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Environmental News

Laser leaving mark on product identification

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 Various industries are becoming increasingly aware of product identification solutions, owing to the upsurge of counterfeit products entering the local market from the Far East, says identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions MD Kelby Parker. This has resulted in a growing... 

Investment affected by environmental impact compliance

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     7th September 2018 South African oil refineries need to be aware of their impact on the environment to comply with changing legislation and to further investment opportunities, states Norton Rose Fulbright insurance litigation director Caroline Theodosiou. “Oil refineries need to ensure that if they are increasing... 

Investment affected  by environmental  impact compliance
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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Oil refineries need to take steps to reduce their environmental impact to pacify investors

Philip Lloyd – a passionate educator and energy thought leader 

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Energy Institute researcher, South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) Fellow, energy expert and passionate educator professor Philip Lloyd passed away last month. He championed the role of science and how one needs to learn the language of... 

Philip Lloyd – a passionate educator and energy thought leader
PHILIP LLOYD Philip Lloyd contributed to the nation as an eminent engineer, as well as through mathematics and science education programmes for underprivileged children

Plastics SA launches clean-up day, drive to reduce ocean waste

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 Industry body Plastics South Africa (SA) has partnered with Estonian clean-up civic movement Let’s Do It! Africa for the World Cleanup Day on September 15. Plastics SA will provide resources and coordinate the activities as part of the Cleanup and Recycle SA week from September 10 to 15. Last... 

Coal-transition support should aid workers and communities, not Eskom – report

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2018 A new report into South Africa’s coal sector argues that any subsidies set aside for the country’s “inevitable” transition away from coal in electricity production should be tailored to protect workers, their dependants and communities, rather than Eskom, or the coal sector as a whole. Published... 

Coal-transition support should aid workers and communities, not Eskom – report

Tiny beetle is killing SA's trees – and nothing can stop it

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 A beetle smaller than a sesame seed is killing huge trees throughout South Africa, and little can be done to stop it. The polyphagous shot hole borer, a native of southeast Asia no bigger than 2mm, has found its way to South Africa and is infesting trees at an alarming rate. According to... 

Mpact trials aluminium, plastic recyclate construction board manufacturing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th September 2018 Paper and packaging company Mpact is running manufacturing trials at its plant, in Benoni, Gauteng, to manufacture construction boards and pallets made from recycled aluminium and plastic. The aluminium and plastic are offcuts from liquid packaging that is recycled at the company’s paper mill in... 

Mpact trials aluminium, plastic recyclate construction board manufacturing

Technical analytical firm offers sector-focused laboratory services

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 Sci-Ba focuses on providing highly technical analytical services for commercial companies across a range of industries and has been divided into ten sector-focused laboratories to cater for the needs of specific industries, says Sci-Ba co-founder and director David Long. Developing new tests and... 

Technical analytical firm offers sector-focused laboratory services
INDUSTRIAL TESTING Sci-Ba’s scientists are specialised in chemistry, environmental science, hydrology, geology and mineralogy serving Africa, Europe and the Middle East clients

Carbon emissions reduced at hospitals

By: Halima Frost     31st August 2018 Gas suppliers CNG Holdings through its wholly owned subsidiary Virtual Gas Network (VGN) will start the installation of two natural gas boiler systems – the final phase of the Gauteng Province Department of Infrastructure Development (GPDID) Greening Initiative – at provincial hospitals on the... 

Carbon emissions reduced at hospitals
UP IN THE AIR An aerial view of the revolutionary Langlaagte CNG filling station

Pikitup suspends waste collection in more areas

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th August 2018 Waste manager Pikitup has suspended services in Orange Farm, Ivory Park and Midrand owing to continued threats of violence towards staff members and blocked access gates at some of Pikitup’s depots. Earlier this week, it suspended services in Soweto, amid protests by people wanting to be... 

Pikitup suspends waste collection in areas around Soweto amid protests 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Waste manager Pikitup has suspended services in certain areas following the burning and stoning of its trucks in Soweto, on Friday, and continued threats of violence towards staff members this week. The affected depots include Central Camp and Zondi, where protestors are currently most active,... 

Govt to invest R1.7bn to drive biodiversity economy, environmental protection

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Government will invest R1.7-billion into the People and Parks Programme project, bioprospecting and the wildlife economy, through the Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programme, over a period of three years. The investment forms part of the Operation Phakisa Biodiversity Economy... 

Govt to invest R1.7bn to drive biodiversity economy, environmental protection
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Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa

Trawling for a cleaner environment

24th August 2018 An international study has revealed that South African Hake has a low environmental impact; this and the fact that South African Hake comes from a sustainable and well managed fishery, makes it a good choice over beef and many other forms of animal proteins. According to the study − published in... 

Trawling for a  cleaner environment
HAKING ITS TOLL Hake takes less toll on the environment than most other farmed proteins

Organiser extends show to cater to demand

By: Halima Frost     24th August 2018 This year’s biennial Food & Drink Technology Africa (fdt Africa) trade fair will take place over three days, enabling visitors to meet more industry players and decision-makers. Scheduled to take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, from September 4 to 6, event organisers Messe... 

African cacao-producing country starts making top-quality chocolate

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th August 2018 Cooperation between a South African and a British business has resulted in the establishment of the first ever chocolate factory in the West African island state of São Tomé e Príncipe. The enterprises are HBD Venture Capital (HBD standing for “Here Be Dragons”), an enterprise of South African... 

South Africa hosts first National Talanoa Dialogue to discuss climate change mitigation measures

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd August 2018 Climate change is a key challenge and poses the single biggest threat to development, with its widespread and unprecedented impacts that disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Thursday at the opening of the South African... 

South Africa hosts first National Talanoa Dialogue to discuss climate change mitigation measures
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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

Veolia opens export-competitive factory in Ekurhuleni 

23rd August 2018 Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has opened a chemical production facility in Pomona, Kempton Park that is set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its competitive costs of production compared with other Veolia chemical production facilities. 

Veolia opens export-competitive factory in Ekurhuleni
Veolia opens export-competitive factory in Ekurhuleni

Biogas plant demonstrates potential using new tech

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 Renewable-energy and waste disposal solutions provider Global Energy has constructed a fully operational biogas demonstration plant using technology that has been designed to be more cost effective, manufactured locally and simpler to operate and maintain. The plant aims to showcase the potential... 

Biogas plant demonstrates potential using new tech
BIOGAS DEMO PLANT Global Energy expects its biogas demonstration plant to be open for viewing by prospective clients by the end of this month.

Biojet feasibility project under way

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 The Waste to Wing feasibility project, aimed at ascertaining the viability of waste-based sustainable aviation biofuel production and consumption in South Africa, is under way, says nature conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA). WWF-SA bioenergy programme... 

Biojet feasibility project under way
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PROOF OF CONCEPT Waste to Wing aims to prove that biojet fuel can be used economically in South Africa and that it can offer an inclusive value chain

Iceberg water could be cheaper than desalination

By: News24Wire      16th August 2018 Icebergs can supply Cape Town with extra water in drought years at a far cheaper rate than a big desalination plant. It will cost R3.8-billion to use Antarctic iceberg water to bolster Cape Town's water supply for any three dry years that are likely to occur over the next 20 years – compared to... 

What is driving a rally in EU carbon permit prices?

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 The Benchmark European carbon price hit a 10-year high on Wednesday, marking a near 130% rise this year, with prices set to continue climbing over the next few years. The European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) charges power plants and factories for every tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2)... 

Research chairs established to assist South African waste sector

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2018 The South African waste sector is in desperate need of change, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Waste Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap Implementation Unit manager Professor Linda Godfrey. Speaking at the launch of South Africa’s first research chairs in... 

Research chairs established to assist South African waste sector
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University of the Western Cape professor Catherina Schenk

Water dept to prioritise SRSS as part of improving state of Vaal river

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has assured that it, together with Rand Water, the Gauteng provincial government, and the Sedibeng district and Emfuleni local municipalities are working towards improving the state of the Vaal river and the Vaal dam. Rand Water stated that reports... 

Water dept to prioritise SRSS as part of improving state of Vaal river
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Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Northern Cape wind farm funds FitzPatrick Institute bird study

By: Anine Kilian     10th August 2018 Kangnas Wind Farm and the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology are working in partnership to gather data related to the Red Lark’s current status, its occurrence, habitat preferences and threats.  As an endemic species, Red Lark is one of only a few species solely confined to the Northern... 

Retailer pilots South Africa’s first in-store recycling vending machine

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2018 In line with its commitment to achieving zero packaging waste to landfill by 2022, retailer Woolworths has launched the customer trial of an integrated reverse vending machine in its flagship green store, Woolworths Palmyra, in Claremont. This, Woolworths says, is good news for the many South... 

Retailer pilots South Africa’s first in-store recycling vending machine

Government considering ban on microbeads after Gauteng drinking water is found to be contaminated

By: News24Wire      10th August 2018 The government has set up a task team to look at imposing a total ban on microbeads – the tiny plastic beads used in cosmetics, toothpaste and sandblasting. This comes after a Water Research Commission study found microplastic pollution in tap water in Johannesburg and Tshwane, as well as in all... 

App monitors spread of FAW in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to $4.8-billion, caused by the infestation of the fall armyworm (FAW), says Food and Agriculture... 

App monitors spread  of FAW in Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
PEST ARMY The invasion of the fall armyworm is threatening the food security of 300-million people in Africa

Irrigation system reduces water use in orchards by 70%

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Louirrigate’s micro drip irrigation system, Tree Hog, can reduce farmers’ water use by up to 70% in orchards, and save up to 70% of energy costs, claims Tree Hog designer and Louirrigate owner Louis Loubser, who is a wine and fruit farmer in Robertson, Western Cape.   The Tree Hog system is... 

Irrigation system reduces water use in orchards by 70%
WATER CONSERVATION The Tree Hog can reduce water consumption by up to 70%

W Cape focusing on creating certainty in agriculture sector

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Western Cape provincial government is focusing on creating certainty for the agriculture industry by trying to ensure that farmers can continue farming and save jobs by requesting an increase in the water allocation to the industry from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says... 

W Cape focusing on creating certainty in agriculture sector
CERTAINTY NEEDED Farmers are positive about recent rains in the Western Cape, but more rain is needed to sustain recovery efforts

South African farmers face tough road to recovery

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Local orchards and vineyards could take between five and seven years to fully recover from the recent drought, provided there is average or above-average rainfall for three consecutive years, says agriculture industry association Agri SA head of natural resources Janse Rabie. “Because of the... 

South African farmers face tough road to recovery
Photo by Reuters
ROAD TO RECOVERY Drought stricken regions in South Africa need three years of significant rainfall to recover

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

By: Simone Liedtke     8th August 2018 As part of its commitment to bringing real change to communities, the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) on Wednesday relaunched its asphalt plant, in Ophirton, Johannesburg. The plant, which was first built in 1965, had to be refurbished to ensure it meets air quality requirements. 

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 The KwaZulu-Natal-based Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest tyre recycler, has developed two steel by-products that are being exported to Australia and Korea in growing quantities. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has assisted in supplying four materials handling specialist SAMSON Eco-Hoppers to the Kenyan Port of Mombasa, in June this year. Acquiring the hoppers is part of the Mombasa Resilient Infrastructure Programme (MRIP) initiative by the Kenya Ports... 

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port
OUT OF THE QUAY The SAMSON hoppers can be moved to free up space where needed

Enel Green Power reaches financial close on five new wind farms

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 Enel Global Renewable Energies’ Enel Green Power (EGP) division, in Southern Africa, has reached financial close on five new wind farms with about 700 MW in capacity. The five wind farms – Nxuba and Oyster Bay, in the Eastern Cape, and Garob, Karusa and Soetwater, in the Northern Cape – have a... 

Enel Green Power reaches financial close on five new wind farms

Sanedi calls on industry to move back Earth Overshoot Day

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 As part of its mission to address the issues of clean and sustainable energy, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) will be participating in this year’s global Earth Overshoot Day, taking place on August 1, by urging South Africans to check their ecological footprint... 

Sanedi calls on industry to move back Earth Overshoot Day

Biodegradable polymer market value to grow to $1.7bn by 2023

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 As plastic regulations and bans on plastic bags and other single-use plastic items such as drinking straws increase globally, the demand and, therefore, market value of biodegradable polymers exceeds $1-billion and will rise sharply to $1.7-billion by 2023, says global information provider IHS... 

UK-born idea could improve ventilation, cooling in African city buildings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 An idea to retrofit existing buildings in African cities with three-dimensional (3D) printed porous insulation panels to improve liveability and reduce energy consumption for cooling and ventilation has been named the African winner of the Cities for our Future competition run by the Royal... 

UK-born idea could improve ventilation, cooling in African city buildings
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