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Dec 12, 2014
Private-owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group and the Ichikowitz Family Foundation unveiled its Anti-Poaching Skills and K9 Training Academy in Magaliesburg last month.
Dec 12, 2014
Construction resources and aggregates company Lafarge Ash Resources aims to have fly ash exempted from the National Waste Management Amendment Bill’s classification as hazardous waste. This exemption will improve the sustainability of construction materials and...
Dec 12, 2014
SARUSHEN PILLAY Sasol has proven the viability of composting to remediate its industrial sludges over the course of two years of testing
Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project aims to move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project uses aerobic composting to convert the sludge from its Bioworks water...
Dec 11, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), in collaboration with the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, plans to implement some R256-million worth of environmental protection and infrastructure projects in Mpumalanga, bringing the department’s total funding...
Nov 28, 2014
There is widespread consensus that the Price Preference System (PPS) –introduced in September 2013 to restrict the export of scrap metal before it had first been offered for sale to the domestic consumers at a 20% discount to an international benchmark price – has...
Nov 28, 2014
ON THE MOVE The towers for the turbines necessitate their transportation in three or four segments
International heavy-lift and plant relocation specialist engineering firm Vanguard provided the transportation and erection services for nine 3 MW Sinovel wind turbines for the Van Stadens wind farm project, in the Eastern Cape, says Vanguard MD Bryan Hodgkinson. The...
Nov 28, 2014
WIND POWER Aggreko provides support services across the full life-cycle of both on- and offshore wind farms
In its endeavour to support the country’s drive to propel the use of wind farms as sources of generating green renewable energy, temporary power and temperature-control solutions supplier Aggreko supplied nine 60 kVA generators to the precommissioning of the wind...
Nov 28, 2014
Nov 28, 2014
Nov 28, 2014
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Nov 28, 2014
 
 
 
Nov 28, 2014
ROTATING The SWT-3.3-130 delivers 3.3 MW and extracts maximum energy yield from low to moderate wind velocities
To help with meeting the need to increase the number of wind farms in South Africa, including in areas with moderate to low wind speeds, global engineering company Siemens in November launched its new wind turbine at wind energy exhibition event Windaba, held in Cape...
Nov 28, 2014
GREEN ENERGY Projects that use wind to generate renewable energy are essential
South Africa needs to pursue projects that use wind for renewable- energy generation, as this green source of energy mitigates the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) while restoring and improving the ecosystem, says carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon director...
Nov 27, 2014
This year, 82 companies met the JSE’s Socially Responsible Index (SRI) requirements relating to environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies and management practices, compared with only 72 companies in 2013, as companies become more aware of how they...
Nov 27, 2014
Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project will move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat its 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project made use of aerobic composting to convert sludges from Sasol’s Bioworks water...
Nov 24, 2014
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Signatories to the Climate Investment Funds’ (CIF’s) mandate last week agreed to invite a group of new pilot nations to come forward and develop Strategic Programs for Climate Resilience under its Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR). The African Development...
Nov 21, 2014
The story of the salvage of the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia, which took place from May 2012 to July 2014 (the refloated ship was towed into Genoa harbour on July 27, and is now being scrapped) is well known in general outline, as is the fact that the Salvage...
Nov 19, 2014
Professor John Briscoe receiving the 2014 Stockholm Water Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf
World-renowned South African water engineer and academic Professor John Briscoe, who was the 2014 recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize, also known as the ‘Nobel prize for water’, has died at the age of 66. Following a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer, he...
Nov 14, 2014
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South Africa lost an estimated R17-billion worth of resources through the disposal of waste to landfill in 2012, while the effects of resource scarcity and resource constraints are increasing globally. However, the value to the economy of additional recycling or...
Nov 14, 2014
Nov 14, 2014
NIMBUS Student winner Ashley Adami’s Nimbus comprises bamboo and 12 V strip light-emitting diodes
State-owned power utility Eskom’s biannual Energy Efficient Lighting Design competition awards took place in Sandton, Johannesburg, last month, showcasing local environment-friendly designs by students, learners and professionals under the theme Celebrate 20 Years of...
 
 
 
 
Nov 14, 2014
BIODIVERSITY AND WINE INITIATIVE The BWI encourages wine producers to farm sustainably and express the advantages of the Western Cape’s abundant diversity in its wines
The winners of this year’s Nedbank Green Wine Awards were announced at Cape Town-based Myoga restaurant last month. The awards honour wine farmers who endeavour to reduce the impact of farming on their land and farm more sustainably. Sixteen top achievers were...
Nov 14, 2014
CHARLOTTE VAN DER MERWE Planning-related professions need to bear accountability
The professional planning part of the civil engineering industry is becoming increasingly reactive in terms of preplanning, instead of its primary, and preferred, focus of being proactive, says multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm GIBB.
Nov 14, 2014
PLASTIC POLLUTION Since its introduction, the plastic bag levy has reduced the use of plastic bags from ten-billion to four-billion bags a year, an estimated reduction in use of between 45% and 75%
Since the introduction of the plastic bag levy scheme in 2004, more than R1.1-billion has been collected and deposited into the National Revenue Fund, from which R216-million was allocated up to the end of August to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) for...
Nov 14, 2014
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is committed to environment-friendly development but is faced with a number of challenges, which it is striving to overcome through various initiatives.
Nov 14, 2014
South Africa lost an estimated R17-billion worth of resources through disposal of waste to landfill in 2012, while the effects of resource scarcity and resource constraints are increasing globally. However, the value to the economy of additional recycling or recovery...
Nov 11, 2014
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South Africa has taken bold steps to fight climate change, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. “Three years ago renewable energy projects were small and lacking investment, today there is rapid uptake of large-scale renewable energy technologies through...
Nov 07, 2014
Nov 07, 2014
PLASTICS TO DIESEL DEMONSTRATION The demonstration plant converts oil-containing plastics to diesel and multifuel
Small-scale plastics-to-diesel plants can be used by communities and in cooperation with municipalities to derive value from waste plastics, says Plastic Diesel cofounder and entrepreneur Deon Bester. With the help of a research partner in New Zealand, the plant has...
Nov 03, 2014
INITIATIVE SUCCESS The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa had processed about 35 489 t of waste tyres as at the end of September
The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) reports that the concept of its effective waste tyre project could be implemented in other waste streams, Redisa director Stacey Davidson tells Engineering News. “Redisa’s waste tyre project...
Oct 31, 2014
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Over the past 20 years there has been persistent concern about deindustrialisation in South Africa, as well as the fact that locally produced manufactured products have been increasingly displaced by imports.
 
 
 
 
Oct 31, 2014
WARREN OLIVIER Losing personal data can cause serious problems for a company’s customers
Every company needs to comply with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act by ensuring that customers’ personal information is protected against loss and destruction. “Compliance prevents customer information from falling into the hands of people who could...
Oct 31, 2014
GREEN INDIFFERENCE Companies are focusing more on short-term investments and returns to reduce upfront investment costs, which negates the “green impact”
The South African market tends to be indifferent towards the green industry trend, with the current market seemingly not valuing buildings that practise green management or that have been designed with green principles, says integrated facilities management solutions...
Oct 31, 2014
INCREASING AWARENESS The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa started offering environmental impact assessments to industry in July
To raise awareness of the requirements of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations, as well as offer support to companies that are required to implement them, industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) conducts...
Oct 31, 2014
NEW IMPERATIVE The environmental legislations and practices are to assist and enhance the opportunities of development in the economy
The local engineering industry is increasingly undertaking a mass-balance approach for its production and environmental impacts, where it analyses resources at source or input level, calculates the outputs and weighs the difference against the impact reduction costs,...
Oct 31, 2014
NEW DESIGN The ProSpin technology includes a multiport entry in the hydrocyclone that allows for greater separation of oil and water
Environmental management products and services provider Procon Environmental Technologies launched a new locally developed oil water separator at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition last month. Procon MD Kuno Kerlen tells Engineering News that the ProSpin...
Oct 31, 2014
Nonprofit wildlife and ecosystem conservation organisation the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is partnering with diamonds producer and purveyor De Beers Group to tackle the impact of roads on wildlife in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area...
Oct 31, 2014
GENERATION CAPACITY Trigeneration can be up to 40% more energy efficient, and helps to reducing operating costs, fuel expenses and environmental pollutants
Trigeneration technology as a green technology is receiving more interest locally, resulting in its increased implementation. Trigeneration technology has the same components as a cogeneration plant – a gas engine, electricity generator and a heat exchanger – but...
Oct 31, 2014
PRODUCTION RAMP UP Nampak anticipates the waste volumes for the facility to increase with the change in seasons and influx of visitors to the Kruger National Park
The waste-separation and recycling management facility in Skukuza, in the southern region of the Kruger National Park, in Mpumalanga, is ramping up production, packaging group Nampak group investor relations manager Zanele Salman tells Engineering News. The facility...
Oct 31, 2014
REDUCTION ACHIEVEMENT A fertiliser plant implemented the 3D TRASAR technology for Cooling Water and saved 22 750 m3 of potable water each year
Water, energy and air solutions specialist Nalco Africa reports significant reductions in fresh-water demand and wastewater discharge for several customers that implemented the 3D TRASAR Technology for Cooling Water in their efforts to support environmental...
Oct 28, 2014
Dr Cindy Harper, at a fridge filled with rhino horn samples
There is a need to develop a database for every threatened species in the world – not just rhinos, says Dr Cindy Harper from the University of Pretoria’s Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. Harper heads up the Rhino Index System (RhODIS), which houses DNA samples of...
 
 
 
 
Oct 27, 2014
Fossil Fuel Foundations' Lionel Falcon
A roadmap for underground coal gasification (UCG) is on the way with its own association and charter, Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) stalwart Professor Lionel Falcon said at the weekend. Speaking at the FFF’s 20th anniversary awards banquet, Falcon said the UCG...
Oct 24, 2014
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Schematic of the planned Giant Flag
Construction of the R170-million Giant Flag project, in the Camdeboo municipal area of the Karoo, is scheduled to start early next year, creating more than 700 jobs in the area. The 66 ha South African flag would be made up of 2.5-million coloured succulents and a 4...
Oct 24, 2014
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Oct 24, 2014
Two groups of environmental rights organisations have given notice of their intention to seek consent to be admitted as friends of the court (amici curiae), in court proceedings launched in May by energy and chemical company Sasol and crude oil processing and...
Oct 24, 2014
Energy and chemicals company Sasol and safety, health, environment and quality specialist Unplugged Communications had a clean sweep at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Awards, on March 21 – held at the IABC World Conference...
 
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