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How to manage Excavations

Most of people or contractors don’t take excavation safety seriously and workers are losing their lives due to collapsing excavations. Recently we heard about two people who lost their lives due to excavation safety failures. Just go to your residential area to find an open excavation. That trench dug to provide you with Fibre to […]

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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 […]

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Meet SHEQO – The Safety Fish

Sheqo the Safety Fish is the second cartoon character of Sheqafrica.co.za who will become a regular contributor to opinion pieces for the magazine. Sheqo – named after Nemo, the well-known clown fish of movie fame, swims around in full scuba gear after being instructed by the Safety department that safety comes first. The irony is […]

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Diffi Strikes again – Construction worker dies

A construction worker has died and another was rescued by his co-workers when a trench they were digging collapsed on them in Oaktree Street in Hazelwood, Pretoria.late on Friday afternoon, paramedics said. Reports from the scene indicated that workers were digging a trench about two meters deep when it caved in, trapping two of the […]

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Has the Elephant really left the room?

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new lean cabinet is a hot topic in the media at the moment. It is good to notice that Public Enterprises are still in the hands of Pravin Gordhan, and a fresh addition has been added to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) with the appointment of “Aunty Pat”, Patricia […]

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Why changing the Q in “SHEQ” Matters

It may seem mundane, but changing the meaning of a single letter in an acronym, creates a complete new thought process; a paradigm shift. And when it comes to SHEQ, a paradigm shift is desperately needed to ensure the protection of a nation’s workforce. Since the adoption of SHEQ, predominantly in Southern Africa, employers have […]

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Domestic workers can claim compensation says High Court

South African domestic workers could soon be able to claim money from the Compensation Fund if they are injured or contract a disease at their place of work. Their families will also be able to claim if they die due to work-related injuries or illnesses. This following a landmark case in the Gauteng High Court this week, […]

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A new Star-Grading system on the Cards

Sheqafrica Corporate Services will be launching its EBP Star-grading system in August 2019. Businesses subscribing to the Sheqafrica.com Ethical Business Practices Program will be audited annually against the EBP Code of Conduct and graded according to their level of Compliance. Sheqafrica’s Managing Director, Diane Swarts explains the benefits of this Grading audit and how it […]

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Sheqafrica.com Ethical Business Practices Program

African Employers and SHEQ Practitioners pursuing Ethical Business Practices are invited to join Sheqafrica.com’s exclusive Membership. Sheqafrica.com is Africa’s largest online resource for Risk & Compliance Professionals and Business Executives and under its Membership Scheme, companies and practitioners supporting Ethical Business Practices have agreed to a Code of Conduct. For more information on Ethical Business […]