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Oct 31, 2014
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...
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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...
Oct 17, 2014
Particulate matter pollution remains a problem in major cities and industrial zones in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. The most populated and industrial areas are consistently above the Air Quality Act standards for particulate matter and significantly above...
Oct 15, 2014
South Africa has for the first time been elected to the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties (CoP) bureau, strengthening the country’s status as a global player in the biodiversity field, the Department of...
Oct 10, 2014
WATER IMPORTANCE The major problem with the current management of water infrastructure is a lack of uniformity
Managing risk in the water services sector is key to the longevity and cost efficiency of South Africa’s water infrastructure, according to multinational professional services firm Arup.
Oct 10, 2014
SYSTEM UPGRADE The new wastewater treatment plant replaces the region’s older Ujams wastewater treatment plant, located about 20 km north of Windhoek
A R125-million water infrastructure project in Namibia, undertaken by water treatment company Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa, will enhance the wastewater treatment in an industrial zone near the country’s capital Windhoek.
Oct 10, 2014
MINIMAL MAINTENANCE The only maintenance required on the Bubbler system is replacing the chlorine every month and the bacteria every three months
A locally developed septic tank sewerage system, the Bubbler Water Efficiency System (Bubbler system), can recycle different types of water while reducing the amount of accumulated solid waste, says Cape Town-based wastewater treatment company Bubbler.
Oct 10, 2014
PETER SHEPHERD South Africa’s big cities have had a severe impact on river systems, with increasing urbanisation compounding the situation
A significant amount of stormwater infrastructure in South Africa is insufficient to handle the country’s rapid urbanisation, according to consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa.
 
 
 
 
Oct 10, 2014
BETTER SANITATION Incledon's community project involves the upliftment of thousands of Free State residents that have previously been using the portable toilet system in their communities
Fluid conveyance company Incledon is providing underprivileged communities in the Free State with improved hygiene standards and sanitary conditions as part of a multimillion-rand sewerage upgrade project across the province that involves the replacement of portable...
Oct 09, 2014
Vele colliery
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), South African National Parks (SANParks) and Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) on Wednesday signed a historic biodiversity offset agreement (BOA) for CoAL’s Vele colliery, in Limpopo. The biodiversity offset was aimed at...
Oct 06, 2014
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is setting up an asset management system to ensure the optimal performance of the stations monitoring South Africa’s air quality, Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson said on Monday. According to the...
Sep 29, 2014
Accentuate CEO Fred Platt
Deteriorating economic cycles in the manufacturing and construction industries saw the Accéntuate group on Monday report an 8.4% drop in revenue for the year ended June 30 compared with the previous financial year, to R308-million. Profit for the year was 42% lower,...
Sep 26, 2014
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At a time when government should be doing “everything possible” to stimulate the South African economy, it would be “terribly ill-advised” to burden the economy further by introducing a carbon tax, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa...
Sep 26, 2014
Cellular major MTN South Africa has approved two gas-powered generation developments for its Doornfontein (1 MW) and Newlands (6 MW) sites, in Gauteng, based on the success of its 2 MW trigeneration plant, at its Roodepoort headquarters. MTN will expand this...
Sep 25, 2014
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has allocated more than $3-billion in financing to support developing countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change over the next four years. An additional $30-billion would also be leveraged from other sources over the...
Sep 23, 2014
The Standard Bank Group has been named one of the world’s greenest banks by Bloomberg Markets, ranked eighteenth out of 20 global finance institutions recognised for their investments in green-energy projects and efforts to reduce their own waste and carbon...
Sep 23, 2014
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The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) was considering establishing an air quality index, to make information on the quality of ambient air in South Africa more accessible, DEA national air quality officer Dr Thulie Mdluli said on Tuesday. She noted that the...
Sep 12, 2014
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Noting a recent report by Statistics South Africa, which recorded an increase in the number of bucket toilets in the Eastern Cape, provincial government said this week that it was studying the contents of the report to ascertain where this increase had occurred and...
 
 
 
 
Sep 12, 2014
OWEN SKAE Business and sustainability can work together harmoniously
Sustainability provides unparalleled opportunities for organisations; it helps them to become competitive, resilient, and able to grow and create long term value says Rhodes Business School director Owen Skae. He says the school has been focusing on sustainability...
Sep 12, 2014
Petroleum group Shell’s Three Sisters Ultra City, on the N1 Highway near Beaufort West, has installed a 150 m3/d effluent treatment and grey-water recycling plant, which has resulted in the recovery of 25 000 l of water a day out of season and 120 000 l of water a...
Sep 05, 2014
APPROPRIATE FILTRATION The local oil industry needs to employ filters for holding-tank breather pipes
The quality of all grades of oil produced and refined in South Africa is subpar in terms of international standards and industry best practices, according to Kyalami-based wear control company Filter Focus.
Sep 05, 2014
The Berg River Partnership (BRP) has piloted the 2020 Vision for Water Education Programme (VFWEP) at 10 schools in the Berg river area, in the Western Cape, as part of its youth initiative.
Aug 29, 2014
A society that is aware of the benefits of science and technology will work to ensure it remains competitive in those areas, and petrochemicals major Sasol’s yearly Techno X expo provides a dynamic and interactive platform for learners to discover career...
Aug 29, 2014
The financial director of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has revealed the losses currently being borne by the Benga coal operation in Mozambique’s Tete province. Anil Chaudhary reported that Benga’s production costs were $165/t while the current market...
Aug 29, 2014
DEEP CLEANING Microbes in Deep Impact occur naturally without having to be genetically modified, making them nonpathogenic to humans, animals and plants
Stellenbosch-based probiotic product developer and manufacturer Probio launched a new biodegradable cleaning product – Deep Impact – last month.
Aug 22, 2014
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BOB SCHOLES To ensure that emissions plateau by 2020 and then decline until a net negative emission level is achieved by the end of the century, CO2 capture and storage in addition to major emission reduction efforts will be needed
Capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) is the only way through which the world will achieve the lowest of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) global warming predictions, called the representative concentration pathway (RCP) 2.6....
Aug 22, 2014
Nongovernmental organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) completed the first phase of its Food-Energy-Water Nexus project in April, which is a body of work that looks at the importance of developing policy and recasting business strategy around these three...
Aug 22, 2014
 
 
 
 
Aug 19, 2014
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Environmental management inspectors, also known as the Green Scorpions, from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and various provincial environmental departments would embark on a sand-mining blitz across the country, with the goal of dealing with the...
Aug 15, 2014
GREEN BENEFIT Effective and green fleet management provides several advantages, such as a reduced carbon footprint and reduced fuel consumption
Owing to a carbon tax, expected to come into force by 2016, a key focus of global fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics is to encourage industry to become more efficient in their fleet management, thereby reducing its carbon footprint....
Aug 15, 2014
The inaugural Green Youth Indaba, which took place last month, brought together scores of South African youth, as well as green industry professionals, experts and government departments to address green economy opportunities and sustainable development.
Aug 15, 2014
INDUSTRY INITIATIVE Local industry can use waste energy to generate heat for its own processes
Local industry is starting to implement projects using the principles associated with the ‘circular economy’ with a specific focus on developing a greener industry, says consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV. A circular economy entails industry transitioning...
Aug 15, 2014
FOCUS AREA National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa believes industry needs to embrace the idea of resource efficiency in waste and water areas
Although there is significant focus currently on energy efficiency in industry, there is an increasing need for industry to expand its participation in the green space beyond just energy, government programme National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa...
 
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