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Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment
Published: 19 Jan 18
The latest plastics recycling figures released by industry body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) indicate that South Africans are recycling more plastics than before, which bodes well for local environmental sustainability.
Mitigating plastic’s negative public image  Mitigating plastic’s negative public image
Published: 19 Jan 18
Continued local and international pressure to ban plastic bags and other single-use plastics, as cited in the media and social media, is at an all-time high, says plastic industry representative body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA).
UK announces further funding for small modular nuclear reactor programme
Published: 19 Jan 18
The British government last month announced the next phase in its programme of funding the development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs), which forms part of a larger programme to develop the nuclear technology and energy sector in the UK. This phase will see Westminster awarding up to £56-million in research and development (R&D) funding for advanced modular reactor (AMR) designs, from around the world, over the next three years. (The first phase of what was designated the SMR competition ran for 18 months and was concluded last year.)
Hammerhead benefits  in replacing Gauteng’s  ageing pipelines Hammerhead benefits in replacing Gauteng’s ageing pipelines
Published: 19 Jan 18
Aging water infrastructure in cities throughout Gauteng is leading to a loss of millions of litres of potable water, while sewerage leaks silently contaminate the province’s waterways and ground water. With thousands of pipelines already well over the 50-year mark and equally many over 100 years old, failures are becoming common-place and companies such as specialised pipe-laying company Brakpan-based Gokor Construction are increasingly being called to find ways of replacing the pipes under layers of underground infrastructure and below houses, hospitals, roadways and buildings.
$324m for Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire renewables projects
Published: 19 Jan 18
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $324-million in loan support to two renewable energy projects in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire that are expected to significantly increase power supplies and boost economic growth in those countries.
Africa, and other regions, seen benefiting from China-driven One Belt, One Road superproject
Published: 19 Jan 18
The China-driven superproject, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a conceptual redevelopment of the ancient global tradeways of the Silk Road, aims to link the heartlands of countries by land, sea and air routes, says Renmin University School of International Studies Professor Wang Yiwei. Starting with the Chinese heartland provinces, the initiative intends to spearhead development through the largest landlocked country Kazakhstan and then on towards Russia and Europe, as well as to India, the Middle East and Africa, and along existing regional air and sea trade routes in Asia, he says.
New report names WBHO’s Australian unit the country’s ‘most active’ construction firm
Published: 19 Jan 18
Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) Australian subsidiary, Probuild, has been named the most active construction company in the country by the Australian Housing Industry Association Construction 100 Report. Probuild has jumped from fifth place last year to top spot, in terms of work procured.
Guidance note on support for off-grid renewable energy launched
Published: 19 Jan 18
The first edition of the Off-Grid Government-Industry Dialogue (OGID) Day – which took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire during October – resulted in the launch of a guidance note for governments. The note aims to share recommendations for policymakers about how they can support the off-grid renewable-energy sector in bringing reliable access to clean energy to millions of households and businesses.
National nanotechnology centre developing prototypes, commercialising technologies
Published: 19 Jan 18
The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research plans to commission its third pilot plant during the course of this year (2018). The centre’s current two pilot plants were both brought into operation in the middle of 2016. One of these is being used for nanocomposites programmes and the other for nanoparticles programmes.
Top UK group, varsity unveil radical flight control technology demonstrator UAV
Published: 19 Jan 18
British aerospace, defence, security and shipbuilding group BAE Systems and the University of Manchester unveiled their joint Magma experimental jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programme in the middle of last month. They announced that the Magma had successfully completed its first phase of flight trials.
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