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Environmental News

City of Cape Town welcomes 'major court victory for preservation of water sources'

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 A ruling by the Western Cape High Court has been described as "a watershed ruling" for the preservation of Cape Town's rivers, floodplains, and wetlands. The judgment refers to a case in which the City approached the courts to order Really Useful Investments, a developer of the Hout Bay Beach... 

Coega SEZ receives EIA approval for desalination, aquaculture zones

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Eastern Cape, has received environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approval for a 440 ha land-based aquaculture development zone (ADZ) and a desalination plant in Zone 10 of the Coega SEZ. “The approval of the EIA is a step towards fulfilling the Coega... 

Avian flu detected among seabird species

By: African News Agency      19th February 2018 The Department of Agriculture on Monday confirmed that the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu have been detected among sea bird populations in the Western Cape. Seven cases from six different sites across the provincial coastline have tested positive among African penguins and due to these species... 

Competition Tribunal dismisses Massmart complaint

By: Anine Kilian     13th February 2018 The Competition Tribunal has dismissed a complaint by Walmart-owned Massmart that exclusivity agreements between other retailers and landlords are excluding its Game stores from selling fresh grocery products. The Tribunal, for a second time, on Tuesday upheld arguments made by Shoprite Checkers,... 

Electric trucks sale targeted for 2019

9th February 2018 Truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units already being put into operation together with selected reference customers this year. 

Electric trucks sale  targeted for 2019
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Volvo Trucks’ electric trucks will reduce the burden on the roads during daytime rush-hour traffic

Water department seeking partnerships to strengthen policy environment

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has reiterated that it is seeking partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, to strengthen the current water and sanitation policy environment, said Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, during the Water Infrastructure Investment... 

Companies urged to ‘proactively’ reduce their carbon footprint as second Draft Carbon Tax Bill is released for comment

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In light of National Treasury’s publishing the second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment in December, systems integration specialists Jasco Group’s CEO Pete da Silva suggests that companies proactively determine their carbon footprint and implement measures to mitigate the eventual effects... 

Saliva drug testing growing in popularity

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Since establishing that antiretrovirals (ARVs) cause positive cross-reactions during employee drug testing, saliva testing methods, which circumvent cross-reaction issues, have drastically increased in popularity, says Pretoria-based drug and alcohol testing equipment and accessories company... 

Fresh legal challenge in 'big stink' landfill battle

By: News24Wire      8th February 2018 The row over the "rotten egg, big stink" - said to come from a landfill site adjoining the Durban suburbs of Hillcrest and Shongweni - has intensified, with a fresh legal challenge seeking to compel the relevant ministers and departments to take action against the site’s owners, waste management... 

Land Bank launches climate change adaptation funding facility for farmers

By: Anine Kilian     7th February 2018 The Land and Agricultural Development Bank (Land Bank) on Wednesday announced the start of a new funding facility geared towards the support of climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. The €50-million facility, secured through the European Investment Bank (EIB), is set to strengthen the... 

South African table grape harvest seen stable despite drought

By: African News Agency      5th February 2018 The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) said on Monday that the country’s harvest would be stable in the 2017/2018 season despite the drought. “The country’s harvest is resilient with volumes stabilising despite the worst drought in decades,” SATI said in a statement. 

Britain proposes unlimited fines for car emissions cheaters

By: Reuters     2nd February 2018 Carmakers that try to cheat vehicle emissions tests could face unlimited fines and criminal charges under proposals set out on Thursday by the British government. The announcement is aimed at addressing criticism that the government was toothless in dealing with Volkswagen after a scandal that... 

New models needed to revitalise and modernise SA’s water sector

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 Sustainable transformation in the South African water sector requires the introduction of new models and mechanisms for working relationships that will enhance the effective and efficient delivery of related water services to consumers, according to Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.  

Looming 2020 bunker fuel deadline spells trouble for coastal refineries

By: Nadine James     2nd February 2018 South Africa’s three coastal refineries – as well as a significant majority of coastal refineries globally – will definitely miss the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) January 1, 2020 deadline to reduce the sulphur specification in bunker fuel oil (BFO) from 3.5% to 0.5%, says Wright... 

Looming 2020 bunker fuel deadline  spells trouble for coastal refineries
UNCERTAINTY Owing to the uncertainty of the deadline set out by the International Maritime Organisation many shippers and refiners have avoided spending on capital intensive upgrades

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     2nd February 2018 As dam levels drop and water becomes even more scarce, Cape Town is racing against time to deal with the worst drought in the city’s history. Over the past few weeks, Capetonians have been hurtling towards Day Zero, when the City of Cape Town has warned that water to households will be cut off.... 

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

Battle looms over Cape Town green waste tender

By: News24Wire      1st February 2018 A battle is looming over a green waste tender in the City of Cape Town as a key contract is appealed, sparking rumours that drop-off points will be closed. The City of Cape Town has, however, rejected assertions that green waste drop-off sites will be closed because of the tender dispute. 

City of Johannesburg, private sector joins hands in innovative recycling project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2018 Adcock Ingram Critical Care, Netcare, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and the City of Johannesburg, this week launched a project that recycles used, nonhazardous intravenous infusion drip bags and tubing made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to produce soles for school shoes. As part of the... 

Managers focused on furniture needs, not water – De Lille on Cape Town's 'derailed' drought plan

By: News24Wire      30th January 2018 Project managers in the City of Cape Town tasked with coming up with solutions about the drought spent lots of time talking about furniture they wanted instead of water projects, a submission by Mayor Patricia de Lille has revealed. "At some of the very first meetings it was astounding to hear... 

Managers focused on furniture needs, not water – De Lille on Cape Town's 'derailed' drought plan
Photo by Reuters
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan hope to break Nile dam talks deadlock in one month 

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 The leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan on Monday set a one-month deadline for laying out the ways to break a deadlock in talks over a mega dam Addis Ababa is building along its share of the Nile, an official said. Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the construction of the Grand... 

Money won't curb #DayZero, we must adapt – Mokonyane

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says that throwing money at the looming #DayZero crisis is not the answer, but rather Capetonians need to adapt to the situation. Mokonyane and deputy director general Trevor Balzer were addressing the Cape Town Press Club on Sunday on the prospect... 

Crop munching pest in Africa raises hunger threat

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 A crop munching worm that can fly up to 100 km (60 miles) at night is spreading rapidly across Africa, threatening food production and the livelihoods of millions of farmers already struggling with conflicts and drought, experts said on Friday. The larvae form of fall armyworm prefers maize, but... 

High-tech vessel leaves Durban for African coastal research

By: African News Agency      26th January 2018 A Norwegian research vessel deemed the most technologically advanced in the world set out from Durban on Friday to assist coastal African countries with data collection to promote sustainable marine and fishing environments. The Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, a state-of-the-art vessel equipped with three... 

Natural gas boilers coming to the fore

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th January 2018 As environmental protection pressures increase globally and the quality of coal being supplied to the local market decreases, Johannesburg-based gas reticulator Egoli Gas and one of its technology partners Steam Generation Africa are confident that interest in natural gas as an alternative fuel... 

Natural gas boilers coming to the fore
CLEANER TECHNOLOGY Steam Generation’s heat recovery boilers are fully insulated and clad, complete with valves and pipework, to ease site installation

Investments accumulated to catalyse off-grid energy development

By: Dylan Slater     26th January 2018 Multilateral development bank African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board approved a $30-million investment in the Facility for Energy Inclusion Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF) last month.  

Microgrids using solar energy to meet energy demands

26th January 2018 Communities and producers in Africa are struggling with energy deficits caused by a lack of infrastructure access in some cases and poor energy quality and high-power costs in others, explains procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch. As a result, Black & Veatch has... 

Microgrids using  solar energy to meet energy demands
SOLAR SOLUTION Providing power through solar power projects is just one of many solutions that could grant electricity access to communities

WWF calls for emergency water-sharing laws in CT

By: African News Agency      24th January 2018 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Wednesday called for Cape Town to introduce emergency by-laws for groundwater sharing when the city becomes the first in the world to run dry after water restrictions become insufficient amid a three-year drought. “Life beyond Day Zero will present... 

Urgent need to recycle, reuse natural resources – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2018 A new global circularity metric unveiled in Davos, Switzerland, has revealed an urgent need to use the world’s resources more efficiently and create policies and economic infrastructure that encourages the recycling and reuse of natural resources. The Circle Economy’s first ‘Circularity Gap’... 

Protect the Amazon from big business and greed, Pope Francis urges

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 Pope Francis issued a ringing defense of the people and the environment of the Amazon on Friday, saying big business and "consumerist greed" could not be allowed to destroy a natural habitat vital for the entire planet. Francis, who has made the environment and climate change a focus of his... 

Coca-Cola increases recycling efforts to contribute to waste-free world

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 To battle the increasing number of plastic items on landfills and in the world’s oceans, beverage giant Coco-Cola plans to take one can or bottle “back”, for every bottle or can sold globally, by 2030. “We are fundamentally reshaping our approach to packaging, with a global goal to help collect... 

Coca-Cola increases recycling efforts to contribute to waste-free world

Sawis warns wine grape crop may be smallest since 2005

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Continuing drought and low water supplies in the Western Cape may lead to South Africa’s smallest wine grape harvest since 2005, when 1.15-million tonnes were harvested owing to drought and diseases in some production areas. Industry body South African Wine Industry Information and Systems... 

Sawis warns wine grape crop may be smallest since 2005

Norway's $1tn fund curbs holdings in biggest carbon dioxide emitters

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 Norway's sovereign wealth fund has trimmed the proportion of its $1 trillion fortune that is invested in companies that emit the most greenhouse gas, a Reuters survey has shown. Environmental campaigners hope the move by the world's biggest State-owned investment fund signals the start of a trend... 

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 Continued local and international pressure to ban plastic bags and other single-use plastics, as cited in the media and social media, is at an all-time high, says plastic industry representative body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA).  

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image
BERNHARD MAHL The characteristics of plastics, including being lightweight, versatile and durable, allow for a strong contribution to a more environmentally sustainable South Africa

Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 The latest plastics recycling figures released by industry body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) indicate that South Africans are recycling more plastics than before, which bodes well for local environmental sustainability.  

Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment
Photo by Bloomberg
RESIN FOR REUSE The largest market (comprising 20%) for recyclate is flexible packaging with low-density polyethylene sold to refuse and carrier bag manufacturers

Industry demand sets high targets for company

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Activated carbon manufacturer Rotocarb aims to become the biggest activated carbon producer in Africa by 2019, owing to increasing demand and dependence on activated carbon in the wastewater treatment, purification and desalination industry. 

Industry demand sets  high targets for company
PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN The company’s water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations use local raw materials, technology and deployment

Investment prioritised in water industry

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recent droughts in South Africa have spurred renewed prioritisation of investments to increase capacity in water supply, treatment infrastructure and management to continuously meet demand for potable and drinkable water, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa environment... 

Investment prioritised in water industry
GREG MATTHEWS Resources are under pressure as demand increases owing to a growing population, industry and commercial operations

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Owing to water currently being a critical global commodity, engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV business development manager Sander Zweers says a societal mindset change regarding the importance of water, as well as its treatment, purification and desalination, is needed. 

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects
SANDER ZWEERS The global water crisis is considered not only an environmental risk but also a social risk

Plant to be completed in March

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Integrated solutions provider ImproChem will be completing the construction and commissioning of a desalination plant for a large factory on the West Coast, in South Africa, with the plant expected to supply its first water in the second week of March 2018. 

Plant to be completed in March
REVERSE OSMOSIS Sea water will be pumped through a Suez Reverse Osmosis plant where the salt and mineral particles will be separated

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