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Sweden hunts for cobalt as electrical vehicle race boosts demand

By: Bloomberg     16th February 2018 Sweden will step up efforts to find precious minerals such as cobalt and lithium, key battery components that are increasingly in demand among makers of electric vehicles. The government will invest 10-million kronor ($1.26-million) over the next two years to map the existence of minerals... 

Discovery headquarters nears completion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 With the construction of health insurance and financial services provider Discovery’s head office set for completion at the end of this month, construction consultancy Aurecon believes that the building is set to become a pioneering green precinct concept, owing to its size and the way in which... 

Nuclear energy future imminent, despite delays in updated IRP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services (Lesedi) business development executive Shane Pereira believes that there is a future for nuclear power globally, although it is being hindered locally by the delay in passing the updated Integrated... 

Cape Town to host a trio of major water conferences in 2018

By: Kim Cloete     15th February 2018 Cape Town is fast becoming the international water conference capital for this year, with the city and the Western Cape Convention Bureau having won a bid to host its third major conference on water this year. The International Conference on Sanitation, Waste and Water will be held in November... 

Sustainable design is a ‘green’ light for long-term cost-savings

     13th February 2018 The challenge facing ‘green’ building in South Africa focuses on convincing clients that many of the additional costs associated with sustainable design are recouped within a fairly short period of time. Tenants are now demanding that buildings are either Green Star rated, or at least designed... 

Mokonyane says 'Day Zero' will not happen in Cape Town

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane says “Day Zero” is a phenomenon in drought-stricken Cape Town, which will "not happen". The minister made her remarks on Thursday during a meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, her department and the Department of... 

Major projects rely on SMEIPP expertise from Tubular

     9th February 2018 Tubular’s expertise, resources and in-house self-sustainable facilities make the company the preferred choice for major capital projects requiring structural steelwork, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, platework and piping (SMEIPP) solutions. Tubular are specialists in the supply of... 

Varaka paper mill PM 2 rebuild, Turkey

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 Albayrak Group is reinstalling and rebuilding the PM 2, which is a second-hand newsprint paper machine, into a modern, brown-packaging-paper machine. 

Fresh legal challenge in 'big stink' landfill battle

By: News24Wire      8th February 2018 The row over the "rotten egg, big stink" - said to come from a landfill site adjoining the Durban suburbs of Hillcrest and Shongweni - has intensified, with a fresh legal challenge seeking to compel the relevant ministers and departments to take action against the site’s owners, waste management... 

Record month for Blackham sets stage for ‘transformational year’

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th February 2018 Gold miner Blackham Resources has had a record month in January, producing a record 6 498 oz of gold at an all-time-low all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of A$1 158/oz, the ASX-listed company announced on Thursday. Access to high-grade zones in the M4 and Galaxy Pits at the Matilda-Wiluna gold mine,... 

Strong zinc output from Black Mountain, Skorpion – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2018 Diversified mining company Vedanta Resources said on Friday that its Vedanta Zinc International subsidiary had delivered strong zinc production at Black Mountain in the Northern Cape and at Skorpion in Namibia in the three months to the end of December, and that the $400-million Gamsberg zinc... 

Rush to get Cape Town's temporary desalination plants online

By: News24Wire      2nd February 2018 The City of Cape Town's R240m temporary desalination plant at Strandfontein Pavilion is on track, but it will only start producing the first two million litres of an expected seven million a day in March. This is according to the City's mayoral committee member for water, Xanthea Limberg, who was... 

The legal storage and disposal requirements for generators of used oil

     2nd February 2018 Used oil is a common by-product of mechanised processes in all industry sectors, and because of its harmful properties it is classified as a hazardous waste. Used lubricants contain harmful compounds and carcinogens that can easily contaminate the environment, especially if thrown down drains,... 

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     2nd February 2018 As dam levels drop and water becomes even more scarce, Cape Town is racing against time to deal with the worst drought in the city’s history. Over the past few weeks, Capetonians have been hurtling towards Day Zero, when the City of Cape Town has warned that water to households will be cut off.... 

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     2nd February 2018 As dam levels drop and water becomes even more scarce, Cape Town is racing against time to deal with the worst drought in the city’s history. Over the past few weeks, Capetonians have been hurtling towards Day Zero, when the City of Cape Town has warned that water to households will be cut off.... 

Fukuyama Works 3 sinter plant replacement, Japan

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd February 2018 JFE Steel Co is replacing the existing No 3 sinter plant at its Fukuyama operation, in Hiroshima.  

Battle looms over Cape Town green waste tender

By: News24Wire      1st February 2018 A battle is looming over a green waste tender in the City of Cape Town as a key contract is appealed, sparking rumours that drop-off points will be closed. The City of Cape Town has, however, rejected assertions that green waste drop-off sites will be closed because of the tender dispute. 

Lithium Australia to build large-scale lithium reclamation pilot plant

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2018 ASX-listed Lithium Australia will build a large-scale pilot plant to recover lithium chemicals from micas in industrial waste streams using its SiLeach technology, the company said in a statement on Thursday. “Lithium Australia now has sufficient confidence in its SiLeach technology to commit to... 

Katanga gaining traction at KOV mine in DRC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st February 2018 TSX-listed Katanga Mining mined 433 169 t of ore, at an average grade of 2.18%, to produce 9 459 t of copper, at its KOV mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), during the fourth quarter of 2017. In 2016, ore mined at KOV reached 825 t and was related to incidental ore mined during waste... 

South Africa's water crisis spreads from Cape Town

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Cape Town is running out of water and low dam levels in the emerald-green highlands of Lesotho are raising alarm bells in South Africa's industrial heartland around Johannesburg, which has so far avoided the shortages hitting other regions. The tourist hub of Cape Town may run dry in April and... 

Opposition DA calls for SA State of Nation to be postponed

By: African News Agency      31st January 2018 The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for next month's State of the Nation address to be postponed to allow parliament to elect a new president of South Africa. In a statement on Wednesday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said he had written to the Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka... 

AngloGold output up but loss looms on impairment, retrenchment, silicosis costs

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2018 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti produced more gold in the 12 months to December 31 than in the same period of 2016, but is heading for a basic loss for the period on impairment, retrenchment and silicosis settlement costs, the company said in a trading statement on Wednesday. Full-year... 

Cape Town’s drought crisis team closed down – City

By: News24Wire      30th January 2018 A drought crisis task team created last year on the instructions of embattled Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has been closed down. This emerged on Tuesday as the City of Cape Town faces the possibility of Day Zero in April - the day when taps will be switched off due to further dwindling dam... 

City of Johannesburg, private sector joins hands in innovative recycling project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2018 Adcock Ingram Critical Care, Netcare, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and the City of Johannesburg, this week launched a project that recycles used, nonhazardous intravenous infusion drip bags and tubing made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to produce soles for school shoes. As part of the... 

Surgery not a Band-Aid

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2018 Eskom’s debt refinancing is undoubtedly a critical burning platform. The clock is most definitely ticking and the consequences of not closing the immediate financial chasm will be dire not only for the utility, but also for citizens. That said, government is extremely unlikely to allow Eskom to... 

Hong Kong waste disposal facility, China

By: Sheila Barradas     26th January 2018 The project involves the construction of the first waste incineration disposal project in Hong Kong. 

Endeavour Mining upbeat about 2018 prospects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th January 2018 TSX-listed gold producer Endeavour Mining has achieved full-year guidance across its operations, on the back of a strong fourth quarter. During the three months to December, group production increased by 38% over the previous quarter to 204 000 oz, while all-in sustaining costs (AISC) declined by... 

Urgent need to recycle, reuse natural resources – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2018 A new global circularity metric unveiled in Davos, Switzerland, has revealed an urgent need to use the world’s resources more efficiently and create policies and economic infrastructure that encourages the recycling and reuse of natural resources. The Circle Economy’s first ‘Circularity Gap’... 

Coca-Cola increases recycling efforts to contribute to waste-free world

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 To battle the increasing number of plastic items on landfills and in the world’s oceans, beverage giant Coco-Cola plans to take one can or bottle “back”, for every bottle or can sold globally, by 2030. “We are fundamentally reshaping our approach to packaging, with a global goal to help collect... 

Trans-Siberian posts record Q4 production

By: Mariaan Webb     19th January 2018 Russian gold miner Trans-Siberian has posted record fourth-quarter production and managed to slightly exceed its full-year guidance, despite operational challenges in the year. The Asacha gold mine, in Kamchatka in Far East Russia, produced a record 12 244 oz of gold in dore in the fourth... 

Millennials snubbing diamonds has hedge fund seeing slump deepen

By: Bloomberg     19th January 2018 Diamonds are set to slump further, according to a hedge fund whose bet on marijuana made it the world’s best performer in 2016. Prices of the precious gem may slump as much as 10% this year as it loses appeal with younger consumers and faces challenges from synthetic alternatives, said... 

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recycling of wastewater on site by high water users in South Africa provides a cost-effective solution in managing water resources, says biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat business development manager Theunis Coetzer. 

Plant to be completed in March

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Integrated solutions provider ImproChem will be completing the construction and commissioning of a desalination plant for a large factory on the West Coast, in South Africa, with the plant expected to supply its first water in the second week of March 2018. 

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 Continued local and international pressure to ban plastic bags and other single-use plastics, as cited in the media and social media, is at an all-time high, says plastic industry representative body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA).  

Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 The latest plastics recycling figures released by industry body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) indicate that South Africans are recycling more plastics than before, which bodes well for local environmental sustainability.  

Channelling all ewaste to one plant the best way to ensure viability of recycling in Southern Africa

By: Schalk Burger     19th January 2018 The establishment of an electronic waste (e-waste) recycling plant, which can cost R1.5-billion to build, will work best if the e-waste streams from across southern Africa can be channelled to such a megaplant, says information technology asset and e-waste recycling company Xperien CEO Wale... 

Oxford Parks Precinct, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 Intaprop is buidling a mixed use development adjacent to Rosebank in Johannesburg. 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 The contract for designing and supervising the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel has been awarded. 

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