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Policy & Enforcement News

EIAs, rhino poaching biggest concerns for Green Scorpions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th November 2015 The number of environmental crimes finalised with a verdict by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) increased by 60.6%, from 165 cases in 2013/14 to 265 cases in 2014/15, while the conviction rate increased from 87.3% to 94.7%, the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report... 

Outa says no to further tax hikes

By: Anine Kilian     6th November 2015 Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage has said the organisation would oppose the proposed tax increases that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene had indicated are on the cards for 2016. “Not on our watch. Until government tackles the squandering, maladministration and... 

Outa says no to further tax hikes
Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage

South Africa pressing ahead with four-phase carbon-capture plan

By: Anine Kilian     6th November 2015 More than 90 per cent of South Africa’s energy consumption is derived from fossil fuels – resulting in the release of more than 400-million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year. While there is no doubt that increased energy production is necessary to ensure economic growth and development, South... 

South Africa pressing ahead with four-phase carbon-capture plan

Treasury publishes draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2015 The National Treasury on Monday published the draft Carbon Tax Bill, which could see a basic 60% tax-free threshold during the first phase of the carbon tax from implementation date up to 2020, for public comment. The draft Bill proposed an additional 10% tax-free allowance for process emissions,... 

Treasury publishes draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment

Company highlights air quality management regulations and changes

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 To ensure that it delivers its services with a focus on quality, experience and competency in an ever-changing professional and regulatory environment, environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions’ environmental management division attended an environmental law update workshop,... 

Company highlights air quality management  regulations and changes
RACHELLE STOFBERG I-Cat is committed to assisting clients with their air emissions reporting

S Africa’s CCS ambitions get funding boost

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2015 South Africa’s ambitions of proving the viability of carbon capture and storage (CCS) have received a boost, with Norway committing to inject millions of rands into a World Bank-managed CCS fund focused on CCS projects in South Africa and Mexico. Norway Ambassador to South Africa Trine Skymoen... 

S Africa’s CCS ambitions get funding boost

S Africa, Sweden partner on education, energy, environment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th October 2015 South Africa and Sweden agreed to extend the Swedish-sponsored full scholarship programme, which provides the opportunity for study at a post-graduate level for South African students at Swedish tertiary institutions in a range of fields, until 2021. The agreement was signed during the ninth... 

S Africa, Sweden partner on education, energy, environment
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Local environmental head elected to IPCC working group

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th October 2015 eThekwini municipality Department of Environmental Planning and Climate Protection head Dr Debra Roberts has been appointed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II co-chair, marking the first time a South African has been selected to a co-chair position in the IPCC... 

Local environmental head elected to IPCC working group

Free State launches emissions portal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th September 2015 A South African atmospheric emission licensing and inventory portal (SAAELIP) was launched in addition to the existing 102 government-owned monitoring stations by Free State Economic Small Business Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sam Mashinini, on Wednesday. Comprising the... 

Free State launches emissions portal

TFR embarks on PCB phase-out plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th September 2015 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has embarked on a process to eliminate the use of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) oils and PCB-contaminated materials and equipment used as insulation in electrical equipment. A yellowish viscous liquid with distinct odour, PCBs held remarkable thermal... 

Bioregional planning important for SEZs, says consulting firm

By: David Oliveira     25th September 2015 Bioregional planning will play an important role in determining land-use limitations in special economic zones (SEZs), such as industrial development zones, says global consultancy SRK Consulting principal environmental scientist Warrick Stewart. He tells Engineering News that bioregional... 

Bioregional planning important  for SEZs, says consulting firm
SEEKING HARMONY Bioregional planning promotes effective land use for various development activities, while ensuring that biodiversity is maintained

Communities being stripped of their heritage by mining 

By: RDM News Wire      24th September 2015 Communities in Sekhukhune, in Limpopo, were not only being stripped of their dignity‚ but of their heritage too thanks to mining‚ said Trevor Malope‚ a Bench Marks Foundation’s community monitor. “Our land is an incredibly important part of our culture and integral to our lives‚ but mining has... 

Communities being stripped of their heritage by mining
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Anglo-American’s Twickenham mine, Limpopo.

Enviro decision for abalone farms expected in 2016

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th September 2015 A decision on an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Doringbaai Aquaculture project, under government’s Operation Phakisa initiative, is expected in mid-2016.  

Enviro decision for abalone farms expected in 2016
SCOTT MASSON Consulting engineers and scientists, SRK Consulting South Africa is undertaking the Environmental Impact Assessment process and associated permit applications for the Doringbaai Aquaculture project in the Western Cape

Independent adviser achieves energy-verification accreditation

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th September 2015 Independent advisers Cova Advisory and Associates celebrated its second anniversary last month, which coincided with the company’s being accredited by the South African National Accreditation System (Sanas) as an energy measurement and verification inspection body – only the sixth company in... 

Transnet Engineering SAIW-certified

11th September 2015 Locomotive business Transnet Engineering, a division of Transnet, has been ISO 3834 certified at its Durban and Koedoespoort facilities. This is an important step as ISO 3834 is the basis for EN 15085 certification, which is a railway specific quality standard. Transnet Engineering’s EN 15085... 

Transnet Engineering  SAIW-certified
TRANSNET RECEIVES CERTIFICATION Transnet Engineering’s certification process is part of its preparation for the work it will do for the main contractors in Transnet’s impending R50-billion locomotive upgrade

Joint call for skilled NDT personnel

11th September 2015 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and the South African Institute of Non Destructive Testing (SAINT) have called for a harmonized South African NDT Qualification and Certification scheme, which will not only improve the quality of nondestructive testing (NDT) technicians in South... 

Govt seeks comment on power corridor enviro framework

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2015 The Department of Environmental Affairs has called for public comment, as part of a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) process, on the proposed routing of five power corridors that have been identified as critical to meeting South Africa’s electricity transmission needs to 2040. The... 

Govt seeks comment on power corridor enviro framework

DEA starts consultations for e-waste strategy 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2015 The rapid rise of electronic and electrical technology – and the shortening lifecycles of the products – is leaving a mass of dangerous and harmful electronic waste (e-waste) in its wake. In light of this, it was becoming increasingly urgent for South Africa to formulate policy proposals and... 

DEA starts consultations for e-waste strategy
Photo by Duane Daws
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

Paints industry spearheads lead-removal mission

By: Dylan Slater     14th August 2015 Local paints industry representative organisation the South African Paint Manufacturers Association (Sapma) will meet with the Department of Health (DoH) this month to propose that the South African paints industry is aligned with US and UK legislation regarding lead-containing paints, says Sapma... 

Paints industry spearheads lead-removal mission
MAKING PAINT SAFE The quantities of lead used to manufacture some pigmented paints is insignificant

New emissions regulations impact industry

By: Dylan Slater     14th August 2015 Proposed emissions-reduction regulations, which are not yet in effect but will be enforced through mandatory reporting, carbon taxes and industry-specific ‘carbon budgets’, will act as a behavioural mechanism to force greenhouse-gas (GHG) emitters to reduce their emissions and energy use, as part... 

New emissions regulations impact industry
Photo by Bloomberg
REDUCING GREENHOUSE GASES South Africa has pledged to contribute towards a low-carbon economy

Carbon tax set for mid-2016 introduction, says National Treasury 

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2015 The implementation of carbon tax in South Africa was set for the middle of next year, said National Treasury chief director of economic tax analysis Cecil Morden on Thursday. “We are currently busy with the legislation, and we hope to have that legislation out within the next month or two. We are... 

 Carbon tax set for mid-2016 introduction, says National Treasury

New cranes association aims to promote industry’s cause

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th July 2015 The newly established Crane Manufacturers Association (CMA) believes that its will foster interaction between industry, government and the private sector to ensure proper deliberation on matters pertaining to policy, standards, safety and market intelligence. 

Waste management pricing, incentives require debate, says law firm

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th July 2015 The possible effects of government’s National Pricing Strategy for Waste Management on South African business should be publicly debated, as it could impact on companies’ business management, including smaller companies that might not be able to adjust their businesses to combat the strategy’s... 

Waste management pricing, incentives require debate, says law firm
Photo by Bloomberg
SPARKING CHANGE The proposed waste management amendments aim to bring about a change in the industry's behaviour to recycle, reuse or recover waste

Waste classification, management regulations slowly being implemented

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th July 2015 While amendments to the National Environmental Waste Management Act include the Waste Classification and Management Regulations (WCMR), environmental consultancy GreenGain Consulting believes that various companies have not yet amended their management procedures to ensure that WCMR obligations... 

Waste classification,  management regulations slowly being implemented
Photo by Bloomberg
REGULATORY SPECIFICATIONS The Waste Classification and Management Regulations stipulate management obligations for waste classification, storage, transportation and disposal

Waste management specialist commissions refuse-derived fuels facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th July 2015 Local waste management and environmental services provider Interwaste is in the process of commissioning of a refuse-derived fuels (RDF) facility at its operational hub based in Germiston, Gauteng. Final commissioning will take place in the third quarter of this year. “The facility puts general... 

Waste management  specialist commissions  refuse-derived fuels facility
VIABLE TECHNOLOGY The refuse-derived fuels facility shreds general industrial and municipal waste to particle sizes of less than 20 mm to be used as an alternative energy source

Polyolefin recycling goal aims to achieve industry waste management plan target

10th July 2015 The South African Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) has set a goal of growing polyolefin recycling in South Africa by 300 000 t over the next five years to achieve the Industry Waste Management Plan target for plastic of 35%, or 238 000 t, by 2020. “Although an ambitious target, we believe it... 

Polyolefin recycling goal aims to achieve industry waste management plan target
SET TARGETS Since 2013 Polyco has funded projects worth R17-million in the recycling value chain, which will unlock new volumes of 48 000 t over the next three years

Court order for handover of steel plant enviro master plan lauded

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2015 The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil society to environmental... 

Gauteng aims to cut down EIA process from 18 months to 90 days 

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd June 2015 Through the implementation of a new, completely automated environmental-impact assessment (EIA) system, Environment MEC Lebogang Maile expects to significantly reduce the turnaround time for EIAs from an average of 18 months to 90 days. To date, R5-million had been spent on the system, which had... 

Gauteng aims to cut down EIA process from 18 months to 90 days

SCA judgment sets precedent for public access to enviro information

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2015 The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil society to environmental... 

SCA judgment sets precedent for public access to enviro information

South African companies gain German insight into energy efficiency

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 With South Africa seeking ways of mitigating the country’s ongoing power challenges, the Southern African–Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC), in cooperation with the Germany Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, hosted a South African delegation on an industrial energy... 

South African companies gain  German insight into energy efficiency
IMPROVING EFFICIENCY The SAGCC's building, in Forest Town, Johannesburg, has been fitted with solar panels to improve energy efficiency

South Africa, Italy summit set to take place in October

By: Zandile Mavuso     19th June 2015 Economists, Ministers and industry experts are set to meet in October this year at the South Africa-Italy Summit in Cape Town to discuss how trade, investments and partnerships can be boosted between the two countries and continents. 

B2B programme geared to empower municipalities

By: Dylan Slater     12th June 2015 The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) voiced its proposal last month that the government-initiated Back to Basics (B2B) programme be geared to assist local municipalities in various ways. 

B2B programme geared to empower municipalities
MITIGATING MUNICIPAL BACKLOGS Under the ambit of the Back-to-Basics programme, government aims to improve municipal procurement and infrastructure delivery, among other competency requirements

Firm economic grounding key to developing sustainable SMMEs

By: Schalk Burger     12th June 2015 Development of sustainable and viable small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) requires highly detailed information of an industry and other parts of the economy relevant to the industry, says circular economy organisation Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa... 

Firm economic grounding key  to developing sustainable SMMEs
STACEY DAVIDSON It is critical that new industries are formed to enable small businesses and income-earning opportunities to be created

African Progress Panel calls for investment to lower carbon emissions 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th June 2015 The Africa Progress Panel has called on African countries that emit the most carbon emissions to raise their level of ambition, adding that governments in these countries should place stringent prices on emissions of greenhouse gases by taxing it, instead of encouraging it by spending billions on... 

African Progress Panel calls for investment to lower carbon emissions

S Africa adds two new biosphere reserves to portfolio

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th June 2015 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has designated the Magaliesberg and Gouritz cluster ecosystems, in South Africa, as biosphere reserves, bringing the country’s portfolio of such reserves to eight. Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said the... 

S Africa adds two new biosphere reserves to portfolio

Energy consultancy assists local bank with efficiency strategy

By: Dylan Stewart     5th June 2015 Sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is involved in an ongoing energy efficiency project with one of South Africa’s big four commercial banks, ERM Partners Simon Clarke and Massimo Bettanin tell Engineering News. 

Govt energy efficiency incentive programmes ‘petered out’, says Sessa

By: Dylan Stewart     5th June 2015 All government’s incentive programmes, aimed at encouraging energy efficiency in households, have petered out, says renewable-energy organisation the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa) water-heating division chairperson James Green. 

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