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Environmental Protection

Department steps in to protect trees

11th March 2005 South Africa is richly endowed with more than 1700 indigenous species of trees and shrubs. 

Hot Stuff: South Africa and carbon trading

By: Keith Campbell     11th 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. 

Safety body confirms commercial-division sale

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2005 The National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) has announced the takeover of its commercial division, Nosa International. 

What's in store for the world's second-largest energy importer

By: Kelvin Kemm     4th March 2005 The world’s second-largest energy importer is Japan. 

SA urged to use clean-development mechanism wisely

By: Helene Le Roux     4th March 2005 Depending on which side of the fence organisations are, the Kyoto Protocol, which came into force on February 16, is regarded either a milestone in the fight to mitigate climate change, or as a ball and shackle that will hamper industrial development.?The Kyoto Protocol recognises that... 

Arts can be big job-spinner

By: Jill Stanford     4th March 2005 THE Department of Arts and Culture has set itself a target of creating 10 000 job opportunities in designated urban and rural poverty nodes. 

Global warming in the realm of fiction

By: Kelvin Kemm     25th February 2005 The author of the blockbuster novel and movie Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton, has enraged the extreme greens and some sections of the public with his latest book. Good on you Mike, keep it up! 

Business backing for Africa's first hand-surgery unit

By: Zonika Botha     25th February 2005 Construction of Africa’s first stand-alone hand surgery complex at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (CHB), in Soweto, began a month ago, and should, if all goes well, be completed by the mid-July, reports CHB superintendent Dr Pungi Lingham. 

Tenders invited for Lake Malawi ecotourism project

By: Marcel Chimwala     18th February 2005 Malawi - The Malawian government is inviting tenders from suitably qualified and experienced ecotourism operators for a concession to develop and operate tourism infrastructure at a potential ecotourism site known as Cape Maclear within Lake Malawi National Park. 

New gadget to tackle indoor oxygen deficiency

By: Liezel Hill     18th February 2005 Modern society suffers from a chronic lack of oxygen, and global-scale causes such as the disappearance of forests and vegetation and raised air-pollution levels are exacerbated by poor ventilation in houses and workplaces. 

Delivering drugs to the cochlea, and taking on other medical challenges

By: Karel Smrcka     18th February 2005 Hearing problems afflict almost one in five of the world population. 

Skills, safety, charter priorities for civil engineering

By: Keith Campbell     18th February 2005 THE single biggest challenge facing South African civil engineering over the next ten years will be a shortage of skilled personnel. 

Adoption of water-based lubricants rather slow

By: Nicola Mawson     11th February 2005 Despite the current worldwide push to operate companies as environmentally-friendly as possible, Rothenberger South Africa GM Michael Fellendorf says that the company’s water-based threading lubricant is not receiving the reception that an environmental push suggest its should. 

Nuclear power? Not in my backyard!

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th February 2005 Cynthia Poodlepatter draws a deep breath of clean, clear Tokai air. 

Sasol defends safety record, union still worried

By: Martin Czernowalow     10th February 2005 Following a spate of fatalities and injuries at several of South African petrochemicals giant Sasol's operations recently, chief executive Pieter Cox yesterday vehemently defended the group's safety record and highlighted efforts to further improve occupational safety standards. 

Role of tsunamis in earth’s evolution

By: Kelvin Kemm     4th February 2005 The devastating tsunami in the Asian region really was a disaster to shake the earth and to shake the soul of mankind. 

Problem Pipes

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2005 * Durban report highlights pipeline problems * Refineries accept that upgrade is neccesary * Environmentalists want network replaced 

SA enviro flagship enters service

By: Jill Stanford     21st January 2005 DAMEN Shipyards of the Netherlands handed over a $19-million purpose-built offshore fisheries and environmental protection vessel to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) earlier this month. 

Decision on R600m ferrochrome smelter enviro study pending

By: Zonika Botha     21st January 2005 The public comment period for the environmental-impact report for a R600-million high-carbon ferrochrome smelter, in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, drew to a close yesterday (January 20). 

Sounds of the African night

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     3rd December 2004 Thank you very much for your letter. I do appreciate that when one does not live in Africa one knows only what one reads, and thus one’s concepts about the place are possibly slightly off the mark. 

Engineered technology division well positioned for new business

By: Liezel Hill     26th November 2004 During the years preceding 1994, the Bateman group served as representative and license-holder for several international engineering companies and their products. 

BEE boosts pneumatics, enviro

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 The average value of yearly sales for the pneumatics and environmental-control business within Bateman Africa is R70-million. 

First marine-protection vessel launched

By: Jill Stanford     26th November 2004 FAROCEAN Marine has handed over the first of three inshore fishery and environmental protection vessels to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. 

Poor-quality fuel may cost fleet owners dearly

19th November 2004 The quality of South African diesel has become quite an issue, says fuel-analysis firm WearCheck Africa. 

SA joins marine-pollution fight

By: Jill Stanford     19th November 2004 SOUTH Africa is playing a leading role in the struggle against waste and pollution that is affecting East African coastal areas. 

In the face of global warming doom and gloom, an appeal for good sense

By: Kelvin Kemm     12th November 2004 More global warming stories one way and another are hitting the headlines yet again. So I have to discuss the topic yet again! 

Two new air-quality standards published

12th November 2004 Two new standards for air quality - SANS 69 and SANS 1929 - have been published by the South African Bureau of Standards. 

Biosector in a transitional stage

By: Karel Smrcka     12th November 2004 The biosector has roused itself again after three quiet years. In Europe it is now going through a transitional stage in which Finland is dependent on what happens in general on the European biotechnology markets. 

Spark arrestor increases filterbag life 

By: abdul cook     5th November 2004 The latest development from Genair Pollution Control – the spark arrestor/prefilter – reduces filtration costs and increases lifter life, and is claimed by director Wynard Schoeman to be “the most reliable system on the market”. 

New device slashes air quality measurement costs

By: abdul cook     5th November 2004 The new mobile hand-held DirectSense TOX is an easier and efficient way to measure, datalog and document worker exposure levels and indoor air-quality parameters. 

Top enviro consultancy opens branch in Western Cape

By: abdul cook     5th November 2004 Leading South African environmental consultancy WSP Walmsley has established a presence in the Western Cape with the opening of a Cape Town office. 

Cape Town's war on greenhouse gases

By: abdul cook     5th November 2004 Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions result when fossil fuels are burned to produce electricity, heat buildings or power vehicles. 

The challenge of online effluent testing

5th November 2004 Increasingly strict environmental legislation makes the reliable measurement of waste-water parameters essential for the effective treatment of effluents. 

Firm clinches pioneering flue-gas plant contract

5th November 2004 A local firm was awarded a contract earlier this year by leading pulp-and-paper maker Mondi Paper to instal a novel integrated desulphurisation (NID) dry flue-gas plant to serve two coal-fired boilers at the company’s Merebank mill north of Durban. 

Fresh air for smokers in restaurants

5th November 2004 Guidelines issued by the Department of Health for the construction of designated smoking areas fit well with the Seasonmaster Intercept, a product designed specifically to clean smoke from the atmosphere. 

New product improves oil/water separation

By: abdul cook     5th November 2004 Point-source runoff and nonpoint-source storm-water runoff from industrial areas contains significant loads of sediment and oil. 

R15m glass-recycling plant opens in Cape Town

By: abdul cook     5th November 2004 A glass-recycling plant was commissioned in June by Consol Glass in Bellville, Cape Town. 

Energy-saving lamps shrink electricity bills

By: abdul cook     5th November 2004 A Philips energy-saving lamp – available in 11 W, 14 W and 18 W – not only reduces harmful gas emissions, but also has a life time of 6 000 hours, compared with an ordinary lamp which, lasts for 1 000 hours. 

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