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Creecy shares strides govt has made in circular economy efforts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy says government understands how green industries can open up new possibilities for development and create much-needed jobs in South Africa. Delivering a keynote address at the Waste Khoro 2020 event, which was held virtually on... 

Sustainable energy: a crucial component to accelerate SA’s economic recovery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th September 2020 Against the backdrop of severe economic pressure and an unreliable electricity supply, the local uptake of sustainable energy is gaining rapid momentum with solar power, in particular, proving key to unlocking the economic recovery that South Africa so desperately needs.  This is according to... 

Trafigura launches $500m low-carbon aluminium financing platform

By: Mariaan Webb     8th September 2020 Commodities trader Trafigura has launched a $500-million ‘low carbon aluminium’ financing platform, which it says is a first-of-its kind for the company and the wider market. Supported by Natixis and Rabobank, the platform will enable Trafigura to access finance at a preferential interest rate... 

Optimal water use can support food security, say IFAT Africa advisors

25th August 2020 Wastewater reuse presents a sustainable solution to support food security amid looming water shortages, but the cost of the necessary infrastructure means it is not being widely adopted in South Africa. However, manufacturing plants, particularly local branches of international food and beverage... 

Italtile stays resilient despite headwinds

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th August 2020 JSE-listed Italtile has demonstrated resilience in delivering a solid set of results for the financial year ended June 30, with dividends and a capital expenditure programme remaining firmly in place, despite hampered manufacturing capability in April and May, and the continued indirect impacts... 

Packaging organisation urges responsible ammonium nitrate warehousing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st August 2020 After a cache of ammonium nitrate exploded earlier in August and left great devastation in Beruit, Lebanon, the Responsible Packaging Management Association of Southern Africa has stressed the importance of correct due procedure when handling ammonium nitrate. The association warns that what... 

Creecy extends public comment on compulsory proposed manufacturer recycling regulations

By: Donna Slater     21st August 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy, on August 5, granted a 30-day extension for public comment on proposed regulations regarding extended producer responsibility with regard to the management of waste post the consumer stage of a product’s lifecycle. Members of the... 

South African company showcases enhanced sustainable masks

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2020 Proudly South African venture firm Inex has developed a cost-effective sustainable, reusable face mask for both industrial and personal use as South Africa continues its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The Inex Sola MR2 offers maximum protection on both inhale and exhale, with a soft... 

Reducing business downtime with robots

20th August 2020 According to Asen Bozhikov, Assistant Professor of Business Informatics at the D. A. Academy of Economics in Svishtov, Bulgaria, businesses suffer approximately 14 hours of technology-related downtime per year. Effectively, that’s two days of operations lost. In a world that is always connected... 

Factory automation: four tips for the future of food & beverage manufacturing 

20th August 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has posed major challenges to organisations of all types and sizes. In the food and commodity industry, companies have faced significantly reduced consumption and disrupted supply chains, while at-home consumption increased, and out-of-home consumption came near to a... 

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