South Africa

Cape Town’s plan to not run out of water again – Cape Town

Cape Town is drilling boreholes and wells at a rapid rate to ensure it has a stable water supply.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, over 26,000 registered boreholes and wells have been created. This is compared to 1,500 in 2016.

The continued focus on drilling for water comes just over a year after Cape Town faced severe droughts and water shortages.

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South Africa’s Evolving Case to Increase Coastal Shipping – South Africa

South Africa has downsized its domestic railway freight network with the closure of many branch lines, and now long line-ups of big trucks carry coal to some of South Africa’s coal-fired power stations. So, like many other African nations, South Africa’s economy depends on truck transportation.

The increasing number of heavy trucks carrying freight over long distances has taken a toll on South Africa’s deteriorating road network while the crime rate has escalated in response to high unemployment.

The truck transportation industry has become a target for criminals. Drivers who stop to rest at truck stops and act to protect their cargo have been brutally attacked by criminals who take both the freight and various parts of the trucks that they resell.

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Africa’s first sea water solar desalination plant reaches milestone – Africa

The plant, located in Witsand, Western Cape Province, has been fully operational since December 2018, solving the water crisis in the area and providing the local population a steady water supply.

The project, co-funded by the French Treasury and the Province of the Western Cape, has been fully developed and completed in less than 18 months by Turnkey Water Solutions (TWS) and Mascara Renewable Water, together with a strong team of local consultants and contractors.

The OSMOSUN plant, designed by Mascara, is currently producing an average of 150kL of drinkable water per day, two-thirds of the production from solar energy only and at a very competitive price.

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PUWU petitions Akufo-Addo over Teshie Desalination Plant operations – Teshie – Ghana

The Public Utility Workers Union, PUWU has petitioned President Akufo-Addo to discontinue the operations of the Teshie Desalination Plant due to the cost burden on the Ghana Water Company Limited.

According to the petition sighted by Prime Business and signed by the General Secretary of PUWU of TUC GH, Micheal Adumatta Nyantakyi, the Teshie Desalination Plant has the potential to collapse the whole Ghana Water Company.

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SA’s first solar powered desalination plant ready – Saudi Arabia

It’s the very first plant in SA and extendable in Africa which is going to produce drinkable water from sea water with solar energy only.

South Africa’s first solar-powered desalination plant is ready to start pumping water to residents of Witsand near Riversdale in the Southern Cape.

The project is a collaboration between the Western Cape and French governments.

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Former Australian minister to discuss SA water crisis – Cape Town – South Africa

Water Shortage South Africa along with global water expert Professor Anthony Turton and former minister of Victoria Professor John Thwaite are to have a discussion centred around the Cape Town water crisis.

Water Shortage South Africa CEO, Benoit Le Roy in a statement on Monday said Turton warns of the real estate bubble that could well burst in Cape Town as a result of poor leadership, both locally, and nationally during the water crisis.

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Desalination is too costly, says Umgeni Water – Durban – South Africa

The idea of using desalination as an alternative to augment Umgeni Water’s water resources will be written off unless industries can be convinced to buy-in and support the concept.

Desalination had been punted as the panacea for the country’s water problems during the recent drought.

In Durban, feasibility studies were conducted and two potential sites identified for pilot projects.

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Cape water consumption threatens storage levels – Cape Town – South Africa

The days of watering your garden with municipal water in the Western Cape may never come back despite Cape town’s six main dams sitting at 76 percent capacity. 

WWF South Africa says consumption in Cape Town has increased since water restrictions were eased, and if residents are not careful, drought conditions in the province will continue to get worse.

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Is Ethiopia taking control of the River Nile? – Ethiopia

Look at Egypt on Google Earth and you will see a green line snaking through a sand-colored landscape, fanning out into a triangle in the north.

This emerald ribbon is the vegetation that grows on either side of the Nile River and around its delta. It is Egypt’s only fertile land — and testament to the country’s reliance on this fabled waterway.

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All 3 of CT’s desalination plants finally up and running – Cape Town – South Africa

After months of delays, all three of Cape Town’s desalination plants are up and running. The City of Cape Town says its various water projects are now all on track.

The city is still in the midst of a drought. There’ve been many delays at the Monwabisi desalination because of a dispute between the city and the local community.

Residents were demanding that more of them be employed at the facility. It was the last plant to be brought online.

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