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SUNREF extension assists South Africa’s low carbon transition in strained economic climate

The SUNREF programme has been extended to the end of November 2020, enabling even more South African businesses to access its credit facility to support their renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. This extension comes as the economy is facing tough times and will bring much required funding and support to developers of green projects. Developed by the French Development Agency (AFD), the SUNREF programme provides a credit line to its partner bank IDC while technical assistance is provided by SANEDI (The South African National Energy and Development Institute) through the SUNREF Technical Assistance Facility.  The credit line is a debt…


LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS: A BLIGHT FOR SA METAL PACKAGING INDUSTRY

LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS: A BLIGHT FOR SA METAL PACKAGING INDUSTRY
Prior to the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, started on 27 March 2020, the country’s collection and recovery rate of post-consumer metal packaging (aluminium and tinplate) was estimated at an impressive 75.8%, as reported by BMi Research. The national five-week lockdown constrained the usual material recovery processes and MetPac-SA projects that this will certainly impact on the recovery rates, not only of metal packaging but of post-consumer packaging material in general, in the 2020 manufacturing year. “Although recyclable waste was still collected out of some neighbourhoods during Level 5 of the lockdown, waste management companies, scrap merchants and organisations such as Collect-a-Can were unable…


Opinion piece: Don't get complacent - level four is far from home safe

Opinion piece: Don't get complacent - level four is far from home safe
Burt Rodrigues, CEO of  Biodx shares his insights into level four lockdown and what that means.  “If you were out on the streets on May 1st you probably saw lots of happy people riding bikes, running and walking with their eager dogs, freed from their homes after over a month of lockdown. Many would have been wearing masks and those that didn’t were duly given dirty looks. “As we saw in photos taken around the country, especially in popular areas like Cape Town’s Sea Point Promenade, people thronged to the area making social distancing almost impossible. On the same day malls…


SAPPMA WELCOMES BT-INDUSTRIAL AS MEMBERS 

: Kgomotso Maphai, Executive - Marketing, Sales & Logistics at BT Industrial
Johannesburg, 30 April 2020.  The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) is proud to welcome BT-Industrial (BTI) who has signed up recently as a member.  The BT Industrial Group consists of three specialised business units, i.e. a professional services division that focuses on project management, quantity surveying and engineering solutions; a strategic investment unit that provides weather risk management solution into Africa; and a business division that includes specialised procurement and its successful pipe manufacturing and installations unit. According to Kgomotso Maphai, BTI’s Executive in charge of marketing, sales and logistics, the company made the decision to start manufacturing its…


Water and energy sector talks next week at Virtual African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa

Unique, live discussions to learn, connect and engage
Unique, live discussions to learn, connect and engage “A shift in resources allocation towards the health sector to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic is going to starve other sectors like the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector of much needed financing,” says Paul Yillia, award-winning water sector expert. “Often WASH is treated independently from the health sector,” he adds, “and given the importance of WASH in preventing the spread of COVID-19, I think this is an opportunity and actually a need for authorities to consider WASH as an essential enabler to the public health measures that are being considered and…


SANEDI warns against higher energy use to avoid blackouts as the economy starts to unlock

SANEDI warns against higher energy use to avoid blackouts as the economy starts to unlock
SANEDI (South African National Energy Development Institute) is urging South Africans to use energy sparingly as the country enters Stage 4 of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions that will see a gradual increase in demand, particularly in the mining industry and other companies that will be starting to operate.  Across the globe, electricity demand has due to lockdown and confinement measures declined by an estimated 15 percent.  In South Africa, the lockdown has led to a drop of 30 percent in energy demand (7500 MW a day) as energy-intensive mining and manufacturing industries, which account for about 60% of national consumption,…


DOW JOINS HANDS WITH PLASTICS SA TO ENSURE CLEAN HANDS IN CAPE TOWN’S MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES

Butterfly Project
Cape Town, 23 April  2020. Social distancing and good hygiene are two practices that are at the centre of the fight against COVID-19. Thousands of people living in Cape Town’s poorer communities and townships, however, do not have access to clean, running water in their homes in order to regularly wash their hands. In an effort to reduce the risk of cross infection in the Mother City’s most vulnerable communities, Dow Southern Africa partnered with Plastics|SA and the Justice Coalition last week to distribute 20 liter PacXpert plastics pouches -  lightweight, refillable bags, containing soapy water - to COVID-19 action…


PLASTICS INDUSTRY SHOWS ITS SUPPORT FOR WASTE PICKERS DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

Anton Hanekom, Executive Director of Plastics SA.
Johannesburg, April 20, 2020.  South Africa has close to 60 000 waste pickers who play a substantial role in the country’s waste management industry. As part of the country’s informal waste sector, they help recover recyclables from household waste streams, as well as waste materials sent to landfill sites. With the country in a national lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, these waste reclaimers suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves unable to put food on the table due to the fact that economic activity was limited to essential food and health products or services only.  “It became clear that South Africa…


Opinion piece: Phased lockdown - will our staff be safe?

Opinion piece: Phased lockdown - will our staff be safe?
PHASED END OF LOCKDOWN – WILL OUR STAFF BE SAFE?  Burt Rodrigues, CEO of  Biodx shares his insights into going back to work post lockdown“As we collectively held our breath awaiting President Ramaphosa’s mammoth decision as to whether to release South Africa from its extended lockdown on April 30th, there are questions weighing heavily on government departments, medical institutions and the corporate world. Whilst this period has certainly had an effect on the numbers of reported cases and given us time to put plans in place, are we really ready to go back to work, even in a risk adjusted, phased…


CleanCitySA launches a civil society campaign to keep Johannesburg from getting trashed.

We are pleased to announce that CleanCitySA, a registered non-profit company, has launched a civil society campaign to unite the citizens of Johannesburg in working towards a common goal of restoring the City to its former glory. The campaign has been launched through all CleanCitySA electronic platforms today.  We believe that by cleaning up the Johannesburg inner city, one street at a time, and educating citizens about the implications of litter to human health, safety, welfare and the environment, we can make this dream a reality. With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, cleaner environments where we live, work and…