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M4 bridge collapses after steel structures stolen

The M4 footbridge over Blue Lagoon in eThekweni municipality collapsed on Saturday, 23 June, after thieves had stolen the stainless steel shackles, which connected the supporting beams of the structure. The sidewalk collapsed due to a structural...

The history behind South Africa’s large dams

A comprehensive book about dams in South Africa, In the Footsteps of Giants – Exploring the History of South Africa’s large dams,is available from the Water Research Commission  following four years of painstaking research. The author of the...

Water treatment works with a difference

The new Meulwater Water Treatment Works in Paarl is a plant with a difference. Situated in the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve overlooking the Paarl valley, the Drakenstein Municipality required a system that would not only perform its primary task...

Privatisation: the argument continues

In an increasingly capitalistic world, privatisation is becoming ever more common. There has been discussion over the last two decades; with the water lobby companies arguing that water is a need, while those in favour of a social society model...

11% of SA households lack sanitation

Earlier this year the Department of Water Affairs published a report on the quality of sanitation in South Africa that said 11% of households have no sanitation and 26% of households have sanitation services that do not meet minimum standards....

A Blue Drop of water in a sea of doubt

Jonathan Julyan studied electrical engineering and made fruit juice for a living but is now sold on the water industry. People ask me how long I’ve been in the water industry,” says electrical engineer Jonathan Julyan. I say:...

Malnutrition traced to poor sanitation

There is increasing medical evidence that suggests that high incidence of malnutrition is the direct result of poor sanitation and hygiene. This is the larger context against which the department of rural development, drinking water and sanitation...