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Environmental News

SA wastewater process enters Botswana

By: andrea marais     27th August 2004 A South African-developed biological wastewater-treatment technology is finding growing market acceptance in Southern Africa and the rest of the world. 

Environmental business parks are proposed

27th August 2004 In 1988 the US took the lead in the world of waste management, particularly in municipal solid waste (MSW) and set waste-reduction goals.? 

Recycling benefits charities

By: Nicola Mawson     27th August 2004 As part of its initiative to increase the amount of paper recycled by homeowners and offices, Mondi Recycling is expanding its charity drive this year. 

Wastewater database system developed

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th August 2004 A Gauteng-based information technology (IT) company, TSI, has recently developed the laboratory information database (LID) system for the wastewater of the city of Tshwane metropolitan municipality. 

Waste management group to expand beyond SA

18th August 2004 South African waste management group EnviroServ yesterday said it is planning to continue growing its current service offering beyond South African borders. 

Company punts waste transforming ingredients

By: Zonika Botha     13th August 2004 Dutch company Mega-Tech Engineering has patented a cement-improver product, called PowerCem, which could be used as a vehicle for sustainable development in developing countries such as South Africa. 

New water scheme is necessary unless wastage is curbed

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 Fifty two per cent of the 3,8-million kilolitres of water that Rand Water supplies every day is either wasted or inefficiently used, says water management strategist Hannes Buckle. 

Firm will build, operate effluent-treatment plant

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 Since textile company Da Gama did not see the treatment of effluent as part of its core business process, after a comprehensive bidding process that was managed by BKS Consulting Engineers, it appointed EnviroServ Waste Management’s process management division to build, operate and maintain... 

Bio-engineering processes now available locally

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 World-leading and German bio-engineering technology is available in South Africa. 

Durban signs SA’s first carbon-finance deal

By: tom robbins     23rd July 2004 The eThekwini (Durban) municipality has signed and sealed South Africa’s first carbon emission reduction purchase agreement, for a trash to power project, with the World Bank. 

New hitech compactor for Joburg landfill

13th July 2004 Johannesburg’s waste-management company Pikitup has acquired a heavy-duty Bomag BC 772 RB landfill compactor, to be used at the Robinson Deep landfill site in Springfield, south of Johannesburg. 

Govt to minimise waste from glass, tyre industries

23rd June 2004 Government will sign agreements with the tyre and glass industries before the end of this financial year to regulate the impact of waste on the environment, from these industries. 

KZN calls for waste-management awards entries

18th May 2004 The Kwazulu-Natal branch of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa is encouraging businesses throughout the province to enter this year’s waste management awards. Entry is free and the number of categories has been increased to six, including chemical manufacturing, general... 

SA technologists offer solution to unwanted biofilm

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2004 The University of Pretoria (UP) has launched its answer to monitoring the formation of unwanted biofilm, typically found wherever liquid and a solid surface interface, such as in heat exchangers, cooling towers and municipal water storage facilities. 

Malaysian recycler in talks with KZN entrepreneur

By: tom robbins     9th April 2004 Major Malaysian recycler SPM and Durban entrepreneur Lazarus Peter have announced that they are negotiating a R100-million deal to turn scrap metal into high-value components for the export market. 

EnviroServe continues with efficiency drive

19th February 2004 Waste-management group EnviroServ yesterday announced a 12% improvement in headline earnings during the six-months to December, despite what it described as a weak industrial-waste market - earnings per share rose to 17,5 cents from 15,6 cents in the corresponding period of 2002. 

Durban’s trash-to-power plan is unveiled

By: tom robbins     5th December 2003 Although progressing slower than originally anticipated, the Kouga Wind Farm project, near Jefferies Bay, in the Eastern Cape is still going ahead, coordinator Dr Andries van der Linde reports. 

‘Worker participation key to broad-based empowerment’

By: Deborah Spicer     7th November 2003 The participation of workers is missing in the Phamangu–Reclamation empowerment deal, noted Khaya Ngqula, CEO of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), at its announcement. 

IDC facilitates R250m waste management BEE deal

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st October 2003 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) yesterday announced that it was funding a R250-million black economic empowerment (BEE) deal, in which Phamangu has bought a 25% shareholding in recycling and waste management company Reclamation. 

Welding and cutting company diversifies

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 A tool that will enable rural communities to control their water consumption is now being produced by a company previously focused solely on providing welding and cutting services. 

Nigerian brewer awards effluent treatment contract

By: nkolola halwindi     19th September 2003 In a E3,8-million contract, water and wastewater specialist Biwater will design, supply, install and commission an effluent-treatment plant at the Ogba Brewery in Lagos, Nigeria. 

R450m Soweto water project launched

8th September 2003 A R450-million Soweto water-infrastructure project was launched by Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo at the weekend. 

New voice added to plastic-bag debate

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th September 2003 In the latest contribution to the ongoing debate regarding the government’s plastic-bag policy, a top official at the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe (APME) has said that littering – which prompted the ban on the free issuance of thin bags by retailers – is a... 

Paper recycling surges

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 The amount of waste paper and cardboard recycled in South Africa has increased by 60% in the last ten years, with the overall recovery rate of paper currently at 52%, says Mondi national sales and marketing manager Peter Hunter. 

Kimberley operation implements a new water conservation method 

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Diamond-mining company De Beers has implemented a new water conservation system at its Combined Treatment Plant (CTP) in Kimberley, Northern Cape, which is based on the paste and thickened tailings disposal (P&TTD) concept. 

Pilot waste-management project launched at a Gauteng hospital

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 A waste-management pilot project has been implemented at the Leratong hospital, in Gauteng, by the provincial departments of Health, Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Land Affairs in February. 

Can collector has so far paid out R270-million

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Since its inception ten years ago, beverage can recovery company Collect-a-can has paid more than R270-million to can collectors, with more than 530 000 t of used steel beverage cans and 400 000 t of tin-bearing scrap recovered and recycled. 

Gauteng is responsible for 42% of SA’s waste

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 It is estimated that about 2 000 t of household waste is generated in Johannesburg a day, with Cape Town and Durban close to producing the same amount each. 

Plastic bag recycling company reports 80 t/m production decrease

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Cape Town company Atlantic Plastic Recycling has recorded a decrease in business of 80 t a month as a direct result of the plastic bag legislation implemented in May. 

Johannesburg faces problem of illegal dumping

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Waste-management utility Pikitup Johannesburg is spending about R150-million a year on picking up illegally-dumped waste in the city – money which could be used for other purposes, Pikitup environmental management GM Les Venter tells Engineering News. 

New treatment facilities for waste manager

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Construction of a hazardous-waste leachate treatment plant is scheduled to begin at waste management company EnviroServ’s Holfontein landfill site, in Gauteng, in early September. 

Wastewater membrane means no more money down the drain

By: Karel Smrcka     29th August 2003 The constituents of some effluents can also be valuable and, if not properly treated, wastewater can literally throw money down the drain. 

Waste recovery emerging as big business

By: Deborah Spicer     29th August 2003 Waste company Enviroserv believes that between a third and a quarter of its revenue could come from its process-management division in three to five years, CEO Des Gordon reported at the company’s yearly results this month. 

Sanitation struggle continues

By: Zonika Botha     29th August 2003 It is something that most people take for granted, yet worldwide there are a staggering 2,4-billion people who do not have access to adequate sanitation. 

EnviroServ reports rise in earnings

By: Martin Czernowalow     20th August 2003 South African waste management group EnviroServ yesterday announced that its revenue, for the year ended June 30, increased by 13%, to R426,1-million, and headline earnings per share improved by 17%, to 35,7 cents per share. 

R150m water-treatment project proposed

By: nkolola halwindi     15th August 2003 Due to an increase in housing development, there is a need to increase capacity in wastewater treatment, observes East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) development executive manager Koos Wilken. 

Joburg water utility in sewer maintenance drive

8th August 2003 Water and sanitation service provider for the Johannesburg, Johannesburg Water, increased its capacity on preventative sewer maintenance through commissioning into operation of three custom designed hydro jetting vacuum tankers. 

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