R/€ = 18.26 Change: -0.07
R/$ = 16.14 Change: -0.08
Au 1783.47 $/oz Change: 13.77
Pt 936.31 $/oz Change: -8.19

Environmental Studies News

SA’s renewable energy advantages outlined

By: Joanne Taylor     19th October 2012 At the International Infrastructure & Invest Convention in Johannesburg last month, South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) board member Christopher Haw explained that a country’s success in renewable-energy projects depended on various aspects. 

Mining industry increasingly seeking water solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2012 The global mining water and wastewater sector was expected to grow as the focus on sustainable water solutions within the mining industry increased, a recent report by Frost & Sullivan found. In its ‘CEO 360 Degree Perspective of the Global Mining Water and Wastewater Treatment Market’ report,... 

Green-rated buildings ‘don’t cost an arm and a leg’

31st August 2012 There is no significant difference between construction costs for green buildings and those of conventional buildings, and green buildings achieve better investment returns and higher valuations, says industry body Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) CEO Brian Wilkinson. 

Researcher to monitor impact of renewable energy on bird life

17th August 2012 A senior researcher has been appointed by nongovernmental conservation organisation BirdLife South Africa to monitor and report on the impact of renewable- energy generation on bird life, specifically regarding wind farms, says BirdLife South Africa conservation manager Dr Hanneline Smit. 

Agroecology could help green SA agriculture

By: Joanne Taylor     17th August 2012 Worldwide, agriculture contributes 30% of Greenhouse-gas emissions and consumes 50% of South Africa’s water-use. Therefore, it is critical that South Africa develop a water-efficient economy, with a social ethic of water conservation for sustainable water resource reuse, said Lindros Whole Earth... 

Satellite tracking to be used to monitor secretary birds

3rd August 2012 A collaborative satellite-tracking project of Secretary bird raptors was launched by the University of the Witwatersrand, conservation nongovernmental organisation BirdLife South Africa and the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Birds of Prey Programme (EWT-BoPP) in July. 

Technique developed to see pollutants through cloud formations

27th July 2012 A satellite technique to better estimate concentrations of pollutants, such as soot, through cloud cover has been developed by University of Iowa (UI) scientists, the university said in a statement. 

Input sought on ecosystem biodiversity management plans

20th July 2012 Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa invites public comment on the norms and standards for biodiversity management plans for ecosystems (BMP-E), says the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs. 

Scientists urge collaboration on endangered water resources

20th July 2012 Water Research Commission scientists are urging collaboration after the National Spatial Biodiversity Assessment has found that 82% of South Africa’s river ecosystems are threatened and 44% are critically endangered, say Water Research Commission aquatic ecologist Dr Jackie King and Council for... 

Study suggests solution for encroaching Nelson Mandela Bay dunes

20th July 2012 A study conducted on the Noordhoek dune fields, southwest of Nelson Mandela Bay, to determine the impact of dune migration on nearby infrastructure has revealed that the rate at which the dunes are advancing has nearly doubled from 14 m a year in 1989 to 25 m a year in 2009.  

DEA breaks ground on R8bn ‘green’ head office 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2012 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Thursday broke ground on its new R8-billion head office in Pretoria, which will be South Africa’s first government-owned green building. The building, which was designed to meet the green output specifications outlined in the Climate Change... 

Despite concerns, work advancing on next Lesotho Highlands Water Project phase 

By: Joanne Taylor     13th July 2012 Some concern is already being expressed about the possibility for corruption in tender processes for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project’s (LHWP) Phase 2 crossborder water project, as was the case during the earlier phases.  

SA aims to double domestic tourist trips to 54m by 2020

By: Jean McKenzie     25th May 2012 With domestic tourism already having contributed 76% of South Africa’s total tourism volume and R20-billion to the economy in 2011, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has unveiled a strategy to grow domestic tourism even further. 

WWF warns of over-consumption, calls for sustainable policies 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     15th May 2012 The ever-growing demand for resources, driven by a growing global population, which could hit 10.9-billion by 2050, is putting “tremendous” pressure on the planet’s biodiversity and is threatening South Africa’s future security, health and well-being, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said in... 

R7.7bn green projects push to create thousands of jobs - Molewa 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2012 The R7.7-billion budgeted for environmental programmes between 2012/13 and 2014/15 will provide 205 877 work opportunities and 102 603 full-time equivalent jobs, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told lawmakers on Wednesday. She said the focus being given to the green economy... 

SA to unveil new mining, biodiversity planning tool this year 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2012 The South African government will launch a new ‘National Mining and Biodiversity Guideline’ later this year, which will provide the mining sector with a tool for integrating biodiversity considerations into planning processes. Addressing lawmakers on Wednesday, Water and Environmental Affairs... 

Study of extreme organisms in SA mines may hold answers to extraterrestrial life and some real pollution threats

By: Irma Venter     27th April 2012 Around 1.3 km in the earth’s crust, at the Beatrix gold-mine, in the Free State, the “devil” lives in a small pocket of fissure water. Or, to be more accurate, it is here where a small microorganism named Mephisto has its home. 

Omnia CDM project to receive over a million emission credits

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th March 2012 Chemicals producer Omnia has been issued more than a million emission credits for the clean development mechanism (CDM) project at its nitric acid production facility, in Sasolburg. The JSE-listed company reduced its greenhouse-gas emissions from the plant by 98%, after the incorporation of the... 

Study into R20bn Umzimvubu dam, power project under way 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2012 A detailed feasibility study for the Umzimvubu water project, in the Eastern Cape, was started in January, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in a written response to a Parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance’s Gareth Morgan. The dam is intended to supply... 

Comment sought on new regulations for site assessments

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2012 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has invited public comments on proposed regulations for site assessments and reports under the National Environmental Management Waste Act of 2008. The proposed regulations, which were published in the Gazette on March 19, would seek to... 

Small wind market has big potential, report shows 

By: Henry Lazenby     16th March 2012 The small wind power market holds “enormous potential”, especially for nonelectrified areas in developing countries, yet only a handful of governments are offering specific support policies for small wind generating capacity, the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) said in a report this week.... 

South African businesses urged to assess water supply risk  

By: Henry Lazenby     12th March 2012 About 85% of water-intensive users among the JSE’s Top 100 companies are exposed to water-related risk, with 70% believing that their operations could be directly affected in the near term, a report revealed on Monday. However, most companies still needed to identify water risk in their supply... 

Consultancy undertaking multiple WC projects

By: Leandi Kolver     9th March 2012 Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting has been appointed by the West Coast district municipality (WCDM) to develop an integrated coastal management programme (ICMP) to determine the current state of the West Coast region’s coastal environment and identify strategies to deal with... 

South Africa 2011 satellite imagery mosaic now available

By: Keith Campbell     9th March 2012 The Earth Observation division of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) recently launched the latest edition of its mosaic of satellite imagery of the whole of South Africa, using data from the Spot 5 Earth observation satellite. Assembled from imagery taken and collected from January... 

SA to sign new biotechnology agreement with the ICGEB

By: Henry Lazenby     8th March 2012 South Africa will sign a new operation agreement with the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Cabinet said on Thursday. The ICGEB is an international organisation that was established by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation in 1987 and is... 

Public comment invited on plan to enlarge five national parks

By: Henry Lazenby     8th March 2012 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has gazetted a declaration that sections of adjoining land become part of five South African national parks, effectively enlarging these parks. The five national parks benefitting from the declaration included the Agulhas, Addo Elephant,... 

SKA SA teams up with IBM to explore space using data analytics

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2012 The Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA) on Wednesday said it planned to work with global computing firm IBM to develop a next-generation big-data analytics platform with self-tuning and self-learning capabilities, to better analyse large volumes of radio astronomy data. The proposed... 

Determining carbon tax rate a fine balancing act – Treasury  

By: Henry Lazenby     29th February 2012 Determining the correct rate for a carbon tax in South Africa is a fine balancing act, National Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat said on Wednesday. Speaking at the launch of conservation organisation Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa’s discussion paper on carbon tax... 

Super Group implements carbon accounting solution

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th February 2012 Supply chain management and fleet services business Super Group announced its implementation of carbon solutions company Greenstone’s carbon management and accounting solution to measure, manage and reduce its environmental impact, early this month. 

Infant space agency says foundations being laid for launch of SA programme 

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2012 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) was formally launched on December 9, 2010 but began operations on April 1, 2011.  

Construction team finds shipwreck at V&A Waterfront 

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2012 Construction company WBHO has found a wooden shipwreck during excavation works for a new office block in the Clock Tower precinct of the V&A Waterfront, the South African Heritage Resources Agency (Sahra) said on Thursday. Workers last week uncovered a section of wooden wreck covered by ballast,... 

Transnet Ports continuing talks with UAL on Saldanha lease

By: Henry Lazenby     10th February 2012 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) this week continued negotiations with shipping company Universal African Lines (UAL) to save an investment deal at the Saldanha port. Last week it was announced the Dutch-headquartered group would withdraw from the Saldanha Oil and Gas Service... 

Agriculture key to climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions 

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2012 The world’s agriculture sector can contribute to climate change mitigation, while at the same time helping countries to adapt to climate change, say 14 scientists writing in the January 20 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Science. Members of the contributing team are drawn from from 12... 

TCTA calls for prequalification bids to build KZN water infrastructure

By: Henry Lazenby     9th January 2012 State-owned bulk water provider the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has invited companies to prequalify for the construction of a new 8.5 MW pump station and 14 km pipeline as part of the Mooi Mgeni Transfer Scheme Phase 2 (MMTS-2) project in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The MMTS-2 involves... 

Census data processing to start in January 

By: Henry Lazenby     12th December 2011 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has trained about 880 people to deal with a new methodology to capture the data from the Census 2011 questionnaires, with processing set to start in January, project director Calvin Molongoana said on Monday. Minister in the PResidency responsible for National... 

Power utility strives to minimise environmental impact

By: Joanne Taylor     28th October 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom continues to act on its sound management principles to ensure that it minimises the impact of the construction of its Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme on the surrounding environment, says environmental services company NCC Environmental Services. 

New setback lines to be drafted for WC coastline

By: Joanne Taylor     28th October 2011 New coastal development setback lines are being drafted for the Overberg district municipality coastline, in the Western Cape. 

8 9 10 11 12 13
15 16

Latest News


Latest Videos


Company Announcements


RSS Feed


Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more


We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store


Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email

View options
Subscribe Now for $119
Free daily email newsletter Register Now