Subscribe to industry newsletters

#AfricaMonth

People in the HaMakuya community go without potable water for months. Melissa McHale
Small, local solutions can crack water crises: a South African case study

World attention has recently been focused on the water crisis facing the South African city of Cape Town, a metropolis of four million people...

By Melissa McHale, David Bunn and Eddie Riddell 1 day ago

Image source:
Biomimicry and the future of utilities

Claire Janisch, founder of Biomimicry South Africa, took to the podium at this year's African Utility Week to share how biomimicry could influence the future of utilities...

By Sindy Peters 1 day ago

"Water must be paid for" should become 11th commandment - African Utility Week water pricing discussion
"Water must be paid for" should become 11th commandment - African Utility Week water pricing discussion

If ever there is an 11th commandment, it should be "water must be paid for", delegates were told on the last day of the African Utility Week...

By Alicestine October, Issued by African Utility Week 1 day ago

Could Antarctic icebergs be the solution to Cape Town's water crisis?
Could Antarctic icebergs be the solution to Cape Town's water crisis?

The extensive drought in SA has brought to the fore many a creative solution...

By Sindy Peters 18 May 2018

Vissershok Landfill is one of the few Western Cape waste sites that is fully operational and compliant with regulation. Photo: Eryn Scannell
Western Cape's mounting rubbish problem

"We have a serious waste problem in the Western Cape. We are running out of landfill space," Minister of Environmental Affairs Anton Bredell warned in a press release...

By Annie Cebulski 18 May 2018

City of Cape Town explains new water tariffs
City of Cape Town explains new water tariffs

Reduced revenue and the increased cost of water supply infrastructure mean that the City of Cape Town has to raise water tariffs...

By Aidan Jones 10 May 2018

African Utility Week Industry Awards finalists announced
African Utility Week Industry Awards finalists announced

The awards recognises pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry...

8 May 2018

Image source:
Making cities cooler is a no brainer - so why are we doing so little about it?

You walk through a park in a city on a warm day, then cross out to a narrow street lined with tall buildings...

By Tiziana Susca and Francesco Pomponi 2 May 2018

2018 African Infrastructure Project Developers Awards shortlist announced
2018 African Infrastructure Project Developers Awards shortlist announced

Africa investor (Ai) recently announced the shortlisted candidates for its 2018 African Infrastructure Projects Developer Awards...

24 Apr 2018

Makoma Lekalakala, director for Earthlife Africa, and Liz McDaid, climate change coordinator for Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI)
Two SA women awarded Goldman prize for halting SA-Russia nuclear deal

Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid are the recipients of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize...

23 Apr 2018

New Spes Bona reservoir will feed these areas in Cape Town
New Spes Bona reservoir will feed these areas in Cape Town

The new Spes Bona reservoir cost the City of Cape Town R53m...

23 Apr 2018

Image source:
Millions of urban Africans still don't have electricity: here's what can be done

Urban communities often face many challenges in obtaining electricity access...

By Rebekah Shirley 23 Apr 2018

SRK's WULA experts
SRK encouraged by new DWS online water use licence system

Jacky Burke, leader of SRK Consulting's Water Use Licence Application (WULA) Group in Johannesburg hosted a workshop last month on the Department of Water and Sanitation's new online system...

18 Apr 2018

New government to have significant impact on construction sector
New government to have significant impact on construction sector

The country is currently experiencing a palpable positive mood of change since the recent changes in government...

By Njombo Lekula 17 Apr 2018

Photo: The Observer
Uganda signs $4bn agreement to build a refinery

The government of Uganda has signed the contract for the construction of the $4bn oil refinery, offering further clarity on how the country's oil resources will be exploited...

By Jeff Mbanga 12 Apr 2018

By , CC BY 2.0,
Failed sanitation at schools violates children's rights

The death of five-year-old Lumka Mthethwa who fell into a pit latrine at her school in the Eastern Cape shook us all...

By Jay Bhagwan 12 Apr 2018

Eskom’s pilot wind-farm facility at Klipheuwel. The utility must seriously consider in-house renewable projects.
Why South Africa's power utility should boost its output of in-house renewables

South Africa has exceptionally favourable conditions for solar and wind power generation...

By Hartmut Winkler 9 Apr 2018

The Berg River Dam on 7 March 2018 about 48% full.
Five key lessons other cities can learn from CT's water crisis

Postponing Day Zero in Cape Town for 2018 comes as no surprise...

By Kevin Winter 6 Apr 2018

Kickstarting the water economy - turning crisis into opportunity
Kickstarting the water economy - turning crisis into opportunity

Wesgro and GreenCape recently hosted a dialogue engagement to discuss how best to turn the water crisis into an opportunity for economic growth and job creation in the Western Cape...

28 Mar 2018

Damion Daniels (left) and Andrew Muller show the extent of illegal dumping in Jacksonville. Photo: Joseph Chirume
Residents are losing the war on waste in PE's Jacksonville

Residents in Jacksonville, Port Elizabeth, say people are illegally dumping rubbish and even dead animals on their streets. The drains are becoming blocked. They want the municipality to find a solution and conduct litter awareness campaigns...

By Joseph Chirume 26 Mar 2018

Making water infrastructure intelligent is a water wise move for Africa
Making water infrastructure intelligent is a water wise move for Africa

Rapid urbanisation across the continent is having an effect on water demands and it is estimated that by the year 2030, the world will need 40% more water than its current accessible, reliable supply...

By Sabine Dall'Omo 23 Mar 2018

Strengthening our water resilience by combining the best of grey and green
Strengthening our water resilience by combining the best of grey and green

This year's World Water Day, celebrated annually on 22 March, provides a moment for the citizens of our planet to focus collective attention on a life-giving yet increasingly limited resource that is so frequently taken for granted...

By John Dini 22 Mar 2018

Borehole by Ndumberi Riabai, Borehole Construction, Flickr, CC BY 2.0
Thieves delay more water coming online in Cape Town

As if the drought is not bad enough, the City of Cape Town is having to battle against thieves stealing from aquifer drilling sites, resulting in "delays of weeks at a time" to bring more water online...

By Nico Gous 20 Mar 2018

Image source:
Red tape not insurmountable for those looking to help boost water supply

According to SRK Consulting senior environmental consultant Scott Masson, there are an encouraging number of businesses and individuals who are pursuing initiatives to boost water supply in the Western Cape...

19 Mar 2018

UCT scientists convince CoCT to drill cautiously into aquifer
UCT scientists convince CoCT to drill cautiously into aquifer

The City of Cape Town's emergency groundwater drilling programme will be formally scrutinised by an environmental monitoring committee...

By John Yeld 19 Mar 2018

Water, drought, climate change: a holistic approach needed
Water, drought, climate change: a holistic approach needed

The current water crisis in the Western Cape has highlighted serious problems with South Africa's approach to water management and finding viable solutions...

By Dr Kevin Gast 16 Mar 2018

Cape Town gets a growing taste for treated effluent
Cape Town gets a growing taste for treated effluent

Treated effluent is at the centre of an unlikely boom in Cape Town as the city seeks new ways to drive down water consumption...

By Dave Chambers 16 Mar 2018

Will there be more rain this winter?
Will there be more rain this winter?

The approaching autumn and winter season in Cape Town is being keenly awaited to see if it will bring sufficient rain to end, or at least alleviate, the drought...

By Peter Johnston and Piotr Wolski 15 Mar 2018

Urgent shift in water management crucial if SDGs are to be met
Urgent shift in water management crucial if SDGs are to be met

The High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) says a fundamental change in the way the world manages water is necessary if the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly goal six, are to be achieved...

15 Mar 2018

Show more