Water & Waste Water Sector in South Africa

An Expert's View about Water Treatment in South Africa

Posted on: 28 Sep 2010

South Africa’s inland water resources include 22 major rivers, 264 large dams, more than 4,000 medium and small dams on public and private land, and hundreds of small rivers.

Sector briefing Water & Waste Water Treatment Opportunities in South Africa Why South Africa? The water services sector in South Africa is large and complex, primarily due to the demographics of the water sector in South Africa and the resultant widespread and large- scale transfers of water across catchments that have had to be implemented. South Africa?s inland water resources include 22 major rivers, 264 large dams, more than 4,000 medium and small dams on public and private land, and hundreds of small rivers (source: www.info.gov.uk/aboutsa/water). The sectors that are the largest users of water in South Africa are agriculture, forestry, ?South African Department of industry, mining, power generation and Water highlights the critical domestic use. need for development of new infrastructure? There has been a legacy of inadequate provision of water services to large sections of the South African population due to apartheid. Progress Find general information on the South African has been made post-apartheid market conditions on UKTI?s website. The (1994), but there are still approximately 3 million Doing Business Guide for South Africa gives an people that lack access to clean safe water. overview of South Africa?s economy, business 15 million people in South Africa (32% culture, potential opportunities and an of the population) do not have access to basic introduction to other relevant issues. sanitation, and about 151,660 still use the bucket toilet system. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water & Waste Water Treatment Opportunities in South Africa Opportunities Skills shortages There is a huge need for capacity building, Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority providing management and technical support (TCTA) to municipalities. There is a need for skilled engineers, specifically on the design side. TCTA are currently involved in a number of Rand Water highlighted that they currently major infrastructure projects. have to outsource some engineering projects. Rand Water also touched upon the fact that TCTA are clear that they would be looking for they are looking at Lesotho as a site for future overseas knowledge, products and services to new dams. help them achieve both the creation of the agency, primarily consultancy, and then, going TCTA reported that the engineers in South forward, the major task of improving and Africa who produce the design information are expanding South Africa?s water sector in the 50+ age bracket, which is not a infrastructure. TCTA highlighted consultancy, sustainable position given the future volume of innovation and technology as their three key infrastructure work to be implemented in South requirements with a focus on: Africa. - Consultancy Investment - SIM/modelling - Engineering and design There is a requirement for private sector - Monitoring involvement in the water and waste water - Automation (in purification) sector in South Africa: asset management; - Education and training consultancy and training; design, build and - Project finance support operate bulk infrastructure projects. Water transfer projects Department of Water (DoW) reiterated the requirement for private sector infrastructure Rand Water felt that within the next 10-20 investment across the water and waste water years larger scale water transfers would need sector. DoW reported that the South African to be considered. Rand Water believe projects National Treasury was going to provide an similar to the Lesotho Highlands Project would additional R5 billion to address the backlogs. need to be discussed with neighbouring African However, DoW reported that funds to address countries, for example, the Zambezi, which is the backlogs required from private investment the largest river close to South Africa. were approximately R50 billion. Rand Water said they were the largest and DoW also highlighted the critical need for amongst the better performing water boards in development of new infrastructure and for South Africa, currently funding R100 million of rehabilitation and upgrading of the existing renovations and R100 million on new projects infrastructure. through their water tariffs. Waste water treatment plants Find out more on UKTI?s business opportunities service on the UKTI website. The South Africa Local Government Association (SALGA) specifically highlighted the waste water sub-sector as an area of serious concern and Rand Water believed it would be beneficial for operators of waste water treatment plants to adopt the franchise model, specifically for the maintenance. In addition, Rand Water (one of the largest water providers in South Africa) is currently looking into a number of potential CDM (clean development mechanism) projects that they could implement at their plants. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water & Waste Water Treatment Opportunities in South Africa Trade publications UKTI contacts Water & Sanitation Africa www.3smedia.co.za Corin Wilson Trade & Investment Adviser SA Irrigation www.3smedia.co.za UK Trade & Investment, Johannesburg Tel: (0027 11) 537 7209 IMIESA (Promoting service delivery and the Email: corin.wilson@fco.gov.uk knowledge and practice of infrastructure www.ukti.gov.uk development in Africa) www.3smedia.co.za The Water Wheel www.wrc.org.za Water SA www.wrc.org.za Water Sewage & Effluent www.brookepattrick.com Engineering News www.engineeringnews.co.za Websites Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) www.dwaf.gov.za Department of Provincial and Local Government (DPLG) www.dplg.gov.za South African Association of Water Utilities (SAAWU) www.saawu.co.za Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) www.wisa.org.za Water Research Commission (WRC) www.wrc.org.za South African Association of Local Government (SALGA) www.salga.net UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water & Waste Water Treatment Opportunities in South Africa Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the South African market are you to meet contacts and promote your advised to undertake as much market research company in the Chinese market and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in South Africa, with its wide local This work is available via our Overseas Market knowledge and experience, can provide a Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable range of services to British-based companies service which assists British-based companies wishing to grow their business in global wishing to enter or expand their business in markets. overseas markets. This can include: To find out more about commissioning this ? Provision of market information work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Validated lists of agents/distributors specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website ? Key market players or potential to find contact details for your local UKTI customers in the Chinese market office. ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water & Waste Water Treatment Opportunities in South Africa
Posted: 28 September 2010

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