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Policy & Enforcement News

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The importance of energy efficiency as part of policy is increasing in many countries, subsequently making it important to develop and maintain well founded indicators to better inform policymaking. 

SA foundation’s helicopter to help Gabon combat forest elephant poaching

By: Dylan Slater     9th December 2016 As part of its ongoing contribution to combat wildlife poaching, Johannesburg-based societal upliftment organisation the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, donated a Aérospatiale Gazelle helicopter as part of a package to assist Gabon in fighting a poaching epidemic destroying the country’s forest... 

SA foundation’s helicopter to help Gabon combat  forest elephant poaching
EYE IN THE SKY The newly donated Gazelle helicopter is a highly valuable asset for the National Parks Agency of Gabon, Parcs Gabon, to combat forest elephant poaching

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 For the third consecutive year, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever has been rated as the Number 1 Top Employer in the manufacturing sector as well as the Number 1 Top Employer in the fast moving consumer goods sector in Africa by the Top Employers Institute. 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

Hesitancy in the construction industry owing to lack of funds

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  highlights that there is a fair amount of uncertainty in the construction and infrastructure industry given the negative influences affecting it as a whole. WSP divisional director Michael Bouwmeester points out that... 

Hesitancy in the  construction industry  owing to lack of funds
INVESTMENTS REMAIN STAGNANT Mega projects in the infrastructure industry are subdued at the moment owing to the lack of funds

WWF-SA welcomes South Africa’s ratification of Paris agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Environmental preservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa (WWF-SA) has welcomed South Africa’s ratification of the milestone Paris agreement reached at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).... 

WWF-SA welcomes South Africa’s ratification of Paris agreement

New SADC body set up to strengthen groundwater management

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 The Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI), a new organisation that will work within 15 SADC member States to collaboratively strengthen the management and development of groundwater for social and economic development in the region through the... 

New SADC body set up to strengthen groundwater management
Photo by Bloomberg
UNTAPPED RESOURCE Groundwater is the primary source of all water for about 70% of the inhabitants of the Southern African Development Community, yet only 1.5% is used

Industries should collaborate in submitting industry waste-management plans – law firm

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th October 2016 It appears industry will soon have to collaborate and share their current research and other resources to develop industry waste management plans (IWMPs), states legal services firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. It is likely that IWMPs will not only have to comply with challenging timeframes but also... 

Industries should collaborate in submitting  industry waste-management plans – law firm
Photo by Bloomberg
ONEROUS MATTER? Contentious content for industry waste management plans include the way in which affected industries will prioritise reduction, reuse, recycling, and waste recovery

Vlakfontein landfill first to meet South Africa’s tough new hazardous-waste requirements

By: David Oliveira     14th October 2016 South African hazardous-waste landfill sites have a new best-practice champion in multinational waste-management company Averda’s R250-million Vlakfontein high-hazardous-class landfill site, in the Vaal Triangle. It is the first landfill site of its kind in South Africa to comply with the new... 

Vlakfontein landfill first to meet South Africa’s tough new hazardous-waste requirements

Fishing companies and NGOs call for moratorium on bulk sediment seabed mining

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2016 The Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA), which comprises five major fishing companies and two nongovernmental organisations, is calling for a moratorium on all new and existing prospecting and mining applications related to bulk sediment seabed mining. This follows the release of a new report... 

Manuel says South Africa lagging behind in its commitment to protect the environment

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2016 The South African government needs to step up to the plate on some key environmental concerns, says former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. Speaking at the launch of the World Wide Fund for Nature–South Africa’s (WWF-SA’s) Oceans Facts and Futures report, in Cape Town, on Wednesday evening, he... 

Manuel says South Africa lagging behind in its commitment to protect the environment
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel

Treasury postpones implementation of tyre levy to Feb 2017

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd September 2016 The National Treasury has postponed the implementation of the environmental tyre levy to February 1. The levy had been due for implementation on October 1. 

SA legal firms soon to play more of a role in Africa business disputes with adoption of arbitration Bill 

By: Dylan Slater     16th September 2016 There are about 157 countries which have adopted the Model Law, thereby recognising international arbitration agreements and enforcing international arbitration awards.  

SA legal firms soon to play more of a role in Africa business disputes with adoption of arbitration Bill
Clyde and Co tells Engineering News about a new arbitration bill. Video courtesy of Shaun Smith.

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised  

By: Sascha Solomons     9th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) highlights that regular testing of samples from ropes forms a vital part of ongoing monitoring and evaluation. “Testing ropes in service helps the users . . . to understand the condition in which the ropes are in order to make an informed... 

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised
CSIR mining initiatives acting business manager Riaan Bergh discusses the need for rope testing in the engineering industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

NCPC-SA confident industry will meet carbon emissions reduction targets

By: Anine Kilian     7th September 2016 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) has, through its industrial energy efficiency project, assisted industry to reduce its carbon emissions by two-million tons since 2011, allowing it to confidently commit to meeting the industry target of a 6% reduction by 2020,... 

African industry urged to use oil downturn to address regulatory uncertainty

By: Schalk Burger     2nd September 2016 Though the depressed global oil price has led to reduced activity in the oil and gas sector across Africa, the industry should improve skill levels and governments should improve regulatory frameworks and licence systems to prepare for when price and activity increases, says PwC Africa Oil and... 

RFO consumption expected to decline significantly by 2020

     2nd September 2016 US energy research agency Energy Information Administration (EIA) in May released a report that commented that residual fuel oil (RFO) consumption is expected to decline significantly within the next four years. RFO is one of several residuals that remain after lighter materials, including... 

Centre developing clean tech SMEs to support low-carbon transition

By: Schalk Burger     26th August 2016 The Climate Innovation Centre South Africa (CICSA) of The Innovation Hub plans to increase the number of clean technology small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to support the transition of government and industry to a less carbon-intense economy, says CICSA innovation specialist Nhlakanipho... 

Carbon offset regulations could have major financial implications for businesses

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Draft regulations on carbon offsets, which were published for comment by the National Treasury on June 20, under the Carbon Tax Bill, are due to come into effect in early 2017 and could have significant financial implications for businesses in South Africa, according to legal services firm Cliffe... 

Company receives environmental certification

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Tile and construction adhesive products manufacturer Tal, in May this year, became the first company in the construction adhesives industry to gain full ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification. Tal safety, health, environment, risk and quality manager Julius McMaster says ISO 14001... 

Company receives  environmental certification
JULIUS MCMASTER The ISO 14001 certification provides a framework that enables us to manage and enhance our environmental performance

Nontransparent development plans leave Free State community in lurch

By: Dylan Slater     12th August 2016 Relocated families and local residents of farms bordering State-owned power utility Eskom’s newly constructed Ingula hydroelectric power scheme have been left in the dark about how the power utility plans to develop the area.  

Remediation of waste tyres reduces carbon emissions

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has adopted several tactics to remediate waste tyres and, ultimately, reduce carbon emissions. This includes processing waste tyres using pyrolysis, crumbing and controlled burning in cement kilns. From January last year... 

Algae-free irrigation systems to save money for farmers

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has estimated the rand value of the impact of algae pollution in the Berg river, near Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape. The calculation enables farmers to compare different ways of managing the problem in the area. A ‘Water SA’ report... 

From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact

By: Dylan Slater     5th August 2016 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) have the potential to significantly change the way many industrial, engineering and mining operations are conducted, with the ability to reach difficult to access areas and remove people from hazardous situations.  

From elevated inspections to stock analysis,  drones begin making business impact

Clearing environmental hurdles to power supply growth

     29th July 2016 Environmental consultant SRK Consulting is developing an enabling framework that will help power projects in South Africa to streamline the process of acquiring environmental approvals, in order to avoid unnecessary delays in implementation. 

Separation at source to improve recycling standard

By: Simon Sonnekus     8th July 2016 Nonprofit polyolefin recycling company Polyco is focussing renewed attention on building strong value-chain partnerships with recyclers, converters and brand owners by providing funding support for projects that will facilitate the move into high-quality critical market applications. To support... 

Separation at source to improve recycling standard
INVESTMENT An additional R150-million investment in project funding is needed over the next four years to enable Polyco to achieve the recycling target of 234 000 t, or 35%, recycled polyolefin by 2020

WasteCon 2016 to highlight local waste legislation

By: Simon Sonnekus     8th July 2016 The changing face of waste management in South Africa will be the main theme of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa’s (IWMSA’s) biennial waste management conference and exhibition WasteCon 2016, which will take place from October 17 to 21 at Emperors Palace, in Gauteng. WasteCon... 

Greenpeace International executive director visits Africa for the first time 

By: David Oliveira     6th July 2016 Greenpeace International executive director Bunny McDiarmid visited the Greenpeace Africa office in Johannesburg, on Wednesday, to show solidarity and gain further insight into the key issues. The visit was McDiarmid’s first to Africa since taking office in April. 

SA requires game-changing technologies to tackle sanitation, water gaps

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st July 2016 With the gap between supply and demand for water expected to reach 17% by 2030, South Africans will be required to radically change their attitudes towards water use and conservation, particularly in treating of human waste, states the Strategic Water Partners Network South Africa (SWPN).... 

SA requires game-changing technologies to tackle sanitation, water gaps
Photo by Duane Daws
CAPITAL RESOURCE Sanitation comprises about 60% of the capital costs of water services, with between 30% and 40% of water used flushing

Carbon injection systems to reduce emissions

     3rd June 2016 Environmental and emissions compliance service and technology provider ADA-ES (ADA) chief product officer Sharon Sjostrom, announced early last month that two companies have selected ADA’s Activated Carbon Injection (ACI) systems to reduce mercury emissions from their coal-fired boilers.  

Emphasis on environment and workplace safety

By: Sebastian Whyle     3rd June 2016 As the combustion equipment industry becomes more aware of the effects it has on the environment and workers, greater emphasis is being placed on the efficiency and safety of boilers and burners in industrial applications.  

Emphasis on environment and workplace safety
DEMANDING EFFICIENCY The E4500-N enables operators to ensure that combustion equipment is functioning efficiently and safely

Pilot project prepares clients for changing energy legislation

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 Environmental, health and safety consulting and training providers Green Gain Consulting aim to launch its DigiLex SA Energy Suite pilot project by the end of this month. It will be integrated with the Business Intelligence (BI) platform, DigiData BI and clients in maintaining energy savings... 

Pilot project prepares clients for changing energy legislation
DIGILEX SA ENERGY SUITE The suite informs and prepares for legal compliance with pending environmental legislation in South Africa

Water and sanitation priority at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 African cities are developing rapidly and existing water management systems cannot keep up, leading to a projected quadrupling in demand for water over the next 25 years, said ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa professional officer Tarryn Quayle during the Water Institute of... 

Water and sanitation  priority at WISA 2016
WATER SHORTAGE ICLEI cited figures which suggested 565-million people are still using unimproved sanitation and 330-million using unimproved drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa.

Amid rising importer angst, NRCS to pilot new product authorisation system

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2016 The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) confirmed on Tuesday that it would, from July, begin piloting a new system for the issuance of Letters of Authority (LoAs) to importers requiring proof that their products meet South Africa’s compulsory specifications. CEO Asogan Moodley... 

Amid rising importer angst, NRCS to pilot new product authorisation system

Up your game on sustainability, challenges Manuel

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has criticised both governments and companies for failing to live up to their commitments on sustainable development and has called for better laws and greater enforcement of those laws. He was speaking at the first ever Sustainable Brands Conference to be... 

Up your game on sustainability, challenges Manuel
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel

Bioremediation at North End lake shows promising results

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 Water-quality test results following the organic clean-up of the North End lake in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, were positive in various critical parameters, suggesting a significant drop in pollution levels, which made the lake unsuitable for swimming events in the past. According to... 

Technology firms deploy digital solutions to combat rhino poaching

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2016 South Africa-based information and communication technology firm Dimension Data and networking multinational Cisco have installed secure intelligent networks and analytical systems at a game reserve to combat rhino poaching. The first phase, conducted in close consultation with game rangers,... 

Technology firms deploy digital solutions  to combat rhino poaching
CONSERVATION Intelligent networks and advanced analytics systems are being deployed to combat rhino poaching, and such solutions can be replicated for conservation efforts globally

Shale gas research necessary to put uncertainty to rest

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2016 Shale gas research projects are becoming increasingly essential to put to bed speculation and uncertainties over the potential of reserves in South Africa, as well as the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the environment. This was heard at a Fossil Fuel Foundation workshop on unconventional gas,... 

Shale gas research necessary to put uncertainty to rest
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