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Industry focuses on energy efficiency

15th January 2010 The drive for energy efficiency will have beneficial outcomes on the environmental footprint of any company using oils and lubricants, wear analysis organisation South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) president John Fitton says. 

Innovating with industrial waste

15th January 2010 Industrial waste, specifically the waste containing oil or oil distillates, must be disposed of properly because it is considered hazardous. Oil recycling company Oil Separation Solutions (OSS) believes that it can turn waste oil or used oil, as well as sludge, solids and contaminated soils... 

Hearing protection mooted with vuvuzela set to remain part of World Cup vibe

15th January 2010 The Occupational Health and Safety Act stipulates that employees, and other people, affected by noise in a company can only be exposed to 85 decibels for eight hours before they must be given hearing protection or steps taken to reduce noise levels, non-profit safety body National Occupational... 

Concerns raised over noise and hearing protection at stadiums

11th December 2009 The National Occupational Safety and Health Board has raised concerns over the level of noise and hearing protection at stadiums ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup and says it will approach the government and the Organising Committee on the issue. The Occupational Health and Safety Act... 

Work on new airport entering final stages

4th December 2009 The building of infrastructure at the new airport at La Mercy in KwaZulu-Natal is largely completes. The control tower and ten ancillary buildings, including the fire and rescue building have been handed over, Ilembe civil construction joint-venture project service director Jon Broadhead says. 

Efforts to mitigate 
environmental impacts 
continue

4th December 2009 Every effort has been made to reduce the negative environmental impact of the new airport at La Mercy, says Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) spokesperson Colin Naidoo. Acsa policies try to deal with aircraft noise, bird management, storm-water runoff, air quality and occupational health and... 

Plastic pipes could prevent leaks, reduce maintenance costs

27th November 2009 Plastic pipes could be used as a slip lining to rehabilitate existing pipelines, preventing leaks without the need to replace the old pipe system, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. 

New materials and installation to benefit industry

27th November 2009 Modern polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) products coupled with innovative installation methods could improve the lifetime of pipe systems and decrease the impact of installation, says PVC internal restraint designers Bulldog Systems president Jim Jones and PE product... 

BA launches R29m initiative to boost small businesses in SA

24th November 2009 International airline operator British Airways (BA) would give fifty small to medium-sized South African businesses ten tickets each to use for travelling around the globe in 2010, BA commercial manager Sue Botes said on Tuesday. The business-class tickets could be used to travel to any... 

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