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Volume 8, Number 5 - Oct/Nov 2013

Greenpeace highlights South Africa’s potential to become a world leader in renewable energy in its new report.
Professor Kader Asmal and Dr Heinrich Badenhorst Professor Kader Asmal was posthumously awarded the first SAWEF Order of Leadership by the Deputy Minister of Water Affairs, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, and SAWEF co-founder and noted environmentalist, Professor Anthony Turton. Also, Dr Heinrich Badenhorst of the University of Pretoria won the Nedbank SAWEF Scholarship for Water-Energy-Food Nexus Research.
The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers’ Association (SAPPMA) recently held its 9th annual general meeting at the Bytes Conference Centre in Midrand.
Mark Ross was elected as chairman at the recent annual general meeting of the Small Wastewater Treatment Works Suppliers Association (SEWPACKSA), and past chairman Karl Juncker highlighted the significant accomplishments of the association since its inception in 2010.
Present challenges and future solutions in water treatment technologies.
PETCO, the PET Recycling Company (Pty) Ltd, will be hosting the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisation (EPRO) for their first general meeting to take place on African soil in Cape Town on 20 November 2013.
SurePure’s photo-purification technology demonstrates sustainable benefits to the brewing industry through its collaboration with SAB Miller.
WATER 360 debunks the myths of bottled water – the fastest growing beverage category in the world.
FAB Tanks manufactures sectional steel water tank solutions for all water storage requirements throughout Africa, including drinking water tanks for rural areas, low-cost housing developments, mining and fire protection projects, and farming and government installations.
South Africa is not well endowed with abundant freshwater resources. In fact, it is regarded as the 30th most water-scarce country in the world. Research and innovation have been a major factor in the quest to meet the increasing water demands of the ever-growing South African population.
Cobra Watertech recently embarked on a resource-efficiency and cleaner production (RECP) programme with the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) that was highly successful.RECP programme provides outstanding results
The Department of Environmental Affairs hosted a women empowerment dialogue in August in celebration of Women’s Month and the achievements of the Working for Water Programme.
A wide range of human and natural processes affect the biological, chemical and physical characteristics of water and impact water quality.
Opportunities for innovation in water treatment systems.
KROHNE has developed Waterflux – an electromagnetic flow meter for applications in the field of water and wastewater. Designed for custody transfer according to European Directive MI-001, its measuring accuracy reflects the most recent specifications of the ISO/EN, MI-001 and OIML standards, lying within legal requirements with a ratio of 400 between Q1 and Q3.
African municipalities have proven to become more robust and financially sustainable.
EnTF announces the three top students, recognised by the Southern African Association for Energy-Efficiency (SAEE), who received the highest marks for their examinations during the 2012 year.
A joint partnership between Energy Cybernetics and SUNfarming in Germany has resulted in the launch of SUNCybernetics – small-, medium- and large-scale solar PV solution providers.
Frost & Sullivan identifies the mega trends that will shape the future of the South African economy.
Oryx Energies has completed the acquisition of BP and Masana Petroleum Solutions liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) businesses in South Africa, giving it a leading position in the South African LPG market and strengthening its status as a key LPG player across Southern Africa.
The World Bio-energy Association (WBA) launched the fact sheet “Biogas – an important renewable energy source”.
Recipients of the 2013 South African National Energy Association (SANEA) Energy Awards and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI)/Record Renewable Energy Research Excellence (RERE) Awards were recently announced.
South Africa’s renewable energy sector has experienced explosive growth in the past few years with investments of more than US$5,5 billion in 2012, up from a meagre US$30 million in 2011 - representing an impressive increase of 20 500%..
Umngena Ndlini, an expression in isiZulu describing valuable experience, lessons learnt and the intent of cooperation in the future came up among the ten South African delegation members in the wrap-up session of a study tour to Germany. The one week study tour focussed on good practice and policies for energy efficient buildings in Germany and specifically on Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for buildings.
The National Business Initiative (NBI) recently announced the successful winning of a bid from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) worth £8,7 million.
The 8th annual Southern African Energy-Efficiency (SAEE) Convention will be held on 13 and 14 November 2013.
Systems Automation and Management (SAM) is a leading supplier of data acquisition systems and innovative automation solutions, and one of the most significant developments currently offered to the local industry by SAM is the considerable cost benefits that can be achieved by switching to photovoltaic (PV) generation hybrid systems in comparison to conventional diesel generators.
Concentrated solar plants (CSPs) present many advantages when compared to traditional energy-producing facilities.
Already established as a global player in solar project development, even though the company was only founded three years ago, Soventix will find solutions for anyone who wishes to harness the sun’s energy, save on their electricity bill and create a liveable and sustainable environment for future generations.
The South African Weather Services, the Department of Environmental Affairs and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) recently hosted a workshop on the national implementation of the WMO Global Framework for Climate Change Services (GFCS).
A joint venture between Basil Read Matomo (Pty) Ltd and Isolux Ingenieria has been appointed by SunEdison to build a solar photovoltaic plant in Boshof, Free State.
A recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) revealed that 59% of the population of Africa has no access to electricity. This research highlights the need for alternative energy sources to be used within rural South Africa, where the majority of residents are negatively affected by the lack of energy.
By Joanita Roos, research analyst for energy and power systems at Frost & Sullivan
Private-public partnerships are essential in the race for turning Africa into a renewable energy-operated success story.
Exploring renewable energy policy options for Africa.
ISO 50001 will reduce industry energy consumption. A total of 31 graduates have completed training and have become the first South African professionals who are qualified to lead an audit team to certify a company as ISO 50001-compliant, which means South Africa now has the capacity to support the industry to become energy-efficient at the highest possible standard.
This is the fourth consecutive year that Energy Cybernetics has been making its Energy Barometer tool available to building owners and facility managers to participate in the National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS). The Energy Barometer is a non-intrusive and cost-effective process to determine the energy consumption stance of a building in relation to others in a similar market and environment.
25DEGREES in Africa looks at the latest local and international innovations in smart metering.
BASF has again been included in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World). The company has been recognised for its engagement in risk and crisis management, human capital management and plant biotechnology.
25 Degrees provides a detailed profile on the Ivory Coast.
The fourth annual China Sourcing Fair will be held on 7 to 9 November 2013 at Gallagher Convention Centre.
Dutch researchers recently created a windless wind turbine with no moving parts that is able to produce electricity using charged water droplets.