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AfriSam prioritising quality amid tough times for construction sector

By: Schalk Burger     15th November 2019 Cement, ready-mix concrete and aggregates company AfriSam is focusing on producing high-quality cements, concretes and aggregates, as well as offering timely, reliable service to clients, amid difficult economic and construction sector times, says AfriSam construction materials North regional... 

Johannesburg seeks to avert 'ecological disaster' from beetle-infested trees

By: Reuters     12th November 2019 Researchers and city officials are racing to understand the extent of a beetle infestation damaging trees across South Africa that, if left unaddressed, could have a ripple effect on the climate, air quality and ecosystems. The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB), indigenous to Southeast Asia, is... 

Demand increasing for compressed-air audits

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Owing to the struggling South African economy, as well as the general need for companies to reduce energy costs in operational processes, the demand for compressed-air auditing has increased over the past two years, says compressed-air products suppliers Artic Driers CEO Allen Cockfield. A... 

SAVINGS IN THE AIR


Artic Driers can rebuild many old air dryers sold by certain manufacturers. This will make them more energy efficient and generally cost-effective
SAVINGS IN THE AIR Artic Driers can rebuild many old air dryers sold by certain manufacturers. This will make them more energy efficient and generally cost-effective

Manufacturer targets product releases, skills development

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Solar energy equipment supplier Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its thirtieth year of manufacturing in South Africa and aims to celebrate with product releases and support for even higher standards of solar equipment... 

OFF THE GRID

Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its 30th year of manufacturing in South Africa
OFF THE GRID Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its 30th year of manufacturing in South Africa

Focus on implementing energy efficiency project by 2021

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 The National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) is looking to escalate the implementation of energy management in South African industry to allow companies to benefit from the support of the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project before the project ends in 2020/21. The IEE Project is... 

ENSURING ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Companies participating in the IEE Project have achieved energy savings of 4 286 GWh since 2010, and GHG mitigation of 3.9-million tonnes of CO2 equivalent
ENSURING ENERGY EFFICIENCY Companies participating in the IEE Project have achieved energy savings of 4 286 GWh since 2010, and GHG mitigation of 3.9-million tonnes of CO2 equivalent

Busa applauds US for sanctions against the Guptas

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th October 2019 Business body Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Friday welcomed the US Treasury announcement of sanctions against the wealthy fugitive Gupta family. Yesterday the US Treasury sanctioned three members of the Gupta family, friends of former South African President Jacob Zuma who are accused of... 

Busa president Sipho Pityana
Busa president Sipho Pityana

Opinion: A species under siege

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     4th October 2019 In this opinion piece, Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Martin Zhuwakinyu writes about rhino poaching. It is not too much of an exaggeration to say that Africa’s rhinos have been under siege for over a decade. They are targeted by unscrupulous elements who sell their horns to buyers in the... 

Opinion: A species  under siege

Transformation through wind energy warranted

4th October 2019 South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), published in August 2012, contains 14 desired outcomes, providing a blueprint to grow the economy, eliminate poverty and reduce inequality. 

THE WINNING SPIN
Wind energy contributes greatly to the 2030 target of connecting 20 GW of renewable power to the grid
Photo by Bloomberg
THE WINNING SPIN Wind energy contributes greatly to the 2030 target of connecting 20 GW of renewable power to the grid

Iata raises key issues at key international civil aviation conference

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th October 2019 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) raised a number of important issues for the recent International Civil Aviation Organisation 40th (triennial) Assembly, in Montreal, Canada. IATA is the representative body of the world’s commercial aviation (airline and air freight) industry,... 

S Africa legislation bans liquid waste from landfills

27th September 2019 A massive shift in South African waste legislation took place when, effective August 23, local legislation banned all liquid waste from landfills. 

Waste management a concern for S Africa

27th September 2019 “South Africa is a leader in waste management in Southern Africa, however, when considering waste management throughout the life cycle, South Africa is about 20 to 30 years behind European countries and other developed countries,” says Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)... 

Industrial symbiosis makes Vision 2030 viable

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     27th September 2019 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), a division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, tells Engineering News that its industrial symbiosis programme is a great contributor to the initiative to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2030 in South Africa. 

Ships set to burn raw crude oil to beat new clean fuel rules 

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2019 For almost three years, the oil industry has been puzzling over how to supply merchant ships with fuel that will meet tough new environmental standards. Turns out part of the solution was sitting in the ground and under ocean floors all the while: crude oil. Oil from off the U.K.’s coast, which... 

International airline body urging six priorities on global aviation organisation

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th September 2019 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has affirmed that it has high expectations for the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s fortieth assembly, which started in Montreal, Canada, on Tuesday. Iata is the representative body of the world’s commercial aviation (airline and air... 

International airline body urging six priorities on global aviation organisation

Institute establishes drive for CO2 as natural refrigerant

By: Cameron Mackay     20th September 2019 Local heating, refrigeration and air conditioning (HVAC) industry body the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) has established a drive to introduce the option of using carbon dioxide (CO2) as a natural refrigerant, referred to as R744, through technical talks... 

National action ‘critical’ in combatting climate change, says Momoniat 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2019 Appropriate action to help transition the South African economy onto a low-carbon growth path, as articulated in the National Development Plan, is needed, says National Treasury deputy-director general Dr Ismail Momoniat. Speaking at a Carbon Tax Colloquium hosted by the South African National... 

National Treasury deputy-director general Dr Ismail Momoniat
Photo by Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke
National Treasury deputy-director general Dr Ismail Momoniat

ShotSpotter deployed in Kruger National Park to fight rhino poaching

By: African News Agency      17th September 2019 A global technology company, ShotSpotter Inc. announced on Tuesday that it has deployed gunshot detection systems in the Kruger National Park in South Africa to help combat rhino poaching. The announcement was made ahead of World Rhino Day on September 22. 

Illegal EIA activities remain most prominent environmental crime, says dept

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2019 The 2018/19 financial year continued to display a similar pattern to previous years in terms of the most prevalent types of environmental crimes being detected by various environmental management inspectors, better known as the Green Scorpions. The Department of Environment, Forestry and... 

Illegal EIA activities remain most prominent environmental crime, says dept

Foundation celebrates 25 years of success in used oil recycling

6th September 2019 More than 1.5-billion litres of hazardous used motor oil has been kept out of the environment. 

COLLABORATION 
It is imperative that ROSE works alongside government to ensure we help shape legislation which will benefit all stakeholders in the oil industry
COLLABORATION It is imperative that ROSE works alongside government to ensure we help shape legislation which will benefit all stakeholders in the oil industry

IMO regulation a hurdle for local oil refineries

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th September 2019 The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 2020 regulation has prescribed for a large reduction in the maximum sulphur content of bunker fuels which presents a challenge for South African oil refineries. 

ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE 
Oil refineries have to comply with the minimum emission standards as stipulated in the national Air Quality Act
ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE Oil refineries have to comply with the minimum emission standards as stipulated in the national Air Quality Act

Eskom faces emissions violations, could shut plants  

By: Reuters     4th September 2019 Cash-strapped power utility Eskom could be forced to shut some plants if it fails to reduce emissions, its COO warned on Wednesday, raising the spectre of further blackouts. The potential closures, which Jan Oberholzer said could cut a tenth of the state firm's 45 000 MW production capacity,... 

Carbon tax awareness leads to gas conversions, growth for company

By: Cameron Mackay     30th August 2019 Increased demand for converting to the use of natural gas from heavy fuel oils for energy solutions has led to opportunities for compressed natural gas supplier Virtual Gas Network. The introduction of the Carbon Tax Act in June this year has led to an increase in awareness in the industrial and... 

ACCESS FOR GROWTH

Importing and increased access to LNG would allow for downstream development and could help Virtual Gas Network become a national gas distributor
ACCESS FOR GROWTH Importing and increased access to LNG would allow for downstream development and could help Virtual Gas Network become a national gas distributor

Alternative methods for emissions control created

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     23rd August 2019 Owing to stringent emission regulations regarding the quality of fuel supplied in South Africa, diesel and alternative fuel engines supplier Cummins South Africa offers engine after-treatment in conjunction with Euro 5 emission engines used in trucks and buses. 

INNOVATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY
Cummins has been using Euro 5 technology since 2010 and Euro 6 technology since 2014
INNOVATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY Cummins has been using Euro 5 technology since 2010 and Euro 6 technology since 2014

Benefits of quality-specified concrete being recognised

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd August 2019 Years of effort by the South African Readymix Association (Sarma) to spread awareness about the importance of quality-specified concrete are finally bearing fruit, as it is starting to reach local-government level, says Sarma director Johan van Wyk. Collaborating with parastatals, such as... 

QUALITY CONCRETE DEMANDS

State companies and parastatals have started to specify quality concrete, subsequently creating opportunities for readymix companies to become involved in infrastructure projects
QUALITY CONCRETE DEMANDS State companies and parastatals have started to specify quality concrete, subsequently creating opportunities for readymix companies to become involved in infrastructure projects

Sarma accreditation mitigates lack of concrete laws

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd August 2019 Accreditation as a South African Readymix Association (Sarma) member can mitigate many of the challenges associated with the lack of laws and specification governing the production of quality concrete, says Sarma director Johan van Wyk. “It’s significant to get accreditation because there is no... 

FULLY COMPLIANT 

Sarma members are supported through technical advice, partnerships with institutions and member companies, lower premiums on insurance policies and accreditation
FULLY COMPLIANT Sarma members are supported through technical advice, partnerships with institutions and member companies, lower premiums on insurance policies and accreditation

Greenpeace Africa sets up ‘hospital’ protest scene at Eskom head office

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th August 2019 Anti-pollution activists from Greenpeace Africa on Tuesday blocked the entrance to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Megawatt Park head office, in Johannesburg. The environmental organisation confirmed in a statement that the activists used a makeshift emergency hospital scene to highlight the... 

Legislation, waste diverting can drive biogas growth

By: Cameron Mackay     16th August 2019 Changing legislation and the continued strain on landfill space in South Africa is causing a significant drive in the country to divert waste, particularly organic waste, away from landfill sites. Alternative waste solutions provider GCX Zero Waste manager Hein Fourie says this can help to... 

COMPLEX MARKETS

Growth of the biofuels sector is slow, as the sector is slowly learning how to accommodate and adapt to South African market conditions
COMPLEX MARKETS Growth of the biofuels sector is slow, as the sector is slowly learning how to accommodate and adapt to South African market conditions

Food processing industry ideal for biogas production

By: Cameron Mackay     16th August 2019 Industries that produce large quantities of organic waste, such as the food processing industry, are ideal for biogas production, says local waste disposal solutions provider Global Energy director Henry Thomson. The Cape Town-based engineering consulting and turnkey project company provides... 

CONFIDENCE IN BIOGAS
Establishing credibility in biogas technology is crucial in implementing more projects
CONFIDENCE IN BIOGAS Establishing credibility in biogas technology is crucial in implementing more projects

Billionaire-backed Kropz faces crucial water license hearing

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2019 Kropz, which is almost half owned by South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital Investments, is set to face a crucial test next month that will determine the future of its flagship project. Representatives of the Elandsfontein phosphate mine, which Kropz has spent at... 

Fight over compliance with minimum emission standards set to intensify

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd August 2019 Several companies across energy-intensive industries are failing to meet South Africa's minimum emission standards (MES). These firms, many of which are facing serious financial pressures, generally depend on mature, fossil-fuel intensive technologies and processes. Converting these technologies... 

Fight over compliance with minimum emission standards set to intensify

Sasol’s South Africa plants threatened by emission standards

By: Bloomberg     29th July 2019 Sasol said some of its South African plants are under threat from sulfur dioxide emission standards that it will need to comply with by 2025. The company, South Africa’s biggest by revenue, operates plants that convert coal into motor fuel and chemicals in Secunda, east of Johannesburg, and... 

EVs demand remains low in local industry

By: Tracy Hancock     26th July 2019 Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in South Africa remains low, mostly owing to the high cost of the limited options available to South African motorists. The Electric Vehicle Industry Association indicaties that of the about 12.5-million registered vehicles on South Africa’s roads, 1 000, or... 

RESOLUTION NEEDED South Africa can benefit from strengthened efforts to foster the partnerships and political will required to support existing intentions to grow the electric vehicle industry
RESOLUTION NEEDED South Africa can benefit from strengthened efforts to foster the partnerships and political will required to support existing intentions to grow the electric vehicle industry

UK Supreme Court to hear Nigerians' case for pursuing Shell spill claim in England

By: Reuters     24th July 2019 The Supreme Court in London will hear an appeal by Nigerian farmers and fishermen to pursue claims in England against oil major Shell over oil spills in the Niger Delta, lawyers for the two affected communities said on Wednesday. The decision to hear the appeal re-opens the possibility for... 

UK Supreme Court to hear Nigerians' case for pursuing Shell spill claim in England

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... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa address the 25 Years of Democracy Conference. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

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,... 

Wasteplan CEO Bertie Lourens
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... 

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