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South AfricaSouth Africa
Gauteng DWS acts tough on unauthorized water use

Obstruction of a river flowObstruction of a river flow

The Department of Water and Sanitation Gauteng Provincial Office has moved swiftly to address the flouting of one of the critical pieces of legislations which are meant to protect and guarantee proper management of water sources.

The Directorate Water Regulation at Gauteng Provincial Office is mandated to ensure compliance with the National Water Act 36 of 1998 in the Upper Vaal Catchment Management Area. According to this Act, water users who do not comply with section 22 of National Water Act 36 of 1998 are issued with unlawful water use notice.

SudanSudan
AfDB to sink US $20 million in Port Sudan urgent water and sanitation project

Sudan

In collaboration with the UK Department of International Development (DfID), the African Development Bank (AfDB) concluded a project identification mission to Port Sudan on December 13, 2016. The mission sought to hold discussions with authorities and stakeholders on the possibility for the AfDB to finance the Port Sudan Priority Water and Sanitation (PSPWS) project as part of its joint efforts with DfID to address Port Sudan’s short-, mediumand long-term water needs.

The PSPWS, which the Bank plans to finance with approximately US $20 million from the Bank’s Transitional Support Facility, is based on the Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) study undertaken by DfID.The SIP defines the urgent, medium- and long-term water and sanitation interventions in Port Sudan. In addition to financing the SIP, DfID has also committed GBP 6 million for capacity building and technical assistance, among others, to support activities identified in the SIP. The objective of the PSPWS project, within this SIP, is to improve the availability and quality of water supply and sanitation services in Port Sudan.

UgandaUganda
Drought Will Worsen Our Economy, Govt Admits

Farmlands in Isingiro District dont have pasture due to drought. As a result some animals and human being are dyingFarmlands in Isingiro District dont have pasture due to drought. As a result some animals and human being are dying

Kampala — If the dark cloud hanging over Uganda’s economy was expected to clear, that may not happen soon unless the prevailing drought in the country subsides. Areas of Isingiro, Teso sub-region and the many parts of northern Uganda are experiencing food shortages as a result of the drought that has hit them hard. This situation is expected to worsen the economic woes the economy is facing as food prices could edge upwards.

This drought is very severe. If nothing is done, it will be a serious impediment to our growth,” Mr Matia Kasaija, the minister of Finance, said during the East African Economic Round Table at the Kampala Serena Hotel last week.

Mr Kasaija singled out drought as the single most serious threat to the prospects of the economy growing by 5 per cent in 2016/17. The drought has been blamed on a myriad of factors such as the poor rains due to climate change.

Launch of the Nile Water Lab

9On 24 November the Nile Water Lab (www. nilewaterlab.org) was launched by 40 water professionals from more than 20 countries. The group explored three modern irrigation projects along the Nile, discussing Nile controversies and how policy makers, journalists and civil society engage in the issues. The interactive sessions used a variety of sources including maps, measurements, ethnographic studies and histories.

The collection and interpretation of the information presented on the Nilewatelab.org is a collaborative effort by engineers, ethnographers, remote sensing experts, web designers who worked with stakeholders in the Salam canal Project in Egypt, the Waha irrigation project in Sudan and the Beles irrigation project in Ethiopia.

Copenhagen water project wins Nordic cities award

An artist’s impression of the plans for Hans Tavern ParkAn artist’s impression of the plans for Hans Tavern ParkCopenhagen-based architects SLA have won the Nordic Built Cities Challenge Award for its innovative design for the City of Copenhagen, which will regenerate a central park and street while increasing the city’s resilience to flash flooding. The US$18 million Soul of Nørrebro project is being financed by the city and the greater Copenhagen water supply and wastewater utility Hofor.

“This is the kind of solution that is really usable, and it’s also the kind of solution the rest of the world will be coming to Copenhagen to observe,” said Morten Kabell, Technical and Environmental Mayor of Copenhagen. The plans centre on the redesign of the city’s Hans Tavsens Park to attract a far more diverse population than it does at present. To do so, it plans to involve two local public schools in the planning and building of the park and to integrate the schools with the park itself. The project has been signed off by the city and the citizens’ involvement process has started.

 

                           


            

Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2