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Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     Updated 6 hours ago A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure is being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial energy... 

Calls to reuse water treatment waste take centre stage at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 While the cost-effective and environmentally compliant disposal of water treatment residue (WTR) is a challenge for water treatment practitioners worldwide, WTR management has taken centre stage in the local water industry amid increasing water demands, deteriorating raw water quality aggravated... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Space agency hampered by tight finances

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is seeking to fulfil its mission despite challenges. “All government entities are under pressure, given the state of the economy. We’re expected to do a lot more, with less,” points out Sansa Corporate Communications Manager Vaneshree Maharaj.. One... 

UK-SA bilateral research chair to boost food security research in SA

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Amid rising food prices, coupled with one of the worst droughts the country has experienced, food security research in South Africa has received a much-needed boost from the Newton Fund, and National Research Foundation (NRF) UK–South Africa Bilateral Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) launched... 

Famous Brands buys Western Cape potato processor

By: Tracy Hancock     26th May 2016 Although the South African potato processing industry is growing rapidly to meet increasingly strong demand fuelled by the brisk growth in food services and the convenience market, JSE-listed Famous Brands says it lagged its peer industries in developed countries, illustrating the growth... 

China the promised land for South African winemakers

By: Reuters     26th May 2016 South African tycoon Koos Bekker sells wine from his vineyard all over the world, but a small detail offers a clue as to where his priorities may lie - all the bottles are labelled in Mandarin. Other producers along the Stellenbosch wine routes where his 

Balwin delivers strong maiden results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2016 Property developer Balwin has delivered double-digit growth as it set out its maiden financial results for the year ended February 29, CEO and founder Stephen Brookes said on Monday, attributing the performance to record sales and strong demand. The group, which listed on the Johannesburg bourse... 

Western Cape launches climate change action plan 

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2016 The Western Cape government on Tuesday launched a comprehensive climate change response strategy called Smart Agri, which aims to to combat the impact of extreme weather events on the province’s agriculture sector. Smart Agri was unveiled by provincial Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde... 

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

     17th May 2016 National research institution the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Built Environment division executive director Dr Cornelius Ruiters says countries that do not adequately invest in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) will not develop economically. 'In South... 

SAICE launches new marine division  

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2016 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering has launched its new marine division, which will act as a forum for members in the marine environment to exchange ideas for the betterment of the sector. “The division must work towards enabling competent institutions that can either do... 

Illegal connections, cable theft pose threat to zero harm mandate

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 The increase in the number of informal settlements in the Western Cape has led to an increase in  unsafe electricity connections. This plus the ability of higher income areas to pay electricians to by-pass Eskom meters,  impinges on State-owned power utility Eskom’s zero harm initiative. “The... 

Leakage system provides solutions in Johannesburg

By: Simon Sonnekus     13th May 2016 Water-leak detection and control systems provider AquaTrip South Africa has reasserted its focus on conserving water with the installation of its electronic valve, which monitors water flow at schools across Johannesburg. The Brisbane-based company has a regional office in Stellenbosch, in the... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 An update on the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

Shale gas research necessary to put uncertainty to rest

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2016 Shale gas research projects are becoming increasingly essential to put to bed speculation and uncertainties over the potential of reserves in South Africa, as well as the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the environment. This was heard at a Fossil Fuel Foundation workshop on unconventional gas,... 

Nuclear RFP will yield ‘binding’ financial information – Minister 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told lawmakers on Wednesday that the upcoming nuclear request for proposal (RFP) would enable South Africa to secure the “binding commercial and financial information” required to allow Cabinet to take a final decision on how best to implement the proposed... 

ACSA well on its way to reducing its carbon footprint

By: News24Wire      11th May 2016 Testing vehicle smoke emissions as well as monitoring air quality regularly are just some of the things Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) are incorporating at Cape Town International airport to help curb its carbon footprint. Acsa met with the portfolio committee on environmental affairs and... 

Fabrication of ‘bullets’ for R1.2bn Saldanha LPG facility completed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2016 The fabrication of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, or ‘bullets’, for an open access LPG terminal being developed at Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, has been completed. Sunrise Energy reported on Monday that the bullets would be moved to the terminal site over the coming five weeks,... 

Weight, cost challenges as BMW works to bring fuel-cell vehicle to market

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 BMW hopes to have all the components for a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered vehicle ready by “2020-ish”, says BMW head of fuel cell development Dr Merten Jung. Only then will the German carmaker decide which model should be launched onto the market as a customer-ready, fuel-cell-powered BMW. “First of... 

Tyrexpo Africa introduces new knowledge exchange platforms

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th May 2016 To tap into opportunities of the South African automotive industry transforming itself into a global engine for the manufacturing and export of vehicles and components, the tyres, automotive repairs and maintenance and accessories exhibition Tyrexpo Africa introduced three new business segments... 

Weight, cost challenges as BMW works to bring fuel-cell vehicle to market

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 BMW hopes to have all of the components for a hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle ready by “2020-ish”, says BMW head of fuel cell development Dr Merten Jung. Only then will the German car maker decide which model should be launched onto the market as a customer-ready, fuel-cell-powered BMW. “First... 

Emira invests R250m in shopping centre upgrades, acquisitions

By: Anine Kilian     5th May 2016 The JSE-listed Emira Property Fund has invested over R250-million in acquiring new centres and upgrading its shopping centres to strengthen its retail assets, according to Emira CEO Geoff Jennett, who stated on Thursday that the company was investing strategically.   “Through key acquisitions and... 

Less than 1% of staff on strike, says SA Post Office

By: African News Agency      5th May 2016 Less than one percent of staff stayed away from work on the first day of a strike by members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), the SA Post Office said on Thursday. CEO Mark Barnes said it was “business as usual” as the first day of the strike had had a minimum impact on operations... 

Pandor launches three new chairs as part of initiative to retain talent 

By: African News Agency      5th May 2016 South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor launched three new chairs within the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) as part of the South Africa and United Kingdom (UK) bilateral research chair initiative. Pandor said that the establishment of the three new chairs... 

Enel’s 82.5 MW Paleisheuwel solar plant connected to the grid

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th May 2016 The South African unit Enel Green Power, itself a subsidiary of Italian energy group Enel, reports that its 82.5 MW Paleisheuwel photovoltaic (PV) power plant has been connected to the grid. Located in the Western Cape, the plant is Enel Green Power’s largest power plant currently in operation in... 

SA quantity surveyors should look to Africa for new projects

     29th April 2016 Project management company Synergy Property Solutions (Synergy) says South African quantity surveyors should expand their operations to include African countries, as there are vast business opportunities in Africa, and it can assist them overcome the cyclical slumps in the South African economy. 

Sasol injects R15m to strategic research projects at universities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2016 Petroleum giant Sasol has approved R15-million in grant funding for several strategic basic research projects at local universities and universities of technology. This followed a call to universities in September to submit research proposals for consideration under the company’s university... 

DHA to ask for more funds for modernisation drive

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2016 The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will approach Cabinet for additional funds by the end of this year, as it pursues a new, modern, secure vision that will see it “realigned and repositioned” within South Africa’s governance system. With a medium-term budget allocation of some R7.1-billion, the... 

SA imports maize to cover drought shortfall

By: News24Wire      22nd April 2016 The department of agriculture has imported 1 732 million tons of yellow  maize and 72 000 tons of white maize to cover shortfalls caused by the drought, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said on Thursday. For the next season, beginning May 1 and running until April 31 2017, another 4.3 million... 

Electrofusion welding suitable for high-pressure sewerage system pipes

By: Victor Moolman     22nd April 2016 Plastic pipe specialists Marley Pipe Systems has throughout 2015 and in 2016 supplied high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Megatuff pipes that are suitable for electrofusion in sewage system upgrades throughout South Africa. 

Energy storage possible standby for grid failure

By: Simon Sonnekus     22nd April 2016 While energy storage may seem like a viable option for standby power initiatives during grid failure, several issues first need to resolved for it to be implemented, South African National Energy Development Institute’s Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development manager Dr Karen... 

Gas-to-power an industrial milestone for South Africa

     22nd April 2016 The South African government’s bold bid to procure energy from gas could position the country as an African gas leader. The Department of Energy (DoE) says development of South Africa’s gas industry could be anchored on the demand from its imminent gas-to-power programme. This makes gas-to-power... 

Home Affairs aspires to expand e-services, online document applications

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd April 2016 While the new service of applying online for SmartID cards and passports through the eHome Affairs portal and at major banks in Gauteng will initially cater for people aged between 30 and 35, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) hopes to extend the system to other age categories and more centres... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 The first of 1 098 wind turbine components are en route from the deepwater Port of Ngqura to Loeriesfontein, in the Northern Cape. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window. 

The case for gas as SA’s gas-to-power procurement programme looms

     22nd April 2016 By Sabine Dall’Omo The Department of Energy (DoE) says development of South Africa’s gas industry could be anchored on the demand from its imminent gas-to-power programme. 

R120m programme to support emerging fruit farmers in Western, Eastern Cape  

     21st April 2016 The Western Cape province has, in partnership with the National Treasury and the deciduous fruit industry, established the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber (DFDC) Commercialisation Programme, which will disburse R120-million in funding to emerging fruit farmers to grow their businesses to... 

Milk for Change protects what’s good by donating thousands of litres of long life milk

     20th April 2016 Tetra Pak, in partnership with Feed SA, has initiated a campaign called Milk for Change to fight undernourishment among South Africa’s larger communities and educate consumers about the nutritional benefits of long life milk. Milk for Change will collect long life milk donations by consumers from... 

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