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Environmental News

African conference strives to boost bioenergy industries

     18th August 2017 Global conference organiser Centre for Management Technology (CMT) notes that its Biomass Trade & Bioenergy Africa conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton on September 28 and 29. CMT hopes that the conference will further development of the African biomass and bioenergy... 

Biofuels company launches franchise solution

     18th August 2017 Cape Town-based biofuel company Biogreen Diesel will start franchising its ‘Biodiesel & Research model’, to aid in the expansion of the industry and simultaneously increase awareness of biofuels in the region. The company, having made the announcement in June on its website, says it felt it had... 

Biofuels company launches franchise solution
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GREASY GOODNESS Biogreen Diesel uses a locally developed jet reactor, to convert waste oil into an environment-friendly fuel that can be blended with, or substituted for, diesel

Carbon capture tech will recycle ferroalloys sector’s emissions

     18th August 2017 South African green-technology company Swayana is collaborating with US-based carbon recycling company LanzaTech to introduce its proprietary carbon capture technology to South Africa. Swayana, a level 2 broad-based black economic-empowerment company established in 2016, uses carbon-footprint... 

Carbon capture tech will recycle ferroalloys sector’s emissions
IMMITATION GAME LanzaTech’s Chinese facility will produce fuel grade ethanol from captured steelmaking off-gas and Swayana hopes to implement this strategy in South Africa

Licensing rules for large desalination plants remain challenging

By: Dylan Slater     18th August 2017 With increased debate around water security in South Africa, as a result of growing surface-water scarcity and future uncertainty, the prospect of implementing large-scale desalination of seawater is also increasing.  

Licensing rules for large desalination plants remain challenging
SHARON JONES Desalination may be the most sustainable source of water in the absence of natural recharge of surface and groundwater resources

Thermal imaging cameras, speakers deployed in bid to protect rhino

By: David Oliveira     18th August 2017 Swedish security camera manufacturer Axis Communications is showing its commitment to combating the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa. Axis Communications country manager Roy Alves explains that the company has been involved in several conservation efforts, but highlights a 30 ha rhino... 

Enviroserv officials in the dock over 'big stink'

By: News24Wire      17th August 2017 EnviroServ CEO Dean Thompson and four other officials from the waste management company are now personally facing criminal charges relating to allegations that their Hillcrest landfill site is causing a noxious "big stink" in the area, west of Durban. The alleged gases emanating from the site are... 

World treaty to ban and reduce mercury poison comes into force 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2017 It is rated as one of the top ten chemical poisons endangering human health and the natural world. Tiny drops of this poison can be found in human teeth, in fresh fish, in light bulbs, paints, batteries and even cosmetics. And it is in the air, water and soil everywhere, in varying amounts. 

Western Cape confirms presence of H5N8 bird flu

By: Reuters     15th August 2017 South Africa's Western Cape has detected type H5N8 bird flu on two ostrich farms, the province's agriculture department said on Tuesday. The virus is highly pathogenic in birds but considered unlikely to infect humans. 

Agricultural irrigation efficiency framework improves water use

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Through intensive research, the Agricultural Research Council’s Institute for Agricultural Engineering has developed a framework to improve water efficiency in agricultural irrigation systems in South Africa, which reassesses the methods traditionally used to measure a system’s efficiency and... 

Agricultural irrigation efficiency framework improves water use
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT With effective water management and good subsurface drainage, soil health conditions can be created for irrigation farming to assist with food security in South Africa

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 Scarce surface-water resources in South Africa are threatening the availability of potable bulk water, which is also coming under strain because of growing suburban areas and increased demand from consumers. The recycling of wastewater to ensure long-term sustainability has been posited as the... 

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate

Creative farming methods ensure sustainability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Amid extreme weather, regulatory barriers and import competition, South African farmers need to think creatively about farming practices – not only to reduce costs but also preserve an environment that is struggling under the pressures of a growing global population, says agriculture... 

Creative farming methods  ensure sustainability
PLANT PROTECTION Haygrove’s multispan polytunnel structure provides a controlled environment for the aquaponic and hydroponic systems

Equipment drives farming sustainability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Forward-thinking livestock farmers who are willing to embrace the use of new equipment in their operations will forge a way forward amid the economic and ecological hardships facing South Africa’s agricultural industry, says Johannesburg-based industrial equipment provider Vermeer Equipment... 

Equipment drives  farming sustainability
BETTER FEED The Vermeer R2300 basket rake ensures a cleaner forage, increasing the production value of dairy and beef cattle

SA air traffic company focuses on safety and the environment

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2017 South Africa’s air traffic management agency, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), is working hard to improve air safety in the country. “During the 2015/2016 [financial year] our safety performance was not as we would have liked it to be, with a record low of 34 Risk Safety Index [RSI],”... 

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof

     11th August 2017 Swedish steel producer Ovako has awarded technology provider Systems Spray-Cooled with a contract to modernise and increase safety on its electric arc furnace (EAF) with the first Spray-Cooled roof in the Nordic region, located at its bar, billet, tube and rings facility in Hofors, Sweden. After... 

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof
NEW SYSTEM Electric arc furnace with spray-cooled equipment in the charging phase

Macozoma concerned South Africa may miss out on big electric-vehicle opportunity 

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2017 Leading business personality Saki Macozoma has expressed concern that South Africa is not fully aligning its economic and industrialisation plans to areas of future demand, including in the area of electric vehicles (EVs). Speaking at the launch of a new book authored by political commentator... 

Macozoma concerned South Africa may miss out on big electric-vehicle opportunity
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Saki Macozoma

Group’s contracts set to increase marine protection in South Africa

     4th August 2017 African Marine Solutions Group (Amsol) states that two milestone contract awards have further supported the company growth strategy since its acquisition of maritime services provider SMIT Amandla Marine in December.  

Group’s contracts set to increase  marine protection in South Africa
TUG ON CALL Amsol will provide a purpose-designed high speed tug to safeguard South Africa’s marine environment

New Springs plant able to recycle used juice and milk cartons

By: Dylan Slater     4th August 2017 An investment worth R46-million in a new liquid packaging recycling plant is enabling paper and plastics packaging company Mpact Recycling to recycle used juice- and milk cartons at its Springs-based paper mill facility on the East Rand.  

Volume of recycled glass almost doubled in past financial year 

By: Dylan Slater     4th August 2017 The recycling rate for all glass packaging in the 2015/16 financial year increased by 41.1%, with more than 80%, or 2.77 t, of all glass bottles being diverted from landfills, according to the latest figures released by glass-recycling promotion organisation The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC).  

Waste specialist makes South African investments following contract awards

By: Schalk Burger     4th August 2017 Dubai-headquartered specialist waste management multinational Averda has made several investments in its South African operations after it won medical waste management contracts in the Western Cape and Gauteng. The firm developed a hazardous waste landfill site in Vlakfontein, Gauteng, to drive... 

Waste specialist makes  South African investments following contract awards
WASTE MANAGEMENT Waste management multinational Averda is investing in local operations

Business supports marches planned for next week

By: Sane Dhlamini     3rd August 2017 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has come out in support of the national action and planned marches around Parliament by various groupings, set to take place next Tuesday between 12:00 and 14:00, amid MPs much-anticipated voting in the motion of no confidence bought against President Jacob... 

Business supports marches planned for next week

S Africans satisfied with improvements in metros – survey

By: Sane Dhlamini     3rd August 2017 South Africans have seen a marked improvement in the performance of local government aside from the metropolitans Cape Town and Buffalo City, according to an Ipsos survey conducted after the local government elections on August 3. The Khayabus study, for which 3 598 South Africans 15 years and... 

S Africans satisfied with improvements in metros – survey

Introduce stringent anti-emission laws – Royal Bafokeng Platinum

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2017 The South African government must introduce stringent anti-emission legislation as well as press for the platinum equivalent of the gold Kruger Rand, Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri insists. Phiri expressed dismay at the government, as custodian of the world’s major platinum endowment,... 

Introduce stringent anti-emission laws – Royal Bafokeng Platinum
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Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri

Atlantis to be designated as an SEZ

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is preparing to issue a gazette outlining an intention to designate the proposed Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The SEZ Advisory Board-recommended action followed an application for designation by the Western Cape Department for Economic... 

Argentina Supreme Court to hear case on Barrick Veladero mine

By: Reuters     2nd August 2017 A federal court in Argentina has ruled that the country's Supreme Court should take up a case related to a government request to suspend operations at Barrick Gold Corp's Veladero mine, a court filing showed. Argentina's environment ministry in April asked a federal court to suspend operations at... 

New report shows municipalities still fall short in drinking water quality, sewage treatment 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st August 2017 The drinking water of three municipalities in South Africa have failed to meet the national standards for quality drinking, while 59 failed to meet the set quality standards for sewage systems, civil rights organisation AfriForum said on Tuesday. This followed the nationwide testing of the... 

Agriculture a significant growth area for Africa

By: Anine Kilian     31st July 2017 Agriculture is the largest economic growth sector for Africa, New Partnership for Africa's Development business foundation CEO Lynette Chen said at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Industrialisation Week on Monday. She pointed out that less than 10% of arable land in Africa was... 

Company to hold short courses and workshops this year

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Environment solutions company I-CAT plans to hold a range of external, environment-oriented short courses and workshops at its Pretoria-based training facility by the last quarter of this year, as a means to keep the industry updated on legislation changes and the responsibility of industry players. 

Company to hold  short courses and workshops this year
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LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG I-CAT uses highly qualified and experienced facilitators to provide competency-based specialised training programmes

Moves to fast-track regulation could ignite energy efficiency sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th July 2017 As businesses move to become more self-reliant and decrease their exposure to electricity price volatility, government is also moving ahead with policy support for energy efficiency initiatives in homes, business and industry, says Pan-African law firm Bowmans public law and regulatory head and... 

Moves to fast-track regulation could ignite energy efficiency sector
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EFFICIENCY INCENTIVE A range of initiatives in the energy sector that promote energy efficiency include an income tax incentive for those installing renewable-energy generation

Not enough high school mathematics and science graduates

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Irrespective of the considerable amount of money invested in the South African education system, engineering consultancy WSP Africa head of people, culture and engagement Elaine Porter, states that the number of high-school graduates with good results in higher-grade mathematics and science is... 

Not enough high school mathematics and science graduates
NECESSARY FOUNDATIONS Mathematics and science abilities cannot suddenly be learnt, without foundations in analytical skills

EU top court rules against AcerlorMittal carbon challenge

By: Reuters     26th July 2017 The European Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled against steelmaker ArcelorMittal's challenge against how the European Union allocates free carbon permits. A number of companies have made legal challenges against the EU Commission, seeking to maximise the free allowances they receive under the... 

Cameroon soccer star Milla tackles plastic flooding menace

By: Reuters     26th July 2017 Roger Milla, who shot to worldwide fame for his World Cup goal celebrations, is now tackling flooding with a scheme to turn plastic blocking Cameroon's drains into building blocks. Milla's Coeur d'Afrique (Heart of Africa) is paying unemployed young people to collect the plastic which blocks... 

Mpact launches R46m liquid packaging plant

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2017 Paper and plastics packaging company Mpact on Tuesday launched a R46-million liquid packaging plant at its Springs mill, in Ekurhuleni. The plant will recycle 25 000 t/y of liquid packaging products, which has so far seen limited beneficiation in South Africa. 

US electric industry knew of climate threat decades ago – report

By: Reuters     25th July 2017 The US electric industry knew as far back as 1968 that burning fossil fuels might cause global warming, but cast doubt on the science of climate change and ramped up coal use for decades afterward, an environmental watchdog group said on Tuesday. The California-based Energy and Policy Institute,... 

Drought-hit Nairobi looks to filthy dam to keep business flowing

By: Reuters     25th July 2017 As residents of Nairobi's largest slum look for new sources of water amid lingering drought, they have seized on an unlikely one: An old 88-acre water reservoir full of sewage and trash, draped in water hyacinth. The Nairobi dam has been the capital's spare water reservoir in times of drought... 

Slight decrease in rhino poaching in SA 

By: African News Agency      24th July 2017 Fewer rhinoceroses were poached across South Africa in the first half of 2017, in comparison with same period of last year, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa announced on Monday. “There has been a slight decrease in the number of rhino poached nationally. A total of 529 rhino have been... 

Slight decrease in rhino poaching in SA

Futureproof solutions ensure green living

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Demonstrating its capability for creative thinking, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa has overcome bulk services shortages and ensured the preservation of the natural environment along KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast through the sustainable design of the... 

Solution provides protection on north coast

     21st July 2017 Nonwovens supplier Fibertex SA’s geosynthetic sand containers (GSC-Bags) will ensure the protection of the natural environment in the construction of a revetment structure at uMdloti beach, on KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast. 

Solution provides protection on north coast
SPECIALLY ENGINEERED Fibertex offers a lightweight, durable and workable geosynthetic substitute for traditional revetment systems
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