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How recycled water could revolutionise sustainable development
How recycled water could revolutionise sustainable development

By 2025, absolute water scarcity will be a daily reality for an estimated 1.8-billion people...

By Tamara Avellán 22 Mar 2017

Stormwater harvesting could help South Africa manage its water shortages
Stormwater harvesting could help South Africa manage its water shortages

In 2016, South Africa experienced one of the worst droughts in decades...

By Kirsty Carden and Lloyd Fisher-Jeffes 22 Mar 2017

Eskom completes Majuba repair
Eskom completes Majuba repair

In 2014, in the midst of loadshedding, poor leadership and serious delays in the construction of two of its new-build power stations, a coal silo collapse at the Majuba power station simply added to Eskom's woes. Yet, the state-owned utility has pulled off a feat of efficiency by completing a permanent coal-handling solution in record time.

22 Mar 2017

Groundwater can help alleviate CT's water shortage
Groundwater can help alleviate CT's water shortage

The aquifers in the greater Cape Town area could offer some relief if the current drought conditions endure...

20 Mar 2017

Siyabonga Mbanjwa, MD of Sener Southern Africa
Making the case for CSP in SA's energy mix

In the past few months, the role of renewable energy has become a subject of intense debate...

By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 16 Mar 2017

Eskom, Coega sign agreement on nuclear
Eskom, Coega sign agreement on nuclear

Eskom and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) have signed a collaborative agreement on South Africa's nuclear new build programme...

16 Mar 2017

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Gauteng increases mental health spending after Esidimeni crisis

Gauteng finance MEC Barbara Creecy tabled a R108bn budget for the province, which included R10bn added to the baseline of departments to meet increased demand...

By Genevieve Quintal 8 Mar 2017

City of Cape Town declares drought local disaster
City of Cape Town declares drought local disaster

As at Monday, 6 March 2017, dam levels dropped to 31.5%, down 1.6% from last week. Effectively, dam levels are at 21.5% as the last 10% of a dam's water is mostly not useable...

8 Mar 2017

Judgement reserved in Thabametsi climate case
Judgement reserved in Thabametsi climate case

Judgment in South Africa's first climate change case around the impact of proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station in Limpopo was reserved last week...

6 Mar 2017

Water millions wasted
Water millions wasted

While thousands of residents in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal struggle daily to get water, the Umkhanyakude municipality has squandered nearly R1bn, some of it earmarked for water projects...

By Bongani Mthethwa 6 Mar 2017

South Africans cannot afford to ignore the water crisis
South Africans cannot afford to ignore the water crisis

While the maintenance and development of infrastructure is an important element of addressing South Africa's water scarcity issues, changing peoples' attitude to water usage and effectively managing the demand for water are equally critical...

By Sean Molloy 3 Mar 2017

Desalination plant in Hamburg Harbour © Andrea Izzotti –
Desalination could be the answer to Western Cape drought

The Western Cape government could be the first to build a water desalination plant...

3 Mar 2017

De Lille calls for drought-hit Cape Town to be declared disaster area
De Lille calls for drought-hit Cape Town to be declared disaster area

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille wants the city to be declared a disaster area because of the drought...

By Aphiwe Deklerk 1 Mar 2017

Bay's water crisis worsens
Bay's water crisis worsens

Nelson Mandela Bay is on the brink of being declared a disaster area, with the city's overall dam levels sitting at a combined capacity of 49%, despite strict water restrictions being in place...

By Avuyile Mngxitama-Diko 28 Feb 2017

Gauteng lifts water restrictions
Gauteng lifts water restrictions

Water restrictions will be lifted in Gauteng on Monday, 27 February, as the Vaal Dam fills up...

By Katharine Child 27 Feb 2017

Future Energy to address Africa's power potential
Future Energy to address Africa's power potential

Regional power events in Africa, including EAPIC and WAPIC, have been renamed to Future Energy, in order to reflect the optimism and potential of the energy and power sectors on the continent...

24 Feb 2017

Nersa approves 2.2% Eskom tariff increase
Nersa approves 2.2% Eskom tariff increase

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has allowed Eskom to raise tariffs by 2.2% in the 2017/18 financial year...

24 Feb 2017

Why Gordhan's silence on South Africa's nuclear option is a good sign
Why Gordhan's silence on South Africa's nuclear option is a good sign

South Africa's Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan said very little about the energy sector in his recent budget speech...

By Hartmut Winkler 24 Feb 2017

South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan
SAREC welcomes finance minister's support

SAREC has welcomed confirmation in the 2017 Budget Speech that the IPP energy programmes is an imperative to boost the economy...

23 Feb 2017

Could using stainless steel save SA millions in water losses?
Could using stainless steel save SA millions in water losses?

With South Africa experiencing stage two and three water restrictions following its worst drought in decades, the spotlight falls on how to reduce leakages and maintenance costs and preserve our already strained water resources into the long-term future...

22 Feb 2017

Dr Kandeh Yumkella, UN under-secretary-general and former special representative of the secretary-general and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), won the Lifetime Achievement Award last year.
New categories added to African Utility Week Industry Awards

The fourth annual African Utility Week Industry Awards will honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent...

20 Feb 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa lags in sustainable energy policies
Sub-Saharan Africa lags in sustainable energy policies

Sub-Saharan Africa trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy...

16 Feb 2017

Eskom: FM lets you judge for yourself
Eskom: FM lets you judge for yourself

The Financial Mail has released the full Dentons report into irregularities at Eskom so South Africans can make up their own minds about the goings-on at the parastatal...

16 Feb 2017

Will gas become SA's new money-spinner?
Will gas become SA's new money-spinner?

Following the recent #MiningIndaba, questions are being raised about whether South Africa's gas sector, and the regional gas boom, will replace mining as the region's new money-spinner...

15 Feb 2017

Averda acquires Solid Waste Technologies
Averda acquires Solid Waste Technologies

Global waste management group Averda recently announced its acquisition of Solid Waste Technologies (SWT), a healthcare medical waste company with over 20 years' experience...

10 Feb 2017

Chemical companies invest in alternative water treatment methods
Chemical companies invest in alternative water treatment methods

Growing concerns about water scarcity and infrastructure inadequacy in South Africa, and a rise in environmental awareness are said to be escalating the need for effective water treatment chemicals...

6 Feb 2017

Eskom sticks on price for renewables
Eskom sticks on price for renewables

The standoff between the Department of Energy and power utility Eskom looks set to continue for a while, with both sides digging in on their positions on price...

By Linda Ensor 6 Feb 2017

Report released on state of renewable energy, infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa
Report released on state of renewable energy, infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa

Financial risk consultancy JCRA have released a report in partnership with the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) that looks at the state of renewable energy and infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa...

2 Feb 2017

We need a lot more water than is available to sustain current population and economic growth.
Are businesses doing enough to address the water crisis?

This March, GCX and Sun International will be hosting a Director's Briefing on Water as a Business Risk at The Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg...

2 Feb 2017

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