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Environmental Protection

Deat expands strategic industrial projects

By: Jacqueline Holman     31st October 2008 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) Environmental Management Inspectorate’s (EMI’s) strategic industrial projects have been extended to the cement, paper and pulp industries. 

Joburg agency seeks to plant a million trees in five years

By: Leandi Kolver     17th October 2008 Managing agency for cemeteries, parks and environmental conservation Johannesburg City Parks MD Luther Williamson says that the agency aims to plant one-million trees in the next five years. 

Private sector has key role to play in wetlands conservation

By: Dennis Ndaba     27th June 2008 Over 70% of all wetlands are on privately owned land and ignorance and poor land management have resulted in about 55% of all South African wetlands being significantly affected. 

Current energy crisis is an opportunity, says urban planning specialist

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd May 2008 The energy crisis that South Africa is experiencing is in many ways a "fantastic opportunity" because it means that cities now have to implement alternative energy projects, says urban planner and author of The New Energy Book for Urban Development in South Africa Sarah Ward. 

SA's waste management is technologically sound – industry body

By: Guy Copans     2nd November 2007 The waste management industry in South Africa is technologically sound, and a number of local landfill sites operations are able to compete with first world operations, says Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) president Shirleigh Strydom. 

Rope skimmer gets the ‘ultraspin’ treatment

By: Guy Copans     2nd November 2007 Environmental solutions company Procon Environmental Technologies has replaced the outdated and ineffective rope skimmer at Transnet Freight Rail in Germiston with an Ultraspin oil/water-treatment system. The Ultra-spin system is a seven-cubic-metre-an-hour pneumatic system. 

Initiatives in place, but still a way to go to combat SA’s VOC emissions

By: Guy Copans     2nd November 2007 South Africa is currently significantly behind First World countries, such as the US, Australia, UK and the European Union (EU), in controlling and abating volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from industries, and there is currently no emission legislation for benzene and VOC point sources,... 

SA starts world trend in environmental reporting

2nd November 2007 The South African Environment Outlook, has released a 371 page publication by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, that sets a new world trend in environmental and sustainable development reporting, says consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting. 

Newly launched company supplies ecofriendly products

2nd November 2007 To assist the global focus on finding practical eco-friendly, biodegradable solutions for all industry sectors, business solutions company e.com institute holdings has launched a new company, the coir institute. Established in partnership with the Coir Board of India, the coir institute will... 

Bilge-water-treatment system prevents ship bilge pollution

2nd November 2007 The Crystal Sea, a state-of-the-art bilge water treatment system that has successfully met or exceeded the highest guidelines and standards of the United States Coast Guard and the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Resolution Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 107... 

Developing-country banks should back earth-friendly technologies - IFC

By: Nelendhre Moodley     14th November 2006 The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, has called on banks in developing countries to increase their lending to companies wishing to invest in climate-friendly technologies. 

As with its political transition, SA could play leading role in energy

By: Laura Tyrer     10th November 2006 South Africa has a leading role to play among its developing nation peers in energy transformation, WWF South Africa Trade and Investment Programme (TIP) officer Peet du Plooy commented at the recent publication of the organisation’s corporate social responsibility survey. 

Mine-dump dust legislation ineffective – expert

3rd November 2006 Legislation to control the spread of toxic mine dump dust is not being effectively implemented, says retired mining environmental engineer John Gerald Smit. 

Institute recognises

3rd November 2006 The Ugu district municipality's R32,5-million rural household sanitation project, which was implemented between 2004 and 2006, has received the Ethekweni Water and Sanitation Services Award for achievement in the category of community based projects at the SAICE Durban Branch Regional Awards. 

EIAs: goverments scapegoat

3rd November 2006 South Africa is blessed with an extremely advanced environmental legislative framework and a judiciary willing to enforce it, says associate at law firm Deneys Reitz Tina Costas. 

Conservation body appeals to energy sector

By: Clement Deane     3rd November 2006 In order to tackle the issue of climate change, WWF, the conservation organisation, is calling for the energy sector, as well as industry in general, to lower its greenhouse-gas emissions through ‘wedging in’ effective elements to curb predicted climate instability. 

Fire suppression system boasts improved efficiency, reduced harmful emissions

By: Clement Deane     3rd November 2006 Gas manufacturer Afrox in 2005 became involved with an Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL)-listed fire-suppression system called Afrox FS 125. 

Environmentally safe solution offered

3rd November 2006 The drum valve systems manufactured by Micro Matic USA offer an environmentally safe solution to the standardisation of liquid containers and drums for returnable packaging. 

Demand swells for analytic services

By: Clement Deane     3rd November 2006 There has recently been a noticeable growth in the demand for environmental services, says global supplier of professional laboratory and commodity inspection services M&L Laboratories. 

Emission control not strict enough – burner supplier

By: Clement Deane     3rd November 2006 South Africa is gravely behind with regard to emissioncontrol and the policing thereof, burner equipment supplier The Combustion Group (TCG) tells Engineering News. Representatives of the company explain that, with the government looking into controlling gas emissions through the Air Quality Act... 

South Africans heavily exposed to oil tanker pollution

3rd November 2006 South Africans are heavily _ and needlessly _ exposed to a large-scale oil tanker pollution catastrophe because draft legislation allowing South Africans to claim from the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund has not been passed into law. 

Safety audits raise concerns

By: Clement Deane     22nd September 2006 The Southern African ready-mix association (Sarma) and the aggregate and sand producers association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) audit their members in alternate years to establish the overall safety of work environments. 

Government begins to tackle environmental-impact assessment backlog

By: Jade Davenport     8th September 2006 A five-point action plan has been developed by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat), together with the various provincial environmentaldepartments, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of South Africa’s environmental-impactassessment (EIA) system. This is... 

WWF calls for tripartite push to reverse detrimental climate-change effects

By: Laura Tyrer     11th August 2006 Local representative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is calling on government, business and individuals to takes steps to reverse detrimental climate change as a result of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. 

Offset facilitator

By: Jade Davenport     14th July 2006 With the increasingly pertinent focus on climate change and how governments and industry can contribute to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, South Africa has adopted a proactive approach to this environmental challenge in the form of the recently established Carbon Standard Consortium. 

Authorised auditor

By: Jade Davenport     14th July 2006 The world’s largest financial advisory firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has become the first organisation in Africa to be authorised as a designated operational entity by the United Nations (UN) to audit carbon credits under its Kyoto Protocol on climate change. 

Government plans to merge health and safety units

By: Helene Le Roux     30th June 2006 The South African government plans to affect a merger between the two departments of health and safety that are located within the Department of Labour and the Department of Minerals and Energy. 

Top trade union owns 24 % of new healthcare JSE-listing aspirant

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd June 2006 Healthcare provider Imuniti Holdings, which is preparing to list on the JSE ALTx, plans to roll out 200 wellness centres in South Africa in the next three years. 

Promoting an ‘economy of ideas’

By: Amy Heydenrych     12th May 2006 Recognised as the premier business awards programme in South Africa, the Technology Top 100 (TT100) aims to interface with companies on a national level, celebrating South African excellence and innovation. 

Engineering council records alarming rise in complaints

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2006 Over the last three years the number of complaints to the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) has increased fourfold. 

New rules designed to streamline EIA process

By: Helene Le Roux     5th May 2006 New environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations will come into effect on July 1 for all development projects, except those relating to mining. 

Industry and unions sign health accord

By: Helene Le Roux     28th April 2006 The South African construction industry has taken a proactive step to improve its health and safety performance. 

R222m water-treatment plant part of bigger environmental clean-up

By: Helene Le Roux     21st April 2006 After years of controversy surrounding the release of process water into the surrounding environment, South Africa’s largest steel plant Mittal Steel’s Vanderbijlpark mill has officially launched a new R222-million zero-effluent discharge main treatment plant (MTP). 

Environmental legislation promotes growth for contract industry

By: Jade Davenport     24th March 2006 During the last decade local industrial, mining and petrochemical companies have come under increasing pressure from international protocols and, more specifically, the South African government to comply with environmental legislation that limits the generation of pollution and encourages... 

Big push to improve pollution control at South African smelters

By: Mischa Drotsky     17th March 2006 Company offers custom-engineered in-house design As a supplier of electric-arc smelting furnaces and related technology to the ferroalloys and base-metals industries, Pyromet Technologies also designs its own in-house gas-cleaning systems for smelter applications, embracing wet and dry systems.... 

It's necessary to give African countries the means to search for their own solutions - Lula da Silva

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2006 Brazil is expanding its technical assistance to Africa. 

Cleaning up

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 The need to counter global warming, conserve water, and protect the environment are creating important new opportunities for IST Industrial. 

New-generation software

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 UTILITY information solutions company IST Otokon is busy developing the latest generation of its ecWIN software, ecWIN 6.0. 

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