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Pratley looking to grow exports into rest of Africa

By: Schalk Burger     23rd August 2019 Industrial products and adhesives manufacturer Pratley has realised sustained demand for its products during difficult economic times and is exploring growing its exports, says Pratley manager Andrew Pratley. “We have our eyes set on expanding our export markets even further, specifically in... 

Plastic particles in drinking water present 'low' risk – WHO

By: Reuters     22nd August 2019 Microplastics contained in drinking water pose a "low" risk to human health at current levels, but more research is needed to reassure consumers, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Studies over the past year on plastic particles detected in tap and bottled water have sparked... 

Interwaste prepared for implementation of zero liquids to landfill legislation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2019 Waste management company Interwaste on Thursday questioned whether South Africa was ready and able to manage zero liquid waste to landfill, as is required under legislation due to take effect on August 23. “Over the past several years, new legislation has been developed to improve the disposal... 

Difficult trading environment impacts on Transpaco’s results

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2019 JSE-listed paper and packaging producer Transpaco witnessed poor trading conditions and reduced consumer spend during the financial year ended June 30, but still declared a 50c a share cash dividend to be paid out of income reserves, resulting in total dividends of 80c a share for the period. 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

CSIR, Japan and UN agency to jointly research plastic waste in SA

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th August 2019 Japan and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) recently signed an agreement at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, to cooperate to counter plastic pollution in South Africa. The CSIR will work jointly with UNIDO to implement the... 

Raubex subsidiary paves Africa’s first part-plastic road

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2019 Road construction company Raubex Group subsidiary Shisalanga Construction has managed to pave a road using recycled plastic. Shisalanga last week completed a recycled plastic road paving trial in Cliffdale, KwaZulu-Natal. It used a binding agent with unique properties to blend recycled plastic... 

Traditional healers, churches take on EnviroServ over Shongweni landfill

By: African News Agency      6th August 2019 A non-profit organisation together with churches and traditional healers from KwaZulu-Natal have joined together to force waste management giant EnviroServ to run its Shongweni landfill in a manner that “does not harm” surrounding communities. Ubumbano Lokuthulo Organisation (ULO), joined by... 

V&A Waterfront shopping centre achieves five-star green rating

By: Simone Liedtke     5th August 2019 The V&A Waterfront’s waste management and recycling practices has earned the property a five-star Green Buildings Council of South Africa (GBCSA) Green Star Existing Building Performance (EBP) v1 certification for its Victoria Wharf shopping centre. This is the highest rating for any existing... 

V&A Waterfront shopping centre achieves five-star green rating

Senegal to crack down on huge plastic waste by enforcing law

By: Reuters     30th July 2019 Tired of seeing Senegal's seascapes spoiled by ever-growing mounds of cheap plastic bags, authorities plan to crack down on polluters by imposing fines and further restricting plastic use. The West African country, whose beaches on the Atlantic attract tourists from all over the world, is one of... 

Japan funding plastic waste research project in South Africa 

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th July 2019 Japan is funding a joint research programme into plastic waste and alternative materials in South Africa. The programme will run for three years, paid for by a Japanese grant of $1.8-million. It will be jointly implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and South... 

Japan, UN agency and CSIR to jointly research plastic waste in South Africa 

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th July 2019 Japan and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation signed an agreement at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria on Friday, to cooperate to counter plastic pollution in South Africa. The CSIR will work jointly with UNIDO to implement the agreement.  

Japanese Ambassador to South Africa Norio Maruyama
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Japanese Ambassador to South Africa Norio Maruyama

IDC supports startup recycler in Mpumalanga 

25th July 2019 The Industrial Development Corporation has approved just under R7-billion in investment in Mpumalanga from May last year, when it opened a regional branch in the provinces. This investment includes funding towards an emerging black-owned recycler, Mihula Holdings, which is based in the Highveld... 

IDC supports startup recycler in Mpumalanga
IDC supports startup recycler in Mpumalanga

Mathe Group invests in new process to recycle retreaded tyre waste

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2019 The Mathe Group, one of South Africa’s largest used radial truck tyre recycling operations, has invested in a new multimillion-rand operation to recycle waste rubber from the retreading process. One of the Mathe Group’s biggest investors is British investment group PFE International. Its CEO, Dr... 

IDC drives development in Mpumalanga

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2019 Funding provided by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has helped start-up recycling company Mihula Holdings increase its staffing levels to eight people. The IDC in March provided funding to enable Mihula to buy a baler and trucks for collecting raw material. 

IDC drives development in Mpumalanga

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... 

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2019 The Pretoria-based headquarters of research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has almost doubled its commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity because of its rooftop-mounted fixed-axis solar PV plant exceeding initial performance expectations.  

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

Use Mandela Month for water awareness – DWS

By: Thabi Madiba     11th July 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Thursday called on Gauteng residents to use their 67 minutes this Mandela Month towards cleaning freshwater sources and called on people to stop polluting water. The DWS urged water users not to take water for granted, and pointed out that former... 

Former President Nelson Mandela
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Former President Nelson Mandela

CPUT prof develops one-stop solution for textile waste water

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2019 The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has developed a one-stop treatment reactor for treating textile waste water, using locally developed nano-powders. This treatment system offers an almost instantaneous removal of colour from water, explains project leader Professor Veruscha Fester. 

CPUT prof develops one-stop solution for textile waste water

Unisa, Mpumalanga municipality partner on waste management solutions

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th July 2019 The University of South Africa (Unisa) has partnered with the Bushbuckridge local municipality, in Mpumalanga, to find ways of improving waste management in the region. The municipality’s waste management manager, Levy Mokoena, says the municipality will use Unisa’s academic research on... 

Calculator to estimate daily water use

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     5th July 2019 With South Africa classified as a water-stressed country, owing to its receiving an average of about 492 mm/y of rainfall, water utility Rand Water’s environmental brand Water Wise’s water calculator provides users with an estimate of how much water is used in daily activities. Water Wise... 

R341-million set aside to overhaul infrastructure

5th July 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation has set aside R341-million to completely overhaul wastewater treatment infrastructure in the Vaal Triangle, says pump manufacturer and supplier Werner Pumps MD Sebastian Werner. The Vaal river is polluted with untreated sewage flowing into it from three... 

PUMP IT UP
The truck-mounted jetting units built by Werner South Africa Pumps and Equipment will assist ERWAT to save the Vaal River
PUMP IT UP The truck-mounted jetting units built by Werner South Africa Pumps and Equipment will assist ERWAT to save the Vaal River

South Africa water supply not keeping up with developments

5th July 2019 There are potential mining zones – in coal, platinum and chrome, for instance – in the northern parts of provinces like Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga. In many of these, growth has in fact already taken place – but water supply is not keeping up, says consulting firm SRK Consulting partner... 

Creecy confirms government is reviewing policy related to singe-use plastic

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2019 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has confirmed that her department has initiated a process to review the effectiveness of current policies relating to the management of plastic waste and whether it is necessary to consider a new policy direction. In a Parliamentary... 

Company to launch Kaiser units at IFAT Africa

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th June 2019 Distributor, repair facility and rental agent Octopus Electronics will launch industrial vehicle manufacturer Kaiser MORO’s Elegance truck at the IFAT Africa 2019 conference, which will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng, from July 9 to 11. Octopus Electronics sales... 

Scientists want to dump hundreds of plastic blocks into the sea to solve litter mystery

By: News24Wire      27th June 2019 We know a staggering volume of plastic waste is ending up in our oceans, but where it all goes is still a bit of a mystery. A ground-breaking new study aims to shed light on the subject, but scientists have hit a stumbling block after concerned citizens launched efforts to stop it from going ahead. 

Pollution on our plate: How waste is ending up in fish caught off the Cape coast

By: News24Wire      26th June 2019 The ocean around Cape Town is so polluted that pharmaceutical and industrial chemical compounds are accumulating in the flesh of fish caught off the coast, reports GroundUp . Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town's water quality reports remain hidden from the public. Scientists from the University of... 

Nelson Mandela Bay municipality vows to clean up filthy city

By: African News Agency      25th June 2019 Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has embarked on a  campaign to clean up the city by budgeting R40-million for the 2019/20 financial year.  Forty three co-operatives will be paid as part of its “Clean and Green Programme”. 

PnP joins metal packaging recycling organisation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st June 2019 Supermarket group Pick n Pay (PnP) has signed up as a member of MetPac-SA, a producer responsibility organisation representing the metal packaging recycling industry in South Africa. MetPac-SA CEO Kishan Singh this week applauded PnP’s decision to support the local metal packaging industry’s... 

Health club receives net zero waste rating

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 Through rigorous waste reduction, separation and recycling on site, and the assistance of net zero-accredited professionals Ecolution Consulting, Health Club Virgin Active Constantia, in Cape Town, achieved a Net Zero Waste certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa.... 

NOTHING GOES TO WASTE 
Currently 93% of the gym’s waste is being diverted – an amount that was possible through an initial waste audit calculation
Photo by Julian Goldswain
NOTHING GOES TO WASTE Currently 93% of the gym’s waste is being diverted – an amount that was possible through an initial waste audit calculation

Green light for ‘net zero’

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 Following then Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s announcement paving the way for small projects generating between 1 MW and 10 MW of their own renewable electricity to feed it back into the grid, green building consultants ecocentric see this as a crucial opportunity for companies to accelerate... 

RATINGS 
The GBCSA Rosebank office received a 4-Star Interiors Rating based on the assessment of the environmental attributes of the building’s interior fit-outs
RATINGS The GBCSA Rosebank office received a 4-Star Interiors Rating based on the assessment of the environmental attributes of the building’s interior fit-outs

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... 

CARBON TAX COMPLICATIONS 
AfriSam has significantly reduced its carbon emissions
CARBON TAX COMPLICATIONS AfriSam has significantly reduced its carbon emissions

Oil giants' chemical lifeline threatened by plastic-trash crisis

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2019 As the world strives to wean itself off fossil fuels, oil companies have been turning to plastic as the key to their future. Now even that’s looking overly optimistic. The global crackdown on plastic trash threatens to take a big chunk out of demand growth just as oil companies like Saudi Aramco... 

Reclaimers progress towards formal inclusion in waste collection system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2019 The African Reclaimers Organisation (Aro) has partnered with consumer goods manufacturer Unilever South Africa and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in starting a pilot project to help reclaimers advance towards formal integration into the Johannesburg waste collection system. The... 

ARO committee member Luyanda Hlatshwayo, Wits lecturer Dr Melanie Samson, Wiego organiser Eli Kodisang, Unilever homecare VP Lethepu Mashaba and Unilever South Africa VP Luc-Oliver Marquet
ARO committee member Luyanda Hlatshwayo, Wits lecturer Dr Melanie Samson, Wiego organiser Eli Kodisang, Unilever homecare VP Lethepu Mashaba and Unilever South Africa VP Luc-Oliver Marquet

Waste is the new gold, says Gauteng MEC Ramokgopa

By: African News Agency      5th June 2019 As the world marked World Environment Day on Wednesday, Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment Dr. Kgosientso Ramokgopa urged communities to recycle waste, avoid illegal dumping and constantly consider the environmental impact of their actions. "This World Environment... 

Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment Dr. Kgosientso Ramokgopa
Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment Dr. Kgosientso Ramokgopa

Environmental affairs department welcomes SCA ruling in Interwaste and FG landfill site

By: African News Agency      3rd June 2019 The environmental affairs department (DEA) has welcomed the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein's judgment this week upholding, with costs, the appeal by the Gauteng agriculture and rural development department (GDARD) against the findings of the High Court in Pretoria with respect to... 

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