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Environmental News

Global regulatory changes to affect industrial packaging industry

By: Leandi Kolver     10th April 2009 A number of regulatory changes has been made by the United Nations (UN) regarding the transport of dangerous goods and the globally harmonised system of classification and labelling of chemicals, which will affect the entire industrial packaging industry. 

Cape Town hopeful that pressure-management system will save money and water

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     5th December 2008 The third-largest water pressure management system in the world was commissioned in Cape Town last month, not only to save the City millions of rands but also to help conserve South Africa’s scarce water resources. 

Fraser Alexander, Miwatek launch new AMD treatment technology

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     11th June 2008 Mining solutions company Fraser Alexander and water treatment company Mine Water Treatment Technologies (Miwatek) on Tuesday launched their acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment solution, in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg. Unlike traditional AMD treatment solutions, which generate high volumes of... 

Sanitation infrastructure is underdeveloped and undermaintained

By: Leandi Kolver     6th June 2008 The issue of proper sanitation infrastructure in rural communities and its maintenance is still not fully addressed, Gauteng MEC Qedani Mahlangu acknowledged at the recent signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) between government and mining companies for the Olifants river water resources... 

Electricity crisis creates nurturing environment for accelerated deployment of green-building techniques

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     11th April 2008 Awareness of the need to save energy and safeguard natural resources has grown markedly over the last decade as the scientific evidence of climate change and its potential consequences have permeated the popular imagination. 

Dwaf continues to develop Hartebeespoort dam resource management plan 

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th March 2008 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) held the fourth technical task team workshop with its stakeholders in February this year at Broederstroom, to develop the resource management plan (RMP) for Hartbeespoort dam. 

Wastewater management facility receives new dissolved oxygen systems

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th March 2008 Supplier of monitoring and control instrumentation and sensors for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment applications, Action Instruments, has delivered two additional dissolved oxygen (DO) systems to the wastewater management facility, East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat). 

Engineering firm tackles tricky installation

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th March 2008 Gauteng engineering firm the Thuthuka group has assisted Rand Water with the installation of a large diameter pipe reticulation system to resolve water stagnation at one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the Southern hemisphere. 

Construction giant receives water treatment works upgrade contract

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th March 2008 Construction giant Group Five is making progress on a R165-million contract for Johannesburg Water for a 50-million liters a day extension to Johannesburg city’s biggest plant, Northern Waste Water Treatment Works (NWWTW). 

Sludge removal from Gautrain site

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th March 2008 Process solution provider Alfa Laval is asisting Bombela project managers to find a more economic way to dispose of the unwanted sludge at its Mushroom Farm Park site.  

Engineering company receives Ballito wastewater treatment plant contract

28th March 2008 A positive record of decision was given to Siza Water Company by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) at the end of 2007, for the construction of the new Sheffield wastewater treatment works, north of Ballito.  

Greenfield sewage treatment works on the cards for Cape Town

28th March 2008 Specialist consulting engineering and project management group SSI, a subsidiory company of the Netherlands DHV engineering company, in joint venture with multidisciplinary engineering consultancy firm PD Naidoo & Associates, has been awarded a multimillion-rand contract by the City of  

Borehole system offers mine dewatering solution

28th March 2008 Manufacturer of submersible electrical motors Franklin Electrical and manufacturer of engineered pumping solutions Denorco have joined together to introduce an innovative method of dewatering coal mines, using borehole pumps.  

Local company offers wastewater solutions

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th March 2008 The rapid population growth throughout the Southern African region has placed pressure on industry and institutions to manage wastewater more effectively. This has involved the upgrading of existing plants and pump stations and the installation of new reticulation systems. As a result, additional... 

Bearings group launches remanufacturing service centre

14th March 2008 Local bearings company SKF South Africa launched its bearings remanufacturing service centre in Jet Park, east of Johannesburg, last month. The R4-million project was a result of one of the major challenges facing the bearings industry, which are the ever-increasing lead-times for the... 

Glass recycling seen as big Big employment opportunity 

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th December 2007 The Glass Recycling Company (GRC) intends to set up at least 80 entrepreneurs a year, which, in turn, will see at least 4 800 new informal jobs created as up to 60 collectors sell glass to an entrepreneur. 

SA's waste management is technologically sound – industry body

By: Guy Copans     2nd November 2007 The waste management industry in South Africa is technologically sound, and a number of local landfill sites operations are able to compete with first world operations, says Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) president Shirleigh Strydom. 

Plan to introduce bacteria-based wastewater solution to South Africa

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th October 2007 With operations in the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Colombia, environment-friendly cleaning solutions provider Environmental Biotech is now focusing its efforts on the South African market, and hoping to unveil the benefits of bacteria in a holistic waste management system. 

Necsa gets environmental go-ahead for Pelindaba waste-management project

31st August 2007 Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Martinhus van Schalkwyk has set aside appeals against his record of decision in favour of the proposed installation and operation of a test smelter, followed by the installation and operation of two induction smelters within the existing facilities of... 

Joint industry initiative grows waste-glass recovery more than 20% 

By: Neal Goldwyer     24th August 2007 Non-profit organisation the Glass Recycling Company has grown levels of waste glass recovery in South Africa by 24% in its first year of operation. 

Billboard campaign a consumer call to action

24th August 2007 The plastics industry's first joint initiative to self-regulate post-consumption polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling, PET Recycling Company (PETco), has unveiled a billboard campaign designed to encourage consumers to participate actively in PET recovery and recycling. 

Environmental responsibility and sustainability key to new Bill

By: Neal Goldwyer     24th August 2007 The National Environmental Management Waste Management Bill, which aims to entrench waste management best practices into law, has been submitted to Parliament for approval and promulgation, following a period of public commentary since it was gazetted in January 2007. 

Cracks in the glass shortage to appear next year

By: Neal Goldwyer     24th August 2007 Glass manufacturer Consol Glass (Consol) has completed a R410-million upgrade and expansion project to its Consol Bellville number one furnace (B1). 

Lesotho moves ahead with far-reaching wastewater upgrade

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     20th August 2007 Lesotho's ambitious 28,6-million-euro project to overhaul the wastewater system in the country's capital, Maseru, is progressing toward the second phase, which includes the medium-term works. The project, spearheaded by the country's Water and Sewerage Authority, includes the... 

New AltX entrant won't waste growth opportunities

By: Nelendhre Moodley     14th June 2007 Interwaste Holdings became the second waste-management company to list on the JSE when it floated its shares on the AltX on Thursday. 

Interwaste to list on AltX in June

By: Nelendhre Moodley     25th May 2007 Waste management company Interwaste Holdings is set to become the second local waste management company to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange when it floats its shares on AltX in mid-June, a spokesperson told Engineering News Online on Friday.  

SA to develop policy on 'waste energy' in the cement industry

By: Nelendhre Moodley     25th May 2007 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) plans to develop a statement on waste destruction through high temperature thermal treatment and a policy on the use of selected hazardous and general waste in cement kilns as an energy source. 

Gauteng tackles mounting waste volumes

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th April 2007 The Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environmental Affairs (GDACE) has begun a process towards the development of a general waste-management plan, in an attempt to reduce and better manage growing volumes of waste being generated and disposed of in the province. Gauteng is the... 

A sustainable approach to waste management

13th April 2007 The National Environmental Management: Waste Management Bill, gazzetted in January, will entrench best practices in waste management into law, replacing the outdated and unsustainable ‘end of pipe’ approach with a new, more environmentally responsible and sustainable approach. 

120 governments meet to tackle huge global generation of electronic debris

By: Jade Davenport     8th December 2006 With a rapidly growing international awareness concerning climate change and environmental sustainability, 120 governments recently met at the United Nations (UN)-sponsored Nairobi Conference in a bid to seek solutions to the ever-increasing global generations of electronic waste (e-waste). 

National initiative includes manufacture of 'sustainable packaging' as World Cup special

By: Jade Davenport     8th December 2006 A nationwide initiative to avoid and reduce the potential negative impacts of excessive waste and pollution during the 2010 World Cup has been launched by nongovernmental organisation (NGO) the Institute for Zero Waste (Izwa). 

E-waste culpits risking hefty penalities, conference told

By: Nelendhre Moodley     29th November 2006 Corporations are being held responsible for generating about 80% of electronic waste (e-waste), which is considered to be the world's fastest-growing and potentially most dangerous waste problem both in South Africa and globally. 

Environmentally safe solution offered

3rd November 2006 The drum valve systems manufactured by Micro Matic USA offer an environmentally safe solution to the standardisation of liquid containers and drums for returnable packaging. 

Waste-management firm shifts focus to recycling 

By: Clement Deane     25th August 2006 A new focus is being introduced in Johannesburg waste-management company Pikitup’s efforts to encourage citizens to recycle. 

Vanadium producer installs R32m waste facility

By: Clement Deane     25th August 2006 In order to manage the waste streams at vanadium producer Vanchem’s processing plant in Witbank, Golder Associates Africa had to allocate R32-million to the implementation of a waste-manage-ment scheme. This included the building of a slimes facility, a pumping scheme, and a thickening... 

Recycling firms tackle SA’s rising e-waste problem

By: Clement Deane     25th August 2006 The management of electronic waste is becoming a problem, according to Debi Van Rensburg, environmental officer at Industria-based company Universal Recycling. 

Earthworms munch on 200-kg ‘breakfast buffet’

25th August 2006 Cape Town’s most famous hotel, the Mount Nelson, has embarked on a novel way of disposing of its waste - it has established an on-site worm farm, or vermiculture, to process leftover food and other organic matter. 

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