SA Taxi Foundation gives Vosloorus elderly and disabled access to social and health facilities On Tuesday 11 December 2018 – SA Taxi Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of SA Taxi, a vertically integrated business platform designed to improve the sustainability of the minibus taxi industry, donated a vehicle to the Kingdom Power Church International (KPCI). KPCI pastor, Mr Solly Msiza, has worked closely with SA Taxi and the minibus taxi industry for the past decade in fostering conflict resolution and running various projects. The projects are aimed at including the community’s elderly in social and church activities as well as getting disabled children to and from health care and support facilities. “We are supporting Mr Msiza in his social responsibility initiatives because he devotes his life to supporting the minibus taxi industry and the community from which it draws its resources and customers,” says SA Taxi communications executive, Maroba Maduma. “The industry has a vast social impact. For that reason, everything we do as a company is geared to ensure that impact is not only sustainable but continues to ripple out to all spheres of society. “We focus on transforming the industry through shared value. So, on a day-to-day basis, we provide the financial and business means for the small businesses that are taxi operators to flourish and, in their turn, to create employment and an environment in which other businesses, such as rank mechanics and hawkers, can grow. “In addition, through SANTACO’s 25% stake in SA Taxi, we provide the means for individual members of the industry to participate in the commercial success of the industry’s extended value chain. “At a company level, therefore, our socio-economic impact is extremely broad-based. However, when it comes to specific corporate social responsibility projects, we prefer to hone in on quite small individual initiatives. They have the ability to deliver highly personalised . . .
Rockwell Automation has migrated the control systems at Mozal Aluminium’s furnace assembly and ladle cleaning shop to its modern distributed control system based on the PlantPAx design standard. A modern, information-rich control architecture based on the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix platform helps ensures improved long-term plant and process performance and reliability, while also bringing all the latest diagnostic and fault-finding capabilities to these operational areas. The migration included the rewriting of a new, optimised control philosophy. The result is a streamlined, consistent and coherent IO architecture visualised through the latest Rockwell Automation HMIs and FactoryTalk Studio ME software that delivers intuitive, actionable machine data and intelligence. Service teams now have far greater insight into plant processes, allowing faster, more efficient response to any point of failure through added diagnostic features. Additionally, both plant areas were upgraded to Device Level Ring EtherNet/IP network architectures. This upgrade helped to ensure no single, localised point of failure in the network which can lead to more widespread, unnecessary downtime. The migration, for which Rockwell Automation was responsible for the engineering, product supply, integration, and commissioning, was completed in twelve months. Both systems were integrated into live production environments, with final commissioning completed in December 2017. Ladle Shop The ladle shop comprises three systems – pre-heating, tube cleaning and ladle cleaning equipment – which deliver rapid and efficient automated cleaning and heating of the ladles, and the distribution tubes that fill them. These systems help to ensure that no bath material and aluminium products can collect in the ladles, which would reduce the integrity of the molten aluminium, and thus the quality of the final cast ingots. The three upgraded ControlLogix controllers supplied for these systems . . .
The people of Durbanville have a new-look Engen service station that boasts a diverse range of 24-hour convenience services including an Engen Quickshop, Corner Bakery and multi-branded ATM machines (ABSA and Standard Bank). The recently upgraded Engen Hillside Convenience Centre officially launched to the public on 28 November 2018. Situated on the corner of Hills Road and Durbanville Avenue, Engen Hillside is also the new home of the Engen Training Academy, previously located in Edgemead. Operating as a company owned service station, Engen is extremely excited to add the new bouquet of convenience offerings at Engen Hillside, which will all operate 24/7. “Added to our new look forecourt at Hillside, planning for the new Engen Training Academy has been underway for the past 5-years and we are thrilled to launch the modern and spacious facility that provides the sort of innovative environment that reflects the Engen brand,” says Engen Head of Retail, Seelan Naidoo,. The training centre is geared to provide new Engen service station franchisees with practical on-the-forecourt training over a 2 ½ week period as well as practical standards training. In addition, the facilities provide existing Engen managers, franchisees and head office staff with a variety of courses on different aspects of the business. The Engen Training Academy has a number of training rooms and expansive break-away areas that can be tailored to size, and accommodates 22 delegates per course. Luzuko Tseku, Engen Hillside’s operator is a firm believer in getting involved with the community in which he operates, and is keen to support the local residents. “Having previously managed the Engen Edgemead service station, where we supported the Bothasig Community Policing Forum as well as their school feeding scheme project, we are hoping to do something similar in the Durbanville community.” Adds Naidoo: “Engen is very excited to see our network flourishing. Our modern new training . . .
Congratulations to Chantelle Welle, the final lucky winner in Engen’s Wheel of Fortune competition. Chantelle drove off with her brand-new Volkswagen at a hand over at Engen C&B, Fairmount, in Gauteng. As part of the Wheel of Fortune campaign, four Engen customers, from around the country, drove away with spanking new 1.4 Polo Vivos. Brad Bergh, Engen’s Brands, Communication and Advertising Manager says, “As a brand, it is important for Engen to continue offering exciting and innovative promotions like our Wheel of Fortune promotion, where we can engage and interact with our customers. Congratulations to all our lucky winners.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Laurance Fineberg has been appointed Product Manager for ContiTech’s range of Industrial Fluid Hose. This is seen as a positive step for the company to reconnect with their hose customers and distributors. “With this range of industrial fluid hose from ContiTech, we have the products and expertise to meet the market’s needs”, says Fineberg. Fineberg is certainly not a newcomer. With over 25 years’ experience in the rubber industry, he has earned his stripes with industrial fluid hose and conveyer belting. “I have total trust in our products”, says Fineberg. “Our industrial hose range is considered to be amongst the best in the world for class and value.” ContiTech’s Industrial Fluid Segment division can be reached on 011 249 9400. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Montecasino’s sizzling hot R5 million Summer Winnings promotion is clocking up car and cash prize winners for 10 weeks through to 15 December, with the latest winner being Rhi Kong from Randburg who drove off in a brand-new BMW 118i worth R416 619 on 25 October, along with two other players who left R100 000 and R50 000 richer. Qualifying slots and tables players stand a chance to win a total of five BMW 118i’s and R150 000 per draw for Black Rewards cardholders in five Thursday night draws, R60 000 per Friday night draw for Platinum and Gold Reward cardholders, and R90 000 for all cardholders in monthly Saturday draws. Upcoming draws are happening on 15 and 29 November and 13 December for Black cardholders, on 2 and 30 November and 7 December for Gold and Platinum cardholders, with Saturday bonus draws on 27 October, 24 November ad 15 December. A total of 300 players will win cars and cash prizes by the end of the promotion. Mike Page, Operations Director and GM of Montecasino, says, “It’s a red-hot promotion that is bringing in scores of regular and new players who can handle the heat at the nail-bitingly exciting draws. Montecasino is the place to be for the hottest gaming promotions in Gauteng and for all round memorable experiences. We wish every player the best of luck for the remaining Summer Winnings draws – 300 people have to win, and it could be you!” For more information on the promotion and on what’s happening at Montecasino, visit www.tsogosun.com/montecasino or Facebook.com/Montecasino. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
New FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC, to accelerate digital transformation strategies for greater productivity through simplification of complex processes in industrial businesses Rockwell Automation and PTC have launched FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC, a software suite that enables companies to optimise their industrial operations and enhance productivity by providing decision-makers with improved data and insights. The new suite delivers complete visibility of operations and systems status from one source of information inside the organisation. The collaborative offering is the first to integrate technologies from both companies following the strategic partnership announcement in June. FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC, improves connectivity to operational technology (OT) devices on the plant floor, natively supporting the rapid, scalable, and secure connection of the most commonly used industrial equipment. Combined with data from information technology (IT) applications and systems, decision makers can now gain a complete digital representation of their industrial equipment, lines, and facilities from anywhere in the enterprise. “Our offering is unique in its ability to improve how companies capitalise on the IIoT by combining expertise from industry, technology, and plant-floor professionals,” said John Genovesi, incoming senior vice president, Enterprise Accounts & Software, Rockwell Automation. “Now we’re bringing innovative solutions from PTC together with leading analytics and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) from Rockwell Automation for a differentiated industry solution.” “We’re moving the needle on how leading-edge technology is applied in industrial environments,” said Catherine Knicker, Head of Strategic Alliances, PTC. “Manufacturers have seen digital technology rapidly change, but their execution continues to follow practices established for the legacy business. This bundled offering will . . .
As South Africa gears up for peak holiday traffic volumes experienced during December, road safety is at the forefront of the minds of those who manage traffic flow and all road users. The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) recently teamed up with the City of Johannesburg to host a Quality Road Markings event in support of Transport Month and to increase safety and user experience on the city’s roads. Plascon was one of three paint suppliers to demonstrate their road-marking paint products at the event which took place at Hyde Park 6th Road between Jan Smuts and First Road last month. Road marking paint is critical to ensuring road safety as it needs to be both visible and durable. The paint products showcased by Plascon and the other suppliers had to comply with the following factors required by JRA: o Paint products must include crystal glass beads with a strong capacity for absorbing, storing and emitting light. o Can glow for more than twelve hours in the dark thereby increasing safety for road users. o All the paints (pigments, masterbatches, and aggregates) are non-toxic with no radioactive additives. They must be harmless to the environment which offers a greater level of social responsibility. o Paints must be quick drying and suitable for direct application to all types of new or previously painted bituminous and concrete road surfaces. o Can be applied by brush, roller or road striping machine. o Must have good retro-reflectivity due to excellent glass bead retention. o Produce a surface with anti-skid properties thereby increasing safety when it is raining. Rolf Redelinghuys, who heads up Plascon’s road-marking paint division, highlights the importance of using specialised highly visible, durable and long lasting road-marking paints to keep traffic flowing smoothly and minimise driver distraction. “It can be applied to all suitable bitumen, asphalt and concrete road surfaces. The specialised resin technologies used in these products, . . .
Neville Alberts has been appointed as Branch Manager for Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW), Johannesburg, a Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Company, effective 17 October 2018. “Alberts brings 17 years of inhouse experience, along with in-depth product knowledge and a passion for his career, to the position. This, among other factors, makes him the ideal candidate to lead the branch to new heights,” commented HAW General Manager Werner Joubert. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Engen, in collaboration with FUEL Online Training, has delivered a record 3.5 million training interventions to Engen forecourt attendants around the country since its inception in 2013. The training focuses on job skills and competencies related to customer service as well as critical life-skills which can be accessed via an iPad training app. Community support material created for Engen staff includes basic first aid, drug and alcohol abuse prevention and understanding money management. The programme has also offered 640 000-education interventions concerning people living with HIV, which still affects millions of South African families. “We are very excited by the level of success achieved by our programme. The Engen sites that implemented Engen Learn have delivered increased customer satisfaction,” says Retail Training Academy Manager, Renee Kemm. The Engen Learn programme has receive numerous national awards, including an award from Apple for innovation, the Future of HR Best Learning and Development Strategy award in 2017, and a Directors Best Choice nomination for the same award in 2018. “This a ground breaking solution which, if nurtured, has the power to be a truly transformative force in South Africa. Our reach allows us to directly inspire thousands of employees, who in turn are empowered to impact on their families and communities,” adds Kemm. Below are some comments received via survey from service station staff about Engen Learn: “Ever since the introduction of Engen Learn I learnt so much and not only about the industry but am happy to say am now debt free because I followed what I learned here.” “When I started as a Cashier it was just a job. The Engen Learn modules about the history of Engen fascinated me. Today, even the President, is not as happy as I am in my job. All thanks to a simple app.” “Engen Learn has taught me to be strong and resourceful manager and it has given me some powerful life lesson especially when . . .