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BBF Safety Group

BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd was born from a merger of some of the most respected safety footwear manufacturers in South Africa – Bagshaw Footwear, Beier Safety Footwear, Bronx Safety, United Frams and Wayne.

With a combined experience of more than 200 years in South Africa, BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd. understands the complexities and challenges facing our customers and is committed to constantly improving technical product leadership, performance, quality and enhancing the customer service experience.

BBF Safety Group offers some of the most recognised and trusted brands, such as Bova, Bronx Safety, Frams, Fuel, Lemaitre, Sisi and Wayne.


MSA acquires US firefighter protective clothing, boot manufacturer

     3rd November 2017 MSA has acquired Globe, a US manufacturer of firefighter protective clothing and boots. The acquisition of Globe strengthens MSA’s position as a clear market leader in North America for fire-service Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) products. Combined with Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus... 

Work apparel company sees further growth in sales

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Since the beginning of the year, industrial supplier and solutions provider Total Blasting – a subsidiary of Total Product Solutions Group – has sold more than 50 sets of water blast and water jet personal protective equipment (PPE) and the company foresees this number steadily growing at a... 

Companies to benefit from work apparel innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Ongoing innovation in fabric manufacturing has led to greater durability and flexibility in the material used for work apparel, and companies need to ensure that workers wear such apparel consistently and correctly to benefit from these innovations, says personal protective equipment (PPE)... 

Disregard for PPE one of biggest causes of fatalities in work-at-height environment

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Disregard for using personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the common causes of workplace incidents, accidents and fatalities resulting from falls from height at sites in South Africa, states the Institute for Working at Height Professional Body (IWH PB). 

Lightweight and compact lanyard launched in SA

     29th September 2017 Last month, equipment supplier MSA Africa launched a new self-retracting lanyard that is both lightweight and compact. The MSA Latchways 3 m personal fall limiter (PFL) has been designed specifically for environments where close anchorage is available. The lanyard uses multiple spring radial... 

Switchgear Solution At DRC Mine From Shaw Controls

     12th September 2017 Leveraging the advantages of a containerised solution, Zest WEG Group company Shaw Controls has provided an optimal medium voltage switchgear solution for the supply of power at a copper mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The WEG MTW05 MV switchgear, the first to be supplied by... 

Govt to ‘amend and relax’ laws for small-scale miners in bid to combat illegal mining

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 JOHANNESBURG ( –  The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will “amend and relax” some of its conditions in issuing mining permits to small-scale miners, Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Friday. The Deputy Minister was speaking following the conclusion... 

Integrated harness system set to revolutionise rescue at height

     23rd February 2017 Any safety-related incidents when working at height often necessitate self-rescue as the front-line or most rapid-response tactic. In this regard, MSA Africa is introducing its Latchways Personal Rescue Device (PRD), an integrated harness system. This lightweight, unobtrusive rescue device is... 

Arc Flash workwear passes international testing

     10th February 2017 Technology solutions to personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Dromex’s Arc Flash Protera workwear recently passed the Open Air Arc test. The test was performed by life cycle management solutions company Kinectrics, at its Arc test facility in Canada. 

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Latest safety-helmet suspensions offer improved comfort

     9th February 2017 Painful compression headaches due to safety helmets that don’t fit properly are now a thing of the past thanks to flush suspension tabs on the latest MSA Fas-Trac® III ratchet suspensions, available from MSA Africa for its V-Gard range of safety helmets. The latest suspensions can be ordered... 

Germany’s Pervormance International eyes South African market

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th November 2016 German family-owned Pervormance International is seeking out opportunities in the South African market by bringing a cooling solution that could increase the productivity of employees working in hot conditions by 12%. The E.Cooline range on offer aims to combat heat stress in hot and humid... 

Select PPE

     7th October 2016 Established in 1998, Select PPE is a distributor of application-specific personal protective equipment for customers operating in the mining, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, petroleum, hospitality, medical, corporate and security sectors throughout Africa. Select PPE formulated a ‘PPE... 

Company offers software system to manage PPE across industries

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th September 2016 Health and safety solutions group Bramhope is offering a first-of-its-kind software system that measures, assesses, evaluates and manages personal protective equipment (PPE) free of charge to contracted customers. “Since the system’s initial launch in 2007, many improvements have been introduced.... 

Specialised workwear meets industry needs

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th September 2016 Safety-wear manufacturer MB Workwear is focussed on providing specialised and technologically advanced garments using the latest and best fabric innovations, including new antistatic inherently flame-resistant coveralls to meet the evolving needs of the industries it serves. The company is... 

Flooring installation wins safety award

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Kevin Bates Albert Carpets (KBAC) Flooring was awarded its second Master Builders Association (MBA) North Safety Trophy in July for installing the flooring of petrochemicals group Sasol’s new head offices in Sandton, Johannesburg. KBAC Flooring supplied and installed Interface carpet tile. The... 

Petrus Pieterse

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th July 2016 This week we feature Petrus Pieterse, CEO of Select PPE, a provider of personal protective equipment management solutions 

Iriss Launches Latest Qwikfit-Ir® Infrared Window

     13th July 2016 Panelboard inspections can now be done safely and quickly with the QwikFit-IR® infrared window from IRISS. The innovative design of the QwikFit-IR window requires no cutting or preparation work as it simply "clicks" into place. Panelboard replacement breaker covers now offer unparalleled infrared... 

WBHO achieves one million accident free hours at Kumasi City Mall

     24th May 2016 WBHO Ghana, currently constructing the new Kumasi City Mall in Ghana has recently achieved one million lost time injury free hours since the start of the project in March 2015 This Safety milestone marks the third time in four years that WHBO has achieved one million LTI free hours for a building... 

Labour dept to investigate death of employee at KZN company

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2016 The Department of Labour (DoL) has launched an investigation into an incident at KatzStone Granite and Quartz, in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, which resulted in the death of one worker dead and the injury of three others. Details of the incident were scant and remained the subject of an investigation;... 


By: Zandile Mavuso     25th March 2016 Establishment in in 1995, South African manufacturing company Nepean Conveyors strives to be one of the leading conveyor design, manufacturer and service company in Africa, as it aims to grow through delivering quality conveyors to the benefit of all stakeholders, formation of strategic alliances... 

PPE donated to firefighters in African countries

By: Lynne Jackson     5th February 2016 Safety products manufacturer MSA Africa has partnered with nongovernmental organisation Africa Fire Mission (AFM) to donate and refurbish more than 1 100 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) to fire brigades in Southern Africa. 

Company recognised for innovation

     5th February 2016 Owing to its continuous innovation in protective gear, personal protective equipment (PPE) service provide Select (PPE) was recognised with an 2015 Southern Africa Frost & Sullivan Award for Visionary Innovation Leadership last year by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.  

Policy adherence key in avoiding negative economic impact

     5th February 2016 The failure to adhere  to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act’s obligation for employees to maintain safe environments without health risks may result in devastating economic and human costs, says the Department of Labour (DoL). To address this issue, DoL hosted a seminar on Hazardous... 

Diamond in the Rough

By: Tracy Hancock     11th December 2015 “There’s massive consolidation taking place in the textile industry and one of the reasons that I am here is that I believe in the resurgence of the South African industry,” says newly appointed CEO of uniform and personal protective equipment manufacturer and supplier The Kit Group, Andrew... 

Industrial equipment company opens new Wadeville sales office 

By: Anine Kilian     27th November 2015 Industrial equipment sales and rental company Renttech South Africa launched its new sales outlet adjacent to its premises in Wadeville, Ekurhuleni last month. The facility has convenient access for many industries in the area - as well as power generation projects and local refineries – and... 

PPE supplier’s new management system reduces TCO

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Bramhope Health and Safety has introduced holistic solutions to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of PPE and safety items, including its award-winning PPE management system. Bramhope CEO Isak Marais notes that the system, which provides a... 

PPE manufacturer employs facial recognition technology

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer and distributor Black Ginger 48 has implemented facial recognition technology at two of its clients’ on-site stores to counter identity fraud and reduce theft. Black Ginger 48 GM Jevan Malan tells Engineering News that the motivation for the... 

PPE solutions provider introduces new vending solution

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective equipment (PPE) management solutions provider Select PPE has introduced an improved version of its PPE vending machine that provides all the benefits of an on-site store. Select PPE sales director Dries van Tonder tells Engineering News that the latest model, which was... 

Retailer’s workwear division uses expo to infiltrate African market

By: Nadine James     4th September 2015 Having heard “rave reviews” about the 2013 bauma Africa exhibition and trade fair, workwear retailer Dickies South Africa decided that this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA would be the perfect platform to educate and infiltrate the market.  Dickies South Africa marketing manager Celo Buthelezi tells... 

New welding technologies cultivate global competitiveness 

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th June 2015 Adopting new welding technologies and processes that will improve productivity and assist with cost reduction is critical for the local welding and fabrication industry to be globally competitive in terms of price offering, and service and product delivery, says South Africa-based gas and welding... 

Free State welding training facility upgraded, reopened to attract skills interest

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th June 2015 Bloemfontein-based Louis Botha Technical High School officially reopened its welding centre earlier this month, after the facility had undergone a complete overhaul and upgrade, which was funded by local gas and welding company Afrox. Louis Botha is the latest of 12 high schools over the past two... 

Health and safety compliance is just as important as service delivery at Pronto Readymix

     10th June 2015 by: Guy Oldenkotte on June 4, 2015 Pronto Readymix Concrete, a division of Pronto Building Materials (Pty) Ltd, is a supplier of quality Readymix Concrete and Mortars. The Pronto scratch plaster/mortar simplifies the wet trade requirements of any construction site and the product is truly unique.... 

Disregarding heath, safety guidelines can be costly

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2015 Failure to adhere to best practice in health and safety is potentially very expensive, saiys personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier HSE solutions marketing manager Stephen Burrows. “We have recently seen lawsuits of close to R100-million lodged on behalf of workers who were not properly... 

Health and safety take centre stage at A-OSH Expo 2015

     16th January 2015 Not only does legislation dictate that industry employers act in a responsible manner with regard to the health and safety of their employees, but it also makes good business sense to achieve maximised uptime from employees by safeguarding their wellbeing. “Choosing the correct suppliers for... 

Providing dedicated on-site support to the petrochemical industry during maintenance and shutdowns

     29th October 2014 Renttech South Africa, a leading provider of on-site rental and supply solutions, assures petrochemical refineries of high levels of service during shutdown projects, providing on-site technical support, with the aim of minimising downtime. The company specialises in the rental and sales of... 

Afrox, GDE fund skills development at technical schools 

By: Ilan Solomons     27th October 2014 In partnership with the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE), gases and welding company Afrox officially unveiled the upgraded Jabulani Welding Centre at the Jabulani Technical High School, in Soweto, on Friday. Afrox MD Brett Kimber highlighted that, as part of the company’s corporate social... 

Bristow lauds Mali govt’s action on containing Ebola

By: Natalie Greve     27th October 2014 Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow has lauded the “high level of alertness and careful planning” by the Malian authorities that enabled the government to act swiftly to identify, treat and contain the country's first confirmed case of Ebola. Randgold owns and operates the Morila, Loulo and... 

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