Volume 7, Number 6 - November / December 2012

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston ChurchillJohan Klingenberg is an optimist. He also used to be your everyday cattle and sheep farmer in the lush valleys of Mpumalanga. Recently, however, with the support of Nedbank, Johan has become a local hero and a champion in the fight against water thirsty alien invasive trees in Enkangala.
The South African government recently signed its Window 1 independent power producer (IPP) agreements, which will see 1 400 MW of renewable energy being produced to meet the country’s energy needs.
The Carbon Protocol of South Africa is hosting a platform for Programmes of Activities under the Kyoto Protocol.
Transnet awards contract for supply of 95 electric locomotives as part of fleet renewal project.
Environmental consciousness has become critical in the design and operation of globally integrated supply-chain networks. This is especially true in the case of green transport, as companies race towards finding pioneering green transport initiatives that will help to preserve the environment and the ozone layer, which is likely to be depleted if decisive action is not taken against greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy utilities need to build support and customer engagement with regard to smart-meter and smart-grid systems. It is important to trace where consumers go to gather topic-specific information. Another important aspect is to look at consumer behaviour and influences in terms of smart metering and grids. Is it about gaining control of costs or is it focused on green energy?
The winners of the Outstanding Product Awards will be announced in Dakar.
The South African Competition Commission has referred a case of collusion against the country’s major oil companies.
A South African company has co-developed a new product to help oil and mining companies in the country and the rest of Africa to make their workers safer and more productive.
One of the greatest challenges is to provide sanitation to growing cities in the developing world. For this reason, leading scientists, practitioners and innovators presented cutting-edge sanitation solutions aimed at closing gaps in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals at the International Faecal Sludge Management Conference.
Procon, a local environmental engineering specialist, is assisting the Moatize Coal-Mining Project in Tete, Mozambique, to recycle 80% of its water.
Nanotechnology could play a bigger role in water treatment in the developing world, where large-scale distribution centres do not exist yet.
WATER360 talks to Professor Hannes van Wyk from the Department of Botany and Zoology and the SU Water Institute at the Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Science about developing biomarkers to detect endocrine-disrupting elements in water.
I-Cat Environmental Solutions recently completed a GAP analysis on the legal compliance with environmental regulations at one of its large industrial clients. The report highlighted several shortcomings.
Nedbank has invested R9-million in WWF South Africa’s Water Balance Programme. The Umgeni node in the Durban/Pietermaritzburg region of KwaZulu-Natal is a remarkable example of what the project can achieve.
South Africa’s acid-mine drainage (AMD) problem is the result of many years of mining and the resultant impact on the environment. On the Witwatersrand and surrounds the problem is as old as the commercial mining of gold itself – the discovery and early mining of which occurred over 120 years ago. It would be interesting (but perhaps academic) to know when mining companies (and the government) became aware of the problem. One would think that as soon as the prolific dolomitic and other water inflows into mines were encountered on the Witwatersrand (the name itself implies an abundance of run-off…
Despite being a water-scarce country, South Africa faces extremely high levels of water wastage with confirmation of losses at municipalities estimated to be close to 50%.
According to an analysis done by Frost & Sullivan, the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) mining and oilfield water-treatment chemicals market covers the supplies and demand of these chemicals in mining countries, which include Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, as well as oilfield countries, which include Nigeria and Angola.
In a press release published in October, the province of KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Water Affairs (DWA) confirmed that the construction of the Spring Grove Dam is scheduled to deliver its first water by April 2013.
Fluid hammer occurs whenever the fluid velocity in pipe systems suddenly changes, such as at pump-stop, pump-connection or valve openings.
The Board of Rand Water announced the establishment of a Rand Water Academy as a priority project for its Human Resources Portfolio on 12 October.
In order to streamline their business approach, South African businesses need to assess their current supply chain management systems. 25 Degrees in Africa investigates.
The 2013 South African release of the new MAN TGS EfficientLine range demonstrates immediate commitment to the environment by bringing both cost and environmental benefits to the SA road freight industry.
The logistics company Imperial Cargo recently added six new high-performance Argosy Freightliners to its fleet.
Road-freight vehicles emit greater carbon emissions per tonne per kilometre than rail or water-borne freight systems. However, the share of rail transport in freight movements has been declining, as road transport offers the advantages of accessibility, quick transit times and door-to-door delivery. However, this does not augur well from the environment and sustainability viewpoint.
The Scott Byers Network’s comparative customer satisfaction survey of truck fleet owners in South Africa has been conducted since 1986, and has told amazing tales of improved levels of customer satisfaction.
Internationally there is a shift towards sustainable transport infrastructure – not just green building practices. Locally there is a similar need to embrace the green road revolution, according to leading industry consultants.
New Signalling Project system will increase operational capacity, provide a higher level of flexibility and reduce train delays.
Companies have increasingly begun to realise the link between water scarcity and the effects that it may have on their supply chains in terms of profits, longevity and brand value.
Well-planned and executed logistics improve competitiveness on a macro-economic level, while helping to mitigate the environmental impact of supply chain practices. 25 Degrees in Africa looks at the current status quo.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister has expressed the fear that the Green Climate Fund is not likely to take off because developed countries have not kept their commitments in Copenhagen.
The lifetime of Angola’s oil reserves has been estimated at 50 years, following the start of exploration of the pre-salt layer.
Uganda cannot rely on oil wealth to make it a first-world country.
The SANEA Energy Awards 2012 took place on 28 September 2012 at a prestigious awards ceremony and banquet hosted by Brian A Statham, chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA). This gala event reflected the significance of both the awards and the recipients.
The BASF subsidiary Wintershall and Statoil agreed on an asset swap.
Standard Bank has committed R9,4-billion to the first batch of wind and solar power projects under the independent power producer (IPP) plan.
Ekurhuleni Metro paves the way for sustainable electricity generation.
2012 was a year of change in South African energy-efficiency history, when SANS requirements boldly adjusted their SANS151 standards to state that all newly sold geysers in the country are compelled to include an energy-efficient label on the product, according to SANS151ed7.
South Africa’s vision of a green economy has been moving rapidly from simply a dream towards a very exciting reality during the past two years, thanks largely to significant research and development and the implementation of government programmes.
Sasol inaugurated a new R1-billion state-of-the-art limestone ammonium-nitrate granulation plant.
The Power Generation Competitive Strategy Leadership Award was recently bestowed on Karoo Sustainable Energy Ltd.
The Minister of Energy, Dipuo Peters, has commended South African businesses for their commitment to energy-efficiency.
In an initiative led by the University of Pretoria, a publication titled Energy-Efficiency Measurement & Verification Practices: Demystifying M&V through South African Case Studies will be launched at the 7th Southern African Energy-Efficiency Convention 2012 (2012SAEEC), which will be held on 14 November 2012 in the M&V Breakaway Session at Emperors Palace, Gauteng.
Schneider Energy Action is an energy-efficiency programme which combines hardware and software solutions, expertise and methodology, and allows the company to cut the energy consumption of its own sites by 25%.
On 22 October South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, asked the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for a 16% increase in electricity prices each year for the next five years. 25 Degrees in Africa looks at the implications.
The Western-African country of Liberia has seen dramatic economic growth over the past five years. In 2006 the national budget was US$86-million. Five years later, in 2011, the budget was US$ 580-million. 25 Degrees in Africa looks at the country’s successes and challenges.
With COP18/CMP8 on the horison, Qatar is on a mission to keep this year’s conference as environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced as possible after signing the Agreement on the Establishment of the Global Green Growth Institute.
The South African business sector is increasingly anticipating and responding to climate change issues, according to the recently released Carbon Disclosure Project: South Africa 2012.
The Department of Energy recently published regulations on the mandatory blending of biofuels in the Government Gazette. However, the implementation date has not been made public yet. 25° in Africa looks at key aspects of the regulations.
Could desalination mitigate South Africa’s growing demand for fresh water? According to the South Africa Desalination Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2017, conducted by TechSci Research, the answer is a clear yes.
“As much as 50% of South Africa’s electricity can be comprised of nuclear energy,” national planning commission member Bobby Godsell said at a public discussion on energy in Johannesburg.

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