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Environmental News

Marine waste a pressing issue, but few solutions in sight

By: Dylan Slater     5th October 2018 Plastics have become the “ubiquitous workhorse material” of the modern economy, combining unrivalled functional properties with low cost, and its use has increased twenty-fold in the past half-century, according to circular economy advocacy charity The Ellen MacArthur Foundation.  

Water an asset for sustainable growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd October 2018 Over and above appreciating the intrinsic value of water as a vital human resource, the South African approach should be to recognise the business value of the commodity and, therefore, the country should pursue investments in the sector to generate sustained economic growth, employment and... 

For African bush elephants, wrinkles are cool

By: Reuters     2nd October 2018 A study of the African bush elephants' vast network of deep wrinkles has found they are intricately designed to help the animals keep their cool, fight off parasites and defend against sun damage, scientists said on Tuesday. The fine pattern of millions of channels mean the elephants' skin can... 

Mars’ sustainable generation plan achieves key milestones globally, locally

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2018 Mars Multisales Africa, a division of global family-owned food company Mars, has recorded progress with its global Sustainable in a Generation plan, which was launched globally last year. The plan is designed to make tangible, scientifically-based changes to the way Mars does business globally. 

IPCC opens meeting to consider 1.5 °C report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2018 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a meeting on Monday to consider its special report on global warming of 1.5 °C. Representatives of the IPCC’s 195 member governments will work with scientists from the IPCC from October 1 to 5 to finalise the Summary for Policymakers of... 

Drilling for water 'makes no economic sense'

By: News24Wire      1st October 2018 The City of Cape Town's (CoCT) borehole drilling programme has scientists scratching their heads at the apparent determination of the City to drill into the hard rock of the Table Mountain Group Aquifer (TMGA) at great cost, while other cheaper and more environment-friendly options are not first... 

Behavioural change a hurdle across industries

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 A change of attitude towards waste management and recycling is needed to effect a real and positive cultural shift in the sector, but cooperation and willingness to change behaviours is a significant obstacle, says waste management company Interwaste business development and marketing director... 

Behavioural change  a hurdle across industries
RECYCLE, REUSE, REPURPOSE Waste management companies play an important role in providing alternative channels of waste disposal to assist in encouraging citizens to adopt a recycling culture

Closure, rehabilitation of landfills a major issue

28th September 2018 As landfill space in South Africa reaches capacity, the controlled, planned and systematic filling of landfill cells requires progressive closure and rehabilitation, says infrastructure delivery company Aecom, adding that it can provide this specialised service. Landfills may need to be closed... 

Closure, rehabilitation of landfills a major issue
JAM-PACKED JUNK Once filled to capacity, landfills must be closed and decommissioned

Managing waste generation crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 Effective waste management entails industries’ not overlooking the management of waste generation, says the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Waste Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap Implementation Unit manager Professor Linda Godfrey. “There is still a great... 

Managing waste generation crucial
EXPLOSIVE OPPORTUNITIES There are many waste streams where significant opportunities exist for diversion such as organic waste or construction and demolition waste

Petco submits industry waste management plan

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling company Petco submitted its Industry Waste Management Plan (IndWMP) for the PET packaging sector as part of industry body Packaging SA’s Federation of Plans for the packaging industry, says Petco stakeholder relations manager Janine Basson. Packaging SA... 

Petco submits industry waste management plan
JANINE BASSON Petco is well placed to continue delivering results in this next stage of South Africa’s environmental legislation

Plastics industry should strive for zero pellet loss

28th September 2018 Plastics industry body Plastics|SA is calling on role-players to work towards achieving the goal of zero pellet, flake and powder loss. The local plastics industry has reiterated its commitment to keep the country’s water sources free of plastic pollution. Plastics|SA executive director Anton... 

Plastics industry should strive for zero pellet loss
Photo by Bloomberg
PROBLEMATIC PELLETS Pellet, flake and powder loss has several negative impacts on individual companies, the plastics industry as a whole and the environment

Vinyl association appoints Spangenberg as new CEO

By: Schalk Burger     28th September 2018 Local product responsibility organisation the Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava), which represents the local polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry, has appointed Polystyrene Association of South Africa CEO Adri Spangenberg as its new CEO. Spangenberg was appointed by the Sava board in June,... 

Vinyl association  appoints  Spangenberg as new CEO
ADRI SPANGENBERG The input of current and new members is welcomed to support work on Extended Producer Responsibility

Enviroserv fined R10m for collusion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th September 2018 The Competition Tribunal has imposed a R10.2-milllion penalty on Enviroserv, after investigations found that Enviroserv had colluded with Wasteman to set the downstream price in the market for waste transportation services. The tribunal found that the two firms used their upstream joint... 

Three UCT lecturers participate in international Solar Decathlon competition

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Thee lecturers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are part of Team Mahali, the only team representing sub-Saharan Africa in the international Solar Decathlon competition, which will be held in Morocco next year. The Solar Decathlon is an international competition to design and build a fully... 

Climate-related financial disclosure becoming more mainstream – G20 task force

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 Climate-related disclosure is becoming mainstream as more firms support and align their financial reporting to recommendations by a global task force though few disclose the financial impact on the company, a survey shows. The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was set up... 

Damage to West Coast beaches from mining can be kept to 'acceptable' levels, say consultants

By: News24Wire      26th September 2018 Consultants employed by Australian company Mineral Sands Resources (MSR) have acknowledged that the massive expansion of mining for mineral sands on 10 West Coast beaches north of the Olifants River estuary will cause unavoidable environmental damage, but claim that the damage can be reduced to... 

South African phosphate miner plans London IPO by year-end – CEO

By: Reuters     25th September 2018 South African phosphate miner, Kropz, is on track to list on London's Aim Stock Exchange by the end of the year as it prepares for first production from its main asset in 2019, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Kropz wants to raise cash to pay down debt and further develop its Elandsfontein... 

Government announces memorial and funeral service dates for late Edna Molewa

By: News24Wire      25th September 2018 Government has announced the dates for the official memorial and funeral services of late Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. Molewa passed away on Saturday, at the age of 61. Her official memorial service will take place in Pretoria on Wednesday, government announced on Monday night.... 

Government announces memorial and funeral service dates for late Edna Molewa
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The late Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

Parliament's Environmental Affairs committee pays tribute to late Minister Edna Molewa

By: African News Agency      24th September 2018 Parliament's environmental affairs portfolio committee has joined others in paying tribute to environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa, who died at the age of 61 in a Pretoria hospital on Saturday after a short illness.  "The committee is saddened by the passing of the minister, as she has... 

Recycled PET use held back by collection rates

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 Beverage multinational subsidiary Coca-Cola Bottling South Africa (CCBSA) uses 10% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) and has completed technical and production validation of 25% rPET content, but are constrained by the availability of rPET, Coca-Cola Bottling Gauteng and Inland regional... 

Recycled PET use held back by collection rates

100 Resilient Cities 'game-changer' launched in Cape Town to tackle urban problems

By: News24Wire      21st September 2018 Cape Town has felt the shock of the taps nearly running dry and the shock of floods. It has felt the chronic stress of crime and being the murder capital of the country. The daily stress of hours in traffic congestion and being stranded on trains. The stress of poverty and 450 000 people who want... 

African enviro Ministers commit to increasing conservation efforts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 In a Ministerial declaration issued on Thursday at the closing of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, African governments agreed to enhance innovative solutions and build human capital to achieve sustainable development in Africa around the environment. “The environment is... 

Vinyl association appoints Spangenberg CEO

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 Local product responsibility organisation the Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava), which represents the local polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry, announced on Thursday that it had appointed Polystyrene Association of South Africa CEO Adri Spangenberg as its new CEO. Spangenberg was... 

Alternative solution for wooden pallets and packaging

14th September 2018 While wooden pallets and wooden crates are typically used as a packaging solution when transporting goods, they may not meet international regulations when those goods cross country borders. Supply chain managers are faced with two options: make sure their wooden packaging complies with all... 

Alternative solution  for wooden pallets  and packaging
JAN VREKEN Making wooden crates and pallets compliant can be costly in the long run

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... 

Laser leaving mark on  product identification
KELBY PARKER Traceability Solutions provides custom and standard solutions for all industries

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
Photo by Bloomberg
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

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