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Ward rounds with student nurses

June 21, 2002
Occupational Health  

A nurse should be a caring and loving person with good listening and communication skills say student nurses at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Gauteng. It also takes hard work and dedication. Thandeka Teyise joined the first year students on their rounds at Chris Hani Baragwanath and found out what motivated them in their chosen […]

The dangers of “blue asbestos”

January 30, 2002
Occupational Health  

South Africa has the highest rate of mesothelioma in the world, as we were one of a handful of countries that extensively mined the most dangerous “blue asbestos”.

Man sues asbestos giant over rare cancer

January 30, 2002
Occupational Health  

A man who was exposed to asbestos fibres as a nine-year old is suing a leading asbestos manufacturer for R7-million for a rare form of cancer which he believes was caused by the exposure.

Compensation system fails former asbestos mine workers

June 14, 2001
Occupational Health  

The Cape plc court case has captured world headlines, but workers at other, now defunct, asbestos mines in the Northern Province are struggling to gain compensation for the work that has crushed their health.

Asbestos ‘€“ the “killing stone”

June 14, 2001
Occupational Health  

“There was no such thing as non-risk work on an asbestos mine”. These are the words of Professor Tony Davies, former director of the National Centre for Occupational Health who is now retired but works with volunteer groups in the Northern Province to help former asbestos mine employees gain compensation for the various asbestos-related diseases […]

Gasping for breath ‘€“ the asbestos legacy

June 14, 2001
Occupational Health  

Magalane Moela is 72-years old. She was born in the south-eastern region of the Northern Province and began working on an asbestos mine when she was in her early twenties, much older than many of the other widows in the area, some of whom started working for the mines from as young as six. She […]

Workers’€™ compensation ‘€“ too little, too late

July 28, 2000
Occupational Health  

The Compensation Commissioner’€™s Office has been strongly criticised for the time it takes to settle workers’€™ occupational health claims. Some say this is the fault of companies that obstruct the commission’€™s work, but regardless of where the blame lies, it is workers like Derick Wolfaardt who suffer the consequences. Jo Stein reports.