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Research chairs established to assist South African waste sector

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2018 The South African waste sector is in desperate need of change, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Waste Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap Implementation Unit manager Professor Linda Godfrey. Speaking at the launch of South Africa’s first research chairs in... 

Sustainability beyond the “factory door”

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Sustainable business practices are no longer a nice to have, but a vital component of strategy that drives organisational longevity, market share and bottom-line performance. For the most part, responsible organisations have adopted environmentally friendly practices into their everyday... 

81 professionals appointed to help shape struggling municipalities’ infrastructure delivery 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th August 2018 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday announced the appointment, by his department, of 81 engineers and town planners to assist with infrastructure delivery in 55 struggling municipalities across South Africa. Through Cogta’s implementing agent,... 

Supplychainforesight goes Green

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th July 2018 Barloworld Logistics’ presents local businesses opinions on sustainable supply chains In recent weeks the local conversation about environmental practices, and indeed the behaviour of individuals and businesses alike when it comes to sustainability have been making headlines. The City of... 

Budgetary constraints hindering sustainable practices, says report

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2018 Sixty-four percent of respondents in this year’s Barloworld Logistics supplychainforesight report indicate that their companies have adopted sustainable business practices. Of the remaining 36% of respondents, 23% say it will only be a priority in the next three years, 6% say it will be a... 

South Africa beats European recycling rate, but more can be done to grow the industry

25th July 2018 Plastics|SA, the umbrella body representing the entire value chain of the local plastics industry, has just released the plastics recycling figures for the year ending 2017.  For the seventh year running, plastics recycling in South Africa has continued to grow, with more than 334 727 tons... 

Five everyday waste items that take longest to decompose

25th July 2018 Each waste type has the potential to pollute the environment in a different way and will differ in the time it takes to decompose. This is the reason why some waste materials are more harmful to the environment than others. “It’s critical that consumers take cognisance of the pressure that... 

Old Mutual’s Mutualpark Realises The Shared Value Opportunity Of Recycling Polystyrene

23rd July 2018 Doné Rankin-Rowley, Contracts Manager at Old Mutual's Mutualpark seen here with Adri Spangenberg of the Polystyrene Association, standing in front of large bales of polystyrene ready to be collected and recycled The Polystyrene Association and Mutualpark join forces to increase corporate recycling 

PET industry supports local waste recycling entrepreneurs

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th July 2018 The polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sector on Friday showed its support to small-, medium-sized and microenterprises in the recycling sector by providing equipment that will enable the enterprises’ effective participation in the mandatory recycling programme launched by the City of Ekurhuleni... 

Plastic Alternatives – Blessing or Curse?

12th July 2018 On the 3rd of July, citizens throughout the world celebrated Plastic Bag Free Day.  This, hot on the heels of Environment Day and World Oceans Day, both celebrated a few weeks earlier. On all three these days, and throughout the month of Plastic Free July, consumers were encouraged to... 

Plastics SA, CSIR discuss new tech at Innovation Forum

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th July 2018 At the third yearly Innovation Forum organised by industry association Plastics SA’s training division, in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), on Wednesday, speakers highlighted the need for innovation with regard to waste management, packaging and... 

Leading Edge plans demonstration plant at Swedish mine

By: Mariaan Webb     6th July 2018 A busy two quarters are ahead for Vancouver-based Leading Edge Materials at the dormant Swedish graphite mine that it is preparing to bring back to life. On Thursday, the company published an update of plans for its Woxna mine, detailing the strategic research activities that are under way as it... 

Rescue Rod

6th July 2018 Trenchless specialist Rescue Rod notes that, after more than ten years of decisively shaping horizontal directional drilling practices within the company, this form of trenchless technology is widely becoming recognised worldwide as the most efficient, rapid and cost-effective method of... 

SA retailer pilots compostable bags with customers on International Plastic Bag Free Day

4th July 2018 Pick n Pay chairman calls for Government action, investment in recycling and waste management Pick n Pay became the first South African retailer to trial compostable bags as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags. The one-day trial at its V&A Waterfront store will gauge customer... 

Hope for Johannesburg waste pickers

By: News24Wire      3rd July 2018 The future of Johannesburg's waste pickers — people who make their living by searching through garbage for things to recycle — may be looking brighter, GroundUp reports. The City has committed to including waste pickers in its recycling initiatives. But an organisation that works with waste... 

Coega takes a step towards eco-friendly SEZ

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd July 2018 The NCPC-SA and Coega discuss ways for the SEZ to become an energy efficient and Eco-Industrial Park. The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) hosted an engagement with the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) late last week at the CDC head office in Port Elizabeth. The... 

Service expansion expected to promote geographical expansion

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers – part of South Africa-based Bosch Holdings – has extended its mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services to include civil and structural engineering services to further extend its footprint in Africa.... 

Mining downturn results in profile expansion for consulting firm

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 International consulting engineering and scientists consultancy SRK Consulting’s local non-mining contracts have become its main revenue contributor, contributing to about 40% to 50% of the firm’s overall workload over the past three years. “The company’s growth in non-mining work is not just in... 

Pikitup to roll out mandatory separation-at-source programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2018 The City of Joburg and waste management company Pikitup have launched a mandatory separation-at-source programme to contribute to increasing recycling rates in South Africa.  

Polystyrene Collectors In Gauteng Help Industry Reach Recycling Success

27th June 2018 Dynamic duo shifts focus to polystyrene collection to help meet recyclers’ demand Deena and Joelene Moodley of AJ Polycycling 

100 Resilient Cities appoints Dana Omran as MD for Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Dana Omran has been appointed Africa MD for the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) programme.  

Durban High Court lifts Shongweni landfill interdict

By: African News Agency      22nd June 2018 An interdict brought by a Durban community preventing national waste management firm EnviroServ from operating its Shongweni-based hazardous landfill site was lifted by the Durban High Court on Thursday. Judge Johan Ploos van Amstel lifted the restrictive interdict claiming it had served its... 

Carbon-content waste disposal rethought

By: Paige Müller     15th June 2018 In light of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) imminent ban on all forms of liquid waste to landfill set for August 2019 and the ban on hazardous waste to landfill with a calorific value greater than 25 MJ/kg since August 2017, waste management service provider Interwaste states... 

Averda launches hazardous waste management system

By: Nadine James     15th June 2018 Healthcare institutions have a legal duty to ensure that their hazardous waste is managed responsibly, and Averda has introduced the Averda TruTrak to demonstrate its commitment to the responsible management of hazardous waste products. Averda South Africa healthcare head Eugene Barnard explains... 

Rescue Rod

15th June 2018 Trenchless specialist Rescue Rod has been involved in providing pipeline services and waste management in various ways since 1990. The company has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and offers some of the most technologically advanced industrial sewer cleaning and pipeline... 

Plastics|SA Raises Awareness About Keeping Plastics Pollution Out Of The Environment Sustainability Week, World Environment Day, World Oceans Day

14th June 2018 Plastics|SA used its participation in Sustainability Week (5-7 June 2018), World Environment Day (5 June 2018) and World Oceans Day (9 June) to raise awareness about the importance of keeping plastics pollution out of the environment. Plastics|SA is the umbrella organisation representing the... 

African cities for sustainable future start with building for resilience

11th June 2018 Driving Agenda 2063 to connect communities and seize opportunities Rapid population growth and urbanisation of African cities will see nearly 350 million new city-dwellers by 2030, and a billion more by 20631. In response to meeting the expected demand of the future populous – and the standards... 

Interwaste uses innovation to convert waste into energy

By: Donald Makhafola     8th June 2018 Waste management company Interwaste is continually exploring processes and technologies to divert waste from landfills and has created a variety of methods converting waste-to-energy. Interwaste director for business development and marketing Kate Stubbs says the first way to get value out of... 

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 It is vital for South Africa to maintain a manufacturing sector that is internationally cost competitive and can produce quality end-products, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems MD Mark Baller. “The manufacturing industry has been under a lot of... 

Study makes case for Africa nuclear roll-out, but concern persists

By: John Muchira     8th June 2018 Plans by some countries in sub-Saharan Africa to incorporate nuclear energy in electricity generation mix are feasible, despite the colossal challenges associated with nuclear plants, a new study has found. While opinion is deeply divided on whether sub-Sahara Africa is ready for nuclear energy,... 

Petco confident in South Africa’s PET recycling resilience

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2018 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling company Petco describes 2017 as one of the most challenging years for the company, with a 13% year-on-year consumption decline in the local PET market.  

UN, CSIR Africa Waste Management Outlook considers African context

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2018 The starting point for the ‘Africa Waste Management Outlook’, which was launched by the United Nations (UN) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Resources (CSIR) on Tuesday, was the global waste management outlook that was published by the UN in 2015.  

UN, CSIR launch Africa waste management outlook

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2018 The United Nations (UN) Environment Programme and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Tuesday released Africa’s first consolidated waste management outlook, which seeks to outline and address the impact of mismanaged waste on the continent.  

By 2050 there may be more plastic in oceans than fish – UN

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 Plastic pollution in the oceans has reached a stage where microplastics – pieces smaller than 5mm – now outnumber stars in our galaxy, according to UN secretary general António Guterres. And by 2050, he says, if present trends continue, there will be more plastic in the world's oceans than fish.... 

Local govt service delivery improved in 2016/17 – Stats SA

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 The number of people receiving services from municipalities increased between 2016 and 2017, Statistics South Africa has found. "For the period under review, the highest percentage increase was recorded in the provision of sewerage and sanitation (3.8%), followed by solid waste management (2.6%),... 

Innovative hazardous waste management system launched in South Africa

4th June 2018 Healthcare institutions have a legal duty to ensure that their hazardous waste is managed responsibly. As stipulated in the Proposed National Health Care Risk Waste Management Regulations (2018), the person in charge of a health establishment must ensure that health care waste is handled,... 

Western Cape's mounting rubbish problem

By: News24Wire      21st May 2018 "We have a serious waste problem in the Western Cape. We are running out of landfill space," MEC for environmental affairs Anton Bredell warned in a press release. The Western Cape generated approximately three million tonnes of waste in 2017 according to the government. The City of Cape Town... 

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan 

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 The government has released its Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) 2018, with a sharp focus on deepening industrial development, speeding up radical economic transformation and increasing the ability to produce higher value-added products. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said it was... 

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