Hyundai Motor Group sets out vision for hydrogen energy

The Hyundai Motor Group has set out its vision for hydrogen energy and a global hydrogen society, and its plans to popularize hydrogen by 2040 through the introduction of new technologies and mobility solutions in transportation and other industrial sectors. At its Hydrogen Wave global online forum held this week, the Hyundai Motor Group (Group) unveiled unprecedented plans that will see the electrification of all new commercial vehicle models – featuring fuel cell electric or battery electric powertrains, as well as the application of fuel cell systems – by 2028.…

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Sisi Safety Wear Launches First Locally Manufactured Metaguard Safety Footwear for Women

Over the years, women have been making up a greater proportion of the workforce, and this includes sectors that have typically been male-dominated such as mining, manufacturing and construction. However, there are still limited offerings in specialised female safety footwear within these sectors. “This is why Sisi Safety Wear is pleased to launch the Basi Metaguard boot, the first locally produced metaguard safety boot for women.  The metaguard protector is primarily designed to protect the bridge of the foot from falling rocks and other hazards prominent in the mining industries.…

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Dekra Industrial – Encouraging women in safety to ‘dream it and achieve it’

Dekra Industrial, a leading provider of non-destructive testing (NDT), inspections, advanced NDT technologies, aims to be the global partner for a safe world with the support of a dedicated team of people striving to ensure long-term safety, quality, and environmental protection.   Testament to this ethos is Dekra Industrial RSA’s encouraging approach to gender equality and respect, which is also reflected in its like-minded client base within the South African industrial sector.   Dekra Industrial RSA’s culture – combined with a positive working environment, and encouraging support from clients –…

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Water is the Foundation of the Big Four Agenda

  Simon Thomas, international consultant and board member of Megapipes Solutions Limited     The Big Four Agenda, announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in late 2017, has four main pillars. Enhancing Manufacturing, Food Security and Nutrition, Universal Health Coverage and Affordable Housing. Affordable housing implies the development of adequate, standardised, and well-spaced houses with a continuous supply of clean water and electricity.   The supply of clean water continues to be a problem despite the unveiling of the government’s plans to implement a water storage programme.  The plan has a…

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: Procuring the right safety footwear is key to female workers’ comfort and wellbeing

By Predahni Naidoo, Brand Manager at Sisi Work Safety Industries’ requirements for safety footwear and other Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) have historically been male dominated, but this trend is changing rapidly. More and more women are entering the workforce, including areas of ‘hard labour’ like mining, manufacturing and construction. This means that more women require PPE, and herein lies the challenge. Procurement officers tend to simply purchase smaller sizes of men’s safety wear to cater to their female workforce, but a woman’s body is not smaller than a man’s, it…

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In the lead up to Youth Day – is drinking responsibly a challenge to tackle with SA’s youngsters?

By Rhys Evans, Director at Alco-Safe Opinion Piece   With Youth Day coming up on June 16, South Africans will be commemorating the lives lost in the Soweto student uprisings and the role played by the youth in our country’s liberation. It will also be a time to reflect on the challenges and issues faced by today’s youth. One such issue is excessive alcohol consumption, which South Africa is well known for and our drinking culture and youth are no strangers to overindulgence. The challenge with this is that excessive…

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When the shoe doesn’t fit – why women need to demand female-specific safety footwear in the workplace

Opinion Piece: By Predahni Naidoo, Brand Manager at Sisi Work Safety Over the years, women have been making up a greater proportion of the workforce, and this includes sectors that have typically been male-dominated such as mining, manufacturing and construction. This increase in women workers in more physical industries shines a spotlight on the need for female-specific safety gear, especially footwear. The typical approach of providing ‘unisex’ Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) does not adequately serve most women, who are often left feeling uncomfortable in ill-fitting safety gear. The reason for…

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Farming hygiene practices can help protect agricultural value chain

Despite the pandemic and a contraction in some sectors within agriculture, 2020 was a good year for the South African agricultural sector which experienced a 13.1% annual GDP growth rate, according to the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Production. [https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/for-south-african-agriculture-2020-was-a-very-good-year-2021-03-16]           While red meat, poultry, milk and potato producers were sitting on stockpiles as a result of the shutdown of sit-down restaurants, the citrus industry exported record volumes following a surge in demand.   “The food supply chain is under constant threat of disease or contamination…

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NOSCAR award: The ‘heroes of safety’ win again!

DEKRA Industrial SA’s formidable reputation as the leader in non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspections has received further endorsement, with the recent win of a NOSCAR Safety Award. This is acknowledged as a very prestigious accolade and confirmation of excellence in the field of occupational health, safety, environment and risk management — bringing DEKRA Industrial closer to its avowed Vision 2025: to be ‘the global partner for a safe world’. Already in possession of a NOSA 5-star safety grading and declared regional winners of the NOSCAR safety award in 2018, DEKRA Industrial…

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Why a South African community mistrusts big industry and what needs to change

  For most of the 20th century, manufacturing, mining and other industries in South Africa developed without many legal restrictions. This resulted in industrial risks such as environmental pollution, contamination and health impacts. The fact that industrial development took place close to poor communities wasn’t considered important. Unfortunately, the post-apartheid geographic landscape hasn’t changed much. There are many examples of South African communities and environments exposed to industrial risks. Since the country’s democratic transition in 1994, important regulations and legislation have been developed about the impact of industry on the environment and society. But air…

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