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Environmental News

Company introduces new cost effective technology in line with 2020 target

By: Nica Schreuder     9th June 2017 With increasing pressure to conform to the 2020 Air Quality Act, industrial equipment supplier Heaton Valves Africa have introduced Zeeco Combustion equipment’s GB single-jet burner into the Southern African Market in order to minimise oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions. During fuel combustion,... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 An unintended consequence of the recently published draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for energy is that because it excludes cogeneration as a viable technology, cogenerators will be unable to participate in the energy market without Ministerial consent, says Paper Manufacturers Association of... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities
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OVERLOOKED ENTITY The impact of the DoE IRP draft excludeing cogeneration as a viable, green technology raises concerns forpulp and paper industry

Lighting system a resounding success

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Electrical solutions provider Magnet Group is seeing much success from its MARS light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting system since its launch in August 2015. Magnet lighting solutions engineer and MARS product specialist Kaylen Reddy informs that the MARS LED lighting range is based on advanced... 

Community and EnvirsoServ again at odds over Shongweni landfill site

By: African News Agency      8th June 2017 Environmentalists and community members on Wednesday night again fired questions at EnviroServ about the company’s contentious Shongweni landfill in the first monitoring committee meeting that has run successfully since September last year. Wednesday’s gathering saw the company’s chief executive,... 

Redisa should have been stopped earlier – Outa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th June 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday welcomed Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa’s decision to have the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) placed under liquidation, but raised some questions about the move. Last week, Molewa lodged an... 

Redisa should have been stopped earlier – Outa

Redisa placed under liquidation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th June 2017 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has been placed under liquidation to safeguard the operations and assets associated with the programme. Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa filed an urgent application for the liquidation at the Cape Town High... 

Redisa placed under liquidation

South Africa regrets US pulling out of Paris climate accord

By: African News Agency      2nd June 2017 South Africa on Friday joined countries around the world in condemning the US’s withdrawal from a global pact to fight climate change. US President Donald Trump on Thursday pulled out of the Paris climate accord, angering many of the country’s allies. 

Greening Africa’s cities could reverse some of the impact of urbanisation – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2017 A fast urbanising Africa is rapidly degrading the environmental assets of its cities, leaving the continent at risk of locking itself into a “grow dirty now, clean up later” development path that may be irreversible, costly, inefficient and welfare-reducing, a new World Bank report has revealed.... 

US decision to withdraw from climate change agreement problematic

By: African News Agency      2nd June 2017 The office of the United Nations Secretary-General says the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to promote global security. “The Paris Agreement was adopted by all... 

Sasol faces up to air quality challenges of new standards

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st May 2017 As Sasol works to transition its plant operations to meet the new air quality minimum emissions standards requirements, “credible, viable solutions” to its two biggest air quality challenges remain out of reach and the group plans to apply to have the compliance deadline postponed by five years.... 

Sasol faces up to air quality challenges of new standards

Cape Town airport reaches milestone in environmental approval for new runway

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2017 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), which belongs to the State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), has received authorisation from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to proceed with its planned runway realignment and other necessary infrastructural developments. Acsa... 

Cape Town airport reaches milestone in environmental approval for new runway
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Cape Town International Airport

Outa welcomes new ‘State capture’ study

By: Sane Dhlamini     26th May 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has welcomed the research undertaken by independent research organisation Public Affairs Research Institute (Pari) in collaboration with the South African Council of Churches (SACC), which exposes how State institutions have been “repurposed to serve the... 

Outa welcomes new ‘State capture’ study
South African President Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s space agency develops system to monitor crops

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The Earth Observation (EO) Directorate of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has developed an advanced crop-monitoring system for South Africa that will also be made available to other African countries, in due course. “We are able to monitor their [the crops’] condition through... 

Aggregate recycling to benefit industry

     26th May 2017 South African aggregate producers are drawing up plans to formalise the aggregate recycling industry to ensure that previously used materials are given new life, in the best possible manner. The aggregate producers’ organization Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa)... 

Aggregate  recycling to  benefit industry
NICO PIENAAR Recycling of aggregates will become an important means of reducing the environmental impact of quarrying and construction

$100-million loan for African infrastructure spending

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in March signed a $100-million loan agreement aimed at furthering the DBSA’s infrastructure financing activity across Africa. This flexible credit line will focus on DBSA’s four strategic sectors:... 

Western Cape declared disaster area to repriotise funding

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2017 The Western Cape was on Monday declared a disaster area, with local government implementing drastic interventions to relieve the distressing water shortage in the province. This includes the drilling of boreholes at hospitals, starting in the metro, and followed by schools in high-risk water... 

Study finds that climate change threatens fynbos

By: News24Wire      19th May 2017 A study using data stretching back several decades has produced the first empirical evidence that increasingly hot, dry summers driven by climate change are having a negative effect on the Cape’s unique fynbos. The findings also raise questions about the effect this climate change impact could... 

Eskom Academy trains over 500 contractors

     19th May 2017 Over the last three years, State-owned power utility Eskom’s enterprise development programme, the Contractor Academy, trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces, with the youth accounting for about 60% of participants. The programme started as a pilot programme in 2008 and has since grown... 

Eskom Academy trains over  500 contractors
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ESKOM CONTRACTOR ACADEMY The academy trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces

World record set after large oil rig lifted and shipped in one piece

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2017 North Sea oil rig the Brent Delta platform, belonging to oil company Shell UK, was recently successfully lifted off of its three-legged structure in the Brent oilfield, about 180 km off the coast of the Shetland Islands last month, setting a world record for the heaviest single-piece lift at sea.  

World record set after large oil rig lifted and shipped in one piece
BRENT DELTA The large and ageing oil rig arrives at the Able Seaton Port to be recycled

Princess Anne crowns South African conservationist a winner

By: African News Agency      18th May 2017 HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne on Thursday presented a Whitley Award, a prestigious international nature conservation prize worth £35 000 in project funding, to Ian Little at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society, London, in honour of his work to protect South Africa’s threatened... 

High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th May 2017 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has pledged its support for the SUNfarming Food & Energy project run by North-West University (NWU), in Potchefstroom, in the North West province, which promotes the growing of and provides an opportunity to grow affordable and... 

High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept
TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Minister Senzeni Zokwana and NWU Faculty of Engineering Prof LJ Grobler survey the SUNfarming Food & Energy project

Least-cost electricity transition being played out at CSIR’s Pretoria campus

By: Dylan Slater     12th May 2017 The expansive Pretoria campus of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is increasingly being taken off-grid with the roll-out of renewable-energy projects as part of its drive to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy to the domestic energy industry.  

Least-cost electricity transition being played out at CSIR’s Pretoria campus

Agricultural adaptations will cut costs of climate change impacts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th May 2017 Ongoing climate change impacts can result in significant economic costs for a country’s agricultural sector, evident in the drought South Africa has been subjected to over the last two years; however, enormous benefits can be drawn from possible adaptation options, if implemented correctly. At a... 

Durban, Joburg and Cape Town join global list of Treepedia cities

By: African News Agency      5th May 2017 Treepedia, an interactive website that measures the “green canopy” – trees and vegetation of cities around the world – has included Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town as its first African cities. The announcement was made during the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban on Friday. 

Eskom removes power line to protect endangered bird species 

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th May 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has removed a section of an overhead power line that posed a hazard to endangered species, the Grey Crowned Crane. This followed an assessment into an incident reported to the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) by a landowner in which a Grey Crowned Crane collided... 

Too much money, not enough green projects in Africa

By: African News Agency      5th May 2017 There is more capital than there are ready renewable projects in Africa, according to the African Development Bank. Speaking at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban, Amadou Hott, African Development Bank’s vice-president, said the continent was the most impacted by climate change yet it... 

Telecommunications giant sponsors African Utility Week

     5th May 2017 Telecommunication provider Huawei has signed a platinum sponsorship with African Utility Week (AUW), which is the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals, taking place from May 16 to 18 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Telecommunications giant sponsors  African Utility Week
JERRY JI Green sustainable development can enrich lives in the era of energy intelligence

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.  

Awards to recognise  innovation and efficiency at utility event
RECOGNITION Being a finalist verifies excellence in the nominee’s business and proves leadership in either the energy or water industry

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
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Necsa chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm

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