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Environmental News

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. 

100 councils now want to rail waste

By: System Author     28th July 2000 More than a hundred municipalities countrywide have expressed interest in national carrier Spoornet’s waste-by-rail concept, with a few of the projects already in the planning and implementation stages. 

New technology needed for medical waste

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Waste removal company SA Waste, of Johannesburg, is hopeful that it will obtain approval from government to launch an alternative technology for the disposal of medical waste on to the local market shortly. 

Local firm pursues plasma waste converter for SA

By: System Author     14th July 2000 An alternative solution to waste disposal and management, known as the plasma waste converter, has been launched on the South African market by local company Amandla Environmental, a subsidiary of Mauritian technology company Amandla International. 

Record 63% recovery rate

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Packaging 

SA technology cleans up Brazilian lake

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Technology originally developed in South Africa has been successfully used to clean up an artificial lake in Brazil. 

Be green or face laws that are mean

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 South African industry is increasingly being faced with the ultimatum to become green or be shut down. 

New acid regeneration

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 A new acid regeneration system for the galvanising and powder-coating industries has been developed by Eskom Industrelek. 

Plans for medical waste site under way

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Local company Waste Resources plans to establish a medical waste site in Gauteng. 

Black firm gets enviro certification

By: System Author     9th June 2000 The first black-empowerment company to be awarded ISO 14001 was engineering and electrical company ABB Karebo Manufacturers, of Gauteng. 

Government gets tough on industrial polluters

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 South African industries will have to clean up their act or face the government’s wrath, warns deputy-minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) Rejoice Mabudafhasi. 

SA losing 60% of domestic water

By: System Author     17th March 2000 South Africa is losing as much as 60% of its water intended for domestic use to wastage. 

New era in solid-waste disposal

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Municipalities are on the threshold of a new era in solid-waste disposal. 

Look of recycling in SA set to change

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Plastics, Petrochemicals & Synfibres 

Softdrink-bottle recycling drive

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Plastics, petrochemicals and synfibres 

From fibrous waste to steam generation

By: System Author     28th January 2000 A new combustion system design, which allows for the combustion of fibrous waste to generate steam, has been developed. 

New waste-transfer station commissioned

By: System Author     28th January 2000 The commissioning of the Klapmuts waste-transfer station in the Western Cape is part of the growing trend in South Africa to establish transfer facilities instead of permanent waste facilities. 

From e-mail to e-efficiency in the Cape

By: System Author     26th November 1999 An exchange of e-mails in late 1995 and early 1996 between a biologist and a chemical engineer who had never met, resulted in a project which has led to hundreds of thousands of rands of savings. 

With effort, old tyres can earn SA R300m/yr

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Recycled tyres could earn South Africa R300-million a year in exports if the South African Tyre Recycling Project starts rolling. 

SA lags world in setting waste-reduction goal

By: System Author     12th November 1999 Environmental Protection 

SA ranks fifth in beverage-can recovery

By: System Author     12th November 1999 Environmental Protection 

700% rise in industrial-waste disposal cost

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Waste-Management and Recycling 

South African still lacks effective co-ordinated system for regulating pollution

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Waste-Management and Recycling 

Green light for new enviro degree option

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Waste-Management and recycling 

SA joint-venture partners sought by US firm

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Waste-Management and Recycling 

New waste-management model cleans up

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Waste-Management and Recycling 

Phase two of big glass-recycling project

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Waste-Management and Recycling 

Plastic-packaging recycling proves a wrap

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Waste-Management and Recycling 

Pillar of new parastatal outreach finds success

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Specialist engineering group Rotek, in celebrating its tenth birthday, looked back at a decade in which a once loss-making operating division of Eskom became a profitable limited liability company, which last year achieved a turnover of R750-million, and looking forward to a new era in which it... 

Jhb utility companies on the cards by 2002

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Despite limited human and financial resources, Johannesburg’s water-service providers are progressing steadily towards the formation of utility companies as set out by the iGoli 2002 plan, reports Metro Bulk Water acting executive officer Chris Botha. The Greater Johannesburg masterplan,... 

Combating expensive leakage problem

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 In industry, compressed-air generation can account for as much as 10% of all energy costs, of which as much as 30% of the air is wasted through system inefficiencies. An averaged-sized plant with a capacity of about 1 000 1/s can lose as much as R200 000 a year. Leakage is the single largest... 

System integrators bridge gap with clients

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Achieving world-class competitiveness demands world-class solutions. For any business today, this includes identifying the best possible route to maximise productivity, minimise costs, and obtain direct access to the kind of information that forms the basis of proactive, good-quality... 

Waste-station plan

By: System Author     18th June 1999 While construction has almost been completed on phase one of the upgrading of the Athlone refuse transfer station, consultants have been asked to tender technical proposals for the important second phase. The Cape Metropolitan Council (CMC) has allocated R23,5-million over three financial years... 

Small-scale incinerator a roaring success

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Waste-management specialist Molope Integrated Waste Management (MIWM), of Pretoria, has launched a small-scale medical-waste incinerator for application in rural areas, the Littergon Medcin 400. The device is operated by liquefied petroleum gas, achieves burning temperatures of up to 1 200 

Profit from waste

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THROUGH well-focused product-development initiatives, Sasol has been able to convert waste products into profitable products. These include high-quality recarburiser and other special grades of coke produced from waste pitch and other residues. The coking technology was developed by the research... 


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