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Environmental News

Development projects a core part of business

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Owing to the role of groundwater resource development projects in communities’ wider socioeconomic wellbeing, consulting engineering company JG Afrika’s geohydrology technical director Mark Schapers says these projects are fast becoming a core part of the team’s business. 

Engineers set benchmark in sustainable building

     7th April 2017 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has achieved the first Green Star rating in Namibia for FNB Namibia Holdings’ Parkside building.  

Engineers set benchmark  in sustainable building
Photo by Duane Daws
GREEN STAR BUILDING The building was awarded its 4-Star Green Star Office South Africa-Namibia ‘Design’ rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa

Data-rich Atlas shows SA having higher bio-energy potential than believed

By: Keith Campbell     7th April 2017 The South Africa Bio-energy Atlas, recently launched in Pretoria, will allow the country to identify opportunities for sustainable bio-energy and be able to achieve much more in terms of developing a Green Economy. This was affirmed by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor in her keynote... 

South Africa has real bioenergy potential

By: Keith Campbell     7th April 2017 "South Africa definitely has exploitable bio-energy potential," stated Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Principle Engineer Crescent Mushwana at the recent launch of the South Africa Bio-energy Atlas in Pretoria. "Bio-energy is feasible from organic waste, residues from forestry and... 

Testing of world’s first fuel-cell-powered train under way

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2017 Railway systems and equipment company Alstom successfully completed an 80 km/h test run of the Coradia iLint, the world’s first fuel-cell-powered passenger train, at the company’s test track in Salzgitter, Germany, last month. An extensive test campaign will be conducted in Germany and the Czech... 

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 In its quest to mitigate the challenges that consulting engineers face, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell says Cesa has developed a healthy working relationship with the National Treasury. 

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul
CHRIS CAMPBELL Cesa aims to be the body which all consulting engineering companies consider as the home of consulting engineering in South Africa

NexOptic unveils revolutionary flat lens slated to disrupt optics as we know it

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2017 Upstart Vancouver-based technology firm NexOptic Technology and acquisition target Spectrum Optix on Tuesday night for the first time publicly unveiled field test images taken with the company’s proprietary new Blade Optics telescope prototype, an invention that changes humanity’s understanding... 

NexOptic unveils revolutionary flat lens slated to disrupt optics as we know it
Photo by NexOptic Technology
The Spectrum Blade Optics telescope disrupts our 400-year old understanding of how lenses work

DEA suspends activities at EnviroServ’s Shongweni landfill site

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Tuesday suspended the acceptance, treatment and disposal of waste at EnviroServ Waste Management’s Shongweni landfill site, in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, which failed to comply with provisions of the law and conditions of its Waste Management... 

Mali ratifies Kigali Amendment on phasing out greenhouse-gas emissions 

By: African News Agency      5th April 2017 Mali has ratified the Kigali Amendment, a ground-breaking amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase out hydro-fluorocarbons, a major source of greenhouse-gas emissions, the United Nations environment agency has announced. “We urge more countries to follow suit in order to protect our climate,”... 

More municipalities in Western Cape to be declared disaster areas 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st March 2017 The ongoing drought conditions across the Western Cape will see the province declaring seven municipalities as disaster areas, with a further chance that the entire province may have to be declared a disaster area too. This will bring total to 12 municipalities. 

Need for industry growth must be recognised

By: Robyn Wilkinson     31st March 2017 More favourable economic conditions for sugar cane production and processing need to be fostered in South Africa to protect and grow a sector that contributes an average R12-billion to the economy and provides about 350 000 jobs in the country, say industry associations the South African Cane... 

Need for industry growth must be recognised
Photo by Duane Daws
REMAINING GLOBALLY RELEVANT South Africa needs to protect its positon as a globally competitive producer of high-quality sugar

Online platform advances sustainability in global sugar supply chain

By: Robyn Wilkinson     31st March 2017 Sugar cane organisation Bonsucro launched Bonsucro Connect in January – a new cloud-based technology platform that will enable its global web of members to connect with one another to verify the sustainability standard of their sugar cane and streamline the global sugar supply chain. 

Online platform advances sustainability in global sugar supply chain
Photo by Joe Woodruff/Bonsucro
RESPONSIBLE SOURCING Bonsucro Connect will enable buyers to trace their supply and develop robust sourcing strategies to support producers of sustainable sugar cane-derived products

Platinum beneficiation champion poised to launch fuel cell components plant

By: David Oliveira     31st March 2017 South Africa’s much anticipated platinum beneficiation drive is about to start, following the arrival of local beneficiation company Isondo Precious Metals’ (IPM’s) fuel cell component manufacturing plant, which is expected to arrive in the country later this year. The new best in class plant,... 

Platinum beneficiation champion poised to launch fuel cell components plant

Success abounds in paper recycling and recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Despite South Africa having less easily accessible recycling initiatives in place than in developed countries, such as recycling bins in every park or street, or systematic waste recovery at household level, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa) says the country’s paper... 

Sustainable industry dispels misconceptions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Contrary to the misconceptions about the paper industry being detrimental to the environment, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony posits that the sector is “incredibly sustainable” and shows a circular economy in action. Whether made from virgin... 

Nuclear energy essential to guard against climate change 

By: Keith Campbell     29th March 2017 The world can only meet the target of restricting global warming to 2 °C by the end of this century by greatly increasing the use of nuclear power. So affirmed World Nuclear Association (WNA) director-general Agneta Rising in her address to the Nuclear Africa 2017 conference. She cited studies by... 

Nuclear energy essential to guard against climate change
Photo by Keith Campbell
WNA director general Agneta Rising

Petco increases rate of PET recycling in 2016

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2017 Recycling company Petco has recycled some 22% more post-consumer bottles in 2016, pushing its yearly polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling rate from 52% to 55% in 2016. This marked the second year that Petco has exceeded its recycling target, with the total PET market growing by 14.8% to 241... 

South African Bio-energy Atlas launched to support bio-energy development

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 The South Africa Bio-energy Atlas, launched in Pretoria on Friday, will allow the country to identify opportunities for sustainable bio-energy and be able to achieve much more in terms of developing a 'green' economy. This was affirmed by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor in her... 

Nuclear advocate contests ‘unrealistic’ renewables scenarios

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 Australian-founded and -based, globally-active, non-governmental organisation Bright New World argues that nuclear energy has a key role to play in ensuring both economic development and environmental sustainability. “Our goal is a stable climate, human development and a rich nature,” explains... 

Manufacturer launches water campaign

     24th March 2017 Pump manufacturer Grundfos announced the launch of its ‘Who Runs the Water That Runs America’ initiative last month, which was created to help water and wastewater utilities raise public awareness of the many challenges in the water sector. 

Pumps make water treatment easier

     24th March 2017 Used service water from industrial processes is one of the most problematic types of waste water owing to its composition, as it is often very demanding for conveying systems, says building materials and concrete manufacturer NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme. 

Pumps make water treatment easier
RELIABLE SOLUTIONS Reliable and robust conveying solutions do now exist for efficient treatment of industrial waste water and sludge

EnviroServ CEO cited in 'toxic landfill' charges 

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 Dean Thompson, the CE of waste management giant EnviroServ, will be criminally charged alongside the company on several allegations of contravening environmental legislation at EnviroServ’s Shongweni landfill site. The company has come under severe criticism over its management of the landfill by... 

Climate change could have devastating effect on citrus crops

By: Anine Kilian     17th March 2017 Climate change could have a drastic effect on South Africa’s citrus crops, as pests, such as the Asian citrus psyllid, which causes the citrus greening disease, emerge in Africa. Speaking at the Agricultural Research Symposium 2017 in Centurion, on Friday, Agricultural Research Council (ARC)... 

Innovative Kruger Park surveillance technology stops poachers in their tracks

By: News24Wire      17th March 2017 Two weeks after its introduction in January, the Kruger National Park's wide range surveillance technology, the Meerkat, managed to stop five out of nine detected rhino poaching incidents. "It's almost like the angel on your shoulder that can see where you cannot see and that makes it a lot safer... 

New air and ground urban transport concept pops up

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus and Italy-based transport design, engineering and production services company Italdesign have combined to design a new approach to meeting future traffic snarl-ups in major cities, which they have designated Pop.Up. This was unveiled at the recent 87th Geneva... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities
MOMENT IN THE SUN Africa’s largest power and electricity event offers innovative, cost-effective means of tackling Africa’s power challenges

Govt’s involvement in promoting energy efficiency needed

     17th March 2017 Government should be more proactive and involved in encouraging energy efficiency, as it lies at the core of sustained economic growth, says the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA). This, along with the statement that industries and businesses must prepare more... 

Govt’s involvement in promoting energy efficiency needed
INDUSTRIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP The event held on February 22 focused on challenges of rising energy costs

Recent aquisition enhances firm’s product quality

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Following filtration technology company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies’ acquisition of technology producer Alphasorb in the second quarter of 2016, the quality of Freudenberg’s gas-control products has increased greatly, says Freudenberg market segment manager for sub-Saharan Africa Pooven... 

Recent aquisition enhances firm’s product quality
DANGEROUS Corrosive gases are usually by-products of industry processes and can be flammable

Molewa publishes draft coastal waters discharge permit regulations for public input

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, on March 10, published the draft coastal waters discharge permit regulations in the Government Gazette for public comment. The regulations seek to provide an administrative framework to implement Section 69 of the National Environmental Management:... 

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

Early signs pointing  to recovery in  foundry industry
Saif CEO John Davies and Saif president Takalani Madzivhandila discuss the challenges of the foundry industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022

     10th March 2017 Market research company Zion Market Research has published a new report highlighting that the global steel forging market for automotive applications was valued at $41.77-billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $56-billion in 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% between... 

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASED DRIVE Increasing cars sales are expected to drive the European automotive and automotive components market within the forecast period

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is assisting industrial manufacturing companies – such as foundries – to develop and implement energy management systems (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001 through its EnMS training programme. 

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems
FAITH MKHACWA EnMSes are not ‘one-off’ projects, but rather need to becontinuously implemented on site

Metal casting technology station provides added value for industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 As a means to add value to the casting industry in South Africa, the Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS) – located at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) – provides technical services such as testing, failure analyses, research and development (R&D) work in laboratories, as well as product... 

Metal casting technology  station provides added value for industry
Former MCTS station manager and MCC Core Committee member Farouk Varachia and current MCTS station manager Kulani Mageza discuss the skills gap and current technologies in industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

R1bn Eastern basin treatment plant processes 94 Mℓ/d of AMD 

     9th March 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has officially visited the Eastern Basin acid mine drainage treatment plant, in Springs, where she heaped high praise on the facility and its operators. 

R1bn Eastern basin treatment plant processes 94 Mℓ/d of AMD
R1bn Eastern basin treatment plant processes 94 Mℓ/d of AMD

High Court rules in favour of Earthlife Africa in South Africa’s first climate change case 

By: Kim Cloete     8th March 2017 The North Gauteng High Court has ruled in favour of environmental justice organisation, Earthlife Africa (ELA), on the basis that the climate change impacts of the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station, were not  properly considered. In South Africa’s first climate change court case, ELA... 

EnviroServ lashes out at DEA over Shongweni landfill 

By: African News Agency      8th March 2017 Waste management giant EnviroServ has accused the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) of bias and fuelling a “trial by media” through its handling of the Shongweni landfill. It further accused the DEA of having decided, despite no formal resolution or action taken, to suspend the company’s... 

European groups unveil new air/ground urban transport concept

By: Keith Campbell     8th March 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus and Italy-based transport design, engineering and production services company Italdesign have combined to design a new approach to meeting future traffic snarl-ups in major cities, which they have designated Pop.Up. This was unveiled on Tuesday at the... 

European groups unveil new air/ground urban transport concept
Photo by Airbus
This image shows a passenger capsule coupled to a ground module and a second passenger capsule coupled to an air module

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