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Can South Africa learn lessons from the mega mistakes of Eskom's mega projects?

Kusile and Medupi power stations continue to come under fire as poorly managed and ill-designed, remaining years behind completion dates amidst drastically rising costs that now stand at R300bn...

By Makgopa Tshehla 15 Apr 2019

R341m set aside for Vaal River rehabilitation

Government has set aside R341m for the rehabilitation of all wastewater treatment infrastructure in the Vaal Triangle...

8 Apr 2019

Closing Africa's infrastructure gap

Never before has the need for infrastructure felt so immediate and acute. This became apparent to me as I travelled to Nairobi, Lagos, Lusaka and Gaborone...

By Gerald Gondo 4 Apr 2019

Veolia installs packaged potable water treatment plant in Stellenbosch

Commissioned in December 2018, Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has supplied a package plant for the treatment of water abstracted from two new boreholes at Cloetesville in Stellenbosch...

3 Apr 2019

Consumers should generate their own electricity and become 'prosumers'

South Africans should be allowed, and in fact encouraged, to generate their own electricity...

By Prof Wikus van Niekerk 2 Apr 2019

Protection of strategic water source areas should be legislated, says UCT researcher

Left unprotected, South Africa's strategic water source areas are highly vulnerable to inappropriate development...

2 Apr 2019

Crowdfunding: An untapped funding resource for renewable energy

Small and innovative renewable energy projects battle to raise funds through formal channels. One possible solution is to reach out to communities with an interest in those projects to help fund them through crowdfunding initiatives...

By Carey-Anne Jennings and Seshree Govender 1 Apr 2019

Radisson BluWaterfront to harvest sea water with new desalination plant

As the Western Cape continues to save water, the hotel, located directly on the rocky Atlantic Coast in Granger Bay, Cape Town, will supply fresh water produced in its own, in-house desalination plant...

1 Apr 2019

How dirty is the Cape Flats groundwater?

The groundwater we are extracting from the Cape Flats to augment drinking supply and make us more drought resilient, is too polluted to use without it being treated...

By Steve Kretzmann 29 Mar 2019

New paper on Cape Town drought unpacks lessons for other municipalities

Unpacking the Cape Town Drought: Lessons Learnt is a new paper from the University of Cape Town's African Centre for Cities which warns that the Cape Town drought has powerful climate change adaptation lessons for other South African municipalities...

26 Mar 2019

Why crisis proofing for water preservation in SA should be a priority

This year's theme for World Water Day, held annually on 22 March, is 'Leaving no one behind', aptly revisiting access to water as a critical human right...

20 Mar 2019

Wastewater is an asset - it contains nutrients, energy and precious metals, and scientists are learning how to recover them

Most people think as little as possible about the wastewater that is produced daily from their showers, bathtubs, sinks, dishwashers and toilets. But with the right techniques, it can become a valuable resource...

By Yalin Li 20 Mar 2019

Delivering on climate resilience in Africa

Climate resilience must be at the heart of all investments across Africa. Knowledge is the critical ingredient to move the scale of climate resilience...

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Mar 2019

How data collected from mobile phones can help electricity planning

Access to reliable and affordable electricity brings many benefits. It supports the growth of small businesses, allows students to study at night and protects health...

By Eduardo Alejandro Martínez Ceseña, Joseph Mutale, Mathaios Panteli, and Pierluigi Mancarella 14 Mar 2019

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