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Compensation integration a welcome development – CoM

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2016 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Friday said it fully supported the proposed integration of the compensation systems currently governed separately by the Occupational Disease in Mines and Works Act (ODMWA) and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA). This followed a... 

Funding for South African pharmaceuticals research increasing

     20th May 2016 Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca through its research trust has awarded seven South Africans grants totalling R1.5-million for the 2015/2016 year. This increases the total number of research grants conferred locally by the trust to 18 since its inception in 2014. 

New antibacterial gel can save thousands in developing countries

     20th May 2016 A new antiseptic chlorhexidine gel – antibacterial gel – that can prevent umbilical cord infections (omphalitis) in newborn infants in developing countries has been granted an encouraging scientific judgement from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines... 

UCT inks TB and malaria drug development partnership

     8th April 2016 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT's) Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D, has entered into a strategic partnership with Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), aimed at jointly identifying and addressing the unique issues of... 

First ARVs from State-owned pharmaceutical company expected by 2017

By: News24Wire      29th March 2016 During his State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma announced that a State-owned pharmaceutical company called Ketlaphela had been established. He noted that “the company will participate in the supply of antiretroviral drugs to the Department of Health from the 2016/17 financial year”. 

Women call for better protection from hazardous chemicals worldwide

     7th March 2016 “Women and Chemicals” publication and calls for more political action for better health protection from harmful chemicals.   In our modern societies, women and men are all continually exposed to hazardous chemicals in their every day lives. But women are often differently exposed due to their... 

Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation commemorates #WorldCancerDay with hospital visits and a gala dinner

     5th February 2016 In collaboration with Kalafong Hospital, Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital, the Department of Health, the City of Tshwane and M&M Marketing, the Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation conducted two hospital visits earlier today to commemorate World Cancer Day.  During the day, Madam Zuma shared with... 

Breast cancer awareness concert rocks Mthatha

     19th October 2015 Today an array of local and leading South African artists fired up a 5 000-strong crowd at the Walter Sisulu University Stadium in Mthatha, Eastern Cape. The concert, hosted by the Tobeka Madiba Zuma (TMZ) Foundation, was in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness. “I strongly believe that prevention is... 

Engen Driver Wellness continues to deliver health benefits in Port Elizabeth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th October 2015 Engen Driver Wellness, the mobile health awareness initiative, continues to make a tangible difference to the lives of the country’s bulk truck operators with increased driver participation in voluntary screenings and improved health scores. Now in its fifth year, Engen Driver Wellness is an... 

Operation Phakisa betters health services 

By: SANews, SA government news service     13th August 2015 The health system in South Africa has since last November received a face-lift, as government launched Operation Phakisa Ideal Clinic Realisation and Maintenance. President Jacob Zuma said building Ideal Clinics for the public is on track. So far, he said progress made in this Phakisa segment... 

Necsa’s new R6m microPET/CT scanner expected to boost SA’s pharmaceuticals industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd April 2015 The Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) launched the first clinical micro positron emission tomography/computerised tomography (microPET/CT) scanner in Africa on Thursday at its facility in the North West. Speaking to Engineering News Online Necsa Radiochemistry chief scientist Jan... 

Engen Driver Wellness continues to deliver health benefits

     20th April 2015 Engen Driver Wellness, a mobile health awareness initiative run by the Corridor Empowerment Project (Coremp), continues to grow its positive impact on the country’s bulk truck operators with increased driver participation in voluntary screenings and improved health scores. Engen – the country’s... 

Umbilical cord stem cells helping to cure up to 70 diseases

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2015 Stored haemopoietic stem cells drawn from the umbilical cord are currently being used to treat seventy diseases, including leukaemia and sickle-cell anaemia. However, these stem cells and other placental tissue cells may be used to treat many diverse diseases and health conditions in future. 

New economy-focused biotechnology strategy to be launched soon

By: Leandi Kolver     29th November 2013 A new South African biotechnology strategy, with a focus on the economy and how biotechnology could be used to create a positive socioeconomic impact, would soon be launched, Department of Science and Technology (DST) chief director Ben Durham revealed on Friday. The new South African... 

Africa Hospital Expansion Summit 2013

     5th November 2013 The hospital sector is undergoing undeniable growth in the entire African continent, stimulated by increased active government focus on healthcare expansion. In the coming 10 years, not only an extra 500.000 to 650.000 beds are being built in the Sub-Saharan healthcare market, investments up to... 

Former Lesotho Minister joins Anglo board

By: Natalie Greve     8th July 2013 Anglo American has appointed former Lesotho Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr Mphu Ramatlapeng as nonexecutive director, with immediate effect. Ramatlapeng is an expert in the field of healthcare in Africa, with a particular focus on HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in Southern Africa. She... 

Pharmaceuticals patents benefit R&D of medication

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2013 Pharmaceutical companies in South Africa are granted patents, and thus a monopoly on the local market, to incentivise research and development (R&D) within the pharmaceutical field, and not to hike prices, as many people believe, says patent law firm Spoor & Fisher. Spoor & Fisher patent attorney... 

Electromagnetic vermin proofing an ecofreindly option

By: Tracy Hancock     15th March 2013 Conventional pest control poisons have always been used over the years to try and control rodent invasions in South Africa and worldwide, however, “no solution has been capable of effectively protecting electrical wiring and machinery from these gnawing vandals”, says Global Solutions MD... 

Breathalyser for diagnosis of lung diseases

By: Karel Smrcka     1st March 2013 Siemens is researching a method that may make it possible to diagnose tuberculoses or lung cancer at an early stage using breath samples. 

Wellness campaign promotes health

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2012 To ensure its staff remain healthy, logistics solutions provider Crossroads encourages employees to participate in a yearly wellness campaign.  

South African biotechnology firm works on cancer breakthrough

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2012 The South African Cancer Association (Cansa) estimates that at least 100 000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the country each year. This equates to a lifetime risk of one in six persons being diagnosed. Cansa head of health Professor Michael Herbst says the 2004 data from the National Cancer... 

South African biotechnology firm works on cancer breakthrough 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2012 The South African Cancer Association (Cansa) estimates that at least 100 000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the country each year. This equates to a lifetime risk of one in six persons being diagnosed. 

Company Announcement: Ecolab Announces Commitment to World Wildlife Fund and the Alliance for Water Stewardship

     5th June 2012 Goal is smarter, more sustainable water use by industry 

Breakthrough in stem cell technology a first in Africa

By: Samantha Herbst     25th May 2012 A team of researchers at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the first in Africa to establish groundbreaking biomedical stem cell technology, which could hold the key to finding cures for some of Africa’s most prevalent diseases. 

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