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Environmental Protection

Keeping SA’s air clean

By: Laura Tyrer     4th November 2005 The first black-owned and woman-run filter manufacturer in South Africa, AirVentFil, is gaining ground in its hopes to lead the market with individually-designed ventilation and filtration systems. 

BEE firm making enviro inroads into Africa

By: Laura Tyrer     4th November 2005 South Africa’s leadingempowerment environmental company, Bohlweki Environmental, has recentlyentered a major phase in itsdevelopment. 

Gas detectives

By: Laura Tyrer     4th November 2005 Changing legislation and fugitive emission concerns in South Africa are inspiring a growing interest in new air-monitoring methods. 

Oil giant’s HQ goes green

By: Laura Tyrer     4th November 2005 As the first oil and gas company to publicly acknowledge the risks of climate change, one of BP’s core objectives is to reduce the environmental impact of its activities. 

Carbon-credit auditor selected

By: Laura Tyrer     4th November 2005 Some R2,5-billion will accrue to South African companies in an initial wave of “carbon credit” sales in terms of the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. 

Science of the weather

By: Helene Le Roux     28th October 2005 Overwhelming scientific evidence is mounting about the effects of climate change on the natural environment. 

Commercial-vehicle group seeks solutions for contemporary challenges

By: Liezel Hill     28th October 2005 South Africa needs improved knowledge and information on the effects of climate change to effectively pressure other countries to implement and enforce emissions-control measures, director-general of Science and Technology Rob Adam said this month. 

Regional partnership to combat land degradation

25th October 2005 A new regional partnership, TerrAfrica, was launched in Pretoria yesterday to address land degradation and increase sustainable land management in Africa. 

SA to take hard line at Montreal climate talks

By: Liezel Hill     21st October 2005 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sue van der Merwe yesterday reiterated government's call for industrialised countries to reduce high levels of greenhouse gas emissions and said that current international trading patterns and escalating climate change were serving to exacerbate global... 

SA launches body to drive Kyoto-linked projects

By: Liezel Hill     20th October 2005 Minister of Minerals and Energy Lindiwe Hendricks yesterday launched South Africa's Designated National Authority (DNA), whose mandate is to regulate South Africa's participation in the clean-development mechanism (CDM) environment and promote the country as an investment destination for CDM... 

Gov unveils R&D framework on climate change

By: Liezel Hill     18th October 2005 South Africa needs improved knowledge and information on the effects of climate change to effectively pressure other countries to implement and enforce emissions-control measures, director-general of Science and Technology Rob Adam said yesterday. 

Marine-protection vessel commissioned

27th September 2005 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism held an extraordinary show of marine force on Friday with the first-ever display of the country's four environmental protection vessels. 

Gauteng gov launches digital ecosystem tool

14th September 2005 The Gauteng Agriculture, Conservation and Environment Department has launched a digital conservation plan otherwise called the C-Plan Version 2 - aimed at protecting the environment. 

Air-quality act comes into effect

14th September 2005 A notice has been published in the Government Gazette, bringing the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (AQA) into effect. This comes exactly four years after its first draft was conceived. 

Sasol remembers victims

2nd September 2005 Petrochemicals firm Sasol said yesterday that it would fly its company flags at half-mast at all South African operations and would observe a minute of silence to remember the loss of ten lives in an explosion at the ethylene plant in Secunda on September 1 last year. 

Arbor week to encourage South Africans to plant trees

30th August 2005 Government has planned several greening and tree planting activities to celebrate Arbor Week which starts this Thursday. 

Detailed design of landfill extension project completed

26th August 2005 Durban-based Stemele Bosch Africa’s (SBA’s) solid waste and environmental division provides a specialist consulting service in all facets of liquid and solid waste management, as well as environmental management services. 

Contract opens more doors for local firm

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The consulting and project management contract for delivering municipal services to the 191-ha Meyersdal Nature Estate, south of Johannesburg, has been awarded to Germiston-based Infraconsult Engineering, in August last year. 

South Africa seeks peaceful co-existence between science and tourism

By: peter cromberge     29th July 2005 One of the theories fuelled by fossil finds from the Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, is that at some stage around 2,5-million years ago, more than one species of hominid, a distant relative to modern humans, was roaming and stalking the continent. 

New Gauteng hospital on the cards - MEC

28th July 2005 Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has announced a comprehensive plan to improve health services in Ekurhuleni. 

Recognition for centre's research

By: peter cromberge     22nd July 2005 The Kirstenbosch Research Centre, part of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), was recognised for its contributions to conservation when it received the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Award in May. 

Indirect-pollution study

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2005 Project examines extent and severity of problem 

Overcoming ecological constraints

By: warren robertson     1st July 2005 When construction at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site (COH WHS) began on June 7, 2004 the developers had already considered more than just the happiness of the tourists to the area. 

Enviro-friendly bush clearing creates jobs

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 The 560-ha footprint of the Berg River dam is almost being left untouched as the bush clearing and chipping contract, awarded to Cape Town-based Fastfell in January, is being done in an environment-friendly manner, a member of Fastfell, Shaughn Frost, tells Engineering News. 

Hiveld seeks to tap technology sweet spot

By: elizabeth rebelo     17th June 2005 South African steel andvanadium producer Highveld Steel & Vanadium, 79%-held by resources group Anglo American, is seeking to exploit a technology ‘sweet spot’ in its iron-making process, which, if successful, will not only yield higher steel production at far lower unit costs, but... 

Gauteng prepares R17bn infrastructure roll-out

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th June 2005 South Africa’s wealthiest province Gauteng believes public investment in infrastructure will be a key contributor to economic growth, job creation and in improving social conditions as well as to bridging the gap between South Africa’s first and second economies. 

Plastic-bags ban bites

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2005 Government’s 2003 ban on thin plastic bags in favour of thicker, more easily-recycable ones has seen a 70% countrywide drop in bag production. 

Company supplies more energy-efficient motors

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 It is estimated that 50% of all the electric power generated globally is used to drive electric motors and, by that fact, industry is a prime consumer of the earth’s fossil-fuel supplies. 

Land remediation policy takes shape

By: Nicola Mawson     27th May 2005 A standard for remediation of land affected by pollution is being investigated by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf). 

Africa still suffering serious malaria scourge

25th April 2005 The World Bank yesterday marked Africa Malaria Day with the launch of a new global approach to help developing countries make faster progress in their fight against malaria. 

'Going green' improves companies' bottom line

22nd April 2005 As South African companies look to increase their margins, they are focusing on sustainable business strategies. 

Brand relaunched on SA pump market

1st April 2005 One of the most renowned names in submersible-effluent pumps, Emu, has been ?relaunched on the South African market by Salmson Pumps SA following the acquisition of Emu by the Salmson group. 

New pumps handle wastewater with ease

1st April 2005 After years of research, design work and testing, Grundfos is ready to impress the market with its new Grundfos SE pumps. 

Oil major seeks environmentally responsible energy balance

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 GIANT global energy group BP is fully aware of the “paradox” it faces, between the provision of energy and the provision of energy in an environmentally responsible way. 

Online process sulphur analyser new to SA

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Three analysers that can accurately measure and analyse information in the chemical and petrochemicals industries have been introduced by OEN Enterprises. 

Software package improves operations at refineries

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 An innovative means to unify all of AspenTech’s products and capabilities into a single cohesive system was introduced late last year by the company. 

SA prepares for carbon-trading era

By: Keith Campbell     14th March 2005 Following Russia's decision last year to ratify it, the Kyoto Protocol - the international agreement intended to combat global warming - is now in force. 

SA leads the way in wetlands protection

11th March 2005 South Africa has succeeded in rehabilitating thousands of hectares of wetlands, the forestry industry has cut out plantation trees from over two thousand hectares of rehabilitated wetlands in an effort to manage their wetlands more sustainably, and the commitment of the Noodsberg Canegrowers in... 

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