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Environmental News

Making government keep its waste-management promises

By: katharine mckenzie     23rd May 2003 The successful implementation of government regulations regarding plastic bags proves again that the law is a powerful implement in effecting behaviour change. 

Company calls for increased concrete recycling

By: candice haase     23rd May 2003 In the wake of the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg last year, South African companies are beginning to take into consideration the fact that certain natural resources are non-renewable. 

R44m coater plant for Cape paper mill

By: Zonika Botha     23rd May 2003 South African paper and pulp giant Sappi is installing a R44-million coater plant at its Cape Kraft Mill to add value to the operation’s current product portfolio. 

New plastic bag standard published by SABS

9th May 2003 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) this week announced its involvement in a new technical regulation, pertaining to the new standard for plastic bags in the country, which has been issued by the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. 

Access-card recycling a cost saver

By: Keith Campbell     2nd May 2003 GIANT South African integrated oil, gas and chemical company Sasol is saving millions because of a successful innovation by a small South African company – recycleable access control cards. 

Plastic-bag recycler expands ahead of law change

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd May 2003 Mpumalanga recycler Transpaco Recycling, based in Bronkhorstspruit, will be expanding its plastic carrier-bag, refuse bag, and plastic container recycling facility, ahead of an expected increase in demand for these recycled products. 

Epoxy product allows flooring company to expand its reach

By: candice haase     18th April 2003 While the African division of an international flooring company has traditionally focused its activity on the industrial sector, a product, launched locally in January, will enable the company to venture into other more aesthetically orientated sectors. 

New charcoal technologies and uses

By: Karel Smrcka     11th April 2003 Japanese researchers of late pay increased attention to manufacturing and uses of charcoal in an unusual way. Here are some of their achievements. 

State urges firms to recycle plastic

4th April 2003 Companies responsible for the production of plastic bags have been told to play by the rules to protect the environment or face stiff penalties. 

Big textile investment push into Lesotho

By: Zonika Botha     28th March 2003 Lesotho’s textile industry is one of the most lucrative business sectors in that African country, according to Andrew Gibbs, research intern at the University of Natal’s Centre for Civil Society. 

Company clinches contract at two waste incinerators

By: candice haase     21st March 2003 Stringent emission control legislation has forced a number of companies engaged in incineration activities to reduce the emissions from their facilities. 

SA’s waste to wealth potential

By: katharine mckenzie     21st February 2003 Why are we so bad at recycling? Every year South Africans are generating more and more waste, set to increase exponentially as economic growth increases and people consume more resulting in more to dispose of. 

Partner sought for phonecard recycling bins innovation

By: Deborah Spicer     21st February 2003 Innovator Yogan Naidoo is searching for a partner to develop his idea of the public phonecard recycling bin, having registered his patent in January. 

Waste management firm reports rise in earnings

12th February 2003 Waste management group EnviroServ yesterday announced its financial results for the six months ended December 31, 2002. 

New pollution-control system for waterworks

By: Zonika Botha     7th February 2003 Durban-based company FP Engineering has installed a revolutionary new pollution-control system valued at R5-million for Metro Water at the Kwamashu Waste Water Treatment plant in Kwazulu-Natal. 

SA involvement in Jordan lining project

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd November 2002 Johannesburg company Knight Pi 

Waste companies in an empowerment deal

By: Joanne Delaurentis     15th November 2002 Black owned waste management company Boitumelong Waste Services, has formed a 50/50 joint venture (JV) partnership with Otto Industries South Africa, to form Otto Waste Systems. 

EIA for R200m waste facility released

By: marisa rodrigues     8th November 2002 The environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the integrated waste management facility proposed by local company Amandla Environmental, which could be built at Springs or Germiston on the East Rand, has been released for public comment until early December. 

Africa looks south for waste-oil solutions

28th October 2002 Over 32 delegates, from English-speaking African countries that are signatories to the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Toxic and Hazardous Waste, were hosted in Cape Town in October to prepare a plan of action for managing waste oils in Africa and their own countries. 

Recycled cars enter industrial raw-material stream

By: Karel Smrcka     18th October 2002 It only takes a couple of hours to turn a car form a piece of junk into ready-sorted raw materials. As much as half of the metals in industrial use are recycled. Here is an example of a successful recycling operation for Finland. 

Orbiting fire alarm launched

By: Karel Smrcka     11th October 2002 Intelligent road sweeping vehicles that use information technology to access the cleaning strategy, a computer to adjust brushes, a laser beam to asses the litter on the road, and a digital camera to deal with litter are being developed by researchers at Surrey University, Guildford, in the UK. 

Engineering privatisation moves ahead

By: Deborah Spicer     11th October 2002 Binding offers for a 26% share in Eskom Enterprises-owned engineering firm Roshcon were expected to be received on September 25, following the receipt of eight non-binding offers on July 24. 

Engineering privatisation moves ahead

By: Deborah Spicer     11th October 2002 Binding offers for a 26% share in Eskom Enterprises-owned engineering firm Roshcon were expected to be received on September 25, following the receipt of eight non-binding offers on July 24. 

Grants available for pollution busters

By: Deborah Spicer     27th September 2002 Local authorities interested in reducing pollution from settlements will be able to apply to the Development Bank of South Africa, for technical grants, and the Consolidated Municipal Infrastructure Plan, for capacity-building grants, from January, informs Manda Hinsch, the Department of Water... 

Joburg water utility plans new sewer pipeline 

9th September 2002 Johannesburg Water, the water and sanitation service provider for the city of Johannesburg, has plans to construct a new sewer pipeline in the north of the city to accommodate the rapid development and growth. 

Big toilet roll-out for SA's rural areas

By: Deborah Spicer     6th September 2002 Some 140 000 toilets will be installed in rural areas by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry this year at a cost of $25-million, reports Water Affairs and Forestry minister Ronnie Kasrils. 

A whistle-stop tour of modern logistics

By: Karel Smrcka     6th September 2002 New material-cycle management software lends a hand in the transport and recovery of reusable materials. 

Call for legislation enforcing paper recycling

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 In efforts to promote the recycling of waste paper in the country, Mondi Recycling has been lobbying government to devise and implement a legislative framework that will encourage South Africans to recycle. 

Waste-management awareness and practice improving

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 The growing emphasis on environmental standards for the local production of exported goods has resulted in an increased awareness and practice of waste management and recycling 

Institute concerned about local waste-management

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 A number of problems confront South Africa’s Institute of Waste Management of South Africa (IWMSA) president Peter Novella tells Engineering News. 

Internet site pinpoints KZN waste-disposal sites

30th August 2002 The first Internet-based waste information system has been launched in Kwazulu-Natal. 

2004 a pivotal year for waste management in South Africa

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s is in the initial phases of three projects that will assist in appropriately managing sources of waste and disposal practices. 

Waste-management company established at platinum-mine

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2002 As environmental awareness and waste management practice begin to burgeon in South Africa’s commercial, industrial and domestic sectors, Anglo Platinum and its black empowerment arm, Zimele, together with newly-formed waste-management company, Onyx South Africa, will be establishing a... 

R300 000 funding for a World Summit waste plan

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 In efforts to minimise the amount of waste produced at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the Development Bank of South Africa has invested R300 000 in the Zero Waste programme devised by environmental group EarthLife Africa (ELA). 

Research body forms a waste-management centre

30th August 2002 The CSIR has established a Centre for Integrated Waste Management (CIWM) to provide what it sees as appropriate, innovative and integrated solutions to waste management. 

Project to flatten SA's tyre mountain

29th August 2002 The project to solve the increasingly serious waste (scrap) tyre problem in South Africa is expected to be launched early next year, with an aim to support the local tyre industry’s bid to ensure a cleaner environment and increase tyre safety on South African roads. 

Global potential for SA-developed economical wastewater system

By: Joanne Delaurentis     16th August 2002 Perseverance, intuition experience, research and learning from others, formed the critical combination that resulted in the local development of what has become a world-class economical wastewater-treatment system. 

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