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South Africa beats European recycling rate, but more can be done to grow the industry

25th July 2018 Plastics|SA, the umbrella body representing the entire value chain of the local plastics industry, has just released the plastics recycling figures for the year ending 2017.  For the seventh year running, plastics recycling in South Africa has continued to grow, with more than 334 727 tons... 

Five everyday waste items that take longest to decompose

25th July 2018 Each waste type has the potential to pollute the environment in a different way and will differ in the time it takes to decompose. This is the reason why some waste materials are more harmful to the environment than others. “It’s critical that consumers take cognisance of the pressure that... 

Indonesian government asked to recalculate Freeport mine damage

By: Reuters     25th July 2018 Indonesia's parliament has asked the government to recalculate damage to the environment from the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by the local unit of Freeport McMoRan, the Environment Ministry said. A 2017 report by Indonesia's Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) calculated that Freeport's... 

Ford vehicles face extreme conditions in new €70m weather factory

By: Irma Venter     25th July 2018 US car manufacturer Ford has invested €70-million in a new weather factory, based in Germany. The facility features three climate wind tunnels, including a high-altitude lab, and four temperature-controlled test chambers. 

BAIC SA opens vehicle assembly plant at Coega IDZ

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th July 2018 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group’s South African subsidiary, BAIC SA, on Tuesday opened its 88 969 m2 vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, near Port Elizabeth.   The company has completed the critical construction and equipment installation... 

The natural gas revolution in South Africa: A changing energy landscape

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2018 Recent on- and off-shore discoveries of globally significant quantities of natural gas in Southern Africa – including trillions of cubic metres of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin off the Mozambique coast, the biggest global find of natural gas in decades – represent a new dawn for the region’s... 

Desilting Coal Fines From Process Water Ponds

24th July 2018 A total turnkey solution to desilt a process water dam at a coal mine in the Middelburg area of Mpumalanga province was all in a day’s work for pump solutions specialists Integrated Pump Rental. According to Integrated Pump Rental managing director Lee Vine, it is not uncommon for factors like... 

Old Mutual’s Mutualpark Realises The Shared Value Opportunity Of Recycling Polystyrene

23rd July 2018 Doné Rankin-Rowley, Contracts Manager at Old Mutual's Mutualpark seen here with Adri Spangenberg of the Polystyrene Association, standing in front of large bales of polystyrene ready to be collected and recycled The Polystyrene Association and Mutualpark join forces to increase corporate recycling 

Ground water in Vedanta's Indian smelter contains heavy metals – Minister

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 Ground water in Vedanta Resources' south Indian copper smelter contains heavy metals exceeding limits for drinking water, India's junior Minister for Water Resources, Arjun Ram Meghwal, told lawmakers on Monday. The smelter was shut down in May under order of the Tamil Nadu state government... 

As crops dry, Malawi turns to solar irrigation

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 As climate change brings longer droughts, farmers in eastern Malawi's already dry Lake Chilwa basin are seeing an ever-more-frequent disaster: maize wilting or drying completely, leaving families hungry. "In the past many farmers relied on rain-fed agriculture to grow their food," said Edwin... 

WorleyParsons commences with second wind power project in Kenya

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd July 2018 WorleyParsons has recently signed a 22-month owner’s engineer contract for the Kipeto Wind Power Project in Kenya, the second largest in the country after the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project. The Kipeto Wind Power Project will comprise 60 wind turbines generating a combined capacity of 100 MW of... 

Sappi to invest R7.7bn on Saiccor mill expansion, improvement initiatives

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Paper and packaging producer Sappi will invest R2.7-billion in 2018 and 2019 on expanding the capacity of its Saiccor Mill, in Umkomaas, south of Durban, to produce 890 000 t/y of dissolving wood pulp (DWP). The mill currently produces 780 000 t/y of DWP.  

Coal market puzzled as China flashes conflicting output data

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2018 Investors looking to China’s official production data to help divine where coal prices are heading might need to be extra cautious. Coal mining figures from the National Bureau of Statistics are flashing mixed signals. The agency pegs first-half output up 3.9% from a year ago. 

Perceptions mines are not doing enough for nearby communities fuelling protests

By: Nadine James     20th July 2018 In developed countries, community-based protest action (as opposed to industrial action) against mining companies is primarily related to environmental concerns. In South Africa, community-based protests against mining companies are rooted in socioeconomic issues, such as job creation, and... 

Community project receives Saice honours

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 The eThekwini municipality’s Provision of Water and Sanitation to Informal Settlements project was awarded the 2018 South Africa Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) Durban region award for the most outstanding civil engineering achievement in the category of community-based projects last... 

Provincial presence benefits company

20th July 2018 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex SA’s local operation plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, is well positioned to meet growing demand for geosynthetic products, not only in Africa, but also from countries in Europe, Australasia and Asia, and is the largest plant in Africa... 

Finding common ground in the energy mix

20th July 2018 South Africa’s energy sector has been mired in controversy of late, leaving citizens in the dark as to where the country’s energy future is headed and what it will take to keep the lights on. Be it the delays in signing power purchase agreements for the renewables projects, the National Union of... 

Kenya to lower age limit on used-vehicle imports to promote local assembly

By: John Muchira     20th July 2018 Kenya has decided to reduce the age limit of used vehicles allowed into the country to promote local assemblers, who are struggling to increase sale of new vehicles in a market choking with imports. Industrialisation Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed said that Kenya is on the verge of reducing the... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 South Africa and Lesotho have reaffirmed their commitment to the successful implementation of the Phase 2 project. 

Imaloto independent power producer coal-fired power plant project, Madagascar

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 The granting of a 30-year concession agreement has aligned Lemur Holdings' development with that of government’s broader plans, Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo has said. 

Rantau Dedap geothermal power project, Indonesia

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 PT Supreme Energy is building Indonesia's second geothermal facility that will use dual flash technology. 

Yuba river development project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 Yuba County Water Agency is developing the New Colgate, New Bullards Bar Minimum Flow and Narrows 2 powerhouses on the Yuba river to generate about 2 566 GWh/y of energy. 

Finding common ground in the energy mix

20th July 2018 South Africa’s energy sector has been mired in controversy of late, leaving citizens in the dark as to where the country’s energy future is headed and what it will take to keep the lights on. Be it the delays in signing power purchase agreements for the renewables projects, the National Union of... 

Oil change - What happens to used lubricating oil in South Africa?

19th July 2018 Global warming and environmental pollution has intensified our need to recycle our limited natural resources and to extend the lifespan of the manufactured products we use. The lubricants industry is no exception and currently in South Africa most of the used oil collected is recycled into... 

Chile's SQM seeks approval for $450m lithium plant expansion

By: Reuters     18th July 2018 Chilean miner SQM on Wednesday began the process of seeking government approval for a $450-million expansion of its lithium carbonate plant, which could more than double its production as demand rises for the key element in the manufacturing of batteries. SQM said in an environmental impact... 

Kenmare Q2 production in line with expectations, reduces debt

By: Simone Liedtke     17th July 2018 LSE-listed mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources produced 377 900 t of heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) in the second quarter ended June 30, a 5% increase on the 359 200 t produced in the first quarter of the year, in line with expectations. Ilmenite production for the second quarter was 238... 

Further extension to Centerra’s Kyrgyz strategic accord

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th July 2018 Canadian miner Centerra Gold and the government of Kyrgyzstan have further extended the first longstop date under the strategic agreement for environmental protection and investment promotion that they entered into last year. The Toronto-based miner has pushed out the first longstop date – the... 

Multimillion-rand French funding deal for drought-stricken Western Cape still needs environmental approval

By: News24Wire      16th July 2018 A nearly R9-million joint desalination project between the Western Cape government and the French government still needs the required environmental approval for operation in November. The solar-powered desalination plant, the first of its kind, will be located in the coastal town of Witsand on... 

Noront drops Sudbury and Thunder Bay as site for ferrochrome plant

By: Mariaan Webb     16th July 2018 TSX-V-listed Noront Resources has moved to the final phase of the site selection process for its proposed ferrochrome production facility, with only two cities – Timmins and Sault Ste Marie – still in the running to host the 100 MW to 130 MW scalable furnace. Noront has dropped Thunder Bay and... 

Top-grade iron-ore may spike to $100/t

By: Bloomberg     16th July 2018 High-grade iron-ore may spike to $100 a metric ton as China intensifies a clampdown on pollution by restraining industrial activity, adding further momentum to a trend that’s reshaped the global market in recent years and driven buyers in Asia’s top economy to seek out better-quality material.... 

PET industry supports local waste recycling entrepreneurs

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th July 2018 The polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sector on Friday showed its support to small-, medium-sized and microenterprises in the recycling sector by providing equipment that will enable the enterprises’ effective participation in the mandatory recycling programme launched by the City of Ekurhuleni... 

Van Dyck Floors reveals another masterpiece - the Mozart Collection

13th July 2018 Every great symphony starts with the perfect composition and when it comes to interior design, Van Dyck Floors has created the masterpiece in carpet tiles – the latest Mozart Collection. This innovative range of darker shaded carpet tiles combines the latest in interior trends with comfort, style... 

Low-carbon economy scenarios project under way

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2018 Amid growing calls for South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon economy to be a just one, a project has been launched to map the possible socioeconomic and environmental scenarios for the transition. The initiative is being undertaken by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection... 

Resolute secures key permit to turn Bibiani back on

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th July 2018 Gold miner Resolute Mining is expected to make a final investment decision on the Bibiani underground mine, in Ghana, in 2019, the company said on Friday, announcing that it had received an environmental permit authorisation to recommission the mine and processing plant. Resolute said on Friday... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in South Africa, is aiming to have 25% of its electricity powered by renewable sources by 2025. The company says the first 10% of this renewable energy, about 18-million kilowatt hours a year, will be rolled out nationwide... 

Event provides inclusive platform for power supply industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th July 2018 POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa is an important power generation and distribution event, as it enables the entire spectrum of the power supply industry to convene in one place, from end-user and supplier to service provider, says industrial rope access provider Skyriders marketing manager Mike... 

Gas processing specialist acquired by vacuum pumps company

13th July 2018 Last month industrial vacuum supplier Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems announced that Switzerland-based engineering company NSB Gas Processing is now part of the global Busch group. The NSB Gas Processing business has been renamed Busch NSB AG and brings a highly regarded team of engineers and a... 

Power generation posited as mutually beneficial solution

13th July 2018 Municipalities have a lot to gain from small scale, localised power generation in future, but any power generation plans must be approached in a long-term strategic manner involving multiple departments. Speaking ahead of POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018, power sector experts said... 

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