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Environmental Protection

Car safety moving from passive to active . . .

By: Keith Campbell     30th July 2004 THE future focus of automotive manufacturers with regard to safety will be on the development of active systems, which will be developed, hopefully, within a framework of globally-standardised safety regulations. 

. . . while intelligent-guidance systems are promoted for trucks

By: Keith Campbell     30th July 2004 THE global trend of increasing road congestion will require more intelligent guidance of vehicles. 

Consol to install R40m gas treatment plant

27th July 2004 Construction is underway on the R40-million installation of a state-of-the-art waste-gas treatment plant at Consol Glass’ Bellville factory, which will radically reduce emissions from its four furnaces. 

Metals industry gets cleaner-production support from Danes

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd July 2004 The Danish Agency for International Development Assistance (Danida) has paid subsidies totalling R831 000 for 13 demonstration projects to encourage cleaner production in South Africa’s metal-finishing industry and is spending R361 000 on an additional five projects, which should be... 

Durban signs SA’s first carbon-finance deal

By: tom robbins     23rd July 2004 The eThekwini (Durban) municipality has signed and sealed South Africa’s first carbon emission reduction purchase agreement, for a trash to power project, with the World Bank. 

Court to hear PBMR complaint on Nov

21st July 2004 Environmental lobby group Earthlife Africa said this week that the Cape Town High Court will hear the group’s case against South Africa’s proposed pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) on November 29. 

Emissions trading not a priority in EU . . . yet

By: Kelvin Kemm     16th July 2004 The Kyoto Protocol is an attempted agreement thrashed out in the Japanese city of Kyoto, to limit carbon dioxide emissions from industry worldwide. 

SA’s response to TB to be scaled up

13th July 2004 The ancient plague of Tuberculosis (TB) continues to needlessly kill thousands of South Africans every year, and the National Tuberculosis Control Programme of the Department of Health is embarking on a partnership-strengthening exercise aimed at scaling up societal support for the fight against TB. 

Nuclear gets the nod from minister

By: Kelvin Kemm     9th July 2004 In a court case if someone is charged with a crime such as housebreaking, fraud or assault, the prosecutor has to use facts to prove that the person did it. 

SA reaffirms its commitment to renewable energy

By: Helene Le Roux     9th July 2004 South Africa is advancing its renewable energy drive.?Later this year government plans to set up the National Energy Research Institute, which will, among other things, support studies into the commercialisation of renewable energy, new sustainable energy technologies and energy efficiencies. 

Bid to reduce truck emissions

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 Over the years, great progress has been made in reducing emissions from motor car engines by the use of catalytic converters.?But what of trucks and buses? 

Could cutting sulphur burn SA refining?

By: tom robbins     2nd July 2004 Additional government environmental legislation to control fuel content post-2006 could threaten the viability of the country’s oil refining industry, according to Engen Refinery GM Wayne Hartmann. 

Major changes to enviro laws proposed

28th June 2004 The proposed new environmental-impact assessment (EIA) regulations and list of activities that cannot be undertaken without prior authorisation, published for comment by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) on Friday, will dramatically change environmental governance in... 

Ivory trade: not a black-and-white issue

By: Kelvin Kemm     25th June 2004 A while ago Cites, the body which attempts to control or curtail the international trade in endangered species of fauna and flora gave South Africa permission to make a one-off sale of ivory. 

Enviro group slams call for nuclear energy boost

By: jenny furness     24th June 2004 Environmental group Earthlife Africa has responded with dismay to Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka’s budget speech. 

Govt to minimise waste from glass, tyre industries

23rd June 2004 Government will sign agreements with the tyre and glass industries before the end of this financial year to regulate the impact of waste on the environment, from these industries. 

‘Legislation only first step in enviro protection’

22nd June 2004 The first change in legislation governing atmospheric pollution since the Air Pollution Protection Act of 1966 will be the new long-awaited Air Quality Bill. 

Time to tackle the not-so-sound sound engineers

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th June 2004 Very often I am asked: “So . . . you’re a sound engineer, huh ?“ 

Union concerned about steel group’s enviro record

15th June 2004 South African trade union Solidarity yesterday expressed concern that LNM Holdings, the Anglo-Dutch steel group that has been given the green light to take control of Iscor, will – as it did in Ireland – exacerbate environmental pollution at Iscor’s Vanderbijlpark plant. 

Taking issue with eco-fundamentalists

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th June 2004 I once sent Scope magazine an article on lead-free petrol. 

Cape energy-efficiency project wins global award

By: Jill Stanford     11th June 2004 AN energy-efficient housing project in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape, has won an international award. 

Building supplier wants urgent asbestos ban as imports begin to hurt

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2004 Building products supplier Everite wants the process to ban asbestos in South Africa to progress decidedly faster, especially as it believes the importation of asbestos products is currently hurting its market position. 

Risks, opportunities of climate change for SA firms

7th June 2004 Warming of up to three degrees celsius over the next 50 years. 

Climate Change

4th June 2004 Warming of up to three degrees celsius over the next 50 years. Reduction in current rainfall by up to 10%. Increased incidents of flood and drought. Extension of malaria-prone areas and greater risk of bilharzia. Increased water scarcity. General aridification affecting optimal areas for forestry... 

Roy Richmond, Vitamin Laboratories

By: Laura Franz     4th June 2004 Full name: Roy Kenneth Richmond Position: Founder Vitamin Laboratories (with the brand Perc), 1999 Main activity of the company: Manufacturer and supplier of natural health products (nutraceuticals) Date and place of birth: March 14, 1959, Cape Town Education: De Villiers Graaf High School,... 

Constructor launches Aids programme

1st June 2004 Construction group Rainbow Construction has launched a workplace Aids programme to address the needs of all staff members who may be infected and affected by the pandemic and to minimise the impact of the disease on the company and its stakeholders. 

Work on R190-million Marion Island base is under way

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2004 Work on the first phase of the new R190-million research base and weather station for the cold sub-Antarctic Marion Island has started. 

New hospital planned for Ballito

28th May 2004 One of KwaZulu-Natal’s fastest growing areas, Ballito, is to get a new multi-million rand hospital located adjacent to Seaforth College and overlooking the Zimbali golf course. 

Gauteng invests in hi-tech hospital equipment

27th May 2004 A new multi-million rand state-of-the-art angiography unit has been installed at the Dr George Mukhari Hospital in Garankuwa near Pretoria. 

SA manufacturer seeks to pamper relationship with a US colossus

By: Keith Campbell     21st May 2004 SOUTH African medium-sized manufacturing company Espin is hopeful that it will be able to expand its relationship with giant US multinational Procter&Gamble (P&G) in the coming years. 

CSIR telehealth project wins global award

19th May 2004 The CSIR's telehealth project based in the Eastern Cape has been selected as one of three winners in the health category of the prestigious Stockholm Challenge. 

SA vaccine development gets shot in the arm

19th May 2004 Platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) and South Africa's largest transport company Transnet, have come on board to support HIV and Aids vaccine research and development in the country. 

Aids award for technology group

12th May 2004 At an awards event in Berlin, Germany attended by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, World Bank President James Wolfensohn and many other dignitaries, Siemens Southern Africa was presented with the New York-based Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/Aids award for business excellence in the... 

BEE tourism scorecard to be finalised

10th May 2004 Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has undertaken to accelerate further transformation in the tourism industry to benefit all South Africans. 

Darling wind-farm project back on track

By: Jill Stanford     7th May 2004 Plans to build a demonstration wind-farm near Darling, in the Western Cape, are back on track and the University of Cape Town’s Environmental Evaluation Unit (EEU) has been commissioned to carry out an updated environmental-impact assessment for the project. 

Aids toolkit to be launched

7th May 2004 A management toolkit, aimed at assisting companies in implementing an effective HIV/Aids programme within their work environments, is being launched by the South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids (Sabcoha). 

Carbon trading facility launched

5th May 2004 Leading carbon trading adviser EcoSecurities and Standard Bank London (SBL), the investment banking arm of South Africa’s Standard Bank group, have announced the launch of the Denmark Carbon Facility, aimed at acquiring greenhouse gas emission reduction credits on behalf of the Danish... 

Top Aids researchers seek African solutions

5th May 2004 The African continent’s leading HIV/Aids researchers will gather in Cape Town this week for a top-level international conference to discuss new ways of dealing with the epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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