South Africa

Clean water milestone for Port Alfred desalination plant – South Africa

Port Alfred’s answer to the ongoing water crisis reached an important milestone when 100-million litres of clean, potable water passed through the desalination facility.

The Ndlambe Sea Water Reverse Osmosis Plant was commissioned on June 23, and processes two megalitres of seawater daily, supplying residents with pristine drinking water.

Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) director  Musawenkosi Ndlovu was thrilled that the project reached this milestone.


Rouxville drinking water plant to be restarted before the end of 2021- South Africa

In South Africa, the government says that the Rouxville drinking water plant in the Free State province will be back in service before the end of 2021.

The plant is being rehabilitated by Lohan Construction Industry.

The Rouxville drinking water plant in South Africa’s Free State province will reopen before the end of 2021. This was noted by the South African authorities after an inspection visit to the project site.


Cape Town defends water and electricity tariffs –  Cape Town

The City of Cape Town says it uses all income from tariffs for the provision of services.

It said it rejects any misinformation being spread about the city’s tariffs and rates, despite numerous efforts to correct the misinformation.

“(The city) does everything in its power to keep tariffs as affordable as possible to cover the cost of providing the services while making sure the income is sufficient to ensure the municipality can continue providing services sustainably.


Desalination could bolster South Africa’s water supply – South Africa

As South Africa faces a deepening water crisis, desalination should be considered as part of the solution towards water security.

The 2 800 km coastline, stretching from Mozambique to Namibia, positions South Africa well to use sea water to help combat water scarcity, says ABB Energy Industries South Africa ABB power and water manager Joyce Moganedi.

“South Africa is a water scarce country. Our situation is becoming more desperate because of climate change, water pollution and overwhelmed water infrastructure.


Construction starts at SA’s biggest renewable energy project – South Africa

This was announced by ACWA Power, a Saudi developer, investor and operator of power generation and water desalination plants in 13 countries and the lead shareholder in the Redstone CSP.

ACWA Power made the announcement of commencement of the construction on the 100MW Redstone project following achievement of financial close.

According to the company, at R11.6 billion total investment, the Redstone project is the largest renewable energy investment in SA to date.


Drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay opts for desalination – South Africa

The decision was eagerly awaited in Nelson Mandela Bay. The municipal council of this town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa has approved the construction of a plant to transform sea water into drinking water.

The municipality’s choice comes in the context of a drought that is particularly affecting this part of South Africa.

This phenomenon, which is linked to climate change, is at the root of the water stress that the rainbow nation has been experiencing for several years.


NMB council approves construction of seawater desalination plant – South Africa

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Council has approved the construction of a seawater desalination plant.

This decision was taken in a Special Council meeting held on Friday.

The decision paves the way for the city’s Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate to enter into a partnership with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) to proceed with plans to fast track the project, considering the severity of the drought currently facing the city.

Heavy rains raise KZN dam levels – Durban

Durban – KwaZulu Natal dam levels have increased drastically week-on-week as a result of the recent rainfall.

This was revealed in a weekly dam level report issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation.

According to the department’s spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, the province’s water storage capacity increased by about 1.9% last week.

Sections of Monwabisi Beach closed for a week amid desalination plant decommissioning – Cape Town

The City of Cape Town has advised the public sections of Monwabisi Beach will be temporarily closed this week, while contractors undertake the decommissioning of the temporary Monwabisi desalination plant.

The City said the closure, for safety reasons, will take place from today until Saturday, February 13.

“Sections of the beach will be closed during this period, while contractors work on the seaward side to move part of the intake and brine pipelines.


Cape Town plans to be African leader in water and sanitation services – Cape Town

The City is on a mission to make Cape Town the first African city to be a world leader in water and sanitation services.

Yesterday, City officials visited the Wemmershoek Dam to brief the media on the water outlook over the next few years.

Mayor Dan Plato said: “It must be emphasised that the full dams are an achievement we arrived at collectively. Cape Town has always been a city of action.