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.

Some Tshwane residents facing 8-month water crisis due to damaged pipeline - report

2019-12-16 14:23

Some Tshwane residents will be left without water for at least eight months following torrential rains that caused devastation to a key pipeline, a report has said.

Drought in Eastern Cape crippling small-scale farmers

2019-11-14 07:07

The water-scarce conditions in the Eastern Cape aren't only a threat to farmers, but are also compromising the country's food security.

Johannesburg residents urged to save water as Vaal Dam level drops to just above 50%

2019-10-08 11:08

Johannesburg residents have been urged to try to save water after the level of the Vaal Dam dropped to 53.1%.

'Life here goes backwards': Water crisis makes things even worse in Zimbabwe

2019-09-14 11:00

Trudging home along a dusty street in the Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo, Sikhathele Ndlovu balances a 20-litre bucket of water on her head, a ritual she’s performed daily for almost a decade. Persistent drought on top of existing faulty piping means there’s little prospect of an end to her back-breaking trek to the communal borehole.

Two Eastern Cape university campuses closed over water shortages

2019-08-14 07:08

Two universities had to shut down due to a prolonged water shortage and a municipal strike.

Pietermaritzburg community's daily struggle to get water

2019-07-19 05:20

Water trucks no longer deliver, and a project to install taps has stopped in Umkhambathini.

Rand Water wraps up its planned 54-hour maintenance

2019-06-26 15:56

The City of Johannesburg says residents can officially breathe a sigh of relief as Rand Water wraps up its 54-hour maintenance.

Cape Town council's desalination debacle: Seawater 400% more polluted than City of Cape Town's tender data indicated

2019-05-27 06:23

Quality Filtrations Systems maintains that seawater feeding into the desalination plant at the V&A Waterfront is polluted by raw sewage from the Green Point outfall pipe and is sometimes up to 400% dirtier than specifications the City gave companies that tendered to build the plant.

Gift of the Givers pulls out of dry Makhanda, says other companies to be paid for its work

2019-05-16 10:58

Gift of the Givers spokesperson Imtiaz Sooliman says while the organisation maintained an amicable relationship with the municipality, the government edged it out of millions of rand spent during the height of the water crisis in Makhanda.


Ramaphosa can't be 'shocked' by drought, says Steenhuisen, urging emergency action

2020-01-09 20:43

DA interim leader John Steenhuisen says President Cyril Ramaphosa should order premiers to take urgent action to counter the drought crippling parts of the country.

WWF-SA welcomes Sisulu's national water master plan

2019-11-28 21:29

WWF-South Africa has hailed Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu's national water and sanitation master plan, saying it highlights the urgent need to act for the benefit of South Africa's water future.

More water restrictions on cards for four provinces if demand not cut

2019-10-23 20:08

Parts of Gauteng, the North West, Free State and Mpumalanga could soon find themselves facing more water restrictions if current demands do not change, according to Rand Water.

Water department ropes in divers to resolve Queenstown water supply issues

2019-09-18 21:24

The services of a diver have been procured to go deeper into the dam and release the valve that will allow for the right pressure to release water to Queenstown.

Desalination plant battle: City of Cape Town hits back, asks court to dismiss R50m lawsuit

2019-08-21 11:15

The City of Cape Town has asked the Western Cape High Court to dismiss legal action launched against it by the company that built a desalination plant at the V&A Waterfront.

Dear City of Cape Town, with reference to water levels: Reverse the charges

2019-08-08 14:33

When the drought set in, all citizens were requested to conserve water. This led to the CoCT not meeting their budgeted target as less water was sold. Next, the same residents were hit with severe water tariff increases to balance the CoCT budget.

Water cuts in part of North West to persist, provincial government urges patience

2019-07-10 21:03

Residents of Mahikeng in the North West have been urged to remain patient as the provincial government works toward reducing water cuts being experienced in the area.

Early June rains good, but no guarantee they will last - experts

2019-06-10 21:38

Experts warn that the good rainfall in early June does not mean that the rainfall in the rest of winter will be good - or even average - and have urged that water restrictions remain in place.

Community input important in big business contribution to Africa's water challenges - Coca-Cola executive

2019-05-18 13:58

Big companies may have funds to help address water challenges in Africa, but they must get community input in the process, says a Coca-Cola executive.

ANALYSIS: What Cape Town's drought can teach other cities about climate adaptation

2019-04-04 07:51

Although three years of low rainfall led to very low dam levels, there were breakdowns in the interaction between national, provincial and municipal government that exacerbated the problem.

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