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Tracy Hancock

Tracy Hancock

Tracy Hancock is Creamer Media Contributing Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Industry body submits plastic-waste guidelines to govt

25th September 2020 South African plastics industry representative Plastics SA along with industry body Packaging SA and producer responsibility organisations (PROs) of various packaging waste streams submitted guidelines to government last month following the publication of draft Extended Producer Responsibility... 

South Africa should ramp up e-waste recycling

25th September 2020 The level of e-waste recycling in South Africa is extremely low. While 6 kg/y to 7 kg/y of e-waste is generated for every South African citizen only 360 000 t/y of e-waste is placed on the market. Only 7% to 12% of the total volume is being recycled formally. This percentage could be doubled when... 

IS programme gaining momentum

25th September 2020 The Industrial Symbiosis (IS) programme of the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), a division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, will play a significant role in helping the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) meet South Africa’s... 

Green hydrogen requires renewable projects separate from the grid

18th September 2020 There should be a clear distinction between renewable-energy projects for the grid under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and renewable-energy projects for the production of green hydrogen, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)... 

Hydrogen filling stations brought to African market

18th September 2020 Pressure equipment specialist Superior Pressure Solutions (Spress) has introduced hydrogen technology from German high-pressure systems supplier Maximator to the African market, offering local service and maintenance support by its technicians. Maximator is one of the world leaders in hydrogen... 

Local green methanol synthesis making headway

18th September 2020 The Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Infrastructure Centre of Competence (CoC), co-hosted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and North-West University, is designing a multi-litre-scale green methanol production unit that will be fabricated next year. HySA Infrastructure is... 

Backsaver Farming Equipment is helping plant crops across Africa

7th September 2020 Free State farmer and inventor Michris Janse van Rensburg has supplied hand planters to more than 10 000 farmers across Africa to date and intends to become the John Deere of small-scale farmers. “I have grown my planter product range, which started with a hand maize precision planter, to include... 

Rolling ahead with railway wheel repairs

4th September 2020 Rail components manufacturer Bakara Engineering has completed repairs to railway wheels for a private rail operator and is working on a similar project for Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), Bakara technical manager Reg Taylor tells Engineering News. Appointed by the private rail... 

Council adapting to Covid-19 chokehold

4th September 2020 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) is adopting new technological solutions to meet its goals of growing its membership and exports this year despite the Covid-19 outbreak, says SACEEC chairperson Benny Jiyane. Amid the pandemic, six new members have joined SACEEC, which... 

HVAC specialist launches new tech

4th September 2020 Three prototypes of a new modular mobile cool-air-drying system for agricultural use will be launched at the end of this year by Pretoria-headquartered multidisciplinary engineering company Specialist Mechanical Engineers (SME). The development of the system is in line with SME’s strategy to... 

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