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Environmental Protection

R222m water-treatment plant part of bigger environmental clean-up

By: Helene Le Roux     21st April 2006 After years of controversy surrounding the release of process water into the surrounding environment, South Africa’s largest steel plant Mittal Steel’s Vanderbijlpark mill has officially launched a new R222-million zero-effluent discharge main treatment plant (MTP). 

Environmental legislation promotes growth for contract industry

By: Jade Davenport     24th March 2006 During the last decade local industrial, mining and petrochemical companies have come under increasing pressure from international protocols and, more specifically, the South African government to comply with environmental legislation that limits the generation of pollution and encourages... 

Big push to improve pollution control at South African smelters

By: Mischa Drotsky     17th March 2006 Company offers custom-engineered in-house design As a supplier of electric-arc smelting furnaces and related technology to the ferroalloys and base-metals industries, Pyromet Technologies also designs its own in-house gas-cleaning systems for smelter applications, embracing wet and dry systems.... 

It's necessary to give African countries the means to search for their own solutions - Lula da Silva

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2006 Brazil is expanding its technical assistance to Africa. 

Cleaning up

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 The need to counter global warming, conserve water, and protect the environment are creating important new opportunities for IST Industrial. 

New-generation software

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 UTILITY information solutions company IST Otokon is busy developing the latest generation of its ecWIN software, ecWIN 6.0. 

Environmental responsibility key priority for State-enterprise

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 Environmental sustainability has become a key priority for South Africa’s most successful utility, Eskom, which was recently evidenced by the appointment of former Minister of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), Valli Moosa as Eskom chairperson, in July this year. 

SA civil group gears up for UN climate-change summit

25th November 2005 Canada is set to host a major climate conference next week under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

'SA must act to take advantage of autocat technology'

16th November 2005 South Africa is well positioned to take advantage of new exhaust emission technology for diesel vehicles, which has the potential to create thousands of jobs and earn billions in foreign exchange, said Catalytic Converter Interest Group (CCIG) , chairperson Joe Armstrong recently. 

Backing environmental education, capacity building

By: Laura Tyrer     4th November 2005 In an initiative to preserve South Africa’s heritage for the future, the Mazda Wildlife Fund is assisting the Conservation Leadership Group in making major contributions towards environmental education. 

Keeping SA’s air clean

By: Laura Tyrer     4th November 2005 The first black-owned and woman-run filter manufacturer in South Africa, AirVentFil, is gaining ground in its hopes to lead the market with individually-designed ventilation and filtration systems. 

BEE firm making enviro inroads into Africa

By: Laura Tyrer     4th November 2005 South Africa’s leadingempowerment environmental company, Bohlweki Environmental, has recentlyentered a major phase in itsdevelopment. 

Gas detectives

By: Laura Tyrer     4th November 2005 Changing legislation and fugitive emission concerns in South Africa are inspiring a growing interest in new air-monitoring methods. 

Oil giant’s HQ goes green

By: Laura Tyrer     4th November 2005 As the first oil and gas company to publicly acknowledge the risks of climate change, one of BP’s core objectives is to reduce the environmental impact of its activities. 

Carbon-credit auditor selected

By: Laura Tyrer     4th November 2005 Some R2,5-billion will accrue to South African companies in an initial wave of “carbon credit” sales in terms of the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. 

Science of the weather

By: Helene Le Roux     28th October 2005 Overwhelming scientific evidence is mounting about the effects of climate change on the natural environment. 

Commercial-vehicle group seeks solutions for contemporary challenges

By: Liezel Hill     28th October 2005 South Africa needs improved knowledge and information on the effects of climate change to effectively pressure other countries to implement and enforce emissions-control measures, director-general of Science and Technology Rob Adam said this month. 

Regional partnership to combat land degradation

25th October 2005 A new regional partnership, TerrAfrica, was launched in Pretoria yesterday to address land degradation and increase sustainable land management in Africa. 

SA to take hard line at Montreal climate talks

By: Liezel Hill     21st October 2005 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sue van der Merwe yesterday reiterated government's call for industrialised countries to reduce high levels of greenhouse gas emissions and said that current international trading patterns and escalating climate change were serving to exacerbate global... 

SA launches body to drive Kyoto-linked projects

By: Liezel Hill     20th October 2005 Minister of Minerals and Energy Lindiwe Hendricks yesterday launched South Africa's Designated National Authority (DNA), whose mandate is to regulate South Africa's participation in the clean-development mechanism (CDM) environment and promote the country as an investment destination for CDM... 

Gov unveils R&D framework on climate change

By: Liezel Hill     18th October 2005 South Africa needs improved knowledge and information on the effects of climate change to effectively pressure other countries to implement and enforce emissions-control measures, director-general of Science and Technology Rob Adam said yesterday. 

Marine-protection vessel commissioned

27th September 2005 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism held an extraordinary show of marine force on Friday with the first-ever display of the country's four environmental protection vessels. 

Gauteng gov launches digital ecosystem tool

14th September 2005 The Gauteng Agriculture, Conservation and Environment Department has launched a digital conservation plan otherwise called the C-Plan Version 2 - aimed at protecting the environment. 

Air-quality act comes into effect

14th September 2005 A notice has been published in the Government Gazette, bringing the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (AQA) into effect. This comes exactly four years after its first draft was conceived. 

Sasol remembers victims

2nd September 2005 Petrochemicals firm Sasol said yesterday that it would fly its company flags at half-mast at all South African operations and would observe a minute of silence to remember the loss of ten lives in an explosion at the ethylene plant in Secunda on September 1 last year. 

Arbor week to encourage South Africans to plant trees

30th August 2005 Government has planned several greening and tree planting activities to celebrate Arbor Week which starts this Thursday. 

Detailed design of landfill extension project completed

26th August 2005 Durban-based Stemele Bosch Africa’s (SBA’s) solid waste and environmental division provides a specialist consulting service in all facets of liquid and solid waste management, as well as environmental management services. 

Contract opens more doors for local firm

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The consulting and project management contract for delivering municipal services to the 191-ha Meyersdal Nature Estate, south of Johannesburg, has been awarded to Germiston-based Infraconsult Engineering, in August last year. 

South Africa seeks peaceful co-existence between science and tourism

By: peter cromberge     29th July 2005 One of the theories fuelled by fossil finds from the Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, is that at some stage around 2,5-million years ago, more than one species of hominid, a distant relative to modern humans, was roaming and stalking the continent. 

New Gauteng hospital on the cards - MEC

28th July 2005 Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has announced a comprehensive plan to improve health services in Ekurhuleni. 

Recognition for centre's research

By: peter cromberge     22nd July 2005 The Kirstenbosch Research Centre, part of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), was recognised for its contributions to conservation when it received the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Award in May. 

Indirect-pollution study

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2005 Project examines extent and severity of problem 

Overcoming ecological constraints

By: warren robertson     1st July 2005 When construction at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site (COH WHS) began on June 7, 2004 the developers had already considered more than just the happiness of the tourists to the area. 

Enviro-friendly bush clearing creates jobs

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 The 560-ha footprint of the Berg River dam is almost being left untouched as the bush clearing and chipping contract, awarded to Cape Town-based Fastfell in January, is being done in an environment-friendly manner, a member of Fastfell, Shaughn Frost, tells Engineering News. 

Hiveld seeks to tap technology sweet spot

By: elizabeth rebelo     17th June 2005 South African steel andvanadium producer Highveld Steel & Vanadium, 79%-held by resources group Anglo American, is seeking to exploit a technology ‘sweet spot’ in its iron-making process, which, if successful, will not only yield higher steel production at far lower unit costs, but... 

Gauteng prepares R17bn infrastructure roll-out

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th June 2005 South Africa’s wealthiest province Gauteng believes public investment in infrastructure will be a key contributor to economic growth, job creation and in improving social conditions as well as to bridging the gap between South Africa’s first and second economies. 

Plastic-bags ban bites

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2005 Government’s 2003 ban on thin plastic bags in favour of thicker, more easily-recycable ones has seen a 70% countrywide drop in bag production. 

Company supplies more energy-efficient motors

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 It is estimated that 50% of all the electric power generated globally is used to drive electric motors and, by that fact, industry is a prime consumer of the earth’s fossil-fuel supplies. 

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