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Policy & Enforcement News

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.  

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
Photo by Bloomberg
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

Water restrictions remain a possibility

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Where dam levels have further declined, more stringent restrictions will be implemented to preserve water supply, says the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The DWS notes that the latest South African Weather Services forecasts have projected below-average rainfall for the remainder of... 

Water restrictions  remain a possibility
MINISTRY AT WORK The Minister of Water and Sanitation launched the 2015 Water Week at KwaDukuza in KwaZulu Natal on March 16

Water problems will continue – consultancy

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Factors, such as climate change and dam sedimentation, as well as a skills shortage in local government, water boards and water utilities, will continue to impact on water security after the drought ends, says civil engineer and consultant for engineering services firm WSP∣Parsons Brinkerhoff... 

Water problems will continue – consultancy
PURIFIED? Consultant says that half of all the water treatment facilities are underperforming

Law firm expects Gordhan to announce small increase in personal income tax  

By: Anine Kilian     17th February 2016 South Africa’s population would focus on whether or not Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announces any increases in tax rates when he delivers his budget speech next week, law firm Norton Rose Fulbright tax director Andrew Wellstead said at a media briefing on Wednesday. He noted that there had... 

Law firm expects Gordhan to announce small increase in personal income tax
PRAVIN GORDHAN

New construction health and safety IT system developed

12th February 2016 Master Builders Association (MBA) North has developed a Construction Health and Safety Information Technological (CHS-IT) system aligned to the requirements of the government’s new construction regulations. The new system will be launched early this year, says MBA North’s past president and... 

Aviation emissions standard to come into force in 2020

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th February 2016 Following six years of negotiations between governments, the aviation industry and environmental group observers, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao) has designed the world’s first carbon dioxide (CO2) efficiency standard for aircraft. The standard, which would come into force... 

Aviation emissions standard to come into force in 2020

S Africa can expect more regulation to tighten control on crossborder transactions

By: Anine Kilian     11th February 2016 Globally, governments have taken steps to ensure that consumption taxes on crossborder transactions, including electronic services to private consumers, are paid in the country where the services are consumed. According to a report released on Thursday by advisory firm PwC, the decision to... 

S Africa can expect more regulation to tighten control on crossborder transactions

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart says the value of attending the eighth yearly AEI is that industry stakeholders will meet the right people who can decide on energy transactions and implement them.  

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses
DOING DEALS AND TAKING NAMES The Africa Energy Indaba is a great place to liaise with potential clients and create new partnerships

Call for government to incentivise renewable energy production

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 The introduction of support programmes for both the commercial, and household or rural level, will boost growth in the biogas industry, which will subsequently assist with the increase of renewable-energy supply, waste management, job creation, skills transfer and carbon mitigation, says Southern... 

Call for government  to incentivise renewable energy production
Photo by Bloomberg
ALL GASSED UP BMW's Rosslyn plant in Gauteng is one of ten commercial biogas operations in South Africa

PPE donated to firefighters in African countries

By: Lynne Jackson     5th February 2016 Safety products manufacturer MSA Africa has partnered with nongovernmental organisation Africa Fire Mission (AFM) to donate and refurbish more than 1 100 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) to fire brigades in Southern Africa. 

PPE donated to firefighters in African countries
NAIROBI FIRE SERVICE Volunteers ready to assist the Nairobi fire service with donations and volunteers

New health and safety training courses launched

By: Lynne Jackson     5th February 2016 Health and safety training company NOSA is set to roll out two new health and safety courses launched at the end of last year. NOSA marketing, commercial and social media editor Nadia Pisanti says NOSA’s 34 training facilities across South Africa are indicative of the high demand for education... 

Organised business calls for deeper scrutiny of S Africa’s lawmaking process

By: Anine Kilian     2nd February 2016 Organised business has called on government to apply stricter, more robust regulatory-impact assessment (RIA) criteria before developing policy, legislation and regulations. Representatives from the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci), the Small Business Project, the Black... 

Organised business calls for deeper scrutiny of S Africa’s lawmaking process
Small Business Project CEO Chris Darroll

Fight against rhino poaching goes high-tech

By: News24Wire      29th January 2016 The Hawks are working on a project with state-owned Denel Dynamics to find the right drone technology in the fight against rhino poaching, Parliament heard on Friday. Parliament’s police committee was briefed by the South African Police Service (Saps), South African National Parks (SANParks) and... 

Fight against rhino poaching goes high-tech

Rhino poaching levels stabilised, as fight against poaching continues – Molewa 

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd January 2016 For the first time in a decade, rhino poaching levels have stabilised, despite escalating poaching pressure and increased poaching activity in protected areas.  This was according to Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, who addressed the media in Pretoria on Thursday on the progress of... 

Rhino poaching levels stabilised, as fight against poaching continues – Molewa

Gas boilers reduce hospital carbon emissions

22nd January 2016 Public sector hospitals are leading government’s environment-friendly drive by replacing their coal-fired boilers with equipment that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG).  

Gas boilers  reduce hospital  carbon emissions
GAS SUPPLY Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital makes use of CNG Holdings’ pressure regulating plant to supply gas to its boilers

PoPI Act also impacts on disposal of digital devices

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2016 The manner and rigour with which businesses destroy obsolete devices and data will become more robust to meet the exacting specifications of the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act, but the requirements are best practice that will benefit South African businesses, says information... 

Cost-saving measures at Dube TradePort ensure stable water supply

By: Nadine James     22nd January 2016 The green initiatives meant to reduce operational costs and slow ecological degradation at the Dube TradePort, in KwaZulu-Natal, have ensured that the airport city development has alternative and relatively stable water supply, says Dube TradePort Corporation (DTPC) acting CEO Hamish Erskine.  

Cost-saving measures at Dube TradePort ensure stable water supply
IN THE ZONE Dube TradePort's Cargo Terminal, which safegaurds wares from the Agri and Trade Zones, has maintained 0% cargo loss since 2010

City of Cape Town to procure electric buses for MyCiTi service 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2016 The City of Cape Town plans to issue a tender for the procurement of electric buses for the MyCiTi service, in line with its commitment to lowering carbon emissions, mayor Patricia de Lille said in a statement published on the city’s website on Wednesday. “Since its inception in May 2010, the... 

City of Cape Town to procure electric buses for MyCiTi service

More plastic than fish in world's oceans by 2050, warns WEF report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2016 There is a significant need for a revolution in the plastics industrial ecosystem, as most plastic packaging is used only once, with 95% of the value of plastic packaging material lost to the economy after a short first use, a new report suggests. The report, titled ‘The New Plastics Economy:... 

More plastic than fish in world's oceans by 2050, warns WEF report

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal water management

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 While water conservation and demand management are not practised widely enough in South Africa, incentives can improve private-sector water management, and water-stewardship requirements can improve municipal water management, says engineering firm GIBB Integrated Infrastructure sector senior... 

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal  water management
JACQUES LAUBSCHER Business and society must change from viewing water as a service to viewing it as a limited commodity worthy of careful management

AfriForum launches campaign to support farmers in drought-hit provinces

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th January 2016 With South Africa experiencing the worst drought conditions in some 20 years, and the North West, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Free State provinces already declared drought disaster zones, renewed action plans have been enforced to assist these areas. Civil rights movement AfriForum... 

AfriForum launches campaign to support farmers in drought-hit provinces

US EPA sues VW, Audi and Porsche for alleged Clean Air Act violations

By: Henry Lazenby     5th January 2016 The US Department of Justice on Monday filed a federal court civil complaint in Detroit, Michigan on behalf of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against German automotive manufacturers Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche, collectively referred to as Volkswagen. The complaint alleged that... 

US EPA sues VW, Audi and Porsche for alleged Clean Air Act violations

20 years on, Working for Water still making jobs, ecological impression

By: Anine Kilian     11th December 2015 The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) Working for Water (WfW) programme, which was launched in 1995 by former Department of Water and Forestry Minister professor Kader Asmal, celebrated 20 years of existence last month. According to a statement released by the DEA on the 20th... 

20 years on, Working for Water still making jobs, ecological impression

Johannesburg air quality under research spotlight

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th December 2015 A collaboration agreement between the City of Johannesburg, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and IBM Research would see the application of advanced technologies to help the city deliver on its air-quality management plan. Through this agreement, researchers from IBM South... 

Johannesburg air quality under research spotlight

S Africa’s CSI expenditure falls to R8.1bn in 2014/15

By: Anine Kilian     3rd December 2015 Corporate social investment (CSI) expenditure in South Africa decreased by 6% year-on-year to R8.1-billion for the 2014/15 financial year, a report has shown. The ‘Trialogue 2015 CSI Handbook’, which was published on Thursday, included primary research into CSI spending patterns and support in... 

South Africa’s climate change goals could lead to business uncertainty – PwC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2015 South Africa’s goal to close the gap between business-as-usual carbon intensity from 4.7% a year to 1.5% a year is ambitious and is starting from a very high base – the highest of the Group of 20 (G20) countries, a PwC report has shown. PwC’s Low Carbon Economy Index outlined that the country’s... 

South Africa’s climate change goals could lead to business uncertainty – PwC

S Africa prepared for COP21 climate change talks

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th November 2015 The level of ambition contained in South Africa’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), which was submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCCC) Secretariat well ahead of the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21), is an affirmation of the... 

S Africa prepared for COP21 climate change talks
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

US, S Africa launch low-emissions development initiative 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th November 2015 To assist South Africa in reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions, while promoting economic development, a $15-million, five-year US Agency for International Development (USAID) South Africa-Low Emissions Development (SA-LED) initiative was launched on Thursday.   The programme sought to bridge the... 

US, S Africa launch low-emissions development initiative

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