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Policy & Enforcement News

Crucial policy missteps have taken place – Ramaphosa   

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd July 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that, while South Africa has come a long way 25 years into democracy, there have been crucial policy missteps, and he admitted that government has, at times, failed to implement coherent policy or delayed doing so. He was addressing delegates at the 25... 

EIA public process for proposed Richards Bay power plant open for comment

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2019 A revised environmental-impact assessment (EIA) report for the proposed development of State-owned Eskom’s Richards Bay combined cycle power plant (CCPP), and its associated infrastructure, is available for review and comment from July 24 to August 26. Subsequent to the report’s initial release... 

Innovative waste management more necessary than ever before – Wasteplan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd July 2019 South Africa has again been ranked as the seventeenth dirtiest energy producer in the world, “out-polluting” the UK and France, says commercial and industrial waste management company Wasteplan CEO Bertie Lourens. In a media release issued following the 2019 SAPICS Conference, in Cape Town,... 

Innovative waste management more necessary than ever before – Wasteplan
Wasteplan CEO Bertie Lourens

Climate change takes priority in Creecy’s budget vote debate  

By: Nadine James     12th July 2019 Newly appointed Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy delivered her R7.5-billion budget vote statement in the National Assembly on Thursday, emphasising the socioeconomic threat of climate change, as more than two-million South Africans are directly dependent on the... 

New combustion emission monitoring equipment offered to Africa

By: Cameron Mackay     12th July 2019 Mining, industrial and processing solutions provider RTS Africa Technologies is the exclusive supplier of laser-based online gas analysers and monitoring recording equipment, from Norwegian company NEO Monitors; as well as, more recently, a range of both multiple channel and portable instruments,... 

New combustion emission monitoring equipment offered to Africa
IAN FRASER South Africa needs to grasp the new wave of global automation more firmly

Eskom has yet another headache – an $813m a year carbon tax bill

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2019 South Africa’s troubled state-owned power utility has yet another thing to worry about – a big carbon tax bill expected to kick in from 2023. Eskom Holdings, which has been forced to turn to the government for bailouts to meet its obligations, mostly burns coal to generate power and is one of the... 

Samsa to investigate 400 litre oil spill off Port Elizabeth

By: African News Agency      8th July 2019 The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) has launched an investigation to establish why up to 400 litres of oil spilled into the ocean off Port Elizabeth while a vessel was being refuelled. In a statement, Samsa said the spillage, which occurred early on Saturday morning, was contained... 

Low carbon economy requires policy overhaul

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th July 2019 To enjoy cleaner air, South Africa’s policies need to change, says Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries air quality chief director Dr Thuli Khumalo. 

Stakeholder collaboration can ensure cleaner air in SA

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th July 2019 The transition to an environmentally sustainable and healthier South Africa, ultimately, comes down to collaborative inputs by government, industries and citizens, says air pollutants control and removal company About Air Pollution GM Anton Wentzel. 

Stakeholder collaboration can ensure cleaner air in SA
BAGHOUSE EXTRACTIONS About Air Pollution designed, fabricated and supplied various baghouse extraction systems, ducting and ancillary equipment from various furnaces for recycling company Fry’s Metals

Solutions provider to improve air monitoring service offering

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th July 2019 Environmental consultant Rayten Engineering Solutions is acquiring South African National Accreditation System accreditation for stack emissions monitoring and dust fallout monitoring to improve its service offering. 

Stringent standards raising bar on emission reduction tech 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th July 2019 There is now more pressure on local industries than ever before to reduce local emissions to meet stringent environmental standards. 

Stringent standards raising bar on emission reduction tech
GE executive project director Nthabiseng Kubheka discusses the company's full scope of work at Eskom's Kusile Power Station. Camwerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 24.05.2019

Company to continue distribution of smart air quality monitoring system

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th July 2019 Environmental monitoring company SI Analytics continues being the regional distributor of the AQMesh pod system – a small sensor-based unit for air quality monitoring. 

Mpumalanga coal mines noncompliant with water use licence conditions – CER 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2019 Nonprofit organisation (NPO), the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) says coal mines in Mpumalanga are “significantly” noncompliant with their water use licence conditions. In a report – the fourth instalment in the CER’s Full Disclosure series – released on Wednesday, the NPO details gross... 

Mpumalanga coal mines noncompliant with water use licence conditions – CER

Company will host a masterclass at IFAT Africa 2019

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th June 2019 The IFAT Africa 2019 conference is scheduled to be held at the Gallagher convention centre, in Gauteng, from July 9 to 11.   QFS will share an overview of its involvement in various projects in the industrial and municipal sectors. It will also showcase water treatment and odour control... 

Company will host a masterclass at IFAT Africa 2019
STOPPING THE STENCH Odour control is a process that involves the treatment of odorous gas in heavily built-up areas that have become a nuisance to local residents, who live in the surrounding areas near wastewater treatment plants.

AfriSam exploring ways to further reduce its carbon emissions

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2019 Diversified materials company AfriSam is working to further reduce its carbon emissions, after achieving a sustained reduction of 35% as a result of on various initiatives over nearly two decades, says AfriSam Cementitious executive Hannes Meyer. During a media tour of the clinker production... 

AfriSam exploring ways to further reduce its carbon emissions
Photo by Dylan Slater
LIMESTONE KILN Producing clinker is energy intensive and releases CO2 over and above the fuel used to burn the limestone

People are dying from pollution in South Africa 

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2019 In Pullens Hope, your eyes itch and your nose clogs. It’s easy to figure out why. On the right side of the main street of the dilapidated village east of Johannesburg is a fenced-off electricity substation with a red sign warning of pollutants. On the left, a power plant belches emissions from... 

Campaign groups accuse Total of breaching French corporate duty law in Uganda

By: Reuters     25th June 2019 French and Ugandan campaign groups including Friends of the Earth have filed a legal notification with Total, claiming it has failed to address the human and environmental impact of its Ugandan operations as required by French law. Under France's Corporate Duty of Vigilance regulation, large... 

Water department going to court to stop EC municipality 'polluting' Great Fish River

By: African News Agency      25th June 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is taking legal action to force an Eastern Cape municipality to stop polluting the Great Fish River, it said on Monday.  DWS’ Andrew Lucas, responsible for water regulation in the Eastern Cape, said in a statement that legal action was being taken... 

Saice embarks on long-term expansion strategy

By: Cameron Mackay     21st June 2019 Civil engineering voluntary association and learning institution, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has initiated a long-term expansion strategy to cater to the needs of its members according to their specific member segment, such as segments for students, graduates or... 

Saice embarks on long-term expansion strategy
GROWING FORWARD The diversity panel and ‘Growing Forward’ strategy will allow the institution to develop policies that address gender diversity and inclusivity in the built environment industry

Regulations enable organisations to develop graduates

By: Cameron Mackay     21st June 2019 Organisations need to play a more active role in developing engineering capacity in South Africa, as new regulations are in place to provide available funding for graduate training, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) capacity building arm Civils Masakheni MD Allyson... 

Regulations enable organisations to develop graduates
ALLYSON LAWLESS Employers are mistaken in unrealistically expecting graduates to design and manage processes, projects and systems from their first day at work

Science academies call for increased air pollution mitigation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2019 The National Academies of Sciences and Medicine from South Africa, Brazil, Germany and the US had joined forces in calling to action on harmful air pollution. The academies were calling for a new global compact to improve collaboration on the growing problem, and for governments, businesses and... 

Swiss refiner Metalor to stop processing artisanal gold

By: Reuters     18th June 2019 Switzerland's Metalor, one of the world's biggest gold refineries, said on Monday it would work only with gold from large industrial mines in order to reduce the risk of illegality in its supply chain. Informal methods of gold production, known as "artisanal" or small-scale mining, have grown... 

Construction sector biggest greenhouse gas contributor

14th June 2019 Building construction and operations account for 36% of final energy use and nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions globally, making the sector the largest energy user and producer of greenhouse gasses, says Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) CEO Dorah Modise. 

Construction sector biggest greenhouse  gas contributor
DORAH MODISE The GBCSA welcomes the introduction of these instruments in an effort to promote energy efficiency

New green building certification introduced in South Africa

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 Green building consulting company Solid Green Consulting is the first company to be working on an actual Living Building Challenge project in South Africa. The programme was developed by nongovernmental organisation International Living Future Institute (ILFI), to lead transformation towards a... 

New green building  certification introduced  in South Africa
MARLOES REININK The Living Building Challenge is possibly the most rigorous green building certification programme and sustainable design framework globally

NCPC-SA to drive resource efficiency in manufacturing

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th June 2019 If the South African manufacturing sector wishes to mitigate the effects of rising tariffs and the new Carbon Tax, then it needs to become more resource efficient, according to the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) 

NCPC-SA to drive resource efficiency  in manufacturing
GREEN ECONOMY The manufacturing sector has not been growing because of its mounting challenges

Greenpeace study recommends Eskom sell its coal-fired power stations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th June 2019 A study commissioned by Greenpeace Africa recommends that State-owned Eskom, as part of its reform, gradually spin out its coal-fired power generation activities to new generation companies that will operate the power plants for the remainder of their operating lives. Greenpeace had commissioned... 

Greenpeace study recommends Eskom sell its coal-fired power stations
Photo by Creamer Media's Terence Creamer
The Lethabo power station

Environmental organisations take Highveld pollution matter to court 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2019 Environmental justice group groundWork and community organisation Vukani Environment Justice Movement in Action have launched “landmark litigation”, demanding that government clean up the air in the Mpumalanga Highveld. GroundWork and Vukani on June 7 served papers to the High Court, asking that... 

Environmental organisations take Highveld pollution matter to court

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 The benefits of concrete for roads can be exploited by the South African roads industry, says South African concrete education and skills organisation The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie. While concrete is generally more expensive in terms of initial costs, it does offer reduced life-cycle... 

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits
BRYAN PERRIE South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads

Producer achieves 35% emission reduction, supports carbon tax

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 Construction materials supplier AfriSam has reduced the company’s carbon emissions, per ton of cement produced, by 35% from 1990 to 2018 and is focusing on further carbon reductions, sustainability and the implementation of the carbon tax in South Africa. “The 35% is close to the targets being... 

Producer achieves 35% emission reduction, supports carbon tax
CARBON TAX COMPLICATIONS AfriSam has significantly reduced its carbon emissions

AMSA to face emissions charges 

By: Reuters     3rd June 2019 ArcelorMittal South Africa said on Monday it had received a summons instituting criminal proceedings for three charges relating to transgressions of its atmospheric emissions licence at its Vanderbijlpark operations. The charges relate to allegedly conducting certain activities without the... 

Sector shows decline despite strong market growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 Although the local chemicals sector has recently been characterised by strong market growth, it has shown a consistently weak performance, with its contribution to total manufacturing output having declined significantly over the past ten years, says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)... 

Sector shows decline despite strong market growth
Photo by Bloomberg
RAW MATERIALS Domestic chemical firms face multiple challenges such as access to appropriately priced feedstock, as well as large volumes of raw chemical materials that continue to be imported and are subject to exchange rate fluctuations

Chrome ore exports contribute to stainless steel production

By: Cameron Mackay     31st May 2019 The export of chrome ores from South Africa for use in the ferrochrome smelter of Chinese stainless steel group Tsingshan’s stainless steel plant has contributed to global growth in chrome ore supply. “Although the plant receives supply from China, which is re-routed South African material, and... 

DEA declares 20 marine protected areas

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2019 The Department of Environmental Affairs officially declared 20 marine protected areas (MPAs) in South Africa last week. The department said in a statement on Monday that the declaration of these MPAs was similar to an insurance policy for the benefit of the current and future generations.  

TNPA to review hull cleaning permits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) intends to introduce in-water hull cleaning at South African ports in an effort to stringently manage biofouling, where marine organisms attach themselves to the hull of a ship and niche areas, potentially spreading alien and invasive species across... 

Court date set for Cape Metro's bid to buy power directly from IPPs

By: African News Agency      22nd May 2019 The City of Cape Town on Tuesday welcomed the high court in Pretoria setting a date for its petition to buy electricity directly from independent power producers (IPPs). The City wants the Energy Minister and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to allow it to purchase power from... 

Agri SA launches court proceedings against granting of shale gas exploration rights

By: Simone Liedtke     7th May 2019 Agricultural organisation Agri SA has launched court proceedings in the Pretoria High Court against the granting of environmental authorisations and explorations rights for shale gas to Africa-focused oil and gas exploration and development company Rhino Oil and Gas. Although the authorized... 

groundWork opposing Minister’s plan to weaken air pollution standards

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2019 Environmental justice group groundWork, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights, has launched High Court proceedings against Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and President Cyril Ramaphosa and is asking the court to set aside government’s plan to double the amount of... 

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