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Health and Safety

Electrical contractors in battle with State over certificates

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2004 The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), representing about 2 500 electrical contractors, is taking legal action against the Department of Labour (DoL) over the policing of the system of Electrical Certificates of Compliance (CoCs). 

At last, rail safety gets a champion

6th August 2004 If South Africa and Africa hope to make rail the transport-mode of choice for freight and passengers, then much more attention will have to be given to the issue of safety. 

Tripartite effort needed to fight healthcare crisis

By: Jill Stanford     4th August 2004 Co-operation between the private sector, labour and the public sector can provide relief to South Africa’s reeling public health system. 

Surveillance system installed at Cape prison

4th August 2004 As part of a general upgrading of the Goodwood Prison at Cape Town, CCTV surveillance technology specialist Thales Advanced Engineering won a contract worth R750 000 to manufacture a digital on-line surveillance system using a total of 112 cameras. 

Car safety moving from passive to active . . .

By: Keith Campbell     30th July 2004 THE future focus of automotive manufacturers with regard to safety will be on the development of active systems, which will be developed, hopefully, within a framework of globally-standardised safety regulations. 

. . . while intelligent-guidance systems are promoted for trucks

By: Keith Campbell     30th July 2004 THE global trend of increasing road congestion will require more intelligent guidance of vehicles. 

EU helps boost SA's Aids-research effort

27th July 2004 A European Union body will donate about R4.2 billion to the South African Medical Research Council to help combat HIV/Aids, the MRC said on Monday. 

The Olympic fleet: An exercise in logistics

By: Karel Smrcka     23rd July 2004 Athens is in gridlock. The daily traffic chaos is as common as gyros and retsina wine. 

‘Construction industry remains apathetic to Aids threat’

21st July 2004 Drawing from data gathered from 565 participants during a series of more than 40 national multistakeholder workshops and seminars, 300 workers in the Western and Eastern Cape provinces, and 400 workers in Namibia, Dr Theo Haupt, at Peninsula Technikon, and Prof John Smallwood, at the University... 

SA’s response to TB to be scaled up

13th July 2004 The ancient plague of Tuberculosis (TB) continues to needlessly kill thousands of South Africans every year, and the National Tuberculosis Control Programme of the Department of Health is embarking on a partnership-strengthening exercise aimed at scaling up societal support for the fight against TB. 

Mining entrepreneurs develop interactive program

By: Deborah Spicer     9th July 2004 Following a fatal accident at one of the platinum mines in the Lebowa Platinum area late last year, Simulated Training Solutions (STS) developed a personal computer (PC)-based program in the form of an interactive game format, to assist with minimising accidents and fatalities within the mining... 

First Word

By: Helene Le Roux     9th July 2004 Stop the killing.?If the national news broadcast were to show a person wearing a placard with these words around his neck for five seconds, without putting the event into context, what would most viewers think about? 

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. 

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