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Health and Safety

Dewatering-wells project the biggest in Southern Africa

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 A joint venture between France-based Soletanche Bachy and Dura Piling, of Gauteng, constructed a single-phase self-hardening slurry cut-off wall and installed deep dewatering wellpoints and piezometers at the Port of Ngqura. 

Gauteng firm does several geotech probes at Coega

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Gauteng-based civil engineering consultancy Jones & Wagener has undertaken various geotechnical investigations for the new Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. 

Gigantic cranes deployed at construction site

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Hauler of large equipment and machinery Mammoet has supplied three cranes for the construction of two large breakwaters at the Port of Ngqura. 

Vaccine challenge

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2004 Broad-based partnership backs search for Aids Holy Grail 

Safety critical in design of maintenance products

19th November 2004 Equipment maker Bellambie Mining & Industrial director George McMaster says that safety is critical in the design of the company’s products used in maintenance procedures. 

’Tis the season to be speed-trapping

By: Kelvin Kemm     19th November 2004 We are approaching Christmas again and that means the season of turkey, Christmas pud and speed traps on the freeways. 

Africa must make big air-traffic control decisions

By: Keith Campbell     19th November 2004 IN the next couple of years the countries of Africa will have to decide on whether or not they will adopt a regional approach to air traffic control (ATC) rather than the current national approaches. 

Agreement on Aids reached at Coega

16th November 2004 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) are entering into a partnership through the signing of a historic memorandum of understanding (MOU), it was reported last week. 

Biosector in a transitional stage

By: Karel Smrcka     12th November 2004 The biosector has roused itself again after three quiet years. In Europe it is now going through a transitional stage in which Finland is dependent on what happens in general on the European biotechnology markets. 

Sasol to appoint global safety consultancy

12th November 2004 Sasol CE Pieter Cox last week announced that an international reputable safety consultancy was about to be appointed to review Sasol’s safety management practices and procedures, and specifically to consider whether or not causal links can be established between recent incidents experienced... 

Loopholes to become a noose for fraudsters

5th November 2004 A biometric verification system for credit-based institutions and government bodies is nearing completion. 

Company to launch improved bomb suit

By: peter cromberge     5th November 2004 An improved version of a locally-produced bomb suit is to be released at the end of the year. 

CCTV slashes East Rand crime

By: peter cromberge     5th November 2004 Digital Internet protocol (IP)-based surveillance is a more versatile and innovative alternative to traditional analogue closed circuit television (CCTV) monitoring. 

Most companies underestimate internal security threats

By: peter cromberge     5th November 2004 Many companies are failing to provide measures to counter the threats posed by breaches to internal data systems. 

Sasol's safety

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 Sept 1, the time 9:40 am, there's an explosion 

International network expansion planned

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulic component manufacturer and distributor Horne Hydraulics is continuing to expand its international network. 

Boost for construction from 2005

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2004 The local construction industry is poised for significant growth from 2005 onwards, brought about by government’s commitment to infrastructure spend and the 2010 Soccer World Cup, said Group Five CEO Mike Lomas at a Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) function held earlier... 

'Building sector still ignoring Aids threat'

21st October 2004 The construction industry is continuing to turn a blind eye to the current and potential impact of HIV/Aids - an attitude that could have dire consequences for the future of this important economic sector, Eunice Forbes, president of the Gauteng Master Builders' Association, has warned. 

Good fences make good neighbours

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th October 2004 Recently there has been some heated discussion as to whether neighbourhoods should be allowed to fence themselves off and put booms and security guards at the entrance. 

'SA business must manage HIV/Aids properly '

12th October 2004 Companies should see HIV/Aids management programmes as a good investment, Nosa international corporate manager marketing communications Adriana le Roux said. 

Construction sector effort against Aids

11th October 2004 The Construction Education & training Authority (Ceta) and construction giant Group 5 have joined forces in a multi-million rand programme to combat the spread of HIV/Aids which is decimating the construction sector work-force. 

Cellphone added to Aids-drug regimine

By: Jill Stanford     8th October 2004 ENGINEERS at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Cape Technikon have devised a software management system which uses cellphones and the Internet to provide critical communication, information and logistical support to monitor adherence of HIV-infected people to ARV treatment. 

Security software a global hit

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2004 Passing through the busy Heathrow airport, the UK’s famous point of entry, chances are the British Airports Authority (BAA) X-ray screeners scrutinising passengers’ luggage will have been selected for their safety-critical job by means of South African-developed software. 

Tough new air-quality law on the way

By: Jill Stanford     1st October 2004 AS the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) crosses the final hurdles to complete the new Air Quality Management Bill, Minister Marthinus van Shalkwyk has issued a warning to some industries, especially certain refineries, to clean up their act. 

R15m equipment upgrade completed

By: Nicola Mawson     24th September 2004 Security company Chubb Electronic Security will be the first in South Africa to issue its reaction officers with upgraded security equipment. 

Safety programme is developed for product range

By: Nicola Mawson     24th September 2004 The safety of construction workers on construction sites around South Africa is an onus born by the contractor on behalf of the client. 

Court case highlights employers' negligence in accident reporting

By: Nicola Mawson     24th September 2004 A recently-filed application in the high court to force the Workmen’s Compensation Commissioner to act on unresolved cases may force employers to comply with health and safety legislation. 

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. 

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