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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…
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…
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…
Thursday, 07 May 2020 14:10

SAPPMA WELCOMES BT-INDUSTRIAL AS MEMBERS 

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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;…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Wednesday, 22 April 2020 13:11

EARTH DAY IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

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Burt Rodrigues CEO of Biodx comments “If we look at the majority of articles written around Earth Day 2019 we see headlines with the words, ‘earth’s destruction, monumental pollution, global warming destroys natural habitats, animals disappearing from their natural habitats, fish stocks diminishing from oceans…’ and more of the same.…
Tuesday, 21 April 2020 16:46

Poverty, Food Insecurity and Covid-19

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Food security has long been a severe global problem. Covid-19 has dramatically exacerbated the challenge. Currently,  one in every nine people does not have enough to eat, and 113 million are coping with hunger so severe that it poses an immediate threat to life and livelihoods. The coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact…

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