By-law restricting water testing in Cape Town nature reserves has academics up in arms

2020-03-27 05:02

A proposed by-law drafted by the City of Cape Town contains provisions preventing anyone from independently testing the water quality in City-run nature reserves without written authorisation.

OPINION: Don’t take good-quality drinking water for granted

2020-03-22 08:00

While we continue to look for innovative solutions through partnerships between universities, research institutes and companies, it is essential that public perception over water quality changes, writes Gideon Wolfaardt & Marlene de Witt.

Water and Sanitation will table qualified audit report seven months late

2020-03-11 19:42

The water and sanitation department is set to submit a qualified audit report for the 2018-2019 financial year nearly seven months after the legislated deadline for annual reports.

Early Earth may have been a ‘waterworld’, according to scientists

2020-03-06 09:42

New research shows that more than 3 billion years ago, early Earth may have been a real-life “waterworld”, without a continent in sight.

No end to water rationing in Makhanda

2020-03-02 18:42

Despite the rain in January, Makhanda remains in the grip of a water crisis. Schools, businesses and local residents continue to struggle to cope with water cuts.

Burst pipeline to leave parts of Pretoria without water for up to a week

2020-02-27 22:32

The City of Tshwane says around 100 water tankers would be deployed at strategic points while the pipeline is repaired.

Eastern Cape drought: Vandals make matters worse for water-starved Graaff-Reinet residents

2020-02-24 13:50

Despite welcome rains recently, the Eastern Cape remains in the grip of a terrible drought, and taps in Graaff-Reinet, home to 40 000 people, ran dry last year.

Butterworth residents shut down town over water woes, Eskom suspends operations

2020-02-19 08:28

Butterworth residents have shut down parts of the Eastern Cape town to highlight their frustration over erratic water supplies during the prolonged drought.

Violent protests erupt after taps run dry in Ntuzuma

2020-02-06 20:17

Residents of Ntuzuma H and G sections in eThekwini blocked Ithendele Drive with burning tyres on Wednesday night and Thursday morning after their taps ran dry more than two weeks ago.

Barberton protesters block roads over water shortages

2020-02-06 16:36

The suburb of Umjindi in Barberton, Mpumalanga, has been cut off for a third day running as protesters barricaded Voortrekker Street, the only entrance into the town.


Covid-19: 'If I use a bucket of water to do laundry, then I have no water to cook, wash hands'

2020-03-26 09:07

While South Africans are being urged to wash their hands frequently to protect themselves from the coronavirus, hundreds of families are sharing three water taps in Madiba Square, Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Limpopo villagers up in arms over fears shopping mall will take their water

2020-03-21 06:37

Villagers in Magangeni, Limpopo, are upset with Chief Samuel Mukhari, accusing him of breaking a promise to sink boreholes for them.

Uneasy calm in protest-hit Barberton after two leaders appear in court

2020-03-06 19:11

After nearly two months of violent protests over water shortages in Barberton, Mpumalanga, calm appears to have been restored in the town, and businesses can once again open their doors.

Large parts of Tshwane CBD could be without water for '4 to 7 more days'

2020-03-03 14:00

Residents in large parts of the Tshwane CBD have been without water for nearly a week and will have to wait four to seven more days for the restoration of the supply.

Emergency pipeline repairs to affect water supply to numerous Pretoria suburbs

2020-02-29 12:08

The City of Tshwane has confirmed that emergency repair work would be carried out on the leaking pipeline on Saturday afternoon.

War room set up as Sisulu tasks Amatola Water Board to save Eastern Cape from drought

2020-02-24 22:51

Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has commissioned the Amatola Water Board to lead the drought intervention plan in the Eastern Cape, the board has said.

Municipalities can't pay up because they're not being paid, MPs hear

2020-02-20 05:00

Salga President Thembi Nkadimeng said that municipalities struggle to pay their debts, because they struggle to collect revenue owed to hem by government and businesses.

No water in Pietermaritzburg neighbourhood for four years

2020-02-14 13:04

Residents of Shayamoya in Pietermaritzburg say their settlement has been without tap water for four years. They depend on a water tanker that comes once or twice a week.

Dam levels remain steady despite lack of rainfall - water department

2020-02-06 17:58

Dam levels across the country remain steady compared to the same period last year, with only the Eastern Cape below the 50% capacity, the Department of Water and Sanitation says.

Department falls short on promise to deliver 5 000 water tankers to drought-stricken QwaQwa

2020-02-05 22:04

Sixteen tankers have been delivered to QwaQwa in the Free State by the Department of Water and Sanitation in a bid to relieve water shortages in the area.

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