Johannesburg , 21 September 2018 - Servest has conducted its first annual Facilities Management (FM) survey to assess the market, with the purpose of understanding the services sector needs of their clients and the South African market as whole. The survey was conducted in association with specialist research firm, Knowledge Executive. The survey provides in-depth analyses of the Facilities Management sector in South Africa and forecasts outsourcing growth, investment priorities, service provider criteria and client satisfaction levels. The 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey: South Africa, confirms that the facilities management sector in South Africa has hundreds (if not thousands) of multi-player service providers and contractors with diverse skills sets, expertise and resources, offering integrated, bundled and singular FM services. The overall FM market share attempts to validate the market size of the sector, while providing an indication of market share across 17 key service lines. The results reflect the multi-faceted scale and scope of the industry, with service providers that may be dominant in some service lines, giving way to ascendant contractors in other service areas. The report shows that the year ahead will witness definitive growth in FM outsourcing, with many respondents to the survey indicating that they would outsource service lines, mainly in Hygiene services (44%), Cleaning (38%), Catering (28%) and Integrated Facilities Management (26%). Forecast growth in Integrated Facilities Management shows great promise, with a predicted increase of 36.89% in the next 12 months. Data for the survey was obtained via quantitative interviews with 213 FM end-users and clients representing 12 vertical industries over an eight-week period, between May and June 2018. For the full report, please click on the link: https://www.servest.co.za/news-and-media/research/ The intent behind conducting this research goes further . . .
Johannesburg, 18 September 2018 – Dentsply Sirona the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental solutions recently appointed Berenice Muller as the National Sales Manager -Consumables Division. Dentsply Sirona South Africa’s trusted brands have empowered dental professionals, in both practices and laboratories, to provide better, safer, and faster care in all dental disciplines for over 100 years. Dentsply Sirona started direct sales to their customers in South Africa as of 01 July 2018 and in her new position Berenice is leading the roll out of the new direct sales model to market and says “ We as the Dentsply Sirona Consumables Team are excited to expand our relationship with our customers and continue helping them deliver great dental care to patients .We are committed to working together with our customers on a personal level to provide a seamless consumer experience with significant cost benefits for their dental practices”. Berenice and her team of 15 staff – 10 Consumable Representatives and 5 Tele Sales Team members will offer customers a better solution and a one- stop-shop for all their dental consumable needs. Customers can now leverage entire practice volumes to receive as yet unseen commercial value through bespoke offers and deals on the Made-in-Bensheim/Germany CAD/CAMs, CBCTs ,TREATMENT CENTERs and the full portfolio of ENDODONTICS, RESTORATIVE AND PREVENTIVE MATERIALS from Dentsply Sirona. For more information regarding special product offers go to www.dentsplysirona.com/en-za Dentsply Sirona South Africa focuses on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, and more efficient dental care. We work with dental professionals to envision what could be possible, then provide innovative solutions to achieve it. Education and support helps us move each innovation forward, ensuring that the benefits are realised by everyone. Everything we do is about helping dental professionals deliver the best possible dental care, . . .
The Plettenberg Hotel in Plettenberg Bay offers unparalleled sites for whale-watching and invites visitors to enjoy unforgettable whale-watching experiences and learn more about these majestic sea animals. Visitors to the hotel are afforded the experience of watching whales from the comfort of their hotel rooms in the sea-facing suites. Around 100 Southern Right Whales migrate to South African shores from the Antarctic to give birth and mate along the southern coast. This happens between June and November every year. The hotel is situated on a rocky headland in Plettenberg Bay along the famous Garden Route and is a haven for Southern Right, Humpback and Bryde’s whales. It’s important to note that excursions restrict viewing distances and time spent with each animal so that there is minimal interference and the whale is not disturbed. That being said, if you’re lucky, you can enjoy a spectacular display of breaching, tail and flipper slapping, sailing and spy hopping. “It is important that we take steps to ensure the health and well-being of these creatures that grace our shores” says Jacqui Elliott, CEO of The Collection by Liz McGrath. “Not only do they bring joy to those who love whale-watching, but they are critical to the environment and need to be conserved.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
National Arbor Week is allocated for the planting of trees and to educate the general public on the importance of greening in the cycle of life. National Arbor Week in South Africa, which usually takes place in September, is the time of the year when all South Africans are called upon to plant an indigenous tree, as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management. At Servest, this forms part of a moral obligation by the CEO and his team. “Our landscaping department drives the culture of greening, how can we not practice what we preach’’, says Steve Wallbanks. Servest recently relocated to Waterfall Logistics Park in Midrand and plan to contribute towards growing more trees in the region. In honouring this commitment, South Africa’s national tree, a Yellowood (Podocarpus) tree was planted at the Servest Head Quarters (HQ) on Monday, 03 September 2018. Planting indigenous trees are important in our ecosystems, especially due to the benefits this has when it comes to water conservation. This is particularly important for our country, given the recent droughts; and our need to use water wisely to ensure our future generations have sufficient natural resources. Steve emphasises, “We understand this importance and take our commitment to creating a sustainable environment, very seriously.” In this regard, they grow their own indigenous trees on a farm outside Mpumalanga. These trees and other plants are then used to establish magnificent landscapes all over the country that allow ecosystems to thrive and create self-sustaining environments. According to documented research, over and above the ecological benefits, such as the reduction of air pollution, the benefits of urban trees include beautification, reduction of the urban heat island effect, reduction of storm water run-off, reduction of energy costs through increased shade over buildings, enhancement of property values, improved wildlife habitat, and mitigation of the overall urban . . .
Over the last 4 years, fiber internet has been spreading like wildfire in South Africa. Allowing all major suburbs access to incredibly fast internet speeds, and along with this has been a ton of different streaming services trying to capitalize on the growth. These new streaming services like Netflix are making it possible for people to watch pretty much anything they want, all their favorite shows, from any device, online. In 2018, video streaming online can now be considered as commonplace for most modern people with an internet connection. Although it has made it much easier to watch your favorite television shows, does this new wave of technology mean the end of digital television providers such as Multi-choice DSTV? This has been a long-standing debate and as Netflix continues to expand to further countries including South Africa, we are seeing the entire disruption of television as we know it right before our eyes. According to the latest findings from My Broadband, there have been more than 400,000 new subscribers on Netflix’s platform since it first arrived in South Africa in 2016. This is a big deal and I can assure you DSTV is feeling the heat from its new competitors, although they are not going to give up without a fight. In 2015 Multi-choice foresaw this new trend and made headlines by announcing its own streaming service called Showmax which is available for free to their premium users. Showmax has a lot of the latest content for its users and I enjoy watching it but, in terms of quantity, it is by no means in the same league as Netflix and will need to step up its game even further if they want to compete in 2018. Multi-Choice is announcing that in 2019 they will come out with a new type of standalone internet version of DSTV which is said to replace the satellite dish. This new service is referred to as an OTT Over-The-Top version of their current platform and by doing this they will effectively be transitioning to an entirely new online . . .
BetterCompare.co.za launches in South Africa – The New way to compare car insurance quotes InsureTech startup BetterCompare.co.za has launched to market in South Africa, offering a new way to compare top car insurance rates from different insurers. BetterCompare.co.za is the new way to compare car insurance quotes from major car insurance companies. Better Compare retrieves prices instantly for its users to see side-by-side. Users looking to save time and money, can easily compare top car insurance rates from different insurers, fast. Better Compare is an impartial and independent car insurance price comparison service. Better Compare is not an insurance broker or an insurance company, it is a free to use insurance price comparison service that helps give consumers the control to find their own insurance partner in their own time. The service uses the latest digital technology to retrieve quotes directly from the various insurers’ rating engines, helping to save shoppers a lot of time and hopefully a lot of money on their premiums each month by helping them find the best deal for their unique profile (personal, car, usage, etc.), quickly and easily without having to call around for quotes. Users can get quotes online or via the Better Compare call centre by requesting a Call Me Back on the website. “All car insurance companies price differently according to their own unique rating calculations and business model. Every shopper too has their own unique personal and car profile, that will be different to the next person. In addition, the market keeps changing, such as car values. So, no two car insurance quotes are ever likely to be the same. Therefore it is probably always better to compare at least 3 quotes.”, pointed out Derek Wilson, MD. It is free to use the service and it is also free for all insurers to market their products on the platform. The prices quoted are as you would get if you went direct to the Insurer but the whole process is made . . .
Johannesburg, September 2018 - The highly anticipated Red Bull Box Cart Race is a global event for amateur drivers racing homemade soapbox crafts that are non-motorized and designed and built into outrageous, human-powered dream machines to compete against the clock in a downhill race. On the 16th of September 2018, South Africa's most innovative teams will race each other down the twists and turns of Sandton Drive in Johannesburg. Hoping to place their names in the history books, are Team War Rig, powered by Skullcandy. The Skullcandy War Rig Team is comprised of four South African sports champions, all with fight in their blood and a common goal, to win the Red Bull Box Cart race and feel the GLORY. For this momentous race, the War Rig is inspired by MAD MAX, a kick-butt battle-waging machine, designed to look fierce and animalistic, as it tears across the streets with all the ferocity of Furiosa, and driven by a cool crew of misfits, each possessing an extraordinary set of skills: • Team Captain and Driver: Brian Capper (Enduro Motorbike Athlete) • Co-Driver: Kerim Fritzgerald (Motor X Athlete) • Pit Crew: Martin van Staden (EFC Fighter Athlete) • Pit Crew: Courtnaé Paul (Beat Girl, Breakdancer, DJ) Team captain and driver, Brian Capper, is a committed, focused racer. Capper is an eleven-time South African Supermoto Champion and master of the Trials Bike. After retiring from Supermoto, Capper started racing on four wheels, off-road, for the Polaris and Imperial/Regent Insurance factory team – culminating his career with winning the Donaldson Cross Country Motor Racing Championship. Capper’s Co-driver, Kerim Fritzgerald, is often considered the “usual suspect” - a fiercely competitive racer always in the mix for a podium finish. Fritzgerald started motocross racing at the tender age of 4 and has since gone on to claim numerous National MX Titles, as well as two top-ten finishes in the Canadian MX2 East National Championship. Pit Crew . . .
On Friday morning 2 March 2018 the Transnet Ports Authority (TNPA) evicted the 60 year-old Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) from premises they had occupied within the Port of Port Elizabeth. Effectively the club administration moved to other temporary premises whilst The Chartroom Restaurant and Pub ceased to exist. A long standing dispute over unfair rental increases led to the eviction. During 2009 ABYC laid a formal complaint with the Port Regulator over TNPA’s unfair treatment. The long standing dispute led to TNPA charging a higher rental whilst ABYC paid a lower rental. To date the TNPA have not taken ABYC to court over the disputed rental 'owing' – the rental determination is still to be heard by the Port Regulator in Durban for the 2009 complaint. In a Facebook post announcing the eviction ABYC said; "Our thanks and love to everyone who has supported us through this long and oftentimes bewildering time. Of course we are left with more questions than answers and some of us have taken this very hard. Please bear with us as we chart our way through these rocky waters, regroup and give thanks for the respite from having to ensure that we had enough money in the bank to pay our rent and other obligations." After a period of respite the members of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club voted at a SGM to auction off furniture and unneeded equipment currently in storage at various Port Elizabeth warehouses per kind favour of the Grand Hotel and Leen Mulckhuyse Construction. Closing off this 60 Year 'Chapter' in members lives will happen at the Pieter Rademeyer Complex, 6 Woodpecker Road, Cotswold on Friday 7 September from 10:00 am under the hammer of Neil Mclaggan of McLaggan's Auctioneers. YouTube: https://youtu.be/AZVGggspAtQ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on 60 Years of ABYC on Auction here: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyPE Facebook: . . .
In keeping with its vision of redefining the way shipping is done, Fastvan has launched an end-to-end on-demand SaaS platform to solve the delay, middleman and paperwork problems that come with traditional shipping. There has been a growing uptick of interest in the digitalization of the logistics sector in recent times, and Fastvan is responding innovatively with the inclusion of a fully automated approach to logistics. Fastvan is the leading all in one logistics platform for enterprises, with customers in multiple countries including some of the world's best-known brands please do look at www.fastvan.com . Our highly flexible yet powerful solution enables not only Logistic companies but Enterprises/FMCG/SME’s/Retail in multiple industries to quickly streamline the way they deliver goods and services, creating both operational efficiency and the optimal experience for their entire shipping ecosystem - from single or multiple Warehouses/Retail/DC’s to the field and all the way to the customer. Fastvan open platform is simple white label SaaS based platform easy to implement, use and manage through its different modules - web-based applications for dispatch and administration with TMS and SCM functionalities, branded mobile apps for drivers, and a branded mobile and web application experience for customers. It is highly scalable and can be used to easily customize the solution to fit our customers' needs and to integrate it across their existing systems. Enterprises and logistics service providers can now modernize their delivery infrastructure in multiple countries in multiple currencies and improve their operational efficiency from the management team at HQ or DC through the in-store and warehouse/distribution center operations teams, and all the way to the drivers and end-customers. The platform also offers warehousing solutions to help optimize and manage warehouses and inventories. From staging the warehouse for pickup through scanning and printing . . .
Dentistry and the supply of dental equipment and consumables may not be the first industry you think of when you hear the words Black Economic Empowerment. However, as with any other industry in South Africa, the development of the previously disadvantaged in dentistry is key to providing holistic health services across the country. And one man has made it mission to spread the word and level the dental playing field so that all practices are given fair and equal treatment, no matter where they are placed geographically or even economically. This man is Joseph Shai, the MOH Sales Specialist at Dentsply Sirona, SA’s leading supplier of dental equipment and consumables. One of the mandates the company has set itself to invest in growth, boosting market share and thereby contributing to the national objectives for poverty and inequality reduction through job creation, specifically in dentistry. Joseph points out some differences between dental practices in previously disadvantaged areas and those in more affluent areas. The most marked difference is that in the former, most dentists have two to three practices and no appointments - they run around from one practice to another providing the best, but hurried service to their patients. Meanwhile in the latter, there are group partnerships, with fixed appointments, better equipment and more managed practices. In addition Joseph believes that dentists in the former areas are sorely in need of more business skills, and so is intent on upskilling them and sharing his knowledge with them. “Firstly I must be a consultant to the dentists,” explains Joseph, “I must help them market their business and they must invest in marketing themselves and their services, provide quality services and also skill themselves and use quality and reputable products. “Denstply Sirona, who themselves are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care, are well placed to assist me with . . .