A jail term would send a strong message to violators of OHS in the construction sector

Department of Employment and Labour Director of Construction, Explosives and Major Hazards Installations (MHI), Phumi Maphaha says he wants to see a jail term as a form of sanction to violators of occupational health and safety (OHS) in the construction sector. Maphaha said this would send a strong message to contractors who are cutting corners. He was addressing a Department’s occupational health and safety conference. The three-day conference which started yesterday is being held at the Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng Province. The theme of the conference is: “Strategic co-operation…

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Botswana: The Dubai of Africa

  JOHANNESBURG- “Democracy, like a little plant, does not grow or develop on its own. It must be nursed and nurtured if it is to grow and flourish. It must be believed in and practised if it is to be appreciated. And it must be fought for and defended if it is to survive”. – Seretse Khama, the first president of Botswana. Botswana is an inland country bordered by South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, mostly dominated by the rigid Kalahari Desert, covering 70percent of the country’s total land area. Water…

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Africa economic performance looks promising as oil markets recover – report

  JOHANNESBURG- The outlook for Africa’s economic performance is promising, particularly as global oil markets finally recover from their 2015-2016 lows, a report released by Africa Oil Week and Menas Associates says. Africa Oil Week, which will run in November in Cape Town, is the leading oil and gas event for the continent, with over 1,500 key executives attending from around the world to broker new deals. In a statement, organisers of the conference cited experts who predicted that 2019 and beyond would see deep offshore exploration and mega gas…

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Hepatitis E in pork products sparks warning to Cape Town consumers

  Scientists have warned consumers to thoroughly cook meat from pigs after finding the hepatitis E virus in pork sold in Cape Town. Hepatitis E causes jaundice, loss of appetite and nausea. In rare cases it can cause acute liver failure, particularly in pregnant women and patients with a comprised immune system. The virus is usually transmitted through drinking water contaminated with faeces, but scientists who bought 144 food samples from supermarkets and butcheries around Cape Town found it in two liver spreads. Stephen Korsman, of the National Health Laboratory…

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Do It Again’ and Rand-Air – clear consecutive winners at this year’s Durban July

  This year, the gelding ‘Do It Again’ was the fifth horse – in the 123-year history of the Durban July – to win for two consecutive years. In a similar vein, Rand-Air’s Durban team were called on to ‘do it again’ and supply the organisers of the race meeting with temporary lighting for the 2019 event. “While the organisers of the Durban July told us that they were very happy with our 2018 rental, we were still delighted to be called to Greyville race course for the second year…

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Sanral says R40bn road construction projects in the pipeline

JOHANNESBURG – The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) said on Thursday that it will issue major road construction tenders to the value of more than R40 billion to the construction sector over the next two to three years. Louw Kannemeyer, SANRAL’s engineering executive, said the new projects will include some 90 major capital works projects larger than R500 million each which will go out to tender during the three year medium-term period. National Treasury has allocated about R21.5 billion per year for the maintenance and improvement of SANRAL’s…

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Employment and Labour Minister calls for safe and healthy workplaces

  Employment and Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi, has called for the collaboration between his department and social partners towards the creation of a “Vision Zero” – a workplace free of accidents and diseases. The Minister was addressing about 1 000 delegates at the Occupational health and safety conference at Emperors Palace, Gauteng. He said business and organised labour have key roles to play to achieve the Vision Zero. “We have to work with organised business to ensure compliance and to assist them to act as responsible citizens. This is especially the…

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