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Environmental News

Brics Environment Ministers adopt sustainability initiative

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd June 2017 The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) member countries’ Environment Ministers on Friday adopted the Partnership for Urban Environmental Sustainability Initiative (Puesi), which identifies water and air pollution prevention measures. The initiative further sets out to improve... 

Highly pathogenic avian influenza isolated on South African farm

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd June 2017 A farm near Villiers is being quarantined and some 28 000 birds are being culled after a highly pathogenic avian influenza of the H5N8 type – the first in South Africa – was found on the Vaal river property. The Mpumalanga Veterinary Authority is on site assisting with quarantine implementation,... 

R&D incentives pivotal for sector growth

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 The direct correlation between successful economies and their investment into research and development (R&D), is the reason consultancy firm Cova Advisory joint MD Duane Newman says it is important that local manufacturing sector and government continue to engage in the R&D incentives made... 

R&D incentives pivotal for sector growth
Photo by Paulo Jorge Photograpy
DUANE NEWMAN Cova Advisory joint managing director and co-founder is a respected sustainability strategy and business consultant, with an expertise in grants, incentives and tax in the green economy

More than 7 500 animals ready for African Animal Ark operation

By: News24Wire      20th June 2017 Trailed by great clouds of dust, a massive convoy of noisy diesel trucks rumbles out of Zimbabwe this week starting on Monday to begin one of Africa's largest-ever wildlife relocation projects. The aim is to shift more than 6 000 wild animals from Zimbabwe to neighbouring Mozambique to replenish... 

South Africa, Rwanda sign environmental cooperation agreement

By: African News Agency      19th June 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Rwandan Natural Resources Minister Vincent Biruta have signed a cooperation agreement on environmental protection and sustainable development, the environmental affairs department said on Sunday. Molewa and Biruta met in Kigali, Rwanda, on Thursday... 

Brazilian agency providing remote sensing training for African countries

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2017 Brazil’s Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE – National Institute for Space Research) has been providing training for Earth observation (EO) specialists from African and other countries (in Asia and Latin America), under its Capacitree programme, which is a capacity-building project... 

Businesses embracing energy and carbon action plans

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Uptake of the challenge of implementation corporate energy and carbon management strategies has taken some time, but businesses are now increasingly putting into place aggressive energy and carbon action plans, says resource efficiency and management company Environmental Resource Management... 

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Energy efficient luminaires manufacturer Beka Schréder launched a new standalone solar luminaire – the SOL-ONE – in May 2017, which uses the most efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs), says Beka Schréder marketing manager Sibusiso Skosana. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering
SOL-ONE The luminaire has an integrated photocell and an integrated motion sensor

Municipality reduces GHG by using buses

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 The City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality aims to achieve 25% less greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, an operational cost efficiency with gas at R7/l for bus equivalents, and over three phases create more supply chain opportunities using its ‘green’ Metrobus fleet. 

Need for business to safeguard and support environmental protection initiatives

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is increasing pressure on businesses whose production processes produce waste to become more sustainable and support government’s efforts to safeguard the future of the environment by minimising their carbon footprint within their operations, says waste management company Interwaste group... 

Need for business to safeguard and support environmental protection initiatives
REWARDING BENEFITS By obtaining green accreditation, businesses are recognised and can be rewarded for the role they play in protecting the environment

Need for environmental awareness in growing industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is a growing need for the construction industry to become more environmentally aware, which includes considering solvent emissions, recycling and toxicity, and building materials supplier DenBraven national sales and marketing manager Michael Berg says the company has made higher... 

Programme provides in-depth understanding to boost green industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Owing to the continuous development and application of new technology in the green industry, training and research provider Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises at UP) will present the biannual ten-day Programme in Environmental Management under the auspices of the Centre for... 

Regulation changes for chemicals industry next year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 Major Hazard Installation (MHI) regulations for hazardous chemical and petrochemical industries – which fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) – are under review to align them with international standards.  

Regulation changes for chemicals industry next year
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SAFETY ABOVE ALL Ishecon’s training helps engineers to build and operate safe chemical plant installations

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 The idea to use innovative rocket technology that uses asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material has been crowned the winner of the 2017 Singularity University Global Impact Challenge (GIC) Southern Africa edition competition. The US-based Singularity... 

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award
JONATHAN LUN My idea is to use . . . a vacuum arc thruster, that consumes asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 As the green-building groundswell takes hold globally, construction materials supplier AfriSam says industry can expect to several trends emerge this year. 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year
VICTOR BOUGUENON Trends include South Africa’s property and construction players committing to greener practices

South African timber industry could become net importer amid supply pressures

By: David Oliveira     16th June 2017 While the short-term outlook for South Africa’s timber industry looks positive, with positive supply and demand figures, the medium term outook for the industry is under pressure owing to a potential looming timber shortage, as the total area under plantation in South Africa is not expanding in... 

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 With South Africans being more aware of greener ways of living, multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP regional director and sustainability consultant Alison Groves says this has led to green building becoming integral in the design and construction of buildings. 

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living
INITIAL FOCUS The rating system developed by the Green Building Council of South Africa was initially only focused on new buildings

US CBP donates border enforcement equipment to Sars

By: Anine Kilian     15th June 2017 The US Embassy in South Africa’s office of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Friday donated $105 000 of border enforcement equipment and tools to the South African Revenue Service (Sars).  The equipment will be used in support of Sars’ efforts to safeguard South Africa’s borders.  

Molewa welcomes approval of Garden Route as Unesco biosphere reserve

By: African News Agency      15th June 2017 The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, on Thursday welcomed the approval of the Garden Route as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Unesco members voted in favour of the inclusion of the Garden Route as a Biosphere reserve at a meeting in Paris on Wednesday. 

NPC commissioner calls for energy-planning overhaul 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2017 A member of the National Planning Commission (NPC) has pointed to serious shortcomings in South Africa’s current energy planning processes and has called for future plans, including the highly contested Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, to be compiled by a new independent technical... 

NPC commissioner calls for energy-planning overhaul

Redisa plans to contest government’s liquidation order

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) is planning to legally contest the decision of Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa to liquidate the tyre waste management company, with executive director Stacey Davidson going so far as to describe the move as... 

Redisa plans to contest government’s liquidation order
Redisa executive director Stacey Davidson

Company introduces new cost effective technology in line with 2020 target

By: Nica Schreuder     9th June 2017 With increasing pressure to conform to the 2020 Air Quality Act, industrial equipment supplier Heaton Valves Africa have introduced Zeeco Combustion equipment’s GB single-jet burner into the Southern African Market in order to minimise oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions. During fuel combustion,... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 An unintended consequence of the recently published draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for energy is that because it excludes cogeneration as a viable technology, cogenerators will be unable to participate in the energy market without Ministerial consent, says Paper Manufacturers Association of... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities
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OVERLOOKED ENTITY The impact of the DoE IRP draft excludeing cogeneration as a viable, green technology raises concerns forpulp and paper industry

Lighting system a resounding success

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Electrical solutions provider Magnet Group is seeing much success from its MARS light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting system since its launch in August 2015. Magnet lighting solutions engineer and MARS product specialist Kaylen Reddy informs that the MARS LED lighting range is based on advanced... 

Community and EnvirsoServ again at odds over Shongweni landfill site

By: African News Agency      8th June 2017 Environmentalists and community members on Wednesday night again fired questions at EnviroServ about the company’s contentious Shongweni landfill in the first monitoring committee meeting that has run successfully since September last year. Wednesday’s gathering saw the company’s chief executive,... 

Redisa should have been stopped earlier – Outa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th June 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday welcomed Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa’s decision to have the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) placed under liquidation, but raised some questions about the move. Last week, Molewa lodged an... 

Redisa should have been stopped earlier – Outa

Redisa placed under liquidation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th June 2017 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has been placed under liquidation to safeguard the operations and assets associated with the programme. Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa filed an urgent application for the liquidation at the Cape Town High... 

Redisa placed under liquidation

South Africa regrets US pulling out of Paris climate accord

By: African News Agency      2nd June 2017 South Africa on Friday joined countries around the world in condemning the US’s withdrawal from a global pact to fight climate change. US President Donald Trump on Thursday pulled out of the Paris climate accord, angering many of the country’s allies. 

Greening Africa’s cities could reverse some of the impact of urbanisation – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2017 A fast urbanising Africa is rapidly degrading the environmental assets of its cities, leaving the continent at risk of locking itself into a “grow dirty now, clean up later” development path that may be irreversible, costly, inefficient and welfare-reducing, a new World Bank report has revealed.... 

US decision to withdraw from climate change agreement problematic

By: African News Agency      2nd June 2017 The office of the United Nations Secretary-General says the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to promote global security. “The Paris Agreement was adopted by all... 

Sasol faces up to air quality challenges of new standards

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st May 2017 As Sasol works to transition its plant operations to meet the new air quality minimum emissions standards requirements, “credible, viable solutions” to its two biggest air quality challenges remain out of reach and the group plans to apply to have the compliance deadline postponed by five years.... 

Sasol faces up to air quality challenges of new standards

Cape Town airport reaches milestone in environmental approval for new runway

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2017 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), which belongs to the State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), has received authorisation from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to proceed with its planned runway realignment and other necessary infrastructural developments. Acsa... 

Cape Town airport reaches milestone in environmental approval for new runway
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Cape Town International Airport

Steel CEOs say EU carbon reforms threaten jobs, investment

By: Reuters     29th May 2017 Steelmakers in Europe have written to EU leaders urging them not to burden the industry with extra carbon emissions costs they say would make them uncompetitive against foreign rivals and raise the risk of job losses and plant closures. Draft reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS)... 

G7 leaders turn gaze to Africa, climate harmony elusive

By: Reuters     29th May 2017 Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the... 

Outa welcomes new ‘State capture’ study

By: Sane Dhlamini     26th May 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has welcomed the research undertaken by independent research organisation Public Affairs Research Institute (Pari) in collaboration with the South African Council of Churches (SACC), which exposes how State institutions have been “repurposed to serve the... 

Outa welcomes new ‘State capture’ study
South African President Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s space agency develops system to monitor crops

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The Earth Observation (EO) Directorate of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has developed an advanced crop-monitoring system for South Africa that will also be made available to other African countries, in due course. “We are able to monitor their [the crops’] condition through... 

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