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Jun 22, 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...
Jun 22, 2015
Ever larger and more frequent weather disasters around the world are fuelling pessimism that we can curb man-made climate change before its too late. But Laurence Tubiana is more optimistic than apocalyptic. She believes mankind is finally getting the message about...
Jun 19, 2015
EFFICIENT MANUFACTURING PROCESSES The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa will be exhibiting at this year’s Manufacturing Indaba
South Africa’s manufacturing processes still need to be developed – especially in terms of resource efficiency – as the industry is still growing, says resource efficiency and cleaner production specialist the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa...
Jun 19, 2015
Economists, Ministers and industry experts are set to meet in October this year at the South Africa-Italy Summit in Cape Town to discuss how trade, investments and partnerships can be boosted between the two countries and continents.
Jun 19, 2015
IMPROVING EFFICIENCY The SAGCC's building, in Forest Town, Johannesburg, has been fitted with solar panels to improve energy efficiency
With South Africa seeking ways of mitigating the country’s ongoing power challenges, the Southern African–Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC), in cooperation with the Germany Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, hosted a South African delegation...
Jun 12, 2015
MITIGATING MUNICIPAL BACKLOGS Under the ambit of the Back-to-Basics programme, government aims to improve municipal procurement and infrastructure delivery, among other competency requirements
The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) voiced its proposal last month that the government-initiated Back to Basics (B2B) programme be geared to assist local municipalities in various ways.
Jun 12, 2015
STACEY DAVIDSON It is critical that new industries are formed to enable small businesses and income-earning opportunities to be created
Development of sustainable and viable small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) requires highly detailed information of an industry and other parts of the economy relevant to the industry, says circular economy organisation Recycling and Economic Development...
Jun 12, 2015
The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) has increased its recycling rate to 40.9%, which has meant that about 80% of glass a year does not reach landfills in South Africa.
Jun 10, 2015
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COST, ENERGY SAVING It is more efficient to melt broken glass than the raw sand needed to create raw material mix when manufacturing glass
Float and patterned-glass manufacturer PFG currently generates about 30% less waste for every 1 000 t that it melts, compared with the waste it generated seven years ago, owing to the manufacturer’s glass recovery and reclamation facility, says PFG sales director Bob...
Jun 05, 2015
All government’s incentive programmes, aimed at encouraging energy efficiency in households, have petered out, says renewable-energy organisation the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa) water-heating division chairperson James Green.
Jun 05, 2015
MILESTONE POWER STATION Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa predicts future power station build prospects being smaller in comparison to Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations
The sheer size of the boilers being installed at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations might not be repeated in Africa again, owing to future build prospects indicating a requirement for smaller boilers, says power systems company...
Jun 02, 2015
The Gauteng provincial government (GPG) says it has “completely eliminated” the bucket sanitation system in Gauteng after removing the last of the systems from the Ratanda Township, near Heidelberg. Gauteng Department of Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance...
May 29, 2015
There are growing indications that the South Africa government is seeking to change gears in the area of black economic empowerment (BEE) , with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Economic Development Department planning to leverage public...
May 29, 2015
IMPERATIVE USE Private individuals in KwaZulu-Natal are largely using solar and wind technologies owing to their improving affordability
Clients are looking towards greener energy sources to drive groundwater abstraction and reticulation schemes in the rural parts of KwaZulu-Natal, according to the KwaZulu-Natal office of consulting engineers and scientists, SRK Consulting SA. SRK tells Engineering...
May 26, 2015
The mandate of local government has expanded greatly over the last ten years, and now includes more comprehensive operational responsibilities, as well as new ones, such as air quality management, says KPMG South Africa City Centre of Excellence associate director...
May 22, 2015
Industry body Plastics South Africa (SA) believes that its sustainability objective, dubbed ‘Zero Plastics to Landfill by 2030’, which was launched in February last year, is both realistic and achievable. The organisation says the goal, which will be pursued in...
May 22, 2015
FREDRIK JEJDLING Sustainability becomes an important part of a business’ decision-making process
Communications technology firm Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa head Fredrik Jejdling says the company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility has been integrated into all facets of its operations, which has provided it with sustainable revenue...
May 22, 2015
Recycling company Petco’s largest contracted recycler Extrupet launched its new Phoenix polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle-to-bottle recycling plant last week in Germiston, which will produce an additional 14 000 t/y of PET resin for the PET packaging industry.
May 22, 2015
Industry body Plastics South Africa (SA) believes that its sustainability objective, dubbed 'Zero Plastics to Landfill by 2030', which was launched in February last year, is both realistic and an achievable. The organisation says the goal, which will be pursued in...
May 22, 2015
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MEDICAL WASTE INCINERATOR Stricter emission law make it increasingly more difficult for individuals to receive permits to operate a medical waste incineration facility
The lack of medical waste disposal facilities in South Africa is placing pressure on existing facilities, which are unable to cope with increasing demand, resulting in a significant amount of medical waste being dumped illegally, says South African incinerator and...
May 15, 2015
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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa
Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, says government is waging a war on waste and prioritising contributing to the development and growth of the recycling economy. “The waste sector is currently valued at about R50-billion a year. Waste has value – both a...
May 15, 2015
FUTURE BACKBONE The transmission corridors were identified in support of Strategic Integrated Project 10 pertaining to electricity transmission and distribution
South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in collaboration with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) and State-owned power utility Eskom, has confirmed the final position of the five strategic...
May 14, 2015
The controversy-dogged fisheries department's marine patrol tender is up for grabs again. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries director general Edith Vries told a media briefing on Wednesday - ahead of her department's budget vote in Parliament - that the request for...
May 12, 2015
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May 08, 2015
UPDATING THE INDUSTRY The CSSA offers seminars, site visits, student support and continuing professional development accreditation for its members
Hosted by nonprofit public benefit organisation The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), the RepSem Concrete Repair and Protection seminar, which took place in March in the four major centres around the country, focused on starting repair and rehabilitation...
May 08, 2015
JOHN THOMSON EMS has introduced a free business matchmaking app to enhance the benefits of attending Indutec
Exhibition Management Services (EMS), organiser of the 2015 South African Industry and Technology Fair (Indutec) that will take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, from May 20 to 22, says the event promises to attract the largest number of visitors...
May 08, 2015
Despite attempts by nuclear power lobbyists to assuage global concerns about nuclear waste, University of South Africa (Unisa) college of law lecturer and power plant mechanical engineer Dr Khaled Qasaymeh tells Engineering News that the issue of nuclear waste is the...
May 05, 2015
Sapref refinery
Environmentalists have turned to the Durban High Court to force the eThekwini Municipality to release oil companies Engen and Sapref's atmospheric emission licenses and compliance reports. The Durban South Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) and the Vaal...
May 01, 2015
ACCIDENT PREVENTION Investing in dust surpression solutions can effectively reduce or eliminate air pollution at any materials-handling site
To prevent operational downtime that, on average, can result in a loss of between $1 000/h and $3 000/h, materials handling companies must invest in dust prevention solutions that effectively reduce or eliminate air pollution, says dust suppression engineering...
May 01, 2015
HEALTHY SURROUNDINGS Airvax is ideal for hospitals, nursery schools and daycare centres as it does not release particles back into the air once captured
While air quality solutions company Solenco SA has mostly sold its Airvax air purifier to clients in the residential market, the company has noted an increased uptake from industry and small businesses, including pubs and restaurants, which are using the product in...
May 01, 2015
COLLECTING EMISSIONS The emissions generated from different industrial processes need to be collected at the source
Since the implementation of the National Environmental Management Air Quality Act in November 2013, the importance of emissions control in South Africa has been increasing, says air filtration company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies. “In the past, industries...
May 01, 2015
LOCAL PRODUCTON Kentech plans to start manufacturing antipollution filters in South Africa
In response to the Department of Health’s new emissions standards that will come into effect this year, air-pollution control and dust extraction systems supplier Kentech is supplying smoke and dust control solutions that will help companies comply with the new...
May 01, 2015
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY DUST CONTROL I-Cat Environmental Solutions recently installed the ScrubMist dust-removal system at Beeshoek iron-ore mine
Environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions completed the installation of a R5.8-million ScrubMist dust-removal system at diversified miner Assmang’s Beeshoek iron-ore mine, in Northern Cape,  earlier this month. I-Cat director Anton van der Merwe...
May 01, 2015
TREATED ROAD SURFACE Haul road surface treated with the Dust-A-Side bituminous-based product
International research, using human health and environment protection agency the US Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions factors for unpaved haul roads, indicates that haul trucks generate the most dust emissions from surface mining sites, accounting for...
May 01, 2015
TOTAL DUST MANAGEMENT 88Chemco uses appropriate chemistry for each project to ensure the solution fits performance and economic parameters
Dust-suppression solutions provider 88Chemco is saving costs for clients in the mining, oil and gas, and plantation industries with its chemical technologies and engineering methods, including fine-particle engineering, which was launched in July last year, says...
May 01, 2015
DUST EXTRACTION MIP Process Technologies produces dust and fume extraction equipment capable of dealing with air pollution challenges
Global public health institution the World Health Organisation’s 2015 statistics show that at least seven-million people worldwide die prematurely from air pollution-related diseases, which makes dust extraction a growing market that antipollution companies need to...
May 01, 2015
DUST EXTRACTION EPF Systems’ approach is to design a specific solution for each customer using a testing station
Researched and tested dust-extraction, filtration, ventilation and waste-transfer techniques that enable companies to effectively combat the pollution caused by operating processes are now available to South African companies, owing to a partnership between local...
Apr 30, 2015
As a means to reduce reworks spending on construction projects, construction company GVK-Siya Zama has implemented an integrated management system (IMS), which will reduce reworks spending by 25% and improve the group quality average to over 85%.
Apr 29, 2015
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has welcomed a recent decision by Sasol to withdraw its legal action against herself and the National Air Quality Officer in the High Court of South Africa.  On April 17, the petrochemicals group gave notice in the North...
Apr 24, 2015
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is currently rolling out a R126-million sanitation upgrade project at rural schools in the Eastern Cape on behalf the Eastern Cape Department of Education (DoE). The programme will see 947 toilets built at 108 schools in the...
Apr 24, 2015
Many of South Africa’s sewage treatment plants face major challenges, including the lack of technical capacity and funding to maintain and operate ageing sewage treatment infrastructure, as well as the ability to expand the sewage treatment capacity to meet the...
Apr 24, 2015
South Africa’s municipalities need to develop an integrated master plan to address delivery constraints of the country’s wastewater treatment plants, says consulting engineering firm WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa technical director Leon Saunders. He points out that...
Apr 24, 2015
NEW INFORMAL CONCEPT The Nic’s patented rotating bowl is nano-coated, preventing waste matter from sticking to the bowl
Portable sanitation solutions provider Sanitech hopes to start producing its New Informal Concept (Nic) portable toilet solution, which employs a double-sphere rotating bowl, by the end of this month. Sanitech MD Robert Erasmus tells Engineering News that the...
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