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Sep 02, 2015
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US President Barack Obama urged an international conference on the Arctic on Monday to unite now to slow climate change, or else face a dire future. "The climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it," he warned the US-hosted Glacier conference in...
Sep 01, 2015
South Africa’s crop farmers are expected to struggle as they look to secure crop financing and insurance cover needed to successfully cultivate a crop and mitigate the risk of failure owing to climate variations, with the upcoming maize planting season looming, says...
Aug 28, 2015
CLINTON SMITH Most industries have production waste and when they use chemicals, it presents a threat to nature
Cleaning solutions company Green Worx senior marketing, technical and sales manager Clinton Smith says enzymatic cleaning, or cleaning in place (CIP), is increasingly being used in the industry, as more companies focus on green and ecofriendly cleaning technology.
Aug 28, 2015
The Landfill 2015 Conference, themed Advances in Waste Treatment and Engineered Landfill Environment, is set to take place from September 15 to 16 at the Waterval Country Lodge in Tulbagh, in the Western Cape.
Aug 28, 2015
It is predicted that, in the next five years, water demand could outstrip supply in South Africa, says Nedbank Sustainability Carbon Specialist Dr Marco Lotz. With increasing population numbers and urbanisation, the debate regarding the amount of investment in water...
Aug 27, 2015
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South Africa’s successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has not only brought in hundreds of billions of rands in economic infrastructure investment but has also seemingly become the fulcrum of the country’s proposed...
Aug 21, 2015
ENSURING FOOD SECURITY The CSIR believes that new traits in the production of GM maize will impact positively on the country's economy
Significant developments in genetically modified (GM) crops have been made in South Africa’s agriculture sector , including increased crop yield, which has a direct impact on food production and food security, and a decrease in the use of pesticides and herbicides in...
Aug 21, 2015
The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has entered into a R10-million bursary partnership with Stellenbosch University to address the skills shortage and boost the number of women in engineering.
Aug 21, 2015
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Harvesting rainwater can enable industrial companies with sufficient roof space to dramatically reduce their use of potable water for nonpotable applications, easing the strain on municipalities that have to provide ever-increasing volumes of potable water, says...
Aug 14, 2015
EFFECTIVE CLADDING Hydra-Arc considers weld cladding to be the most robust and durable form of cladding
Stakeholders in the petrochemicals industry are reaping the benefits of using welding specialist Hydra-Arc’s method of weld cladding, as it enables vessels to contain corrosive material. Hydra-Arc engineer Ewan Huisamen tells Engineering News that weld cladding is...
Aug 13, 2015
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State-owned Transnet has developed a new app that allows users to calculate their carbon emissions savings when they elect to move their freight on rail instead of by road. The carbon calculator app would also enable corporate reporting on transport carbon emissions.
Aug 07, 2015
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The implementation of carbon tax in South Africa was set for the middle of next year, said National Treasury chief director of economic tax analysis Cecil Morden on Thursday. “We are currently busy with the legislation, and we hope to have that legislation out within...
Aug 07, 2015
FUNDAMENTALS OF AGRICULTURE The effective and sustainable intensification of agriculture is paramount in eliminating hunger and increasing the continent’s food security
Agriculture remains the key sector in Africa for food security, employment and growth with agriculture-led growth having the largest impact on reducing the depth and breadth of poverty. Ensuring that the world has enough to eat is a massive challenge. The United...
Aug 07, 2015
EFFECTIVE WATER STORAGE Reservoirs provide many benefits, including sufficient water supply, floodwater control, power generation capacity, irrigation and recreational use
Local authorities need to realise that even small concrete water reservoirs, if strategically placed, can play a vital role in sustaining struggling rural communities, avers cement and concrete industry technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD...
Aug 07, 2015
NEW SYSTEM Pump and mechanical seals at Mondi Richards Bay, fitted with Aesseal continuous loop flushing and lubricating system
International packaging and paper group Mondi is replacing the quench-to-drain flushing and lubricating systems of the mechanical seals at its Richards Bay mill with a continuous loop water management design supplied by mechanical seals and support system company...
Aug 05, 2015
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President Barack Obama launched the first-ever climate rules for US power plants Monday, calling for sweeping reductions in carbon emissions and provoking protests from the mining industry and Congress. The new rules dictate an overall reduction in heat-trapping...
Aug 04, 2015
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Alpha Natural Resources Inc, one of the largest US coal companies, became the latest in the hard-hit industry to seek bankruptcy on Monday. The move comes as President Barack Obama is expected to unveil tough new measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions from...
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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 24, 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 24, 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
While moving humanity away from fossil fuels was critical to its survival, the onus was on politicians and scientists "to bring the public with them". Speaking at the National Advisory Council on Innovation's roundtable on energy choice in Pretoria on Friday, Sir...
Jul 17, 2015
REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION The Cool Surfaces project forms part of Sanedi’s drive to make paints, coatings and paint membranes more energy efficient
The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) has established the South African Cool Surfaces Association (Sacsa), administered by the Association of Architectural Aluminium Manufacturers of South Africa (AAAMSA), to govern and regulate Sanedi’s...
Jul 10, 2015
IMPRESSIVE RESULTS Strenx steel is delivered with a set of guarantees that ensure trouble-free production consistently
Specialised global steel company SSAB’s new brand of steel, Strenx, is a high strength structural steel in the 600 to 1300 MPa range. Strenx performance steel combines the best properties of the three brands it replaces – Optim, Weldox and Domex – from SSAB and...
Jul 10, 2015
INDUSTRY STANDARD Macsteel Group uses Donaldson Filtration Solutions downflo cartridge type filters for its plate cutting tables
Filtration products and systems company Donaldson Filtration Solutions has provided steel trading and steel processing company Macsteel Group with Donaldson Torit downflo cartridge type filters for its plate cutting tables. Donaldson Filtration Solutions sales...
Jul 10, 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 10, 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 10, 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 10, 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 10, 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 10, 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 10, 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 03, 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 03, 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 03, 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 03, 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
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...
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