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Waste Management and Recycling

High-tech waste collectors get smart

By: Karel Smrcka     4th March 2005 New Finnish waste-collection technologies for the twenty-first century include logistics systems that automatically guide waste-collection trucks along efficient routes, and smart bins that send out Global System Mobile (GSM) signals when they are nearly full. 

SA engineers poised for big role in rebuilding tsunami-hit countries

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) is playing a big role in the civil engineering side of South Africa’s effort to assist countries that were affected by the recent tsunami. 

Consultancy lands chrome-mine job

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Gauteng-based TWP Consulting has been commissioned to design and manage the construction of a new underground chrome-mine. 

Swiss recycling technology for SA

4th February 2005 Swiss recycling and waste-management equipment pioneer Holzmag has entered the Southern African market with products that promise to unlock significant environmental, operational and financial benefits. 

Plastic bottle recycling plant opens in Gauteng 

By: Keith Campbell     10th December 2004 THE new recycling plant established by Hosaf at Alrode in Alberton is opening a whole new sector for the company. 

Sub consortium, Daun team up to create jobs

By: Keith Campbell     10th December 2004 THE national industrial participation (Nip – that is, civilian offsets) programme from the German Submarine Consortium (GSC) has resulted in an endeavour which has already created just over 360 jobs and is set to create almost 400 over the next year, for a total of 700 sustainable new jobs. 

SA joins marine-pollution fight

By: Jill Stanford     19th November 2004 SOUTH Africa is playing a leading role in the struggle against waste and pollution that is affecting East African coastal areas. 

New product improves oil/water separation

By: abdul cook     5th November 2004 Point-source runoff and nonpoint-source storm-water runoff from industrial areas contains significant loads of sediment and oil. 

R15m glass-recycling plant opens in Cape Town

By: abdul cook     5th November 2004 A glass-recycling plant was commissioned in June by Consol Glass in Bellville, Cape Town. 

Industrial municipality

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 An industrial municipality is what a South African company has in effect become in the industrialised Free State town of Sasolburg. 

SA not ready to fight e-waste threat

By: Helene Le Roux     29th October 2004 The growing volume of e-waste is considered by some to be the fastest growing – and potentially the most dangerous – threat to the environment. ?A new electronic-waste (e-waste) company, African Sky was launched in Johannesburg earlier this month to tackle the recycling of defunct... 

Recycled water for south Durban industry

By: tom robbins     1st October 2004 French water company Veolia, previously known as Vivendi, will increase output of its recycled water by 5 000 m3 a day to meet demand from thirsty Durban customers Mondi and Sapref. 

Big waste congress heads for SA

20th September 2004 The International Waste Congress and Exhibition (WasteCon), to be held at Sun City from October 15 to 11, will be hosted by the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA). 

Joe Makhoere

17th September 2004 Full name: Tsoeu Joseph Makhoere Position: MD Merisol RSA since March 2003 Main activity of the company: Manufacture of cresylic chemicals from material that would otherwise be dumped as waste Date and place of birth: December 18, 1956, Vereeniging Education: Lekoa Shandu High School,... 

Empowered firm eyes hazardous-waste sector

By: ongezwa manyathi     3rd September 2004 Phambili Wasteman, a black-economic-empowered company is a product of a merger between Phambili Services and the Wasteman Group. 

Call for waste-management investment in South Africa

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th August 2004 Waste management is an industry seen by many as one with growth potential. 

Waste-information system developed for municipality

27th August 2004 Another first for multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Jeffares & Green is the development of the Amatole district municipality (ADM) waste information system (WIS), which was recently handed over to the municipality in the Eastern Cape. 

Research goal is to recycle and upgrade food-processing waste

27th August 2004 Food scientists and biotechnologists will be putting their heads together in a third European Commission-funded initiative awarded to a research consortium of which the CSIR is part, and in which the aim is to reduce food-processing waste. 

16 municipalities use tractor-drawn waste-handling system

27th August 2004 The brief given to the AIM Group some years ago by one of the large municipalities in Gauteng was to design a waste-handling system that is tractor-drawn but has approximately double the capacity of the Power X System. 

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. 

Recycling legislation advocated

By: ongezwa manyathi     27th August 2004 It has been said that there is a demand from industry for the integration of environmental-management systems, and Transpaco Recylcing MD Kobus Botha tells Engineering News that this demand is starting to manifest itself at large corporate institutions. 

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. 

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