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Jul 31, 2015
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More than 10% of South Africans “live in extreme poverty” on less than R16 a day‚ according to an Oxfam report to be released on Friday. “South Africa faces the triple challenge of poverty‚ inequality and unemployment‚” the Oxfam report said.
Jul 30, 2015
ETERNITY PROJECT The Eternity Project is the world’s first cogeneration power plant that uses an organic rankine cycle
The R175-million Eternity Project, an initiative that uses waste heat from mining processes, has reached full commissioning at platinum group metals miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Rustenburg-based Waterval smelter.
Jul 30, 2015
SANITATION PRODUCTS GreenWorx sells its biological sanitation products for use in urban systems
Bacteria of the Bacillus subtilis species secrete four enzymes that break down organic material to enable the bacteria to digest it, and microbiological cleaning company Green Worx Cleaning Solutions uses their natural functions to clean organic waste in sanitation...
Jul 30, 2015
DUVHA RETROFIT Flextra is retrofitting fabric expansion joints at Eskom’s Duvha power station on all its vertical-duct expansion joints
The quality of materials used in fabric expansion joints cannot be compromised as they perform a critical role in the combustion process, says expansion joints manufacturer Flextra Engineered Products.
Jul 29, 2015
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Leading water scientists say it is no longer debatable that South Africa is experiencing a water crisis given that there are already serious problems in supplying enough water of sufficient quality to meet the country’s social and economic needs. Council for...
Jul 23, 2015
The newly established Crane Manufacturers Association (CMA) believes that its will foster interaction between industry, government and the private sector to ensure proper deliberation on matters pertaining to policy, standards, safety and market intelligence.
Jul 23, 2015
The Noupoort wind farm in the Northern Cape broke ground this month with its construction expected to commercially operate by mid-2016. The wind farm is one of the first to start construction as part of the third round of the Renewable Independent Power Producer...
Jul 20, 2015
Nonprofit polyolefin recycling company Polyco is preparing to kick off its final project funding cycle for 2015, which would see the two-year-old company invest another R9-million in projects to grow the recycling volumes of polyolefin packaging products in South...
Jul 20, 2015
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Jul 09, 2015
MANAGEMENT COMPLIANCE Pandae’s GreenSolution assists companies in complying with the new waste disposal laws and government regulations
Since the local launch of its GreenSolution – an innovative waste management solution – in April/May 2014, specific commercial and industrial solutions specialist Pandae has established more than 65 waste management sites at automotive and logistics companies across...
Jul 09, 2015
SET TARGETS Since 2013 Polyco has funded projects worth R17-million in the recycling value chain, which will unlock new volumes of 48 000 t over the next three years
The South African Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) has set a goal of growing polyolefin recycling in South Africa by 300 000 t over the next five years to achieve the Industry Waste Management Plan target for plastic of 35%, or 238 000 t, by 2020. “Although an...
Jul 09, 2015
IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY The metals industry is looking for ways to reduce its energy needs and reduce its carbon dioxide footprint
Energy costs comprise a material portion of steel production costs and, in addition to using energy to melt and shape steel, auxiliary plants – such as those used for gas cleaning – also contribute significantly to energy consumption, says metallurgical processing...
Jul 09, 2015
REGULATORY SPECIFICATIONS The Waste Classification and Management Regulations stipulate management obligations for waste classification, storage, transportation and disposal
While amendments to the National Environmental Waste Management Act include the Waste Classification and Management Regulations (WCMR), environmental consultancy GreenGain Consulting believes that various companies have not yet amended their management procedures to...
Jul 09, 2015
VIABLE TECHNOLOGY The refuse-derived fuels facility shreds general industrial and municipal waste to particle sizes of less than 20 mm to be used as an alternative energy source
Local waste management and environmental services provider Interwaste is in the process of commissioning of a refuse-derived fuels (RDF) facility at its operational hub based in Germiston, Gauteng. Final commissioning will take place in the third quarter of this...
Jul 09, 2015
AIMING HIGH Redisa aims to exceed its target of creating 2 521 jobs this year, as 91% of that target was reached by the end of May
The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa’s (Redisa’s) Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan is “excelling beyond expectations”, having already met the Department of Environmental Affairs’ waste tyre diversion target of 50% for the...
Jul 09, 2015
SPARKING CHANGE The proposed waste management amendments aim to bring about a change in the industry's behaviour to recycle, reuse or recover waste
The possible effects of government’s National Pricing Strategy for Waste Management on South African business should be publicly debated, as it could impact on companies’ business management, including smaller companies that might not be able to adjust their...
Jul 02, 2015
The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil...
Jul 02, 2015
South African users of satellite imagery will gain significant benefits from the latest generation of SPOT Earth Observation satellites, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7. These form a small constellation, being deployed 180 degrees apart in the same orbit. They replace a single...
Jul 02, 2015
GENERATING COLLABORATION Events such as Power-Gen Africa are beneficial to Africa’s power sector
In the interest of being accepted by local communities, events such as Power-Gen Africa (PGA) should partner with local organisations such as coal and energy nonprofit trust the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF), says FFF media and web liaison manager Denise O'Callaghan....
 
 
 
 
Jul 02, 2015
IMPORTANT DEBATE Renewable-energy storage is a pressing issue in Africa
Renewable alternative energy solutions promoter the Southern African Alternative Energy Association (SAAEA) will chair a debate on renewable-energy storage at this year’s Power-Gen Africa (PGA) event, to be held from July 15 to 17 at the Cape Town International...
Jul 02, 2015
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Jul 01, 2015
The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) on Wednesday welcomed the launch by the Teesside Collective – a cluster of industries in the UK – of a plan to develop Europe’s first industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS) cluster in the Tees Valley. The plan...
Jun 25, 2015
Sefapanosaurus
South African and Argentinian palaeontologists have named a 200-million year old dinosaur from South Africa‚ “Sefapanosaurus”‚ from the Sesotho word “sefapano”. The researchers from South Africa’s University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Witwatersrand...
Jun 23, 2015
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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has published the Draft National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations in the Government Gazette for public comment. The new regulations sought to penalise people convicted of an offence in terms of the regulations...
Jun 23, 2015
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Through the implementation of a new, completely automated environmental-impact assessment (EIA) system, Environment MEC Lebogang Maile expects to significantly reduce the turnaround time for EIAs from an average of 18 months to 90 days. To date, R5-million had been...
Jun 22, 2015
The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil...
Jun 22, 2015
Ever larger and more frequent weather disasters around the world are fuelling pessimism that we can curb man-made climate change before its too late. But Laurence Tubiana is more optimistic than apocalyptic. She believes mankind is finally getting the message about...
Jun 18, 2015
EFFICIENT MANUFACTURING PROCESSES The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa will be exhibiting at this year’s Manufacturing Indaba
South Africa’s manufacturing processes still need to be developed – especially in terms of resource efficiency – as the industry is still growing, says resource efficiency and cleaner production specialist the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa...
Jun 18, 2015
Economists, Ministers and industry experts are set to meet in October this year at the South Africa-Italy Summit in Cape Town to discuss how trade, investments and partnerships can be boosted between the two countries and continents.
 
 
 
 
Jun 18, 2015
IMPROVING EFFICIENCY The SAGCC's building, in Forest Town, Johannesburg, has been fitted with solar panels to improve energy efficiency
With South Africa seeking ways of mitigating the country’s ongoing power challenges, the Southern African–Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC), in cooperation with the Germany Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, hosted a South African delegation...
Jun 11, 2015
MITIGATING MUNICIPAL BACKLOGS Under the ambit of the Back-to-Basics programme, government aims to improve municipal procurement and infrastructure delivery, among other competency requirements
The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) voiced its proposal last month that the government-initiated Back to Basics (B2B) programme be geared to assist local municipalities in various ways.
Jun 11, 2015
STACEY DAVIDSON It is critical that new industries are formed to enable small businesses and income-earning opportunities to be created
Development of sustainable and viable small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) requires highly detailed information of an industry and other parts of the economy relevant to the industry, says circular economy organisation Recycling and Economic Development...
Jun 11, 2015
The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) has increased its recycling rate to 40.9%, which has meant that about 80% of glass a year does not reach landfills in South Africa.
Jun 10, 2015
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The Africa Progress Panel has called on African countries that emit the most carbon emissions to raise their level of ambition, adding that governments in these countries should place stringent prices on emissions of greenhouse gases by taxing it, instead of...
Jun 10, 2015
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has designated the Magaliesberg and Gouritz cluster ecosystems, in South Africa, as biosphere reserves, bringing the country’s portfolio of such reserves to eight. Environmental Affairs Minister...
Jun 04, 2015
Ecofriendly biotechnology company OptimusBio, created under the auspices of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is expected to manufacture biotechnology products for commercial use in wastewater treatment, aquaculture and agriculture in the next...
Jun 04, 2015
Sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is involved in an ongoing energy efficiency project with one of South Africa’s big four commercial banks, ERM Partners Simon Clarke and Massimo Bettanin tell Engineering News.
Jun 04, 2015
COST, ENERGY SAVING It is more efficient to melt broken glass than the raw sand needed to create raw material mix when manufacturing glass
Float and patterned-glass manufacturer PFG currently generates about 30% less waste for every 1 000 t that it melts, compared with the waste it generated seven years ago, owing to the manufacturer’s glass recovery and reclamation facility, says PFG sales director Bob...
Jun 04, 2015
All government’s incentive programmes, aimed at encouraging energy efficiency in households, have petered out, says renewable-energy organisation the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa) water-heating division chairperson James Green.
 
 
 
 
Jun 04, 2015
MILESTONE POWER STATION Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa predicts future power station build prospects being smaller in comparison to Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations
The sheer size of the boilers being installed at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations might not be repeated in Africa again, owing to future build prospects indicating a requirement for smaller boilers, says power systems company...
Jun 02, 2015
The Gauteng provincial government (GPG) says it has “completely eliminated” the bucket sanitation system in Gauteng after removing the last of the systems from the Ratanda Township, near Heidelberg. Gauteng Department of Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance...
May 28, 2015
There are growing indications that the South Africa government is seeking to change gears in the area of black economic empowerment (BEE) , with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Economic Development Department planning to leverage public...
May 28, 2015
IMPERATIVE USE Private individuals in KwaZulu-Natal are largely using solar and wind technologies owing to their improving affordability
Clients are looking towards greener energy sources to drive groundwater abstraction and reticulation schemes in the rural parts of KwaZulu-Natal, according to the KwaZulu-Natal office of consulting engineers and scientists, SRK Consulting SA. SRK tells Engineering...
May 26, 2015
The mandate of local government has expanded greatly over the last ten years, and now includes more comprehensive operational responsibilities, as well as new ones, such as air quality management, says KPMG South Africa City Centre of Excellence associate director...
 
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