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Environmental News

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.... 

Dow Packaging homes in on sustainable solutions

By: Anine Kilian     5th October 2017 With continued rapid urbanisation in South Africa putting pressure on the food and beverage industry in terms of food safety, shelf life and adequate supply transportation, packaging manufacturer Dow is focusing on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to mitigate these types of... 

Dow Packaging homes in on sustainable solutions
Dow plastics division director Felip Vidiella

Fourth Industrial Revolution prioritises innovation – Davies

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has highlighted the challenges being posed to the South African economy, and especially industry, by what is called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. He was delivering the keynote address at the sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Fourth Industrial Revolution prioritises innovation – Davies
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Public hearings into Atlantis SEZ set for next week

By: Schalk Burger     4th October 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism will host a public hearing session on the designation of the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for Green Technologies on Wednesday next week. The session will take place in Protea... 

Canadian miners commit to new actions in combat against climate change

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd October 2017 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has adopted 13 actions under the six policy areas proposed last year by an internal advisory body, that will help its members better fight against climate change. The MAC said on Monday that it has incorporated recommendations levelled by the association’s... 

Production losses as result of bird flu estimated to be in region of R800m in Western Cape

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 Early estimates suggest an outbreak of avian influenza has led to production losses of around R800-million in the Western Cape, Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said on Monday. In a statement, Winde said there were at least 36 confirmed cases of avian flu. Seventy ostrich farms were under... 

Guptas oppose application to freeze R1.75bn coal mine rehab funds – Outa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says the business group owned by the Gupta family is opposing its application to freeze the R1.75-billion mine rehabilitation funds for two of its coal mines. Outa last week succeeded in obtaining an interim order from the Pretoria High Court which... 

Bird flu causes more harm for Quantum Foods

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 Egg producer Quantum Foods on Monday temporarily closed down the remaining two sites of the Lemoenkloof commercial layer farm as the outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (AI) continued to plague its eggs farms in the Western Cape. The recent outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian... 

SAPVIA member appointed Global Solar Council director

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2017 South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) programme manager Niveshen Govender has been elected to serve as director on the Global Solar Council (GSC) board. The GSC was established during the twenty-first Conference of Parties climate dialogue, held in Paris, France, in 2015. It... 

International bodies sign agreement to promote sustainable energy

By: Ilan Solomons     29th September 2017 The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Unido) and the World Energy Council (WEC) have signed a joint declaration to support the global dissemination of sustainable energy solutions. Under the new partnership, Unido and the WEC have committed to develop the leadership skills and... 

International bodies sign agreement  to promote sustainable energy
Photo by Duane Daws
CHRISTOPH FREI Energy leaders of tomorrow will need to rely on different skill sets from the energy leaders of the past

Recovery rate growth lies in metals from landfills

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2017 With South Africa already boasting a recovery rate of about 72% for used beverage cans, metals packaging industry body MetPac-SA believes that further potential lies in diverting other metal packaging such as aluminium foil, containers and empty tin cans from landfills. “With regards to aluminium... 

Recovery rate growth lies in metals from landfills
CAN-DO ATTITUDE Many households in South Africa already undertake excellent work in recycling components such as beer and soft drink beverage cans

Auditing firm cuts ties with Gupta’s Oakbay

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th September 2017 The board of auditing firm Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo (SNG) has resigned as auditors of Gupta-owned Oakbay Resources and Energy Limited and its related entities. The auditing firm’s statement stipulates that this decision was made after a thorough assessment of its relationship with the company which... 

Auditing firm cuts ties with Gupta’s Oakbay

Legislation, without enforcement, is useless in combating poaching in Africa – expert

By: African News Agency      22nd September 2017 Passing legislation, which is not backed up by competent law enforcement on the ground, will not save Africa’s wildlife from the scourge of poaching, an expert said on Thursday. Speaking at ENACT’s World Rhino Day seminar of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Interpol, panellist Tapuwa... 

Wits seeks commercial partner for scalable DC-microgrid innovation

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2017 Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand are aiming to commercialise a plug-and-play DC-microgrid innovation, which is incrementally scalable to any number of power sources, loads and batteries. The direct-current solution has already been proved at a laboratory level through a test-bed... 

Wits seeks commercial partner for scalable DC-microgrid innovation
Professor Willie Cronje

New global standard for workplace health and safety, company proves compliance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2017 The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) will announce the next stage in development of its ISO 45001 health and safety standard later this month. Companies across various industries globally are required to comply with ISO standards before operation starts.  

New global standard for workplace health and safety, company  proves compliance
UP TO STANDARD Interwaste implements solutions such as fully automated shredding technology and baling machines to assist in achieving optimal workplace safety

Water Diagnostic Consultants

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd September 2017 Water Diagnostic Consultants (WDC) is a water-related consulting company that offers a broad spectrum of services to a range of clients. WDC is committed to quality assessments and service that will add value to any operation, while providing integrated solutions for the real needs of clients in... 

Water Diagnostic Consultants

Industries should prepare for increased use of HFO gases

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 As a result of the Kigali Agreement, countries will gradually start phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, replacing them with hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) gases and natural refrigerants like ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, says industrial gases supplier A-Gas South Africa.... 

Industries should prepare for  increased use of HFO gases
MULTiFACETED OPERATION A-Gas offers a range of products to assist across a broad range of sectors, including shipping, refrigeration, air conditioning, automotive and mining

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Applications that can benefit from using drones are increasing worldwide, almost daily, but commercial users of drones are being scuppered by highly generalised legislation, which is difficult to understand and expensive for operators to implement. A much-contested application – and one that is... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

Zuma schools Trump on climate at UN

By: News24Wire      21st September 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday declared in his address at the UN that climate change was real. Speaking at the General Debate of the seventy-second Session of the UN General Assembly, Zuma expressed support for victims of hurricanes, arguing that climate change was "real". 

Climate change is a global challenge – Zuma

By: African News Agency      19th September 2017 Climate change is a global challenge and developing countries should be provided with adequate support for their mitigation and adaptation actions, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday. “Climate change is a global challenge that requires no one to be left behind. The whole world affirmed this in... 

Legal fight over R4.5bn logistics park in Durban

By: News24Wire      15th September 2017 Residents of Clairwood are expected to turn out in their numbers at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Friday when their lawyers challenge the provincial government’s approval of a massive R4.5-billion logistics park at the old Clairwood Racecourse - once the only green lung in the area.... 

Toolkits help companies navigate standards upgrades

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 Inspection, verification and certification company SGS South Africa has developed toolkits that have been circulated to all its clients to assist them with the transition process required to meet the updates in the International Organisation for Standardisation’s (ISO’s) three core management... 

Toolkits help companies navigate standards upgrades
MITIGATING RISKS Companies across all industries must ensure compliance with updates to health and safety, quality management and environmental standards by September next year

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Rather than focusing time and finances on establishing new oil refineries, African countries should enhance their focus on a niche market strength that will enable them to become competitive in a global market, accepting that the import and storage of refined fuels is a quicker and more... 

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa
RODRICK NAIDOO Countries that have their own crude resources and established mega-refineries could never be outpriced by a South African refinery

Strategic planning ensures successful turnaround on refinery upgrades

     8th September 2017 Creative thinking and sound preparation enabled engineering firm MegChem to assist oil company Chevron with large-scale upgrades at its Cape Town refinery in a turnaround period of ten weeks, says MegChem director Louis Odendaal 

Strategic planning ensures successful turnaround on  refinery upgrades
TEAM EFFORT The combined Chevron and MegChem teams worked together closely to complete the upgrades

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Despite numerous recycling initiatives and incentives in communities across the country – including collection points in close proximity to neighbourhoods – metal packaging recycling organisation MetPac-SA believes that an inherent recycling culture still needs to be established in South Africa.... 

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture
ONE MAN'S TRASH Aluminium and metal cans are regarded as high-value items by recyclers

Company champions enterprise development in fledgling waste industry

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Skills and socioeconomic development company Bosch Ulwazi launched the first phase of its three-year Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) programme in KwaZulu-Natal, in July. The Petroleum and Waste Recycling programme will assist in developing five businesses that will offer products and... 

Company champions  enterprise development in fledgling waste industry
ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT The programme encompasses project and operations management, mentoring and skills development, as well as assistance with International Organisation of Standardisation accreditation

Coastal Clean-Up assists in educating public on responsible plastic use

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 As part of the yearly initiative Clean-up & Recycle SA Week, taking place from September 11 to 17, industry body Plastics|SA says the yearly International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) day on September 16 is the highlight of the week, as it is the world’s biggest yearly volunteer effort for ocean... 

Coastal Clean-Up assists in educating public on responsible plastic use
SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT Saving the seas international Coastal Clean-up day on September 16 is the highlight of Clean-up and Recycle SA Week

New EnviroLeach process poised to transform metals extraction as we know it

By: Henry Lazenby     6th September 2017 A small Vancouver-based start-up company has created a new environment-friendly chemical process with the potential to disruptively transform metal extraction in the mining and electronic waste (e-waste) sectors, akin to the application of cyanide for gold extraction, which revolutionised the... 

New EnviroLeach process poised to transform metals extraction as we know it
EnviroLeach expects to capitalise on recovering metals from e-waste – the fastest growing portion of municipal waste expected to grow to 50-million tons by 2020

Heavy rainfall predicted in late summer, says water dept

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2017 Although no heavy rains are expected at the beginning of the summer season, the South African Weather Services is predicting heavy showers towards the end of the period. “The good news is that the El Nino phenomenon that brings with it the drought, will not hit South Africa this summer,” the... 

Leaf EV real alternative to conventional car – Nissan

By: Tracy Hancock     6th September 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan will start selling the new Nissan Leaf 2 electric vehicle (EV) in Japan on October 2 at the same price point as the original Leaf while offering a 40% increase in range and an improved driving experience.  At this point Nissan is looking to introduce the Leaf 2 to the... 

Family trusts sue Durban factory for R9m in damages

By: News24Wire      5th September 2017 The large warehouse in Prospecton, an industrial area outside of Durban's CBD, appears old and rusting. In fact, it was built a mere five years ago. Its condition, its owners say, is due to continuous wafts of black ferrous dust from a neighbouring crushing plant which is chasing away prospective... 

Saldanha fishermen slam new marine bill

By: News24Wire      4th September 2017 It was anything but smooth sailing for the Marine Spatial Planning Bill on Wednesday when members of Parliament came to consult the fishing community of Saldanha, GroundUp reported. Members of Parliament’s portfolio committee on environmental affairs came to consult coastal communities along the... 

Harmful gas phase-out plan on track

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs has drafted a phase-out plan for the use of hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) across industries to be down to 2.5% by 2030, with the refrigerants industry already achieving results of 2 556 t in 2016, compared with 3 163 t in 2013.  

Harmful gas phase-out plan on track
BREATHE IN BREATHE OUT Reducing harmful greenhouse gases is expected to lessen global warming by up to 0.5 ˚C by the end of the century

Waste management company recommends alternative energy switch

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Considering natural gas as an alternative energy source could prove beneficial for the country’s economy in the long run, says waste management company Interwaste COO Jason McNeil.  

Waste management company recommends alternative energy switch
JASON MCNEIL South Africa’s gas economy is in its infancy, but once the market becomes more competitive, you will see a lot more technology introduced

Study urges South Africa to find energy storage niche

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With energy storage considered to be the “new wave” in the energy sector and increasingly becoming a reality, South Africa needs to prepare itself if it wishes to take advantage of the energy storage growth opportunities within the energy storage stationary value chain and the mobility value... 

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 International facilities management provider Servest has partnered with investment company Bottega InvestCo in the acquisition of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) services company Getronics. The transaction, which is supported by specialist banking and asset management... 

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company
Photo by Duane Daws
ENABLING TRANSACTION The transaction, will enable Servest to provide a seamless facility management and mobile technology offering for its growing client base

Recycling wastewater an option to counter water scarcity

By: Kim Cloete     31st August 2017 Recycling sewage into potable, drinking water is an extensive and complicated process, but it could be part of the solution for water-scarce South Africa in future. The issue has come into the spotlight since the World Health Organisation (WHO) published its ‘Potable Reuse Guidance for producing... 

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