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Conference to highlight critical role of groundwater in SADC

The first annual Groundwater Conference is themed 'Adapting to climate change in the SADC region through water security - a focus on groundwater'...

12 Sep 2018

From economic and water poverty to prosperity
From economic and water poverty to prosperity

We need to unlock more water resources and drive efficiency in our existing supplies to stimulate the economy and job growth...

By Dr Shafick Adams 11 Sep 2018

Lower water restrictions for Cape Town come October
Lower water restrictions for Cape Town come October

With Cape Town's dam levels nearing 70% of storage capacity, the city has announced that it will be conservatively lowering water restrictions and associated tariffs...

10 Sep 2018

Why linking rural and urban areas matters for development: a Ghana case study
Why linking rural and urban areas matters for development: a Ghana case study

There's rapid urbanisation happening across Africa. But the rural population hasn't stopped growing...

By Seth Asare Okyere, Anastasia Amoako-Arhen, Matthew 10 Sep 2018

SA, China sign agreement on water resources
SA, China sign agreement on water resources

South Africa and China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of water resources...

6 Sep 2018

Heavy rainfall recently devastated large swathes of Kerala, India. Prakash Elamakkara/EPA
Nature's whims cause water crises. Its infrastructure can stop them

Across Asia, man-made structures have stood powerless to avert tragedy after tragedy during 2018's rainy season...

By Karen Villholth 4 Sep 2018

Transitioning to a circular economy in the South African water sector
Transitioning to a circular economy in the South African water sector

The concept of a circular economy has received significant attention on various platforms...

By Dr John Ngoni Zvimba 3 Sep 2018

What the construction sector's dire state of affairs means for companies and the economy
What the construction sector's dire state of affairs means for companies and the economy

The recent suspension of the shares of two South African construction companies, after they filed for business rescue, is a reflection of the distressed state of the country's construction sector...

By Clive Rumsey 30 Aug 2018

Bonkolo Dam in Queenstown is at less than 10% capacity. Photo supplied by Chris Hani District Municipality.
Taps run dry as drought grips Queenstown

People in the Queenstown area of the Eastern Cape have been struggling to get water for months...

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik 21 Aug 2018

Cape Town dam levels above 60%
Cape Town dam levels above 60%

For the first time since 2016, dam levels in the City of Cape Town have passed the 60% mark...

21 Aug 2018

Western Cape dam levels continue to rise
Western Cape dam levels continue to rise

While the country has seen a decrease in dam levels in the past week, the Western Cape continues to benefit from winter rains...

17 Aug 2018

Mutualpark office launches waste-to-drinking water filtration plant
Mutualpark office launches waste-to-drinking water filtration plant

Old Mutual's Mutualpark office in Pinelands, Cape Town recently launched the first corporate-based waste-to-drinking water filtration plant in the country...

15 Aug 2018

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5 brilliant female engineers changing the sanitation landscape

Lack of sanitation is one of the world's leading development challenges...

By Dr Sudhir Pillay 13 Aug 2018

Kusini Water, Red Bull to launch desalination plant in Cape Town
Kusini Water, Red Bull to launch desalination plant in Cape Town

Red Bull and Kusini Water recently announced the launch of a partnership that will see the development of a desalination plant at the V&A Waterfront later this year...

8 Aug 2018

Vaal River. By Ossewa, CC BY-SA 4.0,
Vaal River sample results still pending

The Department of Water and Sanitation says the results on water samples taken for analysis following the fish kills in the Vaal River are still pending...

8 Aug 2018

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The Laos disaster reminds us that local people are too often victims of dam development

On July 22, the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam under construction in Laos' Attapeu Province collapsed...

By Jason von Meding, Giuseppe Forino, Tien Le Thuy Du 1 Aug 2018

Green light for Sedibeng Water Treatment Plant project
Green light for Sedibeng Water Treatment Plant project

Work on the much-awaited Sedibeng Water Treatment Plant project will begin soon...

30 Jul 2018

Urban migration driving innovation in smart city development
Urban migration driving innovation in smart city development

With two thirds of the world's population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, pressure on public services and infrastructure...

30 Jul 2018

Too early to consider lifting water restrictions, says DWS
Too early to consider lifting water restrictions, says DWS

While a report on the country's dam levels paints a stable water situation across the country...

26 Jul 2018

Accessing the inaccessible - RopeTeam
Accessing the inaccessible - RopeTeam

South Africa welcomes RopeTeam, an innovative Rope Access firm with the aim of achieving safe and attractive high-rise building maintenance, using effective Rope Access techniques...

Issued by RopeTech 25 Jul 2018

Evictions in Nairobi: why the city has a problem and what can be done to fix it
Evictions in Nairobi: why the city has a problem and what can be done to fix it

A new road in Nairobi, Kenya, is set to displace up to 30,000 Kibera slum residents...

By Kefa Otiso 25 Jul 2018

R78m Eastern Cape water project fails to deliver
R78m Eastern Cape water project fails to deliver

"In the past 18 months we have had water for only eight months..."

By Wara Fana 24 Jul 2018

Growthpoint celebrates its first 'water net-positive' building
Growthpoint celebrates its first 'water net-positive' building

Growthpoint Properties has successfully taken The District in Cape Town completely off the municipal water grid...

23 Jul 2018

Khayelitsha residents install their own communal taps
Khayelitsha residents install their own communal taps

Residents of Siyahlala informal settlement, Khayelitsha, have started to install their own water pipes...

By Vincent Lali 23 Jul 2018

KZN infrastructure expenditure to exceed R200bn
KZN infrastructure expenditure to exceed R200bn

The KZN government is rolling out a massive infrastructure programme...

23 Jul 2018

CBC brewery’s 120m2 flat plate collector array. Source: Soltrain, 2016
Solar thermal: an opportunity for SA's food, beverage industries

In an era of uncertainty, when it comes to both power supply and pricing, renewable energy sources can provide certainty in both supply and costs...

By Louise Scholtz 20 Jul 2018

Planning for future water security in a nexus paradigm
Planning for future water security in a nexus paradigm

From a water perspective, we live in a 'world of Cape Towns'...

By Dhesigen Naidoo 20 Jul 2018

Was the water shortage caused by farmers, city dwellers or drought?
Was the water shortage caused by farmers, city dwellers or drought?

Much has been argued about the causes of the 2017 Cape Town water crisis...

By Piotr Wolski 19 Jul 2018

Rustenburg launches water conservation, demand management programme
Rustenburg launches water conservation, demand management programme

The Rustenburg Local Municipality has launched a three-year water conservation and demand management programme...

17 Jul 2018

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What can other cities learn about water shortages from 'Day Zero'?

Cape Town was set to run dry on April 12, 2018, leaving its 3.7 million residents without tap water...

By Lucy Rodina and Kieran M. Findlater 13 Jul 2018

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