Country Profile

Volume 8, Number 3 - June/July 2013

According to the chairman of the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB), plumbers play a vital but unheralded health role in society.
In their 2011 report (released in 2012) the NBI raised the question of whether companies are sufficiently aware of the multiple issues surrounding water with particular reference to water scarcity, projections of the impacts on water availability due to climate change, energy requirements and rapid urbanisation. This annual water disclosure report also begged the question of whether companies are able to assess the value of water to their business. Some companies proved to be strong leaders in managing water, but the overall findings of the report and general company awareness were worrying.
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a multi-purpose wonder material to tackle environmental challenges.
Endress+Hauser provides optimised and cost-effective water treatment solutions.
Xylem Water Solutions South Africa is proud to offer 100% Flygt components to its clients.
Kaytech supplies new drainage for tailings facility.
A newly-developed membrane used to separate waste from water could become a key role-player in the treatment of pollutants.
Vodacom recently unveiled South Africa’s largest commercial rainwater harvesting project, located at its Midrand head office.
There is more to water quality measurement than direct sampling.
Water footprints help to reveal the amount of water being used in the processes involved in the manufacturing and production of our goods and services.
The South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA) recently congratulated the industry body for polyethylene terephthalate, PETCO, on increasing its post-consumer plastic beverage bottle recycling rate.
The insurance industry encourages the installation of “green” geysers in response to claims.
Dhesigen Naidoo from the Water Research Commission comments on the importance of water usage reporting, following the release of the latest Water CDP results.
The decision to invest in good quality water meters that are specifically designed and optimised for South African water conditions can significantly enhance an authority’s revenue.
In two separate collaboration agreements, Sasol has undertaken to promote water conservation and improve treatment technologies and the re-use of wastewater in South Africa.
The plastics industry will be hosting the first African Debris Summit from 6 to 8 June at the SANBI Conference Centre in Kirstenbosch, Cape Town.
ACTOM Power Transformers has won a prized transformers contract for a new Sentinel copper mine in Zambia.
Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has given North Africa and the Middle East the green light for a revised solar plan.
Mpumalanga cane growers may soon have a new green charcoal product in retail shops made from sugar cane biomass, the Business Day recently reported.
EML Motors drives cost-effective productivity. 
Energy Cybernetics has a new “auto-play” dashboard solution that allows clients the ultimate freedom in disclosing energy-saving habits.
The South African National Treasury released its final carbon tax paper on 2 May.
25 DEGREES in Africa looks at re-inventing mobility by creating opportunities that aim at building more inclusive cities and more resilient communities.
General Motors has recently become the first automaker in the United States to sign a climate declaration.
25 DEGREES in Africa looks at the future of the luxury car market and initiatives that promote energy-efficiency.
25 Degrees sheds light on our public lighting systems.
25 Degrees looks at the challenges and solutions to accessing green project financing in South Africa.
Standard Bank uses its sustainable strategy to mesh commercial reality and social relevance.
Renewable energy financing in the country: Rohitesh Dhawan, leader of KPMG’s Climate Change and Sustainability Advisory South Africa, sheds more light on the current status quo.
Companies have started to focus on the advantages of clean technology in recent years. But with the increased competition, enterprises face more stringent measures to secure capital investment and financing.
The newly-established Wind Towers subsidiary of the international manufacturing and engineering company DCD has officially started work on a R300-million wind turbine factory in Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ).
South Africa’s economic growth increasingly drives mass electrification programmes to power rural areas, which has an effect on the increasing demand for electricity.
Green Habitat provides ideal solar power generating and optimisation solutions.
Zimbabwe has been characterised by political unrest and turmoil. The 2013 national elections will hopefully pave the way to a less tumultuous future.
Website: The pulping and bleaching of eucalyptus is subject to intensive research. The goal is to improve the pulp quality, decrease discharges and reduce capital investment.
Website: Xylem Water Solutions South Africa is opening a brand new rental depot in Steelpoort, Limpopo, in the near future.
Website: The Water Research Commission (WRC), in collaboration with North-West University (NWU) Vaal Campus, is answering the call for the establishment of information storage facilities in the form of a water archival repository system for South Africa.
Website: A survey by the World Energy Council (WEC) reveals the top issues on Africa’s energy agenda
Website: The Dorper Wind Farm, between the towns of Molteno and Sterkstroom in the Inkwanca Local Municipality, is a pioneering project that will see 100MW of energy harnessed from the wind pumping through the region.
Waterlab (Pty) Ltd is a South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) accredited testing laboratory (No: T0391), which conducts water quality analyses in both the water chemistry and microbiology domains. Waterlab (Pty) Ltd regularly participates in proficiency testing schemes, in order to comply with SANAS requirements and provide accurate and quality results
Website: Stringent auditing can play a valuable role in gaining a holistic view of South Africa’s water situation, as well as improving water utilities and municipalities’ quality standards.
Website: A new study by the Water Research Commission and the Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) shows that although communities with a low socio-economic status are more vulnerable to climate change findings need to be critically reviewed and differentiated.
Website: African countries come out on top at providing reliable and accurate climate information – United Nations.
Website: The SA team showcases African innovation on an international stage.
Website: Consistent energy performance improvements in residential appliances and industrial equipment are probably one of the most important elements of any country’s energy-efficiency and climate change mitigation strategy. By Theo Covary
Website: South Africa’s mining industry faces many challenges, especially relating to mining rehabilitation, which significantly affects communities and the economy long after the doors have closed.
Website: The Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN), sponsored by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), has been assessed by Dr Susanne Geissler, who travelled to South Africa for the external evaluation.
Website: The global pioneer of all-natural active/passive environmentally and economically effective solution to mining-related water issues, Solace Corporation has attained intellectual property and pending patent for the Solace Aquatic Bio-Reactor (SABR) system.
WEBSITE: Shared Energy Management (SEM) has helped the University of Pretoria to measure, quantify, manage and implement pragmatic water solutions.
Website: The fact that power outages are of major concern in South Africa, which means that certain electrical design considerations need to be put in place to help minimise the risks posed by such outages.
Website: Water tanks supplied by Rainbow Reservoirs have been installed at Katse Fish Farms’ new processing plant, currently nearing completion at Katse Dam, Lesotho.
Website: Internationally, there is a dire need to manage water quality efficiently. South Africa is no exception. Undeniably, water analysis can help to curtail the knock-on effects of water pollution and microbial water-bound contaminants like cholera.
Website: SANAS provided accreditation to GHG validation and verification bodies in South Africa.
Website: Aluminium manufacturers in South Africa can produce a better quality billet by making use of advanced water filtration systems that are developed and supplied by environmental management experts Procon Environmental Technologies.
Website: The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is a key industrial sustainability programme of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), hosted by the CSIR umbrella.
By Valerie Geen – director of climate and energy, National Business Initiative (NBI)
WEBSITE As Africa’s top greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter, South Africa is looking to curb emissions, although it also plans some exemptions to protect industry, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said during his 2013 Budget Speech.
WEBSITE: Amplified greenhouse effect shifts northern latitudes’ growing seasons, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Website: A South African consulting company will provide education on natural farming, sustainable natural resource management, permaculture, environmental greening and food security projects.
Website: Cities are a catalyst for the implementation of the South African National Development Plan (NDP), says KPMG.
Website:In line with international trends, the voluntary implementation of appliance labelling was introduced in South Africa a while ago to make end-users more aware of their energy consumption.
Website: Increasing water protection initiatives are at the order of the day and the efforts are also creating jobs, according to the State of Watershed Payments 2012.
Website: Acid mine drainage is a major problem with many hard-rock mines, including almost all mines where the metal ore is bound up with sulphur (metal sulphide mines).
Website: Finding environmentally safe and economically viable recycling solutions to e-waste should be a key point on the electronic product industry’s agenda. By James Milne, environmental and building technologies research analyst at Frost & Sullivan
Website: Datacentrix recently launched South Africa’s first energy-saving Tier4 capable modular data centre.
Website: An in-depth view of Senegal’s geography and economic as well as energy assessment.
Website: Efficient systems to track voltage, amperage and temperature variances.
Website: The Department of Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010-2030 anticipates the introduction of 41 346 MW of energy production across various technologies and geographies over the next 20 years.
By Andrew Gilder and Mduduzi Mamkeli, ENS Environmental Department
Website: South African Minister of Energy, Dipuo Peters, announced the introduction of nuclear power in South Africa.
Website: In the light of the nation’s rich uranium reserves that provide an abundance of nuclear energy, the South African government views the use of nuclear power as a favourable alternative for meeting its energy demands.

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