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Health and Safety

Products to keep welders safe and healthy

By: Jade Davenport     17th June 2005 Health and safety has become a key concern in the South African mining, petrochemical and manufacturing industries in recent years and, in particular, the health and safety of welders in these key sectors has recently received more attention as welding represents a significant percentage of... 

Gauteng prepares R17bn infrastructure roll-out

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th June 2005 South Africa’s wealthiest province Gauteng believes public investment in infrastructure will be a key contributor to economic growth, job creation and in improving social conditions as well as to bridging the gap between South Africa’s first and second economies. 

New year bodes well for marine company

10th June 2005 Only six months into the year and already DCD-Dorbyl Marine has successfully completed several ship-repair projects, which include extensive fabrications and seven main ship-repair projects. 

Specialised services are in great demand

10th June 2005 An upturn of activity in the Southern African offshore oil and gas industry has increased demand for specialised offshore services that are essential to the overall safety and integrity of operations. 

R9,8-billion football feast spin-off

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th June 2005 The total expected spectator spend for the soccer World Cup 2010 is estimated to be R9,8-billion, says the CEO for the organising committee of the event Danny Jordaan. 

Motor-control centre modified to meet market demands

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 Leading manufacturer and supplier of low-and-medium voltage motor-control systems CHI Control, which is part of the Alstom SA group of companies, has found it necessary to modify its motor control centre (MCC) product range in order to meet the demands of the local market. 

Stadiums for Africa with a French flair

By: abdul cook     6th May 2005 Johannesburg-based Ing 

Security firm’s holding company to acquire software developer

6th May 2005 US-based United Technologies Corporation has announced plans to acquire Lenel Systems International, a leader in the development and delivery of scalable, integrated security software systems and business solutions targeted at the commercial and government security market. 

SA and US sign joint HIV/Aids research agreement

27th April 2005 US Ambassador Jendayi Frazer and South African Minister of Defence Mosiuoa Lekota yesterday signed a joint research arrangement to further advance Project Phidisa, a US-South Africa collaboration that is helping to develop biomedical research capacity in the South Africa Military Health Service... 

Africa still suffering serious malaria scourge

25th April 2005 The World Bank yesterday marked Africa Malaria Day with the launch of a new global approach to help developing countries make faster progress in their fight against malaria. 

Fluorescent step-nosings promote mine safety

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 Industrial flooring company Toughflex Polymer Systems has, over the past five years, been introducing a new concept in 

Online process sulphur analyser new to SA

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Three analysers that can accurately measure and analyse information in the chemical and petrochemicals industries have been introduced by OEN Enterprises. 

Software package improves operations at refineries

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 An innovative means to unify all of AspenTech’s products and capabilities into a single cohesive system was introduced late last year by the company. 

R30-million water upgrading plant for refinery

25th March 2005 A leading water and energy solutions company in Southern Africa, ImproChem, has started construction of a R30-million wastewater upgrading facility at Caltex Refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town. 

Toxicity-testing device to target mining sector

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 A new field-based method to measure toxicity was introduced to South Africa earlier this month. 

Petrochemical project for welding machine specialist

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Fabinox Projects is taking delivery of three more Orbital welding machines, increasing its total Orbital equipment to seven. 

Safety body confirms commercial-division sale

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2005 The National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) has announced the takeover of its commercial division, Nosa International. 

Boiler explosion case nears conclusion

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2005 The court case arising from the 2001 incident in which a boiler exploded at the Barberton town prison, killing two warders and injuring three prisoners, is coming to a close. 

Police close in on missing Injaka dossier

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2005 The South African Police Service (SAPS) is ‘hot on the trail’ of the missing Injaka dossier. 

Business backing for Africa's first hand-surgery unit

By: Zonika Botha     25th February 2005 Construction of Africa’s first stand-alone hand surgery complex at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (CHB), in Soweto, began a month ago, and should, if all goes well, be completed by the mid-July, reports CHB superintendent Dr Pungi Lingham. 

26 years of supplying high-performance batteries

25th February 2005 Established in 1979, Aztec Electronics supplies high-performance batteries and related components to the defence industry. 

Use of contractors under scrutiny

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2005 Trade union Solidarity has broadened its criticism of petrochemicals giant Sasol’s use of contractors to include South Africa’s chemical and petrochemical industry. 

United effort vital in Aids fight

By: Helene Le Roux     25th February 2005 In high prevalence areas, such as South Africa, HIV/Aids is exacting a significant toll on the employees and markets of businesses.?In an effort to fight the disease on as many fronts as possible, a conference, which brought together African business coalitions, government and other stakeholders,... 

New gadget to tackle indoor oxygen deficiency

By: Liezel Hill     18th February 2005 Modern society suffers from a chronic lack of oxygen, and global-scale causes such as the disappearance of forests and vegetation and raised air-pollution levels are exacerbated by poor ventilation in houses and workplaces. 

Delivering drugs to the cochlea, and taking on other medical challenges

By: Karel Smrcka     18th February 2005 Hearing problems afflict almost one in five of the world population. 

Skills, safety, charter priorities for civil engineering

By: Keith Campbell     18th February 2005 THE single biggest challenge facing South African civil engineering over the next ten years will be a shortage of skilled personnel. 

Innovations in heating for upmarket apartment building

By: Liezel Hill     18th February 2005 Heating specialist Bartec is installing a hot-water reticulation system at the exclusive apartments being constructed at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg. 

New cranes reduce erection to five minute operation

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 A new self-erecting crane range has been introduced in South Africa by SA French. 

Construction of R60m Free State bridge to start next year

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Construction of a new bridge over the Caledon river at Wepener, in the Free State, will begin early next year. 

Consultancy lands chrome-mine job

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Gauteng-based TWP Consulting has been commissioned to design and manage the construction of a new underground chrome-mine. 

Rand, interest rates fuel property market

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Low interest rates and the strong rand have done much to create a buoyant property market in South Africa, leading to a multiplicity of commercial developments, says LC Consulting director John Truter. 

Why engineering collapses occur

18th February 2005 Contrary to popular belief, engineering collapses are not generally attributable to one clear-cut cause, but to a combination of various aspects of the design and construction and a final circumstance that “breaks the camel’s back”. 

Sustainability should be the aim of emerging contractors

18th February 2005 Emerging contractor Jacob Letsebe believes that standard of work, conduct on site – and sustainability – are vital qualities emerging contractors should aim for. 

Sasol defends safety record, union still worried

By: Martin Czernowalow     10th February 2005 Following a spate of fatalities and injuries at several of South African petrochemicals giant Sasol's operations recently, chief executive Pieter Cox yesterday vehemently defended the group's safety record and highlighted efforts to further improve occupational safety standards. 

Now cameras also fight crime in Tshwane

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2005 The Tshwane metropolitan council in December launched the first phase of a city surveillance programme, following in the footsteps of Cape Town and Johannesburg that already have cameras operational in strategic areas. 

Cessna introduces advanced aircraft

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Rated as the largest manufacturer of aviation equipment in units sold, Cessna, whose franchise in South Africa is held by Comair, is growing rapidly. 

Aircraft sales soar as rand strength continues

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 With the South African economy booming and the rand remaining strong, aircraft sales have been buoyant, says National Airways and Finance Corporation (NAC) executive director Graeme Conlyn. 

Attack choppe's enviro-control system being upgraded

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Gauteng-based Booyco Engineering is upgrading the environmental-control system (ECS) of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) Rooivalk attack helicopter, in collaboration with Denel Aerospace. 

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