnership to upgrade the Masodi wastewater treatment works (WWTW), in Limpopo, serves as a model for other municipalities to embrace partnerships and collaborations... 

DWS, uMngeni-uThukela Water embark on Vulindlela Bulk Water Supply Scheme upgrade
17th July 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and its recently merged water utility uMngeni -uThukela Water are upgrading Phase 1 of the Vulindlela Bulk Water Supply Scheme, in KwaZulu-Natal. The... 

Water Tap
Rand Water systems back online, but it may take time for water to reach your taps
14th July 2023 By: News24Wire

Rand Water's maintenance is complete, but that doesn't necessarily mean water will immediately come from your taps. The bulk water supplier completed its 58-hour planned project at 05:00 on Friday.... 

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Miners join South Africa in R27bn water plan
14th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

Some of the world’s biggest mining companies are working with South Africa’s government on a R27-billion water project to supply major platinum and chrome operations and several hundred thousand... 

DWS receives positive response to hydropower water licensing call
11th July 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has received positive responses following its decision to launch applications for water-use licences specifically for hydropower, says DWS... 

Snow will not stop the 40-hour Rand Water outage
10th July 2023 By: News24Wire

Rand Water spokesperson Makenosi Maroo says the snowfall in Johannesburg will not stop the 40-hour planned water interruption that is expected to start at 19:00 on Tuesday and end at 15:00 on... 

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US helps fund water projects
7th July 2023

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced last month that it has committed $3-million to the African Water Facility (AWF). The funding will support the preparation of... 

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New pump bearing decreases maintenance at treatment plants
7th July 2023

A local wastewater plant operator recently approached polymer bushing and bearing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings in search of a solution to a reoccurring bearing failure on its aeration pumps at a... 

‘Ground-breaking’ projects completed for retail giant
7th July 2023

Water management solutions provider Sewtreat has successfully completed two “ground-breaking” projects at fast moving consumer goods retail giant Pick n Pay's Eastport Logistics Park, in Kempton... 

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Urbanisation placing pressure on water infrastructure
7th July 2023 By: Halima Frost

Africa’s already limited water infrastructure will likely face increased strain as multiple countries experience rapid urbanisation, says market research company Frost & Sullivan Africa consultant... 

Rand Water's Vereeniging operations
Rand Water weighed down by municipalities, electricity
5th July 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

Despite all efforts, Rand Water remains challenged by the nonpayment of municipalities for water provided and the ongoing power outages and loadshedding. While South Africa's national grid is... 

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Food producers warn of higher prices as infrastructure crumbles
5th July 2023 By: Reuters

South African food producers, among the biggest on the continent, are spending hundreds of millions of rand mitigating prolonged rolling power blackouts, water supply issues and crumbling... 

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