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Hazards and fire risk in the chemical-processing industry

11th October 2021 A fire that broke out at the KZN Resins factory in Durban at the end of August has placed the spotlight on the extreme hazards associated with the chemical-processing industry (CPI), comments ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. These hazards can quickly lead to a cascading sequence of events,... 

Top tips to fire up your gas heater to keep the cold at bay

20th July 2021 With the South African Weather Service (SAWS) warning about sub-polar weather conditions affecting most parts of the country this week, many families will turn to gas heaters to keep warm. ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk gives us his ‘top tips’ on what to do when you switch your appliance on for... 

Fire risk in downtown areas is a hot topic

20th July 2021 A spate of apartment-building fires in the downtown Johannesburg central business district has highlighted the need for the rational design of performance-based fire-safety systems for residential buildings in particular, according to ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. Rational design takes into... 

How to keep warm and safe this winter

20th July 2021 With winter fast approaching and people already beginning to unpack their electric heaters and blankets, what are the fire-risk implications that people need to be aware of? ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk outlines the main areas of concern for homeowners. Be aware of electrical sources 
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Opinion: Is green hydrogen the fuel to drive South Africa’s future?

In this opinion article, Royal HaskoningDHV advisory group for energy transition director Gladys Nabagala writes that South Africa has significant potential to stimulate its economy by building a hydrogen export economy. 

Indigenous plant biofilters effectively remove pollutants from stormwater, researchers say

Biofilters with indigenous South African plants, such as palmiet, mat sedge, soft rush, cobra lily and vleibiesie, are significantly more efficient than unvegetated soils in removing nutrients and metals pollutants from urban stormwater, Stellenbosch University (SU) researchers say. The team... 
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