RAND WATER TO COMMENCE INFRASTRUCTURAL MAINTENANCE SOON IN SOUTH AFRICA

RAND WATER TO COMMENCE INFRASTRUCTURAL MAINTENANCE SOON IN SOUTH AFRICA

Rand Water is set to commence extensive infrastructure maintenance starting this Saturday, extending until the end of July. This maintenance is part of their winter maintenance plan and aims to preserve the quality and integrity of the water infrastructure, reduce long-term maintenance costs, and extend the lifespan of their assets. Rand Water emphasizes the importance of proactive infrastructure maintenance to ensure an uninterrupted water supply for current and future generations. Their Asset Management Strategy focuses…

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JOHANNESBURG RESIDENT ADVISED TO PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE WATER OUTRAGED IN SOUTH AFRICA

JOHANNESBURG RESIDENT ADVISED TO PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE WATER OUTRAGED IN SOUTH AFRICA

Residents of Johannesburg have been warned about potential water supply disruptions due to maintenance work by the bulk supplier Rand Water. This maintenance will impact systems supplied by the Palmiet and Eikenhof pump stations, as well as the Daleside booster station. Johannesburg Water has advised residents to expect low pressure to no water supply during this period, which is estimated to last from June 22 to July 29. During the maintenance period, Johannesburg Water will…

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INFRASTRUCTURAL DESTRUCTION CAUSING SERIOUS CONCERN IN GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA

INFRASTRUCTURAL DESTRUCTION CAUSING SERIOUS CONCERN IN GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA

Law enforcement authorities in Gauteng are grappling with a severe and escalating issue of theft and destruction of critical infrastructure, with recent events underscoring the magnitude of the problem. M1 Bridge Damage The M1 bridge in Johannesburg’s CBD was severely damaged by a fire two weeks ago, attributed to cable theft. Repairing the bridge will cost approximately R23 million and will take about two weeks. The fire has disrupted power supply for many residents, necessitating…

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SADC 50KM ROAD CONSTRUCTION BEGINS IN TANZANIA

SADC 50KM ROAD CONSTRUCTION BEGINS IN TANZANIA

Construction of a 50-kilometre strategic road that will link Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries through neighbouring Zambia is underway which will facilitate the smooth flow of goods and services in the region. Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) Rukwa Regional Manager, Ms Mgeni Mwanga said that the completion of the project will help to facilitate the movement of people services and goods within the SADC countries. “The road will relieve trucks from congestion at Tunduma…

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KILLARNEY GARDEN HOUSING PROJECT ON HOLD ON SOUTH AFRICA

KILLARNEY GARDEN HOUSING PROJECT ON HOLD ON SOUTH AFRICA

The Killarney Gardens housing project, intended to alleviate overcrowding in Dunoon’s informal settlemen has ground to a halt. Announced by¬†former Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu in April 2020 at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was initially going to provide accommodation for 1,500 families. After lengthy delays and legal wrangling over town planning objections and appeals, site works eventually got under way by July 2022, raising the hopes of housing beneficiaries. But the…

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HOW SOUTH AFRICA CAPE TOWN RENTAL FLAT ARE IN POOR CONDITION

HOW SOUTH AFRICA CAPE TOWN RENTAL FLAT ARE IN POOR CONDITION

Crumbling balconies, unstable steps, mouldy walls and leaking roofs, are some of the issues that tenants are experiencing in their Avonwood rental flats. They claim that the flats are not being maintained by the City of Cape Town. Situated in Elsies River, the four-storey buildings which were built in 1976, are part of several community rental units (CRU) that the City manages. We were shown some of the balconies of the flats which were riddled…

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HOW IBACF IS HELPING SA INFRASTRUCTURAL PROGRESS

HOW IBACF IS HELPING SA INFRASTRUCTURAL PROGRESS

The Infrastructure Built Anti-Corruption Forum (IBACF) has welcomed the progress made by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other law enforcement agencies on the progress made to crack down on the construction mafia. The IBACF was formed in 2020 and is aimed at monitoring infrastructure projects and putting systems in place to detect and prevent corruption. The forum comprises civil society, representatives from the built environment and various arms of government, including the Special…

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SOUTH AFRICA LAUNCH BIDS FOR NEW POWER GENERATION PROJECT

SOUTH AFRICA LAUNCH BIDS FOR NEW POWER GENERATION PROJECT

South Africa on Thursday launched three bidding rounds for 7,615 megawatts (MW) of new power generation from renewable energy, natural gas, and battery storage, part of efforts to overcome record power outages crippling economic output. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy said in a statement it had issued three requests for proposals (RFPs) for independent power producers to generate 5,000 MW of renewable energy, 2,000 MW from gas, and 615 MW from battery storage….

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SOUTH AFRICA ANNOUNCED PLANS TO BEGIN 2500 NUCLEAR ENERGY PROJECT

SOUTH AFRICA ANNOUNCED PLANS TO BEGIN 2500 NUCLEAR ENERGY PROJECT

Minister in The Presidency responsible for Electricity Kgosientsho Ramokgopa¬†announced that South Africa will soon begin the procurement process for some 2,500MW of nuclear energy. Ramokgopa said that national power utility Eskom’s current power station fleet is aging – meaning that South Africa will have to generate additional sources of energy. The announcement comes less than a month after the World Bank Board said a U.S.$1 billion Development Policy Loan was offered to support the government’s…

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WHY FIXING SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE VITAL TO HELP LEARNING CRISIS IN SOUTH AFRICA

WHY FIXING SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE VITAL TO HELP LEARNING CRISIS IN SOUTH AFRICA

November 29 marks the 10th anniversary of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga signing the Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure into law. And despite this legislation clearly stating that all schools should have been provided with libraries and laboratories by then – as well as sufficient electricity, water, safe toilets, classrooms, fences, and internet – many learners across the country struggle to receive quality education with poor school conditions. The South African government is…

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SOUTH AFRICA ESKOM IMPLEMENT STAGE 2 LOAD SHEDDING

SOUTH AFRICA ESKOM IMPLEMENT STAGE 2 LOAD SHEDDING

Eskom has implemented Stage 2 load shedding in a bid to replenish emergency reserves ahead of the colder weather expected this week. On Monday, Stage 2 was implemented until 4pm and will be followed by Stage 3 until 5am. Thereafter Stage 2 will return during the day with that pattern repeating until further notice. “Breakdowns are currently at 16 150MW of generating capacity while the capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 5 950MW….

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BOREHOLE DRILLING TO COMMENCE IN DIFFERENT SA REGION TO REDUCE WATER CHALLENGES

BOREHOLE DRILLING TO COMMENCE IN DIFFERENT SA REGION TO REDUCE WATER CHALLENGES

As part of interventions to resolve water challenges, the eThekwini Municipality has started the drilling of boreholes in several wards, particularly in the rural parts of the city. This follows the recent launch of the borehole project that will see 20 boreholes drilled in areas affected by irregular supply of water. Launched by eThekwini Mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, the project will ensure that residents have access to clean, safe water as an interim measure, while longer…

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SA ACTIVISTS UNHAPPY WITH GOVT. PLANS OVER ENERGY MIXTURE

SA ACTIVISTS UNHAPPY WITH GOVT. PLANS OVER ENERGY MIXTURE

Activists protested against oil and gas development outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Wednesday, as the Southern African Oil and Gas Conference got underway. The protesters included members of Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI), the Climate Justice Charter Movement, Feed the Future for Life and Extinction Rebellion. About 80 protesters sang and danced outside the centre. Some wore chicken masks and held placards which read “Fossil fuels: Your chickens have…

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CHINA DONATE POWER SUPPLY TO SOLVE SOUTH AFRICA’s LOAD SHEDDING

CHINA DONATE POWER SUPPLY TO SOLVE SOUTH AFRICA’s LOAD SHEDDING

At least 500 public facilities around the country are set to benefit from a donation from China which will allow them to have an uninterrupted alternative power supply and shield them from the effects of load shedding. The donation includes generators, power supply vehicles, and off-grid PV energy storage supply systems. This was announced by the Minister of the Presidency for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, during the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with…

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KWANONGOMA GET INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECT BOOST IN SOUTH AFRICA

KWANONGOMA GET INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECT BOOST IN SOUTH AFRICA

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport and KwaNongoma Local Municipality have committed to work together to accelerate service delivery, especially the delivery of transport infrastructure projects. This follows a meeting where Transport, Community Safety, and Liaison MEC, Sipho Hlomuka, led a team of departmental officials to engage with the municipality in a bid to identify areas of possible partnership. During a meeting on Monday, KwaNongoma Local Municipality Mayor, Mshangane Ndabandaba and Speaker Babongile Sithole shared the…

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SOUTH AFRICA MINISTER OUTLINE EAP PLANS FOR ELECTRICITY

SOUTH AFRICA MINISTER OUTLINE EAP PLANS FOR ELECTRICITY

Minister in the Presidency responsible for Electricity, Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, says at least half of the actions set out in the Energy Action Plan (EAP) are either completed or on track. He was briefing the media on the progress made on the one-year implementation of the Energy Action Plan on Sunday. The EAP was introduced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in July last year and thrashes out work that must be done by both Eskom and…

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ESKOM WORKING ON AVOIDING HIGHER STAGE OF LOADING SHEDDING

ESKOM WORKING ON AVOIDING HIGHER STAGE OF LOADING SHEDDING

Electricity Minister, Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, says there is a need for Eskom to continuously ensure it improves the reliability of generation units as the government works around the clock to end load shedding. “I think it’s particularly unhelpful when Eskom has to go out from time to time with the announcement of the intensity of load shedding. “I think there was one day where we shifted the intensity of load shedding about three times in…

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SA HEALTH MINISTER TO CUT SOD FOR CONSTRUCTION OF FIRST CENTRAL HOSPITAL

SA HEALTH MINISTER TO CUT SOD FOR CONSTRUCTION OF FIRST CENTRAL HOSPITAL

Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla, together with Acting Limpopo Premier, Seaparo Sekoati, will on Tuesday, 18 July 2023, preside over the sod-turning ceremony for the first Central Hospital in Limpopo. “This follows a feasibility study conducted and submitted to National Treasury in July 2018, which established a need to develop a new 688-bed academic hospital in the province. “The construction of this state-of-the-art hospital became one of the five flagship academic hospitals around the…

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HOW WESTERN CAPE INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT R1BILLION

HOW WESTERN CAPE INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT R1BILLION

Following the recent severe floods, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) released an updated assessment of the estimated financial cost of the damage. A rapid assessment conducted during the period 26 to 30 June 2023 confirmed extensive damage to riverbanks, irrigation equipment, private roads and sediment over vineyards and fruit orchards. According to WCDoA, the assessment considered damage to primary agriculture sites on the West Coast, Cape Winelands and the Overberg. The heavy rains…

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NAQO GRANT ESKOM PERMISSION TO MEET MINIMUM EMISSION STANDARDS IN SA

NAQO GRANT ESKOM PERMISSION TO MEET MINIMUM EMISSION STANDARDS IN SA

The National Air Quality Officer (NAQO) has granted Eskom a postponement to meet the Minimum Emission Standards (MES) at the Kusile Power Station, subject to certain strict conditions. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment (DFFE) said the postponement is from 5 June 2023 to 31 March 2025. “The postponement application was necessitated by the failure of Kusile West stack on 23 October 2022. The failure limited the power station’s ability to operate three…

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