Fox Civil & Environmental Engineers responds to the threat of COVID -19

A message from CEO of Fox Civil & Environmental Engineers Pty Ltd, Russel Meintjies:

The Coronavirus has already drastically changed our daily lives, at home and at work. We sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are doing well.

At Fox Civil & Environmental Engineers Pty Ltd the health and wellbeing of our colleagues, clients, partners and their families is our main priority.

Following the decision of our Government to implement a national 21-day lockdown, we are closing all of our offices in South Africa from Friday, 27 March until the end of the lockdown period. We fully support the President’s decision to do everything possible to reduce the impact of the coronavirus on the people of South Africa, and we must all play our part in this.

Our business continues as our teams are fully equipped to use digital platforms for communication and collaboration in projects.

We are ready to support our clients and partners in this tough time. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

Stay well and stay strong,

Russel Meintjies
CEO, Fox Civil & Environmental Engineers Pty Ltd

Waste generation likely to increase during national lockdown

Waste generation at households is expected to increase as South Africans prepare to stay indoors for the next three weeks, the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) said on March 25. Owing to this, the institute said it supported the continuation of waste collection, processing and effective disposal during the national lockdown period in order to ensure communities remain clean and healthy.

Source: Waste generation likely to increase during national lockdown

Water ‘crisis’ needs private-sector intervention

It is essential for the private sector to proactively contribute more towards the upliftment of water infrastructure and services in South Africa, said water engineering company Talbot economist Mike Smith and Talbot strategic director Helen Hulett during a seminar on South Africa’s water “crisis”, held in Sandton, last month. Smith said that, without urgent intervention, water-shedding was likely to flank load-shedding in the near future – further deterring foreign and local investment in the country.

Source: Water ‘crisis’ needs private-sector intervention

Climate change might hit the economy harder, faster than thought

The economic effects of global warming may arrive sooner and with a bigger impact than previously thought, according to Oxford Economics in a report that compares recent scientific research with the economic literature on the costs of climate change. In the absence of efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the earth could warm by 2 °C by 2050, cutting global gross domestic product by 2.5% to 7.5%, Oxford estimates, with the worst affected countries being in Africa and Asia. Longer term, a rise in temperatures of 4 °C by 2100 could cut output by as much as 30%.

Source: Climate change might hit the economy harder, faster than thought

Opinion: How should SA’s gas infrastructure be configured for a least-cost power system?

As outlined in the previous Transition Talk column (see Engineering News July 12–18, page 51), while gas will become more important in South Africa’s future electricity system, its role should not be overstated. Even in the absence of other flexibility options – such as batteries, pumped-hydro schemes, demand shifting, biogas, or the more flexible use of the existing coal fleet – only a relatively modest amount of gas will be needed to balance a system in which the penetration of variable …
Source: Opinion: How should SA’s gas infrastructure be configured for a least-cost power system?