Author: Danielle Petterson

Rewarding engineering excellence

The consulting engineering industry came together last night for the 2018 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards – a celebration of innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and professionalism in the engineering industry. The annual awards event serves as a platform to showcase the important role that infrastructure plays in the sustainable development and delivery of basic services to society. The CESA Awards focus on consulting engineers and their clients who participate in projects that promote the advancement of South Africa as well as recognise the contributions of young professionals and mentors to the engineering profession.   The winners of the 2018 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards are:   Projects with a value in excess of R250 million Winner: AECOM, Construction of the Cape Flats 3 Bulk Sewer – Phase 2 Commendation: HHO Consulting, Upgrade of the N11 Section 10 from Middelburg to Loskopdam   Projects with a value between R50 million and R250 million Winner: Aurecon, Sol Plaatje University Library and Student Resource Centre Commendation: Royal HaskoningDHV, Grayston... Read More

KSB announces B-BBEE breakthrough in SA

KSB Pumps and Valves has achieved Level 1 B-BBEE status following the acquisition of a 30% stake in the South African business by Insikazi Synergies, a 100% black women-owned company. This is a first for the multi-national KSB Group, a German listed company which operates around the globe. “Achieving Level 1 B-BBEE status has marked a major milestone for us and is evidence of our philosophy of operating globally and thinking locally. Transformation is not only a strategic imperative for operating in this market, but something we embrace as a company that will soon celebrate 60 years of operating in South Africa. We are proud to be the first pump and valve Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to achieve Level 1 B-BBEE status,” says Dr Sven Baumgarten, Managing Director for KSB South Africa. Insikazi has four shareholders, all highly qualified and experienced black businesswomen who will actively contribute to the KSB business. Nonhlanhla Ngwenya and Matshepiso Finca will join the... Read More

A ‘new normal’ for water security

Speaking at the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) 2018 Conference, two well-known environmental activists in the water sector spoke on the sustainable future of water and advocated for integrated planning that adapts to the new normal, and using similar approaches to those of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus to ensure security for Africans. Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO of the Water Research Commission (WRC), alongside Dr Sunita Narain, Director of the Centre for Science and Environment in India, addressed the final plenary keynote session at the WISA Conference in Cape Town this week. The WISA Conference serves as a crucial gathering of water management bodies, policymakers, experts, professionals, students and entrepreneurs in the water sector across Southern Africa, aimed at facilitating conversations on better water planning and management.   Better planning Speaking at the launch of the Indlulamithi Scenarios 2030 Initiative last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa encouraged South Africans to embrace the important process of better planning for the future and not... Read More


Grundfos develops water solutions for the world. We set the standard in terms of innovation, efficiency, reliability and sustainability. We are a pump company touching millions and millions of people every day. Our solutions help our partners and customers move water to where it is supposed to go. Providing drinking water for the smallest communities to the highest skyscrapers, treating and removing wastewater and bringing heat and comfort to the world – or cool it down if needed. Why not join us on this exciting and important journey. Grundfos for Well Drillers is good business for you As an innovative frontrunner in residential and commercial groundwater business for more than 70 years, we know that the people who work with and install our pumps every day are very important for driving the business and for delivering the most optimum groundwater solutions for the end-users; who live life in small houses, manage schools and hospitals or run farms and public waterworks. Your business is our business, too. We take responsibility for providing you with all the knowledge and training you need, in how to... Read More

WEC Projects welcomes new technical director

South Africa’s water sector issues can be overcome with a renewed public private sector partnership that prioritises technical skills. That’s the word from newly-installed WEC Projects Technical Director, Gunter Rencken, who believes South Africa’s current challenges are not insurmountable. “Technical ability and policy direction must be in sync and other sectors have shown they can be,” says Rencken – a 32-year veteran of the local water industry. Rencken’s PhD in Chemical Engineering was the precursor to a short stint at the Uranium Enrichment Corporation from 1982 to 1986 where he further developed the hands-on orientation that sees him perform at his best when getting to grips at the coalface of the organisation. His PhD is complemented by an MBA in Project Management from Henley Business School in the UK. Rencken’s career history also includes time with Umgeni Water from 1986 to 1993; Debex Water (a subsidiary of De Beers) from 1993 to 1996, Envig from 1996 to 1997, USFilter... Read More

The science of quality water

Ryno Erdmann, Group CEO, Aquatico, discusses the importance of laboratory testing and the services Aquatico has to offer.   Tell me about Aquatico and the laboratory services you offer the water sector. RE Aquatico is an established environmental monitoring and testing company that has been in operation since 1996. We are a proud service provider that offers cutting-edge technology and innovation to our extensive customer base. Aquatico Laboratories offers the testing of ground-, waste-, surface and drinking water across all sectors of society, including mining and industries, municipalities and government, as well as estates and private homeowners. What kind of water assessments can you offer your clients? We offer inorganic analysis of major cations and anions, trace metals, microbiological analyses and organic analyses. Emphasis is placed on turning environmental data into management information that can assess risk as measured against legislative criteria. What accreditations does your laboratory have? Aquatico is a Sanas-accredited testing laboratory (No. T0685) governed by ISO/IEC... Read More

Half of indebted municipalities to cough up

Speaking at the Water Infrastructure Investment Summit in Sandton yesterday, Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane announced that 16 of the 30 defaulting municipalities have approached her department in an attempt to reach a payment agreement. This comes after the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) threatened to cut water to the top 30 defaulting municipalities if they failed to settle all their water debt older than 60 days. At that time the department faced an outstanding water debt of R10.7 billion, with 73% of that amount being outstanding for longer than 60 days.   Water is not free Addressing the non-payment issue at the summit yesterday, panellist Lindiwe Mkonza from ChiefKasi Water argued that the perception around water in South Africa needs to change. “Water is not free. Rainwater is free, however processed water to your tap is not,” she emphasised. Mkonza believes that in order to for South Africa to get the funding it needs for... Read More

Gearing up for International No-Dig South Africa 2018

The International No-Dig Conference and Exhibition is coming to South Africa for the first time in 2018, and will bring with it knowledge from across the globe on the latest techniques and trends in trenchless technology. The conference hosted by the Southern African Society for Trenchless Technology (SASTT) will take place in Cape Town on 8 and 9 October next year. This major forum will bring together engineers from across the globe to network with like-minded professionals. The comprehensive conference programme will include papers on the latest innovations and techniques, as well as case study presentations with a regional focus. The two-day event will also feature a mix of technical sessions, while a lively and informative exhibition will showcase the very latest technology and products. International No-Dig South Africa is, therefore, a must-attend event for all municipal engineers and technicians, consultants, engineers, traffic authority managers, developers, utility providers and design consultants involved in any aspect of the installation or refurbishment... Read More

Insights into SA’s water security

In May, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane made greater water security for all South Africans a priority, with the department setting a R15.1 billion budget for the 2017/18 financial year. In light of this, and given the country’s ongoing water shortage challenges, it is imperative to implement models for large infrastructure projects in the water and sanitation sector to ensure water security. To achieve this, government needs to build, maintain and refurbish water and sanitation infrastructure. Unlocking economic development “The key is for government to plan and identify the large projects required to unlock the economic development in line with the national development plan,” says Teboho Mofokeng, Technical Executive at GIBB. Water and sanitation projects can have an impact on a wide variety of sectors, including mining, health, housing, and energy, to name a few. Engagement across all government sectors is therefore key to identifying and prioritising the projects that will be most beneficial to the economy. South... Read More

Grayston Bridge inquiry to resume this month

The M1 Grayston Bridge inquiry will resume on 26 September after it was postponed in August last year. The inquiry seeks to establish the cause of the collapse of the M1 pedestrian and cyclist bridge on 14 October 2015, which resulted in the death of two people and injury to 19 others. The inquiry was instituted by the Department of Labour in terms of section 32 of the Occupation, Health and Safety Act, and is being conducted by Lennie Samuel. A number of witnesses have already appeared on behalf of Murray & Roberts, the principal contractor, and Form-Scaff, the scaffolding supplier on the project. A number of suspected causes for the collapse emerged during last year’s testimony, including that wind together with structural weaknesses was responsible for the collapse of the temporary structures, as well as that structure was not in line with the design. It is expected that more witnesses will be called and that the inquiry will conclude... Read More

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