The South African Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) recently launched the HydroNET Water Control Room at a festive ceremony in Pretoria. All nine of the country’s Water Management Areas now have access to the weather and water information they need to make weather-ready and climate-smart decisions for sustainably managing precious water resources.
The Department of Water and Sanitation of South Africa has signed a long-term contract with South African Weather Service (SAWS), HydroNET and eLEAF to rollout the Water Auditing Application to support compliance monitoring and reduce unlawful irrigated water use.
The Rain for Africa Project (R4A) has rolled out the new AgriCloud Application. The AgriCloud Application is a mobile application that provides guidance and advice to maize farmers and extension officers helping them to improve their farm management decisions. The roll-out sessions of the application took place at the beginning of September at ARC-Soil, Climate and Water in Pretoria and in the provinces Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.
How the Water Control Room provides an ICT solution for South African water challenges.
Over 80 projects funded by the Dutch ‘Partners for Water’ programme competed for the prestigious ‘best project’ award. The project ‘Demonstration of the HydroNET Water Control Room for South Africa’ has won. The jury explained: “This consortium provided a measurable contribution to solving world-water problems”.
Organisations such as Agri-SA, Grain SA, AFASA, NERPO, water management bodies, municipalities, insurance companies and various government departments have already been invited. If you are interested to participate as a perspective stakeholder, you have a choice to participate in the R4A Technical Meeting and or the R4A Stakeholder Engagement Meeting.
On 17 November 2015, the South African Weather Service CEO, Dr Linda Makuleni, signed a cooperation agreement with Hydrologic, a Dutch-based company, to develop and implement an online rainfall management application. Read more ›
Drought-prone South Africa is unlikely to get substantial rain in the months ahead, with local and international climate experts predicting one of the strongest El Niño weather events in more than half a century. On 19 November 2015, over 75 professionals from weather sensitive industries discussed in the Turbine Hall Johannesburg the expected weather situation for the months to come and possible solutions to help reducing impacts of El Nino.