A type of charcoal made from eucalyptus trees could provide the solution to South Africa's polluted water.
A University of Stellenbosch academic is developing a low-cost, low-tech water purification system with the charcoal, which will remove organic compounds from waste water in urban areas, the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security said on Monday.
The charcoal, called biochar, could remove organic, some inorganic, and microbiological contaminants from water.
Professor Gunnar Sigge and collaborators at the Universities of Venda and Pretoria developed the purification system.
Sigge and colleagues tested different types of biochar made of pine and eucalyptus to maximize the amount of pollutants removed from the water. Of the two tree species tested, eucalyptus provided the best biochar.
"This filtration method could benefit subsistence farmers. And, with further development, eucalyptus biochar could be used to remove organic pollutants from wastewaters produced by wineries and the food industry."
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The team working on Employment for Stability project held its last workshop on July 5th, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to share the most recent results produced by the multidisciplinary research team. The objective was to share lessons and discuss the results of the research with policy makers, academics, researchers, UN and international organizations’ experts and private sector stakeholders. It was hoped that the substance of these discussions would be used to inform the development of the final report. A total of 31 people attended the half-day workshop.
The workshop program, prepared and presented by the researchers, included 3 presentations of 15–30 minutes duration, which described the evidence from six African countries on the relationship between economic opportunity and stability, the case of Rwanda as an example, and the potential roles for strategic engagement nationally, regionally and internationally to improve both development and stability.
French auto manufacturer, Peugeot, officially returns to Kenya to begin the assembling of its vehicles, President Uhuru Kenyatta disclosed on Saturday.
The Peugeot Group will team up with Urysia, a local agent for the brand, to assemble its vehicles in the country. This was contained in an assembly licence agreement signed by both parties at the presidency.
The president said he was happy by the momentum that Kenya was driving with respect to the motor vehicle sector. “The investment signed today by the Peugeot Group to locally assemble motor vehicles in our country at a plant which will be announced in due course is most welcome,” he said.
My government will continue to enforce the Buy Kenya Build Kenya policy to support companies and businesses that produce in Kenya. We hope to see many Peugeot cars on our roads going forward - all of them built right here in Kenya, by Kenyans, for Kenyans and the region.
Peugeot becomes the second major auto maker to open an assembly plant in the country after German car maker Volkswagen late last year opened the Thika plant to assemble vehicles locally.
The president whiles lauding the initiative also emphasized that his government will continue to enforce policies that create jobs and also protect Kenyan businesses.
“My government will continue to enforce the Buy Kenya Build Kenya policy to support companies and businesses that produce in Kenya. We hope to see many Peugeot cars on our roads going forward – all of them built right here in Kenya, by Kenyans, for Kenyans and the region,” he added.
At the same event, the government signed a $180 million agreement with the French government to build the Ruiru II Dam and water supply project, as part of a long term mutual relationship between the two countries.
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban
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On June 13, two weeks before the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, the African Union announced a new “single African passport.”
Join PACCI, the AU Commission and Africa’s private sector representatives to discuss on the changing nature of trade and find out how your business can identify opportunities and connect to the new continental network being created.
Ethiopian Airlines (ET) is pleased to be recognized as the Official carrier for the African Prosperity Conference scheduled for November 10 - 12, 2015, in Victoria, Seychelles.