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New OSH offering

Afroteq Advisory, a subsidiary of the AFMS Group and one of South Africa’s leading providers of integrated facilities-management and professional services in the built environment sector, has expanded its service offering in the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) sector by acquiring a division of OHS Africa. “Over the past few years, we have identified that our clients (particularly those in the built environment sector) are experiencing a growing need for expert OHS advice,” explains Andre Michau, a director of Afroteq […]

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Reducing risks from Covid-19 commotion

The Covid-19 pandemic has created immense risks to organisations, both in the public and private sectors. Isabel Papadakis, head of SAP Africa’s industry value advisory division for Africa, highlights how these organisations can deal with the new business models, distributed workforce and widespread uncertainty and disruption. For the private sector, the disruption from closing offices and a new reliance on a mostly remote workforce have created major challenges. Employees are now working outside the boundaries of corporate firewalls and, in […]

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Unmasking local innovation

With the world on lockdown, local businesses are innovating to ensure essential products are still available. We celebrate these unsung heroes The Covid-19 global crisis has changed the world’s narrative forever. There are many heroes in this story – health workers and those who deal with the public on a daily basis to help keep food, essential supplies and services on track. But there are other heroes, who work quietly and tirelessly behind the scenes and are making a big […]

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Asymptomatic carriers – a threat to the elderly

As our understanding of Covid-19 develops, it has become clear that asymptomatic carriers could be the biggest threat when it comes to containing the virus – most notably in senior living communities, due to the elderly’s high susceptibility to the virus. Barry Kaganson, chief executive officer of Auria Senior Living – a company that develops, owns and operates senior living communities in South Africa – says: “It is becoming clear that the biggest battle the medical community is facing, when […]

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Sign on the (electronic) line

In a locked-down economy, the value of innovative technology has come to the fore as remote workforces try to ensure that business continues as we move towards the new normal. With the announcement of ongoing lockdown restrictions, albeit with some slight relief as we moved to Level 4, chief information officers and business leaders are under massive pressure to ensure operational continuity. In response to this need, the proudly South African technology provider, Impression Signatures, has developed a web-based Electronic […]

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Stay safe with smart fever-screening solutions

Datacentrix, a secure information and communications technology solutions provider, has launched new thermal-measurement methods for the simultaneous measurement of many individuals’ temperatures. “The gradual relaxation of lockdown regulations, as per President Ramaphosa’s recent address, which established five lockdown levels, means that several industries have resumed operation from the beginning of May,” says Johann Coetzee, managing director of commercial and technology solutions at Datacentrix. He explains that, as a trusted advisor to many South African public and private companies, Datacentrix has expanded […]

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These boots are made for working

Injuries in the workplace are a sobering reality, impacting negatively on both employees and employers. In this issue, LIANA SHAW looks at the importance of specialised footwear as a way to minimise accidents in the workplace Workplace injuries can result in long-term physical damage to workers, and can even hinder them from performing their work duties effectively. For employers, physical injury could lead to downtime, not to mention their having to fork out substantial sums of money by way of […]

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Below zero

Oymyakon, Russia, is reportedly the coldest inhabited place on Earth. During November the average temperature is a shivering -39°C. We grab our mittens and discover what challenges workers face in extreme cold Ken Jennings, in his piece: “This is the coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth”, reports: “The remote village of Oymyakon, in eastern Siberia, is closer to the Arctic Circle than it is to the nearest city.” He adds that a monument in the town square commemorates the day […]

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Don’t chop off your legs to fit the bed!

Employees are working longer and harder as organisations have to make do with fewer people (thanks to a harsher economic climate). Sarah Bannatyne, a certified professional ergonomist at Ergonomics Engineering, highlights how ergonomics can lighten the load The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) defines ergonomics as: “Scientific discipline concerned with the fundamental understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimise human well-being […]

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Seeing the forest for the trees (and relics)

JACO DE KLERK discovers that interesting initiatives are plentiful in our planet’s forestry sector, from nature-based solutions for global warming to the preservation of ancient remains. Forestry is defined as the science and craft of creating, managing, using, conserving and repairing forests, woodlands and associated resources for human and environmental benefits. And with global warming on the rise – attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide and other pollutants – it is wonderful to see […]

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