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The Collection, Purification, Testing, and Distribution of Water In South Africa
BY Louise Mitchell
South Africa
03 July 2020
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The Collection, Purification, Testing and Distribution of Water


The water sector has had some success in the continued roll-out of basic water and sanitation services, although dilapidated infrastructure and widespread non-payment continue to present problems. The quality of wastewater treatment has shown a marked decrease over the last four years and industry analysts suggest that the water sector is on the verge of an infrastructural crisis exacerbated by institutional ineffectiveness and under-investment. The outbreak of coronavirus and lockdown put the dire water and sanitation provision situation in townships and informal settlements under the spotlight once again.


Corruption and Non-Payment


Department of Water and Sanitation investigations revealed corruption and irregular expenditure leading to forensic investigations. Allegations are being investigated by the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture and criminal charges have been laid in some cases. One of the biggest challenges facing water services providers is municipalities that do not pay their accounts. In some cases, they are years in arrears.


Leaks and Poor Quality


Water losses through leaks, theft or metering inaccuracies, which result in revenue losses, are a growing problem due to a lack of investment in the maintenance of infrastructure. Approximately 41% of municipal water does not generate revenue. Water quality remains a challenge, with tests showing four out of 206 towns not meeting drinking quality standards and 65 of 124 not meeting sewage standards.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the South African water sector and covers the collection, distribution and purification of water to household, industrial, commercial and other users. It includes information on the size and state of the sector and pertinent information on infrastructure development, corporate actions, regulation and issues of corruption, non-payment and leaks. There are 41 profiles that include municipalities, research institutions, and major water utilities and water boards such as Umgeni Water, Rand Water and the Amatola Water Board.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 5
2.2. Geographic Position 6
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 11
4.1. Local 11
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 16
4.1.2. Regulations 17
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 20
4.2. Continental 21
4.3. International 22
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 23
5.1. Economic Environment 23
5.2. Institutional Ineffectiveness 24
5.3. Service Delivery Protests 25
5.4. Drought 26
5.5. Government Initiatives 27
5.6. Labour 32
5.7. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 34
5.8. Environmental Concerns 36
6. COMPETITION 37
6.1. Barriers to Entry 38
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 39
8. OUTLOOK 39
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 40
10. REFERENCES 40
10.1. Publications 40
10.2. Websites 41
APPENDIX 1 42
Summary of Notable Players 42
COMPANY PROFILES 59
AFRICA WATER PROJECTS AND CONSTRUCTION (PTY) LTD 59
AMATOLA WATER BOARD 61
ANGLO OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 63
BEMLAB (PTY) LTD 66
BLOEM WATER 68
BUREAU VERITAS (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 72
CITY OF CAPE TOWN METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY 74
CITY OF EKURHULENI METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY 78
CITY OF TSHWANE METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY (THE) 81
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH 86
DD SCIENCE CC 90
DEKKER BIOTECH (PTY) LTD 92
DURBAN WATER RECYCLING (PTY) LTD 93
EKURHULENI WATER CARE COMPANY (RF) NPC 95
ESKOM HOLDINGS SOC LTD 98
ETHEKWINI METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY 102
GAMTOOS IRRIGATION BOARD 104
IMPROCHEM (PTY) LTD 107
JOHANNESBURG WATER SOC LTD 111
LEPELLE NORTHERN WATER 115
LOWER SUNDAYS RIVER WATER USER ASSOCIATION 117
MAGALIES WATER 119
MEA AQUA AFRICA (PTY) LTD 122
MHLATHUZE WATER 124
MICROCHEM LAB SERVICES (PTY) LTD 126
MIDVAAL WATER COMPANY NPC 128
NAFASI WATER TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD 130
NELSON MANDELA BAY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY 132
NKANGALA DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY 135
OVERBERG WATER BOARD 137
RAND WATER 139
REGEN WATERS CC 143
SA WATER WORKS UTILITIES (PTY) LTD 145
SEDIBENG WATER 147
SGS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 150
SIZA WATER (RF) (PTY) LTD 153
SOUTH AFRICAN BUREAU OF STANDARDS 155
TALBOT AND TALBOT (PTY) LTD 159
TECROVEER HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 162
UMGENI WATER 164
WATERLAB (PTY) LTD 167