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The pursuit of a cleaner and greener environment

  An organisation in South Africa might not be hogging the limelight in the press, but it is making a huge difference relative to its resources, through initiatives aimed at making the world “greener” and “cleaner”. Bophelo JV Primary Cooperative epitomises that, with determination, focus and vision, climate change can be managed. The organisation’s forte […]

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A proudly South African story: the world’s first waste-heat-to-electricity plant

They say necessity is the mother of invention. And it is the need for a reliable electricity supply that drove Anglo American Platinum to develop South Africa’s thermal harvesting plant which generates 4.3 MW from waste heat. After noticing that Eskom was dillydallying to conclude its megaprojects and was not instilling confidence amongst mining investors […]

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Compressed natural gas could reduce public transport costs

The country’s taxi associations never pass the reduction in the price of liquefied fuel that are announced on to the consumer, under the pretext of bearing high operating costs. But a local company, GNV, a compressed natural gas (CNG) company, has broached a proposal to taxi owners countrywide to save costs by converting from petrol […]

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2015 The DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards (FEA): accolades for the cream of the crop

The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries’ (DAFF) the Female Entreprenuer Awards (FEA) are clearly growing in leaps and bounds. The 2015 awards are a notch above the previous years’ judging from the calibre of the names that made the cut. The 2015/16 Overall Winner was Julia Shungube from Mpumalanga, who will hold the position […]

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South Africa pioneers a “game-changing” portable solar device

Is this what South Africans want to hear at the time when they are not even guaranteed a steady supply of electricity? Hopefully so. In certainly a world first, a team of enterprising South African scientists have pioneered solar technology has raised hope that there is a sustainable solution to the current power crisis that […]

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You can recycle your way out of joblessness

The 2015 25% unemployment statistic – a 12 year high thus far – should act as a fillip to the country’s citizens to think “outside the box”. And one of the best ways in which this challenge can be addressed is through the recycling industry, which is a “significant growth enabler”, says John Hunt, Mpact […]

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Potential business in fuel cell electrification for informal settlements

While the country is expecting Eskom to ‘perform miracles’ and provide sufficient electricity and light up every household, the reality is that the parastatal’s capacity’s won’t just allow. And a feasible growth area that investors could explore is full cell technology. This is the view that Serame Moeketsi from the Department of Energy expressed at […]

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R17bn worth of jobs condemned to landfills, as unemployment soars

At the time its unemployment figures are skyrocketting, South Africa is literally dumping a potential job creator into landfills. Prof. Linda Godfrey, a principal researcher of the CSIR, shared this information during Plastics|SA’s African Marine Debris Summit, which Transform SA Online attended. Sharing information on the possible impacts of bio-plastics on South Africa’s waste and […]

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Competition provides glimpse into the future of electric car

Arguably, out of the recently concluded small business competition, Growth Television Series, whose final was held in Sandton, Johannesbur,g what impressed the Transform SA team the most, in spite of other enterprising winners. was the partnership between GridCars and BMW in the innovation category. Standard Bank is competition’s sponsor. in a cutting edge development, GridCars’ […]

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Calgro aims to go completely off-Eskom’s grid

  In a first for South Africa, Calgro M3 is soon to launch a subsidiary that will operate completely off the national electricity grid, by generating its own renewable energy to run all aspects of the business, including that subsidiary’s administration office. “We believe that in this era of tight electricity supply, any move to […]

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