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Apr 29, 2016
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa
Cabinet has extended the contract of Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) director-general Nosipho Ngcaba and approved the appointment of Limpho Makotoko as the new DEA COO.     “Under the leadership of Ngcaba, the DEA has consistently received clean and...
Apr 29, 2016
INCREASING FILTRATION EFFICIENCY Pulse jet bag filter replacing ESP on a kiln dedusting filter plant
Air pollution and dust-control equipment designer, manufacturer and supplier John Thompson Air Pollution Control marketing and sales manager Gerard Pretorius says the company is ready to assist clients in complying with new emission standards by 2020.
Apr 29, 2016
BAG FILTERS An example of FFT’s product offering – a bag filter unit for a fume extraction system at Ausmelt Copper Smelter
The importance of emission control is gaining traction not only locally but also in sub-Saharan Africa, where it held little priority previously. This is especially true of international companies, says air filtration company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (FFT).
Apr 29, 2016
DRY SORBENT INJECTION PILOT PLANT Lodestone Engineering uses its pilot plant to design various upgrades
As a result of South African companies’ efforts to adhere to the standards of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act by 2020, many higher-end jobs are being created, especially in the associated fields of design and engineering, third-party compliance...
Apr 29, 2016
Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa boiler process group leader Warwick Ham says the company’s product offering positions it well to help South African companies meet stricter emissions standards because of...
Apr 29, 2016
The success of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is a shining example of South Africa’s ability to undertake large infrastructure programmes to boost the local economy, despite the current...
Apr 29, 2016
RHINO IN THE BUSH The thermal cameras will enable rangers to detect and stop poachers before they can get close to the rhino
Intelligent security company Axis Communications donated R300 000 worth of thermal imaging equipment, in April, to detect poaching intrusions to the Thaba Manzi Wildlife Services rhinoceros sanctuary, in Limpopo. The sanctuary is home to dozens of animals that are...
Apr 28, 2016
In an attempt to maintain a pro-poor stance on public spending aimed at improving social development, the City of Ekurhuleni will inject R3.5-billion of its 2016 budget for into its community empowerment package, Mintirho Ya Vula Vula. Tabling the budget vote for the...
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 25, 2016
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Apr 22, 2016
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PONDS The algae treatment system uses the existing ponds
The algae treatment project implemented by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) during the course of 2015 in the town of Motetema, in the Elias Motsoaledi municipality is fully operational.
Apr 22, 2016
TREATMENT PLANT The impact of a draught on the sewerage system is still being researched
Extreme and prolonged water restrictions could have a negative impact on the sewage treatment system if it is not managed properly says the Water Research Commission (WRC).
Apr 22, 2016
Newly established renewable energy special-purpose acquisition company (Spac) Hulisani listed on the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), earlier this month, taking advantage of investor demand for energy assets in South Africa and Africa. Company CEO...
Apr 22, 2016
IFAT TRADE FAIR The water sector at IFAT will show how the industry is responding to water and sewage crises around the world
Owing to economic necessities and new legal regulations dictating the course in the international water and sewage industry, trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management IFAT – taking place from May 30 to June 3 in Munich, Germany – will showcase...
Apr 22, 2016
Manufacturer of sustainable probiotic-based products Probio’s Bokashi Composter system will receive recognition at the yearly Eco-Logic Awards for its ability to reduce greenhouse gases.
Apr 22, 2016
AMANDA ROETS The highly efficient and reliable hydraulic breakers contribute to increased productivity
Swedish industrial tool and equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco Construction Technique has supplied two HB 10000 10 t hydraulic breakers to a Northern Cape mine in an effort to increase production of iron-ore at the opencast operation.
Apr 21, 2016
Lee Berger
University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) professor Lee Berger has been added to the 2016 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s yearly list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Berger is an award-winning palaeoanthropologist, researcher, explorer, author and speaker...
Apr 15, 2016
Pikitup on Friday confirmed that its controversial MD Amanda Nair had gone on “special leave” this week, but denied her absence from work had anything to do with allegations of wrongdoing levelled against her by SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu). Although Nair has...
Apr 15, 2016
TINA JOEMAT-PETTERSSON The Northern Cape hosts 100% of the CSP and 65% of the solar PV capacity procured in the REIPPPP bid windows
The inauguration last month of renewable-energy project developer Solar Capital’s 90 MW De Aar 3 solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in the Northern Cape, marked the seventeenth solar PV plant to start commercial operation in the province. Energy Minister Tina...
Apr 15, 2016
PROPERTY POWER Growthpoint’s Airport Industria property near Cape Town International Airport is one of the properties that have a solar power system
JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has embarked on its two largest rooftop solar installations, each with a capacity of nearly 1.2 MW, on the rooftops of the Northgate Mall, in Johannesburg, and the Brooklyn Mall, in Pretoria....
 
 
 
 
Apr 15, 2016
MODULAR PLANT Sanitech’s wastewater treatment solution can be upscaled and downscaled to requirements
Portable toilet and sanitation solutions company Sanitech has implemented a portable modular wastewater treatment solution that enables quick commissioning and versatility in upscaling or downscaling, depending on requirements.
Apr 15, 2016
Only a tiny minority of nuclear waste contains the vast majority of radiation produced by such waste. “No less than 96% of the radioactivity comes from just 0.2% of the waste volume,” highlights Arint SA MD François Mellet. Nuclear waste is generally divided into low...
Apr 15, 2016
Despite hurdles, Cape Town has surged ahead with alternative ways of procuring energy, with more businesses and households generating excess electricity and then feeding it back into the grid. The City of Cape Town was given permission to be a pilot site for embedded...
Apr 08, 2016
Lindiwe Sisulu
Government is seeking solutions to tackle the ongoing problems regarding informal settlements, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said at the Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Informal Settlements on Thursday. “Informality regarding human settlements is a clear...
Apr 07, 2016
The City of Johannesburg on Wednesday explained why the boss at its waste-management entity, Pikitup, has was not been suspended despite a litany of charges preferred against her by the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu). Pikitup MD Amanda Nair, is accused of...
Apr 05, 2016
The Department of Labour (DoL) has launched an investigation into an incident at KatzStone Granite and Quartz, in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, which resulted in the death of one worker dead and the injury of three others. Details of the incident were scant and remained...
Apr 01, 2016
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Tesla Model 3
Twenty-four hours after launching, US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Motors has secured more than 180 000 orders for its new Model 3 vehicle, making it the biggest driver of potential lithium demand from the auto sector to date. By Friday afternoon, that figure...
Apr 01, 2016
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Jacob Zuma
The biggest political challenge currently facing South Africa is getting local government to work efficiently, political analyst Theo Venter told Engineering News Online at a BMI Building Research Strategy Consulting Unit strategic forum on Friday. “Local government...
Apr 01, 2016
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has, in a tender procedure, selected private weather service provider Ubimet to provide equipment and services for meteorological and hydrological early-warning systems that will be supplied to national weather services...
Apr 01, 2016
GREEN BUILDING Success of green technologies depends on all parties being well informed about their application and benefits
Cost consultants and quantity surveyors can play a pivotal role in helping new building projects and decision-makers to make green building decisions during construction, says University of Pretoria Department of Construction Economics quantity surveying programme...
 
 
 
 
Apr 01, 2016
RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SAVING Responsibility of saving energy should be shared by consumers and suppliers
Correct energy management and using green building techniques can decrease the demand for energy by 30%, says the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
Apr 01, 2016
If the world is to meet the target of restricting global warming to 2 ˚ C by 2100, then there will have to be a substantial increase in global nuclear power capacity. So affirmed incoming World Nuclear Association Chairman Dr Helmut Engelbrecht at the recent Nuclear...
Apr 01, 2016
ALISON GROVES Using green building techniques can increase creativity and productivity
Green building consulting company WSP ∣ Parsons Brinkerhoff, Africa (WSP) believes that green building awareness is likely to increase this year, owing to the implementation of Gauteng Vision 2055.
Apr 01, 2016
The development of shale gas projects in South Africa was halted with the 2011 issuing of a moratorium on the issuing of shale gas exploration licences within the central Karoo, which has subsequently been lifted.
Apr 01, 2016
JSE- and Aim-listed oil and gas company SacOil signed a cooperation agreement with the China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPPB) last month for the possible construction of a gas processing facility near the Rovuma basin, in Mozambique, as well as a 2 600-km-long,...
Mar 31, 2016
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An initial investigation into the electrocution of 48 Cape vultures on Eskom powerlines near Elliot, in the Eastern Cape, has indicated that noncompliant structures were responsible for the death of the endangered birds. The two main incidents took place near one of...
Mar 29, 2016
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Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) waste experts have considered how informal waste pickers – individuals picking through bin bags at kerbside, recovering valuable recyclables – can be integrated into the South African waste and recycling economy,...
Mar 29, 2016
Workers at City of Joburg’s waste removal agency Pikitup, who embarked on an unprotected strike, face disciplinary action, mayor Parks Tau said on Tuesday. “The workers were charged individually in relation to their conduct, and not as union members. The presiding...
Mar 25, 2016
STRUGGLING MARKET Tongaat Hulett’s various sugar operations’ revenue totalled R5-billion up until September
Agriculture, agroprocessing and sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has noted a 5.7% decline in half-year revenue, generating an operating profit for the 2015/16 sugar season. The sugar season, which runs from April 1 to March 31 yearly has been beleaguered by drought...
Mar 25, 2016
RECYCLING IMPERATIVE Prasa urges businesses and individuals alike to maximise opportunities for paper recycling
The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa) aims to increase the recovery of recyclable paper products to 70% by 2020 through raising awareness about the importance of keeping paper products in a recyclable state throughout their life cycles.
 
 
 
 
Mar 25, 2016
Through education, lobbying and research, the paper industry will manage policy uncertainties regarding the inception of carbon tax, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony.
Mar 23, 2016
Pikitup workers affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) laid bare the challenges between them and their employer in Johannesburg on Wednesday, vowing to continue to intensify their illegal strike that has been continuing for four weeks. More than 4 000...
Mar 18, 2016
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) hosted a public participation meeting in Port Elizabeth on Thursday to discuss draft regulations around 22 proposed Marine Protected Area (MPAs) nationally, which form part of the Operation Phakisa initiative. The aim of...
Mar 18, 2016
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One of the two bidders for the first round of South Africa’s Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (CBIPPPP), Marubeni, of Japan, expects the evaluation of bids to begin in April, following an initial delay in the Independent Power Producer...
Mar 18, 2016
VERDERFLEX VF25 The peristaltic pumps transfer the wet slurry into the anaerobic digester
Pumps manufacturer Verder Pumps' VF25 peristaltic pumps are being used as part of a project by UK-based University of Nottingham Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, together with British electrical engineering company Lindhurst Engineering, who have...
 
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