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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... 

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
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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
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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
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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
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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. 

Government outlines plans for forging new generation of ‘active’ black industrialists

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2015 There are growing indications that the South Africa government is seeking to change gears in the area of black economic empowerment (BEE) , with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Economic Development Department planning to leverage public procurement, its incentive schemes and... 

Government outlines plans for forging new generation of ‘active’ black industrialists

Local government collaboration must be enforced, says KPMG’s Skosana

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2015 The mandate of local government has expanded greatly over the last ten years, and now includes more comprehensive operational responsibilities, as well as new ones, such as air quality management, says KPMG South Africa City Centre of Excellence associate director Andile Skosana. “This has placed... 

Local government collaboration must be enforced, says KPMG’s Skosana

Communications group reports efficiency spin-offs from sustainability thrust

By: Schalk Burger     22nd May 2015 Communications technology firm Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa head Fredrik Jejdling says the company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility has been integrated into all facets of its operations, which has provided it with sustainable revenue generation and market prospects. This... 

Communications group reports efficiency spin-offs  from sustainability thrust
FREDRIK JEJDLING Sustainability becomes an important part of a business’ decision-making process

SA marine patrol tender up for grabs

By: News24Wire      14th May 2015 The controversy-dogged fisheries department's marine patrol tender is up for grabs again. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries director general Edith Vries told a media briefing on Wednesday - ahead of her department's budget vote in Parliament - that the request for proposals would be issued "in... 

SA marine patrol tender up for grabs

Air Quality Act emphasises emissions control in South Africa

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 Since the implementation of the National Environmental Management Air Quality Act in November 2013, the importance of emissions control in South Africa has been increasing, says air filtration company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies. “In the past, industries focused mainly on protecting their... 

Air Quality Act  emphasises emissions control in South Africa
COLLECTING EMISSIONS The emissions generated from different industrial processes need to be collected at the source

Growing need for dust extraction benefits antipollution companies

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 Global public health institution the World Health Organisation’s 2015 statistics show that at least seven-million people worldwide die prematurely from air pollution-related diseases, which makes dust extraction a growing market that antipollution companies need to take advantage of, says process... 

Growing need for  dust extraction benefits  antipollution companies
DUST EXTRACTION MIP Process Technologies produces dust and fume extraction equipment capable of dealing with air pollution challenges

Companies meet new emissions standards with smoke, dust solution

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 In response to the Department of Health’s new emissions standards that will come into effect this year, air-pollution control and dust extraction systems supplier Kentech is supplying smoke and dust control solutions that will help companies comply with the new requirements, says Kentech director... 

Companies meet new emissions standards with smoke, dust solution
LOCAL PRODUCTON Kentech plans to start manufacturing antipollution filters in South Africa

Contractor aims to use integrated management system to lower reworks costs

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th April 2015 As a means to reduce reworks spending on construction projects, construction company GVK-Siya Zama has implemented an integrated management system (IMS), which will reduce reworks spending by 25% and improve the group quality average to over 85%. 

Molewa welcomes withdrawal of Sasol litigation over emissions

By: Natalie Greve     29th April 2015 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has welcomed a recent decision by Sasol to withdraw its legal action against herself and the National Air Quality Officer in the High Court of South Africa.  On April 17, the petrochemicals group gave notice in the North Gauteng High Court of its... 

Molewa welcomes withdrawal of Sasol litigation over emissions

Quality to be key focus of upcoming health expo

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th April 2015 With the fifth yearly Africa Health Exhibition and Congress set to take place next month at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Council for Health Service Accreditation Southern Africa CEO Professor Stuart Whittaker notes that quality standards and an overview of external evaluation... 

Energy crunch could prove a long-term boon for SA industry

By: Schalk Burger     17th April 2015 While the energy crunch in South Africa will remain a problem over the medium term, the benefits of energy efficiency and management will persist for much longer, says national Measurement and Verification Council (MVCSA) board member and Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency... 

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