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Water minister pays out R30m in bonuses

Wastage: Mokonyane blames circumstances beyond her control for the state of her department’s finances 14 November 2017 – 06:50 By KHULEKANI MAGUBANE Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane has admitted that her department paid out R30-million in bonuses to its employees, despite the department being found wanting in the management of its financial books. […]

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Less than normal rain predicted

By Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness This year’s July was the hottest month since weather records began in 1880, and experts are “uncertain” whether to expect a drought this summer or not. Last year’s temperatures for the southern hemisphere were the highest yet recorded. However, February, March, April, May, and July this year were recorded as […]

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South Africa’s borehole crisis

By Sipho Kings Mail & Guardian Sinking a borehole and striking water requires a combination of luck and feel. Under the ground, water flows along faultlines and pools in unseen caverns. The only clues come from the surface, where the type of rock gives an inkling about what lies beneath. The process would be easier […]

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Did Mokonyane delay Gauteng’s water supply?

Posted By Riante Naidoo on July 24, 2017 in Construction, News, Water, Water management, Water supply The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) plans to take legal action against the Department of Water and Sanitation over delays in Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Outa’s basis for the case is over serious maladministration arising […]

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A river of shit, chemicals, metals flows through our land

Sipho Kings Mail & Guardian 13 Apr 2017 The Olifants River is one of Southern Africa’s most important catchments. Its waters irrigate farming in western Mpumalanga and power Eskom’s dozen coal-fired power stations in the area. The river flows through Limpopo’s platinum belt, bringing water to valleys that otherwise go thirsty. It then breaks through […]

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Swimming pools – save water

Public pools in Cape Town close due to water crisis. 2017-02-08 Cape Town – The City of Cape Town is closing several public pools for most weekdays in a desperate bid to save water, it said on Wednesday. “With the exception of Sea Point, Mnandi Resort pool, and four indoor facilities in Long Street, Retreat, […]

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More pressure for SA households with increased rates and tariffs

Friday 1 July 2016 08:10 Households across the country are expected to dig deeper into their pockets as prices for rates and services increase as of Friday. Municipalities, including major towns such as Johannesburg, Ethekwini and the City of Cape Town, will increase the prices of electricity, water, refuse removal, sanitation and property rates. Households […]

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South Africa’s water resources under immense pressure

South Africa is currently facing a multi-faceted water crisis. The mismatch between water supply and water demand, the theft of water resources, a deteriorating infrastructure, the loss of essential skills, a strangling educational pipeline, management failure, and deterioration in the quality of water, are all potential threats and key concerns. Anja du Plessis, project leader […]

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A thirsty future beckons

South Africa is in the midst of a water crisis, with worse to come unless government puts money and political will where its mouth is. We are in the same situation with water that Eskom was in a decade ago with regard to the provision of electricity. We saw the signs then but did nothing. […]

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The New “Water Barons”: Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World’s Water

By Jo-Shing Yang Global Research, March 22, 2015 Market Oracle 21 December 2012 Theme: Environment, Global Economy This article was first published on December 21, 2012 A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over […]

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