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South Sudan plans environmental audit of oil fields in move to curb pollution

By: Reuters     10th January 2020 South Sudan is launching a tender for a comprehensive environmental audit of all its oil-producing fields in a bid to reduce pollution following years of neglect, the government said on Friday. Oil sales bring in almost all the revenue of the East African nation, which has boosted output to stand... 

Pick n Pay aims to cut its food waste by 50% by 2025

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 Twenty of supermarket Pick n Pay’s biggest suppliers has joined the chain store in a new global project to combat food waste. Backed by ten of the world’s largest food retailers and manufacturers, the initiative will focus on in-store and supply chain food loss and waste. 

Pick n Pay aims to cut its food waste by 50% by 2025

National Waste Management Strategy comments now open

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 Members of the public are invited to submit comments and inputs on the Draft 3rd  National Waste Management Strategy. The revised and updated Strategy was published in Government Gazette 42879 earlier this month, on December 3, as a requirement of the Waste Act to establish the National Waste... 

Pick n Pay introduces packaging-free zone, expands its 'nude' produce wall

By: African News Agency      4th December 2019 South African retailer, Pick n Pay on Tuesday said it is piloting a new packaging-free zone as one of its efforts to lead the change in reducing packaging and plastic waste. The retailer said that the ‘pick and weigh’ shopping experience will also provide customers with the opportunity to... 

Waste management, recycling needed for sustainability

29th November 2019 Waste management and recycling practices play an important role in South Africa’s sustainability drive. With the conservation of resources being the responsibility of all governments, South Africa introduced the Carbon Tax Act with the aim of reducing carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025. 

Waste management, recycling needed for sustainability
AGAIN AND AGAIN Nampak has undertaken to recycle and reuse plastics in their plight to produce sustainable packaging

Company installs leachate tank at landfill

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th November 2019 Industrial and commercial steel water-tank manufacturer SBS has recently installed a 500 m³ capacity landfill leachate storage tank with a floating cover at a landfill site in Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal. The ST21-03 SBS tank measures 14.33 m in diameter and 3.17 m in height.  

Company installs leachate tank at landfill
SAFELY CONTAINED Once the leachate liquid is safely contained, it requires further processing to obtain an environmentally safe liquid

Company launches first plastics research centre

By: Halima Frost     29th November 2019 Specialist chemicals company Clariant last month announced the inception of its EcoCircle centre of excellence, based on its plan to offer significant support to reduce, reuse and recycle. The first such centre will be based at Clariant’s Masterbatches Business Unit in Pogliano, Italy, and aims... 

Company launches first plastics research centre
BACK TO GREEN The EcoCircle center of excellence brings with it support of the reduce, reuse and recycle concept

Innovation key in reducing sector impact on environment

29th November 2019 The energy and electrical sectors should be at the forefront of innovation to reduce its impact on the environment, says diversified power management company Eaton South Africa’s Energy Saver System business development manager Marcel Buckner. “This at a time when the world’s focus is... 

Innovation key in reducing sector impact on environment
GOOD GAS The Xiria switchgear system does not use harmful sulphur hexafluoride gases

Water-treatment technology launched in Amsterdam

By: Halima Frost     29th November 2019 Earlier this month, flow control, filtration and environmental technology supplier Flowrox launched its Flowrox Corona non-thermal plasma water-treatment technology at the Aquatech expo, in the Netherlands. The Flowrox Corona was selected as one of the finalists for the Aquatech Innovation Award... 

Water-treatment technology launched  in Amsterdam
PURI-FECT The Flowrox Corona uses cold plasma technology to purify wastewater before being reintroduced into the environment

South Africa needs comprehensive plan to tackle plastic waste – Creecy 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd November 2019 A comprehensive plan is needed to tackle the plastic waste problem countrywide and to reach the ideal of a plastic-waste-free South Africa by 2030, Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy said on Friday. Speaking during a keynote address at the Plastics Colloquium, in Gauteng,... 

South Africa needs comprehensive plan to tackle plastic waste – Creecy
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Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy

Kudos for local industrial demolition company

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2019 The safe decontamination and demolition of three redundant gold and uranium complexes earned local industrial demolition company Jet Demolition an international recycling and environmental award from construction information firm KHL Group and the European Demolition Association. The project... 

L2D commits to cutting its carbon emissions

By: Simone Liedtke     15th November 2019 With a vision to be the leading South African precinct focused retail-centred real estate investment trust, Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) has made commitments to changing some of its business operations that will support accelerated and positive changes by reducing carbon emissions, water use and... 

Calls for urgent action to stem the rising tide of waste

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2019 Some countries are stepping up their use of technology in the way waste is disposed of, although far more needs to be done to sort waste into streams and step up recycling worldwide, the Landfill 2019 conference in Cape Town has heard. US-based leader within the geosynthetic environmental... 

Experts call for overhaul in the way waste is managed in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2019 Experts have called for changes in the way municipalities dispose of waste in South Africa, saying that up to 90% of waste goes to landfills, most of which are uncontrolled dump sites. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research principal scientist: waste and circular economy Professor Linda... 

Coca-Cola chooses plastic bottle collection over aluminium cans to cut carbon footprint

By: Reuters     7th November 2019 Coca-Cola is committed to collecting and recycling plastic bottles rather than switching to aluminium cans as the world's largest soft drinks maker seeks to reduce its carbon footprint, its chief executive officer told Reuters. Along with multinational rivals including PepsiCo and Nestle,... 

Deputy Minister calls for greater collaboration

11th October 2019 Municipalities need to work with the Department of Water and Sanitation and water entities to ensure efficient government supply systems, said Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo at the inaugural Municipal Water Services Scientific Forum held at the Athlone Wastewater Treatment... 

Deputy Minister calls for  greater collaboration
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QUALITY CATALYST The Municipal Water Services Scientific Forum will serve as a platform for knowledge sharing in the management of water and effluent quality

Innovation exists, but needs to be scaled up locally

By: Tracy Hancock     11th October 2019 South Africa’s infrastructure needs refurbishment to restore functionality, as well as a digital refit  to enable a new cyber management regime as the local water industry enters the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), says national water knowledge hub Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dhesigen... 

Innovation exists, but needs to be scaled up locally
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WATER GOALS Innovation is the only way through which Africa will come close to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and achieve reasonable water security

Company provides multiple new solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     11th October 2019 As part of its continuous drive to improve on its solutions offerings, diversified construction materials company AfriSam is developing multiple new solutions to provide more environment-friendly and cost-effective products for clients. Cost effectiveness is particularly important, considering... 

Company provides multiple new solutions
AMIT DAWNEERANGEN One should rather think about the benefits of products in terms of durability, sustainability and the environment

Global value chain participation could offer boost for developing countries

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2019 In an era of slowing trade and growth, developing countries can achieve better outcomes for their citizens through reforms that boost their participation in global value chains, a new World Bank Group report has found. These reforms can help these countries expand from commodity exports to basic... 

Gauteng prioritises agriculture, township economy, manufacturing growth 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2019 Gauteng economic development, agriculture and environment MEC Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa on Tuesday said the province continued to experience pressure for further economic development, owing to about 4 000 people moving to the province each week in the hopes of gaining access to better... 

Gauteng prioritises agriculture, township economy, manufacturing growth
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Dr Kgotsientso Ramokgopa

South African mining has ‘small window of opportunity to fix itself’, says panel 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd October 2019 The South African mining industry has "a small window of opportunity to fix itself and move forward" which demands that mining companies sort out their balance sheets and recognise that there is a level of profitability within the industry, PwC South Africa partner Andries Rossouw told delegates... 

South African mining has ‘small window of opportunity to fix itself’, says panel
PwC South Africa partner Andries Rossouw discusses some of the mining industry's opportunities with a panel at Joburg Indaba, wherein Accenture senior MR Rachael Bartels highlights how the mining industry underpins the circular economy. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Water security a concern for the global mining industry, says Moody’s 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th September 2019 Securing reliable sources of water is becoming a challenge for mining companies globally, says ratings agency Moody’s. It notes that water is not only a vital resource in the mining process, but mines also use a significant amount of water in a variety of ways. Water is used for processing ore,... 

Water security a concern for the global mining industry, says Moody’s

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. 

Equipment boost aids recycling entrepreneur

27th September 2019 With a desire to clean up Soweto, educate the community and combat the problem of overfull landfills, waste management company Pendowave founder and MD Gordon Nkuta has built a thriving recycling business and has now earned the support of one of the world’s largest polyethylene terephthalate... 

Equipment boost aids recycling entrepreneur
CLEANING UP A baling machine contributes to the company’s progress and profitability

Demand growth continues to outweigh production growth

27th September 2019 Last month, macroeconomic researcher Fitch Solutions – a unit of the Fitch Group –reported that the global aluminum market will see a number of deficits over the coming years as solid demand growth, driven by the construction and autos sectors, outpaces production growth. Notably, the global... 

Demand growth continues to outweigh production growth
BUILDING SPEED The construction and automotive sectors have seen solid demand growth which has outpaced production growth

Partnership deploys waste recycling tech

By: Cameron Mackay     27th September 2019 Energy equipment and waste disposal solutions provider Bio-Dynamic Fuel (BDF) is focusing on partnering with food service and retail businesses to deploy the company’s waste disposal and renewable-energy solutions on a national level. The company’s technology entails converting used cooking oil... 

Partnership deploys waste recycling tech
OIL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL The deployment will focus on the company’s developed B-Tech 40 ℓ processor and chemical mix, which converts used cooking oil into biofuel

Industry body aims for plastics recycling rise

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th September 2019 Having recycled 46.3% of plastic waste last year, plastics industry association Plastics SA aims to recycle 48% of plastic waste by the end of this year, despite economic challenges. 

Industry body aims for  plastics recycling rise
BRIGHTER FUTURE Plastic SA wants to prevent plastic waste from ending up in the environment

Upcycling initiative creates employment opportunities

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th September 2019 Through research, innovation, skills development and corporate contribution, carbon tax training and consulting services expert 5inc is well placed to create jobs and skills development opportunities through projects based on waste collection and upcycling. 

Upcycling initiative creates employment opportunities
YASMINE MIEMIEC 5inc turns corporate waste into new and reusable products

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     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. 

Company launches recycled bicycle

27th September 2019 Global food and beverage company Nestle Global’s brand Nespresso has announced the launch of its fully recycled aluminium bicycle the RE:CYCLE – part of its drive to remain at the forefront of a circular economy and demonstrating its commitment to recycling. Aluminium is one of the world's most... 

Company launches recycled bicycle
THINK BIKE For every Vélosophy bike sold a second bike will be donated to a developing country in an effort to aid poverty relief

Integrating circular-economy approach to waste oil holds promise

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2019 Moving towards a more circular economy - which is based on the principle of using, recycling, and reusing in an (almost) closed loop - could deliver opportunities including reduced pressures on the environment, enhanced security of supply of raw materials, increased competitiveness, innovation,... 

No more 'eating' paper? Maties student, 19, wins prize for edible straws

By: News24Wire      18th September 2019 There is nothing more "sucky" than when a paper straw collapses while you're trying to sip your drink. So a Stellenbosch University student decided to create an edible straw that would allow people to enjoy their drinks and still be environmentally-conscious. Leila Siljeur, 19, a second-year... 

Companies can recoup carbon tax costs through ‘carbon credits’ – consultancy 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th September 2019 Consultancy Cova Advisory says South African businesses have a chance to recoup a significant slice of their carbon tax bill, but warns that they should not dither over this. Cova last week hosted a carbon tax seminar, in partnership with ACT Financial Solutions. The companies told attendees how... 

Paddlers discover 'sea of plastic' in Cape Town river

By: News24Wire      11th September 2019 An annual survey of Cape Town's rivers has uncovered "appalling" levels of pollution in the city's waterways. The Peninsula Paddle, which took place over the weekend, was started in 2010 to highlight the state of the canals, rivers and lakes between Muizenberg and Woodstock. 

New app contributes to efficient waste recycling

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2019 A fast-growing app-based service, the Waste Recycling App (Wrapp), is bringing convenience and simplicity to businesses and professionals who need waste removed from worksites. National roll-out of the app is planned for the end of this year, with the service currently available to more than 700... 

New app contributes to efficient waste recycling
Founder Clive Amsel (left) stands with truck driver Kewin Peterson (right)

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. 

Foundation celebrates  25 years of success in  used oil recycling
COLLABORATION It is imperative that ROSE works alongside government to ensure we help shape legislation which will benefit all stakeholders in the oil industry
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