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Health and Safety

Aids is the single biggest human-development risk

By: Keith Campbell     18th July 2003 IF there is one single overarching reason why sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, is losing so much ground in terms of human development – clearly shown in the latest annual Human Development Report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), published last week – it... 

Cargo-scanning PPP advances

By: Deborah Spicer     18th July 2003 A transaction adviser should be appointed by South African Revenue Services (Sars) in July to assist it with a public-private-partnership cargo-scanner implementation project. 

University conducting several research projects

By: candice haase     11th July 2003 A variety of research projects that range from the genetic improvement of wine yeasts to the improvement of animal nutrition and the possible development of an HIV/Aids vaccine are underway at the University of Stellenbosch (US). 

Proper Aids treatment a must

11th July 2003 The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released its latest annual Human Development Report this week and it makes grim reading for South Africans. 

Annan says Africa must fight harder against AIDS

11th July 2003 UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urged Africans yesterday to make fighting AIDS their top priority and told international donors they had to do more. 

ABB asbestos deal approved

11th July 2003 A US court yesterday removed a major stumbling block for ABB by approving the Swiss engineering firm's $1,3-billion asbestos settlement and clearing the way for a crucial disposal needed to cut debt. 

Human Development Shock for SA

By: Keith Campbell     9th July 2003 South Africa has slid to 111th out of 175 countries in terms of human development, the UNDP reported yesterday – down from 107th last year and 90th in 1997. 

ABB upbeat as asbestos deal seen this week

8th July 2003 Engineering group ABB said yesterday it was encouraged by a district judge's likely calling of a status conference on its proposed $1,3-billion asbestos settlement, indicating preliminary approval would come soon. 

Plan to make SA roads high-tech

By: nkolola halwindi     4th July 2003 An Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) laboratory set to boost safe and effective transport in Southern Africa has been launched by the CSIR. 

ABB unsure on length of any asbestos appeal

2nd July 2003 ABB is unsure of the duration and outcome of any appeal against its proposed $1,3-billion asbestos settlement, the firm said late on Monday in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Time to mine SA’s traditional-medicine treasure trove

By: Zonika Botha     27th June 2003 Despite incredible breakthroughs in modern medicine, there are an array of chronic ailments and diseases which, to this day, are incurable.?And, even though many drugs can effectively treat diseases such as tuberculosis, patients often have to bear negative side-effects. 

Emergency services group to expand ambulance fleet to 200

By: nkolola halwindi     27th June 2003 With a total investment of R50-million, ER24, owned by two of South Africa’s leading private hospital groups Afrox Health Care and Medi Clinic Corporation, has acquired twelve ambulance service providers and has launched two new local branches, growing its owned fleet (from zero) to 100... 

Gun-control lessons from New York

By: katharine mckenzie     27th June 2003 Murder and violent crime is drastically reduced in cities where strict gun control is enforced. 

US court backs ABB deal subject to more detail

25th June 2003 ABB shares were volatile yesterday after a US court mostly approved a key asbestos settlement, paving the way for an asset sale needed to cut the firm's debt, but left some unresolved loose ends. 

Safety benefits from new technologies

By: Karel Smrcka     20th June 2003 The sensor makes for safe driving Even the world’s best drivers are in trouble if they have to slam on the brakes when they have just reached a patch of wet or icy road. But this scenario can be avoided in future if the scientists from Caesar Foundation at Bonn Research Center have their way. 

Comesa to up ante in cheap-drugs fight

16th June 2003 Africa's major free trade bloc will lobby hard for the right to manufacture cheap AIDS drugs despite opposition from the USand big pharmaceutical firms, the group's secretary general said last week. 

SA is losing investment to other developing countries

By: candice haase     13th June 2003 According to investment research organisation, Business Map Foundation, sub-Saharan Africa receives less than 4% of the flow of foreign direct investment into developing countries worldwide. 

Mvela invests in hospital group

By: Martin Czernowalow     6th June 2003 A consortium, made up of Medi-Clinic and a number of black empowerment organisations, has acquired a 67% share in the Curamed Group, making this the most significant black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction in the private hospital sector, it was announced yesterday. 

Aluminium projects set safety benchmarks

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th May 2003 Resources giant BHP Billiton’s occupational safety initiative at its aluminium smelter expansion projects in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, and just outside the Mozambican city of Maputo has been so successful that the safety performance of the two projects now compares favourably with... 

Security innovations showcased

By: Karel Smrcka     30th May 2003 On show at the Intersec Security Exhibition 2003, held at the Wembley Conference and Exhibition Centre, was an impressive and comprehensive display of new and market-leading equipment designed to be at the forefront of the battle against terrorism and organized crime. Here are some highlights. 

Creditor banks remain committed to ABB

28th May 2003 Creditor banks of ABB remain committed to the indebted Swiss engineering group, sources said, despite a delay to ABB's asbestos settlement which may push back a disposal needed to cut its $8,2-billion debt. 

Small airports to receive attention in ACSA budget

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd May 2003 Small national airports will receive a larger chunk of the five-year budget starting in 2004-2005 than the previous five-year budget for South Africa’s airports. 

Senate passes sweeping Aids Bill

19th May 2003 Addressing "the greatest humanitarian crisis in the 21st century," the US Senate passed a $15-billion bill aimed at slowing the AIDS pandemic ravaging the world's poorest countries. 

SA medical biotech research in short supply 

By: Deborah Spicer     16th May 2003 South Africa’s share of the between $20-billion-a-year and $40-billion-a-year global medical biotechnology industry is small. 

Three HIV vaccines await approval for human trials

By: Deborah Spicer     16th May 2003 The South African Aids Vaccine Initiative (Saavi) is waiting for any of three candidate HIV vaccines to be approved by the Medicine Control Council before it will start with human trials. 

ABB shareholders set to approve capital increase

16th May 2003 Cash-strapped engineer ABB is set to get approval from its investors to issue up to 400-million shares, boosting its share capital by a third, at what is expected to be a charged shareholders meeting today. 

Altech in R559m purchase of NamITech

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2003 Technology group Altech – which has been sniffing out telecom, multimedia and information technology (IT) acquisition opportunities for well over a year – has announced a R559-million purchase of secure technologies and solutions company NamITech from packaging group Nampak, and it... 

Asbestos deal delay knocks ABB credibility, shares

15th May 2003 Another delay in ABB's crucial $1,20-billion asbestos settlement dented investor confidence and hit its stock today despite the indebted firm's assurances that its turnaround strategy was on track. 

Ruling on ABB asbestos hearing next week

14th May 2003 Indebted engineer ABB expressed confidence yesterday its proposed $1,2-billion asbestos settlement would go ahead even though a judge hearing the US case said a ruling would not come until next week. 

ABB says asbestos delay will not hit unit sale

6th May 2003 Indebted engineering firm ABB yesterday denied a delay in its proposed $1,2-billion settlement of asbestos claims would impact the sale of a key unit and possibly trigger a cash call, helping shares higher. 

Access-card recycling a cost saver

By: Keith Campbell     2nd May 2003 GIANT South African integrated oil, gas and chemical company Sasol is saving millions because of a successful innovation by a small South African company – recycleable access control cards. 

High-strength tubes make cars safe

By: Karel Smrcka     25th April 2003 A project to design a new car model takes two to four years. When the car is finally ready, it contains parts from hundreds of suppliers. Each supplier is chosen after a thorough screening process. Just getting into this process is a major investment for suppliers. 

SA still has not responded to Brazil generic Aids-drug offer

By: Keith Campbell     25th April 2003 BRAZIL has firmly denied reports that it is to build three plants in Africa to manufacture generic antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, but is willing to supply the technology to existing plants. 

ABB creditors panel supports asbestos deal

25th April 2003 The official creditors committee in the bankruptcy case of Combustion Engineering, a unit of ABB, announced its support for a $1,2-billion settlement of its asbestos claims, an ABB lawyer said last week. 

Innovative telecoms empowerment move

By: Zonika Botha     25th April 2003 The recent acquisition of Tasslelane Investments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of black-empowered company, Community Investments Holdings (CIH), for R31-million has put Jasco Electronics in the position not only to strengthen its long-term sustainability, but also to address many of... 

More trends emerging from CeBIT

By: Karel Smrcka     25th April 2003 At CeBIT 2003, it would seem that corporate software is being defined by the integration of applications and data, as midsize companies are being courted with targeted products, support services and financing options. 

Striking the intellectual-property balance

18th April 2003 It is critical that a balance be struck between the protection of intellectual-property rights and the need for developing countries access life-saving technologies, such as patented medicines, the head of the European Patent Office (EPO) Dr Ingo Kober told Engineering News last week. 

Smart cards increase information security

By: Karel Smrcka     18th April 2003 Not many countries have a greater degree of networking that Finland. Government bodies and companies have created a smart-card-based system that makes it possible to do a wide range of business securely form their own terminal. 

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