Featured in SHEQ Issue 3 2023
Stepping into the breach
In an effort to keep the lights on, Eskom is burning coal at an unprecedented rate, and this is unlikely to change until at least the end of the decade. The private sector is once again stepping into the breach, with many businesses looking for ways to improve the air their staff breathe during working hours.
Sadly, the recent crime statistics released by the Minister of Police indicate little improvement over the past decade. During the first three months of 2023, more than 6,200 murders and 10,500 rapes occurred in South Africa. An average of 70 murders and 116 rape cases every day in this 90-day period is outrageous.
Fatalities from from unsafe and unhealthy working conditions
7 500 people die from unsafe and unhealthy working conditions every single day.
Non-fatal occupational accidents
An additional 374 million workers suffer from non-fatal occupational accidents every year.
Emissions of greenhouse gases
Carbon dioxide PPM (parts per million) is at 418 and the global temperature rise is 1.1°C compared to pre-industrial levels.
The challenge facing our climate is the greatest existential threat of our lifetime. The actions that we take now will determine the future for generations to come. Now is not a time for half measures nor is it a time where we can we afford to continue our prioritisation of profit over people. Climate change is greater than any one of us, but it requires every single one of us to come together to ensure there can and will be a future for the next to come.
SHEQ Management TEAM
Our regular columns and sections are all contributions from leading industry figures.
Neels Nortjé is a founder and the CEO of Saiosh. He has been practising OHS for over 30 years. He was appointed to serve on the Minister for Labour's Advisory Council for OHS and is a Chartered Member of both Saiosh (CMSaiosh) and IOSH (CMIOSH).
Sanjay Munnoo has over 15 years’ experience in the risk and financial services industries. He started his career at Alexander Forbes and now works at FEMA as Regional Manager.
Professor Dr Andrew Sharman is managing partner of RMS – consultants on leadership and cultural excellence to a wide range of blue-chip corporates and non-government organisations globally.
Legally Speaking is a regular column by Professor Robert W Vivian and Dr Albert Mushai, both in the School of Economics and Business Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand.
Brian Darlington is the group head of safety and health for the Mondi Group, based in Vienna, Austria. He has filled the role since 2012 and is responsible for safety and health in more than 30 countries.
Dr. Sophia Kisting is an occupational medicine specialist with extensive clinical and preventive occupational health and safety experience at the national, regional and global level.
Hope Mugagga Kiwekete is a managing consultant at the Centre for Enterprise Sustainability. Previously he was a principal consultant risk management at Transnet Freight Rail, a management systems specialist and senior EHS auditor at the South African Bureau of Standards.
Peter Lamb is a director in the Norton Rose Fulbright admiralty and shipping team, based in Durban. A qualified attorney, Lamb has an LLM in shipping law from the University of Cape Town.
Mathew Goncalves BSc (Eng) Chemical, is head of research and development at Health and Safety Dialogue Company Ltd, exclusively licensed to Conceptual Eyes (Pty) Ltd in Africa, a corporate member of Saiosh.
Jerry Ramdunee is the CEO of the Industry Compliance and Certification Authority of South Africa (ICCASA), was a member on the committee that developed ISO 45001 and has recently been appointed the leader of the ISO TC 283 WG3 working group.
Kyle Bloch is a registered industrial-organisational psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He is the operations manager at StratisQ Africa focusing on safety across multiple sectors and industries.
Marina Sander is an executive business management consultant for The World of Ethics Group. Her last 20 years have been paved by ethical business practices, legal compliance, operations management, innovation, education, corporate governance, and risk with every business partner whom she engages.
Ruaan Breedt is the working at height and fall protection specialist at BBF Safety Group. He has completed the following training and obtained accreditation for: Production efficiencies & ISO 9001:2015 auditor; fall arrest level 1, 2 and 3; confined space entry, exit and rescue; and is a fall arrest equipment testing specialist.
Elfriede Giard is the CEO and a founder member of the World of Ethics Group of Companies, with more than 25 years’ experience in quality and risk management. She has strong skills in business optimisation and has the responsibility for creating, planning, implementing and integrating the strategic direction of the Group.
Dr Brett Solomon is the CEO of The Kinetic Leadership Institute and is a recognised leader in combining neuroscience, change management and leadership theory to drive cultural transformation processes.