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Policy & Enforcement News

Nontransparent development plans leave Free State community in lurch

By: Dylan Slater     12th August 2016 Relocated families and local residents of farms bordering State-owned power utility Eskom’s newly constructed Ingula hydroelectric power scheme have been left in the dark about how the power utility plans to develop the area.  

Algae-free irrigation systems to save money for farmers

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has estimated the rand value of the impact of algae pollution in the Berg river, near Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape. The calculation enables farmers to compare different ways of managing the problem in the area. A ‘Water SA’ report... 

From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact

By: Dylan Slater     5th August 2016 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) have the potential to significantly change the way many industrial, engineering and mining operations are conducted, with the ability to reach difficult to access areas and remove people from hazardous situations.  

From elevated inspections to stock analysis,  drones begin making business impact

Clearing environmental hurdles to power supply growth

29th July 2016 Environmental consultant SRK Consulting is developing an enabling framework that will help power projects in South Africa to streamline the process of acquiring environmental approvals, in order to avoid unnecessary delays in implementation. 

WasteCon 2016 to highlight local waste legislation

By: Simon Sonnekus     8th July 2016 The changing face of waste management in South Africa will be the main theme of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa’s (IWMSA’s) biennial waste management conference and exhibition WasteCon 2016, which will take place from October 17 to 21 at Emperors Palace, in Gauteng. WasteCon... 

Separation at source to improve recycling standard

By: Simon Sonnekus     8th July 2016 Nonprofit polyolefin recycling company Polyco is focussing renewed attention on building strong value-chain partnerships with recyclers, converters and brand owners by providing funding support for projects that will facilitate the move into high-quality critical market applications. To support... 

Separation at source to improve recycling standard
INVESTMENT An additional R150-million investment in project funding is needed over the next four years to enable Polyco to achieve the recycling target of 234 000 t, or 35%, recycled polyolefin by 2020

Greenpeace International executive director visits Africa for the first time 

By: David Oliveira     6th July 2016 Greenpeace International executive director Bunny McDiarmid visited the Greenpeace Africa office in Johannesburg, on Wednesday, to show solidarity and gain further insight into the key issues. The visit was McDiarmid’s first to Africa since taking office in April. 

SA requires game-changing technologies to tackle sanitation, water gaps

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st July 2016 With the gap between supply and demand for water expected to reach 17% by 2030, South Africans will be required to radically change their attitudes towards water use and conservation, particularly in treating of human waste, states the Strategic Water Partners Network South Africa (SWPN).... 

SA requires game-changing technologies to tackle sanitation, water gaps
Photo by Duane Daws
CAPITAL RESOURCE Sanitation comprises about 60% of the capital costs of water services, with between 30% and 40% of water used flushing

Emphasis on environment and workplace safety

By: Sebastian Whyle     3rd June 2016 As the combustion equipment industry becomes more aware of the effects it has on the environment and workers, greater emphasis is being placed on the efficiency and safety of boilers and burners in industrial applications.  

Emphasis on environment and workplace safety
DEMANDING EFFICIENCY The E4500-N enables operators to ensure that combustion equipment is functioning efficiently and safely

Carbon injection systems to reduce emissions

3rd June 2016 Environmental and emissions compliance service and technology provider ADA-ES (ADA) chief product officer Sharon Sjostrom, announced early last month that two companies have selected ADA’s Activated Carbon Injection (ACI) systems to reduce mercury emissions from their coal-fired boilers.  

Pilot project prepares clients for changing energy legislation

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 Environmental, health and safety consulting and training providers Green Gain Consulting aim to launch its DigiLex SA Energy Suite pilot project by the end of this month. It will be integrated with the Business Intelligence (BI) platform, DigiData BI and clients in maintaining energy savings... 

Pilot project prepares clients for changing energy legislation
DIGILEX SA ENERGY SUITE The suite informs and prepares for legal compliance with pending environmental legislation in South Africa

Water and sanitation priority at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 African cities are developing rapidly and existing water management systems cannot keep up, leading to a projected quadrupling in demand for water over the next 25 years, said ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa professional officer Tarryn Quayle during the Water Institute of... 

Water and sanitation  priority at WISA 2016
WATER SHORTAGE ICLEI cited figures which suggested 565-million people are still using unimproved sanitation and 330-million using unimproved drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa.

Amid rising importer angst, NRCS to pilot new product authorisation system

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2016 The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) confirmed on Tuesday that it would, from July, begin piloting a new system for the issuance of Letters of Authority (LoAs) to importers requiring proof that their products meet South Africa’s compulsory specifications. CEO Asogan Moodley... 

Amid rising importer angst, NRCS to pilot new product authorisation system

Up your game on sustainability, challenges Manuel

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has criticised both governments and companies for failing to live up to their commitments on sustainable development and has called for better laws and greater enforcement of those laws. He was speaking at the first ever Sustainable Brands Conference to be... 

Up your game on sustainability, challenges Manuel
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel

Bioremediation at North End lake shows promising results

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 Water-quality test results following the organic clean-up of the North End lake in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, were positive in various critical parameters, suggesting a significant drop in pollution levels, which made the lake unsuitable for swimming events in the past. According to... 

Technology firms deploy digital solutions to combat rhino poaching

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2016 South Africa-based information and communication technology firm Dimension Data and networking multinational Cisco have installed secure intelligent networks and analytical systems at a game reserve to combat rhino poaching. The first phase, conducted in close consultation with game rangers,... 

Technology firms deploy digital solutions  to combat rhino poaching
CONSERVATION Intelligent networks and advanced analytics systems are being deployed to combat rhino poaching, and such solutions can be replicated for conservation efforts globally

Shale gas research necessary to put uncertainty to rest

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2016 Shale gas research projects are becoming increasingly essential to put to bed speculation and uncertainties over the potential of reserves in South Africa, as well as the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the environment. This was heard at a Fossil Fuel Foundation workshop on unconventional gas,... 

Shale gas research necessary to put uncertainty to rest

South Africa’s commitment to beneficial ownership welcomed

By: Anine Kilian     6th May 2016 South Africa launched its third National Action Plan (NAP) on Friday, which includes a high-level commitment to creating a public register of beneficial ownership information. The NAP was part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) discussions, which were held in Cape Town, this week. 

South Africa’s commitment to beneficial ownership welcomed

Molewa: South African companies need to prepare for carbon quotas system

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 South African companies need to start planning for 2021 when they would become liable for penalties for exceeding carbon emission quotas, the environmental affairs department stressed on Tuesday. “We don’t want to be found wanting when 2020 arrives,” Minister Edna Molewa told a media briefing... 

Molewa: South African companies need to prepare for carbon quotas system
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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

Company assists clients with 2020 deadline

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th April 2016 Air pollution and dust-control equipment designer, manufacturer and supplier John Thompson Air Pollution Control marketing and sales manager Gerard Pretorius says the company is ready to assist clients in complying with new emission standards by 2020. 

Company assists clients with 2020 deadline
INCREASING FILTRATION EFFICIENCY Pulse jet bag filter replacing ESP on a kiln dedusting filter plant

New products aid compliance

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th April 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa boiler process group leader Warwick Ham says the company’s product offering positions it well to help South African companies meet stricter emissions standards because of its long-term establishment in... 

Emissions control gaining traction in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th April 2016 The importance of emission control is gaining traction not only locally but also in sub-Saharan Africa, where it held little priority previously. This is especially true of international companies, says air filtration company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (FFT). 

Emissions control gaining traction in Africa
BAG FILTERS An example of FFT’s product offering – a bag filter unit for a fume extraction system at Ausmelt Copper Smelter

Rhino sanctuary receives thermal imaging equipment to combat poaching

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2016 Intelligent security company Axis Communications donated R300 000 worth of thermal imaging equipment, in April, to detect poaching intrusions to the Thaba Manzi Wildlife Services rhinoceros sanctuary, in Limpopo. The sanctuary is home to dozens of animals that are either privately owned or were... 

Rhino sanctuary receives thermal imaging equipment to combat poaching
RHINO IN THE BUSH The thermal cameras will enable rangers to detect and stop poachers before they can get close to the rhino

New opportunities, jobs in emissions control sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th April 2016 As a result of South African companies’ efforts to adhere to the standards of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act by 2020, many higher-end jobs are being created, especially in the associated fields of design and engineering, third-party compliance testing, airshed studies and... 

New opportunities,  jobs in emissions  control sector
DRY SORBENT INJECTION PILOT PLANT Lodestone Engineering uses its pilot plant to design various upgrades

Government discourages ‘dependency syndrome’ – Sisulu

By: Anine Kilian     8th April 2016 Government is seeking solutions to tackle the ongoing problems regarding informal settlements, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said at the Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Informal Settlements on Thursday. “Informality regarding human settlements is a clear and present danger on the... 

Government discourages ‘dependency syndrome’ – Sisulu
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Lindiwe Sisulu

Labour dept to investigate death of employee at KZN company

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2016 The Department of Labour (DoL) has launched an investigation into an incident at KatzStone Granite and Quartz, in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, which resulted in the death of one worker dead and the injury of three others. Details of the incident were scant and remained the subject of an investigation;... 

Labour dept to investigate death of employee at KZN company

Getting local govt to work efficiently a top priority for S Africa, says analyst 

By: Anine Kilian     1st April 2016 The biggest political challenge currently facing South Africa is getting local government to work efficiently, political analyst Theo Venter told Engineering News Online at a BMI Building Research Strategy Consulting Unit strategic forum on Friday. “Local government is the closest form of... 

 Getting local govt to work efficiently a top priority for S Africa, says analyst
Jacob Zuma

SA drawing on 150 experts as rigorous Karoo shale-gas enviro assessment advances

By: Dylan Slater     1st April 2016 The development of shale gas projects in South Africa was halted with the 2011 issuing of a moratorium on the issuing of shale gas exploration licences within the central Karoo, which has subsequently been lifted.  

SA drawing on 150 experts as rigorous Karoo shale-gas enviro assessment advances

Noncompliant powerline structures seen as cause of vulture electrocutions 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2016 An initial investigation into the electrocution of 48 Cape vultures on Eskom powerlines near Elliot, in the Eastern Cape, has indicated that noncompliant structures were responsible for the death of the endangered birds. The two main incidents took place near one of the 20 remaining breeding... 

Noncompliant powerline structures seen as cause of vulture electrocutions

Plan in motion to manage carbon tax uncertainties

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 Through education, lobbying and research, the paper industry will manage policy uncertainties regarding the inception of carbon tax, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. 

Plan in motion to manage carbon tax uncertainties

DEA hosts public meetings on proposed Marine Protected Areas

By: African News Agency      18th March 2016 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) hosted a public participation meeting in Port Elizabeth on Thursday to discuss draft regulations around 22 proposed Marine Protected Area (MPAs) nationally, which form part of the Operation Phakisa initiative. The aim of these proposed MPAs is to... 

DEA hosts public meetings on proposed Marine Protected Areas

Carbon tax implementation likely in 2017 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th March 2016 After ten years in the making, it was possible that South Africa will implement a carbon tax in 2017, as directed in National Treasury’s Draft Carbon Tax Bill, published late last year, Carbon Check South Africa said on Friday. The process to promulgate a tax on carbon-dioxide-equivalent (CO2-e)... 

Carbon tax implementation likely in 2017

Department approves new fishing regulations

11th March 2016 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) announced last month that after an intensive process of redrafting, the Small-Scale Fishing Regulations have been approved by the Minister. The Small-Scale Fishing Regulations will be published once President Jacob Zuma has promulgated... 

Department approves new fishing regulations
Photo by Bloomberg
SMALL-SCALE FISHERS More than 270 communities have registered Expressions of Interest with DAFF

Kruger National Park tests drones in fight against poaching

By: African News Agency      7th March 2016 The Kruger National Park and various partners have invested R16 million in drone technology that is able to detect poachers on their grounds. CEO of Unmannd Ariel Vehicle and Drone Solutions, Otto Werdmuller Von Elgg on Sunday said: “Over the next 12 months we will be evaluating the effectiveness... 

Kruger National Park tests drones in fight against poaching

COP 21 agreement raises justness concerns

By: Lynne Jackson     4th March 2016 Although Engineering News reported in January that the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP 21), held in Paris last December, had been lauded as better than any other international climate change meeting, the media has reported that there has been controversy regarding the justness of the... 

COP 21 agreement raises  justness concerns
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CLIMATE CHANGE The meeting at COP 21 reached an agreement to keep the global temperature below 2˚C, which was adopted by 187 member nations

Waste separation at source key to improved recovery and landfill diversion

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2016 The greatest value is derived from recycling materials that are well sorted and uncontaminated. This requires that as much waste as possible, and as efficiently as possible, is separated early in the recycling process chain. Abstracting the highest value of recyclables before they get further... 

Waste separation at source key to improved recovery and landfill diversion

Water efficiency programme in first stages of development

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Recognising the socioeconomic strain caused by the current drought and following the successful implementation of its Industry Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, the national resource efficiency programme National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) is developing an Industrial Water... 

Water efficiency programme in first stages of development
KEVIN CILLIERS The National Cleaner Production Centre regional manager says that ts new programme will help alleviate South Africa's water scarcity

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