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Health and Safety

Real science should weigh all HIV/Aids cure options

By: Kelvin Kemm     11th April 2003 The objective of a war dance is to build all the participants up to a frenzy so that nobody thinks too much. We are now witnessing an HIV/Aids war-dance with the various factions stomping their feet and chanting their slogans. 

Early success for R120m N4 load-control project

11th April 2003 A R120-million investment in load control facilities for heavy vehicles on the 500 km N4 toll route has seen overloading on the route drop by over 30%. 

SA to conduct Aids trials with microwaves

4th April 2003 A South African university will begin clinical trials to see if it can use microwaves to bombard the deadly HIV virus, which causes Aids, and stop it from multiplying, a medical official said last week. 

Airport confiscations begin to decline

By: Deborah Spicer     4th April 2003 Confiscations of pairs of scissors and other sharp objects have declined at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), where these measures were introduced in response to concerns about terrorism last year. 

Brazil to build Aids drugs plants in Africa

31st March 2003 Brazil will build three plants to manufacture cheap anti-Aids drugs in Africa, offering a lifeline to millions of sufferers in the world's poorest continent, a senior African diplomat said last week. 

Rex Tomlinson, NamITech

21st March 2003 Full name: Rex Tomlinson Position: CEO NamITech, since 1998 (also executive director Nampak, since 1996) Main activity of the company: NamITech is a company focusing specifically on secure IT business solutions. Through the use of secure technology, it provides specific trusted solutions and... 

Aids threatens SA small business

20th March 2003 The future success of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), and the livelihood of many South Africans, could soon be wiped off the economic radar screen if business fails to deal with the destructive HIV/Aids epidemic threatening small business. 

Du Plessis to quit Nosa

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2003 National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) CEO Enrico du Plessis will quit his position at the end of April. 

Technology takes a leaf out of nature’s book

By: Karel Smrcka     14th March 2003 Scientists of the Stanford University in California are studying the deathhead cockroach as part of efforts to develop new types of robots, which are able to walk on very uneven surfaces, such as lunar landscapes. 

Emphasis placed on quality-control systems

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 World Health Organisation figures reflect that about 100-milion people die of food poisoning every year. 

Firm emphasises importance of controlling pests in food factories

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 Systems to control pests in a factory environment are being increasingly emphasised as the health and safety requirements for food and beverage manufacturing processes become even more stringent. 

Water bottler invests R90-million in new plant

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 After a fire, caused by an electrical fault, destroyed its operation in October last year, Nestl 

Safety afforded sacrosanct status

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2003 Chemical companies have to be fastidious about safety, and rightly so, because they often deal in materials that can blow one sky high. 

Aids makes the development challenge even harder

By: katharine mckenzie     28th February 2003 The march by 10 000 people to Parliament calling for the implementation of a treatment action plan for HIV/Aids sufferers drew attention, once more, to the HIV/Aids epidemic that continues to threaten South Africa. 

Car firm leads the way in ART rollout

By: Deborah Spicer     28th February 2003 Vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa will be the first South African firm to provide anti-retroviral treatment (ART) to its workers post-employment. 

Why is drinking water fluoridated?

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st February 2003 A number of people have asked me my opinion of the fluoridation of drinking water. My position is that I am opposed to it. 

SA business still coming to terms with triple-bottom-line reporting

By: Deborah Spicer     17th February 2003 South African companies are slowly becoming aware that organisations are not just being judged on their economic performance. 

SA business still coming to terms with triple-bottom-line reporting

By: Deborah Spicer     14th February 2003 South African companies are slowly becoming aware that organisations are not just being judged on their economic performance. 

Cape to host global genomics gathering

14th February 2003 World-renowned super-scientists working to eradicate HIV, TB and Malaria through genetic engineering are to attend a ground-breaking human genome conference in South Africa this year. 

East Rand clinic gets a new home

By: Joanne Delaurentis     14th February 2003 Staff and patients at Roseacres Clinic on the East Rand will soon see an end to their safety problems when the clinic relocates to its new high-technology building, three kilometres away from its existing premises. 

Roche cuts Aids drug price

14th February 2003 Healthcare group Roche Holdings is slashing the price of its Aids drugs, Viracept, in the developing world, following intense lobbying from activists, the Swiss company said yesterday. 

Implementation of firearms law urgent

By: katharine mckenzie     7th February 2003 Late in 2000 Parliament passed new legislation to regulate the ownership and licensing of firearms. 

Construction industry in Aids-counselling move

By: Deborah Spicer     7th February 2003 HIV-positive and Aids-infected workers in the construction sector may live longer thanks to an initiative which is being promoted by the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) as an industry-wide response to the disease. 

SA explores cheap Aids drug plan

7th February 2003 The South African government, under growing pressure to supply anti-Aids drugs nationwide, said this week it was exploring a cost-effective way of providing life-saving anti-retroviral medications. 

R140m budget to improve security

By: marisa rodrigues     31st January 2003 The September 11 terrorist attacks in the US shook the aviation industry worldwide forcing airports around the world to clamp down on security. 

State to develop asbestos position

27th January 2003 South Africa is to take a consolidated stance on asbestos-related matters – one that it and the continent will present at the "Chrysotile Asbestos Cement Products - Scientific Review on Health and Environment Aspects and Economic Relevance" conference in New Dehli, India, on March 5 and 6. 

Civil engineering sector launches HIV effort

24th January 2003 The South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC), the National Union of Mineworkers and the Building Construction and Allied Workers Union this week entered into a landmark agreement to fight HIV/Aids in the civil engineering industry. 

AIDS epidemic overshadows US-Africa trade

21st January 2003 Africa's devastating HIV-AIDS epidemic threatens to compromise the benefits it could reap from a trade deal to boost exports to the US, trade officials said. 

Cop bad drivers, not speedsters

By: Kelvin Kemm     17th January 2003 Three weeks before Christmas I was travelling along various freeways at speeds between 220 km/h and – when we were going slowly – 140 km/h. I was not driving. I was relaxed knowing that we could not get caught in any speed trap. 

Ballistics tool helps shoot down crime

By: Zonika Botha     17th January 2003 For the past five years the South African Police Force has made use of an advanced law enforcement tool, known as the Integrated Ballistics Identification System, to solve outstanding crime cases. 

ABB silent on reported higher asbestos offer

17th January 2003 Swiss industrial engineering group, ABB, yesterday declined comment on a report that it was raising its offer to settle asbestos liabilities by a third to $1,5-billion and said it would soon inform the plaintiffs. 

AIDS drugmakers plan to boost African supply

16th January 2003 Pharmaceutical companies said on Tuesday they were increasing the supply of life-saving AIDS medicines to Africa, but acknowledged that current efforts only scratched the surface of the problem. 

EU suggests way forward in trade row on drugs

10th January 2003 Europe's top trade negotiator called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday to help solve a row over access to life-saving drugs for poor countries which threatens to undermine global trade talks. 

UN official says West insensitive to African crisis

9th December 2002 A senior UN official last week accused the West of indifference and insensitivity over a looming food shortage/Aids crisis in southern Africa, and expressed fears of an unprecedented human catastrophe. 

Local safety group is entering China

By: Deborah Spicer     6th December 2002 The stature of Pretoria-headquartered Nosa as a key player in the international safety, health and environment (SHE) industry has been confirmed by important contracts that it has received from South America and China. 

Spoornet to conduct HIV prevalence study

By: Zonika Botha     6th December 2002 State-owned transport utility Spoornet will conduct a HIV/Aids prevalence study next year to determine to what extent its employees are affected by the deadly disease. 

German gas-equipment plant makes way for SA

By: Zonika Botha     6th December 2002 Flashback arrestors, an important component in almost all gas equipment, have, to a large extent, been imported to South Africa from Germany. 

African business takes up fight against Aids

2nd December 2002 From South Africa's cavernous gold mines to the lush fields of Kenya's tea estates, Aids is stalking Africa's dreams of an economic renaissance. 

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