The plight of South Africa’s sewage treatment infrastructure is relatively well documented. Severe challenges both in maintaining South Africa’s existing sewage treatment works as well as their expansion to accommodate a growing population, means less than 10% of the country’s sewage plants currently meet compliance. With over 50 000 L of untreated sewage estimated to flow into our rivers every second, an underperforming sewerage infrastructure poses a significant health hazard, threatens the ecology of our natural water sources, as well as increases the cost of water treatment plants to produce potable water from rivers and dams. For water solutions specialist Veolia Water Technologies, a new, resilient and efficient approach to sanitation resource management is required in overcoming the national backlog confronting our sewage treatment infrastructure. A turnkey technological solution “Over the past few years, Veolia has supplied packaged wastewater treatment plants for a number of different sewage treatment applications, across South Africa and further afield into countries such as Ethiopia and Tanzania,” explains Veolia Water Technologies South Africa’s Chris Braybrooke. From meeting the needs of isolated communities, to supplying facilities like hospitals, airports and remote mining camps with adequate sewage treatment services, modular Sewage Treatment Plants (STP™) have proven a reliable, cost-effective alternative to in-ground plants, and can be supplied in a fraction of the time. “These packaged plants are based on trickling filter technology, a simple but extremely versatile technology that is both robust and easy to operate,” Braybrooke says. “Its ability to accommodate highly variable inflows is an additional benefit, and the sludge, which is digested to approximately a third of its original volume, only has to be removed every two to three years.” The major treatment components of the STP™ are screening, anaerobic digestion, carbon . . .
Kwikspace, the mobile and modular building specialists, will be exhibiting at the KZN Construction Expo again this year. The 2019 Expo, taking place on 20 & 21 February at the Durban Exhibition Centre, will feature over 80 companies exhibiting products in all sectors of the construction industry. Visit Kwikspace at outdoor stand 03. Kwikspace will feature one of its actual modular buildings at the stand. “This is a great opportunity for visitors, investors and future clients to view the applications of our units and to experience their quality first hand”, says Durban Branch Manager, David Francis. The company’s solutions are used by government departments throughout South Africa, various industrial sectors, state-owned enterprises, mining houses and NGOs both locally and across Africa. “Our mobile and modular structures are used by a number of industries for accommodation, ablutions, office space, clinics, and dining areas”, Francis explains. “We are also extremely active in the South African education sector, both government and private.” Francis says that Kwikspace will be targeting the construction and oil & gas industries at this year’s Expo. Kwikspace has been in KwaZulu-Natal for 11 years, and in South Africa for over 50 years. “In the last year, Kwikspace has grown rapidly in the KZN construction space”, says Francis. The KZN Construction Expo provides strong exposure with the construction companies in KZN and gathers thousands of stakeholders – from construction professionals to investors – together. Kwikspace salespeople will be on hand to answer questions. Visitors and exhibitors alike attend the Expo to access the province’s building and constructor sector. Visit Kwikspace at the KZN Construction Expo, 20 & 21 February 2019, Durban Exhibition Centre, Outdoor Stand 03. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
There was a time, in the mid-1800s, when aluminium was more valuable than gold. It was so prized, that French Emperor Napoleon III’s most distinguished guests were actually given aluminium cutlery, while those deemed less worthy dined with silverware. Fortunately, scientists found a commercially viable method to extract aluminium and, ever since, industry has increasingly come to value this metal for a variety of applications, as it is light, impact resistant and extremely strong. What makes it even more attractive is its resistance to corrosion and UV radiation. And it’s 100% recyclable A mere 148 years after the end of Napoleon III’s reign, aluminium is now the second most used metal after steel worldwide. And South Africa’s own Plantation Shutters know only too well why. “Aluminium is well known for being robust – it doesn’t rust, rot or warp,” says Werner Jansen van Rensburg, MD of Plantation Shutters. “It’s a material that’s especially suited to our South African climate for the way it handles harsh sunlight, rain and damp. It’s also fireproof and virtually maintenance free. All of this makes it the perfect choice for our well-known security shutters, not forgetting the beautiful aesthetics. So, we’re excited to announce two new additions to our aluminium shutter range.” There is still the original, premium Plantation Security Shutters for when security is your priority. They have the most advanced locking system on the market and the reinforced 50mm frame gives you peace of mind. After nearly 20 years of offering highly customisable installations that allow homeowners to create the homes of their dreams, Plantation Shutters have upped the ante by releasing two new aluminium products. The first – the 34mm Plantation Security Shutter – is the same high-quality security shutter, with two differences. It has a 34mm frame for customers who don’t require the 50mm one and comes with a three-pin lock (as opposed to a five-pin lock). The slightly reduced . . .
If your wallet’s feeling a little light after the Festive Season, then head on down to Springfield Retail Centre, and get more “bang for your buck,” at their Super Sale. Boasting an extensive array of tenants from home décor and improvement stores, to food, toys, clothing and baby products, it’s the perfect location for shoppers to grab the opportunity, and take advantage of low prices, with savings of up to 50% off at selected stores. From now until Sunday, February 10th, 2019, all Springfield Retail Centre to reduce your, “Janu-worries”! For any queries, or a list of the available stores in Springfield Retail Centre, visit the website at www.springfieldretailcentre.co.za or call 031 362 1782. Happy Super Sale Shopping! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
It’s hard to get back into the swing of things after the Festive Season, but if you want your team firing on all cylinders, make sure you book your year-start conference with Royal Palm Hotel. Conveniently located in the hustle and bustle of the Umhlanga New Town Centre, the mere vibrance of the area will ignite the spark back into your team, as they focus their minds on putting their sunny-day holidays behind them and planning for a great 2019. With a number of conference options on offer, including full and half-day conferences, complete with usual trimmings including welcome drinks, stationary, flip charts and projectors, the ease of activation will excite you and your teams. What sets the Royal Palm Hotel apart from other venues is the number of team building activities that the on-site team will be happy to arrange for you, to truly inspire your team and to complete your conference, a lunch or dinner can be arranged at the @Thyme Restaurant, which could include a wine or whisky tasting. Start 2019 off on the right note, and let your teams know that you’re invested in their progress and growth and book your conference at Royal Palm today! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Nkemi Molefe: Giving life to South African authors’ mother tongue At just 25 years of age, Nkemi Molefe founded her publishing company Pelmo Books in Pretoria, South Africa. What she’s achieving is far more than creating books from the words of writers, though – she’s empowering South Africans to read, write and rise, in the language they know and love best. “I chose ‘Read, Write, Rise’ as my company slogan because we read to learn, which empowers us to grow, and that enables us to rise above our challenges,” she says. “With growth comes the ‘rise’ to our greatest potential in all areas of life.” As the daughter of author Dr Lawrence Molefe, Nkemi spent many hours helping her Dad tidy up his plethora of manuscripts; collating pages and determining which needed to go where on their way to publication. “You could say my passion found me,” says Nkemi. “It occurred to me that I was good at this and I could make it into my business. “Then, by publishing literature in vernacular languages, I believe we have a hand in the development of these languages, while also encouraging a love for their own culture among readers, so I feel my passion has many more advantages than it started out with,” she says. With Pelmo Books thriving, Nkemi offers some personal experience to other young black women seeking to turn their passion into a business: “Invest in yourself – and not just money-wise. Grow your knowledge as much as possible. What do you see around you? Is there a gap in a service that you use, and can you fill it? “If so, you can excel at what you love by continuing to build knowledge and create expertise. Empower yourself by knowing it is possible and make the opportunities you find bigger than yourself.” From her own experience as a young black woman in business, Nkemi encourages patience and the understanding that there will be challenges specific to young black women. “See any issues you run into as a speed bump in the road, not a full stop,” she . . .
Remuneration and performance of boards of directors has been the subject of extensive conceptualisation and empirical research over many years. Internationally most of this research has dealt with European and American based companies. Alternatively, and particularly in Africa, it has focused on listed companies and public entities. “This has left a huge knowledge gap regarding non-listed African board practices, particularly relating to privately-held company and family business board fees” explains Carl Bates founder and chief executive of Sirdar Group. Sirdar Group, Africa’s leading educator, appointer and guide to high-performance boards of privately-held companies and family businesses recently launched an in depth survey-based research, collecting crucial data from board members of privately-held and family businesses across Africa for analysis. After months of in depth analysis the group has released the findings into high-level understanding for privately-held and family companies, shareholder-managers and non-executives directors on three subjects: The fees payable to the non-executive and independent directors of privately-held and family companies across Africa The diversity of board structures of such African companies. The perceived performance of these boards. The research challenged boards in stepping up to higher levels and provides context for fair and reasonable fees for independent and non-executive directors. The overall report provides valuable insights for boards of directors in these two sectors. Below is a snapshot of some of the key findings: Boards with at least one independent director are outperforming boards without one: The respondents were asked to self-evaluate their board against various key performance indicators (KPIs). These KPIs were selected to represent the activities of a high-performance board. Boards without independent directors evaluated themselves poorly compared to boards with at least one . . .
According to the Pew Research Centre, millennials have surpassed all other generations as the largest portion of the global workforce. This fact may be met with trepidation and discomfort from some Generation Xers (or baby boomers, as they are commonly known), who often assume millennials to be entitled, tough to manage, narcissistic, self-interested and an affront to the work ethic that is characteristic of the X generation (Gen-X). What do notoriously lazy job-hoppers have to offer the structured world of corporate? Accommodating a generational workforce whose values differ greatly from their predecessors is risky business, but not for the reasons you might think. According to Alex Roberts, CURA’s Regional Director of Sales and Operations, organisations run the risk of alienating their future leaders if they do not adapt their thinking to prioritise Generation Y (Gen-Y). He explains that the rise of millennial leadership is not something that can be merely tolerated: it is an inevitability that this generation is the future of our companies. “The reality is that baby boomers are starting to retire, creating a power vacuum that can only be filled by millennials. We also need to consider that millennials are getting older - with the oldest members of the generation entering their mid-30s - and with age, they’re growing to be more experienced,” says Roberts. “Even now, millennials currently hold about 20 percent of all leadership roles, and this is set to grow exponentially. This growth should be embraced, rather than resisted, as millennial leaders promise to prioritise values, ethics, flexibility, and feedback through their strong convictions.” As such, it is essential for organisations to not only accommodate the preferences of millennials but to promote and maintain a company culture that allows them to flourish. “The negative preconceived notions that some hold about this generation is often unsubstantiated, misguided and incorrect, and an attempt to . . .
Great businesses are not merely built on service but exceptional service and great customer experience; and an important element of their success is the value-proposition they deliver to their customers. Great businesses understand that for them to thrive and survive, they need to be constantly focusing on delivering value to their customers. “Exceptional businesses differentiate their offering on service and not necessarily price alone because research has proven again and again that consumers are willing to pay a premium, provided they “get great service” and great value for what they are paying for”, says Femi Adebanji, Customer Service Speaker and Expert. Femi, who heads the Service Excellence Institute, South Africa, further goes on to add that if organisations want to deliver the type of value that sets them apart, then they first need to be clear on two things: Firstly, what their “value-proposition” to their customers is and secondly, be clear on how their customers define value. “Otherwise, you might think you’re offering your customers value and be completely off the mark”, says Femi. He goes on to add that in the customer-economy where we find ourselves, the truth is that the power has shifted from businesses to consumers and thanks to the power of social media, consumers now have the power to shift and shape perception for or against brands. Consequently, businesses must focus a lot more on asking themselves – how do we deliver, tangible, exceptional value to our customers while delivering a seamless and hassle-free customer experience? If your value-proposition is not compelling enough, the fact is that potential customers will end up buying from your competitors and not from you. ‘A simple way of coming up with a compelling value proposition, says Femi, is to ask yourself the two important questions your customers are asking themselves, which is “Why should they buy from you and not your competitors and secondly, what’s in it for . . .
Proudly South African kicks off 2019 with East London Forums As part of its national awareness campaign for increased local procurement in both the public and private sectors, Proudly South African will kick off the 2019 calendar with two forums in East London at the end of this month. Focusing on the private sector and the benefits of increasing levels of local procurement through the entire value chain, Proudly South African will present a business networking forum on 30th January taking the opportunity to connect with existing member companies in the province and with any company interested in learning more about the benefits of becoming part of the movement. The focus for SMEs here will be on the financial and non-financial development programmes available to them from both the private and public sector. As the largest procurer of goods and services in the country, government has legislated local procurement levels for certain items under the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and Proudly SA will address public sector procurement and supply chain officials on their roles and responsibilities in this regard on 29th January. Both events will take place at The Venue, Hemingways Casino in East London with registration from 08h30. Attendance is free of charge, but delegates are requested to register beforehand. Public Sector Procurement Forum, 29 January RSVP email@example.com Business Forum, 30 January RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .