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Environmental Protection

Conservationists’ achievements recognised

By: Carina Borralho     1st November 2013 The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) formally recognised achievements in the environmental conservation sector in September at its 2013 WESSA National Awards.  The awards ceremony took place at the House of Pharaohs guesthouse and conference centre in Bryanston, north of... 

Cheap food era over

By: Carina Borralho     1st November 2013 The era of cheap food has ended, owing to the combined impact of megatrends on the agriculture industry; therefore, people can expect to spend more of their household budget on groceries,” sustainable agriculture company Syngenta head of corporate affairs Kinyua M’Mbijjewe tells Engineering News.... 

Nalco contributing towards global sustainability 

By: Yolandi Booyens     7th December 2012 NYSE-listed Ecolab, of which water treatment and process improvement company Nalco is a subsidiary, has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and Forbes Magazine's list of The World's Most Innovative Companies for the second consecutive year. Ecolab ranks thirty-first out of 100... 

Division expands dust control offering

By: Yolandi Booyens     7th December 2012 Water, energy and air solutions specialist Nalco Africa, the joint venture between Nalco, an Ecolab Company (NYSE-listed) and Protea Chemicals, a division of the JSE-listed Omnia group, started intensifying its offering of dust control solutions to the Southern African market this year and... 

Motor manufacturer spreads environmental protection message

2nd November 2012 Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) East London automotive plant in August hosted 1 000 learners at its yearly Schools Environmental Exhibition. The exhibition includes representation by various environmental stakeholders, including the Institute of Waste Management, the Department of Water... 

New assessment looks at global urbanisation

2nd November 2012 A new assessment by the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) highlights that global urbanisation will have significant implications for biodiversity and ecosystems if current trends continue, with knock-on effects for human health and development. The Cities and... 

SA strengthens rhino conservation efforts

By: Anine Kilian     2nd November 2012 With about 455 rhinos already killed illegally in South Africa this year, several initiatives are under way to prevent further rhino poaching. South African wildlife conservation organisation Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) reports that the illegal trade in wildlife is estimated to be the... 

Company raises awareness of metal can recycling

By: Anine Kilian     2nd November 2012 Metal packaging manufacturer Nampak’s Bevcan and Divfood divisions, together with recycling initiative Collect-a-Can and its interactive awareness brand, Can Do!, will launch local initiatives that form part of international Canvironment Week at the Green Expo, in Cape Town, later this month.... 

UN discusses illegal animal trafficking

2nd November 2012 Poaching and the illicit trafficking of wildlife products were raised at the United Nations’ (UN’s) General Assembly for the first time in September during discussions on how to strengthen national and international governance. World leaders gathering in New York for the global body’s... 

SA Waste Act evolving

2nd November 2012 Despite some concerns, Part 8 of the Waste Act is an important step forward in helping to deal with contaminated land and its remediation. This improvement to South Africa’s environmental legislation is noteworthy, reports environmental, sustainability and health and safety consultancy Environ... 

South Africa leading in implementation of green economy

By: Anine Kilian     2nd November 2012 South Africa is taking a continental lead in the integration and implementation of a green economy, as well as in putting initiatives in place to achieve the targets set out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in an environmentally sustainability way, Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

New initiatives to save rhinos under way

By: Joanne Taylor     28th October 2011 Gold investment distributor South African Gold Coin Exchange (SAGCE) has minted 1 300 sets of limited edition Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Rhino Gold coins. It features the 2009/10 white and black rhino coin and the EWT medallion. 

New treaty to be signed for the Benguela Current

28th October 2011 Angola, Namibia and South Africa are expected to ratify the Benguela Current Convention, which is aimed at regulating the future management of the marine ecosystems of the Benguela Current, by December 2012. 

Power utility strives to minimise environmental impact

By: Joanne Taylor     28th October 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom continues to act on its sound management principles to ensure that it minimises the impact of the construction of its Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme on the surrounding environment, says environmental services company NCC Environmental Services. 

Department promotes public interest in the environment

28th October 2011 The Department of Environmental Affairs has committed itself to implementing a system for integrated environmental-impact management and assessment within the context of the principles of sustainable development. 

Law firm warns of harsh reality for unprofessional conduct

28th October 2011 Commercial law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr advises any party appointing an environmental assessment practitioner (EAP) to ensure that the practitioner is registered with the newly established Environmental Assessment Practitioner’s Association of South Africa. 

Company aims to limit its environmental impact

By: Joanne Taylor     28th October 2011 Blasting solutions company AEL Mining Services is implementing a number of greening projects to enable it to comply with more stringent legal requirements defined by the Chief Inspector of Explosives and the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs. 

Manufacturer wins recycling award

By: Joanne Taylor     28th October 2011 Manufacturer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers Polypet has received the Packaging Council of South Africa award for Best Recycled Product of the Year in the Best Recycled Product competition hosted by the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) and Plastics SA. 

New setback lines to be drafted for WC coastline

By: Joanne Taylor     28th October 2011 New coastal development setback lines are being drafted for the Overberg district municipality coastline, in the Western Cape. 

Organisation aims to preserve 20-million hectares of land

By: Joanne Taylor     28th October 2011 Nonprofit conservation organisation Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA) has dedicated itself to the preservation of 20-million hectares of land in Africa and to reduce the continent’s carbon footprint by 2020. 

Conference to map out action plan for environmental improvement

By: Joanne Taylor     28th October 2011 Three major environmental threats facing South Africa will be discussed by University of the Free State Centre for Environmental Management professor Dr Anthony Turton at an upcoming environmental conference. 

Lauding corporate project sustainability

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th October 2010 Engineering and environmental consultant SSI has recognised three projects for exceptional contribution to its corporate project responsibility (CPR) agenda, in its recent internal CPR awards.  

Competition encourages use of recycled plastic products 

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th October 2010 The winners of the Plastics Federation of South Africa’s (PFSA’s) Enviromark and the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation’s (SAPRO’s) first recycled plastics product competition were announced on Recycling Day, on September 17. 

National land degradation disaster looms for SA 

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th October 2010 If the impact of climate change on agricultural production, together with increasing land degradation is considered, the indications are that South Africa is heading for a national disaster, says International Erosion Control Association Southern Africa Chapter (IECA-SA) president Lehman Lindeque.  

New enviro precinct launched

29th October 2010 The Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of the eThekwini municipality, in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) province, and the landowners in the Giba Gorge area have launched the Giba Gorge Environmental Precinct. 

support lead-free paint

29th October 2010 New support for the South African Paint Manufacturing Association’s (Sapma’s) drive to remove paints containing lead from the coatings industry, has come from paint contractors.  

Degraded rivers, unsustainable farming catalysts for soil erosion

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th October 2010 Western Cape rivers are generally degraded and unstable, said Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s (DoA’s) Hans King.  

SA businesses to feel climate change impacts

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Independent commercial law firm Deneys Reitz reports that climate change and all its associated effects are going to have a significant effect on South African businesses. 

R12,5m air pollution project under way 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 The South African government has contracted environmental monitoring company SI Analytics to measure the pollution levels for the five-year, R12,5-million Highveld priority area project, which started in August 2008. 

Fuel giant drives 
risk assessment 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Energy company Engen has introduced a risk assessment profiling (RAP) tool as part of its five-year spill intervention programme to further drive its zero tolerance on fuel spillage and leakage. 

Asbestos banned, but legacy continues

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Environmental consulting firm Conservation Support Services (CSS) South Africa project manager Robert Jones completed a study for the former Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, which indicated that a large number of communities in the Northern Cape, North West province and Limpopo... 

New legislation with increased penalties for environmental trespassers 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) reports that it is gearing up for the implementation of a new law, the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act. The department had hoped the act would have been in force by September, but it has been delayed to early next year. However,... 

Dearth of bankable projects hindering tourism growth

By: Dennis Ndaba     7th November 2008 A shortage of well-packaged bankable projects and limited awareness in the investment community of tourism opportunities in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is hindering tourism growth, says Environmental and Tourism Affairs Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk. 

Asbestos still a persistent problem in South Africa 

By: Jacqueline Holman     31st October 2008 Asbestos trust Kgalagadi Relief Trust (KRT) chair Brian Gibson announced at the Asbestos Regulations Workshop in August that asbestos pollution is still a persistent problem in South Africa. 

Geoscience council collaborates on the sealing of mine shafts

By: Jacqueline Holman     31st October 2008 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) is currently undertaking a project on behalf of the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), researching different materials to seal unsafe mine openings, says environmental geosciences unit manager, Mpumi Msezane. 

Green conference solutions reduce carbon footprint

By: Jacqueline Holman     31st October 2008 Conference solutions provider Polycom is assisting companies to go green by providing technologically advanced video conferencing solutions. 

Business needs action to counteract climate change

By: Jacqueline Holman     31st October 2008 Audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG manager of sustainability services Nirali Shah says unless businesses take strategic action now, they will find themselves at a brand and cost disadvantage within the next 10 years. 

Water utility commissions offshore pipeline

By: Jacqueline Holman     31st October 2008 KwaZulu-Natal water services utility Mhlathuze Water has commissioned a R150-million offshore pipeline upgrade in Richards Bay in order to handle the discharge of gypsum wastewater from a fertilizer manufacturer in the area, within the environmental frameworks set by the Department of Water... 

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