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Health and Safety

PE assembly plant scoops top safety award

2nd August 2002 Delta Motor Corporation's Opel assembly plant has been awarded the NOSA top safety award in recognition of a million injury-free man-hours of production. 

Hearing-protection device is making export inroads

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd August 2002 A hearing-protection device developed and patented by Pretoria-based company Noise Clipper in association with the CSIR, which has been used widely on South African mines over the last few years, is making inroads into the export market, with deliveries having been made to Botswana and Australia. 

US backs SA Aids research centre

30th July 2002 The US has awarded R110-million to a new collaborative Aids Research Centre in Durban – the Centre for the Aids Programme on Research in South Africa (Caprisa). 

Delivering high-quality water to hospitals

26th July 2002 In the day-to-day functioning of any hospital, it is absolutely critical to organise the supply and delivery of high quality water for a number of different functions and needs. 

Drinking-water plant cuts costs at gold-mine

26th July 2002 In the past Gold Fields’ Driefontein gold-mine, in the North West Province, used mine fissure water blended with Rand Water Board water to produce the correct water chemistry for drinking water. 

New technologies to combat organic pollution of water

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 The East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) runs 22 wastewater care works treating sewage effluent, serving over 3,5-million people and more than 2 000 industries every day. 

Less waste is more profit for all

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Industry should understand the important role it plays and the responsibilities it has towards water, and should become more involved in applying and determining water quality standards. 

SA car-recovery solution replicated in Malaysia

By: Joanne Delaurentis     26th July 2002 Following more than two years of negotiations and a nine month network start-up period, the sale of locally produced Netstar stolen vehicle recovery systems in Malaysia is imminent, reports GM sales and marketing Harry Louw. 

Gauteng opens private wards in public hospitals

25th July 2002 Gauteng’s healthcare services have received a facelift with the launch of a new 100-bed section at the Folateng Unit at the Johannesburg Hospital. 

Association set up to reduce container misuse

By: Deborah Spicer     19th July 2002 The Responsible Container Management Association of Southern Africa will be picking up momentum in the coming months after having been registered as a section-21 company in June. 

IT security on growth path

By: Deborah Spicer     19th July 2002 The total value of hardware, software and services relating to information technology (IT) security industry is set to grow from R440-million in 2001 to R1,26-million in 2006, demonstrating a complex average growth rate (CAGR) of 25%. 

Mpumalanga invests R216m in poverty alleviation

15th July 2002 Mpumalanga is the fifth-poorest province in South Africa with 57% of its population living in poverty, said social services, population and development MEC Busi Coleman last week. 

Packaging meets stringent hygiene specs

12th July 2002 Durban-based Rohm and Haas supplies the food and beverage industry with a complete range of packaging solutions, that meets stringent international quality and hygiene specifications and that consistently delivers high performance for every application. 

Packaging tape distributor accelerates acquisition drive

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 Leading distributor in packaging tapes Wilec is looking for local acquisitions to accelerate the growth of its share of the local market for packaging tapes and it is also investing in capital equipment. 

'Biometrics less secure than tokens'

12th July 2002 Much hype surrounds biometric systems, which include fingerprint, iris and facial recognition, but the technology needs to mature substantially before it can be relied upon. 

Detecting lies through text mining

12th July 2002 Polygraph, or lie detector, tests are widely-used tools of the trade for catching crooks, but in today’s virtual world, many crimes take place remotely. 

Brazil announces Aids drugs technology assistance programme

By: Keith Campbell     11th July 2002 Brazil has announced the creation of a programme to assist other developing countries to combat HIV/Aids. 

SA advances baby-incubator design 

By: Deborah Spicer     5th July 2002 The only South African-designed baby incubator has been developed with the assistance of engineering know-how gained by Centurion manufacturer Epsilon during a project at alloy wheel factory Awi. 

Bridge assets successfully safeguarded

5th July 2002 Security services for the duration of the construction of the Nelson Mandela Bridge has been conducted by Duvha Security Services. 

CCTV security roll-out at domestic terminal reaches halfway mark

28th June 2002 The company currently undertaking the maintenance of all closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance systems at Johannesburg International Airport, Southwest Systems, has been tasked by the Airports Company of South Africa with the installation of the surveillance system for the new domestic... 

Gauteng to buy 20 new ambulances

27th June 2002 The Gauteng Health Department is to purchase 20 more ambulances in an effort to improve response times. 

R115m recapitalisation for Kelvin power plant

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2002 In excess of R115-million will be spent by AES Kelvin Power over the next three years, when it carries out systematic overhauls and upgrades to some systems at the Johannesburg power station. 

Power firm believes Aids infections are declining

10th June 2002 One of South Africa’s biggest employers believes the rate of Aids infection among staff is now on the decline thanks to a comprehensive programme which costs it around R180-million yearly. 

Big contract as the Kelvin refurb begins

By: Deborah Spicer     7th June 2002 Kelvin power station has kicked off its much-awaited refurbishment programme with the letting of R20-million-worth of contracts for essential maintenance and safety systems. 

Crime fighting needs technology

By: Kelvin Kemm     7th June 2002 The Institute of Strategic Studies, based in Pretoria, recently released a rather worrying report concerning increased narcotics movements in South Africa. 

New standard for information security

By: Keith Campbell     7th June 2002 WITHIN as few as five years South African companies seeking to do business internationally, and particularly in the EU, will probably need to be ISO 17799 certified. 

Joburg's new R100m medical training centre

31st May 2002 A new, state-of-the-art, specialist medical training centre, restoring South Africa's reputation internationally for medical excellence and operated on a not-for-profit basis, is to be established in Johannesburg by mid-2002 with a founding donation of R100-million from the Donald Gordon Foundation. 

R50-billion for new projects

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South Africa’s home-grown world-leader in the commercial production of liquid fuels and chemicals from coal and crude oil has a record R51,5-billion worth of projects in various stages of implementation. 

Developers and not contractors are to be responsible for safety

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th May 2002 Although construction ranks as one of the poorer performers in occupational health and safety in South Africa, industry-driven initiatives have seen a significant improvement over the last few years. 

Down the new Nosa road

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th May 2002 Nosa is one of the best players in the game worldwide. Few people know it, but these guys operate over a large part of our planet. 

Sasol consults with parties affected by natural-gas project

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Sasol has been in consultation with the Mozambican government and other parties affected by the $1,2-billion Sasol natural gas project that will bring gas from Temane in Mozambique to Sasol’s Secunda operations in the Mpumalanga Province. 

Inconspicuous computer-network safeguard

By: Karel Smrcka     24th May 2002 Networking computers are standard equipment for most enterprises today. But these nervous systems constantly live in danger of being attacked. 

Metal-seal butterfly valve improves pipeline safety

17th May 2002 The safety of personnel working in pipelines is of the utmost importance to operators of those pipelines, contractors and, of course, the personnel themselves. 

Aids to cause mass absenteeism

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2002 In the next five years South African companies will see a fifteen-fold increase in absenteeism related costs due to HIV/Aids, says Lifeworks CEO Sean Jelley. 

Lack of understanding of cost of IT security breaches in SA

By: Deborah Spicer     3rd May 2002 There is a lack of understanding of the cost of information technology (IT) security breaches in South Africa, with the average loss from each incident estimated at R525 000, reports the first global information-security survey undertaken by KPMG. 

Lift-off for R12m aerial platform contract

By: vanessa vasques     19th April 2002 The importance of good value over lower prices has meant that between September last year and February this year City Power, which is responsible for distribution of electricity throughout greater Johannesburg, has through Superfleet, Johannesburg’s appointed fleet manager, contracted Smith... 

New grating product advances safety

By: vanessa vasques     19th April 2002 A revolutionary new fixing clip, the Grate Clamp, has been designed and manufactured by Vital Engineering and Angus McLeod, of Johannesburg, which has over 62 years of manufacturing experience in South Africa. 

Manuel slams low US overseas aid

15th April 2002 South African Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, calling for more spending on the vaccination of children against common diseases, criticised the low level of official US development aid. 

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