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Health and Safety

Unsafe gas equipment endangers workplace

By: khalid patel     22nd September 2006 Unsafe gas equipment continues to find its way into the workplace where it is threatening the safety of people and exposing managers and employers to the risk of prosecution. 

‘Safety and health still neglected on building sites’

22nd September 2006 There are still far too many building contractors, sub-contractors, and property owners who deliberately ignore or are unaware of safety requirements on construction sites, Neil Duncan, president of the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA), has warned. 

Health and safety call centre launched

22nd September 2006 A new SHEQAssist call-centre, based in Centurion, Gauteng, will be manned around the clock in order to provide reliable and on-demand occupational safety, health, environmental and quality (SHEQ) legal compliance assistance to clients, even 24-hour operations like mines and heavy industry. 

‘Take precautions against transient overvoltages’

22nd September 2006 As distribution systems and loads become more complex, the possibilities of transient overvoltages increase. 

SA firm takes long-term approach to pandemic

By: Helene Le Roux     4th August 2006 The HIV/Aids pandemic is exacerbating the local skills shortage and causing a humanitarian crisis in South African society. 

SAPS viewed as integral to future rail-security solution

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2006 The budget to provide security on South Africa’s commuter trains has increased from R90-million in 1995 to R257-million in the last financial year, says South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) group executive operations compliance Enos Ngutshane. 

Diversified mining giant makes over 100 SME equity-investment commitments

By: Jade Davenport     21st July 2006 Since its inception in 1989, the black economic-empowerment (BEE) and enterprise-development initiative of diversified mining house Anglo American, Anglo Zimele, has made more than 100 equity investments into small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in a varied number of South African industries. 

South Africa's civil aviation body takes initiatives to further improve safety in the skies

By: Jade Davenport     7th July 2006 Although the mandate of the South African Civil Authority (CAA) is to promote and enforce aviation safety and security in South Africa and locally registered aircraft, the local body has adopted an objective to further raise the bar of aviation safety in the country. 

Government plans to merge health and safety units

By: Helene Le Roux     30th June 2006 The South African government plans to affect a merger between the two departments of health and safety that are located within the Department of Labour and the Department of Minerals and Energy. 

Establishment of certification body in SA could improve export chances into the EU

By: Helene Le Roux     9th June 2006 The introduction of a new certification body promises to make it easier for South African machinery and equipment manufacturers to export their products to the European Union (EU). 

Top trade union owns 24 % of new healthcare JSE-listing aspirant

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd June 2006 Healthcare provider Imuniti Holdings, which is preparing to list on the JSE ALTx, plans to roll out 200 wellness centres in South Africa in the next three years. 

Companies contesting right to revamp 'fallen' health and safety 'angle'

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd June 2006 The international enterprise-wide risk-management group, InVeritas Global Holdings (IGH), has been launched in South Africa under the guidance of CEO Dr. Pieter Strydom and commercial director Dr. Carl Marx. 

State-of-the-art CCTV equipment on offer for 2010 soccer World Cup

By: Zonika Botha     2nd June 2006 South Africa’s leading distributor of closed-circuit television (CCTV) and access-control equipment, Reditron, is eying the opportunity to supply some of its state-of-the-art security equipment to the 2010 Soccer World Cup. 

Joburg International Airport's soaring passenger traffic driven largely by domestic growth

By: Jade Davenport     2nd June 2006 In 2005, Africa’s largest and busiest airport, Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), witnessed a significant year-on-year growth of 11,3% in passenger traffic. 

Promoting an ‘economy of ideas’

By: Amy Heydenrych     12th May 2006 Recognised as the premier business awards programme in South Africa, the Technology Top 100 (TT100) aims to interface with companies on a national level, celebrating South African excellence and innovation. 

Engineering council records alarming rise in complaints

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2006 Over the last three years the number of complaints to the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) has increased fourfold. 

Record car sales a boost for security solution

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2006 JSE-listed information and communications technology company in the Altron group, Altech, reports that its Netstar division has recorded solid growth on the back of recent buoyant vehicle sales in South Africa. 

Industry and unions sign health accord

By: Helene Le Roux     28th April 2006 The South African construction industry has taken a proactive step to improve its health and safety performance. 

Improvement needed in African air safety

By: Liezel Hill     17th March 2006 A number of leading civil-aviation stakeholders have come out in support of making the rigorous International Air Transport Association (Iata) operational safety audit (Iosa) compulsory for airlines operating in South Africa and, possibly, the rest of Africa. 

It's necessary to give African countries the means to search for their own solutions - Lula da Silva

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2006 Brazil is expanding its technical assistance to Africa. 

Defence acquisition agency supports police procurement efforts

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2006 South African defence acquisition, disposal, and research-and-development agency Armscor also plays a key role in supporting the acquisition of key specialised equipment for the South African Police Service (SAPS). 

No more damage from falling conveyor counterweights

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd February 2006 East Rand-based engineering-solutions company Horne has recently introduced a new ?conveyor-belt tension-take-up counter-weight arresting device to the local materials-handling and conveying industry. 

Solidarity 'satisfied' with of Sasol blast inquiry

1st February 2006 Trade union Solidarity yesterday expressed satisfaction with the progress made with the Sasol Secunda explosion investigation. 

Key business sectors hit hard by scourge

By: Nicola Mawson     9th December 2005 The HIV/Aids pandemic has severely hit sectors such as mining, manufacturing and transport and storage. 

Safety-training innovation

By: peter cromberge     2nd December 2005 A local company has teamed up with an American-based organisation to introduce customisable health and safety e-learning courses to local companies. 

Manufacturer's investment bears fruit

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2005 Vehicle manufacturer Off-road Truck & Trailer (OTT) has secured a contract to supply local security group SBV with a number of cash-transit trucks. This is in addition to 16 armoured vehicles, in a variety of configurations, on order by the United Nations for service in strife-torn Sudan. 

World Bank aprroves $20m for Ghana Aids fight

17th November 2005 The World Bank Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of $20-million to assist the government of Ghana in the fight against HIV/Aids. 

New asbestos regulations out for public comment

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2005 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has published new asbestos regulations for public comment. 

Doing business in hostile territory

By: peter cromberge     11th November 2005 Solution offers advisory service and rapid response 

Company eyes 2010 World Cup stadium-security contracts

By: Jade Davenport     4th November 2005 Corporate security solutions, which are designed to add value to business through the derivation of security intelligence, are rapidly becoming an essential element of business processes, which is evidenced by the fact that the industry is expanding at a rate of approximately 10% a year. 

Crime busters

By: Jade Davenport     4th November 2005 Five initiatives launched to reduce lawlessness 

Outsourcing security is the way to go

4th November 2005 Success in public facility or large commercial and industrial security systems boils down to a combination of high-technology digital CCTV video-surveillance systems designed on a total solution platform with outsourcing of the system management and auxiliary resources. 

Automated system improves home security

4th November 2005 Leading manufacturer of electrical accessories and cable-management systems Legrand has a new innovative automated system, which controls electrical functions to improve home security, without anyone even having to be on the property. 

Pump helps to prevent diseases in Africa

7th October 2005 A new-generation dosing pump is playing a key role in alleviating waterborne diseases in rural Africa. 

Safety light barriers are the answer

23rd September 2005 Multisided machine safeguarding using safety light barriers with deflecting mirrors ensures the best protection of personnel while still facilitating unhindered accessibility. 

Safety booklet is revised

23rd September 2005 A revised version of guidance designed to help employers who supply and use personal protective equipment (PPE) at work meet their duties under the law has been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 

Safety a key aspect in any electrical installation

23rd September 2005 Legrand’s extensive range of Mosaic electrical controls has been designed for high safety, efficiency and flexibility, as well as easy installation in any application, including original installations, extensions and modifications. 

Products to cover any safety need

By: thamashni naidoo     23rd September 2005 The health and safety issue facing many industries is a growing concern for most developed and developing countries. 

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