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Health and Safety

Time to tackle the not-so-sound sound engineers

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th June 2004 Very often I am asked: “So . . . you’re a sound engineer, huh ?“ 

Concerns raised over SA's electrical certificates

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2004 Estimates from various stakeholders on the number of electrical certificates of compliance (CoCs) issued by electrical contractors in South Africa without sufficient inspection, or even fraudulently, range from one in a hundred, to ninty-nine in a hundred. 

Safe as houses

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2004 Are electrical certificates worth the paper they are printed on? 

Building supplier wants urgent asbestos ban as imports begin to hurt

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2004 Building products supplier Everite wants the process to ban asbestos in South Africa to progress decidedly faster, especially as it believes the importation of asbestos products is currently hurting its market position. 

Roy Richmond, Vitamin Laboratories

By: Laura Franz     4th June 2004 Full name: Roy Kenneth Richmond Position: Founder Vitamin Laboratories (with the brand Perc), 1999 Main activity of the company: Manufacturer and supplier of natural health products (nutraceuticals) Date and place of birth: March 14, 1959, Cape Town Education: De Villiers Graaf High School,... 

SA’s ageing switchgear in dire need of replacement

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th June 2004 This week …switchgear, but, first, some basic explanations. 

Growing international demand for local armoured vehicles

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2004 There are a few things South Africans have a good international reputation for, and security and protection are some of them. 

Constructor launches Aids programme

1st June 2004 Construction group Rainbow Construction has launched a workplace Aids programme to address the needs of all staff members who may be infected and affected by the pandemic and to minimise the impact of the disease on the company and its stakeholders. 

New hospital planned for Ballito

28th May 2004 One of KwaZulu-Natal’s fastest growing areas, Ballito, is to get a new multi-million rand hospital located adjacent to Seaforth College and overlooking the Zimbali golf course. 

HIV/Aids toolkit launched

By: elizabeth rebelo     28th May 2004 The South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids (Sabcoha) is launching a management toolkit, aimed at assisting companies in implementing an effective HIV/Aids programme within their work environments. 

Gauteng invests in hi-tech hospital equipment

27th May 2004 A new multi-million rand state-of-the-art angiography unit has been installed at the Dr George Mukhari Hospital in Garankuwa near Pretoria. 

SA manufacturer seeks to pamper relationship with a US colossus

By: Keith Campbell     21st May 2004 SOUTH African medium-sized manufacturing company Espin is hopeful that it will be able to expand its relationship with giant US multinational Procter&Gamble (P&G) in the coming years. 

Automaker moves to lower the cost of armoured vehicles

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2004 Responding to what it sees as customers’ needs, local auto maker Nissan South Africa has introduced armoured protection on its Almera cars, Hardbody pickups and X-Trail and Patrol sports-utility vehicles. 

First Word

By: Keith Campbell     21st May 2004 SEX!?Condoms!?Actually, this column is about false economies and mindless bureaucracy. 

CSIR telehealth project wins global award

19th May 2004 The CSIR's telehealth project based in the Eastern Cape has been selected as one of three winners in the health category of the prestigious Stockholm Challenge. 

SA vaccine development gets shot in the arm

19th May 2004 Platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) and South Africa's largest transport company Transnet, have come on board to support HIV and Aids vaccine research and development in the country. 

Spotlight on security at CeBIT 2004

By: Karel Smrcka     14th May 2004 Information technology security figured prominently at the annual information and telecommunications technology trade show CeBIT 2004, held in Hannover, Germany, last month. 

Aids award for technology group

12th May 2004 At an awards event in Berlin, Germany attended by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, World Bank President James Wolfensohn and many other dignitaries, Siemens Southern Africa was presented with the New York-based Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/Aids award for business excellence in the... 

Aids toolkit to be launched

7th May 2004 A management toolkit, aimed at assisting companies in implementing an effective HIV/Aids programme within their work environments, is being launched by the South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids (Sabcoha). 

Aluvin Securiseal

7th May 2004 Family-owned company Aluvin Securiseal has been manufacturing security sealing products and systems since 1953. 

Top Aids researchers seek African solutions

5th May 2004 The African continent’s leading HIV/Aids researchers will gather in Cape Town this week for a top-level international conference to discuss new ways of dealing with the epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Water Affairs' focus to fall on sanitation

5th May 2004 Newly-appointed Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Buyelwa Sonjica looks set to focus on the same targets her predecessor was aiming at before President Thabo Mbeki's new Cabinet was announced last week. 

Iris-recognition security solution finding local acceptance

By: Helene Le Roux     30th April 2004 Technology that can tell one apart from all the other people on the planet with one glance is becoming readily available locally. ?In what is believed to be the largest installation of its kind in the country, local secure business 

CSI implemented at Durban port

By: elizabeth rebelo     30th April 2004 The Port of Durban is the first African port to have implemented the Container Security Initiative (CSI) – a US antiterrorism initiative designed to secure cargo containers. 

Workers call for workplace safety

28th April 2004 Today is World Day for Safety & Health at Work and International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers, which are intended to focus international attention on promoting and creating a safety and health culture at work and to help reduce the number of occupational-related fatalities,... 

The economics of cleaner production proved in fish industry

By: Jill Stanford     23rd April 2004 Participants in the Cleaner Production in the South African Fishing Industry project have reduced their environmental impact by notching up significant savings in water and energy consumption and effluent outflow. 

Jasco confident of return to profitability

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st April 2004 Diversified South African group Jasco Electronics Holdings yesterday reported ‘disappointing’ financial results for the year ended February 29, but said it has implemented a number of key strategies that will provide an improved financial and operational base to take the business... 

S Africans challenged to design safer paraffin stove

20th April 2004 The Paraffin Safety Association and Proudly South African have joined forces to challenge South Africans to design a safer paraffin stove. 

How rural growth is being bolstered

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2004 A three-pronged five-year European Union (EU)-funded developmental project is under way in Kwazulu-Natal (KZN), Engineering News can today report. 

Company’s Aids-awareness drive

16th April 2004 Kwazulu-Natal-based Rohm and Haas South Africa has embarked on an Aids-awareness campaign, helping to deal with the pandemic through active education programmes, Rohm and Haas MD Forbes Merrigan reports. 

Cape Town’s killer fires: it’s time for more govt action

By: katharine mckenzie     9th April 2004 Parts of Cape Town are reeling as the annual fire season takes its toll on the City’s poorest residents. 

Spoornet to address noise levels in locomotives

8th April 2004 South African rail utility Spoornet has noted concerns raised by the United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu), regarding the noise levels in train locomotives. 

US invests R19m in SA's health education channel

5th April 2004 The US government announced on Friday that it is investing R19-million ($3-million) towards expanding South Africa's public health education channel. 

Mauritius: the island of (electricity) dreams

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd April 2004 The other day at the supermarket and there was an appeal notice and trolley for food for the people who had been rendered homeless by a fire in an informal settlement. So I thought I would find out why fires start in informal settlements to begin with. 

Health and safety demands may lead to outsourcing

26th March 2004 Occupational health, safety and environment outsourced solutions provider WorkMed has a rigorous research and development programme. 

Resin manufacturer to implement maintenance and Sheq solution

26th March 2004 French-based multinational resins manufacturing giant and member of the Atofina group, Cray Valley, is to implement the Aurora plant-maintenance solution from ApplyIT at its South African operation in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, to complement the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system through which... 

Joint venture in mine support

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 The black economically empowered DCD-Dorbyl is a significant supplier of mine support products as a result of its joint venture (JV) with steel tube manufacturing company Robor, the Barloworld subsidiary. 

Tyre sensor improves driver safety

By: Karel Smrcka     26th March 2004 You break on a wet highway or, even worse, on black ice – friction is almost zero and your car goes into a skid. And this is a scenario, which will be avoided in future. 

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