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The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, Act 85 of 1993 (amended) provides measures that need to be taken by employers to reduce the risk of COVID-19 conditions in the workplace. The OHS Act, as amended, requires the employer to ‘provide and maintain as far as is reasonably practicable a working environment that is safe...
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As we approach the rainy season, we thought it appropriate to chat about malaria; what it is and how it is spread. What does the word ‘malaria’ mean? The word ‘malaria’ comes from Medieval Italian – ‘Mal aria’ – meaning ‘bad air’. This description came from the early belief that bad-smelling air caused the disease....
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So, first of all – what is IPM? Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a knowledge-driven ecosystem approach to pest control that focuses on the long-term prevention of pests through a combination of control methods. This combination is physical, mechanical, cultural (working habits and processes), biological (using natural enemies), assessing pest behaviour and the cautious use...
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The word “rodent” comes from the Latin word “rodere”, which means “to gnaw”. This word is fitting since all rodents (which are 40% of all mammal species!) are characterised by large front teeth (incisors) that do not stop growing. This continuous growth forces them to constantly gnaw objects in the hope of grinding down their...
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Betty’s Haven is an orphanage in Nelsville, Nelspruit that provides a loving home to 18 children. On 18 November 2018, a devastating fire destroyed the building, leaving these children homeless and having to sleep in tents. On Nelson Mandela Day 2019, the SMARTSENZ® IPM team joined a number of businesses to help rebuild the orphanage....
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The Hlayisekani Nursing Home is a care facility in Huntington that is fully equipped with electricity and water. The Nursing Home provides 24/7 care to 70 sick and elderly residents from surrounding communities. These residents are looked after by caregiver staff and a professional nurse that is on site at all times. Our SMARTSENZ® IPM...
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Mketse Primary School is a Grade 1 – 7 primary school in Justicia, Mpumalanga, that is supported by a number of neighboring stakeholders, such as the private game reserves nearby. One such stakeholder, Savanna Private Game Reserve, approached the SMARTSENZ® IPM team through its non-profit organization ‘The Savanna Trust’ to assist with integrated pest management...
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