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100-bed hospital handed over in East London

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Siemens South Africa, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Solidarity Fund officially handed over a separate 100-bed modular hospital solution to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, in Mdantsane, near East London, on May 14. Built in fewer than 100 days, the hospital... 

SABS updates national standard on crucial fire, alarm systems

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2021 The Standards division of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has, as part of its legislated mandate, published a revised version of South African National Standards (SANS) 10139, code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and alarm... 

Durban container terminal takes delivery of ten more straddle carriers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2021 Ten new diesel electric straddle carriers have arrived at the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2. State-owned freight utility Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says this brings the number of new single-lift straddle carriers delivered at the terminal in the last ten months to 33.  

AfriForum opposes use of facial recognition on roads owing to privacy violation and potential abuse

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2021 Lobby organisation AfriForum has sent a letter to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), expressing its opposition to the use of facial recognition software that it says will violate citizens' constitutional right to privacy, and which may form part of the proposed broader use... 

Engen to shut refinery and repurpose KZN site as an import terminal  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2021 South African petroleum products group Engen announced on Friday that it would shut the Engen Refinery and convert the site, located south of Durban, into an import terminal and product storage facility by the end of 2023. Engen said the refinery-to-terminal (RTT) repurposing initiative was based... 

Australia’s latest resources boom is driving a surge in IPOs

By: Bloomberg     20th April 2021 Australia is leveraging off its strength as a mining powerhouse to become the go-to destination for initial public offerings in the resources sector. The ASX notched up 42 IPOs in mining-related businesses over the past 12 months despite the Covid-19 pandemic, well ahead of other hotspots... 

Fire prevention company’s offering in demand  

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has had a productive first quarter, with numerous projects being completed or nearing completion last month. These projects include implementing or upgrading fire-detection and -protection systems for a hotel in Honeydew, Gauteng; a citrus pack house in... 

New sealant enhances passive fire protection

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Sealant technology provider Den Braven’s Fire Protect hybrid sealant is a “one-for-all” sealant that encapsulates the concept of passive fire protection, which is integral when designing a building or structure. The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating... 

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Leading fire suppression company, I-CAT, has successfully completed and passed all required tests to obtain a verified certification from the UK national standards body, British Standards Institution (BSI) on its conveyor belt system. “I-CAT, the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the... 

US space agency reports that booster rockets for first Artemis mission have been stacked

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th March 2021 The US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (Nasa) announced on Tuesday that the stacking of the two solid rocket boosters for the Artemis I mission had been completed. Each booster was composed of ten booster segments and a nose assembly, and both had been erected by large cranes on the mobile... 

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