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Health and Safety

Fluorescent step-nosings promote mine safety

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 Industrial flooring company Toughflex Polymer Systems has, over the past five years, been introducing a new concept in 

Online process sulphur analyser new to SA

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Three analysers that can accurately measure and analyse information in the chemical and petrochemicals industries have been introduced by OEN Enterprises. 

Software package improves operations at refineries

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 An innovative means to unify all of AspenTech’s products and capabilities into a single cohesive system was introduced late last year by the company. 

R30-million water upgrading plant for refinery

25th March 2005 A leading water and energy solutions company in Southern Africa, ImproChem, has started construction of a R30-million wastewater upgrading facility at Caltex Refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town. 

Toxicity-testing device to target mining sector

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 A new field-based method to measure toxicity was introduced to South Africa earlier this month. 

Petrochemical project for welding machine specialist

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Fabinox Projects is taking delivery of three more Orbital welding machines, increasing its total Orbital equipment to seven. 

Safety body confirms commercial-division sale

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2005 The National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) has announced the takeover of its commercial division, Nosa International. 

Boiler explosion case nears conclusion

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2005 The court case arising from the 2001 incident in which a boiler exploded at the Barberton town prison, killing two warders and injuring three prisoners, is coming to a close. 

Police close in on missing Injaka dossier

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2005 The South African Police Service (SAPS) is ‘hot on the trail’ of the missing Injaka dossier. 

Business backing for Africa's first hand-surgery unit

By: Zonika Botha     25th February 2005 Construction of Africa’s first stand-alone hand surgery complex at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (CHB), in Soweto, began a month ago, and should, if all goes well, be completed by the mid-July, reports CHB superintendent Dr Pungi Lingham. 

26 years of supplying high-performance batteries

25th February 2005 Established in 1979, Aztec Electronics supplies high-performance batteries and related components to the defence industry. 

Use of contractors under scrutiny

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2005 Trade union Solidarity has broadened its criticism of petrochemicals giant Sasol’s use of contractors to include South Africa’s chemical and petrochemical industry. 

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. 

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