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Environmental News

Geospatial issues impact inequality levels in Southern Africa 

By: Sane Dhlamini     21st May 2021 Professor Vimal Ranchhod from the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT) says data show there is a strong geospatial component when it comes to serious inequality in Southern Africa. He was addressing a virtual debate organised by the Embassy of... 

Company ready for Covid-19 medical waste surge

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     21st May 2021 Waste and recycling company Averda says it has treated more than 600 000 kg of Covid-19 waste in January this year. “This represents a significant increase in the volume of medical waste, compared with those of previous months. Only a month prior, in December 2020, at the peak of the second wave,... 

KEEP IT CLEAN
Averda, which has extensive medical waste treatment facilities located in City Deep Johannesburg, Klerksdorp, George and Killarney Gardens has made provision for the possible third Covid-19 wave
KEEP IT CLEAN Averda, which has extensive medical waste treatment facilities located in City Deep Johannesburg, Klerksdorp, George and Killarney Gardens has made provision for the possible third Covid-19 wave

Fugitive dust reduced on mine haulage roads

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     21st May 2021 Owing to the dust emissions generated on mine haulage roads and the growing health concerns associated with Covid-19, environmental management company I-CAT has developed the GreenBit dust-suppression solution. The water-soluble and easy-to-apply product improves tyre grip while reducing the need... 

LESS DUST
I-CAT manufacturing plant
LESS DUST I-CAT manufacturing plant

New research shows South Africa well-placed to export ‘green iron’ to EU 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2021 Initial research conducted for the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways (DDP) project in collaboration with the National Business Initiative (NBI) indicates that there is an emerging opportunity for South Africa to produce so-called “green iron” for export to international steelmakers seeking to... 

New research shows South Africa well-placed to export ‘green iron’ to EU

Judge to rule after South Africa sued over Sasol, Eskom pollution

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2021 A judge is set to rule after the first ever case filed against the government over its alleged failure to crack down on air pollution emitted by power plants operated by Eskom Holdings and refineries owned by Sasol. The case was filed in the Pretoria High Court by groundWork, an... 

Judge to rule after South Africa sued over Sasol, Eskom pollution

Summit underscores importance of sustainable procurement

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2021 There is a need to dispel the misconception that sustainability and procurement struggle to coexist and are not complementary of one other, beverage company Distell South Africa sustainability group head Eric Leong Son said during day one of Smart Procurement World’s Sustainability Summit Africa... 

Mantashe again swats away calls for 50 MW licence-exemption cap on distributed plants  

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has again swatted aside calls for a 50 MW licence-exemption threshold for distributed-generation plants, describing such calls, which have been made by organised business and even endorsed by Eskom, as “academic” in light of a departmental... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that an “accord” had been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to drive progressive localisation of up to R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period. Delivering his virtual... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Kibo, IGES to develop portfolio of waste-to-energy projects in South Africa

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th May 2021 The share price of JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy rose by more than 7% and 3% on the JSE and LSE, respectively, on May 18, after the company announced that it had entered into an agreement with South Africa-based Industrial Green Solutions (IGES) to jointly develop a series of waste-to-energy... 

Fossil fuel giants and banks under fire for rise in single-use plastics

By: Reuters     18th May 2021 Production of single-use plastics is set to grow 30% in the next five years, fuelling their contribution to global warming and ocean pollution, researchers said on Tuesday as they published a list of companies that manufacture and fund throwaway plastic. The first "Plastic Waste Makers Index",... 

No place for new coal in $5tr/y transition to net-zero by 2050 – IEA study 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 A new and far-reaching study of how to transition the global energy system to one with net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 highlights the need for a dramatic acceleration in the pace and scale of renewable-energy and grid investment, while simultaneously halting new fossil-fuel supply projects and... 

No place for new coal in $5tr/y transition to net-zero by 2050 – IEA study

Balwin remains ‘cautiously optimistic’ on the back of positive financial results

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2021 In a financial year that was characterised by unprecedented socioeconomic and market conditions with unusual working and living environments, various measures initiated by JSE-listed Balwin Properties saw the company experience continued strong sales demand for the “Balwin product” at the end of... 

An artistic rendering of Balwin's apartments at its Waterfall development.
An artistic rendering of Balwin's apartments at its Waterfall development.

AfDB, EBRD partner to unlock additional sustainable investment opportunities in Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2021 The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote sustainable private sector development in Africa. The MoU is expected to help catalyse new sources of financing to help bridge the... 

Creecy assures South Africa will contribute to global climate change mitigation efforts 

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says steps are being taken to ensure South Africa contributes its “fair share” to the global climate change mitigation effort with its newly-established Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission. The commission will advise... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

CoJ, Pikitup withdraw R50 recycling levy proposal

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 The City of Johannesburg's (CoJ's) Environment and Infrastructure Services Department (EISD) and waste management company Pikitup have withdrawn a proposed R50 recycling levy. A number of submissions were received in opposition of the proposed levy, the CoJ said in a statement on May 13. 

Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel  

By: Donna Slater     13th May 2021 Although they agreed that the concept of a circular economy was not new in South Africa, a panel of experts participating in a webinar hosted by Creamer Media this week, also agreed that more needed to be done by government to expand on the implementation of circular economy principles to produce... 

Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel
Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel

Obituary: A tribute to Prof Bob Scholes, a champion of environmental science

12th May 2021 In this obituary, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) pays tribute to Professor Bob Scholes. The passing of Professor Bob Scholes shocked not only South Africa, but also the world and, as such, tributes continue to pour in from across the globe. Colleagues and friends who... 

Professor Bob Scholes
Professor Bob Scholes

Economic benefits to drive adoption of circularity, says consultancy

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2021 Although the concept of a circular economy is not new, recent impetus has been added with the introduction of economic incentives, says circular economy strategy and design consultancy Circular-Vision director Sally-Anne Kasner. Speaking on the topic of understanding the circular economy in the... 

Economic benefits to drive adoption of circularity, says consultancy

KwaZulu-Natal announces Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th May 2021 The province of KwaZulu-Natal held its first ever sitting of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council, on Wednesday, as part of plans to mitigate natural disasters that have recently plagued the province. The council, which is chaired by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, is... 

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala
Photo by supplied
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala

Winde says focus on governance has reaped good rewards for W Cape

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th May 2021 Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said on Tuesday that focusing on governance over the last few years has helped to keep the Western Cape’s unemployment rate lower than in other provinces. He was speaking with journalist Bruce Whitfield during the PSG think big series webinar, under the topic ‘The... 

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde

WCA launches climate partnership to support decarbonisation of cement industry

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2021 International industry body the World Cement Association (WCA) on May 11 launched its Climate Partnership programme to collaborate with nongovernmental organisations, think-tanks and sustainability-focused events providers as part of its continuing commitment to decarbonise the industry. The... 

Online game shows scope, challenges of global climate change responses

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2021 A free online interactive fiction game Survive the Century aims to show players that the future of the climate depends on the choices people make today and, while light-hearted, it is informed by climate science. The branching narrative game about the political, environmental and social choices... 

EPR amendments support recycling, not reuse, says advocacy organisation

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2021 Environmental advocacy organisation Break Free From Plastic says the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Amendments prioritise recycling schemes that have a poor record of dealing with plastic pollution instead of supporting systems to replace packaging including reuse and refill models.... 

Ingula Nature Reserve added to Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance list

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 The Ingula Nature Reserve, created to conserve the unique wetland and high altitude grassland area that hosts State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped storage scheme, has been included in the International Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, which is an international... 

Local e-waste skills NGO joins global recycling initiative

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 Local recycling skills development nongovernmental organisation (NGO) The Appliance Bank (TAB) has partnered with global recycling initiative Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) in a project that aims to create economic opportunities while ensuring workable and safe solutions for the... 

Portfolio ensures better efficiency

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Electric variable-speed drives and motors supplier ABB Motion in January released their ACS880LC liquid cooled drives portfolio that can improve overall system efficiency by reducing auxiliary power consumption by up to 10%. 

LIQUID COOLED DRIVES
This portfolio of liquid cooled drives technology includes a reduced footprint of up to 30%
LIQUID COOLED DRIVES This portfolio of liquid cooled drives technology includes a reduced footprint of up to 30%

Digitalisation key to energy efficiency

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Digitalisation is key to addressing the challenges faced in trying to implement energy efficiency initiatives for wastewater treatment plants and buildings, says South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) data and knowledge management programme project manager Teslim Mohammed... 

WASTEWATER EFFICINECY 
SANEDI in collaboration with DMRE are working on making wastewater treatment plants more efficient
WASTEWATER EFFICINECY SANEDI in collaboration with DMRE are working on making wastewater treatment plants more efficient

Project focuses on guidelines for SMEs

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 With the second phase of the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project ending in December this year, National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) IEE project leader Sashay Ramdharee says that, for the remainder of the year, the project will focus on developing sector-specific energy... 

SASHAY RAMDHAREE
The focus of the IEE project will be on providing these guidelines for SMEs in the commercial buildings, automotive, metal casting and agricultural processing industries
SASHAY RAMDHAREE The focus of the IEE project will be on providing these guidelines for SMEs in the commercial buildings, automotive, metal casting and agricultural processing industries

New unit designed for efficiency

7th May 2021 Industrial products provider, BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit, an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing, has been designed for optimum system efficiency.  

NORD DUODRIVE
BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit - an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing - has been designed for optimum system efficiency.
NORD DUODRIVE BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit - an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing - has been designed for optimum system efficiency.

Energy efficiency digital platform launched

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, Schneider Electric, launched its energy efficient EcoStruxure Automation Expert, its software-centric universal automation system, at the Hannover Messe 2021, which was held online last month. 

ECOSTUXTURE AUTOMATION EXPERT 
The Ecostuxture Automation Expert is the engine that drives the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and enables the all-digital, all-electric world powered by sustainable, clean and plentiful electricity
ECOSTUXTURE AUTOMATION EXPERT The Ecostuxture Automation Expert is the engine that drives the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and enables the all-digital, all-electric world powered by sustainable, clean and plentiful electricity

SA Novavax vaccine trial shows efficacy against B.1.351 Covid-19 variant  

By: Sane Dhlamini     6th May 2021 Results from the University of the Witwatersrand Novavax coronavirus vaccine trial show 51% efficacy against the B.1.351 variant in a South African study with HIV negative participants. A group in the trial, which included people who are HIV positive, showed 43% efficacy. Novavax is a... 

SA Novavax vaccine trial shows efficacy against B.1.351 Covid-19 variant

Averda completes $148m refinancing, secures $30m green loan from HSBC

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 Waste and recycling multinational Averda has concluded a successful refinancing of its $148-million term loan and secured a $30-million green loan from banking group HSBC to invest in circular economic activities in the emerging economy markets it serves. For a circular economy to become a... 

Minerals Council encourages distributed generation for mining industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa is encouraging the uptake of distributed generation (also called self-generation) of power in South Africa, especially considering that South Africa is facing an electricity supply gap. The impact of this is “huge”, Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter told... 

Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Shareholders call on Standard Bank to table advisory resolution on climate risk

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2021 Three Standard Bank asset manager shareholders, together with shareholder activist organisation Just Share, have co-filed a nonbinding advisory shareholder resolution ahead of the bank’s annual general meeting (AGM) on May 27. In the nonbinding advisory resolution, the shareholders – which... 

Makhubo says CoJ to focus on finances, good governance; proposes infrastructure drive 

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2021 City of Johannesburg (CoJ) executive mayor Geoff Makhubo has said the administration was focusing on responding to the worrying state of Johannesburg’s finances, the collapse of good governance and the debilitating effects of Covid-19 on the economy. "We have re-committed ourselves to creating an... 

DFFE denies enviro authorisation for a new 30-year ash disposal facility at Kendal

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2021 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has refused an integrated environmental authorisation application by State-owned power utility Eskom to build a new 30-year ash disposal facility at the Kendal power station, in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, on the basis of insufficient... 

Clarity needed on potential double taxation of plastic bags under new EPR rules, says law firm

By: Schalk Burger     30th April 2021 Law firm Webber Wentzel says more clarity is needed about the impact of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations on plastic bag producers, as plastic bags are already regulated under 2003 legislation, amended in 2021, and a levy was introduced in 2004. The EPR regulations apply only to... 

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