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Policy & Enforcement News

GBCSA launches Net Zero pilot certification scheme

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 The certification of the first four projects under the Green Building Council South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) Net Zero pilot certification scheme was announced this week. Net zero carbon buildings are defined as highly energy efficient buildings, with remaining energy demand supplied by on-site and/or... 

Global water insecurity calls for water infrastructure maintenance

     13th October 2017 The growing funding gap to keep up with the rehabilitation, operation and maintenance of ageing water infrastructure is a global concern, particularly in the current age of austerity, says global engineering firm Aurecon. The firm emphasises that new water systems need to be built to cope with... 

Global water insecurity calls for water infrastructure maintenance
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FOOD INSECURITY Food is heavily reliant on water supply. Scarce water supply puts crops and livestock at risk

Population increase outstrips water infrastructure

By: Nica Schreuder     13th October 2017 With South Africa’s population rapidly increasing in the past 60 years, water scarcity and a lack of adequate infrastructure continue to be of concern, says water components supplier African Pipes, Valves and Fittings director Ben Levitas. In the past, the traditional way of increasing to... 

Population increase outstrips  water infrastructure
BEDFORD DAM The Bedford Dam, constructed in 2011, is one of the few notable water infrastructure projects in the past 20 years

WWF, AfDB partner on Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have collaborated to advance the work of the Africa Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Hub in addressing the impacts of climate change on the continent. The AfDB Climate Change and Green... 

WWF, AfDB partner on Africa Nationally  Determined Contributions Hub
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FOCUS AREA The Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub focuses on fostering of long-term climate action

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale battery storage prospects improve

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following the release of an energy storage techno-economic study ‘The South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment’, advocating that South Africa requires market preparation to take advantage of growth opportunities in the stationary and mobility value chains of energy storage,... 

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale  battery storage prospects improve

China's top coke producer to curb output in pollution war

By: Reuters     11th October 2017 China's top coke producer Shanxi Coking will slash output for coke and some chemical products including tar and methanol during the coming winter months as part of Beijing's campaign against air pollution. The company will trim around 900 000 t of coke and 360 000 t of chemicals from production... 

Mining company has eyes on West Coast National Park, say activists

By: News24Wire      9th October 2017 Kropz mining company has told SANParks executive committee members that it may ask to extend its phosphate mine into the West Coast National Park. The company, formerly Elandsfontein Exploration and Mining, has also approached the department of mineral resources (DMR) to "protect our rights" over... 

Water solutions company active at World Water Week

     6th October 2017 International water pump technology company Xylem Water Solutions attended and participated in the annual World Water Week event, which took place in Stockholm, Sweden from August 27 to September 1, where the company coconvened several forums and workshops to showcase its dedication in developing... 

Water solutions company active at World Water Week
Photo by Stockholm International Water Institute
FULL HOUSE Visitors from around the world attended World Water Week 2017

Dow Packaging homes in on sustainable solutions

By: Anine Kilian     5th October 2017 With continued rapid urbanisation in South Africa putting pressure on the food and beverage industry in terms of food safety, shelf life and adequate supply transportation, packaging manufacturer Dow is focusing on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to mitigate these types of... 

Dow Packaging homes in on sustainable solutions
Dow plastics division director Felip Vidiella

Production losses as result of bird flu estimated to be in region of R800m in Western Cape

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 Early estimates suggest an outbreak of avian influenza has led to production losses of around R800-million in the Western Cape, Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said on Monday. In a statement, Winde said there were at least 36 confirmed cases of avian flu. Seventy ostrich farms were under... 

Guptas oppose application to freeze R1.75bn coal mine rehab funds – Outa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says the business group owned by the Gupta family is opposing its application to freeze the R1.75-billion mine rehabilitation funds for two of its coal mines. Outa last week succeeded in obtaining an interim order from the Pretoria High Court which... 

Bird flu causes more harm for Quantum Foods

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 Egg producer Quantum Foods on Monday temporarily closed down the remaining two sites of the Lemoenkloof commercial layer farm as the outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (AI) continued to plague its eggs farms in the Western Cape. The recent outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian... 

Auditing firm cuts ties with Gupta’s Oakbay

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th September 2017 The board of auditing firm Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo (SNG) has resigned as auditors of Gupta-owned Oakbay Resources and Energy Limited and its related entities. The auditing firm’s statement stipulates that this decision was made after a thorough assessment of its relationship with the company which... 

Auditing firm cuts ties with Gupta’s Oakbay

Legislation, without enforcement, is useless in combating poaching in Africa – expert

By: African News Agency      22nd September 2017 Passing legislation, which is not backed up by competent law enforcement on the ground, will not save Africa’s wildlife from the scourge of poaching, an expert said on Thursday. Speaking at ENACT’s World Rhino Day seminar of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Interpol, panellist Tapuwa... 

Industries should prepare for increased use of HFO gases

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 As a result of the Kigali Agreement, countries will gradually start phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, replacing them with hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) gases and natural refrigerants like ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, says industrial gases supplier A-Gas South Africa.... 

Industries should prepare for  increased use of HFO gases
MULTiFACETED OPERATION A-Gas offers a range of products to assist across a broad range of sectors, including shipping, refrigeration, air conditioning, automotive and mining

New global standard for workplace health and safety, company proves compliance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2017 The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) will announce the next stage in development of its ISO 45001 health and safety standard later this month. Companies across various industries globally are required to comply with ISO standards before operation starts.  

New global standard for workplace health and safety, company  proves compliance
UP TO STANDARD Interwaste implements solutions such as fully automated shredding technology and baling machines to assist in achieving optimal workplace safety

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Applications that can benefit from using drones are increasing worldwide, almost daily, but commercial users of drones are being scuppered by highly generalised legislation, which is difficult to understand and expensive for operators to implement. A much-contested application – and one that is... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

The graphite fix: Inside China's newest commodity addiction

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 China's aggressive environmental protection campaign has tightened supplies of graphite electrodes used in steelmaking, boosting the fortunes of big producers like Fangda Carbon as mills search far and wide for a material now in short supply. Beijing's campaign for clearer skies has closed... 

Toolkits help companies navigate standards upgrades

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 Inspection, verification and certification company SGS South Africa has developed toolkits that have been circulated to all its clients to assist them with the transition process required to meet the updates in the International Organisation for Standardisation’s (ISO’s) three core management... 

Toolkits help companies navigate standards upgrades
MITIGATING RISKS Companies across all industries must ensure compliance with updates to health and safety, quality management and environmental standards by September next year

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Despite numerous recycling initiatives and incentives in communities across the country – including collection points in close proximity to neighbourhoods – metal packaging recycling organisation MetPac-SA believes that an inherent recycling culture still needs to be established in South Africa.... 

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture
ONE MAN'S TRASH Aluminium and metal cans are regarded as high-value items by recyclers

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Rather than focusing time and finances on establishing new oil refineries, African countries should enhance their focus on a niche market strength that will enable them to become competitive in a global market, accepting that the import and storage of refined fuels is a quicker and more... 

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa
RODRICK NAIDOO Countries that have their own crude resources and established mega-refineries could never be outpriced by a South African refinery

Family trusts sue Durban factory for R9m in damages

By: News24Wire      5th September 2017 The large warehouse in Prospecton, an industrial area outside of Durban's CBD, appears old and rusting. In fact, it was built a mere five years ago. Its condition, its owners say, is due to continuous wafts of black ferrous dust from a neighbouring crushing plant which is chasing away prospective... 

Saldanha fishermen slam new marine bill

By: News24Wire      4th September 2017 It was anything but smooth sailing for the Marine Spatial Planning Bill on Wednesday when members of Parliament came to consult the fishing community of Saldanha, GroundUp reported. Members of Parliament’s portfolio committee on environmental affairs came to consult coastal communities along the... 

Harmful gas phase-out plan on track

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs has drafted a phase-out plan for the use of hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) across industries to be down to 2.5% by 2030, with the refrigerants industry already achieving results of 2 556 t in 2016, compared with 3 163 t in 2013.  

Harmful gas phase-out plan on track
BREATHE IN BREATHE OUT Reducing harmful greenhouse gases is expected to lessen global warming by up to 0.5 ˚C by the end of the century

Study urges South Africa to find energy storage niche

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With energy storage considered to be the “new wave” in the energy sector and increasingly becoming a reality, South Africa needs to prepare itself if it wishes to take advantage of the energy storage growth opportunities within the energy storage stationary value chain and the mobility value... 

Intelligent truck axle saves 6% in fuel costs

     25th August 2017 Global automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has pioneered the production of a lightweight truck axle, designed to aid in reducing the fuel consumption of the Mercedes-Benz Actros, a heavy-duty truck first introduced to the market in 1995. The axle is now available from Mercedes-Benz.  

Intelligent truck axle saves 6% in fuel costs
GRAND TOURISMO The Mercedes-Benz RHD saves fuel consumption by 4.5%

Fire risk assessments ideal to improve fire risk management

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire risk assessments are the ideal way to develop and improve fire risk management, from documenting findings, categorisation of risk areas, recommendations or requirements for improvement as well as prioritisation of risk improvement measures, says the Fire Protection Association of Southern... 

Fire risk assessments ideal to improve fire risk management
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CRITICAL PROTECTION Fire risk assessments are critical in the protection of life, assets and in ensuring the continuity of business operations

Fire-protection equipment and ongoing maintenance provided by consultant

     25th August 2017 With the National Building Standard and Building Regulations Act stating that all buildings – including shopping centres – should meet the South African National Standards (SANS) 10400 part ‘T’ fire-protection standards requirements, fire risk management and support consultant ASP Fire supplies... 

Fire-protection equipment and ongoing maintenance provided by consultant
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK ASP Fire has completed a number of risk assessments in shopping centres

Specialist still major contributor to industry

     25th August 2017 Having been a major contributor to uplifting the quality and safety standards of fire protection equipment for over 25 years, fire protection specialist Centa Group has a thorough understanding of the science of fire and is equipped with the knowledge pertaining to fire protection equipment legal... 

Specialist still major contributor to industry
SOLUTION OFFERING Solutions are custom designed to suit specific environments and include design layout, installation and maintenance

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... 

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. 

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],”... 

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

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

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
Photo by Duane Daws
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri

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... 

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
Photo by Duane Daws
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG I-CAT uses highly qualified and experienced facilitators to provide competency-based specialised training programmes
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