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The Collection, Purification, Testing, and Distribution of Water in South Africa 2022

Liz Kneale | South Africa | 24 January 2022

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Report Coverage

This report focuses on the South African water sector and covers the collection, distribution and purification of water to household, agricultural, industrial, commercial and other users. Water testing laboratories are also covered. It includes comprehensive information on the size and state of the sector, budgets, infrastructure development and plans, trends, regulation and other influencing factors. There are profiles of 44 companies and organisations including the major relevant municipalities and water boards, water treatment specialists such as Africa Water Projects and Construction, testing laboratories including DD Science and Waterlab and wastewater treatment companies such as Royal Haskoning.

The Collection, Purification, Testing, and Distribution of Water in South Africa

South Africa has moved from a water-stressed country to a water-scarce one, facing challenges that include extreme drought and flooding due to climate change, poor and failing infrastructure, inadequate technical capacity, corruption and mismanagement and unacceptably low levels of service delivery. The quality of rivers and ground water remains poor, signalling weaknesses in water resource management. The pandemic has highlighted the need for universal access to water and sanitation. Three million people in South Africa do not have access to basic water supply and 14.1 million do not have access to safe sanitation.

Major Users

In addition to households, water is used by the industrial, mining and agriculture sectors, including power generation. According to the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan, agriculture uses the most water in South Africa and pays the lowest tariff. Municipal water users include commercial, business and industrial users and schools, hospitals, sports and recreation facilities, parks and government institutions.

Supply Challenge

The Department of Water and Sanitation estimates the water infrastructure investment deficit to be R33bn per annum. Water supply is affected by ageing water infrastructure, lack of maintenance, delays in water projects, water losses, funding for infrastructure, vandalism of infrastructure, pressure on infrastructure, sewage spillages and mismanagement. Current water usage already exceeds the reliable yield of water infrastructure, and demand is set to increase with population growth and an increasing urban population.

Table of Contents

PAGE
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 4
2.2. Geographic Position 7
2.3. Size of the Industry 9
2.4. Key Success Factors and Pain Points 14
3. LOCAL 17
3.1. Key Trends 17
3.2. Notable Players 22
3.3. Corporate Actions 26
3.4. Regulations 27
3.5. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 30
4. AFRICA 31
5. INTERNATIONAL 34
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 36
6.1. COVID-19 36
6.2. Economic Environment 38
6.3. Labour 39
6.4. Governance and Procurement Issues 42
6.5. Status of Local Government 44
6.6. Blue and Green Drop Reports 45
6.7. Investment in Infrastructure 47
6.8. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 52
6.9. Environmental Issues 55
7. COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT 57
7.1. Competition 57
7.2. Ownership Structure of the Industry 57
7.3. Barriers to Entry 58
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 58
9. OUTLOOK 59
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 60
11. REFERENCES 60
11.1. Publications 60
11.2. websites 62
APPENDIX 1 64
Summary of Notable Players 64
APPENDIX 2 80
Current and Future Water and Sanitation Projects on the African Continent 80
APPENDIX 3 86
Corruption Strategies in the Water and Sanitation Sector 86
COMPANY PROFILES 91
Africa Water Projects and Construction (Pty) Ltd 91
Amatola Water Board 93
Anglo Operations (Pty) Ltd 96
Bemlab (Pty) Ltd 99
Bloem Water 101
Bureau Veritas (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd 104
City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality 106
City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality 110
City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (The) 113
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research 118
DD Science CC 122
Dekker Biotech (Pty) Ltd 124
Ekurhuleni Water Care Company (RF) NPC 125
Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd 128
eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality 133
Gamtoos Irrigation Board 136
ImproChem (Pty) Ltd 139
Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency 143
Johannesburg Water SOC Ltd 146
Lepelle Northern Water 150
Lower Sundays River Water User Association 153
Magalies Water 155
Mea Aqua Africa (Pty) Ltd 158
Mhlathuze Water Board 160
Microchem Lab Services (Pty) Ltd 163
Midvaal Water Company NPC 165
Nafasi Water Technologies (Pty) Ltd 167
Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality 169
Nkangala District Municipality 172
Overberg Water Board 174
Rand Water 176
Regen Waters CC 180
Royal HaskoningDHV (Pty) Ltd 182
SA Water Works Utilities (Pty) Ltd 185
Sedibeng Water 187
SGS South Africa (Pty) Ltd 190
Siza Water (RF) (Pty) Ltd 193
South African Bureau of Standards 195
Talbot Group (Pty) Ltd 200
Tecroveer Holdings (Pty) Ltd 203
Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority 205
Umgeni Water 208
Veolia Services Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd 211
Waterlab (Pty) Ltd 214