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Health and Safety

Health unit established for the Bafokeng

By: Nicola Mawson     24th September 2004 A joint initiative between the corporate sector, the academic sector and the community has resulted in the Bafokeng nation, in Phokeng in the North West Province, benefiting from a mobile health education unit. 

Pretoria faces a scourge of mall disasters

By: Nicola Mawson     24th September 2004 The recent collapse of a mall in Centurion, where a concrete slab in a parking lot under construction killed a construction worker, has again alarmed the civil-engineering industry. 

Petrochemical accident inquiry is continuing

By: Nicola Mawson     24th September 2004 The gas explosion at Sasol’s Secunda plant at the beginning of September is only the latest in a wave of explosions that have claimed lives this year. 

Linbro is security company's park-of-choice

By: renay de     24th September 2004 One of the companies located in Galaxy Park, which is one of the parks situated within the Linbro Business Park, in Sandton, is Honeywell Security. 

African mobile subscriber market expected to double

By: elizabeth rebelo     17th September 2004 By the end of 2007, the sub-Saharan African mobile subscriber market will more than double, from 40-million subscribers to some 95-million subscribers. 

Automotive group implements HIV/Aids programme

17th September 2004 Automotive group Ford's RoCam engine plant in Port Elizabeth has been running one of the first 24-hour HIV/Aids awareness programmes in the country. 

Guarding against a false sense of security created by car guards

By: Kelvin Kemm     17th September 2004 I regularly mention systems because virtually everything in life is part of a system, and before one fiddles with some bit of the system it is advisable to at least have some idea of what the system as a whole is all about otherwise you could end up in trouble. 

Call for formal enquiry into Sasol disaster

16th September 2004 Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has called for a formal enquiry into the explosion that has killed nine people at Sasol's plant in Secunda almost two weeks ago. 

Groundbreaking health TV channel launched

By: jenny furness     13th September 2004 A national health educational television channel, called Mindset Health, the first of its kind in Africa, was launched on Friday in Johannesburg by the Minister of Health, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. 

Biotech giant moves to dispel GMO myths

By: Zonika Botha     10th September 2004 Biotechnology and genetically-modified foodstuffs are controversial topics, often conjuring up images of so-called ‘Frankenstein’ foods. 

Diode-based laser clinical trials advance

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     10th September 2004 A diode-based laser system developed for the treatment of glaucoma by a Pretoria high-tech company is now in the eighth month of clinical trials, but whether the results are satisfactory will only be known at the end of the 12 months to 18 months trial period. 

Logistics firm gets HIV/Aids management certification

10th September 2004 Logistics firm Universal Product Networks (UPN), a subsidiary of Woolworths, has become the first company internationally to receive AMS 16001 certification - in support of Woolworths' aim to create a nondiscriminatory supportive environment that minimises the impact of HIV/Aids on employees and... 

Electromagnetic measurement now more affordable

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd September 2004 Over the past few years, the electromagnetic measuring principle has established itself as the first-choice solution where the flow of aqueous media had to be determined in a precise manner. 

Safety hinge suitable for many industries

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd September 2004 Hinged machinery guards and covers as well as safety fence doors may be found in many industry. 

Domestic control units improve security

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd September 2004 Audio and video door-entry control kits manufactured by Legrand are effective security devices, designed to enhance safety and provide peace-of-mind in almost any application. 

HIV/Aids toolkit for workplace launched

By: jenny furness     31st August 2004 At the launch of Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever’s new brand and mission at Constitution Hill yesterday, Deputy President Jacob Zuma and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) business leader Reuel Khoza accepted, on behalf of the continent, a box containing... 

Wellness centres roll out

By: Nicola Mawson     27th August 2004 The ninth wellness centre aimed at preventing the spread of HIV/Aids among truck drivers is due to open before year-end. 

Electrical contractors in battle with State over certificates

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2004 The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), representing about 2 500 electrical contractors, is taking legal action against the Department of Labour (DoL) over the policing of the system of Electrical Certificates of Compliance (CoCs). 

At last, rail safety gets a champion

6th August 2004 If South Africa and Africa hope to make rail the transport-mode of choice for freight and passengers, then much more attention will have to be given to the issue of safety. 

Tripartite effort needed to fight healthcare crisis

By: Jill Stanford     4th August 2004 Co-operation between the private sector, labour and the public sector can provide relief to South Africa’s reeling public health system. 

Surveillance system installed at Cape prison

4th August 2004 As part of a general upgrading of the Goodwood Prison at Cape Town, CCTV surveillance technology specialist Thales Advanced Engineering won a contract worth R750 000 to manufacture a digital on-line surveillance system using a total of 112 cameras. 

Car safety moving from passive to active . . .

By: Keith Campbell     30th July 2004 THE future focus of automotive manufacturers with regard to safety will be on the development of active systems, which will be developed, hopefully, within a framework of globally-standardised safety regulations. 

. . . while intelligent-guidance systems are promoted for trucks

By: Keith Campbell     30th July 2004 THE global trend of increasing road congestion will require more intelligent guidance of vehicles. 

EU helps boost SA's Aids-research effort

27th July 2004 A European Union body will donate about R4.2 billion to the South African Medical Research Council to help combat HIV/Aids, the MRC said on Monday. 

The Olympic fleet: An exercise in logistics

By: Karel Smrcka     23rd July 2004 Athens is in gridlock. The daily traffic chaos is as common as gyros and retsina wine. 

‘Construction industry remains apathetic to Aids threat’

21st July 2004 Drawing from data gathered from 565 participants during a series of more than 40 national multistakeholder workshops and seminars, 300 workers in the Western and Eastern Cape provinces, and 400 workers in Namibia, Dr Theo Haupt, at Peninsula Technikon, and Prof John Smallwood, at the University... 

SA’s response to TB to be scaled up

13th July 2004 The ancient plague of Tuberculosis (TB) continues to needlessly kill thousands of South Africans every year, and the National Tuberculosis Control Programme of the Department of Health is embarking on a partnership-strengthening exercise aimed at scaling up societal support for the fight against TB. 

Mining entrepreneurs develop interactive program

By: Deborah Spicer     9th July 2004 Following a fatal accident at one of the platinum mines in the Lebowa Platinum area late last year, Simulated Training Solutions (STS) developed a personal computer (PC)-based program in the form of an interactive game format, to assist with minimising accidents and fatalities within the mining... 

First Word

By: Helene Le Roux     9th July 2004 Stop the killing.?If the national news broadcast were to show a person wearing a placard with these words around his neck for five seconds, without putting the event into context, what would most viewers think about? 

Time to tackle the not-so-sound sound engineers

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th June 2004 Very often I am asked: “So . . . you’re a sound engineer, huh ?“ 

Concerns raised over SA's electrical certificates

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2004 Estimates from various stakeholders on the number of electrical certificates of compliance (CoCs) issued by electrical contractors in South Africa without sufficient inspection, or even fraudulently, range from one in a hundred, to ninty-nine in a hundred. 

Safe as houses

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2004 Are electrical certificates worth the paper they are printed on? 

Building supplier wants urgent asbestos ban as imports begin to hurt

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2004 Building products supplier Everite wants the process to ban asbestos in South Africa to progress decidedly faster, especially as it believes the importation of asbestos products is currently hurting its market position. 

Roy Richmond, Vitamin Laboratories

By: Laura Franz     4th June 2004 Full name: Roy Kenneth Richmond Position: Founder Vitamin Laboratories (with the brand Perc), 1999 Main activity of the company: Manufacturer and supplier of natural health products (nutraceuticals) Date and place of birth: March 14, 1959, Cape Town Education: De Villiers Graaf High School,... 

SA’s ageing switchgear in dire need of replacement

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th June 2004 This week …switchgear, but, first, some basic explanations. 

Growing international demand for local armoured vehicles

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2004 There are a few things South Africans have a good international reputation for, and security and protection are some of them. 

Constructor launches Aids programme

1st June 2004 Construction group Rainbow Construction has launched a workplace Aids programme to address the needs of all staff members who may be infected and affected by the pandemic and to minimise the impact of the disease on the company and its stakeholders. 

New hospital planned for Ballito

28th May 2004 One of KwaZulu-Natal’s fastest growing areas, Ballito, is to get a new multi-million rand hospital located adjacent to Seaforth College and overlooking the Zimbali golf course. 

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