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Good potential for growth

27th August 2010 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has significant potential for growth in South Africa, partly owing to the country’s low average household consumption of LPG compared with other countries, as well as its potential as an alternative energy source for heating and cooking, says national gas association... 

Capturing, reuse of water to reduce pollution and 
water use

16th July 2010 Capturing and reusing water and stormwater on industrial sites will go a long way to reducing pollution and water use, says environmental solutions company Procon Environmental Technologies environmental engineer Jacques Steyn. 

Small-scale water 
purification plants 
for remote areas

16th July 2010 Water engineering company Intaka Tech has developed compact high-rate solid-contact clarifiers and lamellar settlers for areas that do not have large-scale infrastructure, providing affected communities with potable water, says Intaka Tech head of water department Stefan Oosthuizen. 

Shortage of fresh water supplies looming?

16th July 2010 South Africa will benefit in tackling the country’s water challenges by drawing on lessons from its international counterparts and neighbouring countries’ water infrastructure projects, says engineering services company VWS Envig MD Gunter Rencken. 

Strategic planning driven by drought

16th July 2010 Strategic long-term planning is needed to deal with the problems presented by the drought in the Western Cape, says water engineering company VWS Envig area manager Cobus Olivier. 

Bioreactors 
provide quality water treatment

16th July 2010 Membrane bioreactors (MBR) and moving bed bioreactors (MBBR) can be used to upgrade existing wastewater treatment plants and can improve the output of retrofitted facilities, while delivering a higher quality of final effluent, says water engineering company VWS Envig area manager Cobus Olivier. 

35-Mℓ reservoir for mine also serves communities

16th July 2010 A 35-million litre reservoir has been built in the Moses Katane municipal area, north of Rustenburg, in North West province. This reservoir will provide water for investment company Boynton Investments’ opencast platinum-group metals (PGMs) mine, situated on the western limb of the igneous... 

Life beyond rivers: 
changing South Africa’s approach to water

16th July 2010 A new desalination plant is successfully operating in the town of Sedgefield, in the Western Cape, and is helping to deal with significant water challenges in this area. 

Competitively developing 
SA’s fasteners industry

18th June 2010 South Africa has the ability to develop a highly competitive fasteners industry, but this is being stymied by certain challenges, says fasteners supply company Bambalela Bolts owner Tania Williamson. 

Industrial supplier 
diversifies product range

18th June 2010 Industrial products supplier Bolt & Engineering Distributors (BED) is diversifying and expanding its product range and services to grow its client base. The company aims to be an industrial supplier to all industries, says BED director Mike Giltrow. 

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