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2016 new-truck sales seen declining 10% year-on-year

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 South Africa’s new truck market is under pressure, with a 10% drop in sales likely in 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. This means the new truck market should end the year around the 25 000-mark. 

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 With the drive to a greener economy and sustainable management of the environment, specialist cleaning service provider Spill Tech is well positioned for considerable growth in the Western Cape owing to its rapid spill response service concentrating on hazardous waste, says Spill Tech chairperson... 

Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers enhance the green aspects of Menlyn Maine Central Square

     1st December 2016 Developed on principles of sustainability, the 65 000m² Menlyn Maine Central Square is a mixed-use project that forms the heart of the Menlyn Maine precinct situated in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria. The R1.8b Central Square development, co-owned by Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd... 

Resources Watch 

     1st December 2016 This week: Chamber raises concerns about DMR Mining Charter diktat And, Gold from woodchips, grease, mine muck surprises on upside 

PTM’s Maseve ramp-up dogged by DMR safety blitzes

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2016 The ramp up of South Africa-focused miner Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s)  cornerstone Maseve mine has been hampered in recent weeks by safety blitzes in the North West province by the inspectorate branch of South Africa's Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The company noted on Tuesday that... 

A.B.E Concrete Protection For Upgrading Of Three Cape Waste Water Treatment Plants

     30th November 2016 A.B.E Construction Chemicals has supplied specialised products for the protection of the concrete surfaces and joints of three waste water treatment works in the Cape Province. A.B.E is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. Dean Botha, a.b.e. Technical Sales Consultant in the Eastern Cape,... 

The benefits of “Green” building

     29th November 2016 Climate change is no longer a speculation but a reality in our lives. “The construction and operation of modern buildings, those in which we will live and work, are responsible for the consumption of many of our natural resources, and the generation of carbon and other gases that cause global... 

Rocla Initiative And Quality Sourced During 2016

     29th November 2016 Public sector infrastructure spend in South Africa is budgeted at approximately R865.4 billion over the next three years, with much of it focused on infrastructure for schools, healthcare facilities, roads and  transport developments or upgrades,  energy, water and sanitation provisions. Rocla,... 

Wine and Olive Oil Suppliers Expo heads for Cape Town in 2017

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2016 South Africa is the eighth largest producer of wine in the world with export volumes having doubled in the past ten years. According to a study commissioned by the SA Wine Industry Information & Systems (SAWIS), published in January 2015, of the R36.1 billion gross domestic product (GDP)... 

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. The company also features as the... 

Bridge Power project, Ghana

By: Sheila Barradas     25th November 2016 The project involves the greenfield construction of the 400 MW Bridge Power project. 

Cape Town harbour’s Alfred Basin

By: Jade Davenport     25th November 2016 Given that Cape Town was the most important port on the sea route between Europe and the East, for the first half century that the British administered this strategic maritime jewel, it is surprising that little effort was made to develop any infrastructure that could transform Table Bay into a... 

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As a means of protecting the environment, nonwoven geotextile manufacturer Fibertex uses chemical-binder-free products and production processes to manufacture Fibertex geotextiles, which are made of virgin polypropylene (PP) material. Fibertex South Africa CEO Clive Hitchcock comments that virgin... 

Company supports plastic waste management  

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) conference next year.   The AMWN was launched in July this year by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), plastics industry representative... 

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)  has been researching the use of alternative materials, including waste by-products, in road construction to reduce costs, enhance engineering properties and ensure the sustainability of the environment. CSIR Built Environment Transport... 

Exclusive rights for wastewater treatment acquired

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Angolan oil and gas services company Friburge has acquired the exclusive rights to provide waste treatment solutions using wastewater treatment company Nature Oil and Gas’s technology in sub-Saharan Africa. The waste treatment solutions are on-board solutions to treat wastewater, or slops,... 

Historical corporate social investment reaches end of useful life – ERM

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 New, precise and penetrating methods of measuring social impact are driving radical revisions to corporate social investment (CSI) as practised by big business and global investors, according to sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) Southern Africa.  

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. 

Johan van den Berg

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 This week we feature Johan van den Berg, MD of Averda South Africa, an integrated waste management solutions provider   

Local Plastics Collectors And Recyclers Get Much Needed Financial Boost

     24th November 2016 Five New Project Partners To Receive A Total Of R5.5 Million In Funding Support POLYCO, the Polyolefin Recycling Company has just released the names of the five successful applicants who will be receiving a total investment of R5.5 million to expand their existing separation, collection, sorting... 

Gold from woodchips, grease, mine muck surprises on upside 

     23rd November 2016 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer speaks to Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley about the recovery of gold from mine waste at Goldplat Recovery. 

Rocla Launches Thuthukisa Sanitation Inititiative

     23rd November 2016 The Rocla Thuthukisa Sanitation Initiative has launched its ‘Community Cast’ system which has been established to empower local communities, entrepreneurs, contractors and SMME’s to become manufacturers and suppliers of the most innovative and highest quality concrete toilet structures in Africa,... 

Samarco licensing moving forward despite fines, regulator says

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2016 Samarco’s quest to obtain permits for resuming its Brazilian iron-ore operations is progressing despite environmental fines and a court order, with a mid-2017 restart still possible, the state licensing agency said. The venture owned by BHP Billiton and Vale, which halted work a year ago after a... 

Creecy unveils R250bn Gauteng budget, warns on risk late invoice payments pose

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 Departmental accruals, where invoices from one financial year are forwarded for payment in the following financial year, pose a threat to the overall financial health of the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) and its R250-billion Medium Term Budget, Finance MEC Barbara Creecy said on Tuesday.... 

WA EPA recommends approval of Gruyere gold project

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd November 2016 Western Australian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chairperson Dr Tom Hatton has recommended that Environment Minister Albert Jacob approve junior miner Gold Road Resources’ Gruyere gold project. South Africa-based gold major Gold Fields recently entered into a joint venture with Gold Road... 

Gold from woodchips, grease, mine muck surprises on upside 

By: Martin Creamer     21st November 2016 The recovery of gold from mine waste at Goldplat Recovery in Benoni generates a surprisingly high level of revenue while simultaneously protecting the environment and providing hundreds of valuable jobs. The London Aim-listed Goldplat, a bona fide junior producer from secondary material, last... 

ECDC Spent R6 Million And Attracted R19, 8 Million Testing And Developing Smme Business Ideas And Concepts In 2015/16

     21st November 2016 An Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) funded polyfibre project has been bolstered with a R22 million injection from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Employment Creation Fund for the establishment of a factory in Port Alfred and three buy-back centres in Stutterheim, Grahamstown and... 

Finnish firm gets funding to commercialise AMD solution in SA

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 Following the July launch of water treatment technology for the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD) and industrial hazardous waste water in South Africa, Finland-based company Global EcoProcess Services Oy (Epse) has been granted funding by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation for the... 

Local LSFB market worth R1-billion yearly

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The South African light steel frame building (LSFB) market is estimated to be worth about R1-billion a year. This is based on the steel used by LSF manufacturers, as well as volumes of the major materials – including gypsum board, fibre cement board, insulation, vapour permeable membranes and... 

Some lessons as Molefe goes

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2016 Much has been written about the initial response of the Eskom board, its chairperson, Dr Ben Ngubane, and its CEO, Brian Molefe, to the contents of the Public Protector’s ‘State of Capture’ report. All the respondents, including the chairperson of the board subcommittee on social ethics and... 

These are SA's 3 worst performing provinces 

By: News24Wire      17th November 2016 The Free State, Mpumalanga and North West provinces failed to improve their audit outcomes over the past three years, according to Auditor General South Africa (AGSA). Auditor general (AG), Kimi Makwetu, shared the past year’s audit results at a press briefing held at Parliament on Wednesday. 

Plastics|SA Helps Industry Members Prepare For An Uncertain Future

     16th November 2016 Energy experts give advice on how to face the current economic downturn by implementing energy and water solutions. The Sustainability Council of Plastics|SA and DRA Global Engineering Consultants hosted a seminar entitled “Preparing for an uncertain future” in which a panel of sustainability... 

Reducing Maintenance On Chute Systems Is Simple

     15th November 2016 Transfer points don’t need to be high maintenance areas on a mine anymore. This good news is from Mark Baller, managing director of Weba Chute Systems, who says the solution to reducing maintenance costs on transfer points is simple. “More often than not this issue is addressed by looking at new... 

Green ships stay in compliance

     14th November 2016 Environmental regulations for ships are getting more stringent, but automated sensor technology could help ship operators remain in compliance, says Claus Beiersdorfer, SKF sales director. The recent agreement signed in Paris, at the UN Climate Change Conference, will require all industries to... 

Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers assimilate Sol Plaatje University with city of Kimberley.

     14th November 2016 A range of Corobrik’s face brick and pavers were selected for the iconic development of the new Sol Plaatje University integrated into the inner-city fabric of Kimberley in the Northern Cape. Together with the University of Mpumalanga the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is the first new university... 

UD Trucks resets business in SA following reshuffle at Volvo group

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2016 South Africa’s new truck market is under pressure, with a 10% drop in sales likely in 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. This means the new truck market should end the year around the 25 000-mark. 

AngloGold free cash soaring

By: Martin Creamer     14th November 2016 The generation of free cash by gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti is soaring. Free cash flow of $161-million in the third quarter is 54% higher than the free cash flow generated in the six months to June 30. 

Brazil court rules Vale, BHP, Samarco to deposit $354m after dam burst

By: Reuters     11th November 2016 Brazilian iron-ore mining joint venture Samarco Mineração and its controllers Vale and BHP Billiton have 30 days to make a deposit of 1.2-billion reais ($354-million) to fund preparatory measures after last year's dam disaster, Vale said on Friday. According to a securities filing, a Brazilian... 

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