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SCnSP – I wanna lend a hand, send me

Feb 2018

“I wanna lend a hand: send me”

(Matemela’s Call)

I wanna lend a hand send me


I have yet to find a company which doesn’t put “Safety First” or something similar, like “Zero Harm / Injuries”, as one of its core values. They all do – nobody disputes that safety is central to running their business. However, when it comes to putting these slogans into practice, it’s a different story.

Imagine you are an H&S Rep who volunteered or was appointed, without compensation, to represent the workers in terms of safety. Amongst others, your functions are to inspect the workplace, identify potential hazards, investigate complaints and link up with management. You’re really keen and you “wanna lend a hand” to improve safety in your work area, but all you can do is inspect the work place, report the safety issues and attend safety meetings. Other than that, most of the time, you have to go back to your co-workers empty-handed, armed with just the excuse of: “We don’t have the time and /or the money” … to fix this or improve that, implement that suggestion, do more training, or a litany of other issues which co-workers may have raised.

What does that say to your H&S Reps and their co-workers?

In leadership, honesty and complete integrity are absolutely critical, because people only follow someone they trust and respect. To earn trust and respect you have to show honesty and integrity. People know and see the truth. They can handle the truth, even if it isn’t good news.

Employees look at the time and money you spend on safety to judge how serious you are. Don’t say “Safety First” and then in the next breath “We are freezing our safety expenses”. Admit it. Companies always find the time and the money for what is truly “first” or important to them.

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Heed the call of your H&S Reps, which our new president, Matemela Cyril Ramaphosa, has so aptly verbalised in Parliament: “I wanna lend a hand, send me“.

Give them the “balls and tools” they need to make “Safety First” a reality. Get them educated and empowered with our in-house workshops.


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SCnSP – Are you a safety professional?

Jan 2017

Are you a Safety Professional?

Your bookshelf reveals all

Picture: The Safety Rep's Bookshelf


As a student, I was in residence with the De Vynck family. To this day, I still remember Dr. de Vynck’s study vividly. Two of the walls were covered with bookshelves from floor to ceiling and the shelves were filled with books. The study smelt like a library – it had the smell of knowledge and wisdom. But this was not just a pretty display of books. Dr. de Vynck had read them all. He could pull a book off the shelf, open it and quote a relevant section on the topic under discussion. He was a true professional.

What does your bookshelf look like?

Maybe I should first have asked if you have a bookshelf and, if yes, what does it say about you? Have you read the books, or are you merely practising ‘shelf-development’? When I meet people for the first time, I prefer to do it at their offices so that I can look at what is on the walls and what is on the bookshelves – to see who they are. This picture, to me, speaks volumes! By the way, I always start my inspections with the safety manager’s office!

What have you written?

I’m not talking about rules and procedures, standards and instructions, or emails. What I mean is: What insights and observations, in safety, have you made and shared with other people, on a regular basis? There is nothing that deepens your understanding of something more than when you share it in writing!

My third question

How would you feel if your doctor, lawyer, engineer or any other professional who provides you with a personal service, didn’t stay up to date with the latest developments in his field of expertise by, amongst other things, reading books (by ‘books’ I also mean articles, magazines and the like)?

If your answers are negative, then you need to ask yourself if you are truly a Safety Professional, especially if you work in a consultative role. Now I know we all have valid reasons as to why we can’t read or write ‘books’. Time is always at the top of the excuse list even though we always manage to make time for what is important to us. If self-development is important to you, you will make time to read and write.

On bookshelves

Instead of the traditional bookshelf, you could go for a digital bookshelf, i.e. have articles of interest, videos and images, especially photos, stored on your computer. These should be filed in such a way that any one of them can be easily found when you want to refer back to it. This is what I call good digital housekeeping, with ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’. I have over 14,000 photos, 42,000 files, all named and catalogued in some 2200 folders. I can find information at the click of a button, when using my search function. It goes without saying that, in order to build up an online library, you have to read and write online. There are many platforms to do this effectively and LinkedIn, Facebook and Google Alerts are just a few.

By the way … I practise what I preach. This article was inspired by one of Seth Godin’s posts [1].

Picture: Disruptive safety call to action icon

  • Take a look around your office now and make a call about your ‘bookshelf’.
  • Look at your online library. Is it a bin or is it a labelled filing cabinet?
  • Write or share something now, preferably adding your own, fresh insights. Make it a habit, not a flash in the pan.

[1]   Seth Godin, “Fully Baked”. 2016.


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SCnSP – Safety Through Improvement

Oct 2016

Safety Through Improvement

Lessons from flat tyres

Picture: 1950's on-the-road breakdown repairs


I have 2 vehicle-related anecdotes from which lessons can be learnt. The first is from my youth and the second a much more recent one.

I still remember vividly the long trips we used to take by car when I was a young boy, growing up in Namibia in the 1950’s.

In those days, there were no tarmac roads and motor vehicles weren’t very reliable. It was quite normal on such trips for the car to break down a few times. Two or three punctures and maybe even having to replace a tyre were quite common too. This meant that, before every trip, we had to prepare a set of spares, including spark plugs, fan belts and, of course, tyres, tubes and patches. We also packed a toolbox, tyre pump, wheel spanner, jack and a can of water (to fill up the radiator) into the car. Invariably, dealing with breakdowns meant cuts, bruises and other injuries, so the First Aid kit we carried in the car was also restocked on a regular basis.

The lesson to be learnt from this story is that plant and process reliability improve safety. Every time we have to carry out maintenance work or an operational intervention, especially modifications, changes and non-routine work, the risk of injury and damage increases because we have to fit and fiddle to make things work. It is for that reason that we have to change things for the better through continuous improvement [1]. One way to do that is to look at how advances in technology can help us to design in safety.

Recently, as I was driving home, I noticed a slight vibration on the steering and that the car was pulling to the left. I didn’t worry about it too much and drove on. When I got home, I saw that one of the front tyres was almost flat. On closer inspection, I noticed that a nail had pierced the sidewall of the tyre, causing a slow puncture.

A tyre going flat from a nail puncture doesn’t happen overnight. In a slow puncture, the tyre loses pressure slowly over a number of days, which brings me to the lesson in this anecdote. Despite the best advances in technology and design, we still have to play our part in safety. I didn’t carry out the Circle of Safety [2], i.e. I didn’t walk around my car before starting the engine and driving off. If I had, I would definitely have noticed that the tyre was going flat and have avoided a potentially serious incident. Just imagine what could have happened if I had been taking a longer trip, at full speed, on the highway!

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  1. Get together with your maintenance and operations teams to examine maintenance and non-routine operations tasks that involve a high degree of risk, e.g. potentially fatal situations like working at heights, lifting loads, working in confined spaces, lockouts, etc. This is like a HIRA (Hazard Identification Risk Assessment), except that it has a specific focus on design and plant and process reliability.
  2. It is best to man these teams with the people who “push the buttons and use the tools”. I’m not suggesting that you exclude the engineers, just that you apply a hands-on approach, rather than sticking to the boardroom / paper exercise.
  3. Keep it simple to start with and don’t fall into the trap of analysis paralysis by trying to redesign the entire process or machine. Look for opportunities for projects which involve minimal resources and can be done fairly quickly, yet still result in an immediate and visible improvement in safety [3].

[1]    “Prevention rather than cure

[2]    “Walking the Circle of Safety

[3]    “Just Do Something Safe

        “Ukuhlanya: Safety Paradox & Disruptive Safety


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D1STEM – Fix Those Leaks


Ok, so this tip is not about changing a safety mind-set or raising safety awareness. This month I change focus slightly to ask you to spare a thought for our environment. On my mind is the often undetected, uncorrected and, dare I say it, often ignored, waste of one of our most precious resources.

THIS MONTH:    Fix Those Leaks

Some months ago, I was shocked when I received a municipal bill with a whopping charge for water usage. It was over 5 times my normal usage! That’s when I discovered that the water mains had sprung a leak. That sneaky little pin hole cost me over R6000!

picture of leaks being fixed

Every drop of water, every puff of steam, every whistle of compressed air, every spot of oil leaked, is directly damaging the environment because it is a waste of energy. Period. I’m sure I need not mention that, apart from the wasted energy, it is also a waste of money, cutting into profits.

For most large factories and mines, employing a leak inspector, whose sole remit is to locate leaks and have them fixed promptly, is worth every penny. Not only will doing so mean less waste of scarce water resources, but that person’s salary will be more than compensated for by savings on water bills.


picture of drop of water for bullet pointThere are standard engineering tables available that can be used to calculate the volume of water lost via such leaks. Use them and convert the figures into money. Prepare to be astounded by the magnitude of the figure.

picture of drop of water for bullet pointEmploy a Leak Inspector and add this form of waste to your monthly management reporting.

picture of drop of water for bullet pointHave a regular leak detection and reporting “blitz” on your environmental calendar.


picture of Leaky Pipes g-a-m-e showing link where it can be downloaded

Lots of bursting pipes which you have to hustle to patch. It’s fast-paced. It’s addictive. Download the game to get in on the leak-fixing action.
Sorry. No quicklink for this download. Use your search engine.


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D1STEM – Ban This Spaghetti


If you do just one thing a month to change the safety mind-set, in one year you will have done 12 things to raise safety awareness. This month I share with you a Safety Tip from the Plant & Machinery category of my Knock-Out Safety Tips!™.

THIS MONTH:    Ban This Spaghetti

photo of messy office cabling

Plugs and extension cables are one aspect of electricity which is being treated with too much disdain.

“Cable spaghetti” refers to the tangling of cables resulting from poor cable management in homes and the workplace. Often, this will result in damage to the cables and/or the plugs and/or the sockets. Adding fuel to the fire, cable management in offices and the home is virtually non-existent, and overloading of power points is rife.

Inspect plug points and wall sockets in your plants as well as in the offices. Look behind and under desks and cupboards. Check the condition, location and accessibility of the plugs and wires. Pay attention to how close to water they are!


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D1STEM – Fire, Fire, Fire ….


If you do just one thing a month to change the safety mind-set, in one year you will have done 12 things to raise safety awareness. Every month you will receive one such SAFETY TIP.

Fire, Fire, Fire …
Number 1 Incident At Home


This was the bone chilling distress cry I heard from the bedroom. Weeks later, every time I go into the bedroom, I still smell burnt plastic, which impregnated the curtains and left a layer of fine black soot everywhere. It still sends shivers down my spine.

We were watching TV in the bedroom when I smelt something burning, but I ignored it. There was a brief flicker on the screen and then everything went back to normal and I assumed it ‘came right by itself’. The TV screen went black and the smell got worse. I unplugged the TV. Assuming that all is safe now, I headed for the kitchen to make a cup of tea, only to run back to the bedroom in top gear when I heard my wife Heidi screaming for HELP! There were flames behind the TV.

picture depicting a woman using a fire extinguisher to put out a fire

In a state of panic I heaved the TV off the shelf and onto the bed, not thinking of the consequences this could have. Within seconds, Heidi was back in the bedroom, having fetched the fire extinguisher from the kitchen, but by that time I had managed to smother the flames with a wet bathroom towel. Our cat, Lula, had bolted from the bed, without ‘packing her suitcase’, not to be seen until the next day!

Fire is one of those things which has two sides to it.

On the one side we have the ‘friendly’ fire, which invites us to come and sit closer and enjoy the warmth of its crackling energy. We also use this fire in a controlled manner to cook our meals, produce steam to generate electric power and drive most of our chemical processes. We have learnt to harness the risk of such a fire getting out of control and thus feel complacent and safe with fire.

The second kind of fire is the ‘hostile’ fire, the one which is out of our control. It is the number one killer in homes. These fires sow fear and panic and lead to death and destruction. In spite of this, a distinct ‘It won’t happen to me’ mind-set is apparent when we watch news reports about yet another shattering squatter camp inferno.

You might say that my wife and I were lucky, that this was a near miss. I see it as a near hit with important lessons – lessons which are clear and begged me to take action:

  • I ignored the warning signs. At the first smell of something burning, I should have switched off the TV and isolated the power, instead of assuming it had ‘come right’.
  • Even though Heidi had the presence of mind and knew where the fire extinguishers are kept, she later told me she had no idea how to use a fire extinguisher. I had never trained her, nor, for that matter, Nomveliso and Dowelani, who help in and around the house.
  • I did not make sure everyone in our home knows where to find the emergency numbers in case of fire or having to call an ambulance.

In another incident, which took place two weeks later, we were awoken early one morning by the frantic ringing of our door bell. It was our neighbour, Emanuel, pleading for HELP. The gas heater in his room had burst into flames! This time I was more composed and rushed over to his house with the fire extinguisher and put out the flames.

I don’t know what the warning signs were in this case, but the cause was clear. The rubber pipe, which connects to the gas bottle, was corroded and had sprung a leak. Emanuel was ill prepared to deal with the situation and there was no fire extinguisher in the house.


  • Use these as examples of what you want your employees to bring to toolbox talks when you ask them for incidents which happened off site.
  • Put together a safety brief urging your employees to inspect the cables and fittings of their electrical appliances as well as the pipes of their gas appliances, especially heaters.
  • Supply each employee with a fire extinguisher to take home, or at least arrange a deal where employees can purchase fire extinguishers through your company at discounted / cost prices.
  • Issue each employee with a simple emergency procedure which they can practice at home with their families and staff. This should include a vinyl sticker for emergency numbers.
  • Hold a family firefighting day at your company premises to give employees and the families an opportunity to practice firefighting.

Today is …

link to more information on World Environment Day 2014

“ If the earth were only a few feet in diameter …
and floating a few feet above a field somewhere, people would come from everywhere to marvel at it. People would walk around it, marveling at its big pools of water, its little pools and the water flowing between the pools. People would marvel at the bumps on it, and the holes in it, and they would marvel at the thin layer of gas surrounding it and the water suspended in the gas. The people would marvel at all the creatures walking around on the surface of the ball, and at the creatures in the water. The people would declare it precious because it was the only one, and they would protect it so that it would not be hurt. The ball would be the greatest wonder known, and people would come to behold it, to be healed, to gain knowledge, to know beauty and to wonder how it could be. People would love it, and defend it with their lives because they would somehow know that their lives, their own roundness, could be nothing without it
If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter. ”
~ Joe Miller ~

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    It’s My Mistake

    Are You Serious About Safety At Home?

    ‘Milk Bottle’ Hunt


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SCnSP – The Best Audits

Oct 2013

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety Is An Issue For Most Companies. One of the Things We Must Address If We Want To Improve Our Safety Performance is to examine the purpose for Safety Audits and how this necessary practice can be used as an improvement tool.


The Best Audits


If your company operates on the principle that safety audits are carried out by Safety Professionals for the purpose of policing non-compliance to “The Rules and Standards”, then read on.

The safety fraternity has adopted this practice from the accounting profession for good reason – inspecting, examining, checking and verifying of safety systems, procedures and equipment are all necessary. Sadly, the correction aspect is seldom seen as an improvement tool, and the safety audit, rather than being a means to an end, is merely the end itself.

So how do you facilitate a mindset shift from “This safety audit is a necessary evil of policing, inflicted by some external source (the Safety Professionals)” to “This safety audit is a powerful self-improvement tool ” ?

  1. Invest the time necessary to make sure everyone understands the fundamental purpose (in its entirety) for continuous safety audits, viz.

  2. Make safety auditing an on-going line responsibility (same as you do with output, costs, quality, etc.).
  3. The systems, rules and regulations, standards and procedures should not only be “in place” and working, but also be accepted and understood by all, so as to foster an ownership mentality.
  4. Auditing of plant and equipment, safety mechanisms, fire fighting, first aid, emergency equipment, interlocks, trips and alarms, instruments and other safety critical devices with a “look to see” mindset will highlight aspects that could be improved on.
  5. Make sure that the inspection, examination, verification and reporting aspect of a safety audit is not used as an excuse for “not having time” to workshop and implement improvements.


'Stop unsafe practice' and 'Safety Champion Recognition' tool - isiZulu version

  • Issue each auditor with a set of 2 red and 4 green cards. Red to stop an unsafe practice / operation and green to recognise people who are doing the right or safe thing. This will force the auditors to look for the GOOD things and find safety champions to recognise.
  • Schedule time to coach line people to do self-audits. (This investment in time will save you plenty of time in the long run.) Then, at the annual Safety Day, recognise and reward those who self-audit well, instead of just those with the best metrics.
  • Auditor Hat - A practical application of the audit logos
    Audit Hat Logos e.g. PPE Examiner, Work Permit Specialist, Machinery Expert and more

  • Get the auditors to wear hats / badges, depicting the focus area which they will be looking at. This gives high visibility and at the same time ensures that each auditor is concentrating on one specific aspect of safety.
  • Although I am against paperwork, consider drawing up an audit preparation check list: What to do and have ready for an effective audit. Provide training for the ‘hosts’, as well as your team leaders and safety reps, on how to enable an audit.
  • Give feedback on the audit findings to the ‘players’ who “push the buttons and use the tools”, not only to the ‘coaches’ (managers). The players have just as much a role to play in the safety ‘game’!


The Best Audits – Auditing vs Policing


What’s in a Hat?

Back-end a Dead-end?


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SCnSP – Where’s that umbrella when you need it?

Jul 2013

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety Is An Issue For Most Companies. One of the Things We Must Address If We Want To Improve Our Safety Performance is the importance of proper and SAFE testing of safety equipment.


Where’s That Umbrella When You Need It!

(World Class Safety)

Picture: Unilever's solution for safe testing of a safety shower


One of the fundamentals of looking after your safety equipment, such as firefighting gear, trips and alarms, lifting gear, lifts and hoists, evacuation gear, breathing apparatus, safety showers, and some PPE, amongst others, is to inspect and test that the equipment is, indeed, in working order.

Why do it?

Well, apart from the obvious, i.e. your life might depend on it, doing this testing has the effect of increasing the awareness of the importance of the safety equipment. It is like a parachute. When you need it, you want to be 110% sure that it will open. No guarantee with ‘return the faulty one’, no questions asked, just 110% assurance.

How to do it?

Consider the safety shower – like the kind in use at chemical plants.

How does one test a safety shower without getting drenched? You can turn this one whichever way you like. Invariably, where SAFE testing of equipment has not been designed into the operating process / procedure, there is no other way but to activate the shower by actually stepping onto the plate in order to see the water spraying out of the shower heads …

Where is that umbrella when you need it!

Let me share a World Class example with you.

At Unilever’s Maydon Wharf plant, there is a testing jig which gets hooked onto the shower. By depressing the long lever, the shower is activated and the person doing the testing can thus stay completely dry. (See photo above.)

A SIMPLY SMART and practical solution!


In the world of skydiving, the parachutes are either packed by the mothers and wives of the jumpers, or by the jumpers themselves. One could say that the person who has a vested interest in the parachute opening when it’s supposed to is the one making sure that it really will open. Do you know who packs your parachutes?

Identify three of the most critical safety systems or equipment in your plant or process. Take a close look. Are these clearly identified and marked? Who does the testing? HOW often and HOW are these safety systems or equipment actually tested? I’m not talking about a simulation or fire-drill type exercise! This inspection should include the records of tests, with the findings and corrective actions signed and dated.

If a real test is not possible, then go back to the drawing board and change the design so that testing is possible. If this is still not an option, then other solutions like redundancy or back up safety devices need to be installed. This is a fundamental in process safety.

Trust me, if you take this advice seriously, you are bound to find some nasty surprises.


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SAPICS Conference Feedback

Keynote: Peopology – the Key to Sustainable Transformation
Feedback and Award


Dear Jurgen

I am delighted to advise you that you were awarded the SABMiller Kingfisher award at the SAPICS conference this week. This award is for the most innovative presentation and was voted for by the people who attended your presentation.

We are very grateful to you for your participation in the conference and the value you added to the delegates who attended your session. We shall certainly create the opportunity for a wider audience to attend your next presentation at our event!

We look forward to working with you again.

Jenny Froome, Manager, SAPICS

Jurgen Tietz' Most Innovative Presentation CertificateJurgen Tietz' Most Innovative Presentation Award

I couldn’t let this occasion pass without thanking all the people who have touched my life, who have given me the opportunity to share my thinking, who have enriched me and who have enabled me to grow during my career as a speaker.

When I was told that I had received this award, I felt both humbled and proud:

Humbled that it was the conference delegates that honoured me with their votes.

Proud that the committee allowed me to present my paper on one of my “pet” subjects and that the award is sponsored by SAB Miller, a company which has winning people and teams as part of their values = innovation.

In return, I can only promise to continue to strive to add value and help you meet your goals for a safe, healthy and environmentally-friendly workplace and life.

Jürgen Tietz

… found your presentation extremely motivating and relevant to most of the issues we are currently experiencing….not just at work but as a society.

Shane van Wyk, Business Solutions Specialist Bidvest Panalpina

I attended your presentation at SAPICS and applaud your innovation and award. … I look forward to attending future conferences where your wisdom is spread and people are inspired.

Fiona van der Linde, Manager GDSN, Traceability & Product Recall: GS1, Consumer Goods Council of South Africa

… Thoroughly enjoyed …

Ruth Edwards, Commercial Manager Specialist Inventory & Warehousing Commercial Services Procurement & Supply Chain, AngloGold Ashanti Limited, Continental Africa Region

… Great presentation …

Gert Kruger, HoD Supply Chain Omnia

Excellent presentation. Connect with the audience right from the start. Really felt inspired by him. AWESOME.

Great presentation!

Informative and practical in his presentation about leadership.

Awesome talk, really inspirational.

Motivating speaker.

Best speaker – Excellent topic and samples to proof his teachings.

He is straight to the point more on to people.


Well done, thanks!!!

Very good speaker – I like the way he incorporates diversity in his presentation.

Excellent tactics to get people involved, which in turn brings about change!

Very inspirational.

Deserves a bigger platform.

Yes! Want to see him again! most innovative, down to earth yet knowledgeable speaker. Awesome!!! Thank you!



Best speaker

Well done. Must come back next year.

Excellent presentation.

He’s excellent. See him at future conferences YES YES YES, great presenter.

Brilliant speaker. Knows the topic.

Very good! Thank you.

The best so far!

Wow what a presenter. Very knowledgeable person.

Powerful workshop.

Excellent and engaging speaker.

Wow!!! Thanks a lot for your energetic presentation. all said was a true reflection of how our workplace is. Looking forward to seeing you next year.

Summary of feedback/comments from forms completed by delegates

Congratulations on winning the award for most innovative presentation!

It has been a pleasure meeting you and working with you in the run up to the conference. I look forward to working with you in the future.

Cindy-Lee Vosloo, Upavon Events Assistant

Jurgen gets to hold the valuable Kingfisher Trophy

Congratulations again on a well deserved award. Henrietta, in my team … raved about it.

David Crewe-Brown from SAB Miller accepts the award on Jurgen Tietz' behalf

Henrietta also advised that we invite you to SAB at some stage to inspire some of our SC people.

David Crewe-Brown,
Supply Chain Development Manager SAB Miller

Congratulations my old friend. I knew you could do it.

Mike Wilkie, Manager Mechanical Ngodwana Mill, Sappi Paper & Paper Packaging

Congratulations are in order, and well done to you for receiving this accolade. I also wish to express my thanks to you for all of your monthly newsletters and guidance. Still looking forward to meeting you sometime and in the meantime look after yourself, and keep those tips coming.

Darrel Baillie, SHE Facilitator Industrial Safety SAA Tech

Well done and congratulations. I am very glad that this recognition was given to you. If I read the citation I agree that you are the wothy recipient of this award.

Merten Jansen Van Rensburg, Regional Risk Services ManagerSappi

Well done, deservedly so.

Keep it up !

Henry Merrick, Group S&H Manager AEL Mining Services

Congratulations and well done!

Greg White, WCM & Energy Champion & Plant Manager, Saint-Gobain Gyproc

Close-up of the SAB Miller Kingfisher Award Trophy' behalf


Kaizer Khunwane, HSEC Manager Xstrata Coal, Phoenix Mine

Congratulations, that is awesome.

Roberta Prophet, Africa Cluster Safety Coordinator Unilever

Congratulations with the award. You thoroughly deserve it.

Well done.

Rudy J Raath, Mine Manager THG Richtersveld Operations

Well done Jurgen, keep the ball rolling.

Graham Burn, Group Process Operations SHEQ Manager (Pr Cert Engineer) Anglo Platinum Base Metals Refiners Waterval Farm

Congratulations Jurgen! Well deserved.

Justin Cohen, International Speaker & Author

Congratulations top speakers …

Tom Bonkenburg, Director European Operations, St Onge Company, Netherlands

Well done Jurgen … you definitely are one of the best I have seen!

Tibor Szana, Director: Construction; Major Hazard installations & Explosives
Department of Labour

Congratulations on your award. Due to your intervention, I am able to think out of the box, which enabled me to add value to our business of producing electricity.

Peter Granville May, Senior Advisor Fire Risk & Emergency Management Eskom Sustainability

My sincere congratulations on your achievement …

Mathews Amunghete, Chief Inspector of Mines – Mine Safety & Services Division, Directorate of Mines, Ministry of Mines & Energy Namibia

Congratulations on your award. Indeed it is well deserved. I have had my own experience of working with you and know this from first hand experience. Well done.

Tumi Tsehlo, Managing Director SA Mint Company

You deserve it.

Keith Stewart, MD Combustion & Gas Burner Services aka Gasburn

Well done on your Most Innovative Presentation award, excellent!

Gavin Halse, Director Product Strategy AdaptIT Durban

Jurgen!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Well done!

I honestly think it is more a matter of you touching other people’s lives than vice versa. Your sincerity and enthusiasm always motivates me.

I really enjoyed reading your paper. Thanks for sharing it with me.

Isa Fourie, Senior AdvisorEskom Kendal Power Station

Congratulations! Well done!

Annie Greeff, Consultant

Well done Jurgen – keep thinking and talking the important messages …

Gary Bowles, MD Sappi Chemical Cellulose Saiccor Mill

Well done Jürgen. You deserve it.

Edwin Matlapeng, Mine Safety Manager Goldfields South Deep Mine

Congratulations on an award you richly deserve. Bestowed upon you by your peers – it’s wonderful.

When I first met you at the speakers convention, it was then that I recognized your innovative presentation talents and went on to say to the chairman at the time ‘watch that quiet unassuming little man with the one eye – there goes one of the most underrated speakers – he will emerge!’

Your award bears testimony to what I predicted when I first met you. You are a giant – be proud!

Alain de Woolf, Entertainer

Well done you deserve the recognition.

Chris Silver, Business Unit Manager Exxaro Tshikondeni Mine

I also would like to acknowledge and appreciate all your efforts in keeping us abreast in current safety trends.

Kekeletso Selepe, Principal Technical Official Eskom

… It is an even greater pleasure to learn of your achievement. Well done to you and it is undoubtedly well deserved.

May you continue to grow from strength to strength.

Pauline Pirthi, Regional Business Planning & Strategy Manager Eskom

Well done on the achievement, Jurgen, you deserve it….because you are special.

Alex Stramrood, Corp OHS Manager (Op) Operational – Sustainability Div, Eskom

Thank you as well for each and every email received over the years …

Morkel van Wyk Goldfields

Congratulations on that milestone I think you have deserved that.

Anton Stevens, Project SHE Manager Bakubung Platinum Mine (Wesizwe), WorleyParsonsTWP

Congratulations on the award!

Cara Woollacott, Senior Practioner: SC Risk Coordinator Sasol Group Services

To a true Champion of his topics JURGEN TIETZ CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!

Cecil Cordiglia, Safety Officer Transnet Rail – Rail Management Engineering

Congratulations Jurgen

Elain Chetty, SHE: IMS Practitioner Sasol oil Supply Chain         Landela Madubane, SHEQ Manager Transnet


What a great achievement!

Allan Ingham-Brown, HR Manager Cargo Motors

This is indeed a fantastic award. It will definitely not be awarded to you if it was not well deserved. Keep up the good work and thank you for the wonderful contribution towards Safety. You are truly making a difference.

Johan van Wyk, Senior Specialist SCR – Emergency Response Sasol Group Services

Congratulations on your prize, it indeed befits what you are and what you stand for. Were I also in attendance, I couldn’t had any other chance but to vote you being the best.

Keep up the good work … Keep those beautiful messages coming.

Letlatsa Tseka, Safety Risk Management Business Integration & Performance Management, Eskom Transmission Division, Simmerpan, Germiston

WoW. Congratulations! That certainly is a great honour and recognition for you. However not un-deservedly so. You have touched the lives of so many people and their families (by giving powerful messages that have in many ways contributed to the improved safety and well-being of people) and also by the uplifting example of your life and your leadership philosophy.

You are for me a shining example of what one of the radio-stations are promoting – LEAD SA.

Willem Mare, HR Business Partner Mondelez aka Kraft

Well done.  The cream always rises to the top.

Stan Savitz, MD Joint Manager, Safety Through Empowerment of People

Your innovative approach and passion in whatever you do has finally been properly acknowledged – Congratulations!!!!!

Phuti Kgano, Consultant Behavioural Safety


Pam Leppich, Safety Officer Consol Klip


Hlangabeza Gumede, Principal Specialist Chamber of Mines

Congratulations to you. I am proud to say that you really deserved it. Your talks are really motivating and I always learn a lot from you.

Makwena Mashaba, Safety Officer Eskom Matimba Power Station, Risk & Assurance

Congratulations, Jurgen! Well done!

(Dr) Graham Edwards, CE AECI

Congratulations with the award received, it is great to be acknowledged when doing “good work” !

Fritz Konig, QAM AECI

Congratulations upon the achievement of the award … I’m grateful for your tips sent to me which I have been reading …

Robert Nuwagaba Kasese Cobalt Co Ltd Uganda

Congratulations on the award, you needed to be recognized for your passion on safety issues.

I am sure you have and continue to coach South Africans on how to handle Safety.

Nomasonto Monapathi Goldfields

Congratulations on the award, you needed to be recognized for your passion on safety issues.

I am sure you have and continue to coach South Africans on how to handle Safety.

Nomasonto Monapathi Goldfields

Congratulations! Mr Tietz, you really deserved this award. You are one in a million.

Annie Ntoampe Eskom

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VUKA! VUSA!™ Safety Boot Camp


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VUKA! VUSA! Wake Up! Rise up! Boot Camp by eKhuluma and impleX

The SHE Rep plays a pivotal role in any OHS Management System:

  • On the one hand, the SHE Rep represents the employee – for the employees, by the employees.
  • On the other hand, the SHE Rep is a member of the committee tasked with making representations to the Employer on OHS issues.
Approach, Objectives and Outcomes

By involving the SHE Reps in the management of incidents (prevention, preparation, response and recovery), the employer will reap double the benefits. Not only will the SHE Reps be familiar with and understand the preventative measures relating to hazards and risks in the workplace (incidentally a legal requirement), but they will also be able to understand corrective action measures, and thus be able to explain these to the employees.

By equipping SHE Reps with the knowledge and understanding of the legislative requirements for reporting of incidents, accidents and other health threatening occurrences and near misses, you can ensure compliance with the legislative requirements, which is in the best interest of employees, whilst ensuring a workplace that is safe and without risk to health.

Course Outline

To ensure that we capture the SHE Rep audience and hold their attention, this unique BOOT CAMP comprises of

  • 1-2 hours discussion on the legislative requirements, in easy and understandable terms, using information provided by a legal expert from impleX.
  • Each delegate then receives a COOL TOOL™ pack.
  • 2-3 hours of application of the legislative measures to everyday objects through fun activities and association.

The double impact will ensure that the SHE Reps leave the boot camp understanding and, more importantly, remembering the requirements. They will be eager to relate this knowledge, on a sustainable basis, to their areas of responsibility.


  • An introduction to the applicable Health and Safety legislation
  • How to interpret the law – for non-lawyers
  • Duties of the employer
  • Duties of the employee
  • Duties of the Health and Safety representative – in terms of the law
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment – Assessing and responding to risk
  • Training, Information, Instruction and Supervision
  • Investigation and reporting of accidents, incidents and diseases
  • Your company-specific procedure for incident management
  • The cost of non-compliance – liability, penalties and action by the inspectorate


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The novel, unique and flexible COOL TOOL™ TOOLBOX items are specifically aimed at raising the awareness and need for action in OHS related matters. Using a hands-on approach gets the people at the rock face / shop floor to “eKhuluma” (talk) about and take action on safety related matters.

This approach makes the OHS messages ‘stick’. The power of the COOL TOOL™ items lies in their simplicity and in associating everyday items with OHS. With minimal guidance and training, your H&S Reps will be able to engage people across cultures and levels to “walk their talk”.

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Number of Attendees & Sessions

Minimum 30 attendees per session, but up to 60 can be accommodated.

Duration & Timing

Up to 5 hours training, excluding lunch and tea breaks.

The quote is based on training sessions done Monday to Friday, during day-shift hours.

If training sessions are required over the weekend or after hours, a 50% surcharge per delegate will be imposed.

Venue & Preparation

The Client is responsible for arranging a suitable venue that meets our requirements for workshop facilitation and interaction with the delegates.

The Client will deal with the logistics and provision of refreshments.

The contact details of the delegates need to be provided by the Client before each session, so that we can send the delegates the pre-work required in preparation for the workshop, as well as invite them to share with us any questions and/or issues they may have.

Equipment / Presentation Aids Requirements

Please confirm that you have a screen projector and flip chart / white board available in the training facility.

Certificates & Feedback

An Attendance Certificate will be given to each workshop attendee and a summary of the feedback and evaluation comments will be given to the client.

Customization for In-House Boot Camps: MIRROR TECHNIQUE

This critical technique involves taking photos of your specific site and giving feedback to the audience about the GOOD, the bad and the ugly. I focus on personal workspaces, where you sit, eat, work and keep your tools, as I believe that safety starts ‘at home’. In the feedback I use the Safety Game analogy, with the ‘players’ and ‘coach’, as well as the “ISIBOPHO” whistle and red / green card. The delegates have to ‘look to see’ and accept responsibility for the need to change. This technique involves photos of your operation, which the delegates can recognize and identify with. Below are a few examples of photos which I share with the people ‘who push the buttons and use the tools’.

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The customisation is included in the Boot Camp fee. We estimate that it will take half a day to walk about, take suitable photographs and prepare the mirror sessions for the delegates. The client has to provide a safety person to act as a guide for these walkabouts.

A brochure containing this information can be downloaded here.

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