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Health and Safety

Biometrics at the crossroads

By: Karel Smrcka     23rd January 2004 When you think of biometrics – using a person’s unique, physical or behavioral characteristics for identification – it is hard not to conjure images from spy thrillers and science fiction. 

Microelectronics miracle: a prosthesis that restores vision

By: Karel Smrcka     16th January 2004 Millions of people have suffered a loss of eyesight due to degenerative retinal diseases. Researchers are developing an electronic sight prosthesis that provides some hope that people suffering from these diseases may one day regain partial sight. 

Sappi’s Enstra mill receives safety award

15th January 2004 South African coated fine paper producer Sappi’s Enstra mill, in Springs, has this week won the group’s 2003 Southern Africa Award for Safety Achievement, as a result of its strong focus on an all-inclusive safety planning and management strategy. 

First Word

By: Jill Stanford     12th December 2003 WORKING as a journalist I meet an array of colourful characters; most are friendly, some flamboyant, others just so; some are humble, others arrogant; some could talk the hind leg off a donkey and others make extracting a limpet off a rock seem like a walk in the park. 

Durban officials help extend US security zone

By: tom robbins     12th December 2003 Locally-based US customs officials are checking US-bound containers in Durban’s port for weapons of mass destruction, avoiding the need for officials in the US to screen them. 

Aids already affecting SA business – survey

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th December 2003 A survey conducted by the Bureau of Economic Research found that South African businesses are already being confronted by the effects of HIV/Aids, highlighting a need to speed up the sector’s response to the pandemic. 

Two ARV makers allow generic production in SA

11th December 2003 South Africa moved a step closer to bringing desperately needed Aids treatment to millions of its poor yesterday, after two drug giants said they would allow more cheap generic versions of patented drugs to be made. 

Tracking down food bugs by their fingerprints

By: Karel Smrcka     5th December 2003 In the future, microbes that contaminate food will be ‘fingerprinted’ as part of a novel way of curbing their antisocial behaviour. 

Denel launches employee wellness programme

2nd December 2003 With its sights on increasing participation in the global high technology aerospace and defence business, Denel has embarked on an integrated health management and employee well-being programme. 

R3,1bn deal to empower SA healthcare

By: Zonika Botha     28th November 2003 The decision by industrial giant African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) to sell its 68,1% share in its healthcare subsidiary Afrox Healthcare (AHealth) to a consortium of black empowered investors, known as Business Venture Investments Limited (Bidco), will help to introduce black-economic empowerment... 

‘Aids treatment budget sustainable’

By: Deborah Spicer     28th November 2003 The amount that government committed to antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the medium-term budget review is what it believes is sustainable, said Deputy Finance Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa at The Economist Conference, the day after the release of the budget. 

Where are the traffic cops when you need them?

By: Kelvin Kemm     28th November 2003 Here we go again, towards the Christmas traffic on our roads, and here I go again repeating my standard theme tune.?As each Christmas rush arrives the authorities send out messages like; “we will hammer the blazes out of you motorists if you don’t toe the line!” 

New on the safety and security front

By: Karel Smrcka     28th November 2003 A half-mask with a soft-fit sealing wall that will protect a wearer against a variety of harmful airborne particles has been marketed by a specialised UK company specialised Image Services (SIS) of Walsall, West Midlands. 

FMCG maker in maths and science education drive

By: candice haase     28th November 2003 Fast-moving consumer goods producer National Brands’ (NBL) first group of Grade 12 learners to emerge from a maths and science programme, run in association with Star Schools, were encouraged to begin applying to tertiary institutions and for bursaries last month. 

Beautiful Bid to host the Beautiful Game

By: Zonika Botha     21st November 2003 After losing out on the opportunity to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup by a single vote to Germany in 2000, South Africa again has the opportunity to stage the world’s biggest sporting event come 2010. 

R3,1bn ‘fair value’ BEE deal in healthcare sector

18th November 2003 Industrial giant African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) yesterday disclosed details of a R3,1-billion black economic empowerment (BEE) deal involving its healthcare subsidiary Afrox Healthcare (AHealth). 

Lula unveils African action plan

By: Keith Campbell     14th November 2003 BRAZIL could invest more than R1,2-billion in Africa between now and the end of 2006. 

SA to quadruple Aids spending

13th November 2003 South Africa is set to almost quadruple its spending on HIV/Aids, a move analysts said signalled a major shift in political will to fight a pandemic ravaging the country. 

US asbestos bill draws big lobby spending

12th November 2003 US businesses and insurers have spent millions of dollars lobbying on Capitol Hill this year for an asbestos litigation reform bill now locked in a stalemate, lobbying disclosure forms and spokespersons say. 

Students acknowledged for innovative projects

By: Jill Stanford     7th November 2003 THE 2003 Catalyst Innovation competition has been won by Manju Joshua from the Wits School of Process and Materials Engineering for her design of a fluidised bed reactor. 

Democracy’s children

By: Seeraj Mohamed     7th November 2003 As South Africa approaches its tenth year of democracy we take stock of the past decade. While reading a recently published review of the past decade, my thoughts drifted to Salman Rushdie’s excellent novel Midnight’s Children, which is about a group of children born during the first... 

Giants lead way in sustainability reporting

By: Deborah Spicer     7th November 2003 Mining company AngloGold, petrochemicals giant Sasol and financial services group African Bank Investment Limited were the three companies which special mention was made of in a KPMG analysis of integrated sustainability reporting in South Africa released last month. 

Big safety drive in construction as legislation tightens

By: nkolola halwindi     7th November 2003 The construction industry has increased its focus on health and safety issues to meet increasingly stricter legislation on the issues, reports construction and engineering legal consultant advocate Hendrik Terblanche. 

How vulnerable are SA’s industries to computer crime?

By: zeena isaacs     7th November 2003 Industrial security has become a significant issue in the past few years, due to the ease of hacking into systems through personal computers (PCs) and the Internet, Gartner vicepresident Dan Miklovic tells Engineering News. 

R40bn-worth of fraud, corruption and theft

By: zeena isaacs     7th November 2003 Commercial fraud, corruption and corporate theft consumes between 3% and 5% of company turnover, affecting 86% of South African business, and costing South Africa more than R40-billion a year, says Business Against Crime (BAC) GM Tom Bouwer. 

Security operator set for growth

By: zeena isaacs     7th November 2003 One of the leading security and related service operators in the world and the third largest in South Africa, Group 4 Falck, are well positioned to acquire substantial market share in the months ahead. 

Tamper-evident seal firm increases local production

By: zeena isaacs     7th November 2003 White-collar crime costs companies millions a year, impacting directly on the bottom line. 

GMO testing facility is underutilised

By: nkolola halwindi     31st October 2003 Despite the fact that a formal agreement linking Africa’s first testing facility for genetically-modified organisms (GMO) to an international organisation was signed at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein a few months ago, the facility has not been put to full use due to lack... 

US mercury-emission standards could poison African exports

By: Kelvin Kemm     31st October 2003 I was invited on a speaking tour of the US and it was most productive and interesting. As we head towards our summer and they head towards their winter, we are going to hear more about global warming, and the speculated disasters that it will bring. 

Education is a focal point for auto group

By: candice haase     31st October 2003 With South Africa’s unemployment figure hovering around 40%, BMW South Africa hopes to next year establish an entrepreneurial development programme to assist new graduates to create job opportunities for themselves. 

ABB to raise almost $4-billion

29th October 2003 ABB unveiled a radical recapitalisation plan yesterday designed to raise almost $4-billion, nearly doubling its share base and putting the indebted engineering group on a sound financial footing through 2006. 

SA hosts Unicef's first non-European disaster-relief hub

By: laurian clemence     22nd October 2003 The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has officially opened an emergency supply facility in Johannesburg, the first such facility to be opened outside of Europe. 

ABB says oil and gas unit sale still on track

22nd October 2003 Engineering firm ABB is holding tough negotiations over the sale price of its oil and gas unit, sources said yesterday, as ABB insisted the deal was will not be delayed by the unit's link to asbestos issues. 

Nosa gets global praise for Aids management standard

21st October 2003 Nosa’s Aids Management Standard, the AMS 16001 and AMS 16004 Audit Guidelines, have received an overwhelming reception among international organisations in Geneva. 

ABB welcomes US asbestos appeal date

20th October 2003 Swiss-Swedish engineering firm ABB welcomed news that a date for oral arguments in an appeal against the firm's $1,2-billion asbestos settlement in the US had been set for December 16. 

Cape set to become vaccine hub

By: Jill Stanford     17th October 2003 For many years South Africa has not had the capacity or infrastructure to finalise process development and manufacture vaccines, but this is set to change as a new biotechnology company establishes the infrastructure to begin manufacturing vaccines for clinical trial studies. 

R500m vaccine partnership launched

By: Jill Stanford     10th October 2003 A PUBLIC–private partnership (PPP) that is to re-establish a domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity has been launched in Cape Town by the Minister of Health Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. 

FirstRand unveils BEE procurement strategy

By: laurian clemence     10th October 2003 South African banking group FirstRand yesterday unveiled a black economic empowerment (BEE) procurement strategy in Midrand, alongside an exhibition of BEE companies involved in the initiative. 

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