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When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees.

Harvesting icebergs to save the Mother City

Harvesting icebergs was one of the solutions offered to assist with the water shortages in Cape Town. At the African Utility Week Conference, held in the Mother City in May, Peter Flower, director of water and sanitation in the City of Cape Town, told delegates that the City still needs to reduce water consumption (to 450-million litres per day) to keep Day Zero at bay. With the current usage (of 500-million litres per day) the situation remains dire. According to […]

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Maximum production, minimal injuries

Production output in the mining industry is predicated on the smooth functioning of machines, processes and people. Back-to-back shifts are needed to realise full production potential – but it only takes one incident to jeopardise the entire system. According to Ansell, in 2009 a leading national safety organisation released the results of a study into work-related injuries in Australia. The report specifically outlined the incidences and frequencies of work-related injury among shift workers compared with non-shift workers. It revealed that […]

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Telling stories and changing cultures

“Catch a man a fish and feed him for a day. Show him how to fish and feed him for a lifetime.” That proverb ran through my mind while attending the 2018 Saiosh conference. Knowledge sharing has to be one of the most powerful human endeavours. This was certainly evident as I listened to the 11 world-class speakers that Saiosh had lined up this year. Each shared lessons from their daily work, knowledge from decades in the health and safety […]

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