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Environmental News

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. 

R60m sludge-dewatering plant powers up

16th August 2002 After seven years of planning and hard work, the City of Cape Town’s R60-million sludge dewatering and drying plant project was completed and launched at the Cape Flats wastewater treatment works at the end of last month. 

Bottles-to-beads project for E Cape

By: Joanne Delaurentis     9th August 2002 A new initiative by Mintek’s small-scale mining division, together with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat), could help reclaim some of South Africa’s bead making heritage. 

S Africa's largest microfiltration, reverse osmosis plant completed

26th July 2002 Keyplan has just commissioned the largest microfiltration/ reverse osmosis plant in South Africa on behalf of Eskom’s Lethabo Power Station. 

Outdoor vacuum sewer systems arrive in SA

26th July 2002 A vacuum sewer system with proved performance in Europe, the US, Australia and Asia is to be marketed to civil water authorities in South Africa as of this month. 

R200m capex to grow Joburg's water services

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Johannesburg Water (JW), an independent private utility company, wholly-owned by the City of Johannesburg, was created a year ago to serve the Greater Johannesburg Metropolis. 

New technologies to combat organic pollution of water

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 The East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) runs 22 wastewater care works treating sewage effluent, serving over 3,5-million people and more than 2 000 industries every day. 

Less waste is more profit for all

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Industry should understand the important role it plays and the responsibilities it has towards water, and should become more involved in applying and determining water quality standards. 

R35m effluent-treatment contract awarded

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Vivendi Water Systems in South Africa, a subsidiary of the French Vivendi Water Systems, which, in turn, is a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest providers of water-treatment services, is bringing innovative wastewater-treatment solutions to local industry. 

Project to retrieve waste oil

By: Joanne Delaurentis     26th July 2002 Used lubricating oil is unpleasant stuff – a concoction of degraded hydrocarbons, such as benzene, xylene and toluene, heavy metals and chemical additives. 

Tyres: from symbol of struggle to empowerment

By: Joanne Delaurentis     19th July 2002 During South Africa’s apartheid era, a burning tyre became synonymous with the antiapartheid struggle. 

Wastewater gets biotech treatment

12th July 2002 A homegrown solution to treat wastewater is the latest investment to find favour with Bioventures Fund, the first niche biotechnology venture-capital fund in South Africa, which has R80-million of committed capital from investors Gensec Bank, Genbel Securities, Real Africa Holdings, the... 

Packaging tape distributor accelerates acquisition drive

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 Leading distributor in packaging tapes Wilec is looking for local acquisitions to accelerate the growth of its share of the local market for packaging tapes and it is also investing in capital equipment. 

PE used-oil depot a boost for recycling

1st July 2002 In 2001, at least 13,5-million litres of new lubricating oil was sold to the Eastern Cape province. 

Indigenous wastewater system a hit in Oz

By: Joanne Delaurentis     28th June 2002 South Africa’s home-grown wastewater technology has been chosen as the technology to be used in the upgrade of Australia’s largest wastewater treatment plant in Melbourne. 

Bids this month for engineering privatisation

By: Deborah Spicer     21st June 2002 Following the call for expressions of interest in acquiring a stake in Eskom Enterprise-owned engineering firm Roshcon earlier this month, non-binding offers are to be submitted by June 28. 

Revolutionising SA's medical waste-disposal services

By: Zonika Botha     31st May 2002 Incineration, a process that involves burning material at elevated temperatures and reducing it to ash, has long been the preferred disposal method of medical waste in South Africa. 

Making a fortune from waste

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 To turn a product that was once regarded as waste material into a multi-million rand strong business sounds like an unlikely pipe dream. 

Plant to recover millions of litres of water

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 A second tubular reverse osmosis (TRO) plant has been commissioned by Sasol Synfuels in Secunda. 

High-purity carbon project on the way

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Construction of a R163-million plant to produce high-purity carbon from calcined coke is due to start in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by June 2002. 

28m used tyres litter the country

By: Joanne Delaurentis     17th May 2002 It takes about three recycled passenger tyres to produce one square meter of rubber material, of about an inch thick. 

Skills already here for tyre recycling

By: Joanne Delaurentis     17th May 2002 Despite the seemingly informal nature of the industry, the expertise to run a profitable tyre-recycling industry in South Africa are already in place, says MD of East Rand-based Vredestein SA Recycling Tony Hanouch. 

Helical-rotor pumps for Pta wastewater works

26th April 2002 Extensive design experience has secured an order for pump manufacturer and supplier Howden-Orbit to supply six more helical-rotor pumps to Weldgedacht Wastewater Treatment Works, north of Pretoria. 

Waste-management giant gets BEE partner

By: marisa rodrigues     5th April 2002 One of the biggest waste management companies on the African continent, Enviroserv Holdings, has entered into an agreement with black economic empowerment (Bee) company Lungisa, enabling the latter to acquire an equity interest in four of its divisions. 

SA waste-to-wood-to-energy initiative

By: marisa rodrigues     5th April 2002 The concept of using trees to treat waste water and simultaneously using the waste water as a resource to grow productive plantations for renewable energy from biomass, is being investigated by the CSIR. 

Water polluters will start paying penalties by 2004

4th April 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is developing a Waste Discharge Charge System (WDCS), which will provide a framework for billing water users that dispose of their waste into water resources. 

Water polluters will start paying penalties by 2004

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is developing a Waste Discharge Charge System (WDCS), which will provide a framework for billing water users that dispose of their waste into water resources. 

US support for waste industry empowerment

13th March 2002 South Africa’s first black economic empowerment merger achieved through privatisation in the waste-management industry has recieved support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAid). 

Turning brewery waste into pulp and paper

23rd November 2001 A new enterprise opportunity has been conceived for the erection of a plant that will convert certain solid waste products from the beer-brewing process to paper and pulp products. 

Why tomatoes are vegetables

By: Kelvin Kemm     9th November 2001 A juicy red tomato, just like the ones that you see on TV ads, just waiting to have your teeth sunk into it. 

Evaporation technology to stop enviro pollution

By: Karel Smrcka     9th November 2001 Environmental issues have a substantial effect on the treatment and disposal of industrial effluents and landfill leachate. The environmental movement is gaining momentum to minimise water usage and wastewater volume is increasing daily. 

Calculating the cost of pollution

By: nkolola halwindi     9th November 2001 There is an increasing need for industry and corporate business to take all possible steps to limit the actual or potential liability that may exist with regards to environmental impacts as a result of their activities and services, or investing in commercial or industrial real estate. 

Medical waste – a deadly issue

By: nkolola halwindi     9th November 2001 More than 90% of highly dangerous medical waste in Africa is disposed of in unsuitable landfields, rivers, lakes or roadsides. 

Monitor for air-quality measuring

9th November 2001 In today’s highly industrialised world, main sources of particulate pollution in our environment include industrial combustion and processing, energy generation, vehicle emissions and construction work. 

SA gets First World environment laws

9th November 2001 A dramatic increase in environmental legislation, much of which contains First World liability standards, has developed in South Africa, posing an immediate challenge to the mining sector. 

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