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Environmental News

Chemicals sector crucial for South Africa's industrialisation

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2019 As one of 18 sectors identified by a Presidential working group as being crucial to accelerating gross domestic product (GDP) growth in South Africa, the chemicals sector has a foundational role to play in supporting the growth of the country's industrial sectors. The chemicals sector has a 12... 

PSA hopes for approval of producer responsibility plan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th March 2019 Packaging South Africa (PSA) has welcomed the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) acknowledgement that government has failed to develop competent waste management facilities and that municipalities are not able to implement waste removal infrastructure, nor exercise control over current... 

PSA hopes for approval of producer responsibility plan

Seifsa invites entries for Environment Stewardship Award, other Excellence Award categories

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th March 2019 To celebrate companies that have gone out of their way to invest in the environment, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) will present the Environment Stewardship Award to a company that has successfully implemented greening initiatives in its day-to-day... 

Renergen announces increased methane, helium reserves at Tetra4 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th March 2019 Integrated alternative and renewable energy business Renergen’s subsidiary, Tetra4, now has a total proven methane net gas reserve of 40.76-billion cubic feet and a proven helium net gas reserve of 1.01-billion cubic feet, following an updated independent reserve review undertaken by MHA... 

BASF announces its participation in the Naacam Show

1st March 2019 German chemicals giant BASF is one of the confirmed exhibitors at the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show later this month. Working within the South African Automotive Masterplan (SAAM) 2035 strategic framework – the extended Automotive Production... 

BASF announces its participation in the Naacam Show
SECOND TIME This year marks BASF’s second time exhibiting at the show

Company to offer new digital printing technology

1st March 2019 By 2020, multinational food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak working in collaboration with printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer, will become the first company in the food and beverage carton industry to offer full-colour digital printing on its carton packages. The digital... 

Company to offer new  digital printing technology
CHARLES BRAND Commitment to our clients has fueled the collaboration which we hope will benefit all

Plastics body calls for support in plastics challenges

1st March 2019 Industry body Plastics|SA invites all role players in the plastics value chain interested in cooperatively finding workable solutions to end plastic pollution in the oceans and environment to join the South African Alliance to End Plastic Pollution. Plastics|SA says that it is essential for the... 

Plastics body calls  for support in  plastics challenges
CLEAN-UP GREEN-UP The collection and recycling of plastic waste is imperative to the country’s future says Plastics SA

City of Joburg, Pikitup starts registering waste pickers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th February 2019 The City of Joburg on Thursday announced that its Environment and Infrastructure Services Department (EISD), in conjunction with waste management company Pikitup, has started to register waste pickers within Johannesburg. “Region D was the first of all the city’s regions to start [with] the... 

FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome 

28th February 2019 Linhleko Projects officially launched its cooperation agreement with FLSmidth this month, in which the 50/50 profit sharing agreement allows Linhleko to use FLSmidth’s REFLUX Classifier technology to enhance chrome recovery from Sibanye-Stillwater’s Waterval operation. Nadine James tells us more. 

FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome
FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome

Dubai scientists grow super crops that thrive in salty deserts

By: Bloomberg     28th February 2019 Scientists in Dubai are developing crops like quinoa that can thrive in the salty soils intruding into the world’s croplands. Winning over enough people to eat them is proving a greater challenge. At an experimental farm within sight of the world’s tallest skyscraper, researchers at the... 

South Africa pushes ahead with ocean monitoring satellite programme

By: News24Wire      28th February 2019 The government, through the Department of Science and Technology, has affirmed a further commitment to the Maritime Domain Awareness satellite programme. In addition to funding of R16.5-million, the department will pump another R27-million into the programme over the next three years, department... 

Africa’s first solar-powered desalination plant passes 10 000 kℓ mark  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th February 2019 Africa’s first solar-powered seawater desalination plant, the OSMOSUN plant, designed by Mascara and located in Witsand, in the Hessequa municipality, in the Western Cape, has produced more than 10  000 kℓ of drinkable water. The plant has been fully operational since December 20, 2018, providing... 

Africa’s first solar-powered desalination plant passes 10  000 kℓ mark
The OSMOSUN plan

Wastewater audit missing as countrywide water shortage looms

By: News24Wire      26th February 2019 A countrywide water shortage is a decade away unless urgent action is taken to rehabilitate and preserve our rivers and catchment areas, fix and maintain crumbling infrastructure and implement water re-use, reports GroundUp. Without intervention, South Africa faces a deficit of about 3 000... 

Polystyrene Association to establish metro, municipal hubs to increase polystyrene recycling  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th February 2019 Following success with various recycling projects over the last 11 years, the Polystyrene Association of South Africa (PASA) hopes to increase its collection and recycling rate of post-consumer polystyrene through establishing recycling hubs. “These projects will enable us to increase... 

Unilever, L'Oreal, Danone deemed most ready for climate change

By: Bloomberg     25th February 2019 Among the world’s biggest consumer companies, Europe’s Unilever, L’Oreal SA and Danone are best prepared for the effects of climate change relative to their peers, according to a report from the nonprofit CDP. Formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP took a double-barreled approach in... 

DEA to undertake R7m water quality testing project in PE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd February 2019 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will lead a R7-million water quality testing project, titled ‘Improving Ocean Governance in the Benguela Current Large Marine Econsystem’ (BCLME III) in the Swartkops area, in Port Elizabeth. The project is being implemented by the Benguela Current... 

AHR Expo showcases excitement at HVAC global market expansion

22nd February 2019 The latest advancements in technology and product advancement in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry were on display during the three-day 2019 AHR Expo that took place last month from 14 to 16 January in Atlanta in the US. For the first time since 2001, 1 824 companies... 

AHR Expo showcases  excitement at HVAC  global market expansion
ENERGY FOR FUTURE OF HVAC The HVACR industry is in a exciting position at the moment and that energy was evident on the Show Floor this year

Unregistered HVAC practitioners still a threat to industry – Saracca

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd February 2019 Despite improvement in the number of people who are obtaining training and qualifications to become registered refrigeration gas practitioners, the number of air conditioner installers without an authorised refrigeration gas practitioner registration licence, or with a fraudulent certification,... 

Unregistered HVAC practitioners still a threat to industry – Saracca
Photo by Hot Mustard
VITAL QUALIFICATIONS There are many employment opportunities for those trained and certified practitioners who are compliant

Another fuel levy increase lies ahead, carbon tax to be implemented 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th February 2019 A carbon tax on fuel of 9c/l on petrol and 10c/l on diesel will become effective from June 5, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday. Further, the general fuel levy will increase by 15c/l for petrol and diesel from April 3, while the Road Accident Fund (RAF) levy will be increased by... 

City wants your comment on new strategy to drought-proof Cape Town

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 After a drought almost left Capetonians queuing for a mere few litres of water per person per day, the City of Cape Town wants your comment on a proposed R5.4bn strategy to avoid another possible "Day Zero". The proposed strategy, if accepted after public comment, presents ways of meeting growing... 

'South Africans must take climate change seriously' – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 It is time for South Africans to take climate change seriously, said President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday in his response to the debate on his State of the Nation Address. He said if South Africa is a country that prioritises the interests of the poor and the vulnerable, then we need to act with... 

'South Africans must take climate change seriously' – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy
Photo by Duane Daws
AFRICA’S ENERGY FUTURE The Africa Energy Indaba will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 and 20 this year

Technical workshops to address energy efficiency

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The Department of Trade and Industry’s National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) programme states that it will host technical workshops at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba. NCPC-SA communication manager Julie Wells tells Engineering News that the organisation plans on “a strong... 

Technical workshops to address energy efficiency
Photo by Bloomberg
MITIGATING EMISSIONS NCPC-SA’s South African Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project has mitigating about 3.7-million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions

As renewables soar, BP sees China hitting brakes on energy growth

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 Global demand for renewable power will soar at an unprecedented pace over the coming decades, BP said in a benchmark report on Thursday, while China’s energy growth is seen sharply decelerating as its economic expansion slows. Still, China is set to remain the largest energy consumer by a long... 

Sanbi provides R4m towards stopping illegal vegetation clearing in Cape Winelands

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 The South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) has provided the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning with R4.1-million in funding to help combat the illegal clearing of indigenous vegetation in the Cape Winelands district. The illegal clearing... 

Sanbi provides R4m towards stopping illegal vegetation clearing in Cape Winelands
Photo by Reuters
Karoo

Threat for rhinos still remains despite drop in 2018 poaching numbers

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says it remains concerned about the overall status of rhino populations despite official figures from the department of environmental affairs showing the number of those killed in South Africa dropped to 769 in 2018 from 1 028 in 2017. "The fact that fewer... 

Threat for rhinos still remains despite drop in 2018 poaching numbers

WWF starts One Planet City Challenge 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2019 Afgri Technology Services (ATS) has partnered with the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) TuksNovation to foster innovation in the agricultural sector. TuksNovation is a nonprofit organisation founded by the university, in partnership with the departments of Trade and Industry and Small Business... 

Pick n Pay trials reusable bag made from green plastic bottles

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2019 Supermarket chain Pick n Pay is trialling a R5 reusable bag made from green plastic bottles, as an affordable alternative to plastic carrier bags. The bag is the first of its kind and will be initially introduced to 22 stores across the country to gauge customer reaction.  

Pick n Pay trials reusable bag made from green plastic bottles
Pick n Pay transformation director Suzanne Ackerman-Berman with the company's new R5 reusabe bag

DST to showcase benefits of using STI in designing future human settlements

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 With a surplus of drivers for the adoption of alternative and innovative technologies in the built environment, particularly in the human settlements sector, the effective application of science, technology and innovation (STI) can be a transformative instrument in addressing South Africa’s most... 

Pikitup finds new bin providers, expects supply to resume by end-Feb 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 Waste manager Pikitup’s spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi has confirmed to Engineering News Online that the company has had challenges with its wheelie bin supplier, resulting in a shortage of about 22 000 bins. Contracts with new service providers have, however, been entered into.  

Precious metal refiners face new LBMA environmental standard  

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2019 The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) has launched a new standard that addresses environmental as well as sustainability issues in gold and silver markets. To do that in a credible way, LBMA has been actively engaging with mining companies and producer nations. 

Precious metal refiners face new LBMA environmental standard
LBMA CE Ruth Crowell tells Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer about the association's efforts to improve environmental and sustainability within the gold and silver mining and refining sectors. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

UJ study provides glimpse into early stages of species formation in the sea

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th February 2019 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Wednesday reported findings of an international study published in “Proceedings of the Royal Society B”, substantiating that warm and cool water temperatures over a long stretch of coastline cause new species of marine fish to evolve without being isolated... 

UCT scientists part of international study of Antarctic waters

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th February 2019 University of Cape Town (UCT) scientists, Dr Marcel du Plessis and Isabelle Giddy, are part of an international study team that is attempting to occupy and collect vital measurements of the frigid ice-covered waters of Antarctica – the least studied place on the planet. During winter, Antarctic... 

Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits – Friedland 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2019 Mining can and will deliver massive benefits if all stakeholders work together, Ivanhoe Mines executive co-chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday Speaking on the third day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he outlined the huge potential of collaborative government,... 

Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits – Friedland
Ivanhoe Mines executive co-chairperson and founder Robert Friedland speaks about the winds of change blowing in South Africa and the DRC and the benefits mining companies, African governments and communities can reap if all parties work together. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Ford engages the mining sector on the road to more EVs

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2019 Ford is quickening its pace towards the mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) and researching how the mining industry can help it to achieve its goals. “There are tremendous investments taking place at every level to achieve this radical revolution in the automotive industry,” Ford energy... 

IFAT Africa features broader scope

1st February 2019 IFAT Africa, a trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling, will have a broader scope this year, as the event is colocated for the first time with food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) and analytica Lab Africa. Presented by international exhibition organiser Messe München, IFAT... 

IFAT Africa features broader scope
Photo by Creamer Media
WASTE AND RECYCLING IFAT Africa will focus on waste management and recycling for sub-Saharan Africa

Research shows West Africa is facing more frequent severe storms

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2019 A multinational research consortium of British, French and West African institutes and scientists, funded by the UK Government, has ascertained that “mega storms” in West Africa occur three times more frequently today than they did 35 years ago. The results of the research are being applied to... 

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