Author: Danielle Petterson

High prospects for gas-to-power in southern Africa

Southern Africa has seen a major move toward renewable energy, however there is a huge untapped natural gas energy potential in the region. The southern African region is becoming a key player in the international trend towards the development of renewable energy sources. A joint report by REN21 and UNIDO finds that renewables now account for 23.5% of the region’s generation capacity. SADC countries aim to increase renewable energy contribution to electricity supply to 27% by 2020 and 29% by 2030. In the face of this renewable drive, HP van Huyssteen, project manager at Energas Technologies, is of the view that there is massive untapped natural gas energy potential in the region. “Responsible utilisation of this ancient fuel may help reduce the acute energy deficit faced by southern African counties. Considering the damaging environmental effects caused by the burning of fossil fuels, natural gas may be one of the most appropriate transitional fuels in the drive towards a truly... Read More

Moving towards a waste free South Africa in September

September is National Clean-up Month and South Africans nationwide are joining the waste free movement to clean up beaches and rivers. In partnership with Plastics SA for Clean-up and Recycle Week (10 to 15 September), Coca-Cola’s bottling partners are leading over 14 clean ups across the country reaching as far as Mamelodi and Soweto to Durban and Muizenberg. This coincides with International Coastal Cleanup Day on 15 September 2018. Earlier this year, the Coca-Cola Company announced an ambitious goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle and can it sells globally by 2030 through its World Without Waste strategy. This would include making packaging 100% recyclable globally by 2020. In South Africa, the company is working to support healthy, debris-free environments and oceans through organisations such as PETCO (PET Recycling Company), to increase collection and recycling of packaging in the most risk-prone areas for marine debris. Coastal Clean-ups are taking place in Kwa-Zulu Natal in Port... Read More

Tackling the organic waste crisis

With only six years of municipal landfill airspace left, the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town are implementing programmes to reduce the volume of waste going to municipal landfills in order to avoid ‘Landfill Zero’. Johannesburg has already implemented a compulsory dry recycling programme for some of its residents, but what about organic waste? Most organic waste goes to a landfill. A CSIR audit showed that in Ekurhuleni, 60% of all household waste is organic. On a national level about 40% of all waste going to landfills is organic. When organic waste is landfilled it rots and produces methane, which is 23 times more damaging to the environment that CO2.  It also attracts pathogens, pollutes water sources and attracts flies and rats. South African company Earth Probiotic has developed a food waste composting machine for food waste coming from hotels, universities and office parks. This South African composting machine, the “Earth Cycler” can process up to 5 000 kg of waste... Read More

Mastering portable desalination

Founded in 1996, Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) is a specialist company focusing on advanced water treatment applications in the municipal and industrial markets in Southern Africa. The mainly membrane-based solutions offered by QFS are starting to become a standard in South Africa for applications that include seawater desalination, wastewater reuse and brackish water treatment. From its headquarters and manufacturing facility in the Strand, Western Cape, QFS provides complete design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning, as well as operations and maintenance capabilities for its water treatment equipment range. Since 1999, QFS has been the South African partner for the globally recognised MEMCOR brand of ultrafiltration membranes, which is gaining rapid acceptance locally. QFS was able to provide equipment and support to the seawater desalination plants recently erected in Cape Town. The preferred rental model specified for these projects provides the client with water security without needing to own or operate the desalination equipment. QFS offers portable containerised reverse osmosis (RO) units producing... Read More

The future with Grundfos for Well Drillers

Grundfos for Well Drillers is a beneficial programme providing the best knowledge, training and tools to ease workflows and grow businesses. It’s about working smarter, thanks to product innovation. Ambition is a core value instilled in the work and culture at Grundfos. Our aim is to ensure the best water supply worldwide, which can only be realised in collaboration with leading professionals. Therefore, your business is our business and we want to play an active part in your success. Grundfos for Well Drillers provides you with a fast and simple way to boost your well drilling skills. Completely tailored to a common well driller’s need, the beneficial programme offers on-the-go tools, professional training and business support, and countless networking opportunities. Member benefits include: Training and networking events We want to get to know you and your business challenges. Therefore, as a member of Grundfos for Well Drillers, you will receive invitations to training and networking events with our professionals,... Read More

Eskom wage deadlock finally over

Eskom has reached a three-year wage agreement with its recognised trade unions, ending the impasse. The country was plunged into darkness earlier this year when workers went on strike after Eskom opened wage talks with a 0% wage hike. The wage negotiations lasted three months and saw several deadlocks. The wage agreement, signed with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and Solidarity, offers workers the following: A 7.5% salary increase in 2018/19 A 7% salary increase in 2019/20 A 7% salary increase in 2020/21 an annual cost of living (CPI) adjustment to their housing allowance a once-off cash payment of R10 000 after tax to be paid within 48 hours of the agreement being signed The conditions of service will remain unchanged for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021. NUMSA thanked its members for “demonstrating militant discipline in the face of extreme provocation by the employer” as well as... Read More

Eskom to join in move to renewables

Eskom says it is ready to compete and become a producer of renewable energy. Earlier this week, a draft Integrated Resource Plan was released for comment by the Department of Energy. This plan puts greater emphasis on renewable energy, while nuclear takes a backseat for the next twelve years. Source: SABC Digital... Read More

eThekwini to transform its transport system

eThekwini plans to strengthen its public transport system by undertaking a tour to study Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Systems in South America. The Executive Committee has tabled a report stating that the head of the eThekwini Transport Authority will lead a delegation of city officials, councillors, bus operators and minibus taxi operators on a study tour to South America. The aim of the tour is to expose the industry to BRT systems that are fully operational in a number of cities. This will allow the delegation to observe first-hand and gain insights into the services through interactions with the bus operating companies and fare collection operations. South America was chosen because the circumstances are very similar to South Africa and public transport operators function in a similar manner to the taxi and small bus operators in South Africa. They were informal with an over-supply of vehicles which led to destructive competition and violence. South America’s approach was to incentivise... Read More

Smart Trucks: the best in transport

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has commissioned five more Performance-Based Standards (PBS) trucks, or Smart Trucks, as part of the national Smart Trucks pilot programme. The five new trucks for AB InBev bring the total number of operational smart trucks in South Africa to more than 270. The PBS pilot programme was established by the CSIR, with support from the Department of Transport. Its work entails conducting comprehensive PBS vehicle safety simulations and road infrastructure impact assessments, to ensure that the vehicles are designed to meet the prescribed minimum performance requirements stipulated by the agreed performance standards. The primary objectives of the PBS programme is to improve logistics efficiency by reducing the costs associated with transporting raw materials and minimising the cost of delivery to customers. A significant spin-off lies in the enhanced safety features inherent in the design of these vehicles, due to the strict rules governing participation in the programme. The introduction of smart... Read More

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