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Environmental News

Water-recycling plant commissioned

9th November 2001 Breweries giant South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) Alrode brewery has commissioned a R2,5-million water recycling plant to reduce its water to beer ratio of 2,5 l. 

Environment-friendly fuels launched

9th November 2001 State-owned gas-to-liquids producer Mossgas has launched environment-friendly products to the range of motor fuels, which it produced mainly from natural gas found 85 km to 120 km offshore. 

Radwaste, compare their ice and our sand

By: Kelvin Kemm     26th October 2001 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) invited Mr Jukka Laaksonen to visit South Africa to present the annual NNR Guest Lecture. Mr Laaksonen is the director general of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland, which is known by its Finnish abbreviation STUK. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

Gauteng clean-up ahead of world enviro summit

By: Irma Venter     21st September 2001 The Gauteng department of agriculture, conservation, environment and land affairs (Dacel) will intensify efforts to clean up the province ahead of next year’s World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. 

Water utility in big maintenance push

By: Laura Franz     14th September 2001 The restructuring of Johannesburg Water’s operations is steaming ahead as planned, following the Johannesburg Water Management Company’s (Jowam) assumption of the management of the city’s water and waste services from the start of July for the following five years, reports... 

Lower nickel price besets scrap dealers

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 Stainless-steel scrap dealers are carefully watching the price of nickel, the most expensive element contained in stainless steel. 

Waste sector grows 20% a year

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 South African industries wanting to export products abroad or attract investment from foreign investors are starting to feel the pressure of having to comply with First World waste-management standards. 

Cleaning waste without harmful chemicals

31st August 2001 Hydrocyclone technology cleans waste without harmful chemicals. 

More use of scrap

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 Metal recycling operations are often called the opencast mines of the future. An unrelenting byproduct of the consumer society, scrap metal is fast becoming a valuable source of raw material for the automotive, engineering and telecommunications industries. 

Treatment plant development continues

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 South African waste-management company Enviroserv will launch the design for its new leachate treatment plant at its landfill site in Holfontein, Springs, later this year, reports director Colin Batchelor. 

Waste-converter project awaits approval

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 Construction of the somewhat controversial plasma waste converter (PWC) plant by joint-venture partners Amandla Environmental and Phambili Services is only set to get under way in the next nine to twelve months, reports Phambili executive director Reggie Nkosi. 

New medical waste facilities imminent

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 Newly-formed holding company Evertrade Medical Waste has started construction of its two new electro thermal de-activation (ETD) facilities for the introduction of specific infection control services on a national scale in South Africa. 

Rehabilitation of Cape landfill starts

31st August 2001 The rehabilitation and phased closure of the Robertson Landfill site in the Boland marks the first milestone in constructing one of South Africa's most ecologically sound waste management systems. 

Technology to recycle waste heat

31st August 2001 Technology company Scram Technology has been appointed to market and licence a breakthrough technology in waste heat re-cycling that promises up to 10% reduction in energy used in internal combustion engines, electric motors and fuel cells. 

New Cape waste plan completed

31st August 2001 International firm of consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting, has conceptualised a comprehensive strategy for the environmentally responsible management of Coastal Park, a large waste disposal site situated on the doorstep of Cape Town’s popular seaside resort, Muizenberg. 

Cement recycling

31st August 2001 The design and manufacture of two readymix concrete recycling plants for Alpha Readymix has been completed by Lockers Engineers. 

Waste-management sector salvaged

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 Tarnished by incidents of illegal dumping and a medical waste mismanagement, the South African waste-management industry is in the process of transformation, president of the Institute of Waste Management June Lombard tells Engineering News. 

New waste trucks for Bloemfontein

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 Responding to the problem of the ever-increasing demand for waste management services from under-developed township areas, Bell Equipment Company's Bloemfontein customer service centre, working in close cooperation with the Mechanical Engineering and Cleansing Divisions of the Mangaung Local... 

Danes share cleaner production techniques with Southern Africa

10th August 2001 Cleaner production (CP), a comprehensive and preventative approach to environmental protection, has been making in-roads into the Southern African fishing, textiles and metal-finishing sectors. 

Good housekeeping makes cleaner sense

10th August 2001 A cleaner production (CP) and waste minimisation action plan launched a year ago by local industry with the support of Danish aid agency, Danced, is setting new standards for the metal-finishing industry. 

Setting new standards in the metal-finishing industry

10th August 2001 The 16 South Africans who participated in a study tour to Denmark are reporting significant achievements in cleaner textile production locally.Engineering News marketing reporter Babitha Roopnarian speaks to chief technical advisor at the Danced project office Karen Lundbo and textile component... 

Joseph Shamir, Pikitup Johannesburg

10th August 2001 Joseph Shamir Pikitup Johannesburg Leader of 4 226 

Johannesburg picks up the fight against waste

By: Laura Franz     27th July 2001 New brooms are sweeping clean, literally, through the streets of Johannesburg with the streamlining and optimisation of the city’s new waste management utility, known as Pikitup, being well under way. 

Rendering waste harmless – French contribution

13th July 2001 The industrialised countries are confronted by an increasing volume of residual waste that has to be stabilised before it can be stored or buried. French companies are successfully developing a complete range of stabilisation processes, from the most inexpensive to the most sophisticated –... 

National health threatened by crumbling sewerage systems

13th July 2001 Several sewerage systems in many parts of the country are reportedly falling apart owing to crumbling infrastructure and poor management, posing a worrying threat to national health, Engineering News can today report. 

Nothing goes to waste at new site

29th June 2001 A new free website could save industry millions by allowing companies to dispose of their waste. 

Plastic waste recovery could lead to R200m project

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2001 South Africa's waste stream will soon be diminished as one of the most voluminous pollutants finally enters a recycling programme. 

SA firm wins Mauritius water contract

14th June 2001 South African company Set Point Turnkey Solutions (SPTS) is undertaking a R2,5-million contract for the water-treatment plant at La Marie in central Mauritius, part of the Marc Aux Vacoas water-supply project. 

R60-million waste management facility to be constructed

1st June 2001 Plans for a R60-million industrial and infectious waste management facility to be built in partnership with Amandla Environmental, an environmental technology company, have been announced by black-owned integrated waste management company Phambili Services. 

Dry sanitation on offer in Africa

By: System Author     9th February 2001 Local dry-sanitation company Sunsu Technologies has launched a waterless domestic toilet, which is said to be taking off in the African market. 

How old ink cartridges become corporate gifts

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Computer company Hewlett Packard South Africa has launched a programme which it hopes will eventually see all empty toner and ink-printer cartridges being recycled as opposed to being dumped on landfill sites, which are already under pressure. 

500-t/day plasma waste project studied

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Construction of South Africa’s first plasma waste converter by joint-venture partners Amandla Environmental and Phambili Services could start at the end of 2001. 

Incinerators can be ‘clean’

By: System Author     27th October 2000 While incinerators are continuously being bombarded by environmental lobbying groups and manufacturers of alternative technologies as a ‘dirty’ means of medical waste disposal, many believe that incinerators do not have to pollute the environment. 

Low-cost housing guidelines

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Government has produced a set of draft guidelines which, it believes, will sustain an environmentally-sound low-cost housing project, which the Department of Housing has identified as a strategic focus in the development of sustainable human settlements. 

Italians give us lessons on plastic

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Fasteners 

Oil-blending and recycling plants, Gauteng and Northern Province

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Amlac is planning to build a lubricating-oil blending plant and a used-oil recycling plant with a direct investment from Al-Yateem Trading & Import, of Saudi Arabia. 


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