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Environmental News

SA waste management strategy making progress

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th October 2010 The Department of Environmental Affairs would meet the two-year target of developing the National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS) according to the outlined action plan, a government official said on Tuesday. Gauteng portfolio committee for agriculture and rural development chairperson Nokuthula... 

Western Cape Green Scorpions receive 230 complaints in 12 months

By: Petronel Smit     1st October 2010 The environmental management inspectors (EMIs), or Green Scorpions, have received 230 environmental complaints over the past 12 months, excluding the daily enquiries and the complaints that do not warrant further investigation, in the Western Cape. 

Effective waste management 
could drive green economy

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st October 2010 Effective waste management could positively position this industry as one of the drivers of the green economy, said Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica as she presided over the first waste management conference since the promulgation of the Waste Act, which came into... 

Sonjica and MECs set environmental goals 

By: Christy van der Merwe     30th September 2010 In an attempt to step up service delivery, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica on Thursday signed a contract agreement with provincial Members of the Executive Council (MECs) responsible for the environmental portfolio, which identified a lengthy list of deliverables. 

Green Scorpions start environmental compliance inspections 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th September 2010 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) would embark on a six-month long campaign to inspect compliance to environmental legislation throughout the country, it said on Monday. The Environmental Management Inspectorate, dubbed the Green Scorpions, would carry out the compliance assessments. 

SA partners with Denmark and Mexico to push for climate consensus

By: Christy van der Merwe     27th September 2010 A newly formed climate change ‘troika' urged developed countries to deliver on their pledges made in Copenhagen on ‘fast-start' financing to be made available to developing countries. The Troika, which was established between the governments of Denmark, Mexico and South Africa, said that... 

Extrupet upgrades plant as demand for recycled food-grade PET grows

By: Christy van der Merwe     17th September 2010 Africa's only food-grade plastic recycling plant at Extrupet in Johannesburg, would undertake a multi-million rand upgrade at its facility, as demand for recycled food-grade Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) in South Africa increased. The plant, known as a bottle-to-bottle (B2B) facility, would... 

Insulation key to reducing costs 

17th September 2010 With the rapidly rising cost of energy, more people are becoming aware of the importance of insulating their homes and businesses to save money, says insulation manufacturer Thermguard MD Mark Stannard.

He explains that there is significant awareness about the environmental benefits of using... 

Department issues health and safety directive for mines 

By: Henry Lazenby     17th September 2010 In light of a number of fatalities taking place at mines in the North West province during the past few months, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has issued a health and safety (H&S) directive, reports multinational science and technology company DuPont. 

Multimillion-rand plan to improve enforcement, prosecutions

By: Henry Lazenby     17th September 2010 The mining industry is under intense pressure to reduce mining deaths following the Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu’s announcement of a multimillion-rand plan to improve enforcement and prosecutions.  

One-million injury-free work hours achieved

17th September 2010 Steel fabrication and construction company Cosira Group reports one-million injury-free hours at its operations, highlighting the success of the group’s zero-harm policy. 

Project launched to document role of South Africans in Antarctica

By: Petronel Smit     17th September 2010 A research project recently launched by the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB) at Stellenbosch University aims to build an electronic database of South Africans who helped with the building, logistics and maintenance of the various South African research bases in Antarctica. 

Environmental Affairs Minister warns polluters will pay

By: Sapa     15th September 2010 Those responsible for contaminating South African land will pay, Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Wednesday. "We have taken the view that the cost of reducing pollution must be shared between people who are responsible for waste: the polluters," she told a waste management... 

Newly launched atlas identifies viable sites for SA carbon storage  

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th September 2010 Energy Minister Dipuo Peters on Friday launched the South African Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Atlas for the geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) deep underground. The Atlas highlighted, at a theoretical level, that South Africa had about 150 Gigatons (Gt) of storage capacity, and... 

UK introduces Google Earth maps showing temperature rises 

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th September 2010 The UK government has produced an interactive Google Earth map, which highlighted the impacts that a 4 ºC average temperature increase would have on different regions of the world. The map aims at stimulating the climate change debate, as the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16), in Cancun, in... 

New website to track climate aid, key to UN talks

By: Reuters     3rd September 2010 A website launched on Friday will help track whether rich countries are keeping a pledge to come up with $30 billion in climate aid for the poor, seen by the UN as a "golden key" to progress in talks on global warming. The United Nations-backed site ( so far lists cash... 

Oil refinery meets eThekwini’s trade permit requirements 

3rd September 2010 At the yearly performance review of its schedule trade permit with the eThekwini municipality’s health unit, oil giant Sapref shows that the company consistently operates within the requirements as set by the city. 

Fuel giant focused on reducing its environmental footprint

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd September 2010 Fuel giant Engen’s oil refinery, in Durban, has stepped up its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, with the most recent initiative being the implementation of its integrated waste management plan (IWMP). 

New range of energy efficient equipment launched

By: Henry Lazenby     27th August 2010 In a drive to make its products more energy efficient, cleaning equipment manufacturer Numatic International reports that its range of NuSave vacuum cleaners will enable clients to save on electricity through the vacuum motors’ variable electricity use capability. 

Diamond pads give 
floors a sparkle

By: Henry Lazenby     27th August 2010 Local construction equipment manufacturer and retailer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has introduced a new detergent-free, diamond-coated floor scrubber, developed by Swedish company HTC, to the South African market. 

An inside account of the trials and tribulations behind the development of Antarctica’s E-Base

27th August 2010 When the 16-man construction crew for the South African National Antarctic Programme’s (Sanap’s) new emergency base sailed out of Table Bay Harbour in early December, they expected the voyage to the white desert to take just 14 days.  

Industrial cleaning is an increasingly specialised industry

By: Henry Lazenby     27th August 2010 Industrial cleaning is a specialised industry that requires contracted services from experts in their field, reports industrial cleaner Industrial Vacuums (IndVac) MD Dr Clive Roffey. Industrial cleaning comprises a large variety of services including dealing with hazardous spills, general... 

National standard for commercial and industrial cleaning to be established

By: Henry Lazenby     27th August 2010 The National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA) is assisting in the process of establishing a national standard for the commercial and industrial cleaning industry, NCCA chairperson Clive Damonze says. 

Advanced technology for wastewater treatment works

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th August 2010 The City of Cape Town is using the latest control and instrumentation technology in its green fields wastewater treatment works (WWTW), in Fisantekraal, north of Durbanville, reports consulting engineering company SSI. 

Mobile crusher 
helps to improve glass recycling

20th August 2010 About 550 000 t of glass waste finds its way into South African landfills every year, while only 200 000 t of all glass containers are retrieved for recycling, reports nonprofit organisation Glass Recycling Company.

“Glass is a 100% infinitely recyclable product, and the production of new glass... 

Law could place strain on municipal waste-management services

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 A significant challenge for waste management in South Africa is the failure of municipalities to carry out effective waste management practices because of a lack of resources; and new legislation is expected to further complicate the issue, reports Institute of Waste Management of South Africa... 

University rolls out recycling project

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), in Port Elizabeth, is currently rolling out a recycling project at its residences on a trial basis.

Specific bins are placed in strategic areas for the separation of plastic, paper and glass. When these bins are full, various service providers... 

Company extends its expertise to waste-to-energy sector

20th August 2010 As the waste-to-energy sector becomes an effective and important tool to tackle the negative effect of waste disposal on the environment worldwide, while also providing the benefits of heat and electricity, national consulting engineer Bosch Projects has extended its areas of expertise into this... 

Hooklift trucks supplied for waste handling

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 Heavy equipment manufacturers Bell Equipent reports that it will be supplying its hooklift trucks to the City of Cape Town for use on the municipality’s dump sites. Two of the five hooklift trucks, were delivered in mid-August, while the remaining three are scheduled for delivery in September. 

Waste disposal programme key for South Africa 

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 With recent reports of illegal dumping of medical waste and noncompliant incineration in South Africa, incinerator technology company Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) director Arnold Retief believes that it is critical that the country implements an acceptable waste disposal programme.... 

Weighbridges key 
for waste facilities

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 Specialist in weighing equipment and data management Massamatic operations manager Werner Barnard says that it is important for a weighbridge to be used at waste facilities to monitor incoming waste, build a client database and send detailed invoices.

Massamatic has partnered with Mandalay... 

New tyre recycling plant for South Africa 

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 South African company Hamba Kanqane has partnered with Australian rubber producer Rubber Solutions to construct South Africa’s first 4-t/h tyre recycling plant, in Mpumalanga province. 

South African risk and vulnerability atlas launched 

By: Christy van der Merwe     13th August 2010 The Department of Science and Technology (DST), with research done by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), on Friday launched the South African risk and vulnerability atlas. The atlas was aimed at assisting decision-makers in identifying risk, and planning and mapping a... 

Creating art out of historic waste

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2010 A sculpture, titled ‘Twenty Years Ago’, by Cape Town-based artist Christopher Swift, commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from Robben Island prison, and is created out of mesh from the original prison fences and supported by scaffolding. 

Steel giant aims to reduce carbon footprint

By: Karishma Thakurdin     6th August 2010 Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) tells Engineering News that the company has invested more than R-billion on environment-friendly projects to reduce its carbon footprint and ensure that it contributes to global efforts to tackle climate change and other environmental concerns. 

Institute aims to bridge the skills gap

By: Karishma Thakurdin     6th August 2010 The South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) is involved in a variety of initiatives to tackle the need for skills development and education in the foundry industry. 

Climate policy to go before Cabinet this month 

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd August 2010 South Africa's draft climate change policy, known as the green paper, would be submitted to Cabinet by the end of August, after which it would be gazetted for public comment, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) said on Tuesday. DEA communications chief director Albi Modise further... 


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