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Food, beverage supply chain under focus at SAPICS 2017 conference

     Updated 3 hours ago Food production is the world’s largest manufacturing sector, and in Africa it is second only to the oil and gas industry – based on the combined revenue of the 111 largest African agro-food companies. Potential for further growth is substantial, but it relies on efficient and innovative supply... 

Govt not delaying Vredefort Dome’s heritage proclamation – Molewa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 Concerns of landowners within the Vredefort Dome, in the Free State, are preventing government from proclaiming the area as a world heritage site, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. In a written reply to a Parliamentary question, published on Tuesday, she said the area, which was... 

DEA to delve into plastic bag recycling saga

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will be liaising with the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) and the South African Bureau of Standards to ensure that manufacturers of plastic carrier bags comply with regulatory requirements and standards, it says. This follows... 

Engineers set benchmark in sustainable building

     7th April 2017 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has achieved the first Green Star rating in Namibia for FNB Namibia Holdings’ Parkside building.  

DEA suspends activities at EnviroServ’s Shongweni landfill site

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Tuesday suspended the acceptance, treatment and disposal of waste at EnviroServ Waste Management’s Shongweni landfill site, in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, which failed to comply with provisions of the law and conditions of its Waste Management... 

Success abounds in paper recycling and recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Despite South Africa having less easily accessible recycling initiatives in place than in developed countries, such as recycling bins in every park or street, or systematic waste recovery at household level, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa) says the country’s paper... 

EnviroServ CEO cited in 'toxic landfill' charges 

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 Dean Thompson, the CE of waste management giant EnviroServ, will be criminally charged alongside the company on several allegations of contravening environmental legislation at EnviroServ’s Shongweni landfill site. The company has come under severe criticism over its management of the landfill by... 

UK Minister forecasts major nuclear expansion over next 20 years

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 It is estimated that, over the next 20 years, more than £930-billion will be invested in expanding civil nuclear energy capacity worldwide. This was affirmed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox in his keynote address at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 in London, at the... 

Three cheers for three years of Cradlestone Mall!

     9th March 2017 Three years after opening its doors, the award-winning Cradlestone Mall has changed lives and raised the bar for shopping centres in South Africa. It has achieved this with its innovative approach to its shopping and entertainment experiences, as well as its commitment to its community and... 

EnviroServ lashes out at DEA over Shongweni landfill 

By: African News Agency      8th March 2017 Waste management giant EnviroServ has accused the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) of bias and fuelling a “trial by media” through its handling of the Shongweni landfill. It further accused the DEA of having decided, despite no formal resolution or action taken, to suspend the company’s... 

Water recycling and reuse a responsibility of all S Africans

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 In an era where conserving water is growing ever more critical, given the shortage of fresh and drinkable water, recycling and reuse plays a pivotal role in driving forward sustainable solutions that will allow for the longevity of South Africa’s water supply, says waste management business... 

Nearly £1-trillion to be invested in nuclear energy globally over 20 years 

By: Keith Campbell     1st March 2017 It is estimated that, over the next 20 years, more than £930-billion will be invested in expanding civil nuclear energy capacity worldwide. This was affirmed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox in his keynote address at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 in London, on... 

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Product testing facility construction to be completed this year

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th February 2017 The construction of Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa’s (Redisa’s) Product Testing Institute (PTI), which started last year, is expected to be completed in the second quarter. 

Plastics|Sa Clean-Up Crews Tasked With Keeping Cape Town Beautiful During Three Major Events

     13th February 2017 Proud event greening partner of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, SA Navy Festival and Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon The Plastics|SA Clean-Up Crew has been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the routes and surrounding areas for three of Cape Town’s biggest spectator events are kept clean... 

Cape Town plant to convert municipal solid waste to energy

By: Kim Cloete     3rd February 2017 The first large-scale waste-to-energy plant in Africa will be opened in Athlone in Cape Town, on Wednesday, with the aim of converting municipal solid waste into energy. The state-of-the-art R400-million biogas plant is expected to create 80 full-time jobs and few hundred indirect jobs. The plant... 

Ground-breaking waste-to-energy plant opens in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     24th January 2017 The first large-scale waste-to-energy plant in Africa will be opened in Athlone in Cape Town, on Wednesday, with the aim of converting municipal solid waste into energy. The state-of-the-art R400-million biogas plant is expected to create 80 full-time jobs and few hundred indirect jobs. The plant... 

Global Plastics Industry Effort To Combat Marine Litter Grows In 2016

     19th January 2017 Seven New Industry Associations Join the “Joint Declaration”; Group Will Operate as the “Global Plastics Alliance” Going Forward Seven new signatories were added to The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, also informally known as the “Joint Declaration”... 

Smart multi-modal supply chain unlocks Central African Republic

     11th January 2017 Since Ecolog was awarded its contract by the United nations mission MINUSCA in the Central African Republic in September 2014, the company manages successfully the delivery of 1.5 million kilograms of food and water every month to 22 different locations in the Central African Republic. Despite... 

Next four years critical to meeting Paris agreement targets

     10th January 2017 New report provides concrete recommendations for cities to meet aggressive goals and halt climate change On 1 December 2016 in Mexico City, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and consultants Arup outlined the first emission reduction plan in order to meet the most ambitious Paris... 

New division, new products, larger presence at CONEXPO 2017

     10th January 2017 See what’s next for McCloskey International New division, equipment and features to be highlighted Screening and crushing industry leader McCloskey International will clearly demonstrate its continued growth with a significant increase in its presence at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.... 

Property Point opens applications for enterprise development programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 Enterprise development vehicle Property Point, a Growthpoint Properties initiative, has invited entrepreneurs that have businesses operating in the property industry to apply for its next two-year enterprise development programme intake before January 31, 2017. As part of its latest intake,... 

Research ongoing to further develop biogas in South Africa

     9th December 2016 Despite the biogas sector being a well developed industry globally, ongoing research continues to further develop and strengthen the industry in South Africa, highlights the South African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia). The association notes that a variety of biogas applications have been... 

Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers enhance the green aspects of Menlyn Maine Central Square

     1st December 2016 Developed on principles of sustainability, the 65 000m² Menlyn Maine Central Square is a mixed-use project that forms the heart of the Menlyn Maine precinct situated in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria. The R1.8b Central Square development, co-owned by Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd... 

Wine and Olive Oil Suppliers Expo heads for Cape Town in 2017

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2016 South Africa is the eighth largest producer of wine in the world with export volumes having doubled in the past ten years. According to a study commissioned by the SA Wine Industry Information & Systems (SAWIS), published in January 2015, of the R36.1 billion gross domestic product (GDP)... 

Company supports plastic waste management  

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) conference next year.   The AMWN was launched in July this year by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), plastics industry representative... 

Johan van den Berg

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 This week we feature Johan van den Berg, MD of Averda South Africa, an integrated waste management solutions provider   

Plastics|SA Helps Industry Members Prepare For An Uncertain Future

     16th November 2016 Energy experts give advice on how to face the current economic downturn by implementing energy and water solutions. The Sustainability Council of Plastics|SA and DRA Global Engineering Consultants hosted a seminar entitled “Preparing for an uncertain future” in which a panel of sustainability... 

Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers assimilate Sol Plaatje University with city of Kimberley.

     14th November 2016 A range of Corobrik’s face brick and pavers were selected for the iconic development of the new Sol Plaatje University integrated into the inner-city fabric of Kimberley in the Northern Cape. Together with the University of Mpumalanga the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is the first new university... 

Best practice guideline aims at enabling global competitiveness

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 National resource efficiency programme the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) has released its resource efficiency and cleaner production  (RECP) best practice guideline for the South African valve manufacturing industry. The objectives of the guideline are to ensure... 

Breathing New Life Into Non-Hazardous Pvc Waste From Hospitals

     31st October 2016 The Southern African Vinyls Association is making impressive progress as it aims to get South African hospitals and healthcare facilities to start separating and recycling non-hazardous waste made from polyvinyl chloride. SAVA Chief Executive Officer, Delanie Bezuidenhout, has been heading up... 

Ahrlac production set to begin in 2017 

     27th October 2016 South African defence platforms company Paramount Group announced in September its plans to begin full scale manufacture of its Ahrlac fixed-wing aircraft at a 15 000 m2 purpose-built facility at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria. 

Growing appreciation for the economic and environmental contribution of South Africa’s waste pickers 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st October 2016 Waste pickers, or street surfers, have become as ubiquitous a sight across urban South Africa as the minibus taxi and few would argue that they control their home-made carts with just as much dexterity. To many motorists, these informal workers are seen as little more than another hazard on the... 

Growing appreciation for the economic and environmental contribution of South Africa’s waste pickers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st October 2016 Waste pickers, or street surfers, have become as ubiquitous a sight across urban South Africa as the minibus taxi and few would argue that they control their home-made carts with just as much dexterity. To many motorists these informal workers are seen as little more than another hazard on the... 

Local waste management must be more efficient

By: Anine Kilian     18th October 2016 It would be difficult for South Africa to introduce taxes as a means to curb waste, as the country’s waste information system was not fully operational and, therefore, difficult to monitor, consulting group COWI waste and contaminated sites VP Torben Kristiansen said on Tuesday. Addressing... 

4 Green Stars for 4 Stan Road

     17th October 2016 Number 4 Stan Road is a slick, sculptural eight-storey intervention in the heart of Sandton. The development boasts both 4-Star Green Star SA Design and As-Built certifications from the Green Building Council of South Africa. Green building consultants, Solid Green, undertook the Green Star... 

Vlakfontein landfill first to meet South Africa’s tough new hazardous-waste requirements

By: David Oliveira     14th October 2016 South African hazardous-waste landfill sites have a new best-practice champion in multinational waste-management company Averda’s R250-million Vlakfontein high-hazardous-class landfill site, in the Vaal Triangle. It is the first landfill site of its kind in South Africa to comply with the new... 

Industries should collaborate in submitting industry waste-management plans – law firm

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th October 2016 It appears industry will soon have to collaborate and share their current research and other resources to develop industry waste management plans (IWMPs), states legal services firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. It is likely that IWMPs will not only have to comply with challenging timeframes but also... 

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