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Sava Trains 1 000 Hospital Staff In The Recycling Of Non-Hazardous PVC Waste

     21st July 2016 “The rising costs of healthcare waste management in South Africa and the rest of the world are forcing hospitals and clinics to rethink the way in which they deal with their healthcare waste”.  This is the opinion of Southern African Vinyls Association CEO, Delanie Bezuidenhout, who, in... 

Eskom moves to raise exports as it closes in on 80% plant-availability goal 

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom says it is on course to achieve its stated goal of achieving an energy availability factor (EAF) of 80% well ahead of its 2021 target, reporting a steady recovery in the performance of its fleet of coal-fired power stations. As a consequence, the utility... 

Eskom starts decommissioning Klipheuwel research facility

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2016 State-owned Eskom has started decommissioning the first turbine at its Klipheuwel wind farm, in the Western Cape. For the past 13 years, the wind farm served as a valuable research facility for wind energy technology and contributed 3 MW to the Eskom plant mix.    With the 100 MW Sere wind farm,... 

Building green not as costly as once thought – study

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2016 A new report published on Friday by industry associations has revealed that the cost premium of building “green” was only an average of 5% above the construction of traditional buildings, much less than previously thought. The first edition of the ‘Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs... 

Building green costs on average only 5% more than conventional building: study

     15th July 2016 The average cost premium of building green over and above the cost of conventional construction – or green cost premium – is a mere 5.0% and can be as low as 1.1%. This is according to the Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs and Trends Report compiled by the Green Building Council... 

CSIR’s frightening attitude towards renewable energy 

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th July 2016 Wikipedia says of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR): "[It] is South Africa's central and premier scientific research and development organisation. It was established by an Act of Parliament in 1945 and is situated on its own campus in the city of Pretoria.” About two years... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The first of 61 low-carbon foundations for the turbines at the new Khobab wind farm has been poured. 

Noupoort Wind Farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The Noupoort Wind Farm entered commercial operation on July 11. 

Vodacom, DoH deploy real-time medicine availability monitoring app

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2016 Telecommunications giant Vodacom and South Africa’s Department of Health (DoH) have spent the last few months deploying a mobile-based real-time system that monitors the availability of medicines at primary healthcare (PHC) clinics and mitigates sporadic through recurring challenges of medicine... 

Supply chain problems can be solved through professionalisation, innovation, speed

     14th July 2016 “South Africa needs to become a hub of service, production, and capability. The only way we’re going to get there is when everybody does their part.” This is according to the opening keynote address at the recent 38th Annual SAPICS Conference and Exhibition for supply chain professionals... 

80 MW Noupoort wind farm enters commercial operation

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2016 The 80 MW Noupoort wind farm, in the Northern Cape, entered commercial operation on July 11, with all 35 turbines at the R1.9-billion facility commissioned and connected to the Eskom grid. Country programme manager Savva Antoniadis reports that Noupoort is also the first wind farm selected during... 

First new passenger trains to enter into service in October

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2016 The first new passenger trains to be delivered according to a multibillionrand contact signed between Gibela and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), are set to enter service in October, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. He says the first new blue... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 The Loeriesfontein wind farm has completed the foundations for the 61 wind turbines to be erected at the site. 

Afrimat acquires Bethlehem-based quarry

By: Anine Kilian     7th July 2016 JSE-listed construction company Afrimat has acquired construction products provider WG Wearne’s quarry, Wearne Aggregates, located in Bethlehem, in the Free State, through its subsidiary Rodag Holdings,  as well as Wearne Ready Mix Concrete, for R30-million. The Wearne Bethlehem plant and... 

Corporates urged to support youth development through football programme 

     7th July 2016 The South African Football Association’s Development Agency is urging corporate companies to partner and invest in its football-based Safe-Hub programme, which aims to encourage youth to engage in life skills programmes through the use of football. Creamer Media was invited to the site of the... 

Mining materials haulage system among receivers of enviro recognition

By: Ilan Solomons     1st July 2016 Conservation organisation World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) South Africa has announced the three winners of the 2016 South African Climate Solver Awards in recognition of innovations that reduce carbon emissions or boost access to clean energy. They are Heliolab, a “revolutionary” heliostat... 

PRASA rail signalling system project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa plans to implement a new technologically advanced rail signalling system to replace the old and often unreliable system. 

Atlas Copco supports Filpro, an Enterprise Development Township Mechanics Programme

     30th June 2016 Atlas Copco South Africa, in partnership with Tirisano Trust, supports Filpro, an enterprise development township mechanics programme that is empowering countless informal businesses in seven of the country’s provinces. Industrial Technique and Compressor Technique, two business areas within... 

Ambitious integrated, proactive security initiative for UWC

     29th June 2016 EES Africa (Pty) Ltd is currently working with University of the Western Cape management on an ambitious multi-pronged initiative, the UWC Safe Campus Project, to substantially increase campus security.  The key objective is to achieve integrated, proactive security. “Security system integration,... 

Ambitious integrated, proactive security initiative for UWC

     28th June 2016 EES Africa (Pty) Ltd is currently working with University of the Western Cape management on an ambitious multi-pronged initiative, the UWC Safe Campus Project, to substantially increase campus security.  The key objective is to achieve integrated, proactive security. “Security system integration,... 

Pyrotec PackMark expands into Botswana

     28th June 2016 Committed to its customers, and in line with its goals to expand into sub-Saharan Africa, Pyrotec PackMark, a Pyrotec brand, has confirmed the appointment of a distributor in Botswana. Pyrotec has a national South African footprint with centres in the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the... 

Vandalised assets costing PRASA millions, raises concern over risk to new rolling stock

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Monday said extensive, ongoing incidences of vandalism against, and theft of, its assets had severely impacted on services, threatened safety and cost the operator some R331-million it could ill afford to lose. The ongoing incidents of... 

First new PRASA trains to enter service in Pretoria in October

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2016 The first new passenger trains to be delivered according to a multibillionrand contact signed between Gibela and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), were set to enter service in October, said PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola on Monday. Speaking at a... 

Serious stresses remain at local level, but will they affect the elections?

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2016 As is no doubt by now well known, the Institute for Security Studies recently reported that its violence monitoring project had identified 2 880 public protests in this country between 2013 and 2015, of which 53% had been violent. These protests are often, if not nearly always, described as... 

Study determines impact of algae on irrigation costs

By: Anine Kilian     23rd June 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has estimated that commercial farmers in the Dwars River area of the Western Cape spend R600 000 a year ridding their irrigation systems of filamentous algae.   The CSIR was in the process of formulating a tradable permit system as a tool... 

First of its kind CSIR study puts a price tag to the impacts of algae on irrigation costs

     23rd June 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has estimated that commercial farmers in the Dwars River area of the Western Cape spend approximately R600 000 per year ridding their irrigation systems of filamentous algae. The CSIR has taken the first step in formulating a tradable permit... 

EU trade agreement to boost Western Cape wine exports

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde has welcomed the signing of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and six Southern African Development Community countries, which would double the Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) of South African wine to be imported... 

Presidency reports on progress with 9-point plan

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 The South African Government is making steady progress in the implementation of its Nine Point Plan to reignite growth and create jobs, the Presidency said on Monday. The plan, which forms part of of the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), was announced by President Jacob Zuma... 

Second phase of Western Cape’s Emerging Business Support Programme launched

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2016 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde, together with Absa Bank, on Monday launched the second phase of the province’s Emerging Business Support Programme at the Century City Convention Centre, in Cape Town. Winde encouraged emerging entrepreneurs from across the Western Cape to... 

Pioneer Foods, Energy Partners in national solar programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 Food and beverage manufacturer Pioneer Foods, in conjunction with energy solutions service provider Energy Partners’ solar division, has rolled out a solar programme, which is about 60% complete.      The programme entails the installation of large commercial solar systems with a combined size of... 

Western Cape road rehabilitation project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th June 2016 The project involves repairing damage to roads and associated structures near Robertson and Ashton, in the Western Cape, caused by floods in 2013/14. 

Final qualifiers for AfriSam-Saia Awards announced

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th June 2016 The shortlisted contenders in this year’s AfriSam–South African Institute of Architects (Saia) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation were unveiled on Wednesday after record entries across the four categories were received by closing on March 24. Twenty-two projects out of 47 entries... 

WC Department of Health office wins green building accolades

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2016 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has been recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for its work on a R128-million regional office building currently under construction for the Department of Health in Bellville, Western Cape. The building, located... 

South African mining sector alive with opportunities for young people – govt official  

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2016 There are significant opportunities for young entrepreneurs to enter the local mining industry, particularly with a number of senior miners exiting their existing assets owing to depressed commodity prices and general business challenges, Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) deputy... 

Exciting Working with Wood show surrounded by history

     14th June 2016 With a history in timber dating back as far as 1932, what better venue for this year’s Wood Turning Festival in association with the Working with Wood Show than Saasveld, George, Western Cape. The woodworking fraternity globally are extremely excited that the Wood Turners South African in... 

Agri SA calls for a national disaster declaration 

By: African News Agency      10th June 2016 Agri SA on Friday welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen, to declare most of South Africa’s provinces as drought disaster areas. On Friday, Van Rooyen declared all but Gauteng as drought disaster areas because of the threat to... 

New Centre for RadioCosmology improves our understanding of the cosmos

     10th June 2016 UWC’s new Centre for Radio Cosmology aims to fully exploit the use of next-generation radio telescopes to make measurements to probe some of the deepest mysteries in cosmology.   The University of the Western Cape’s Department of Physics & Astronomy has taken a crucial step with the creation of... 

Product offering focuses on employee safety

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Specialised lubrication and maintenance products provider Orapi Africa is introducing products for use in welding and cutting processes that not only increase the life span and operating efficiency of machinery and equipment but are also environment friendly and aligned with international... 

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