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Environmental News

Bioremediation is a safe wastewater treatment alternative

By: Jade Davenport     26th August 2005 South Africa’s classification as a newly-industrialising country has resulted in a significant amount of effluents, industrial-residues and industrial accidents contaminating surface waters, soils, air, streams and reservoirs. 

Durban firm manages closure of waste disposal site

26th August 2005 Durban-based specialist in the management, maintenance and operation of infrastructure and essential municipal facilities Munitech, has been appointed by Buffalo City to project manage, design and administer the closure of the Second Creek site, in East London, and the NU2 site, in Mdantsane. 

Recycler stands firm in never-ending waste battle

By: Jade Davenport     26th August 2005 The city of Johannesburg, home to 3,2-million people, is the most thriving metropolitan in South Africa and, as a result, attracts more than 20 000 new residents every year. 

Truck specialist continues to support local waste sector

26th August 2005 Drawing on the expertise it has developed by supporting the local waste-management industry as well as its alliances with international partners, specialist truck body builder TFM Industries continues to develop customised waste-collection vehicles for South African municipalities and private... 

Additional treatment systems supplied to Mali gold-mine

By: Jade Davenport     26th August 2005 Kwazulu-Natal-based Lilliput Treatment Technologies, the recipient of the coveted SABS Design Institute Award for Engineering Excellence in 1999 for its Domestic Sewage Effluent Treatment Technologies, has recently had a two-man installation team arrive back from a three-week stay in Mali, where... 

Detailed design of landfill extension project completed

26th August 2005 Durban-based Stemele Bosch Africa’s (SBA’s) solid waste and environmental division provides a specialist consulting service in all facets of liquid and solid waste management, as well as environmental management services. 

Massive landfill rehab preserves E Rand enviro

By: Jade Davenport     26th August 2005 Waste-landfill sites and the associated environmental effects on surrounding areas has become a significant concern for local municipalities in recent years as stringent South African legislation requires all closed landfills to be rehabilitated and capped to prevent environmental degradation and... 

Recycling machine to offer employment opportunities

26th August 2005 European-based EGAPRO Switzerland, specialising in the development of various environmental machines and the home of LuckyCan Technologies, has granted Lucky-Can Africa the Southern African franchise and rights to manufacture, distribute and operate the Lucky-Can recycling system. 

New lab positions utility as wastewater leader

By: elizabeth rebelo     29th April 2005 For East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) providing capacity for current and future markets has come in the form of a R8,5-million 2 000 m2 laboratory. 

Brand relaunched on SA pump market

1st April 2005 One of the most renowned names in submersible-effluent pumps, Emu, has been ?relaunched on the South African market by Salmson Pumps SA following the acquisition of Emu by the Salmson group. 

New pumps handle wastewater with ease

1st April 2005 After years of research, design work and testing, Grundfos is ready to impress the market with its new Grundfos SE pumps. 

Tyre-recycling project enters the home stretch 

By: Liezel Hill     1st April 2005 After six and a half years of preparation and hard work, the South African Tyre Recycling Process Company (SATRP Co) is looking forward to finally seeing its efforts come to fruition. 

R27m effluent-treatment plant for paper manufacturer

11th March 2005 Veolia Water Systems South Africa has been subcontracted by its international sister company, to supply equipment, supervise erection and commission Mondi Business Paper’s new secondary effluent treatment plant in Richards Bay. 

Paper continues to hold its own

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 Paper, one of the oldest forms of packaging, is fighting back and holding its own against an unforgiving onslaught from more modern materials. 

Recycled-paper surplus to normalise by year-end

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 After two years of excessive surplus, the local recycled-paper industry is finally moving towards a position of relative balance between supply and demand. 

High-tech waste collectors get smart

By: Karel Smrcka     4th March 2005 New Finnish waste-collection technologies for the twenty-first century include logistics systems that automatically guide waste-collection trucks along efficient routes, and smart bins that send out Global System Mobile (GSM) signals when they are nearly full. 

SA engineers poised for big role in rebuilding tsunami-hit countries

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) is playing a big role in the civil engineering side of South Africa’s effort to assist countries that were affected by the recent tsunami. 

Consultancy lands chrome-mine job

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Gauteng-based TWP Consulting has been commissioned to design and manage the construction of a new underground chrome-mine. 

Swiss recycling technology for SA

4th February 2005 Swiss recycling and waste-management equipment pioneer Holzmag has entered the Southern African market with products that promise to unlock significant environmental, operational and financial benefits. 

Plastic bottle recycling plant opens in Gauteng 

By: Keith Campbell     10th December 2004 THE new recycling plant established by Hosaf at Alrode in Alberton is opening a whole new sector for the company. 

Sub consortium, Daun team up to create jobs

By: Keith Campbell     10th December 2004 THE national industrial participation (Nip – that is, civilian offsets) programme from the German Submarine Consortium (GSC) has resulted in an endeavour which has already created just over 360 jobs and is set to create almost 400 over the next year, for a total of 700 sustainable new jobs. 

SA joins marine-pollution fight

By: Jill Stanford     19th November 2004 SOUTH Africa is playing a leading role in the struggle against waste and pollution that is affecting East African coastal areas. 

New product improves oil/water separation

By: abdul cook     5th November 2004 Point-source runoff and nonpoint-source storm-water runoff from industrial areas contains significant loads of sediment and oil. 

R15m glass-recycling plant opens in Cape Town

By: abdul cook     5th November 2004 A glass-recycling plant was commissioned in June by Consol Glass in Bellville, Cape Town. 

Industrial municipality

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 An industrial municipality is what a South African company has in effect become in the industrialised Free State town of Sasolburg. 

SA not ready to fight e-waste threat

By: Helene Le Roux     29th October 2004 The growing volume of e-waste is considered by some to be the fastest growing – and potentially the most dangerous – threat to the environment. ?A new electronic-waste (e-waste) company, African Sky was launched in Johannesburg earlier this month to tackle the recycling of defunct... 

Recycled water for south Durban industry

By: tom robbins     1st October 2004 French water company Veolia, previously known as Vivendi, will increase output of its recycled water by 5 000 m3 a day to meet demand from thirsty Durban customers Mondi and Sapref. 

Big waste congress heads for SA

20th September 2004 The International Waste Congress and Exhibition (WasteCon), to be held at Sun City from October 15 to 11, will be hosted by the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA). 

Joe Makhoere

17th September 2004 Full name: Tsoeu Joseph Makhoere Position: MD Merisol RSA since March 2003 Main activity of the company: Manufacture of cresylic chemicals from material that would otherwise be dumped as waste Date and place of birth: December 18, 1956, Vereeniging Education: Lekoa Shandu High School,... 

Empowered firm eyes hazardous-waste sector

By: ongezwa manyathi     3rd September 2004 Phambili Wasteman, a black-economic-empowered company is a product of a merger between Phambili Services and the Wasteman Group. 

Call for waste-management investment in South Africa

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th August 2004 Waste management is an industry seen by many as one with growth potential. 

Waste-information system developed for municipality

27th August 2004 Another first for multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Jeffares & Green is the development of the Amatole district municipality (ADM) waste information system (WIS), which was recently handed over to the municipality in the Eastern Cape. 

Research goal is to recycle and upgrade food-processing waste

27th August 2004 Food scientists and biotechnologists will be putting their heads together in a third European Commission-funded initiative awarded to a research consortium of which the CSIR is part, and in which the aim is to reduce food-processing waste. 

16 municipalities use tractor-drawn waste-handling system

27th August 2004 The brief given to the AIM Group some years ago by one of the large municipalities in Gauteng was to design a waste-handling system that is tractor-drawn but has approximately double the capacity of the Power X System. 

SA wastewater process enters Botswana

By: andrea marais     27th August 2004 A South African-developed biological wastewater-treatment technology is finding growing market acceptance in Southern Africa and the rest of the world. 

Environmental business parks are proposed

27th August 2004 In 1988 the US took the lead in the world of waste management, particularly in municipal solid waste (MSW) and set waste-reduction goals.? 

Recycling benefits charities

By: Nicola Mawson     27th August 2004 As part of its initiative to increase the amount of paper recycled by homeowners and offices, Mondi Recycling is expanding its charity drive this year. 

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