The cleaning industry has the potential for extraordinary growth - an opinion by Mahlatholle Masha, Financial Director, Servest Cleaning Division Johannesburg, 23 November 2018 - As an industry, which is estimated to be worth around R6 - 10 billion, the cleaning business is one that has the most extraordinary potential for growth. The nature of the work is such, that it requires only low level skills and this seems to give the impression that it is an easy business to establish. It is therefore no wonder that there are a multitude of start-ups emerging in the industry. However, Mahlatholle Masha, Financial Director of Servest’s Cleaning division, cautions against this notion of it being an easy business, because with it comes industry standards, compliance matters, health and safety issues and not least, the responsibility of running a business. The latter coming with its own challenges, with regard to human resources and its associated matters. Despite the challenges, the cleaning sector’s growth potential stems from large organisations wanting to focus their efforts on their core business and therefore outsource their cleaning services to cleaning companies. These cleaning companies are expected to not only be fully equipped to fulfil the tasks, but to do so within the bounds of compliance, such as the use of environmentally friendly products and using equipment that reduces water wastage, or entirely eliminating the use of water. Technology and innovation hereby plays an important role in the continued growth and development in the cleaning industry, to the benefit of its clients. We see cleaning companies having to currently provide customised and unique solutions to clients, in order to differentiate themselves. However, in the near future, it will also have to provide sustainability reports, to ensure that the cleaning methods and its associated products do not adversely affect the environment. These specialised products and services are . . .
Black Friday Mania rules at Montecasino (https://www.tsogosun.com/montecasino) on 23 November when Gauteng’s premiere entertainment destination delivers a vast array of exclusive deals in the form of giveaways and specials, half price movies, music, discounts and rewards – for 24 hours only. On the casino floor, Black Friday brings both discounts and great value, with the 24-hour Point Multiplier kicking in from midnight, quadrupling every point earned by Black Rewards cardholders, tripling Platinum cardholder points, and doubling Gold points. Montecasino’s restaurants and bars have come to the Black Friday Mania party, adding 24 hours of not-to-be-missed specials and giveaways. With a wide range of food and beverage offers, including 50% off movies, free beer, wine or a shot of tequila ordered with main meals, to half price on cocktails, to deals offering a free starter or dessert with a main course, free scoops of ice cream, up to 80% off at Montecasino’s fashion retail stores and 30% off Cinderella on Ice tickets over the Christmas weekend, Montecasino is where you should be wining, dining and being entertained on November 23rd. Says Mike Page, GM of Montecasino, “Black Friday Mania promises something for everyone, with the entire complex joining the movement to offer every wallet the chance to experience something fantastico. We look forward to sharing an exciting and extra special Black Friday with our visitors.” To plan your mind-blowing Montecasino Black Friday Mania experience, check out the excellent line-up of specials and discounts on https://www.tsogosun.com/montecasino/offers/black-friday-mania and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t miss this Montecasino Black Friday Mania – we’ve got it… for you. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The system reads the RFID tags continuously and fully automatically – even for objects that are close together on the conveying line. RFID is quickly gaining ground as a leading method for automatic identification in logistics and manufacturing around the globe. As a world leader in manufacturing sensors, safety systems and automatic identification products, SICK Automation is the obvious choice for this technology. RFID has been used for years for everyday activities from entry to your workplace, to tracking goods in distribution and manufacturing environments. Historic technologies Only a few years ago RFID was considered an expensive alternative to laser-and-camera-based data capture technologies. The cost and risk of implementation outweighed the benefits for most users. Today, the situation has changed considerably with more retailers are recognising the benefits. The tagging of individual items, pallets and cases add a new layer of dynamic information that travels and changes with an item as it’s moved through the chain. The cost of RFID tags has dropped dramatically while the performance and reliability of the systems has improved sustainability. Trending Current trends show a dramatic increase in the use of RFID. It’s used in receiving and shipping applications to verify goods, and it accommodates a much broader product mix including garments and apparel. Using this technology enables retailers to improve the efficiency of receiving and shipping processes, increase order accuracy, achieve real-time visibility, and monitor product availability more closely. For retailers, the boost in visibility is crucial for creating enhanced customer experiences and for competitive advantage in the omni-channel environment. In addition to improving customer satisfaction it’s also a necessary tool for predicting process state to enable more predictive analysis of operational effectiveness. Challenges Adoption is widespread, but challenges exist as users make . . .
Drives now available for 10 to 6 000 horsepower applications Rockwell Automation has expanded the power ranges and capabilities of TotalFORCE technology for its Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 755T AC drives. The drives now offer an expanded power range, helping engineers with applications from 10 to 6 000 horsepower (7.5 to 4 500 kW) improve productivity and reduce their lifecycle costs. The expansion brings harmonic mitigation, regeneration and common bus-system configurations to a wider range of high-demand applications. Enhancements to the patented TotalFORCE technology include more powerful adaptive control capabilities, which allow the drives to monitor machine characteristics that can change over time and automatically compensate for the changes that occur. An adaptive tuning feature uses up to four automatic tracking notch filters to block resonance and vibration that can impact quality, waste energy and prematurely wear out a machine. In addition, predictive maintenance features provide real-time information about the health of the drive. By monitoring operational characteristics such as temperature, voltage and current, the drive is able to calculate the remaining life of critical components and notify users. This allows users to act so unplanned downtime can be prevented. “TotalFORCE technology enables PowerFlex 755T drive users to take a proactive approach in improving machine uptime. The drives can deliver information about the status of an application to the control system, which can be critical for reducing downtime and increasing productivity,” said Adrian van Wyk, Power and Components, Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa. “The drives’ ability to be self-aware also enhances reliability and simplifies service.” The PowerFlex 755T variable-frequency drives were previously designed for 160 to 3 000 horsepower applications. The expanded power range makes PowerFlex drives ideally suited for large power applications, such as pumps and fans . . .
It is crucial that national and provincial government consider the private sector as its ally in meeting growing educational needs, according to Canback Consulting, a member of The Economist Group (TEG). With the overall quality of South African education recently ranked by the World Economic Forum as 137th out of 139, Client Director at Canback, Nolene van Tonder, says it is time to stop playing the “blame game” and move towards creating workable public-private partnerships (PPPs) in education to fix a core sector required to drive future growth and employment in SA. “Education is one of many sectors that can benefit from PPPs, but this will require strategic planning, constructive engagement and an alignment of policy. For instance, Gauteng experiences an annual challenge to place all learners in schools. At the start of the 2018 academic year, more than 30 000 learners between Grade 1 and 8 had not been placed”, she says. Although some learners had applied on time, many were not placed, due to shortage of space in ‘high pressure’ areas. Canback says “it is not incomprehensible” for government to form partnerships with private education companies to better assist with infrastructure delivery. “After all, government often calls on the private sector and local communities to partner with them. Why should education be an exception? This model can truly combine efforts to achieve desired outcomes. Government has funds available and the private sector agility,” says Van Tonder. The success of new model PPPs are already bearing fruit in other emerging markets. The World Economic Forum has reported that when innovative education-driven PPPs were launched in Columbia, they began to show benefits from an early stage. These ranged from “major physical transformations of neighbourhoods”, a high demand for these well-maintained schools, lower dropout rates and a major turnaround in results, including maths and reading test results. A similar local investment . . .
Is Diversity Receiving Enough Attention in Corporate Training? By Devan Moonsamy CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute I’m proud to be the owner and CEO of the I Can Help Africa Foundation (ICHAF). We’ve been in the training business for over a decade, and I can look back on many challenges surmounted and successes achieved over the years. I always try to stay in touch with what our students and clients are saying and relate it to what I am doing. I pause to consider: Are ICHAF programmes making a difference and how big is that difference? Is it workplace-related or does it also lead to personal growth and the forging of good relationships in the context of diversity? Diversity is of critical concern to South African organisations. I wonder if even our entry-level qualifications make a difference in terms of diversity. Do ICHAF students feel their learning experiences are not only relevant to their jobs, but also offer some guidance on getting along with people who are different? Recently having co-authored a book about diversity and conducting diversity seminars as well as serving as a mediator in diversity-related conflict situations, diversity is constantly on my mind. I also recently had the opportunity to speak about immigration issues in the workplace – another important diversity variable in South Africa – on the etv Morning Show. So what have ICHAF students to say about the effect of our learning programmes on them? I was particularly interested in our entry-level programme, the NQF1 Business Practices course, which is a great way to get staff training started for just about any staff member. It is a year-long course, and there is a lot of focus therein on business skills like finance, computer use, customer care, etc. It is all very well having these skills, but if people can’t get along, we will never truly realise our goals, feel true fulfilment in our work, and make a difference in other people’s lives. I had to know what our students are . . .
Cape Town, Getting your foot on the property ladder isn’t easy for first-time buyers. Lack of affordability, appropriately sized stock and suitable locations are all barriers to entry, with many people having to stay in the rental market due to these challenges. Dawie Swart, CEO of asset-management company Investicore, recognised these obstacles. “For a long time, the first-time home-buyer market in Cape Town hasn’t been easy to penetrate, and I wanted to change that,” he says. The Pinnacle building in the heart of Cape Town, a recent Investicore purchase, will offer 239 well-priced apartments, with 48 already sold off-plan in the first two months. Advantages of micro-living “The concept behind micro-living is creating a neighbourhood within the building, and at The Pinnacle, we’ve done just that,” says Swart. In this micro-community where like-minded individuals live together in fully integrated social spaces, there’s a rooftop swimming pool, on-site restaurants and retail, wifi with hot desks, and meeting rooms. Security is top-of-mind for most South Africans, and The Pinnacle’s lock-up-and-go apartments are complemented by 24/7 security. “The Pinnacle is creating a work-play-live lifestyle that speaks to the millennial, they are seeking a place to live that is close to work and has all the necessary conveniences, be it to get a bite to eat or entertaining friends on the rooftop,” says Emanuel Germanis, managing director of Evolution Properties, which has the sole-mandate to sell The Pinnacle. The designer apartments are the work of Grant Gillis, renowned international interior designer and CEO of Delta International Design Studio. They all feature the comforts of modern living coupled with innovative spaces that move and adapt to their inhabitants’ needs. Mutable furniture transforms into smart storage units. “Electricity and water usage is something that Capetonians need to be aware of, and we considered these factors in the design and . . .
Pretoria, South Africa – 19 November 2018 – Across the globe, today marks World Toilet Day – an official United Nations international observance day to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Worldwide, it is estimated that 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation. This is according to UN-Water, who is driving the international campaign. The organisation further states that access to a safe functioning toilet has a positive impact on public health, human dignity, and personal safety, and goes on to explain that there are nowhere near enough safe toilets in the world. World Toilet Day was set up to encourage people to think about the issues in a new way. Lemon Trees is proud to be doing their bit to help. Pieter Jamneck, Managing Director at Lemon Trees, commented, “We recognise that people want to have clean sanitation facilities that do not have a bad smell, and are serviced and cleaned regularly. We are extremely proud of our biggest selling point – regular service intervals of each toilet and unit that happen on time and without fail. We do not skip or skimp on these services and that is why our customers keep coming back to us.” Environmentally friendly Cleaning and servicing toilets and portable sanitation units cannot be done without the use of chemicals, but Lemon Trees pride themselves on using chemicals that are biodegradable and are not harmful to people or the environment. The company uses products that are completely free of formaldehyde and can give customers peace of mind that the sanitation services do not cause harm to the environment. Mr Jamneck explains, “The chemicals that we use are not the cheapest on the market, but they do not contain carcinogenic substances that are usually found in the products used elsewhere in the portable sanitation industry. Although there are no set of standards to govern the industry here in South Africa, Lemon Trees support International standards. We are proud members of the . . .
Rental landscape in South Africa is tricky. It’s even more complex when it comes to individual locations like Cape Town. However, there’s no need to worry. We have compiled an overview of rental trends in Cape Town in 2018 so that you can make an informed decision regarding renting a place: Key Findings When you consider all the rentals, the rent hovers around R 15000. Of all the ads, 28.3% are for furnished apartments. In terms of average rent for furnished vs. unfurnished apartments, there is hardly a difference of R 1000 for 1 bedroom apartments but there is a difference of R 7000 when it comes to 3 bedroom apartments. The average rent for the pet-friendly apartment is around R 1000 more compared to not-so-pet-friendly apartments. Originally published on: https://medium.com/rentuncle/all-you-need-to-know-about-cape-town-rental-property-trends-2018-9bb2981437e9 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Sister restaurants La Colombe and La Petite Colombe both excelled at last night’s Eat Out Awards, cementing their place in the South African fine dining landscape by being awarded third and fifth place respectively. Says Executive Chef of La Colombe, James Gaag, “I am incredibly proud of my team and what we have achieved. I work with an amazing group of people and I feel all of our success is largely due to the hard work and passion each and every one of them put in every day.” Rising from seventh place last year, to third this year, La Colombe was placed in the top tier of these prestigious awards, behind only The Test Kitchen and The Restaurant at Waterkloof. In the judge’s feedback, they described their meal at La Colombe as “beautiful, quirky, clever. Sublime simple dishes; superb cooking.” It has been a particularly busy year for the La Colombe team, with the restaurant recently reopening after a major revamp, and James Gaag now in the position of Executive Chef, bringing with him a philosophy of balanced flavours and delicious, uncomplicated food. Not celebrating alone, La Petite Colombe is now an award-winning restaurant in its own right, having won the Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year in 2017, and debuting in the Top 10 this year, clinching fifth place. Described by the judges as “an absolutely delightful meal, cooked with such delicacy”, there was much celebration from the extended La Colombe team - comprising La Colombe, La Petite Colombe, Foxcroft and Protege - at GrandWest’s Grand Arena last night. Says John Norris-Rogers, Executive Chef at La Petite Colombe, “To go from new restaurant last year to number five this year - we’re just incredibly grateful and privileged to be here. It all goes to my team and everyone behind the brand. We couldn’t be happier with the work we’ve put in this year.’’ It was then only fitting that the evening’s final course featured the skills and talents of the greater La Colombe team, who . . .