Author: Danielle Petterson

The ‘new normal’ for Cape Town

Earlier this month the City of Cape Town unveiled its Water Resilience Plan to augment the system by up to 500 million litres of water a day over the coming months using groundwater extraction, desalination, and water reuse. The Water Resilience Plan has been developed based on the ‘new normal’ scenario where Cape Town will no longer rely only on rain water for its drinking water supplies. Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Sanitation Services, and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg,  discuss explains what the ‘new normal’ means for Cape Town. Source: Expresso Show... Read More

Coega creates hundreds of jobs through construction

Booming construction in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has led to the creation of over 450 jobs in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. Projects currently at various phases of construction within the SEZ include the Customs Control Area (CCA), BAIC Ring Road Project, BAIC construction site (Automotive sector), MM Engineering (Energy Sector), Kenako Construction and Osho Cement (Metals sector). “The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has worked tirelessly over the years to ensure that, on the one hand, we create employment opportunities for our people and on the other hand we diversify our sectors in order to address the scourge of unemployment and poverty in the Eastern Cape,” says Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC unit head marketing & communications. “We are certainly alive to and mindful of our role in society and the mandate in terms of socio economic development, given the environment under which we operate. Therefore, every job created is critical in putting food on the table of... Read More

Latest Infrastructure Report Card to launch next month

As a developing nation, South Africa’s engagement in the global economy is either advanced or constrained by the state of its infrastructural capabilities. The first ever Infrastructure Report Card (IRC) for South Africa, exploring the state of the country’s infrastructure, was released in 2006 by SAICE. According to past SAICE President (2006), Sam Amod PrEng, “Report cards that attempt to greet the condition of infrastructure, or comment on the trends in their condition, have been published in the developed world since the late 1990s. They are now gaining traction in the developing world, starting with South Africa in 2006.” The 2006 IRC, which reported on the condition of infrastructure in South Africa at the time, was followed by an updated IRC in 2011, which also covered notable developments and projects centred on the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. This year, on 26 September, SAICE will publish its third IRC, which will provide an overall grade for the country’s infrastructure.... Read More

Turning Africa’s megacities into smart cities

The rapid growth and evolution of megacities in Africa requires radical, effective urban management. Lagos, Cairo and Kinshasa already have more than 10 million residents while Johannesburg, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Khartoum are all expected to reach the 10-million-person threshold in the near future. “Rapid urban migration of the population is placing demands on existing infrastructure and transportation networks which are expected to perform beyond their original design. The total number of people living in African cities is projected to increase from 400 million to 760 million by 2030 and 1.26 billion by 2050,” says Sharoda Rapeti, Smart Cities Africa Leader at Deloitte. African megacities also face common challenges while attempting to remain competitive in securing sufficient resources to maintain and grow the city. Each city is unique when it comes to its geographic layout and architecture – varying landscapes have different infrastructure requirements. These cities do however have common objectives, such as the safety and security of... Read More

N2 Wild Coast bridge construction to begin shortly

The tender for the Mtentu Bridge, which forms part of the N2 Wild Coast road (N2WC) project, has been awarded. The first of its magnitude in South Africa, the Mtentu Bridge will be one of the longest main span balanced cantilever bridges in the world and will reach heights of approximately 220 m. Construction of the 1.1 km long bridge is set to start in early November 2017 and should last approximately 40 months. The remote location is a major undertaking that requires specialised engineering skills and building techniques. Sanral last week announced that the R1.634 billion tender was awarded to the Aveng Strabag Joint Venture (JV). According to Vusi Mona, Sanral Communications Manager, the JV partners consist of major South African-based construction company Aveng Grinaker-LTA, and Strabag, a leading construction company in Europe with extensive experience in major balanced cantilever methodology bridge construction. The bridge forms the backbone of greenfields portion of the N2WC road project – a... Read More

Creating the civil engineers of tomorrow

The 2017 winners of the 14th annual SAICE Aqualibrium Schools Water Competition have been announced. The competition teaches learners to design, build, and operate a water-distribution system exactly as if they were qualified civil engineers operating in a municipal environment. The winners are:   First place: Maritzburg Christian School from Pietermaritzburg Team members: Jason Mather, Malcol Govender, and Grace Ngeleka Penalty points: 15   Second place: Parel Vallei High School in Somerset West Team members: Charl du Toit, Stefan le Roux, and Juan Swanepoel Penalty points: 25   Third place: Kimberley Boys’ High School Team members: Guy Jansen, Tumisang Shuping, and Thato Seipato Penalty points: 40   The winners shared total prize money of more than R23 000. Regional winners came from Bloemfontein, Dendron, Durban, East London, Harrismith, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, and Somerset West to compete against the teams from Johannesburg and Pretoria, and the national winning team from Swaziland and Zimbabwe. “Without the sponsorship of major companies like... Read More

SA’s water deficit and the threat to business

A deficit of almost 2 billion m3  in potable water is expected by 2025. With the current state of South Africa’s Gordon Allen, MD of Gurumanzi, believes all risks, including water crises, need to be discussed in company boardrooms.   Source: Moneyweb... Read More

DWS threatens to blacklist non-payers

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) says it is considering blacklisting individuals, companies and organisations that continue not to honour their debts due to the department. This proposal was tabled before the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation last week when the department presented its Quarter One report for the 2017/2018 financial year. During the first quarter of the financial year the department only managed to collect R115 million of more than R7 billion owed to it by municipalities and water boards. “The DWS views the failure of water users to pay for the services in a serious light as this failure has adverse implications for the department in the execution of its mandate,” the department said in a statement. Q1 results On its Quarter One report, the DWS revealed that it has 15% of its original R15 billion budget with Acting Director-General Sifiso Mkhize saying the department is on the right track in as far as... Read More

DWS concludes national raw water consultations

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has completed its national raw water consultations where it presented proposed raw water tariffs for the 2018/19 financial year and listened to input from key stakeholders in the water and sanitation sector. Mpho Mofokeng, DWS Chief Financial Officer of the Water Trading Entity, presented the 2018/19 tariffs, indicating a proposed increase of 14.6% across the spectrum of raw water users was. According to Mofokeng, the Water Resource Infrastructure Charges for the domestic and industrial sector will increase from 0% to 14.6%. Irrigation charges will also range from 0% to 14.6%. Furthermore, the water resource management charges for the domestic and industrial sector will range from 0%-14.6%, as will forestry sector tariffs. The irrigation sector charges will be capped and will range between 4% and 14.6%. The primary aim of the pricing strategy is to find appropriate methods of funding water resource management, water resource development and use of waterworks as per section... Read More

Cape Town given R20.8 million towards drought relief

The City of Cape Town’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of the current drought in Cape Town will be boosted by R20.8 million. The National Disaster Management Centre in the Department of Cooperative Governance will transfer the funds to the City of Cape Town for emergency disaster relief. The R20.8 million is solely to provide emergency relief for drilling of boreholes and the installation of pumps and pipelines due to drought conditions. “We are extremely grateful to the department for this contribution and thank them for coming on board to assist us with this very important task to supplement our water supplies,” says Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille. De Lille declared Cape Town a local disaster area in March to prepare for all eventualities and invoke emergency procurement procedures required to expedite the emergency. “The city plans to utilise the funds for responding to the immediate needs of the drought disaster that has occurred and to alleviate... Read More

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