Johannesburg, Gauteng, 30August 2018 - Servest is pleased to announce the appointment of Kumaran Pillay, as Sales Director of Security. Whilst being in a leadership role is nothing new to Kumaran, the lateral shift allows for greater experiential learning in a multi-faceted environment, in which Servest operates. Kumaran, who joined Servest more than five years ago as Regional Sales Manager of Cleaning, where he worked for three and a half years, was subsequently appointed National Sales and Marketing Director, Office Services and served in this position for one and a half years, before his appointment to Sales Director of Security . This ‘jack of all trades’, intends to become master of it all - or at least within the context of the facilities management business. A passionate man, who believes that if the company trades his time, it has to match his values and principles; and vice versa. Kumaran, who has gained a broad spectrum of skills, believes that imparting knowledge is of benefit not only to the other person, but also yourself and ultimately, the organisation. Whilst security is new to him, as a people’s person, who makes an effort to get to know every colleague’s name, he has learned much about breaking the invisible fence. He says, “I’m a talker and I love people, so my work starts from the minute I leave home, in the way that I greet the person at the front gate, to the moment I close my eyes at night. I don’t know what it is to say a ‘quick hello’, much to the humour of my children, especially when we are out shopping because when I enter a space, I immediately see my colleague in the person cleaning the bathroom, the security guard and others. My work therefore, does not end when I leave the office - it forms part of my very existence.” In terms of his new role, he does not plan to ‘re-invent the wheel’, but instead provide training and solutions where gaps exist. Security, as he sees it, is part of a business’s risk factor and needs to . . .
This is a South African Futsal Federation (SAFF) press release to confirm and clarify the governance of the sporting code futsal. This release contains the founding information of Futsal pertaining to when it was established and why it is a sports code on its own and in its own rights. This press release also confirms that SAFF is a bona fide member of the AMF who is the world governing body of Futsal. This release includes the work SAFF has accomplished in its short existence without any funding or assistance from Sports funding or government subsidy. With this release we would like to be publicly recognised as Futsal South Africa’s governing body and ask all other Associations to relinquish their rights and ownership of the sporting code, Futsal, the term futsal and all matters of governance that are and inclusive of the Futsal Fraternity. South African Futsal Federation (SAFF) is a bona fide member of the Asociación Mundial de Futsal (AMF), the world governing body of Futsal. It was founded, on 25 July 1971 as the Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón (FIFUSA) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There are various AMF confederations and federations around the world of whom most are already recognised by their National Olympic Associations and governments. The AMF was already a part of the Pan American Games and have hosted Futsal World Cups pre-dating the FIFA Indoor soccer version. Due to a dispute between FIFA and FIFUSA over the name of fútbol, FIFUSA has registered the word fut-sal in 1985 (Madrid, Spain).Owing to the fact that the AMF is the successor of FIFUSA the word Futsal is a registered trademark owned by the AMF and its affiliate members only. "Futsal" was created in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani ,a teacher in Montevideo, Uruguay, developed a version of football, indoors for recreation purposes in the YMCAs. This new sport was originally played on basketball courts until a rule book was published in September 1933. His goal was to create a . . .
Newly released data ranks the most in demand domestic and international flight routes which originated at several ACSA Airports including: O.R. Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and more. The rankings are based on an analysis of more than 800 000 individual trips booked on Travelstart.co.za since the start of 2017. Top 5 International Destinations 2018 Harare (Zimbabwe) London (UK) Windhoek (Namibia) Mauritius New York City (U.S.A.) For the first time, Harare tops the list of most popular international destinations for flights originating in South Africa in 2018. While the top spots were always held by London (2014 and 2017) and Windhoek (2015 and 2016), Harare’s breakout growth this year may be a result of the changing political climate in Zimbabwe. London remains an important tourism and business air route for South Africans and has seen increased capacity with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and SAA offering direct flights between Heathrow Airport and South Africa. From October 2018, BA will launch direct flights between Durban and London marking the first time three of South Africa’s largest airports are served with non-stop connections to Heathrow at the same time. Despite being a long-haul destination (16 hours one way from Johannesburg), New York City has become a top five contender for the first time in 2018 moving past Dubai which is operated by Emirates direct from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban daily. Top 5 Domestic Destinations 2018 Cape Town Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo Airport) Durban Johannesburg (Lanseria Airport) Port Elizabeth Since 2014, there has been little movement in the domestic category with Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban maintaining their first, second and third place rankings respectively for the past 4 years. In 2017, George Airport (GRJ) exited the top 10 domestic destinations list after appearing consecutively in 2015 . . .
When asked what my motivation is for participating in extreme desert running events since 2010, my answer is two-fold. Yes, there is the personal challenge and satisfaction of completing these races. But the main reason for my participation is to raise money, support and awareness for NGOs and social causes at the forefront of addressing Africa’s development challenges. I have been involved with various African and international NGOs and development organisations for the past 25 years, both professionally and through my desert running efforts, and it is therefore not too difficult to find the correlation between the challenges associated with making the world a better place, and completing a multi-stage desert foot race in some of the harshest environments on the planet. My next desert race is the six-day, 250km Fire and Ice Ultra from 27 August - 1 September 2018 in Iceland. This will be my tenth international desert race, and if successful, I will become the first African, and one of only a small group of people, to complete a multi-stage desert race on all seven continents. Beyond achieving a special running milestone, the period before and during the race is also another opportunity to do something special in support of African NGOs making a difference in society. I am dedicating my participation in the Fire and Ice Ultra to the African NGO sector in general. It is an opportunity to celebrate NGOs’ unique contributions across the continent, generate support and awareness for their work, and reflect on the state of the sector. During the final 50 days leading up to the race (9 July - 27 August 2018), I’m implementing the #NGOs4Africa Campaign which consists of the following components: Publishing profiles of 50 African NGOs that I have admired, supported or worked with over the years; Publishing 15 guest articles by NGO leaders and experts about critical challenges and opportunities facing NGOs in Africa; Publishing 10 articles about . . .
Charlotte, NC, Aug 15, 2018 -- Craig Richardville published an article in the Information Technology Academy Journal, Published monthly by Healthcare Business Insights- discussing voice- based patient engagement. Carolinas Healthcare System (now called Atrium) began studying Amazon's business and how they are productive and successful, and examining ways CHS can increase their results. As part of this study, opportunities to better engage and interact with patients as consumers was also studied. This focus let to studying Amazon Alexa's use of voice communication. "As we were transitioning healthcare into consumerism and becoming more of a digital vertical, part of what we were looking at were opportunities where we could differentiate ourselves from other," Craig Richardville explained. "When voice started to become accessible, the next logical step was to look at how we can move voice into the workflow or the offerings that we have for our consumers and our teammates. Being the market leader, we looked to see how we could utilize Alexa to assist our consumers with very minimal disruption. Our goal is to make our services extremely easy." CHS wanted to start utilizing Amazon Alexa by transferring over the voice functionalities. After a patient enables the "Carolinas Healthcare" app on their Amazon Alexa, they can vocally ask the device for information about the nearest urgent care and hospital locations, as well as the approximate wait times for those locations. Next steps include migrating the Amazon Alexa functionalities over to the Google Home Platform. "We are also considering ways a patient can use the voice functionality to reserve a spot at urgent care, read a doctor's note, or pay a bill," Says Craig Richardville. Richardville encourages other organizations to think ahead and use artificial intelligence to help improve patient care. For more information, go to Healthcare Business Insights Magazine and also . . .
The people behind the facilities management business - Thuli Masuku speaks her mind on what matters to her most in driving strategic human resources Thuli Masuku, the HR Director for Landscaping and Turf at Servest is seasoned enough to affect, yet is energetic enough to bring effect, by boldly leveraging capabilities of colleagues, be it managers or entry level colleagues. Having herself learned the ropes from the likes of Bonang Mohale, Business Leadership South Africa’s (BLSA) CEO, who she worked with at another organisation early in her career, of whom she says, had no dividing line in respect of hierarchy. She says the same of her current CEO, Steve Wallbanks, who saw her potential and entrusted this role to her. “It is your early mentors who set the tone for the rest of your career”, says Thuli. “It makes all the difference when you learn to follow in the footsteps of a great leader”, she says. Thuli’s portfolio includes the entire HR value chain, which is recruitment and selection, HR administration, training and development, industrial relations, performance and talent management, transformation, and industry standards (ISO). Despite the mammoth task, Thuli graciously dismisses the sole responsibility of the job, saying that every manager of people has an HR role to play. This she does, by going back to basics and following the 70-20-10 model of development - it is clear that Thuli places much emphasis on mentorship and on-the-job training. Training and Development is also a big deal within Servest, “the industry is highly competitive and we are more than just a-man- on- the- bakkie”, she says. She describes the Services SETA programmes as highly effective, in developing their colleagues into qualified Horticulturalists and Artisans. “Continuously re-inventing oneself through development programmes does not only empower you, but allows you to grow to your full potential in working towards better prospects”. To this effect, Servest therefore . . .
[Johannesburg, 20 July 2018] – While there’s been much debate about the bank’s new logo, the actual task of rolling out Absa’s vision across hundreds of OOH sites had print solutions companies and their partners burning oil day and night. Solethu Brand Engineers (SBE) gives some insights into what it takes to help change a brand in 10 days. “A project of this magnitude is split over various service providers,” says MD, Robyn Fischer. “Our part was to supply PVC, mesh and other materials for a rollout to a variety of sites in Gauteng and surrounding areas.” Ink, hours and caffeine To successfully project manage] the flow of various artworks from agencies to the creation of the final products (ready for installation) one requires significant experience and capabilities – not only in the available type of facility, machinery and materials but, also and most critically, scalability and skillset of people-power to see it through. “The Absa job required nearly 10 days of round-the-clock work from the SBE team,” says Fischer. “In producing billboards and other iconic OOH sites we used significant volumes of ink, 30 rugby fields of material, over 4 000 production hours and burned through countless cups of coffee – the job required all hands on deck without affecting our other projects . . . I am thankful to the SBE team and our partners for helping us successfully complete all work over this time.” Getting things done With its new logo and brand rollout, Absa is hoping to express a new identity as an entrepreneurial, digitally-led bank with deep knowledge of African markets (with global scalability) . . . with Africanacity their “bespoke” word that “embodies the distinctly African ability to always find a way to get things done." “We echo that sentiment,” says Fischer. “From SBEs perspective we’ve always considered ourselves a company that innovates by nature and delivers on-point – whatever (and wherever) it is needed. Big or small we aim to . . .
Recovery Direct is one of the most exclusive psychological and addiction treatment centres in South Africa. Nestling in a quiet Constantia road, flanked by rolling vineyards, ancient oaks and the breath-taking grandeur of the Constantiaberg mountains, the centre offers a perfect and tranquil environment for recovery. Stunning multi-functional suites, each decked out in Victorian colonial style with en-suite bathrooms, balconies and panoramic views, offer outstanding accommodation for guests who want an upmarket and comfortable rehab experience. Recovery Direct was founded by Vaughan Pankhurst, who recognised the need for a novel approach to addiction treatment after he had successfully completed his own nine-year own journey into long-term recovery. Vaughan realised early on that trauma lies at the heart of addiction, and his centre is unique in that it consciously addresses the underlying traumatic issues on which addiction feeds. As such, it challenges the stigmas surrounding addiction and substance use by focusing its treatment approach around the belief that the effects of trauma lead people to become addicts. This approach contrasts with other rehabilitation centres in that Recovery Direct does not follow a 12-step programme in its treatment methodology. This non-punitive approach is intentional – it enables the centre and its healthcare workers to focus on resolving clients ‘problems by addressing the trauma and pain that drove them to addiction. It also carefully dismantles the destructive forces driving their addictions. Patients are required to see their counsellors every day, as opposed to once or twice a week. This regularity fast-tracks the healing process and enables recovery goals to be achieved sooner. The centre is eco-friendly and environmentally conscious – electricity is produced by energy-efficient solar panels, and water is provided by a natural spring. The exclusive rehab treats a wide spectrum of conditions, from alcoholism, . . .
KWAZULU-NATAL, BLYTHEDALE COASTAL ESTATE – Due to its immense popularity, the South African Obstacle Course Racing industry has, over the past few years, ensured that this past weekend’s inaugural South African Obstacle Course Racing Championship was a world-class event according to the two 2018 South African OCR Champions, Thomas van Tonder and Trish Bahlmann. Responsible for bringing the OCR Championships to South Africa is Fritz Pienaar, CEO of Advendurance and the Warrior Company, powered by Reebok, and SAOCR, which was endorsed by Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWC). The first South African OCR Championships was held in conjunction with at Toyota Warrior Race #5 at Blythedale Coastal Estate on the 14th and 15th July 2018. Set against a backdrop of pristine beaches, unspoiled forest, rivers and estuaries, the Blythedale Coastal Estate was the perfect setting for the South African OCR Championships. The OCR World Championships structure is Age Group and Pro Championships, and by building upon the 10Km Commando Elite and 15Km Black Ops Elite divisions respectively, each event featured distinct championship obstacles, with exclusive podium medals and a prize purse exceeding R200 000. Featuring a full compliment of South Africa’s top OCR athletes, the Black Ops Elite/SA OCR Championship race was a gruelling 19km trail course with 35 Warrior series finale obstacles that included four brand-new obstacles. The top three male and female athletes would receive cash prizes and free entry into the Pro Division World OCR Championships to be held on 19 - 21 October 2018 in London, England. The men’s Black Ops Elite/SA OCR Champs race was hotly contested between South Africa’s top 2 OCR athletes, Thomas van Tonder (Warrior Brand Ambassador) and Claude Eksteen (Supa Mama). It was neck-and-neck, changing the lead throughout the race, but it was Van Tonder who proved strongest on the day, crossing the Championship line in 01h44m19s, just six minutes . . .
Johannesburg, July, 17 2018. This year’s campaign was built around three important points that differentiate Nexia SAB&T from other firms; its global relevance through Nexia International, local presence with offices in all 9 provinces of South Africa and a dedication to our clients that builds on the new brand proposition, namely that of being ‘Closer to you, from the Ground Up’. ‘Closer to you, from the Ground Up’ strongly resonates with the history of our firm, which was established by two entrepreneurs 24 years ago, and has grown to be one of the 10 largest accounting practices in South Africa. Just growing the Nexia SAB&T business has not been an achievement enough for us, as such we continually look to find ways to demonstrate to our clients and the communities we come from how we can serve them in a manner that is closer to them and assists them from the ground up. The idea for the campaign was as a result of having identified GIBS as a strategic partner as we were exploring the idea of aligning our brand with one that is world renowned for its professionalism and focus on people development. We felt there were a lot of synergies because Nexia SAB&T is a firm that invests in our people throughout their careers. GIBS having seen that we shared similar values offered us the opportunity to get involved with the Bambanani Car Wash and consider taking them on as our Enterprise Development beneficiaries. Nexia SAB&T having over the years been directly involved in the upliftment of entrepreneurs decided that this would be a perfect fit for us and so on the 1st May 2018 we embarked on a campaign to provide the young entrepreneurs with eco-friendly car washing machines fully equipped with detergents and cleaning materials. We also provided clothing and branding which increased their visibility to the GIBS students and will continue to assist with mentorship and guidance over the next 2yrs. The goal being that at the end of our agreement we have . . .