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Environmental News

City wants your comment on new strategy to drought-proof Cape Town

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 After a drought almost left Capetonians queuing for a mere few litres of water per person per day, the City of Cape Town wants your comment on a proposed R5.4bn strategy to avoid another possible "Day Zero". The proposed strategy, if accepted after public comment, presents ways of meeting growing... 

'South Africans must take climate change seriously' – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 It is time for South Africans to take climate change seriously, said President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday in his response to the debate on his State of the Nation Address. He said if South Africa is a country that prioritises the interests of the poor and the vulnerable, then we need to act with... 

'South Africans must take climate change seriously' – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy
Photo by Duane Daws
AFRICA’S ENERGY FUTURE The Africa Energy Indaba will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 and 20 this year

Technical workshops to address energy efficiency

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The Department of Trade and Industry’s National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) programme states that it will host technical workshops at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba. NCPC-SA communication manager Julie Wells tells Engineering News that the organisation plans on “a strong... 

Technical workshops to address energy efficiency
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MITIGATING EMISSIONS NCPC-SA’s South African Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project has mitigating about 3.7-million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions

As renewables soar, BP sees China hitting brakes on energy growth

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 Global demand for renewable power will soar at an unprecedented pace over the coming decades, BP said in a benchmark report on Thursday, while China’s energy growth is seen sharply decelerating as its economic expansion slows. Still, China is set to remain the largest energy consumer by a long... 

Sanbi provides R4m towards stopping illegal vegetation clearing in Cape Winelands

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 The South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) has provided the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning with R4.1-million in funding to help combat the illegal clearing of indigenous vegetation in the Cape Winelands district. The illegal clearing... 

Sanbi provides R4m towards stopping illegal vegetation clearing in Cape Winelands
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Karoo

Threat for rhinos still remains despite drop in 2018 poaching numbers

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says it remains concerned about the overall status of rhino populations despite official figures from the department of environmental affairs showing the number of those killed in South Africa dropped to 769 in 2018 from 1 028 in 2017. "The fact that fewer... 

Threat for rhinos still remains despite drop in 2018 poaching numbers

WWF starts One Planet City Challenge 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2019 Afgri Technology Services (ATS) has partnered with the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) TuksNovation to foster innovation in the agricultural sector. TuksNovation is a nonprofit organisation founded by the university, in partnership with the departments of Trade and Industry and Small Business... 

Pick n Pay trials reusable bag made from green plastic bottles

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2019 Supermarket chain Pick n Pay is trialling a R5 reusable bag made from green plastic bottles, as an affordable alternative to plastic carrier bags. The bag is the first of its kind and will be initially introduced to 22 stores across the country to gauge customer reaction.  

Pick n Pay trials reusable bag made from green plastic bottles
Pick n Pay transformation director Suzanne Ackerman-Berman with the company's new R5 reusabe bag

DST to showcase benefits of using STI in designing future human settlements

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 With a surplus of drivers for the adoption of alternative and innovative technologies in the built environment, particularly in the human settlements sector, the effective application of science, technology and innovation (STI) can be a transformative instrument in addressing South Africa’s most... 

Pikitup finds new bin providers, expects supply to resume by end-Feb 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 Waste manager Pikitup’s spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi has confirmed to Engineering News Online that the company has had challenges with its wheelie bin supplier, resulting in a shortage of about 22 000 bins. Contracts with new service providers have, however, been entered into.  

Precious metal refiners face new LBMA environmental standard  

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2019 The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) has launched a new standard that addresses environmental as well as sustainability issues in gold and silver markets. To do that in a credible way, LBMA has been actively engaging with mining companies and producer nations. 

Precious metal refiners face new LBMA environmental standard
LBMA CE Ruth Crowell tells Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer about the association's efforts to improve environmental and sustainability within the gold and silver mining and refining sectors. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

UJ study provides glimpse into early stages of species formation in the sea

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th February 2019 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Wednesday reported findings of an international study published in “Proceedings of the Royal Society B”, substantiating that warm and cool water temperatures over a long stretch of coastline cause new species of marine fish to evolve without being isolated... 

UCT scientists part of international study of Antarctic waters

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th February 2019 University of Cape Town (UCT) scientists, Dr Marcel du Plessis and Isabelle Giddy, are part of an international study team that is attempting to occupy and collect vital measurements of the frigid ice-covered waters of Antarctica – the least studied place on the planet. During winter, Antarctic... 

Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits – Friedland 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2019 Mining can and will deliver massive benefits if all stakeholders work together, Ivanhoe Mines executive co-chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday Speaking on the third day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he outlined the huge potential of collaborative government,... 

Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits – Friedland
Ivanhoe Mines executive co-chairperson and founder Robert Friedland speaks about the winds of change blowing in South Africa and the DRC and the benefits mining companies, African governments and communities can reap if all parties work together. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Ford engages the mining sector on the road to more EVs

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2019 Ford is quickening its pace towards the mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) and researching how the mining industry can help it to achieve its goals. “There are tremendous investments taking place at every level to achieve this radical revolution in the automotive industry,” Ford energy... 

IFAT Africa features broader scope

1st February 2019 IFAT Africa, a trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling, will have a broader scope this year, as the event is colocated for the first time with food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) and analytica Lab Africa. Presented by international exhibition organiser Messe München, IFAT... 

IFAT Africa features broader scope
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WASTE AND RECYCLING IFAT Africa will focus on waste management and recycling for sub-Saharan Africa

Research shows West Africa is facing more frequent severe storms

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2019 A multinational research consortium of British, French and West African institutes and scientists, funded by the UK Government, has ascertained that “mega storms” in West Africa occur three times more frequently today than they did 35 years ago. The results of the research are being applied to... 

Next generation of ‘smart lighting’ to be showcased at Taiwan expo

By: Simone Liedtke     1st February 2019 Energy efficiency is critical to sustaining smart cities, especially amid increasing urbanisation. Subsequently, the lighting industry’s focus seems to have shifted from replaceable lighting to special niche lighting, which includes aspects of smart lighting and the use of light-emitting diodes... 

Next generation of ‘smart lighting’ to be showcased at Taiwan expo
Photo by Simone Liedtke
ON DISPLAY Industrial lighting company ShinyU Lighting Company puts its products on show

KfW, IDC sign $80m loan facility for green economy development 

By: Simone Liedtke     31st January 2019 German development bank KfW and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) on Thursday signed a “milestone agreement” for an $80-million loan facility. KfW executive board member Dr Stefan Peiß and newly appointed IDC CEO TP Nchocho were in attendance to sign the document on... 

KfW, IDC sign $80m loan facility for green economy development
KfW executive board member Dr Stephan Peiß and IDC CFO Nonkululeko Dlamini

Could alien tree clearing near dams be Cape Town's solution to saving water? 

By: News24Wire      31st January 2019 Cape Town is losing 50-billion litres of water every year to thirsty alien trees surrounding the region’s supply dams – equivalent to two months’ water supply effectively going down the drain. For those who doubt the hydrological models that have come up with this figure, there will soon be hard... 

Coalition welcomes Mpumalanga MEC’s decision to not exclude properties from the Mabola protected area

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2019 The members of a civil society coalition that has been challenging mining company Atha Africa’s proposed new coal mine inside a Mpumalanga strategic water source area, have welcomed the decision by Mpumalanga MEC Vusumuzi Shongwe to withdraw his notice of intention to exclude the area proposed... 

Rhodes University to lead £20m international collaborative ocean project

By: African News Agency      29th January 2019 Rhodes University is set to lead a £20-million international collaborative project to influence ocean health and integrated ocean governance for equitable and inclusive sustainability. The One Ocean Hub is one of twelve innovation hub programmes approved by the UK Research Innovation’s Global... 

Agricultural sector plan prioritises job creation, agroprocessing 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2019 Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase on Tuesday shared the agricultural sector’s five-year business plan at the Business Unity South Africa Business Economic Indaba, held in Midrand. The plan for this sector prioritised the recovery of jobs lost as a result of the drought in the country and to continue... 

Agricultural sector plan prioritises job creation, agroprocessing
Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase discusses the agricultural sector's five-year business plan. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

SAIIA, Brookings launch Foresight Africa report   

By: Sane Dhlamini     28th January 2019 The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) launched the Foresight Africa report on Monday, in Johannesburg, highlighting the top priorities for the continent in 2019.  AGI senior fellow and director Brahima Coulibaly... 

SAIIA, Brookings launch Foresight Africa report
AGI senior fellow and director Brahima Coulibaly & ISS senior research consultant Liesl Louw-Vaudran on the Foresight Africa report (Camera: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling)

GEF, UN Environment partner with tech companies to launch e-waste economy in Nigeria

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th January 2019 The Nigerian government, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Environment have partnered with Dell, HP, Microsoft and Phillips to launch a $15-million investment to create a formal electronic-waste (e-waste) recycling industry in Nigeria. A report published on Thursday by the World... 

GEF, UN Environment partner with tech companies to launch e-waste economy in Nigeria
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E-Waste

Unisa, Exxaro, Sanedi launch first institutional anaerobic digester  

24th January 2019 To promote renewable energy as a cost-effective technology amid climate change and global warming, the University of South Africa, Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution launched in November its first institutional anaerobic digester. Simone Liedtke reports. 

Unisa, Exxaro, Sanedi launch first institutional anaerobic digester
Unisa, Exxaro, Sanedi launch first institutional anaerobic digester

UCT researchers selected for research hubs to address global challenges

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th January 2019 Funding agency United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) have selected University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers to establish research hubs at UK universities, to tackle some of the development challenges facing the world. The hubs offer five... 

UCT researchers selected for research hubs to address global challenges

To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass -... 

Mokonyane not aware of any allegations against her at state capture commission

By: News24Wire      21st January 2019 Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane's office says it knows nothing about claims implicating her in testimony before the state capture commission of inquiry and says it will be "impolitic" to engage reports claiming otherwise. Weekend newspapers reported that Mokonyane would be among... 

How the cargo ship industry is cleaning up its filthy act

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2019 Air pollution from cars and factories has been regulated in much of the world since the 1970s. When it comes to the smoke-belching ships that carry global trade, the rules have been a lot looser. Big changes start next January, though, when long-debated standards from the International Maritime... 

Climate change threatens to make your morning brew more expensive

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 Coffee farmer Masumi Kondo wrapped himself in a cosy blanket on cool nights in the 1970s when he began growing the crop in the Franca region of Brazil’s Sao Paulo state. Now, thanks to persistently warmer weather, he needs an air conditioner. It’s not just the sleeping habits of farmers... 

Thirty companies form alliance to help curb plastic waste

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Thirty companies have joined forces to establish the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), which aims to advance solutions to reduce and eliminate plastic waste from the environment, especially the ocean. The alliance is a nonprofit organisation that involves companies from across the global... 

Thirty companies form alliance to help curb plastic waste

China starts new recycling drive as foreign trash ban widens

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 China plans to launch 100 new large-scale recycling "bases" by the end of next year, part of a campaign to make better use of its resources after extending a ban on foreign trash imports. A long manufacturing boom has saddled China with millions of tonnes of waste, much of which is buried in... 

UN warns of rising levels of toxic brine as more desalination plants are built

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2019 The fast-rising number of desalination plants globally, now almost 16 000, quench a growing thirst for fresh water but create a “salty dilemma” on how to deal with all the chemical-laden left-over brine, authors of a recently published United Nations- (UN-) backed paper say. In the paper, the... 

There’s a tiny plastic enemy threatening the planet’s oceans

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Environmentalists have identified another threat to the planet. It’s called a nurdle. Nurdles are tiny pellets of plastic resin no bigger than a pencil eraser that manufacturers transform into packaging, plastic straws, water bottles and other typical targets of environmental action. 

Partnership for Action on the Green Economy conference starts this week in Cape Town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2019 Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will host, on January 10 and 11, the Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (Page) Ministerial conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. She said in a statement issued on Tuesday that hosting the Page conference would... 

Partnership for Action on the Green Economy conference starts this week in Cape Town
Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane
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