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DWS prioritises Sedibeng water project 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2022 The Sedibeng Regional Sewer Sanitation Scheme, which remains central to resolving the issues that affect the Vaal River System in the Emfuleni local municipality, has been prioritised by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and is part of the immediate scope of works that will be... 

Heavy rains force miners to halt operations in southeast Brazil

By: Reuters     11th January 2022 Heavy rainfall in southeastern Brazil has prompted miners including Vale to suspend some operations, they said on Monday, after downpours caused deadly floods in the northeast and threatened to delay harvests in the midwest. Rainfall is expected to remain heavy this week in most of top mining... 

French-owned mine in Brazil ordered to stop operating after dike overflow

By: Reuters     10th January 2022 The regulatory National Mining Agency (ANM) suspended operations of French steel pipe maker Vallourec at its Pau Branco iron-ore mine in Brazil on Sunday, a day after a dike at the mine overflowed and cut off a federal highway, the company said. The overflow of the dike cut off traffic on... 

Oil industry cleaning technique adapted for nuclear decontamination in the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th December 2021 The adoption of a cleaning method from the oil and gas industry has allowed the decontamination of pipe sections from the former Harwell nuclear research site in the UK. As a result, instead of having to be stored as low-level nuclear waste, the sections of pipe can be recycled. “By adapting a... 

Billionaire Adani’s disputed mine shows ditching coal isn't easy

By: Bloomberg     3rd December 2021 Billionaire Gautam Adani’s coal mine in Australia, a project that’s become a global emblem for opposition to fossil fuels, is preparing to begin exports after more than a decade of bitter dispute over its development. Proposed in 2010 and stalled by legal challenges, financing setbacks and a... 

Some takeaways from COP26

By: Saliem Fakir     3rd December 2021 We are in what we may call slow burn and incremental shock of climate vulnerability – recent events tell a story of increased frequency of extreme weather patterns, yet the world struggles to engage in global collective action that is beyond pledges and symbolic gestures. We cannot be oblivious... 

IZA Africa Desk calls for Sishen-Saldanha ore rail link to be privatised and expanded

30th November 2021 South Africa’s only zinc refinery closed down in 2011, while Africa’s only other zinc refinery stopped operating in early 2020. In recent years, South Africa imported up to 86 000 tons of refined zinc per annum at a current cost of R3.99 billion. Thus, South Africa has to depend on costly... 

Approval for marine applications gained

26th November 2021 Motion and control technologies supplier Parker Hannifin has announced that its mechanical flange system for machines and plants with working pressures of up to 420 bar high performance flange system has gained DGUV approval for marine applications. The DGUV approval certifies the use of Parker’s... 

Wastewater use in desalination, a viable drought solution

By: Claire O'Reilly     26th November 2021 Water treatment supplier Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) has designed a solution-based technology – the Coastal Drought Buster – for coastal towns to augment their conventional water sources. 

Kropz’s Elandsfontein project remains on track, albeit tightly so

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2021 Emerging African phosphate developer Kropz’s Elandsfontein project, in South Africa, remains on schedule, albeit tight, and within the original projected capital budget for commissioning next month. The Aim-listed producer on November 23 highlighted that these achievements “have been realised... 

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