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Environmental Protection

Cape Town municipal engineers move to take the environment into account

7th November 2003 Municipal engineers, by the nature of their discipline, serve the needs of communities. 

From manufacturer to containing oil spills

7th November 2003 Durban-based company Oilsep Technology has evolved from an oil separator manufacturer to a leader in oil spill containment and recovery, reports MD Gerald Carmody. 

Chemical maker cleans up area

7th November 2003 Industrial company Rohm and Haas South Africa reports that it illustrates how a chemical plant can live in harmony with the environment. 

Chemicals manufacturer develops green product range

By: Luxolo Tyali     7th November 2003 Chemicals are known to have an adverse impact on the environment, therefore it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to make sure the negative impact is minimised as much as possible. 

Environmental considerations gaining in importance

By: Luxolo Tyali     7th November 2003 South Africa’s interaction with the economies of developed countries as well as changes to its laws following its transition to democracy, have resulted in environmental considerations being accorded a much higher status than before. 

NGO seeks a balance between profit making and protecting the environment

By: Luxolo Tyali     7th November 2003 For environmental organisations to appeal to poor communities, they have to show that there are synergies between environmental protection and financial benefits for these communities. 

More than 1,5-billion cans recovered

7th November 2003 The latest recovery rate for beverage cans in Southern Africa has increased to 66% from 64,4% last year, says Collect-a-Can MD Nick Kock. 

Students acknowledged for innovative projects

By: Jill Stanford     7th November 2003 THE 2003 Catalyst Innovation competition has been won by Manju Joshua from the Wits School of Process and Materials Engineering for her design of a fluidised bed reactor. 

Ten years on: much to celebrate but vigilance is still required

By: katharine mckenzie     7th November 2003 In the days of apartheid, the annual government-sponsored celebrations of the republic were enjoyed only by a white minority. The majority of the population were united under the slogan ‘no cause to celebrate’. 

Building simulation with a smile

By: Karel Smrcka     7th November 2003 Midsummer is the ideal time to find out whether the indoor environment of a building was well planned and realised. But even software packages have language problems, and data often has to be input manually. 

Giants lead way in sustainability reporting

By: Deborah Spicer     7th November 2003 Mining company AngloGold, petrochemicals giant Sasol and financial services group African Bank Investment Limited were the three companies which special mention was made of in a KPMG analysis of integrated sustainability reporting in South Africa released last month. 

Democracy’s children

By: Seeraj Mohamed     7th November 2003 As South Africa approaches its tenth year of democracy we take stock of the past decade. While reading a recently published review of the past decade, my thoughts drifted to Salman Rushdie’s excellent novel Midnight’s Children, which is about a group of children born during the first... 

Big safety drive in construction as legislation tightens

By: nkolola halwindi     7th November 2003 The construction industry has increased its focus on health and safety issues to meet increasingly stricter legislation on the issues, reports construction and engineering legal consultant advocate Hendrik Terblanche. 

Socially Responsible Investment Index to become critical financial indicator

By: candice haase     31st October 2003 Early next year, the JSE Securities Exchange will launch its Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index. 

Soundproofing advice for beginners

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st October 2003 On the acoustics side of things I often am asked how to soundproof premises. Frequently the people ask me, on the phone, without seeing their premises, for advice. Advice on the phone is free so if you want to know about soundproofing . . . 

GMO testing facility is underutilised

By: nkolola halwindi     31st October 2003 Despite the fact that a formal agreement linking Africa’s first testing facility for genetically-modified organisms (GMO) to an international organisation was signed at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein a few months ago, the facility has not been put to full use due to lack... 

US mercury-emission standards could poison African exports

By: Kelvin Kemm     31st October 2003 I was invited on a speaking tour of the US and it was most productive and interesting. As we head towards our summer and they head towards their winter, we are going to hear more about global warming, and the speculated disasters that it will bring. 

Another Cape Town office to be converted into flats

28th October 2003 Another Cape Town high-rise office block is set for conversion into apartments, following the successful sell-out of apartments in the former Old Mutual head office in Darling Street. 

Is the global warming panic justified?

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th October 2003 Summer is coming so we are again going to hear all about global warming. 

Plan to link jobs to expanded parks

By: Zonika Botha     24th October 2003 Since 1995 some 3 000 temporary jobs and 100 permanent jobs have been created by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s (Deat’s) poverty relief programmes in various national parks across the country and, with the announcement that an additional 121 000 ha of land will... 

Big fish gatherings set for Cape Town

24th October 2003 Monday will see the start of a ‘Total Fish Week’ in Cape Town with an international conference followed directly by the ‘Fish Africa 2003’ exhibition. 

Study on for vehicle recycling centre

By: Deborah Spicer     17th October 2003 A techno-economic feasibility study is nearing closure for a Gauteng-based end-of-life vehicle centre, which could potentially disassemble old cars for spare parts, and recycle the rubber, plastic and metal material out of which cars are made. 

Gautrain gains enviro approval

By: Zonika Botha     10th October 2003 The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) of the R7-billion 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail project, which forms part of the Gauteng Provincial Government’s ambitious Blue IQ initiative, has been approved by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Land Affairs (GDACEL). 

Malawi seeks ecotourism concessionaire 

By: Marcel Chimwala     10th October 2003 Malawi – The Malawian government, which is working to turn the Southern African country into an ecotourism destination, is inviting tenders from qualified ecotourism operators, which include companies or individuals, to manage a lodge known as Lifupa within Kasungu National Park, a... 

South Durban community welcomes move to reduce emissions by 66%

By: tom robbins     10th October 2003 Part of Mondi’s ‘Blue Sky’ project to upgrade its Durban paper mill includes a commitment to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 66%, GM John Barton said. 

SA adds 121 000 ha to protected areas

By: Martin Czernowalow     10th October 2003 South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Valli Moosa, yesterday announced the approval of the proclamation of 121 000 ha of land for addition to South Africa’s national parks. 

David Mabunda appointed SANParks CEO

10th October 2003 The South African National Parks Board this week announced the appointment of David Madoda Mabunda as the new chief executive officer of SANParks. 

R500m vaccine partnership launched

By: Jill Stanford     10th October 2003 A PUBLIC–private partnership (PPP) that is to re-establish a domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity has been launched in Cape Town by the Minister of Health Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. 

Enviro group slams ‘rushed’ radioactive policy process

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th October 2003 Environmental lobby group Earthlife Africa is calling for the public hearings into finalising a policy on radioactive waste, which were launched this week, be “opened for proper public participation”. 

Gauteng gears up for industrial expo

30th September 2003 Gauteng is gearing up for what is set to be the largest gathering of industrialists of the year at the Blue IQ Smart Industry Expo to be staged at the Sandton Convention Centre, from October 22 to 24, 2003. 

Gautrain given enviro go-ahead

By: Zonika Botha     30th September 2003 The R7-billion, 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail project, which forms part of the Gauteng Provincial Government’s ambitious Blue IQ initiative, has been approved by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Land Affairs (Dacel). 

SA company in sea-cleaning and wealth-from-waste JV

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2003 A South African company has become the world’s largest producer of lignin chemicals in a waste-to-wealth joint venture with a Norwegian partner – and helped to improve visibility at one of the top-ten marine divers’ sites at the same time, Engineering News can today report. 

Cleaner-production centre’s first training course only the beginning

26th September 2003 In May, this year, the recently-launched National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) ran its first training course aimed at developing and transferring skills and know-how in the field of cleaner production (CP). 

SEA-CHANGE

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2003 A South African company has become the world’s largest producer of lignin chemicals in a waste-to-wealth joint venture with a Norwegian partner – and helped to clean up one of the top-ten marine divers’ sites at the same time, Engineering News can today report. 

Biggest infrastructural project uses the SA-made additive

26th September 2003 The world’s costliest infrastructural project – at which a South African-made concrete additive is being used – is the $14-billion high-speed 300 km/h railway between Taiwan’s two largest cities, Taipei and Kaohsiung, a 345 km journey, that will be travelled in 90 minutes... 

Affluent effluent

26th September 2003 A South African company is the world’s largest producer of one of the most subliminal yet ubiquitous ingredients of modern-day living – dissolving pulp, a common ingredient in a diverse number of products ranging widely from suits, spectacles and sausages to cellphones, cigarettes and... 

Project boost for local engineering company

26th September 2003 A fully-black-owned Kwazulu-Natal company fabricated and erected the drying and evaporator plants at the LignoTech Expansion Project in Umkomaas, south of Durban. 

13 000 m of insulation, 74 t of stainless cladding

26th September 2003 A total of 13 256 m of insulation and 74 t of stainless-steel cladding were used at the wealth-from-waste plant LignoTech South Africa, the world’s-largest lignin chemicals producer. 

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