Johannesburg , 30 November 2018 - To step into the shoes of another person can be the most challenging thing for any human being, however they will tell you that the experience is almost always a rewarding education. Such is the case in the cleaning profession, which is often times a thankless job for many, particularly in South Africa, where we are accustomed to "getting ‘help’. The cleaning industry is estimated to be worth around R6 - 10 billion and not regulated in terms of policy, save for salaries of the workers. There is however an association, which was constituted as recently as 1987 and which is dedicated to developing and setting appropriate standards for the contract cleaning industry [http://www.ncca.co.za/]. The cleaning industry forms part of the services sector, which employs close to 71.8% of the South African population [https://goo.gl/f3L1d4] and it is a profession that allows for entry level jobs for the most low-level skilled persons. “It is for this reason that Servest has set up its Training Academy, to ensure that new recruits are trained in the do’s and don’ts, particularly ensuring that they understand that the cleaning business is not about a task, but about hygiene in spaces, and health and wellness of people, says George Ndhlovu, Operations Director of Cleaning at Servest. The fact that the training facility is in-house, enables Servest to roll out training at any given time, without the process being hampered by budgetary constraints. “We instil the understanding in our colleagues, that their work is specialised and not just a job - for example in the healthcare sector, the nature of the work is hazardous and in the hospitality environment, it is specialised. In understanding this, it gives integrity to the profession and the person undertaking the task”, he says. In addition to investing in the skills and development of colleagues, Servest’s philosophy is to continuously upgrade its equipment and technology, to that of . . .
[Johannesburg, Gauteng, 28/11/2018] - PrepaidWealth.com, a South African FinTech Startup, is officially launching a web-based platform for either accumulating discounts in CASH or realizing instant discounts when data or airtime is purchased from the platform. There are two types of accounts that can be opened on PrepaidWealth.com for free; namely, a Group Account or an Individual account. A Group Account accumulates cash for members of the group whereas an Individual account provides instant discounts. A Group Account is ideal for structured groups such as stokvels, friends, families, residential complexes, work departments, WhatsApp groups, etc. The bigger the group, the faster cash accumulates because more people will be accumulating cash when they spend on data and airtime. Members of a group account spend on data/airtime separately according to their personal needs. However, the discounts accumulate collectively. The accumulated cash can be withdrawn from PrepaidWealth.com once the money is more than R200. An Individual Account offers data and airtime at a discount and therefore makes it ideal for a person who wants to sell airtime and data. It is also ideal for a person who wants instant discounts. An individual who wishes to accumulate cash, instead of getting instant discounts, can simply register for a group account and never invite anyone to join the group. The discounts provided vary from 1.5% to 9.5% and therefore one can assume an average discount rate of 5%. The discount rate is used to accumulate cash for a group account. It is also used to offer discounts for an individual account. The data and airtime provided on PrepaidWealth.com is from all mobile service providers; namely, Vodacom, MTN, CellC, Telkom, Virgin Mobile. The platform also provides prepaid electricity services as well as services from Mozambique Vodacom and Econet Mobile. “The Platform is targeted at everyone who buys data or airtime. Stokvels and other formal groups . . .
Killarney - Continuing the form that has seen the 29-year-old ace take two consecutive World RX Drivers’ Championship titles, and win every race this year except for one (round three in Belgium); Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson romped to victory at every wheel turn at the 2018 World RX of South Africa. In all, Johan was one win short of a perfect score weekend - netting three qualifying race victories - ranking him as top qualifier overall - followed by a semi final and final victory at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town. “What can I say? Winning is what we are here for,” said Johan about the victory. “This win really means a lot – and I know I’ve said that every time I’ve won a race, but it’s really true! When you come to the last race of the season, it’s really important to go to the winter with a win. We all know you’re only as good as your last result, so to start round one in 2019 off the back of this is nice.” Talking more about his incredible year, Kristoffersson revealed one disappointment. “Winning 11 from 12 is really nice – makes me a little bit frustrated about [World RX of] Belgium where [Sébastien] Loeb won – but that 100 per cent record gives us something to work towards next year!” joked the champion. “To make nine wins in nine races is also something special for me. I remember watching Sebastian Vettel winning the last nine races of the 2013 [Formula 1] season and just thinking how incredible that feeling must be, to have so much success in one season. And now I have done just that. Unbelievable. I will never forget this season, it’s such a special one.” Unfortunately for teammate Petter Solberg, his run of 2018 bad luck continued in South Africa, despite blistering performances throughout the weekend. Qualifying fourth overall, Petter went on to win semifinal two and lock out the front row of the event’s main final alongside Johan. However a spin, and contact with rival Timmy Hansen, on lap two of the final ended the triple world . . .
Bobo Matjila has partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Nabu.Org, Global Citizen, and Kenya Airways to Celebrate “Ubuntu” in South Africa on December 2nd as a part of Mandela @ 100 Festival week. Featuring Musical Sensations Young Paris (US-Congo), Darkie Fiction (South Africa) and Award Winning Photographer Trevor Stuurman (South Africa). The conversation is moderated by Bobo Matjila (US-South Africa) . New York City, NY/November 23rd, 2018/ The Global Citizen festival has excited many African millennials throughout the continent. In celebration of this pan-Africanist climate, we are bringing together Africa’s most iconic, talented and benevolent artists to highlight the importance of their service to the world through their artistry. The discussion will be hosted by New York based artist and talk host, Bobo Matjila. The event is fully produced by entertainment publicist, Ekua Musumba and film director/event curator, Mukundwa Katuliiba. This is an event aimed at addressing the issue of illiteracy in underserved communities. It is a free-ticketed event, however, all donations will go to NABU.Org to help eradicate extreme poverty through literacy. Kweku Mandela, event producer and a grandson of Nelson Mandela, said, "My grandfather instilled in me the need to use your voice and actions to champion the struggles of your community. He believed that poverty is man made and could be eradicated by our actions. I am proud to be a part of a movement that reflects this and use citizen power to drive real change." The event will take place on December 1st 2018, between 5pm and 8pm at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is open to the public with RSVP via splashthat link: http://www.celebratingubuntu.splashthat.com/ Panelists Trevor Stuurman Trevor Sturmann is a major visual artist in South Africa’s leading creative community. With over 135,000 followers on Instagram, he uses his platform to showcase and highlight faces . . .
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 . . .
This morning, the South African Civil Society for Women’s Adolescents’ and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH) hosted a roundtable discussion to encourage better implementation of the Code of Good Practice for breastfeeding in the workplace, in an effort to create enabling environments for breastfeeding in the workplace. The event comes after a recent discovery that while women constitute close to half of the South African workforce (44%), the vast majority do not receive adequate maternity protection, support or facilities to promote breastfeeding.* Held at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in Pretoria, the event included panellists from the Departments of Labour, Health, Social Development, Universities, Civil Society organisations and the Private Sector. Here, the panel and attendees discussed the importance of breastfeeding in support of children’s health development and to ensure sustainable social and economic development, and the very real difficulties that women face in the workplace every day. Practical and easy ways for employers to better support breastfeeding mothers were also explored. Opening proceedings Professor Linda Richter, highlighted that if breastfeeding had been invented today, it would receive a Nobel Peace Prize, as an economic and development imperative. “Breastfeeding plays a significant role in contributing to the optimal health and development of a child” said Sue Jones, Chairman of SACSoWACH, in her welcome address, on behalf of Dr Tshepo Motsepe. “It also contributes to securing and equalising their right to develop to their full potential. Because of the critical link between breastfeeding and health and child development, support for breastfeeding is of the utmost national development importance and achieving many of our sustainable development goals – not just health-related, but our social and economic goals too,” she continued. “We need to see leadership in government declare breastfeeding as a . . .
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 . . .
PRETORIA, Gauteng, November 17, 2018 – A new Web-Traffic Creation Project announced today that it is raising funds via a rewards crowdfunding campaign on Jumpstarter Crowdfunding. The fundraising project is called the Pay It Forward Web-Traffic Creation Project, running to develop more web-traffic generation products. The business set out to raise R100,000 on Jumpstarter Crowdfunding to finish development to produce and publish within three months, the next batch of its web-traffic generation properties that is going to change the web-traffic generation market in South Africa. The Web-Traffic Creation Project was set up in July 2018 and published the first of its two original products, the web property called dronearus.com on 20 July 2018. The first batch of projects has enjoyed early traction, with dronesarus.com raking in some multiple Google search top spots within three months. The second product started bringing in customers in under two months. This is when the idea of the Pay It Forward Web-Traffic Creation Project was born. The Pay It Forward Web-Traffic Creation Project was designed to spread the fortunes of early web-traffic and sales, focussed on helping a spectrum of business owners, from individual entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, up to big business in most markets. Responding to the market gap created by the difficulty experienced by most businesses to be found easily by their target market on Google, the Web-Traffic Creation Project sprang into action to bring about an effective way to help all businesses in need, especially in South Africa, to also experience similar success. “All businesses who give out their website name to customers that they get in touch with, can of course be easily found on Google by those specific customers, and indeed anyone else who comes across that business’ website name. However, this limits any business being found by the majority of its potential customers i.e. all the rest of its potential customers who are . . .
Posting your thoughts, pictures and video on Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like can be gratifying. BUT, unless you are right there when it is posted it can be somewhat difficult to find a particular post, image or video a day or week later. Reason: Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram do not have the best or most intuitive search facilities around and concentrate on the 'latest' postings rather than the 'best'. At the end of the day the best way to find anything is via a search engine such as Google and that is the reason why finding that elusive video on YouTube is a little easier. SEO Tip for YouTube Vloggers and content producers: Make sure that you make use of the description box under your video to describe your content and use words that people will use to search for your content. The normal way for people to get their content noticed after posting is: Share to all other social media networks Post on all sites under your control Use email to further the reach Pay for adverts Rinse and Repeat The holy grail for longevity and to make content easier to find is to ensure that it can also be found on the Search Engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Duck Duck Go and the like. One way is to submit video or live content to a site such as AlgoaLive. Of course getting that content to be found and linked to from authorative web sites is the Holy Grail of Search Engine Optimisation. Why? Search Engines ensure that any piece of content has longevity and can be found for years after being posted. Quality video costs money and the people paying want a return on investment. One of the ways to broaden your reach and get the search engines to notice you is by having your content featured on a web site that has Domain Authority with the search engines. Domain Authority is a combination of the following: Age of the Domain - the younger the less authority Links - The number of links . . .
Giving service level agreements perspective, an opinion article by Abubakr Hattas, Group Business Improvement Specialist - Corporate at Servest Johannesburg, 31 October 2018 - In yesteryear, a man's (person's) word was sacred and could be relied on, as it was based upon the honour of the parties for its fulfilment, rather than being in any way enforceable. The act of shaking hands and what is called, a ‘gentleman's agreement’, was a way of sealing a deal, without cumbersome paperwork or a formal contract. Today though, service level agreements are at the heart of a relationship, as they set out the (agreed) criteria for the product, or the quality of service you want to achieve. It usually deals with measurement of activities or services. In legal terms, they are worth the paper it is written on, but we all know that a perfect execution is not a realistic measure of an activity. In getting to a point where a Service Level Agreement (SLA) is more personable, negotiation of it involves a compromise between two or more parties. In the case of a client-service provider relationship, the client’s ideal list of needs should be offset against the service provider’s ability to prioritise these, in terms of what is realistically achievable. A balance needs to be effected, so that the desired levels of performance can be achieved. Despite the agreement, conversely, this ‘meeting of the minds’ often impede innovation, in the form of better solutions, to meet requirements or existing needs. Facilities management in southern Africa is largely managed by procurement, which usually determines the ultimate benefits, for the least amount of money. Whilst this is the natural order of business, you should not impose restrictions on the service provider that are so tight, that they inhibit the development of a creative and effective working partnership. Imposing punitive service level agreements often have service providers operating within the boundaries of the . . .