Project to supply Durban with heat pumps and solar water heaters

The eThekwini municipality has registered its second clean development mechanism (CDM) project with the United Nations. The solar water heater and solar pump installation project was finalised as a CDM programme of activities (PoA) in July and is valid until June 2040. eThekwini municipality Energy Office senior manager Derek Morgan tells Engineering News that the PoA allows for the bundling of projects, instead of  accrediting them individually.

Business cooperation could reduce crime

The joint efforts of business and government could assist the South African Police Service (Saps) reduce crime, business representatives said on Thursday. Social conditions, such as poverty, loss of employment and a lack of family support, besides others, impact on crime, despite the significant efforts made by government to affect effective law enforcement, Business Against Crime South Africa (Bacsa) CEO advocate Simi Pillay-van Graan said.

Business cooperation could aid crime reduction

The joint efforts of business and government could assist the South African Police Service (Saps) reduce crime, business representatives said on Thursday. Social conditions, such as poverty, loss of employment and a lack of family support, besides others, impact on crime, despite the significant efforts made by government to affect effective law enforcement, Business Against Crime South Africa (Bacsa) CEO advocate Simi Pillay-van Graan said.

Big emitters not doing enough to reduce emissions – CDP

The world’s largest carbon emitting companies are not doing enough to reduce their impact on the environment, with the 50 largest emitters having increased their emissions since 2009, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) stated in its 2013 Global 500 Climate Change Report released on Thursday. According to the report, co-written by CDP and professional services firm PwC, the scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions of the 50 highest emitting companies, which primarily operate in the energy, material and utilities sectors, had risen by 1.65% to 2.54-billion metric tons over the past four years.

Construction consultancy skills can improve project management

Construction companies can use international construction consultants to access international best practice skills to win contracts for major local and international projects and manage commercial risks, says UK-based global construction consultancy Systech International CEO Stephen Rayment. Construction consultancies provide international best practice skills for the commercial management of projects and provide the know-how to navigate complex contracts and reduce risks in the event of claims and dispute resolution, says Systech International director Richard Fredrick.

Stunted relationships undermining water governance in rural areas

Damaged relationships and stunted professional networks are negatively affecting effective water governance, says research institution Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Water Governance Group (CSIR WGG) senior researcher Dr Richard Meissner. The CSIR WGG is studying water governance of the Greater Sekhukhune district municipality, in Limpopo, to determine the obstacles to effective water governance in rural areas. The overall objective of this Water Sustainability Flagship project is to contribute to the equitable, efficient and sustainable use of water resources and ensure South Africa attains its national, social and economic growth and development aspirations.

AMSA ordered to hand over documents to Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance

The South Gauteng High Court on Tuesday handed down a judgment mandating steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over records pertaining to its environmental master plan and its Vaal disposal site to the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (Veja). Veja first requested a copy of AMSA’s environmental master plan, compiled in 2002 for the rehabilitation of its Vanderbijlpark site, in 2011. Last year, the alliance also requested records relating to the closure and rehabilitation of the company’s Vaal disposal site, in Vereeniging, where AMSA had allegedly illegally dumped hazardous waste.

IDC to issue bonds up to R12bn, dangling R2.7bn youth carrot

South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which plans to issue bonds up to R12-billion in the next 18 months, on Monday announced stepped-up R2.7-billion funding to boost youth entrepreneurship.

The State-owned corporation, which disbursed a record R16-billion into the economy and sustained its funding approvals at R13-billion, is on course to up its game within the South African economy, undeterred by having to write off R2.2-billion to impairments in its 2012/2013 financial year, R797-million in the media and motion pictures category alone.

IDC planning to issue bonds up to R12bn, dangling R2.7bn youth carrot

South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which plans to issue bonds up to R12-billion in the next 18 months, on Monday announced stepped-up R2.7-billion funding to boost youth entrepreneurship.

The State-owned corporation, which disbursed a record R16-billion into the economy and sustained its funding approvals at R13-billion, is on course to up its game within the South African economy, undeterred by having to write off R2.2-billion to impairments in its 2012/2013 financial year, R797-million in the media and motion pictures category alone.

Biological cleaning solutions gain ground in South Africa

The use of biological cleaning products has been increasing in South Africa in the last ten years as more users are becoming aware of the environmental impact of traditional chemical cleaners and, thus, are demanding greener alternatives, says biological cleaning solutions provider Green Worx Cleaning Solutions technical manager Donavin Hawker.