Jessica is the Editor in Chief of Sheqafrica Corporate Services (Pty)Ltd's Media Office and has 17 years experience in Technical Publishing. She worked for a number of small online magazines until 2018 when she became a Legal Researcher at Le Roux Maritz & Partners. Shortly afterwards, she was seconded to SACS as editor of Sheqafrica.co.za as part of her portfolio.
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Health and Safety Representative Training Workshop

Introduction Send your Health & Safety Representative on this 1 day course and improve the quality of your organisation’s OHS functions. Course objective and skills Delegates will gain the following skills: INSPECT the workplace and report back on those risks with the potential for causing an illness, injury, damage or loss. INVESTIGATE various incidents that […]

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Proper or Registered practitioners? – Time to ask the serious questions – again!

The Department of Employment and Labour held its first OHS Conference which ended 26 July 2019. During the conference, the 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 […]

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“Vision Zero” – a workplace free of accidents and diseases.

“Vision Zero” is the latest safety slogan as introduced by the Minister of Employment and Labour, Minister Thulas Nxesi while 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 […]

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9 Safety Strategies of an effective CEO

It does not matter what type of business you run; be it is a sole owner, director or the Chief Executive of a multi-national company, you will be held liable for any harm caused by the business. And in some cases this liability may even be in your personal capacity jointly with the business itself. […]

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Understanding And The Investigation Of Road Traffic Accidents

In recent years, the specific subject matter and knowledge of Traffic Accident Investigation, Reconstruction & Cause Analysis has become an increasingly specialised and important tool to the Judiciary, the Police Services, the Insurance industry, private companies and many related industry companies and services. The attendance at any scene of an accident can be a very […]

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Workplace Fatigue May Be More Dangerous Than You Think

“Workplace safety makes most of us understandably think about proper training, proper equipment and a safe work environment,” said Kleinik, Illinois Department of Labor Director, in observance of June as National Safety Month. “But a good night’s sleep can be just as important as these other safety fundamentals. A tired worker can pose a serious […]

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What do you really pay an EHS consultant to do?

Most employers may from time to time need the services of a “professional” EHS consultant to do some work for them. Often the work done may look professional and the price tag too, but when you actually analyse what was done, say during an audit, it becomes obvious that it was a very costly window-dressing […]

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Aligning Safety to School – do you match up?

Many employers opt for the lower qualified employee to take their business further, even when it comes to EHS compliance. But most employers will agree that anything less than a Grade 12 qualification will not suffice when it comes to supervisory level appointments. Yet when it comes to the protection of the business and the […]

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Q: Under what circumstances can a professional body stop me from practicing?

I recently received the question above and answer it herewith. Firstly, one need to distinguish between a voluntary association and a statutory regulator. In the case of SHEQ, there are a few voluntary associations like Saiosh, SAIOH, SASOHN, SASOM, etc. None of these associations have any statutory powers, which means that were not established by […]

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Is OHS Self-regulation back in the game?

Sheqafrica.co.za’s sister publication, Sheqafrica.com, previously reported on the Council for the Built Environment’s (CBE) application for exemption of the Identification of Work from the requirements of the Competition Act. In September 2018 the CBE invited stakeholders to provide input following the Competition Commission’s decision to reject the application. To recap, the Commission determined that the […]