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Environmental News

Carbon dioxide levels grew at record pace in 2016, UN says

By: Reuters     30th October 2017 The amount of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere grew at record rate in 2016 to a level not seen for millions of years, potentially fuelling a 20 m rise in sea levels and adding 3 °C to temperatures, the United Nations (UN) said on Monday. Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2),... 

Conference aims to strengthen cross-border relations

By: Nadine James     27th October 2017 The prospects for wind power within and beyond the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) will be discussed at this year’s Windaba conference and exhibition, exploring opportunities outside South Africa’s borders, and consider ways of establishing cross-border... 

Conference aims to strengthen cross-border relations
ANSWERS IN THE WIND The Windaba programme has been designed to be relevant regardless of whether the mid-term outlook is good or uncertain

Sasol mitigates material matters issues in 2017

     27th October 2017 To mitigate material matters that could substantially affect its ability to create value in the short, medium or long term, as a result of not being able to execute its strategy and the impact thereof on its ability to stay competitive, petrochemicals giant Sasol has outlined a five-step process... 

Sasol mitigates material matters issues in 2017
MANAGING MATTERS Sasol reviews and monitors material matters through stakeholder inclusiveness always keeping a sustainability context in mind

UCT’s business school to participate in UN programme research council

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Graduate School of Business (GSB) has been named as one of nine leading universities to be part of a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a research agenda that will better leverage private investment to finance the... 

Partnership seeks to provide best-practice health and safety training

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2017 Inspection, testing, verification and certification multinational SGS and State-owned power utility Eskom have partnered to train 24 local youths at Eskom’s Grootvlei power station in the Dipaleseng municipality, in Mpumalanga, south of Heidelberg, in 12 subjects related to safety, health and... 

Gigaba’s maiden MTBPS receives mixed reviews

By: Sane Dhlamini     26th October 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) has received mixed reactions, with many organisations calling out its lack of attention to detail. Gigaba MTBPS was delayed by Economic Freedom Fighters MPs who objected to him delivering the budget on the basis... 

Gigaba’s maiden MTBPS receives mixed reviews
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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Sturdier, safer, cheaper: India urged to build more roads with plastic waste

By: Reuters     25th October 2017 India should use its biggest investment in road construction to make its roads safer and build them cheaper with a home-grown technology that salvages plastic waste, analysts said. India has the world's second-largest road network and one of the highest numbers of road accidents globally.... 

JSE launches green bond segment

     25th October 2017 The JSE on Wednesday launched its green bond segment, which provides a platform for companies and other institutions to raise funds that are ring-fenced for low-carbon initiatives. It also enables investors to invest social responsibility investment funds in securities that are truly green.   JSE... 

JSE launches green bond segment
JSE CEO Nicky Newton-King, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and JSE Capital Markets director Donna Nemer

Apartheid Museum to honour Advocate Bizos

By: Sane Dhlamini     24th October 2017 The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg will on Thursday commemorate stalwart anti-apartheid icon Advocate George Bizos by launching a new gallery in his honour a few weeks before his 90th birthday, and by launching his memoir, detailing his friendship with Nelson Mandela and titled 65 Years of... 

Apartheid Museum to honour Advocate Bizos
Advocate George Bizos

Renergen secures onshore petroleum production right in South Africa; will locally produce LNG

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 The Petroleum Agency of South Africa has granted integrated alternative and renewable energy business Renergen’s Tetra4 subsidiary environmental authorisation for its Free State natural gas development. The authorisation, the processing of which has taken more than two years and has involved... 

Renergen secures onshore petroleum production right in South Africa; will locally produce LNG
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

Forest fires stoke record loss in world tree cover – monitor

By: Reuters     24th October 2017 Forest fires in Brazil and Indonesia contributed to a record loss in global tree cover in 2016, equivalent to the size of New Zealand, that could accelerate deforestation blamed for climate change, an independent forest monitoring network said on Monday. Man-made global warming increased the... 

Twelve big cities to buy zero emissions buses, extend green areas

By: Reuters     23rd October 2017 Twelve major cities including London, Paris, Los Angeles and Cape Town promised on Monday to buy only zero-emissions buses from 2025 and to make major areas free of fossil fuel emissions by 2030 to protect the environment. The 12, with a combined population of almost 80-million, said they would... 

Flights are going to get a lot more bumpy, says new research

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 Flights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness.   A new study published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, has calculated that climate... 

Flights are going to get a lot more bumpy, says new research

Businesses must take action to drive inclusive growth in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 There is a need for a new social narrative that balances generating profits with building social capital to drive inclusive economic growth in Africa, says management consultant IQbusiness CEO Adam Craker.  

Businesses must take action to drive inclusive growth in Africa
ADAM CRAKER South Africa must focus on building a strong home economy if it is to be a participant in regional or continental growth

Clarifying sustainability reporting imperative for modern business

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 A clear and shared sustainability reporting framework is integral for enabling companies to demonstrate a positive impact on not only the economies but also the societies and environments in which they operate, says independent international organisation Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) CE Tim... 

Clarifying sustainability reporting imperative for modern business
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DRIVING GROWTH GRI is assisting SMEs in Africa to gain access to global value chains by building their capacities for corporate sustainability management and reporting

Property developer launches SA’s first dual-certified property portfolio

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has launched the first and only property portfolio in South Africa to be highly rated by the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The Thrive Portfolio combines quality and... 

Property developer launches SA’s first dual-certified property portfolio
WRAPPING UP Growthpoint Properties is nearing completion on the 112 000 m2 office development for Discovery, in Sandton

Miner defends Western Cape phosphate project, highlights its importance

By: Ilan Solomons     19th October 2017 Emerging miner Kropz has warned that the West Coast Environmental Protection Association’s (WCEPA’s) application to have the water-use license (WUL) for Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine, near Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, suspended, would, if successful, cause “irreversible environmental... 

Miner defends Western Cape phosphate project, highlights its importance

Relationship between agriculture, climate change should be prioritised

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2017 A firm decision needs to be made on how to mitigate against the impact of climate change on the agricultural sector, which is facing increased environmental impacts, University of South Africa (Unisa) Exxaro Chair in Business and Climate research assistant Bongani Chavalala said on Wednesday.... 

El Nino contributes to new high in carbon dioxide levels

By: News24Wire      16th October 2017 The amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in our world is likely to top 410 parts per million (ppm) this year. The CO2 measured at the Mauna Loa Baseline Atmospheric Observatory in Hawaii hit 405.1 ppm in 2016 - an increase of 3 ppm over the previous year, marking five consecutive years of... 

GBCSA launches Net Zero pilot certification scheme

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 The certification of the first four projects under the Green Building Council South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) Net Zero pilot certification scheme was announced this week. Net zero carbon buildings are defined as highly energy efficient buildings, with remaining energy demand supplied by on-site and/or... 

South African Weather Service battered by faulty equipment, decries CEO

By: News24Wire      13th October 2017 The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has blamed the poor state of their equipment for failing to warn citizens earlier of the stormy weather that devastated parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. SAWS CEO Jerry Lengoasa on Thursday said although a severe weather warning for the catastrophic... 

Global water insecurity calls for water infrastructure maintenance

     13th October 2017 The growing funding gap to keep up with the rehabilitation, operation and maintenance of ageing water infrastructure is a global concern, particularly in the current age of austerity, says global engineering firm Aurecon. The firm emphasises that new water systems need to be built to cope with... 

Global water insecurity calls for water infrastructure maintenance
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FOOD INSECURITY Food is heavily reliant on water supply. Scarce water supply puts crops and livestock at risk

Population increase outstrips water infrastructure

By: Nica Schreuder     13th October 2017 With South Africa’s population rapidly increasing in the past 60 years, water scarcity and a lack of adequate infrastructure continue to be of concern, says water components supplier African Pipes, Valves and Fittings director Ben Levitas. In the past, the traditional way of increasing to... 

Population increase outstrips  water infrastructure
BEDFORD DAM The Bedford Dam, constructed in 2011, is one of the few notable water infrastructure projects in the past 20 years

Drainage system helps manufacturer achieve international standards

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Drainage technology provider ACO Systems South Africa has completed the first phase of the installation of its flagship hygienic solution at food manufacturer Simba Pepsico’s production plant, in Johannesburg. 

Drainage system helps manufacturer achieve international standards
MARCO CASSOL Effective drainage systems are important for protecting building infrastructure and production plants from the destructive effects of water damage

Italian manufacturer remains committed to quality

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Despite growing competition in the South African geyser market and the generally depressed economic state of the country, global thermic comfort solutions provider Ariston Thermo Group has continued to achieve constant growth in the local market because of its high-quality products, says Ariston... 

Italian manufacturer remains committed  to quality
ENERGY EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS Heat Tech products are gaining popularity in South Africa owing to their reliability

WWF, AfDB partner on Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have collaborated to advance the work of the Africa Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Hub in addressing the impacts of climate change on the continent. The AfDB Climate Change and Green... 

WWF, AfDB partner on Africa Nationally  Determined Contributions Hub
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FOCUS AREA The Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub focuses on fostering of long-term climate action

Construction starts on new R500m office tower development

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Local property developer Abland and joint venture partners Ellerine Brothers have started development of the 35 Lower Long office tower in Cape Town, in the Western Cape. The four-star green building will be situated on Lower Long Street, in the City Bowl. The 24-storey office tower will replace... 

Construction starts on new R500m office tower development
ENVISAGED DESIGN The building will have a modern look, characterised by dynamic glazed façades of floor–to-ceiling heights

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale battery storage prospects improve

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following the release of an energy storage techno-economic study ‘The South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment’, advocating that South Africa requires market preparation to take advantage of growth opportunities in the stationary and mobility value chains of energy storage,... 

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale  battery storage prospects improve

Recycling sustainability requires ongoing investment

By: Dylan Slater     13th October 2017 For recycling in South Africa to be sustainable in the long-term long-term investment in the country’s recycling capacity is required, says Mpact Recycling MD John Hunt.  

Wolseley residents complain of no refuse collection for 5 years

By: News24Wire      10th October 2017 Residents who moved to Zakhele in Wolseley five years ago, say the municipality hasn't provided any basic services despite them paying for it. After GroundUp sent questions to Witzenberg Municipality about the absence of refuse removal for all these years, the municipality sent out a small truck... 

Mining company has eyes on West Coast National Park, say activists

By: News24Wire      9th October 2017 Kropz mining company has told SANParks executive committee members that it may ask to extend its phosphate mine into the West Coast National Park. The company, formerly Elandsfontein Exploration and Mining, has also approached the department of mineral resources (DMR) to "protect our rights" over... 

DA aims to ban unrecyclable plastic shopping bags in Western Cape

By: News24Wire      9th October 2017 The DA-led Western Cape government has been mandated to pass legislation to prohibit the sale and distribution of plastic shopping bags that aren’t 100% recyclable. This after a motion to this effect was passed at the DA’s Western Cape Congress on Saturday. 

Northam backs Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association’s awareness campaign

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2017 Platinum miner Northam is supporting a campaign by US-based Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) to raise awareness of clean energy technology. Globally, governments are being urged to support investment in technology to provide cleaner and more efficient sources of power in the... 

Northam backs Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association’s awareness campaign
Photo by Duane Daws
Northam CEO Paul Dunne

Opinion: South Africa’s coal mining sector could shrink by 46% 

     6th October 2017 In this opinion article, independent economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey argues that the mining industry and coal industry need to fight for their very future otherwise all is lost. Few people realise that future economic, political and social prosperity are at currently stake. Decisions made in... 

Opinion: South Africa’s coal mining sector could shrink by 46%
Rob Jeffrey

Innovative system helps control wastewater pumping

     6th October 2017 Pumps and valves producer KSB Pumps and Valves has introduced the PumpDrive variable speed system, for the effective and controlled pumping of waste water. The system has been designed specifically to overcome problems related to the pumping of waste water. Three innovative functions have been... 

Innovative system  helps control wastewater pumping
INDUSTRY PLATFORM The annual Agritech Expo in Zambia is an opportunity for industry stakeholders and consumers to communicate and find solutions

Lifting stations ensure efficient wastewater disposal

     6th October 2017 Germany-based pumps manufacturer and supplier company Kessel has developed a lifting station with a pump designed to satisfy all modern sewage technology requirements, while simultaneously ensuring user profitability and efficiency. 

Lifting stations ensure efficient wastewater disposal
AQUALIFT F BASIC The lifting station has been deemed the new standard and economic solution for wastewater disposal

Supplier extends pumps offering

     6th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Atlas Copco’s portable energy division expanded its offering for the dewatering market, launching more than 20 new heavy-duty, high capacity pumps in August. The launch included the addition of three high-flow models to its PAS range of centrifugal dry prime pumps.... 

Supplier extends  pumps offering
FLOW ACCOMMODATION Atlas Copco’s high-flow models are capable of handling flow rates of up to 1 400 m3/h

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