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Specialist says systems must be fit-for-purpose

16th April 2010 Fireproofing systems must be designed to be effective in the specific application it is installed in, as there are no one-size-fits-all solutions that can be used, says fireproofing specialist BICS Fireproofing MD Jim Kerr. 

Fire safety rules, emergency response plan critical

16th April 2010 Companies in South Africa must enforce fire safety rules and must have an emergency response plan. This includes training staff on how to act in the event of an emergency, keeping records of fire and safety drills and checking fire protection equipment, says fire safety organisation South African... 

National standard revision under way

16th April 2010 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is in the final stages of revising the national standard that governs portable fire extinguishers to align with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard, says fire protection equipment manufacturer Centa group chairperson Duncan Boyes. 

Tackling the skills challenge

9th April 2010 The shortage of skills and the difficulty in retaining skilled employees mean that the rail industry should use the capabilities found in the contracting and consulting sectors to supplement its in-house skills, says consulting engineering firm PD Naidoo & Associates rail division director... 

SA needs varied and customised effluent solutions

26th March 2010 The diverse conditions under which South African industry and communities co-exist mean that water treatment solutions must be localised to suit the needs of the community. The challenge is to integrate the variety of systems into a master plan so that they can function together efficiently as... 

Modular plant can treat sewage and industrial effluent

26th March 2010 EEC wastewater treatment plants built inside standard-sized shipping containers have a broad range of applications and can treat sewage and industrial effluent. The EEC biodegradation system is robust, can be used in rural settings, has low maintenance needs and does not need its micro-organisms... 

Dry sanitation systems for CT’s informal settlements

26th March 2010 Alternative sanitation specialists Enviro Options has been awarded a two-year tender, by the City of Cape Town, to provide informal settlements with a dry sanitation system. This system does not use water or electricity, is odourless and is designed with the user’s health, as well as... 

Maintenance and operation still a challenge

26th March 2010 Maintenance and operation of sewage and water plants is a problem in South Africa because of a shortage of technically skilled people. Manufacturers are starting to offer operations and maintenance services to improve the levels of maintenance of crucial infrastructure and to improve revenue,... 

Core focus changes to achieve ambitious 1,5m work opportunities by 2014

19th March 2010 Analysis of South Africa’s unemployment over the past two decades shows that it is structural in nature. People who benefit from employment from the Expanded Public Works Programmes (EPWP) often do not find regular employment within the formal sector after their two years with the EPWP ends, says... 

Food for waste 
programme under way

19th March 2010 The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) targets infrastructure needs, environment and cultural requirements, as well as social needs when it determines what sector to create jobs in. All municipalities and nongovernmental entities are involved in the identification of needs and the... 

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