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Environmental Protection

Filters and bin vents meet emission targets

5th November 2004 Bag filters and bin vents supplied by gas cleaning and dust control specialists MikroPul of Johannesburg between 2000/3 for site-wide installation at BHP Billiton’s Mozal 1 & 2 aluminium smelters near Maputo, Mozambique, are operating successfully and meeting minimum emission targets as... 

Concrete solution to environmental problem

5th November 2004 A concrete erosion-control system has made a major contribution to environmental protection in an eastern Free State town, simultaneously safeguarding against local flooding, preventing erosion and protecting an ecologically valuable natural wetland. 

Two new air-quality standards published

2nd November 2004 Two new standards for air quality - SANS 69 and SANS 1929 - have been published by the SABS. 

SA not ready to fight e-waste threat

By: Helene Le Roux     29th October 2004 The growing volume of e-waste is considered by some to be the fastest growing – and potentially the most dangerous – threat to the environment. ?A new electronic-waste (e-waste) company, African Sky was launched in Johannesburg earlier this month to tackle the recycling of defunct... 

Sasol's safety

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 Sept 1, the time 9:40 am, there's an explosion 

River basin initiative progresses

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Four shared river basins have been selected to pilot the implementation of the principles of integrated water-resources management and development, reports Nepad secretariat water and sanitation infrastructure head Reatile Mochebelele. 

Rand bites autocat exports

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2004 Exports of catalytic converters from South Africa dipped from R9,2-billion in 2002 to R8,1-billion last year, says Catalytic Converter Interest Group (CGIG) executive director Brian Potter. 

Treasury vets five St Lucia tourism projects

By: tom robbins     22nd October 2004 Five out of eight tourism concessions announced last year for the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park have full National Treasury approval and are ready to conduct environmental-impact assessments (EIA’s), the final stage before construction could begin. 

International network expansion planned

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulic component manufacturer and distributor Horne Hydraulics is continuing to expand its international network. 

Joburg Zoo's animal hospital rejuvenated

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2004 The animal hospital at the Johannesburg Zoo this year completed a major renovation; only the second since its inception in the 1960s. 

South Africa to publish a report on state of environment next year

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2004 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) will publish a national State of the Environment (SoE) report next year, as an update on the 1999 report. 

Alien plant invasion costs SA billions

By: Laura Franz     15th October 2004 Invasion of alien plants into the Western Cape’s fynbos vegetation remains one of the greatest threats to a natural resource whose economic value to the province has been estimated at around R10-billion a year – money bound ultimately for national coffers. 

Finally, environmental issues get balanced coverage

By: Kelvin Kemm     1st October 2004 One area of science that really lends itself to great volumes of nonsense is the whole spectrum of environmental issues. 

Tough new air-quality law on the way

By: Jill Stanford     1st October 2004 AS the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) crosses the final hurdles to complete the new Air Quality Management Bill, Minister Marthinus van Shalkwyk has issued a warning to some industries, especially certain refineries, to clean up their act. 

Security software a global hit

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2004 Passing through the busy Heathrow airport, the UK’s famous point of entry, chances are the British Airports Authority (BAA) X-ray screeners scrutinising passengers’ luggage will have been selected for their safety-critical job by means of South African-developed software. 

SA's clean-energy rules spark debate

24th September 2004 Rules governing the Department of Minerals and Energy’s (DME) new body tasked with controlling the approval of local ‘green’ projects for trading on the global emissions market are vague, open-ended and not sufficiently focused on sustainable development, said nongovernmental... 

Groundbreaking health TV channel launched

By: jenny furness     13th September 2004 A national health educational television channel, called Mindset Health, the first of its kind in Africa, was launched on Friday in Johannesburg by the Minister of Health, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. 

'Green' fashions promote social development

By: Jill Stanford     10th September 2004 STUDENTS at South Africa’s fashion design schools, technikons and universities took up a challenge from the Clothing and Textile Environmental Linkage Centre (ctelc) to produce garments from environment-friendly materials that directly promote social development. 

EIA regulations will be strong - DEAT

10th September 2004 The Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism (DEAT) said on Wednesday it has taken note of recent media reports and editorial comment expressing the concerns of certain environmental stakeholders about the new draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations, and the drafting process... 

Biotech giant moves to dispel GMO myths

By: Zonika Botha     10th September 2004 Biotechnology and genetically-modified foodstuffs are controversial topics, often conjuring up images of so-called ‘Frankenstein’ foods. 

Diode-based laser clinical trials advance

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     10th September 2004 A diode-based laser system developed for the treatment of glaucoma by a Pretoria high-tech company is now in the eighth month of clinical trials, but whether the results are satisfactory will only be known at the end of the 12 months to 18 months trial period. 

New Air Quality Bill has teeth – Van Schalkwyk

By: Jill Stanford     9th September 2004 The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk on Tuesday led the debate in the National Assembly on the new Air Quality Management Bill. 

DEAT reappoints deputy DG of marine branch

3rd September 2004 The South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) this week extended Horst Kleinschmidt's contract for a further four years as deputy director-general of DEAT's Marine and Coastal Management branch. 

EIA reform process nears conclusion

By: Jill Stanford     27th August 2004 NEW regulations to reform and fast-track the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) process are to be in place by January next year. 

Blyde River Canyon national park proposed

23rd August 2004 Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mpumalanga to establish the Blyde River Canyon National Park. 

Electrical contractors in battle with State over certificates

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2004 The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), representing about 2 500 electrical contractors, is taking legal action against the Department of Labour (DoL) over the policing of the system of Electrical Certificates of Compliance (CoCs). 

Gov in partnership with conservation group

By: jenny furness     12th August 2004 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) will tomorrow sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Bee Foundation. 

Tripartite effort needed to fight healthcare crisis

By: Jill Stanford     4th August 2004 Co-operation between the private sector, labour and the public sector can provide relief to South Africa’s reeling public health system. 

Car safety moving from passive to active . . .

By: Keith Campbell     30th July 2004 THE future focus of automotive manufacturers with regard to safety will be on the development of active systems, which will be developed, hopefully, within a framework of globally-standardised safety regulations. 

. . . while intelligent-guidance systems are promoted for trucks

By: Keith Campbell     30th July 2004 THE global trend of increasing road congestion will require more intelligent guidance of vehicles. 

Consol to install R40m gas treatment plant

27th July 2004 Construction is underway on the R40-million installation of a state-of-the-art waste-gas treatment plant at Consol Glass’ Bellville factory, which will radically reduce emissions from its four furnaces. 

Metals industry gets cleaner-production support from Danes

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd July 2004 The Danish Agency for International Development Assistance (Danida) has paid subsidies totalling R831 000 for 13 demonstration projects to encourage cleaner production in South Africa’s metal-finishing industry and is spending R361 000 on an additional five projects, which should be... 

Durban signs SA’s first carbon-finance deal

By: tom robbins     23rd July 2004 The eThekwini (Durban) municipality has signed and sealed South Africa’s first carbon emission reduction purchase agreement, for a trash to power project, with the World Bank. 

Court to hear PBMR complaint on Nov

21st July 2004 Environmental lobby group Earthlife Africa said this week that the Cape Town High Court will hear the group’s case against South Africa’s proposed pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) on November 29. 

Emissions trading not a priority in EU . . . yet

By: Kelvin Kemm     16th July 2004 The Kyoto Protocol is an attempted agreement thrashed out in the Japanese city of Kyoto, to limit carbon dioxide emissions from industry worldwide. 

SA’s response to TB to be scaled up

13th July 2004 The ancient plague of Tuberculosis (TB) continues to needlessly kill thousands of South Africans every year, and the National Tuberculosis Control Programme of the Department of Health is embarking on a partnership-strengthening exercise aimed at scaling up societal support for the fight against TB. 

Nuclear gets the nod from minister

By: Kelvin Kemm     9th July 2004 In a court case if someone is charged with a crime such as housebreaking, fraud or assault, the prosecutor has to use facts to prove that the person did it. 

SA reaffirms its commitment to renewable energy

By: Helene Le Roux     9th July 2004 South Africa is advancing its renewable energy drive.?Later this year government plans to set up the National Energy Research Institute, which will, among other things, support studies into the commercialisation of renewable energy, new sustainable energy technologies and energy efficiencies. 

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