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Health and Safety

United effort vital in Aids fight

By: Helene Le Roux     25th February 2005 In high prevalence areas, such as South Africa, HIV/Aids is exacting a significant toll on the employees and markets of businesses.?In an effort to fight the disease on as many fronts as possible, a conference, which brought together African business coalitions, government and other stakeholders,... 

New gadget to tackle indoor oxygen deficiency

By: Liezel Hill     18th February 2005 Modern society suffers from a chronic lack of oxygen, and global-scale causes such as the disappearance of forests and vegetation and raised air-pollution levels are exacerbated by poor ventilation in houses and workplaces. 

Delivering drugs to the cochlea, and taking on other medical challenges

By: Karel Smrcka     18th February 2005 Hearing problems afflict almost one in five of the world population. 

Skills, safety, charter priorities for civil engineering

By: Keith Campbell     18th February 2005 THE single biggest challenge facing South African civil engineering over the next ten years will be a shortage of skilled personnel. 

Innovations in heating for upmarket apartment building

By: Liezel Hill     18th February 2005 Heating specialist Bartec is installing a hot-water reticulation system at the exclusive apartments being constructed at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg. 

New cranes reduce erection to five minute operation

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 A new self-erecting crane range has been introduced in South Africa by SA French. 

Construction of R60m Free State bridge to start next year

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Construction of a new bridge over the Caledon river at Wepener, in the Free State, will begin early next year. 

Consultancy lands chrome-mine job

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Gauteng-based TWP Consulting has been commissioned to design and manage the construction of a new underground chrome-mine. 

Rand, interest rates fuel property market

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Low interest rates and the strong rand have done much to create a buoyant property market in South Africa, leading to a multiplicity of commercial developments, says LC Consulting director John Truter. 

Why engineering collapses occur

18th February 2005 Contrary to popular belief, engineering collapses are not generally attributable to one clear-cut cause, but to a combination of various aspects of the design and construction and a final circumstance that “breaks the camel’s back”. 

Sustainability should be the aim of emerging contractors

18th February 2005 Emerging contractor Jacob Letsebe believes that standard of work, conduct on site – and sustainability – are vital qualities emerging contractors should aim for. 

Sasol defends safety record, union still worried

By: Martin Czernowalow     10th February 2005 Following a spate of fatalities and injuries at several of South African petrochemicals giant Sasol's operations recently, chief executive Pieter Cox yesterday vehemently defended the group's safety record and highlighted efforts to further improve occupational safety standards. 

Now cameras also fight crime in Tshwane

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2005 The Tshwane metropolitan council in December launched the first phase of a city surveillance programme, following in the footsteps of Cape Town and Johannesburg that already have cameras operational in strategic areas. 

Cessna introduces advanced aircraft

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Rated as the largest manufacturer of aviation equipment in units sold, Cessna, whose franchise in South Africa is held by Comair, is growing rapidly. 

Aircraft sales soar as rand strength continues

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 With the South African economy booming and the rand remaining strong, aircraft sales have been buoyant, says National Airways and Finance Corporation (NAC) executive director Graeme Conlyn. 

Attack choppe's enviro-control system being upgraded

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Gauteng-based Booyco Engineering is upgrading the environmental-control system (ECS) of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) Rooivalk attack helicopter, in collaboration with Denel Aerospace. 

New concept in vehicle self protection for peacekeeping

14th January 2005 A South African company owned jointly by Grintek (South Africa) and Saab (Sweden), Avitronics has launched a revolutionary new system at African Aerospace and Defence 2004. 

Most upgrades will be complete in next 4 years

By: abdul cook     10th December 2004 A big portion of a R3,8-billion programme being implented by Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) to upgrade the country's national and international airports in preparation for the 2010 soccer World Cup will be completed over the next four years. 

KZN, Gauteng firms hit hardest by Aids

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th December 2004 Results from an extensive survey on the impact of HIV/Aids on business in South Africa, show that companies located in Kwazulu-Natal, followed by companies located in South Africa’s economic powerhouse, Gauteng, have the highest prevalence of the epidemic HIV/Aids. 

Partnership backs search for Aids vaccine

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2004 There are currently two possible Aids vaccines on trial in South Africa. 

Dewatering-wells project the biggest in Southern Africa

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 A joint venture between France-based Soletanche Bachy and Dura Piling, of Gauteng, constructed a single-phase self-hardening slurry cut-off wall and installed deep dewatering wellpoints and piezometers at the Port of Ngqura. 

Gauteng firm does several geotech probes at Coega

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Gauteng-based civil engineering consultancy Jones & Wagener has undertaken various geotechnical investigations for the new Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. 

Gigantic cranes deployed at construction site

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Hauler of large equipment and machinery Mammoet has supplied three cranes for the construction of two large breakwaters at the Port of Ngqura. 

Vaccine challenge

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2004 Broad-based partnership backs search for Aids Holy Grail 

Safety critical in design of maintenance products

19th November 2004 Equipment maker Bellambie Mining & Industrial director George McMaster says that safety is critical in the design of the company’s products used in maintenance procedures. 

’Tis the season to be speed-trapping

By: Kelvin Kemm     19th November 2004 We are approaching Christmas again and that means the season of turkey, Christmas pud and speed traps on the freeways. 

Africa must make big air-traffic control decisions

By: Keith Campbell     19th November 2004 IN the next couple of years the countries of Africa will have to decide on whether or not they will adopt a regional approach to air traffic control (ATC) rather than the current national approaches. 

Agreement on Aids reached at Coega

16th November 2004 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) are entering into a partnership through the signing of a historic memorandum of understanding (MOU), it was reported last week. 

Biosector in a transitional stage

By: Karel Smrcka     12th November 2004 The biosector has roused itself again after three quiet years. In Europe it is now going through a transitional stage in which Finland is dependent on what happens in general on the European biotechnology markets. 

Sasol to appoint global safety consultancy

12th November 2004 Sasol CE Pieter Cox last week announced that an international reputable safety consultancy was about to be appointed to review Sasol’s safety management practices and procedures, and specifically to consider whether or not causal links can be established between recent incidents experienced... 

Loopholes to become a noose for fraudsters

5th November 2004 A biometric verification system for credit-based institutions and government bodies is nearing completion. 

Company to launch improved bomb suit

By: peter cromberge     5th November 2004 An improved version of a locally-produced bomb suit is to be released at the end of the year. 

CCTV slashes East Rand crime

By: peter cromberge     5th November 2004 Digital Internet protocol (IP)-based surveillance is a more versatile and innovative alternative to traditional analogue closed circuit television (CCTV) monitoring. 

Most companies underestimate internal security threats

By: peter cromberge     5th November 2004 Many companies are failing to provide measures to counter the threats posed by breaches to internal data systems. 

Sasol's safety

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 Sept 1, the time 9:40 am, there's an explosion 

International network expansion planned

By: abdul cook     22nd October 2004 Hydraulic component manufacturer and distributor Horne Hydraulics is continuing to expand its international network. 

Boost for construction from 2005

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2004 The local construction industry is poised for significant growth from 2005 onwards, brought about by government’s commitment to infrastructure spend and the 2010 Soccer World Cup, said Group Five CEO Mike Lomas at a Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) function held earlier... 

'Building sector still ignoring Aids threat'

21st October 2004 The construction industry is continuing to turn a blind eye to the current and potential impact of HIV/Aids - an attitude that could have dire consequences for the future of this important economic sector, Eunice Forbes, president of the Gauteng Master Builders' Association, has warned. 

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