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Gold status for Endress+Hauser

     11th October 2017 EcoVadis honors sustainable business processes Endress+Hauser has received a Gold Recognition Level certificate in the EcoVadis audit, improving on the previous year’s result with 66 points. The result illustrates the high importance Endress+Hauser places on its corporate social responsibility... 

Cape Town's groundwater plan targets 'impossible' 

By: News24Wire      11th October 2017 Key partners in the extraction of groundwater to augment the City of Cape Town's water supply believe that the city's current 100-million litres per day target is impossible. Speaking as an audience member at a Muizenberg Festival gathering on Tuesday, Umvoto earth sciences consultancy director... 

Qld releases more exploration acreage

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th October 2017 The Queensland government will release more than 19 000 km2 of land for gas exploration as part of its annual exploration programme, Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Wednesday. The gas generated from these exploration tenements will be used to power local... 

Bentley Systems Announces Agreement to Acquire ACTION Modulers’ Water Modeling Software Business

     11th October 2017 To Advance Flood Resilience through Integration of Infrastructure Engineering, Reality Modeling, and Environmental Predictive Analytics Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced that it has signed an... 

Messe Muenchen acquires lab-technology trade fair Lab Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2017 Messe Muenchen bolsters its portfolio with the future market of Africa. By taking over Lab Africa, it is acquiring the only laboratory and analytics trade fair in South Africa, which is part of the analytica trade fair network. The first Lab Africa under the banner of Messe Muenchen will take... 

South African mining rights application process open to corruption – Corruption Watch  

By: Anine Kilian     10th October 2017 Nonprofit organisation Corruption Watch says it has identified vulnerabilities in the mining rights application process that gives rise to corruption between mining companies, government authorities and community leaders. A new report ‘Mining for Sustainable Development’, which was released in... 

Public comments on gas exploration to close soon

By: African News Agency      10th October 2017 The South African public has at least eight days left to comment on the environmental authorization that the department of mineral resources (DMR) recently granted to Rhino Oil and Gas Exploration South Africa (Rhino) for natural gas exploration across four provinces. The area affected by these... 

Swedish govt goes back to Norbotten CAB over Kallak project

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2017 Explorer and developer Beowulf Mining should have more clarity about Kallak North exploitation concession application in the next few months. The company, which is listed on the Aim, reported on Tuesday that the Swedish government had gone back to the County Administrative Board (CAB) for... 

Taps slow down to trickle as water rationing starts in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      10th October 2017 The City of Cape Town has rolled out Phase One of its Critical Water Shortages Disaster Plan and pre-selected suburbs can expect dry taps during peak hours. Water rationing through extreme pressure reduction is underway, the City said on Monday. 

Thunderbird mineral sands mine gains EPA approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th October 2017 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved the Thunderbird mineral sands project, which ASX-listed Sheffield Resources is developing, subject to a number of conditions. Under the recommended conditions, Sheffield will be required to undertake progressive mine... 

Cummins Relocates To Allandale Building In Waterfall City, Midrand

     9th October 2017 Cummins has announced that it has relocated to new premises in the Allandale Building in Waterfall City, Midrand, in close proximity to the Mall of Africa development. The relocation is due to the fact that the company’s success on the continent has led to a healthy and growing organisation that... 

High level talks around Western Cape water crisis continue

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2017 The Western Cape provincial government is again calling on all stakeholders and the public to do everything possible to reduce water use. The average level for dams across the province for the week starting October 9 is 36%, compared with 63% last year. 

Africa Energy Indaba To Discuss Key Issues Facing The African Energy Sector

     9th October 2017 The 10th African Energy Indaba (AEI) will take place on 20-21st February, 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference plenary session topics include: -  

Pilgangoora receives works approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th October 2017 Lithium developer Pilbara Minerals has received its final major environmental approval required to complete construction of its Pilangoora project, in Western Australia. The company on Monday reported that the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation had issued the works approval for the... 

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... 

Packaging conference and free-to-attend seminars at Propak Cape

     9th October 2017 Business decision-makers, purchasing influencers and other industry professionals will be heading to Propak Cape in October. As the Western Cape’s premier packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling trade exhibition, visitors will be looking for the latest products, technologies... 

New Slurrysucker Model Passes Trial With Flying Colours

     6th October 2017 The new, high solids capacity SlurrySucker dredging unit from Integrated Pump Rental recently proved its mettle at a Limpopo municipality’s wastewater treatment plant. “We were requested to clean two wastewater settlement ponds which had silted up and were no longer performing their function of... 

New Range Of Eco-Friendly Road Dust Suppressants From Chryso S.A.

     6th October 2017 Chryso Southern Africa has launched a new range of dust suppressants locally developed by the company specifically for the sealing of dirt roads on the African continent. The new Chryso Eco Dust range consists of four products: 

Opinion: South Africa’s coal mining sector could shrink by 46% 

     6th October 2017 In this opinion article, independent economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey argues that the mining industry and coal industry need to fight for their very future otherwise all is lost. Few people realise that future economic, political and social prosperity are at currently stake. Decisions made in... 

TransCanada snuffs out Energy East, Eastern Mainline projects

By: Henry Lazenby     6th October 2017 TransCanada has pulled the plug on the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects, the oil and gas infrastructure major revealed on Thursday. The TSX- and NYSE-listed oil and gas company said it will inform the National Energy Board (NEB) that it will no longer be proceeding with its... 

The ins and outs of the new GHG emissions regulations

     6th October 2017 By Peggy Schoeman The national greenhouse-gas emission reporting regulations came into effect on April 3 under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004. The regulations provide for a data collection mechanism in terms of which certain companies and organisations are, as... 

Companies to benefit from work apparel innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Ongoing innovation in fabric manufacturing has led to greater durability and flexibility in the material used for work apparel, and companies need to ensure that workers wear such apparel consistently and correctly to benefit from these innovations, says personal protective equipment (PPE)... 

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... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has reported that the start of construction works on Phase II is only a few months away. 

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... 

Sassda promotes the use of stainless steel water pipes

     5th October 2017 The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is, along with the Drakenstein municipality in Paarl, in the Western Cape, and South African stainless steel product manufacturers, evaluating the use of stainless steel pipes to reduce water leaks. Sassda states that as much... 

Better air flow, increased efficiency: why pneumatic systems should be optimised

     5th October 2017 Hermann Störk, European Product Manager for Air Preparation, Parker Hannifin, Pneumatic Division Europe In the 21st century, we find pneumatics everywhere in manufacturing as one of the most universally adopted utilities. Compressed air is used in everything from cooling to controlling automated... 

Automotive industry to phase out environmentally-unsafe refrigerants

     5th October 2017 In line with the latest legislation in Europe, which came into effect at the beginning of the year, the automotive industry is required to phase out current environment-damaging refrigerants being used, and replace these with green alternatives. Automotive air-conditioning systems currently run... 

Fourth Industrial Revolution prioritises innovation – Davies

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has highlighted the challenges being posed to the South African economy, and especially industry, by what is called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. He was delivering the keynote address at the sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Aura's Mauritania uranium project gets environmental nod

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th October 2017 The Mauritania government has approved the environmental and social impact assessment of the Tiris uranium project, being developed by dual listed Aura Energy. “For a uranium project, one of the most important steps in its path to development is the environmental approval step,” Aura Energy... 

Water department to fast track Western Cape schemes to beat 'day zero'

By: News24Wire      5th October 2017 Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane met with Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday to discuss efforts to avoid "day zero" during the current drought. Mokonyane urged De Lille and Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell to address... 

Efficient drilling with Atlas Copco’s high-pressure diesel compressors

     4th October 2017 The new Atlas Copco XRH 1100 and XRV 1200 high-pressure portable diesel compressors are designed and engineered to reliably deliver quality air for a range of drilling applications including deep hole, water well and reverse circulation (RC) drilling. During the development of this... 

Rainbow revises guidance for FY17/18, on target to ship first concentrate in Q4

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2017 Run-of-mine (RoM) for LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Burundi-based Gakara rare earths project is forecast to be in the range of 3 000 t to 4 000 tons, which is expected to generate 2 250 t of mineral concentrate for sale for the current financial year.    “Rainbow's revised guidance compares... 

Serendipity smiles on Largo’s Maracás Menchen record output as vanadium price rockets 249% y/y

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 Pure-play vanadium producer Largo Resources has recorded record output of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) produced at its flagship Maracás Menchen mine, in Bahia, Brazil, during the third quarter ended September 30. The TSX-listed company said on Tuesday the operation had produced 2 513 t of V2O5 in... 

NMC a 63 percent blacked owned and fully transformed construction company

     3rd October 2017 The NMC Construction Group is underpinning a proud 34-year heritage, with an exceptional reputation as a designer and builder of industrial, commercial and infrastructure projects, through its new executive chairman, Phila Jordan whose 51 percent stake has lifted BEE ownership to 63 percent. So... 

Electricity industry approaching ‘breaking point’, City Power warns 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2017 Johannesburg’s electricity utility City Power is warning that the current structure of South Africa’s electricity sector is unsustainable and that, in the absence of a coherent national policy, the sector is approaching “breaking point”. Demand- and supply-side manager Paul Vermeulen says that... 

Australian Mines secures Flemington water licence

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd October 2017 Metals developer Australian Mines has secured a permanent water licence for its Flemington cobalt/nickel/scandium project, in New South Wales. “Securing a permanent water allocation that will more than cover the current proposed scale and life of the operation at the Flemington project is another... 

Cape Town ordered to reduce water consumption by 40%

By: News24Wire      3rd October 2017 The Department of Water and Sanitation has told the City of Cape Town to reduce overall water consumption by 40%, the city said on Monday. The department is the custodian of all national water resources. 

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