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Mar 20, 2015
The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) plans to have piloted 100 properties through its existing building performance (EBP) tool by the end of April.
Mar 20, 2015
Owing to the current acid mine drainage (AMD) crisis in South Africa, which is contributing to the country’s clean natural resources becoming scarcer, mines are being forced to look at ways to enhance their processes and to recycle and treat their water before...
Mar 20, 2015
TYRE RECYCLING Milvinetix is using a development grant to improve its tyre recycling facilities
Using pyrolysis to recycle used vehicle tyres is gaining popularity in South Africa, with the first fully functional pyrolysis plant, at Gauteng-based tyre recycler Milvinetix’s premises already operational.
Mar 06, 2015
The amendments made to the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) concerning Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations, which came into effect in December, is a positive step towards interdepartmental collaboration, says law firm ENSafrica environmental...
Mar 06, 2015
South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) secured a conviction rate of 61% in criminal cases related to rhino poaching during the 2013/14 financial year, said Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. Speaking at a media briefing in January on the...
Mar 06, 2015
IMMINENT IMPOSITION Acid mine drainage poses a serious threat to parts of South Africa's water supply
Gaseous carbon dioxide (CO2), provided by gas products and services company Afrox, has been successfully integrated into a water treatment system at coal miner Optimum Coal’s water reclamation plant near Hendrina, in Mpumalanga. The system treats acid mine drainage...
Mar 06, 2015
Owing to its water-intensive nature, new mining and infrastructural development needs to be carefully considered in South Africa, says Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Joan Warburton-McBride, who believes that, for the same reason, hydraulic...
Mar 06, 2015
Until government is able to upgrade its water infrastructure, amend punitive laws for theft of State property and implement traceability laws for scrap metal, the routine theft of government-owned pipes, substation components, transformers and other water-related...
Mar 06, 2015
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Feb 25, 2015
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa
Two environmental groups on Wednesday condemned Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa's decision to grant several companies, including Eskom, a reprieve from complying with minimum emission standards. "The decision taken yesterday... is a clear disregard for the...
Feb 20, 2015
Medical solutions provider Alloro Africa Enviro Services has introduced Italian medical technology company Newster Group’s NW system for the sterilisation of potentially infectious healthcare waste to the local market. Alloro Africa – the sole importer and...
Feb 20, 2015
JOAN MARIA GARCIA GIRONA BASF’s co-creation activities for its 150th anniversary year will focus on urban living, food and smart energy challenges
Germany-based chemicals giant BASF, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last month, is using its anniversary year to collaborate with all stakeholders and expose them to sustainability practices across the value chain. BASF VP and South and sub-Saharan Africa...
Feb 20, 2015
The Water Research Commission (South Africa’s national funding agency dedicated to water research and development) and the Department of Science and Technology are jointly running an innovation programme known as the Water Technologies Demonstration Programme...
Feb 17, 2015
PFE International CEO Mehran Zarrebini
A joint venture (JV) between Durban-based small truck tyre recycler Mathe Group and PFE International, which counts Van Dyck Carpets as one of its South African subsidiaries, is expected to double the number of waste tyres recycled in KwaZulu-Natal this year. The JV...
Feb 13, 2015
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Feb 13, 2015
INDUSTRY ENHANCEMENT By attaching value to a waste product, the current demand for waste tyres currently exceeds supply
The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) will continue to meet the requirements of the Redisa Plan gazetted in November 2012, especially when it comes to supporting the development of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs)...
Feb 13, 2015
CONTINENT-WIDE COOPERATION African energy leaders need to discuss the implications of low oil prices on gas developments and on the diversity of the continent’s energy mix
Organisers of the 2015 Africa Energy Indaba expect more than 2 000 visitors to attend the conference, a 20% increase, compared with the attendance figures of last year’s event, which, in turn, registered a year-on-year increase in attendance of 23% from 2013 to 2014.
Feb 13, 2015
COLLISION RISK Birds can be killed or injured if they collide with wind turbines or associated infrastructure such as power lines
Establishing electricity generation facilities, including renewable-energy facilities, necessitates careful planning to mitigate the risk to birds, other wildlife, the natural ecosystems and area-specific habitats, says bird conservation organisation Birdlife South...
Feb 06, 2015
Out of South Africa’s ten designated special economic zones (SEZs), three are on the verge of implementation and, before the end of this year, one of them will be completed and implemented, says the Department of Trade and Industry, which envisions 2015 to be the...
 
 
 
 
Feb 06, 2015
ON-SITE OIL REMEDIATION Ergofito Aqua organically turns oil deposits on land and water into organic matter by attacking hydrocarbons and converting them into humus
The Ergofito Aqua oil remediator, manufactured locally by Cape Town-based bioproducts company Ergofito, is selling better internationally than it is locally, the company tells Engineering News.
Feb 06, 2015
PAYING THE COSTS Shell has agreed to pay an out-of-court settlement of £55-million to compensate a Niger Delta community for two oil spills that occurred in 2008
Oil giant Shell early last month agreed to pay an out-of-court settlement of £55-million to compensate a Niger Delta community for two oil spills that occurred in August and December 2008, destroying thousands of livelihoods in the Bodo area, in the south of Nigeria.
Jan 30, 2015
Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as...
Jan 30, 2015
TESTING WATERS Farmers situated next to officially identified hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations need to conduct baseline analysis of their drinking water before fracking starts
Nonprofit organisation for cancer prevention the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has advised farmers situated next to officially identified hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations in the Karoo, in the Eastern Cape, to finance professional baseline...
Jan 30, 2015
Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as...
Jan 30, 2015
South Africa is, in key respects, an ideal country to deploy the latest generation Integrated (coal) Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology for electricity generation. This is the view of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) Africa. “This technology needs...
Jan 29, 2015
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A trading demonstration has showcased the applicability, functionality, utility and readiness of the well-established, commercial and financial electronic infrastructure provided by private-sector commodity registry Silocerts and the JSE as a potential platform for...
Jan 28, 2015
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The City of Johannesburg, whose environmental policy innovations include an integrated waste management plan that covers all relevant environmental legislation, has been named the country’s most environment-friendly metropolitan municipality in the Department of...
Jan 28, 2015
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Jan 27, 2015
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The 94.3 MWp Sishen solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in the Northern Cape, was expected to deliver 216 GWh/y of electricity into power utility Eskom’s national grid. The plant, which was built by Spanish firm Acciona and commissioned by Spanish consulting firm Enertis,...
 
 
 
 
Jan 23, 2015
South Africa should reconsider Integrated (coal) Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology for future power stations, because refinements in the technology have greatly increased its efficiency and rendered its previous evaluation obsolete. So argues Mitsubishi...
Jan 23, 2015
MASS ADOPTION SolarPlus’s goal is to implement its systems at 200 000 homes within a ten-year period
As part of its aim to become a renewable-energy utility, solar energy solutions provider SolarPlus Energy Investments has launched the SolarPlus residential long-term solution, a complete solar water heating (SWH) system installed free and provided at a fixed monthly...
Jan 23, 2015
SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY The facility comprises 2 000 solar panels covering a surface area of 4 000 m2 and produces approximately 843 MWh/y
Property group Hyprop Investments launched a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system, valued at about R8-million, at its Clearwater Mall, in Gauteng, in December. “Clearwater Mall is the first property of Hyprop to which we applied a solar PV system of this magnitude,”...
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
AGGRESSIVE TAKE-OFF Powermode’s average monthly installations have increased from about seven to more than 15 installations, for this month
Since power protection and management solutions provider Powermode forecast a significant demand increase for solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solutions for local industry in August last year, the company registered “serious” growth in the solar PV market. “Powermode...
Jan 16, 2015
Physical asset management company Pragma will continue to install grey-water recovery plants at petroleum group Shell’s various Ultra Cities, where possible, following the success of its award-winning recycling plant, which was installed at Shell’s Three Sisters...
Jan 16, 2015
RECYCLING SUPPORT Polyco’s project support will increase the tons of polyolefins collected by about 40 000 t over the next three years
South Africa-based Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) will have three project funding cycles in 2015 and has budgeted R14-million to support key collection and recycling projects, Polyco CEO Mandy Naudé tells Engineering News. “Polyco’s project support programme...
Jan 16, 2015
South Africa-based Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) released the names of the six successful applicants who will be receiving total investment loans of R7-million over the next six months to fund existing polyolefin recycling operations, in November last year....
Jan 16, 2015
On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuels powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) EMB-202A Ipanema crop-duster. This is the most recent version...
Jan 16, 2015
Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle went on sale on the open market in Japan on December 15, a few months before the Japanese manufacturer is set to introduce the vehicle in the US, UK and other selected European markets. The Mirai – meaning ‘future’ in...
 
 
 
 
Jan 07, 2015
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As South Africa readies for the introduction of a contentious carbon tax in 2016, local greenhouse gas (GHG) and energy management advisory firm EcoMetrix has argued that current restrictions on projects eligible to provide carbon offsets – a single element of the...
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
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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