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Environmental News

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... 

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

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. 

Development projects a core part of business
SUSTAINABLE IMPLEMENTATION Rural areas are being targeted for the project as they have been poorly serviced in the past

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. 

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