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Environmental Protection

Water Affairs' focus to fall on sanitation

5th May 2004 Newly-appointed Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Buyelwa Sonjica looks set to focus on the same targets her predecessor was aiming at before President Thabo Mbeki's new Cabinet was announced last week. 

Workers call for workplace safety

28th April 2004 Today is World Day for Safety & Health at Work and International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers, which are intended to focus international attention on promoting and creating a safety and health culture at work and to help reduce the number of occupational-related fatalities,... 

The economics of cleaner production proved in fish industry

By: Jill Stanford     23rd April 2004 Participants in the Cleaner Production in the South African Fishing Industry project have reduced their environmental impact by notching up significant savings in water and energy consumption and effluent outflow. 

46 countries to partake in Earth observation summit

20th April 2004 Forty-six countries and the European Commission will participate in a groundbreaking Earth observation summit, a pioneering effort that aims to scientifically connect the world for the purpose of making all people and economies healthier and safer. 

How rural growth is being bolstered

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2004 A three-pronged five-year European Union (EU)-funded developmental project is under way in Kwazulu-Natal (KZN), Engineering News can today report. 

Company’s Aids-awareness drive

16th April 2004 Kwazulu-Natal-based Rohm and Haas South Africa has embarked on an Aids-awareness campaign, helping to deal with the pandemic through active education programmes, Rohm and Haas MD Forbes Merrigan reports. 

Spoornet to address noise levels in locomotives

8th April 2004 South African rail utility Spoornet has noted concerns raised by the United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu), regarding the noise levels in train locomotives. 

US invests R19m in SA's health education channel

5th April 2004 The US government announced on Friday that it is investing R19-million ($3-million) towards expanding South Africa's public health education channel. 

Roads agency confident that N2 will pass enviro muster

By: Zonika Botha     2nd April 2004 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) remains optimistic that the proposed N2 Wild Coast toll-road between the Gonubie interchange near East London, in the Eastern Cape, and the Isipingo interchange south of Durban, in Kwazulu-Natal, will go ahead despite various appeals lodged against... 

Refiner in sulphur-reduction project

By: Jill Stanford     2nd April 2004 Oil company Caltex is proposing to modify the diesel hydrotreating unit at its refinery in Milnerton, in Cape Town, to decrease the sulphur content of its diesel. 

Computer-manufacturing soaks up fossil fuels

By: Deborah Spicer     26th March 2004 The manufacture of an average desktop computer and monitor uses more than 10 times its weight in fossil fuels and chemicals, according to a United Nations University (UNU) study which has called for worldwide action to halt “the growth of high-tech trash”. 

Health and safety demands may lead to outsourcing

26th March 2004 Occupational health, safety and environment outsourced solutions provider WorkMed has a rigorous research and development programme. 

MOU for incorporation of Free State national parks signed

19th March 2004 South African Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Mohammed Valli Moosa and the MEC of the Free State Province, Sakhiwo Belot, yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Basotho Cultural Village, in the Eastern Free State, for the incorporation of the QwaQwa National... 

Bateman Howden wins R57m power station contract

17th March 2004 A final contract worth R57-million for the installation of bag filters at Hendrina Power Station has been awarded to Bateman Howden South Africa, capping an effort that will result in the company being solely responsible for the power plant’s clean smoke stacks. 

Labour-based projects to boost Cape park

By: Jill Stanford     12th March 2004 MINISTER of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Valli Moosa has released R35-million of poverty relief funds to the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), but this is only part of R100-million that is to be provided for a myriad of socio-economic initiatives in national parks in the region. 

Environmentalists prepare to continue PBMR legal battle

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th February 2004 Long-standing legal proceedings surrounding South Africa’s proposed pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) could move ahead this week as environmental lobbyists anticipate responses from PBMR stakeholders. 

Wildlife agency seeks adviser for rhino PPP

By: laurian clemence     4th February 2004 Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) conservation agency Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is seeking the services of a transaction adviser to compile a motivational proposal to National Treasury for a public-private partnership for the expansion of its Black Rhino Range reserve. 

State denies dune-mining link to N2 decision

By: tom robbins     30th January 2004 South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) CEO Nazir Alli hopes to have the winning bidder of the N2 Wild Coast toll-road on site within 18 to 24 months. 

SA joins global clean-coal pact

30th January 2004 South Africa has joined the international world by signing the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Clean-Coal Science Implementing Agreement this week. 

Bids called for proposed park consolidation in Mpumalanga

By: laurian clemence     27th January 2004 Various environmental departments reported at the weekend that, together, they are proposing to consolidate certain central lowveld State forests, in Mpumalanga, with the adjacent Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (BRCNR), into a State-owned park. 

Home-grown grease-remediation solution available

By: candice haase     16th January 2004 In an era where industry is becoming increasingly aware of its cradle-to-grave responsibilities, a local company BlueStream Environmental Technology has pioneered products that offer an environment-friendly solution to the typical applications in grease remediation technology. 

More additives expected as cleaner-fuel deadline approaches

16th January 2004 As the deadline for the implementation of the 50-ppm standard for low-sulphur diesel closes in, motorists should expect more additives on the market as oil refiners are introducing additives to meet these stringent requirements. 

N2 Wild Coast enviro process defended

By: Martin Czernowalow     16th January 2004 South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) has quashed accusations that the N2 Wild Coast toll-road environmental-impact assessment (EIA) process did not include adequate participation of interested and affected parties. 

Enviro group welcomes EIA appeal extension

16th January 2004 The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) said it was relieved that the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) has extended the date to appeal the record of decision on the N2 Wild Coast toll road, until January 31. 

Microelectronics miracle: a prosthesis that restores vision

By: Karel Smrcka     16th January 2004 Millions of people have suffered a loss of eyesight due to degenerative retinal diseases. Researchers are developing an electronic sight prosthesis that provides some hope that people suffering from these diseases may one day regain partial sight. 

Enviro group welcomes EIA appeal extension

8th January 2004 The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) said it was relieved that the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) has extended the date to appeal the record of decision on the N2 Wild Coast toll road, until January 31. 

N2 Wild Coast enviro process defended

By: Martin Czernowalow     8th January 2004 South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) yesterday quashed accusations that the N2 Wild Coast toll-road environmental-impact assessment (EIA) process did not include adequate participation of interested and affected parties. 

First Word

By: Jill Stanford     12th December 2003 WORKING as a journalist I meet an array of colourful characters; most are friendly, some flamboyant, others just so; some are humble, others arrogant; some could talk the hind leg off a donkey and others make extracting a limpet off a rock seem like a walk in the park. 

US utilities seek funding for clean-coal plant

8th December 2003 US electric utilities are reluctant to join a $1-billion government-backed initiative to build the world's cleanest coal-burning power plant if they have to bear half the costs, an industry group warned last week. 

Mabudafhasi seeks partners for Nepad enviro initiative

5th December 2003 South African Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Rejoice Mabudafhasi has left the country this week on a two-week visit to potential partners for the action plan of the environment initiative of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad). 

Tracking down food bugs by their fingerprints

By: Karel Smrcka     5th December 2003 In the future, microbes that contaminate food will be ‘fingerprinted’ as part of a novel way of curbing their antisocial behaviour. 

EIA approved for construction of N2 Wild Coast toll road

4th December 2003 Director-general of the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Dr Crispian Olver has, this week, accepted the environmental-impact assessment for the construction of the N2 Wild Coast toll road and issued an authorisation and record of decision. 

R3,1bn deal to empower SA healthcare

By: Zonika Botha     28th November 2003 The decision by industrial giant African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) to sell its 68,1% share in its healthcare subsidiary Afrox Healthcare (AHealth) to a consortium of black empowered investors, known as Business Venture Investments Limited (Bidco), will help to introduce black-economic empowerment... 

‘Aids treatment budget sustainable’

By: Deborah Spicer     28th November 2003 The amount that government committed to antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the medium-term budget review is what it believes is sustainable, said Deputy Finance Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa at The Economist Conference, the day after the release of the budget. 

Paper giant supports clean charcoal venture

By: tom robbins     21st November 2003 Paper and pulp producer Mondi, which recently launched a black economic empowerment (BEE) charcoal-making initiative, known as BlackGold Forest Products, has ordered new technology machinery to produce cleaner, more efficient charcoal. 

'Urgent need to focus on renewable energy'

By: laurian clemence     21st November 2003 The chairperson of the World Council for Renewable Energy Dr Hermann Scheer made an impassioned plea yesterday for renewed vigour in the global pursuit for renewable-energy solution, warning that unless urgent steps were taken in this direction the world would run short of energy resources before... 

R3,1bn ‘fair value’ BEE deal in healthcare sector

18th November 2003 Industrial giant African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) yesterday disclosed details of a R3,1-billion black economic empowerment (BEE) deal involving its healthcare subsidiary Afrox Healthcare (AHealth). 

Inspectorate to sting enviro offenders

By: nkolola halwindi     14th November 2003 The last five years have seen a lot of changes in policies on environmental legislation.? 

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