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Policy & Enforcement News

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... 

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

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... 

EIAs, rhino poaching biggest concerns for Green Scorpions

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
Photo by Duane Daws
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
Photo by Anglo-American
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

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