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Environmental News

Awards to recognise innovation and efficiency at utility event

     5th May 2017 The fourth edition of the yearly African Utility Week (AUW) Industry Awards will once again honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent during the AUW event, on May 17, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Energy management to improve

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 Attending this year’s African Utility Week taking place from May 16 to 18, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) believes that the implementation of energy management systems (EnMSes) can be beneficial for energy producers in Africa. Referring to the Industrial Energy... 

Need for partnerships in water sector emphasised

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 With South Africa’s water infrastructure in need of an upgrade, advisory firm KPMG says utilities and the private sector need to form partnerships that will ensure that these upgrades take place. “The main challenge in the water sector is not only the provision of infrastructure but its... 

Need for partnerships in water sector emphasised
WATER INFRASTRUCTURE South Africa’s water wastage is at between 37% and 39%

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event

     5th May 2017 Conference and exhibition African Utility Week, held in Cape Town from May 16 to 18, will showcase how the continent is coming up with innovative, home-grown solutions to its energy and water challenges and how these are creating exciting and lucrative opportunities for utilities and industry... 

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event
COMMUNITY ENERGY PROJECTS Community-scale projects are an important emerging trend in the sector

Renewable microgrids the future of African power system – research institution

By: Nadine James     5th May 2017 Self-sustaining renewable microgrids could foreseeably drive the development of Africa’s power system, resulting in quick, cost-effective electrification that enhances power security, says South African national research institution, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). CSIR... 

Renewable microgrids the future of African power system – research institution
SUBSISTENCE POWER A power system based on renewable technologies would be vastly different to the current system as an individual wind turbine could be used to generate cheap electricity for a microgrid in a remote village

Claims for 100% renewable electricity too sanguine, study asserts 

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2017 In a paper published in “Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews” Volume 76, four Australian researchers have warned that published modelled scenarios which affirm that an electricity system based entirely on renewable energy sources is possible are significantly underestimating the challenges... 

Vinyl recycling initiative yielding results

By: Dylan Slater     5th May 2017 Since launching its own recycling initiative at the end of 2016, vinyl floor and protection solutions company Polyflor South Africa (SA) has recycled more than 4 t of vinyl floor offcuts.  

Vinyl recycling initiative yielding results
MINDSET CHANGE Branded discard bags encourage vinyl flooring contractors to collect and recycle discard

South Africa starting to embrace a circular economy

By: Anine Kilian     4th May 2017 Developing and embracing a circular economy is one of the key topics of discussion at Word Economic Forum (WEF) Africa, being held in Durban this week. A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy, where countries manufacture products and keep resources in use for as long... 

Johannesburg to restore dignity to residents through job creation – Mashaba

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd May 2017 The City of Johannesburg cannot continue accepting its projected 1.6% economic growth rate, as it will not be able to reverse the high rates of unemployment, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday, adding that the city needed to achieve a minimum of 5% economic growth by 2021. During... 

Johannesburg to restore dignity to residents through job creation – Mashaba

Judgment means new approach for South Africa’s nuclear project, not its end, says industry 

By: Keith Campbell     28th April 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has called for “caution and common sense” in its press release on Friday, responding to the Western Cape High Court judgment on Wednesday, which set aside as unconstitutional and unlawful certain policy decisions and intergovernmental... 

Judgment means new approach for South Africa’s nuclear project, not its end, says industry
Photo by Duane Daws
Necsa chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm

Court finds for community in Shongweni landfill saga

By: African News Agency      28th April 2017 There was singing and dancing outside the Durban High Court this week as Judge Gregory Kruger granted an interim order compelling waste management giant EnviroServ to cease all acceptance, treatment and disposal of waste at its Shongweni landfill. The company has come under intense scrutiny as... 

Court finds for community in Shongweni landfill saga

Modernised sewage treatment aids efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to climate change globally and increasing droughts recently being experienced in South Africa, water treatment industries are in a steep growth phase, which have triggered the need for more cost-effective technologies for industry.  

Modernised sewage treatment aids efficiency
TRIED AND PROVEN WKL Environmental Solutions uses the return activated sludge process to achieve desired standards of sewage treatment

Wastewater management short course presented

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to ageing water infrastructure as well as the increasing drought crisis that has affected various regions in the country, Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) notes that its short courses on water quality management and effluent treatment challenge attendees to come up with... 

Discussions to spark innovative solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Engineers Without Borders South Africa (EWBSA) last month hosted an interactive discussion for students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and young professionals regarding the future of sanitation in South Africa last month.  

Outa investigates DWS

     28th April 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has raised concern over the widespread violation of the public’s constitutional right of access to clean drinking water and a healthy environment.  

Outa investigates DWS
JULIUS KLEYNHANS The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse is concerned about the state of water affairs and the lack of accountability

Ambitious target for sanitation globally

     28th April 2017 The Sustainable Development Goal for sanitation is an ambitious one and was the subject of much discussion and anxiety for delegates from around the world at the fourth Faecal Sludge Management (FSM4), held in India, in February.  

Ambitious target for  sanitation globally
SUSTAINABLE GOALS The 2017 faecal sludge management conference outlined various countries’ targets towards sustainable sewage treatment by 2030

Solutions company installs latest innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Water recycling solutions provider Biobox is installing its first locally manufactured MobiSewer sewage treatment system unit at a retirement estate in Benoni, Gauteng. The recycled water will be used for water features and irrigation throughout the estate.  

Solutions company installs latest innovation
FIRST INSTALLATION The MobiSewer incoporates all sewage treatment processes in one container

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 The uptake of new information technology (IT) in industrial automation has traditionally been at a slower rate compared with that of the broader information, communications and technology (ICT) sector, says the Society for Automation Instrumentation, Measurements and Control (SAIMC) professional... 

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry
TRIED AND TESTED Companies still use more traditional tried and tested architectures for projects locally

DAFF pledges support for a game changing NWU food and energy security project

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th April 2017 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has pledged its support for the SUNfarming Food & Energy project at the North-West University (NWU), in Potchefstroom, in the North West province, which promotes the growing of and provides an opportunity to grow affordable and... 

DAFF pledges support for a game changing NWU food and energy security project
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana and Faculty of Engineering Dean Prof LJ Grobler at the SUNfarming Food & Energy project

Shongweni landfill site owners get death threats  

By: News24Wire      25th April 2017 Shongweni landfill site owners EnviroServ – accused of being responsible for a "big stink" which is making people sick – says its officials and their families are being intimidated and harassed and have been forced to up security at their homes after receiving threats of abduction and even death.... 

DMR to brief Western Cape communities on shale gas development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant will on Tuesday host an information-sharing session with interested and affected communities and organisations in the Western Cape on the potential of shale gas development through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Deputy Minister will... 

Wits academics featured in Time magazine

By: Sane Dhlamini     21st April 2017 University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) academics professors Glenda Gray and Achille Mbembe have been recognised by TIME magazine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Gray, an HIV medical researcher, has made TIME magazine’s Top 100 list as one of the most influential people in the... 

Wits academics featured in Time magazine

Cogeneration valuable to S Africa’s energy mix

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With cleaner energy technology rapidly advancing and industries increasingly aiming to stabilise their power supply through off-grid generation alternatives, energy solutions provider Vuselela Energy director Jacques Malan is confident that cogeneration systems can offer a valuable power... 

Cogeneration valuable  to S Africa’s energy mix
AWARD-WINNING SOLUTIONS Vuselela Energy’s Eternity Power project is enabling a smelter in Rustenburg to harvest thermal energy and convert it into energy

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

Temperature transmitter ideal for numerous industries

By: Nadine James     21st April 2017 The DT722 relative humidity and temperature transmitter is ideal for the chemicals, food and beverage, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industries because it offers accurate, stable measurement and control of humidity and temperature, says instrumentation and... 

Temperature transmitter ideal for numerous industries
VERSATILITY PERSONIFIED DT722 is suitable for measuring temperature and humidity in any controlled environment

Govt not delaying Vredefort Dome’s heritage proclamation – Molewa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 Concerns of landowners within the Vredefort Dome, in the Free State, are preventing government from proclaiming the area as a world heritage site, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. In a written reply to a Parliamentary question, published on Tuesday, she said the area, which was... 

Africa Climate Change Fund embraces new partner contributions

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th April 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved the conversion of the Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) to a multidonor trust fund last month. This conversion brings two new partners to the fund, the governments of Italy and Flanders, Belgium, which are contributing €4.7-million and €2-million... 

Africa Climate Change Fund embraces new partner contributions
Photo by Bloomberg
FINANCE MOBILISATION The Africa Climate Change Fund was established in April 2014 with a €4.725-million contribution from Germany to scale up climate smart development in African countries

Salga’s Parks Tau to serve on UN panel

By: Sane Dhlamini     13th April 2017 South African Local Government Association (Salga) president Parks Tau has joined the United Nations (UN) high level independent panel to oversee the effectiveness of UN-Habitat – a programme that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities.  His appointment follows the... 

Salga’s Parks Tau to serve on UN panel
SALGA President Parks Tau

DEA to delve into plastic bag recycling saga

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will be liaising with the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) and the South African Bureau of Standards to ensure that manufacturers of plastic carrier bags comply with regulatory requirements and standards, it says. This follows... 

Solar industry registers quality and safety training programme

By: David Oliveira     13th April 2017 Fifteen representatives from tertiary learning institutions in South Africa attended the first workshop – Inform the Trainer – at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) last month. These representatives will train solar photovoltaic (PV) technicians to install solar panels... 

Royal HaskoningDHV develops digital EIS

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2017 International engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV Group has launched a digital and interactive environmental-impact statement (EIS) to replace the traditional, outdated, paper-based reporting approach of interpreting data surrounding the environmental impact of a... 

Royal HaskoningDHV develops digital EIS

Recycling problem not just confined to plastics – Sapro 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th April 2017 The recyclability of many products in the South African market is “just not being considered anymore”, with very few product designers considering end-of-life during the design stage of the product, South African Plastics Recycling Organisation’s (Sapro's) Annabé Pretorius tells Engineering News... 

Recycling problem not just confined to plastics – Sapro

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition

By: Dylan Slater     12th April 2017 The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme of South Africa (GCIP-SA) has opened entries for its yearly competition, which is focused on highlighting the latest clean technology innovations and solutions, to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition
GCIP-SA top performers for 2016, Yolandi Schoeman and Martin Ackermann, with Gerswynn McKuur (left) and Paul deGive at the Cleantech Open Global Forum in San Francisco

South African nanosatellites to be launched soon as part of international project 

By: Keith Campbell     11th April 2017 Two South African-designed and built nanosatellites, designated nSight1 and ZA-Aerosat, are set to be launched into space next week, as part of a consignment of 28 nanosatellites from 23 countries. The entire shipment of nanosatellites will, according to current plans, be lifted into space by a... 

South African nanosatellites to be launched soon as part of international project
Photo by SCS Aerospace Group
SCS Space’s nSight1 nanosatellite

Rio Tinto delivers on climate targets with big emissions cuts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th April 2017 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has delivered on its climate change targets, with the company having slashed its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by more than a quarter since 2008. The global mining group has reduced its GHG emissions intensity by 20.3% from 2008 to 2015, exceeding a 10%... 

Rio Tinto delivers on climate targets with big emissions cuts

Plastic bag working group weighing solutions to recyclability problem 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th April 2017 A working group set up to investigate the impact ‘fillers’ are having on the recyclability of plastic supermarket carrier bags is said to have “progressed well” in researching possible solutions and will report back to the industry in June. Established four months ago, the group includes... 

Plastic bag working group weighing solutions to recyclability problem

Consulting engineer develops process for projects

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Project work for global engineering company Hatch’s Environmental and Social Services Group (Hatch ESSG) is picking up significantly, owing to its continual evolution of the Hatch project life-cycle process (PLP) that includes a strong focus on integrating the social, community and environmental... 

Consulting engineer develops process for projects
EVERT JACOBS The PLP embodies our complete approach and tools to deliver projects throughout their life cycle

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