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ASSAf flags SA’s worsening water security situation in new document, suggests solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2023 The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has published its Water Security Statement, in partnership with various institutions, to raise awareness and contribute solutions to mitigate South Africa’s worsening water security. The new Water Statement, which was released at the academy’s Water... 

Department solicits stakeholders’ views on draft water, sanitation services policy on privately owned land

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2023 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has hosted its final national consultations on the Draft Water and Sanitation Services Policy on Privately Owned Land. Approved by Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu in September and gazetted on November 22, 2022, the policy aims to provide a... 

Progress made towards achievement of water and sanitation SDGs

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2023 South Africa has developed, arguably, the most effective operational structure for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal six (SDG6) on water and sanitation on the African continent, says Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister Dikeledi Magadzi. Expressing her confidence in the work... 

Mining industry contributing towards sustainable water supply in the Northern Cape

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2023 Industry body the Minerals Council South Africa and its members in the Northern Cape have welcomed the completion of the first phase of a project to refurbish the Vaal Gamagara Water Supply Scheme (VGWSS) to ensure water is available to communities, mines, farms and other businesses in the... 

Water challenges a consequence of a multitude of external issues  

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th March 2023 While South Africa’s water sector challenges are vast, and longstanding, many external factors are impacting on the country’s ability to provide reliable clean quality water to all its citizens. This is according to a panel participating in a Creamer Media-hosted webinar titled ‘Water: Challenges... 

Kansanshi mine pledges nearly ZK7m for supply of piped water to community

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2023 Gold and base metals miner First Quantum Minerals had advised that its Zambian subsidiary Kansanshi Mining has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Zambian water utility the North Western Water Supply and Sanitation Company (NWWSSC) for the provision of piped water to the Mushitala... 

Local cloud-based innovation network for quality H20

17th March 2023 Water leaks and non-revenue water, dysfunctional water and wastewater infrastructure, high-cost water treatment technologies, poor water planning and accountability, dwindling water resources and deteriorating water quality are some of the water challenges the Council for Scientific and... 

Programme designed to propel forward economic fortunes

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     17th March 2023 The public service is opening up opportunities for public–private partnerships (PPPs) to supply water to municipalities.  This was identified during a seminar held on February 2, 2023 by the Vuthela iLembe Local Economic Development (LED) Support Programme in KwaZulu-Natal. 

R120bn portfolio boosts Cape Town’s water infrastructure

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     17th March 2023 The City of Cape Town has launched its R120-billion infrastructure portfolio for economic growth, of which around 38%, or R45-billion, will be allocated to addressing water and sanitation infrastructure. This includes the upgrading of wastewater works, sewers to reduce spills, ensuring a healthy... 

Central basin AMD site impacted by ongoing rainfall

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th March 2023 The treatment site of the Central Basin Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) plant has been significantly affected by the recent increased rainfall in Gauteng, the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) said on Monday. TCTA, on behalf of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), operates and maintains... 

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