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Environmental News

Gas conditioning systems remain in high demand

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 As global pressure to reduce emissions mounts, owing to more stringent legislation, there remains a high demand for spray nozzle and spraying system manufacturer Lechler’s VarioCool Gas Conditioning systems in the cement producing industry, says Lechler representative in Southern Africa... 

Nuclear to shape future energy solutions

By: Melissa Zisengwe     11th May 2018 Nuclear Energy is globally recognised as a valuable source of safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy, and when harmonised with Africa’s abundant thermal, renewable and hydro resources, a balanced and sustainable energy portfolio for Africa can be achieved, says independent clean energy... 

Nuclear to shape future energy solutions
DES MULLER highlights the importance of making smart choices regarding Africa’s energy planning

Hillbrow protesters vow to continue waste collection protests

By: News24Wire      10th May 2018 Hillbrow protesters have vowed to continue their campaign against Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba over the collection of rubbish in the city, despite arrests. On Thursday morning, protesters marched in Wolmaraans Street and burnt barricades of trash, causing serious traffic delays. "We want to... 

Tanzania asks bank to finance hydropower project in heritage site

By: Reuters     30th April 2018 Tanzania has approached the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance a 2 100 MW hydroelectric plant in a World Heritage site renowned for its animal population, despite concerns from conservationists. The East African nation considers the project at Stiegler’s Gorge in the UNESCO-designated... 

Govt committed to accelerating land redistribution - Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      27th April 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday that government was committed to accelerating land redistribution, adding that economic freedom means that the land that was taken from black South Africans needs to be returned. "We are committed to accelerate the redistribution of land, both in urban... 

Govt committed to accelerating land redistribution - Ramaphosa
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

Reclaimers ‘dispossessed’ in Joburg’s waste-based commodity frontier

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Initiatives to integrate reclaimers, or waste pickers, into Johannesburg’s waste management programme have resulted in new forms of dispossession of reclaimers, says University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) human geography senior lecturer Dr Melanie Samson.  

M&R Water, partner launch innovative wastewater treatment demo plant

By: Shirley le Guern     25th April 2018 Murray & Roberts Water (MRW), together with its European technology partner, Organica Water, on Wednesday launched an innovative, environment-friendly wastewater treatment plant that closely resembles a greenhouse at the eThekwini municipality’s Verulam Wastewater Treatment Works. The first of... 

M&R Water, partner launch innovative wastewater treatment demo plant

Pests, diseases a burden on agriculture – ARC

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2018 Despite an influx of agricultural imports and an increase in pests and diseases coming into the country over the past 20 years, South Africa has not invested adequately in pest and disease control strategies, says Agricultural Research Council (ARC) president Shadrack Moephuli. “We have not been... 

Africa’s population growth could drive South Africa’s livestock exports

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2018 Africa’s population is expected to grow by 25% by 2050, creating an expanding middle class population that will require an affluent protein diet, Agricultural Research Council (ARC) research institute manager Dr Misheck Mulumba said on Wednesday. Addressing delegates at a public awareness day... 

Two South African women receive major international environmental award

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2018 Two South African women have been awarded a prestigious international environmental award for their work in winning a crucial court case against plans by government to proceed with a nuclear build programme. Earthlife Africa-Johannesburg’s (ELA-JHB) Makoma Lekalakala and Liziwe McDaid from the... 

Molewa gazettes financial provisioning regulation amendments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa on Friday gazetted, for implementation, an amendment to the Financial Provisioning Regulations (FPR) for prospecting, exploration, mining or production operations.  

Molewa gazettes financial provisioning regulation amendments
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Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa

Future growth of African aviation to depend on cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Collaboration between aviation stakeholders, not least governments, in Africa is essential if the aviation sector is to realise its full potential and accelerate the development of the continent. So asserted International Air Transport Association (IATA) VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi in his keynote... 

Africa pursuing diversified energy investments to deliver power

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Africa has an abundance of energy resources that can be brought online rapidly and cost effectively, says engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko. With governments realising that no single technology... 

Africa pursuing diversified energy investments to deliver power
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ2yoZpx3Lo

NCPC-SA hosts green chemistry awareness workshop

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 As part of a global initiative, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University, hosted a workshop on green chemistry, in... 

NCPC-SA hosts green chemistry awareness workshop
Prof Paul Anastas Yale University, Ndivhuho Raphulu National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa and Dr Alufelwi Tshavhungwe Department of Science and Technology

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report
Glencore's Anna Krutikov

Four South African cities strive to make all new buildings zero-carbon 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 Residents and businesses moving into new buildings in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Tshwane will soon enjoy lower energy bills, and will generate fewer greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, reducing their climate change impact. High-efficiency energy performance requirements are being developed... 

Regional workshop in support of fight against wildlife crime in Southern Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The illegal trade in wildlife has become a major form of transnational organised crime that is damaging economies, undermining public safety and good governance in many regions around the world. And Southern Africa is no exception. “Criminals involved in wildlife crime are not involved only in... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain footholds in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

Pikitup spends over R12m on refurbishing its garden sites 

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 The City of Johannesburg’s waste management company Pikitup is spending more than R12-million on renovating and upgrading its garden sites in line with its strategic objective of encouraging recycling and diverting 97% of waste away from landfill sites.  The entity is refurbishing and upgrading... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Thabane Zulu says the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is undergoing a final set of processes and consultations, as stipulated by Cabinet in December, before being published in the Government Gazette. Speaking at the Africa Power Roundtable in... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon
Photo by Dylan Slater
Department of Energy director-general Thabane Zulu

Mathe Group expands tyre recycling facility, despite Redisa demise

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2018 The Mathe Group’s Hammarsdale plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, has quadrupled employment and more than doubled output since coming on stream in 2016, says the tyre recycler. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in the Mathe Group,... 

Mathe Group expands tyre recycling facility, despite Redisa demise

Environmental Affairs Committee welcomes signing of IPP contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on Monday welcomed the signing, last week, of 27 contracts by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe with independent power producers (IPPs). This, the committee averred, indicates South Africa’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions... 

Why April rainfall is key to stave off Cape Town's Day Zero

By: News24Wire      9th April 2018 In three weeks’ time experts will be able to say with some certainty whether Cape Town is likely to get enough rain this year to avoid a Day Zero scenario in 2019. After three dry years and months of severe water restrictions, everyone in the drought-stricken area wants to know whether we will... 

Spar Eastern Cape declares war on plastic bags

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 Spar Eastern Cape (EC) has declared a war on plastic bags as part of the retailer’s efforts to help protect the environment. Spar EC plans to launch an initiative that urges customers to consider alternative grocery packaging options. 

Spar Eastern Cape declares war on plastic bags
Spar Eastern Cape plans to launch an initiative that urges customers to consider alternative grocery packaging options

Darling Brew becomes Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 Western Cape-based craft brewery Darling Brew has been named Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery and is expected to offset a total of 687.96 t of carbon dioxide over the next year. This, the brewery explained, will be equivalent to having eliminated the same amount of carbon from the... 

Darling Brew becomes Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery
Darling Brew Outside View

School children recycle waste for food

By: News24Wire      4th April 2018 In Colchester, primary school pupils recycle plastic bottles and tins in exchange for school stationery, clothing and food. Thamara Gqogqani, a Grade 7 pupil, says she is always on the lookout for empty plastic bottles and metal tins, which she stores at her home. "This is helping my family very... 

Nigerian government invites tenders for environmental remediation project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th April 2018 The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) is seeking to appoint environmental remedial contractors for phase one of its Remediation of Hydrocarbon Impacted sites in Ogoni project.  

Nigerian government invites tenders for environmental remediation project

DEA indicates 2018 fire season readiness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Tuesday said its Working on Fire team was ready for the upcoming winter fire season, which usually starts early in June and ends in November.  

DEA indicates 2018 fire season readiness
Photo by Creamer Media
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

Proper dredging, correct dredge depths critical

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 It is imperative that harbours are properly dredged and channels are kept open to facilitate smooth port operations, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director and transport head Andrew Robinson. “Dredging is a much more complicated process than many people realise and the fact that a... 

Proper dredging, correct dredge depths critical
ANDREW ROBINSON Dredging is a continuous process as channels and quaysides must be dredged constantly so that vessels can get in and out of harbours

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 In August last year, the US-based Space Foundation reported that the worldwide space economy had been worth $329-billion in 2016, up from $323-billion in 2015. The Foundation noted that the rise had been due to the increase in commercial space activities (there had been tiny declines in... 

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

Renewability driving forest and paper industry

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Renewable commercial forests that supply the pulp, paper and board industry with wood fibre provide key environmental services and conserve our indigenous forests, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. “Commercially grown trees have helped to... 

Lack of carton collection reduces recycling processes

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Although paper and plastics packaging company Mpact has been processing liquid packaging successfully, not enough cartons are being collected to use for recycling. “Consumers don’t realise that liquid packaging, such as juice and milk cartons, are actually recyclable. We need to put in an effort... 

Africa struggles to meet energy demand and reduce carbon emissions 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2018 The global energy sector is faced with the dual challenge of meeting growing energy demand, while simultaneously needing to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the energy system, says MIT Energy Initiative director Robert Armstrong. Speaking at the twenty-first Power and Electricity World... 

Regional wildlife crime workshop highlights threat, promotes cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2018 The illegal trade in wildlife has become a major form of transnational organised crime that is damaging economies, undermining public safety and good governance in many regions around the world. And Southern Africa is no exception. “Criminals involved in wildlife crime are not involved only in... 

Regional wildlife crime workshop highlights threat, promotes cooperation
Photo by Endangered Wildlife Trust
Endangered Wildlife Trust Programme Manager: Wildlife and Trade Programme Ashleigh Dore

South Africans saved 410 MW during Earth Hour - Eskom

By: African News Agency      26th March 2018 South Africans joined the rest of the world when they switched off their lights for Earth Hour from 20:30 to 21:30 on Saturday night and together they saved 410 MW, Eskom has announced. Earth Hour is a global call for the protection of the planet and for people to take a stand against climate... 

DEA orders halt to seabird handling as avian flu is detected

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) said on Friday that it was dealing with the H5N8 strain of the avian influenza (bird flu) that has been detected in several seabird species, including Swift Terns, African Penguins and Cape Gannets on the country’s coastline.  

DEA orders halt to seabird handling as avian flu is detected

PETCo, partners relieve pressure on Western Cape recycling capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 Owing to an all-time-high demand for plastic bottles in the Western Cape region, the province’s recycling capacity is at maximum production and unable to process the additional influx of bottles. In an attempt to overcome this challenge and to prevent additional bottles being sent to landfill... 

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