Notice to all Suppliers, Service Providers and Contractors

It has come to the attention of Umgeni Water that an email is being sent to suppliers in the name of a senior employee, Executive: Operations: Mr Msizi Cele, requesting quotations for supply of six (6) “Lehmann FX 9100 Heavy Duty Pumps”. Kindly note that this email, containing the address m.cele@umgeni.org.za, is a hoax and must be treated as such. Mr Cele is not the author of this email and has no association with it.

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Message of Congratulations and Welcome from the Board, Executive Management and Staff of Umgeni Water Friday, 31st May 2019, Pietermaritzburg

The Board, Executive Management and Staff of Umgeni Water extend warm greetings to all members of the National Executive of our Government, announced by His Excellency the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa.

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WOMEN AT WORK: Global gathering of women leaders at United Nations

Women’s rights organisations continue the battle for high-level and increased participation by women in matters related to water and sanitation services planning and provision. Much of the problems associated with easy access to safe drinking water and dignifi ed sanitation can be traced back to the absence of women in planning.

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Statement from Umgeni Water on appointment of new Board of Umgeni Water Friday, 3rd May 2019

The Chairperson of the Board of Umgeni Water, Ms Ziphozethu Gabsie Mathenjwa, has been re-appointed as the Chairperson of the new permanent Board of Umgeni Water.

This was announced by the Office of the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Mr Gugile Nkwinti, on Friday, 3rd May 2019. Ms Mathenjwa’s appointment, along with the appointment of thirteen (13) other Board members, will take immediate effect and be for a term of four (4) years. Up until this stage Umgeni Water had a Board that was appointed in 2017 for a fixed term and Chaired by Ms Mathenjwa.

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Quality of Drinking Water Produced and Supplied by Umgeni Water is excellent in terms of South African National Standards

Umgeni Water, KwaZulu-Natal's largest water board, is committed to supply potable water that is fit for life-time consumption. The organisation uses conventional and advanced treatment processes that are benchmarked to the specifications of international organisations, among them the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Media Statement on some key outcomes of financial performance July – December 2018 and successful engagement between Board of Umgeni Water and Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation

KwaZulu-Natal’s largest water board has posted positive results in its half-year reviewed interim statements, underlining its position as a high-performing and financially stable entity. Customer confidence, volume sales growth and prudent cost containment are among the key factors that contributed to Umgeni Water’s strong outcomes in the period July – December 2018.

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Statement from the Board of Umgeni Water Concerning Media Coverage about Investigation to be Conducted by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) at Umgeni Water

Stakeholders are probably aware by now about media reports stating that His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa has issued a proclamation, authorising the Special Investigating Unit to conduct an investigation into certain matters at Umgeni Water

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Umgeni Water: A year of outstanding results and a future filled with potential to grow

Financial Year 2017/18 closed on a high note and also marked the beginning of unprecedented growth for KwaZulu-Natal State-owned entity Umgeni Water.

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Umgeni Water Chief Executive

Durban Heights WW scoops prestigious award

Sheer hard work, dedication and resourcefulness of staff at Durban Heights Water Works (WW) have paid off, and handsomely at that. On Wednesday, 27th June 2018, Durban Heights Water Works was selected winner of the prestigious Amanzi Award, given by the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) in recognition of consistent provision of good quality drinking water in a metropolitan area or city

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Umgeni Water continues to be considered a water sector leader with an impeccable record in governance, water quality, water resource management, water services provision, wastewater management and financial sustainability. This is evidenced in the number of water sector entities, from South Africa and other parts of Africa, that have visited it in recent years and benchmarked against best practices.

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MEDIA STATEMENT: KZN Cogta welcomes declaration of national drought disaster

KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has broadly welcomed today's declaration of drought experienced across several provinces in South Africa as a national state of disaster by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize.

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CoGTA Minister

Statement by the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Drought and Water Scarcity

The drought in South Africa is, in some provinces, showing no signs of abatement.

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  Z MkhizeDr. Z Mkhize
CoGTA Minister


Leaks can waste a lot of water, especially if they are undetected or underground and left for a long time. Leaks on your property are your responsibility. So here is a guide to finding and fixing them quickly, to save water and save you money.

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State of dams in Umgeni Water’s operational area as at Thursday, 15th February 2018

On Tuesday, 13th February 2018, a media briefing was held at Albert Falls to illustrate the serious extent of water shortages in this dam, impact of water shortages and the consequences of failure of this dam if adequate rains are not received and if consumer behaviour does not change.

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Intention to disestablish Mhlathuze water and transferring of staff; assets And liabilities into umgeni water and changing name of Umgeni Water into Kwazulu Natal water board

The Department of Water and Sanitation is implementing the rationalisation of water services and water management institutions in line with the Institutional Reforms and Realignment (IRR) and the policy position approved by Cabinet in 2013 as published on Government Gazette Notice No. 888 on 30 August 2013.

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Minister appoints Interim Board at Umgeni Water

An interim Board has been appointed at Umgeni Water to begin its tenure with immediate effect. This, it is expected, will bring an end to concerns of some investors who have expressed the view that governance oversight may not be adequate as a result of dissolution of the previous Board when its term of office ended on 30th June 2017.

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SCOA Visits Rural Project

Members of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Appropriations (SCOA) visited the uMshwathi Regional Bulk Water Supply Scheme on Thursday, 12th September 2017, to witness first-hand progress with the project.

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In the Grip of Punishing Water Shortages

The graphs on this page are based on worst-case scenario, meaning that in the absence of rainfall and with current water restrictions of 15% remaining in place, dams are predicted to run dry on the dates shown.

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KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Budget: 2017-2018

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Budget: 2017-2018
Presented by the MEC of Finance Belinda Scott

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Registration for Umgeni Water Marathon 2017

Even though you have pre-entered on-line, you still have to register at the Midmar Dam Resort on Saturday 11 March between 14h00 and 17h00 or Sunday 12 March between 04h30 and 06h00 and collect your Race Number and T-shirt.

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Scooping Top Place - for the second time

For the second consecutive year, Umgeni Water was selected winner in the State-Owned Enterprise category of the Nedbank - Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business annual Business of the Year awards, held on 11th November 2016 at Royal Show Grounds.

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Hazelmere Waterwoks' Capacity Expanded in R125 Million Upgrade

Representatives of civil society, construction companies, iLembe District Municipality, eThekwini Metro and Umgeni Water gathered to celebrate the commissioning of an upgraded Hazelmere Water Treatment Plant.

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Teamwork pays dividends as HR scoops awards

South African Board of People Practice (SABPP) is the human resources professional body and statutory quality and standards body for the people profession. SABPP has developed 13 Human Resources National Standards that provide guidance on the implementation of Human Resources Management functions.

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Water Resource Situation as at 7th December 2016

Umgeni Water's largest system which supplies water to an estimated 4 million consumers in uMgungundlovu District, Pietermaritzburg, much of Durban and part of Harry Gwala District remains under stress as the drought continues its firm grip on KwaZulu-Natal.

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Mandela Day Event

As part of the Clean Rivers Campaign initiated by the Department of Water and Sanitation, an event was held at Mthinzima Stream on 18th July 2016.

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Mhlabatshane Dam Safety Event

An Umgeni Water team went on an important mission: to help in the process of information and education provision, as part of our commitment to assist in the protection of communities that live close to bulk water storage and treatment infrastructure.

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Umgeni Water Chief Executive and Managers don overalls and roll up their sleeves to clean polluted river

Senior Executives and Managers from Umgeni Water swopped their day jobs to clean up the Baynespruit River in Sobantu, Pietermaritzbrg, on Wednesday.

The Umgeni Water group was led by Chief Executive Cyril Gamede and comprised General Manager: Operations Msizi Cele, General Manager: Corporate Services Mokete Moleko and Corporate Stakeholder Manager Shami Harichunder. They were later joined by a group of volunteers and the Councillor for the area.

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From the Desk of the Chief Executive – May 2016

Greetings, sanibona, dumelang. Welcome back to my blog. The world seems to have been in a tailspin since we last interacted, and the American Presidential election campaign has had much to do with it. It is intriguing how a radical shift from Barack Obama to Donald Trump has now become a possibility in a country regarded as the custodian of freedom and liberal values. A tidal wave of right-wing sentiment seems to be squarely behind Republican Donald Trump as Americans seek alternatives to their current war psychosis. And what is the trump card that Donald believes will get him into the White House for a 4-year term? Sadly, it is an eccentric mix of populist rhetoric that is resonating with White supremacists and Nazi sympathisers.

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Synopsis of Budget Vote of the Minister of Water and Sanitation 2016/2017: House of Assembly, 11th May 2016

The broad vision of the National Development Plan for Water Resources and Services is that, by 2030, all South Africans will have affordable access to sufficient safe water and hygienic sanitation to live healthy and dignified lives.

In September 2015, South Africa and 192 other countries committed themselves to realisation of the targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the first time, water and sanitation was adopted as a stand-alone Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

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Budget Vote 2016

Eyes and ears will be fixed on Minister Nomvula Mokonyane as she unpacks major water and sanitation projects during the 2016 Budget Vote.

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From the Desk of the Chief Executive – April 2016

Sanibona, molweni, greetings. I am ready to take another journey with you into the wonderful world of blogging. Yes, a month has passed, although it feels as if it was only the other day that we communicated through this column. The bad news is that time flies; the good news is that you�re the pilot.
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Umgeni Water Board Member receives an honorary Doctorate of Social Sciences

Keynote address presented by Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director, ACCORD, at the 2016 UKZN Graduation on 11 April 2016, on receiving his honorary Doctorate of Social Sciences.

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Report on Strategic Dialogue With WSAs

Umgeni Water�s service area has been extended to include the entire Province of KwaZulu-Natal. This was through proclamation by the Minister of Water and Sanitation, and in response to a situation in some parts of the Province where water services provision is erratic...

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Engagement with Service Providers

Umgeni Water is committed to enterprise development and to ensuring Black-owned businesses have a fair and equal opportunity to compete for work that is generated by the organisation through its infrastructure development programme...

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Commission of Lower Thukela Bulk Water Supply Scheme Begins

The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, officially Commissioned part of Lower Thukela Bulk Water Supply Scheme on Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, at a public function...

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National Water Week 2016 Activities

Umgeni Water Drought Awareness drive in commemoration of National Water Week 17-23 March 2016
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From the Desk of the Chief Executive – March 2016

Warm greetings again from the Executive and welcome back to my column. I want to begin with the SAP ERP project and progress with its implementation in the period since we last engaged through this blog a month ago. Let�s first deal with non-technical matters, from a change management perspective.
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Annual Report Briefing Session 24 October 2013

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Umgeni Water Commemorates Arbor Day

As its contribution to greening the environment, Umgeni Water teamed up with the Harry Gwala District Muncipality.
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