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Mpact launches R46m liquid packaging plant

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 7 hours ago Paper and plastics packaging company Mpact on Tuesday launched a R46-million liquid packaging plant at its Springs mill, in Ekurhuleni. The plant will recycle 25 000 t/y of liquid packaging products, which has so far seen limited beneficiation in South Africa. 

US electric industry knew of climate threat decades ago – report

By: Reuters     25th July 2017 The US electric industry knew as far back as 1968 that burning fossil fuels might cause global warming, but cast doubt on the science of climate change and ramped up coal use for decades afterward, an environmental watchdog group said on Tuesday. The California-based Energy and Policy Institute,... 

Drought-hit Nairobi looks to filthy dam to keep business flowing

By: Reuters     25th July 2017 As residents of Nairobi's largest slum look for new sources of water amid lingering drought, they have seized on an unlikely one: An old 88-acre water reservoir full of sewage and trash, draped in water hyacinth. The Nairobi dam has been the capital's spare water reservoir in times of drought... 

Slight decrease in rhino poaching in SA 

By: African News Agency      24th July 2017 Fewer rhinoceroses were poached across South Africa in the first half of 2017, in comparison with same period of last year, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa announced on Monday. “There has been a slight decrease in the number of rhino poached nationally. A total of 529 rhino have been... 

Slight decrease in rhino poaching in SA

Futureproof solutions ensure green living

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Demonstrating its capability for creative thinking, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa has overcome bulk services shortages and ensured the preservation of the natural environment along KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast through the sustainable design of the... 

Solution provides protection on north coast

     21st July 2017 Nonwovens supplier Fibertex SA’s geosynthetic sand containers (GSC-Bags) will ensure the protection of the natural environment in the construction of a revetment structure at uMdloti beach, on KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast. 

Solution provides protection on north coast
SPECIALLY ENGINEERED Fibertex offers a lightweight, durable and workable geosynthetic substitute for traditional revetment systems

Sugar industry to make the most of yield recovery

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 As KwaZulu-Natal’s sugar cane growers start to recover from the effects of the drought, the South African Canegrowers’ Association (SA Canegrowers) is urging the industry to remain resilient and look for opportunities to diversify their operations. 

Sugar industry to make the most of yield recovery
BOUNCING BACK The SA Canegrowers board of directors is optimistic about the 2017/18 season, with improved rainfall set to improve production levels

‘Durban’s best kept secret’ honoured for technical excellence  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa was awarded the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Durban branch’s prestigious technical excellence award last month for the design and construction of Main Road 577 (MR577), with SAICE calling it... 

‘Durban’s best kept  secret’ honoured for  technical excellence
Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa provide an overview of the MR577. Video courtesy: RoyalHaskoningDHV

Nuclear is essential to Africa’s energy mix – Rosatom 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2017 If Africa is to ensure it places itself on its expected path of becoming the future growth market of the world, nuclear energy needs to be included into its plans, as a lack of energy access is a major hurdle for the continent, Rosatom regional VP of sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov said on... 

Demand growth for some metals may exceed 1 000% – World Bank

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2017 A new World Bank report highlights the potential impacts that the expected continuing boom in low-carbon energy technologies will have on demand for many minerals and metals, including Southern Africa's platinum, manganese and chrome. Using wind and solar energy, and energy storage batteries, as... 

Molewa attends sustainable development forum in the US

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa is leading a South African delegation to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development at the United Nations (UN) in New York, from July 17 to 19.   The forum is being hosted by the UN Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) under the... 

Engineering firm appointed for Umhlanga development

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Multidisciplinary engineering firm Arup announced last month that it had been appointed to supply multidisciplinary engineering services to the iconic mixed-use office and retail development Park Square, in Umhlanga New Town Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal.  The project is being developed by financial... 

New thermodynamic cycle to disrupt the renewables landscape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Thermodynamic technology developer Heat Recovery Micro Systems owner Johan Enslin will introduce a disruptive new avenue for renewable-energy generation that can significantly lower electricity costs for power utilities and smaller decentralised power generating systems at this year’s POWER-GEN &... 

New thermodynamic cycle to disrupt the renewables landscape
JOHAN ENSLIN The REHOS cycle is based on proven process components, but features a novel interconnected configuration of these components

Bird Flu confirmed on new locations in Gauteng and Mpumalanga

By: African News Agency      12th July 2017 The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 virus – commonly known as bird flu – has been confirmed on two new locations on farms in Gauteng and Mpumalanga, the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries said on Tuesday. “The new locations involved commercial layer chickens on farms... 

Four nabbed for connection to rhino poaching

By: African News Agency      11th July 2017 Four people were arrested in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga in connection with rhino poaching and a rhino horn was seized, the police said on Tuesday. Spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale, said that members of the rhino project team and the Nelspruit K9 Unit arrested four people between... 

Merkel calls for G20 compromise as crunch climate talks start

By: Reuters     7th July 2017 German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed fellow Group of 20 leaders to compromise at the start of talks on climate and trade that have pitted US President Donald Trump against virtually every other country in the club of leading economies. The host of the G20 summit addressed her counterparts on... 

Control system minimises dust escape during grab discharge

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa’s Samson travelling Eco-Hoppers have an effective dust control system that minimises the escape of dust during the grab discharge cycle. 

Control system minimises dust escape during grab discharge
DUST CONTROL The grab discharge cycle includes transferring materials down the line using handling systems

Driver report programme enhances total service offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2017 Fleet management company MiX Telematics (MiX) last month announced the relaunch of its MiX ReportMyDriving programme, previously offered by a division of MiX, Compass Fleet Management, after an incremental development period to ensure key improvements to the reports offered to clients, as well as... 

Driver report programme  enhances total service offering
MIX REPORTMYDRIVING MiX Telematics Journey Management Centre provides road users with a platform to report traffic incidents or driver offences of subscribed fleet vehicles

Filter standard replacement to occur over 18-month transition period

     7th July 2017 The new test standard for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 16890, for filter testing and assessment, replaced European Standard (EN) 779 as of January this year, with a transition period of 18 months. 

Filter standard replacement to occur over 18-month transition period
SHIFTING PARADIGM This new method for the evaluation of air filter elements represents a paradigm shift

Lack of contractual commitments hindering solar-geyser manufacturing growth

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 The current economic climate and a lack of mid- to long-term contractual agreements from the Department of Energy (DoE) has slowed plant expansion and capacity increases by local solar water heater (SWH) manufacturers. Local manufacturer Satchwell Controls, a division of electro-mechanical... 

Lack of contractual commitments hindering solar-geyser manufacturing growth

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 The designs for dosing systems in the gas and fumes industries have to be accurate to ensure safety, says chemical dosing and pumping applications supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) technical director David O’Neill. 

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems
Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions’ David O’Neill talks about the company’s strategies with regards to the fracking process. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for gas detection

     7th July 2017 The new generation Ingress Protection 68 rated Sentient handheld unit is widely regarded as the most cost effective, sophisticated and low maintenance gas detection device in the mining industry today. 

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for  gas detection
GAS DETECTION SYSTEMS This instrument was developed by Booyco Electronics, specifically to improve safety in any confined spaces

Particulate matter a national concern

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Owing to government’s 2020 target that air quality in all low-income settlements should be in full compliance with ambient air quality standards, mineral processing company MIP Process Technologies (MIP) MD Philip Hoff says particulate matter is, therefore, a national concern. 

Particulate matter a national concern
PHILIP HOFF MIP invests in young engineers and has, in the past, offered bursaries to chemical engineering students

Rustenburg scrubber upgrade project set for completion

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Chemicals and process engineering company Lodestone Engineering is set to complete the supply of equipment as part of an upgrade to an existing large wet scrubber for a major platinum producer in Rustenburg by the end of this month. 

Rustenburg scrubber upgrade project set for completion
UPGRADED SCRUBBER Valued at about R10-million the overall project upgrades an existing 3.6-m-diameter scrubber

Thermometer designed and tested for industry use

     7th July 2017 Handheld-products supplier Fluke - represented locally by distribution service provider Comtest - has launched the Fluke 64 MAX IR thermometer with internal memory, unattended monitoring, improved accuracy, increased battery life, as well as the precision needed to do the job accurately. 

Thermometer  designed and tested  for industry use
THERMOMETER APPLICATIONS Applications include the industrial maintenance, the electrical as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industries

Tight market conditions put demand for LSFB under pressure

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 The light steel frame building (LSFB) industry is experiencing the same hardship as the building and construction industry. According to Statistics South Africa, the area of buildings completed during 2016, excluding additions and alterations, matched that of 2015, meaning that no growth was... 

Tight market conditions put demand for LSFB  under pressure
A 12-storey office block in Summit Place, Pretoria. The building’s external façade consists of light steel frame

London court hears Vedanta's challenge to Zambian villagers' pollution claim

By: Reuters     6th July 2017 London's Court of Appeal began hearing legal arguments on Wednesday into whether Zambian villagers have the right to make a claim for damages for environmental pollution in the English courts against miners Vedanta Resources and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). The companies are... 

London court hears Vedanta's challenge to Zambian villagers' pollution claim

Brics bloc agree remote sensing space constellation project

By: Keith Campbell     4th July 2017 The five Brics countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – agreed at a meeting in Haikou, China, on Monday, to create a Brics Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation. This will be the first substantive Brics cooperation in space research. The idea of such a constellation had... 

Brics bloc agree remote sensing space constellation project
Photo by INPE
The joint Brazilian/Chinese CBERS-4 satellite will form part of the planned Brics virtual EO constellation

South Africa, Canada partnership awards C$1m to new research initiatives

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2017 The South Africa–Canada Research Chairs Trilateral Partnership Initiative announced on Tuesday that it would award C$1-million to two new trilateral research chairs, including a South Africa-Canada-Kenya collaboration and a South Africa-Canada-Uganda collaboration. In addition, the South... 

Reports investigate climate change science and technology

By: Anine Kilian     3rd July 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has committed to produce two reports on climate change for Cabinet as part of one of the outcomes of the medium-term strategic framework (MTSF). Government's five-year MTSF incorporates an outcomes-based approach to complement the National... 

Company brings consulting engineering into digital age  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 With advanced technologies replacing pen-and-paper approaches across all industries, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa MD Salani Sithole stresses that consulting engineering companies must find ways to embrace the era of digitalisation in their... 

Company brings consulting engineering into digital age
Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa MD Salani Sithole discusses the influence of digitalisation in the consulting engineering sector. Camerawork and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Company leads by example in new green premises

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Engineering consultant WSP Africa will be moving into its new head office in Knightsbridge office park in Bryanston, in September, providing its clients with a stellar example of a sustainable building project.  

Company leads by example  in new green premises
MATHIEU DU PLOOY South Africa has a very strong environmental stance, supported by powerful legislation

New solution available in SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 US-based safe water disinfection company MIOX, a Johnson Matthey company, designs and manufactures on-site chemical generators, which are an alternative solution to using hazardous chemicals, and its many benefits can be applied positively in South Africa, suggests MIOX senior applications... 

New solution available in SA
ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION MIOX’s on-site chemical generators are an alternative to using hazardous chemicals for water treatment

Short- and long-term options for ailing supply

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 Although South Africa’s current dam infrastructure setup is reliable, sustainable consulting in the built and natural environment provider WSP Africa Structures senior engineer Peter Townshend says there are a number of short- and long-term solutions that South Africa can pursue to augment water... 

Short- and long-term options for ailing supply
Photo by Duane Daws
DAMNING STATE Dams in South Africa are under pressure to meet a growing water demand

G20 task force issues framework for climate-related financial disclosure

By: Reuters     29th June 2017 A global task force set up by the G20 has developed a voluntary framework for companies to disclose the financial impact of climate-related risks and opportunities, drawing support from more than 100 companies with $11-trillion of assets. There are concerns in the financial community that assets... 

Knysna residents, clean-up crews warned not to touch hazardous asbestos

By: News24Wire      27th June 2017 Residents and crews cleaning up after the Knysna fire not touch or work with any asbestos they find because it is a health hazard, the Eden District Municipality said on Tuesday. A specialist registered with the Department of Labour started an assessment last Thursday of the about 650 structures... 

Brics Environment Ministers adopt sustainability initiative

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd June 2017 The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) member countries’ Environment Ministers on Friday adopted the Partnership for Urban Environmental Sustainability Initiative (Puesi), which identifies water and air pollution prevention measures. The initiative further sets out to improve... 

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