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Health and Safety

Beautiful Bid to host the Beautiful Game

By: Zonika Botha     21st November 2003 After losing out on the opportunity to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup by a single vote to Germany in 2000, South Africa again has the opportunity to stage the world’s biggest sporting event come 2010. 

R3,1bn ‘fair value’ BEE deal in healthcare sector

18th November 2003 Industrial giant African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) yesterday disclosed details of a R3,1-billion black economic empowerment (BEE) deal involving its healthcare subsidiary Afrox Healthcare (AHealth). 

Lula unveils African action plan

By: Keith Campbell     14th November 2003 BRAZIL could invest more than R1,2-billion in Africa between now and the end of 2006. 

SA to quadruple Aids spending

13th November 2003 South Africa is set to almost quadruple its spending on HIV/Aids, a move analysts said signalled a major shift in political will to fight a pandemic ravaging the country. 

US asbestos bill draws big lobby spending

12th November 2003 US businesses and insurers have spent millions of dollars lobbying on Capitol Hill this year for an asbestos litigation reform bill now locked in a stalemate, lobbying disclosure forms and spokespersons say. 

Students acknowledged for innovative projects

By: Jill Stanford     7th November 2003 THE 2003 Catalyst Innovation competition has been won by Manju Joshua from the Wits School of Process and Materials Engineering for her design of a fluidised bed reactor. 

Democracy’s children

By: Seeraj Mohamed     7th November 2003 As South Africa approaches its tenth year of democracy we take stock of the past decade. While reading a recently published review of the past decade, my thoughts drifted to Salman Rushdie’s excellent novel Midnight’s Children, which is about a group of children born during the first... 

Giants lead way in sustainability reporting

By: Deborah Spicer     7th November 2003 Mining company AngloGold, petrochemicals giant Sasol and financial services group African Bank Investment Limited were the three companies which special mention was made of in a KPMG analysis of integrated sustainability reporting in South Africa released last month. 

Big safety drive in construction as legislation tightens

By: nkolola halwindi     7th November 2003 The construction industry has increased its focus on health and safety issues to meet increasingly stricter legislation on the issues, reports construction and engineering legal consultant advocate Hendrik Terblanche. 

How vulnerable are SA’s industries to computer crime?

By: zeena isaacs     7th November 2003 Industrial security has become a significant issue in the past few years, due to the ease of hacking into systems through personal computers (PCs) and the Internet, Gartner vicepresident Dan Miklovic tells Engineering News. 

R40bn-worth of fraud, corruption and theft

By: zeena isaacs     7th November 2003 Commercial fraud, corruption and corporate theft consumes between 3% and 5% of company turnover, affecting 86% of South African business, and costing South Africa more than R40-billion a year, says Business Against Crime (BAC) GM Tom Bouwer. 

Security operator set for growth

By: zeena isaacs     7th November 2003 One of the leading security and related service operators in the world and the third largest in South Africa, Group 4 Falck, are well positioned to acquire substantial market share in the months ahead. 

Tamper-evident seal firm increases local production

By: zeena isaacs     7th November 2003 White-collar crime costs companies millions a year, impacting directly on the bottom line. 

GMO testing facility is underutilised

By: nkolola halwindi     31st October 2003 Despite the fact that a formal agreement linking Africa’s first testing facility for genetically-modified organisms (GMO) to an international organisation was signed at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein a few months ago, the facility has not been put to full use due to lack... 

US mercury-emission standards could poison African exports

By: Kelvin Kemm     31st October 2003 I was invited on a speaking tour of the US and it was most productive and interesting. As we head towards our summer and they head towards their winter, we are going to hear more about global warming, and the speculated disasters that it will bring. 

Education is a focal point for auto group

By: candice haase     31st October 2003 With South Africa’s unemployment figure hovering around 40%, BMW South Africa hopes to next year establish an entrepreneurial development programme to assist new graduates to create job opportunities for themselves. 

ABB to raise almost $4-billion

29th October 2003 ABB unveiled a radical recapitalisation plan yesterday designed to raise almost $4-billion, nearly doubling its share base and putting the indebted engineering group on a sound financial footing through 2006. 

SA hosts Unicef's first non-European disaster-relief hub

By: laurian clemence     22nd October 2003 The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has officially opened an emergency supply facility in Johannesburg, the first such facility to be opened outside of Europe. 

ABB says oil and gas unit sale still on track

22nd October 2003 Engineering firm ABB is holding tough negotiations over the sale price of its oil and gas unit, sources said yesterday, as ABB insisted the deal was will not be delayed by the unit's link to asbestos issues. 

Nosa gets global praise for Aids management standard

21st October 2003 Nosa’s Aids Management Standard, the AMS 16001 and AMS 16004 Audit Guidelines, have received an overwhelming reception among international organisations in Geneva. 

ABB welcomes US asbestos appeal date

20th October 2003 Swiss-Swedish engineering firm ABB welcomed news that a date for oral arguments in an appeal against the firm's $1,2-billion asbestos settlement in the US had been set for December 16. 

Cape set to become vaccine hub

By: Jill Stanford     17th October 2003 For many years South Africa has not had the capacity or infrastructure to finalise process development and manufacture vaccines, but this is set to change as a new biotechnology company establishes the infrastructure to begin manufacturing vaccines for clinical trial studies. 

R500m vaccine partnership launched

By: Jill Stanford     10th October 2003 A PUBLIC–private partnership (PPP) that is to re-establish a domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity has been launched in Cape Town by the Minister of Health Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. 

FirstRand unveils BEE procurement strategy

By: laurian clemence     10th October 2003 South African banking group FirstRand yesterday unveiled a black economic empowerment (BEE) procurement strategy in Midrand, alongside an exhibition of BEE companies involved in the initiative. 

Opponents of ABB asbestos pact file final brief

8th October 2003 Opponents of ABB's $1,2-billion asbestos settlement filed their final briefs appealing the plan yesterday, with both sides awaiting a hearing date from the Philadelphia court that will rule on the matter, lawyers said. 

Invention combats extension-cord hazard

3rd October 2003 An extension-cord holder that confines the possibility of an electrical explosion as a result of induction forming around the reel because of remaining cable left on it when an electrical appliance is connected to the electrical current on the outlet terminal of the reel. 

Hybrids can be cheap to make, Toyota says

3rd October 2003 Toyota Motor Corporation showed off the production site of its gasoline-electric hybrid cars to journalists for the first time yesterday with a powerful message: they don't have to be expensive to make. 

'SA Aids treatment could avert economic decline'

29th September 2003 The World Bank last week welcomed a decision by South Africa to make antiretroviral (ARV) treatment available to AIDS victims as a way to avert possible long-term economic decline. 

Focus on health and safety intensifying

By: zeena isaacs     26th September 2003 Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is becoming a rapidly expanding facet of everyday life as government, companies and professional bodies are starting to intensify their focus on the health and safety of employees, says Institute of Safety Management executive director Ray Strydom. 

Mining contractor’s injury rate drops by more than 50%

By: zeena isaacs     26th September 2003 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts RUC has more than halved its injury rate from August last year to this year. 

She gets R2m a year from chemicals manufacturer

By: zeena isaacs     26th September 2003 Chemicals manufacturer and supplier Chemical Initiatives spends more than R2-million a year on safety, health and environment (She) initiatives. 

Tertiary safety, health and environment course is proving popular

By: zeena isaacs     26th September 2003 The University of Southern Queensland (USQ), in Australia, has increased the intake of students for its safety, health and environment (She) postgraduate course by 50% this year, with 100% employment rate of its graduated students. 

Training course on offer for radiation protection officers 

By: zeena isaacs     26th September 2003 At the beginning of the month measuring equipment supplier Mecosa hosted a training course for radiation protection officers in Sandton, highlighting important facts about nuclear radiation. 

Cleaner-production centre’s first training course only the beginning

26th September 2003 In May, this year, the recently-launched National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) ran its first training course aimed at developing and transferring skills and know-how in the field of cleaner production (CP). 

SA’s labour force to shrink 21% by 2015 due to Aids

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th September 2003 The size of South Africa’s labour force is projected to decline by 21% by 2015 as a result of HIV/Aids, negatively affecting the output potential of the economy. 

Distribution problem should not be overlooked in Aids treatment drive

By: Kelvin Kemm     19th September 2003 Imagine if the government announced that it was giving away a free set of bicycle tyres once a year to each bicycle owner as a gesture of goodwill in encouraging people to travel, and to be healthy and reduce combustion engine emissions. 

Unions demand urgent Aids drugs rollout

19th September 2003 South Africa's umbrella trade union group yesterday piled pressure on the government to launch a nationwide rollout of Aids drugs in public hospitals, saying a delay of six months would kill thousands. 

Experts express hope for Aids vaccine

19th September 2003 Researchers expressed hope yesterday that new approaches to developing a vaccine against Aids will eventually vanquish the killer virus and said the needed global network of trials was finally falling into place. 

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