Local remote alarm and video verification specialist, TeleEye SA, has collaborated with the world leader in thermal imaging, FLIR Systems, to develop a critical thermal temperature notification and monitoring solution. Remotely monitoring equipment and facilities with thermal cameras can detect faults unseen to the human eye. This means a rise in temperature is detected long before the incipient stage of smoke and fire. The TeleEye Temperature eventMax solution manages temperature-related events remotely and in realtime via the web using FLIR AX8 thermal sensors connected to TeleEye GN Series video alarm verification servers. Monitoring and regulating specific temperature ranges is critical across many industries to ensure product quality, maintain equipment performance and to prevent critical, fire-generating temperatures from being reached. “In many industries from pharmaceuticals to engineering, temperature variations can pose a serious fire risk or have negative financial implications,” says Philip Smerkovitz, Managing Director of TeleEye SA. “One camera can scan an entire room searching for events likely to lead to fire if left unchecked,” he adds. In mining, monitoring temperatures has a role to play in preventative maintenance on critical equipment. In utilities, critical switch gear can be monitored in substations and transformers and generators can be prevented from reaching critical temperatures. “Any industry where temperature is critical in the production or service delivery process can benefit from thermal sensors connected to video alarms as in the TeleEye Temperature eventMax solution,” explains Smerkovitz. TeleEye SA and FLIR designed the TeleEye Temperature eventMax solution to manage temperature events generated from any Internet-enabled remote location effortlessly using any iOS or Android mobile device. FLIR AX8 Thermal cameras produce radiometric images of the scene, allowing for non-contact temperature measurement in every . . .
The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) used the occasion of its 13th Annual General Meeting held in Johannesburg recently to celebrate the successes achieved by this non-profit association over the past 12 months. Addressing the SAPPMA members and other interested parties in attendance, CEO Jan Venter said that they looked back at the past year with a great deal of satisfaction at what had been achieved, despite difficult socio-economic conditions and financial pressures bearing down on the industry. “It is clear that the unstable political climate in the country has taken its toll on the economic front - in particular the country's infrastructure. Whilst plastic pipes continue to dominate this market, a serious lack of growth was also recorded in the industry over the past ten years. This fact was reflected in the latest D+ grading of the country’s infrastructure by the South African Institute for Civil Engineers (SAICE). Business conditions are not ideal and long term planning is a very shaky science at present. Even so, we managed to not only survive, but in many regards grow and expand our footprint this past year. This bears testimony to our industry’s perseverance and a resilient attitude that refuses to give up or compromise on quality in the face of adversity,” Venter said. Maintaining and influencing standards SAPPMA’s main focus fell on maintaining standards and ensuring that only top quality pipes are manufactured and enter the local market. This was done through disseminating technical and design information to the decision makers and consulting engineers, marketing the SAPPMA and IFPA brands to external and internal audiences and ensuring ongoing training for manufactures and installers. “We continue to strive for unquestionable quality when it comes to the production and installation standards of plastic pipes. To achieve this, we audited more than 40 companies this past year, and SAPPMA members received at . . .
Recognition Confirms JTI’s Commitment to Global Levels of Excellence in the Workplace Johannesburg, October 16, 2017 – JTI (Japan Tobacco International) has been officially certified as a Top Employer in South Africa, demonstrating its status as a premier employer that puts people first, all over the world. Andrew Neumann, JTI’s General Manager for South Africa, said: “We believe that our business performance is strongly linked to the quality of our people. Being a Top Employer will increase our ability to recruit and retain the best teams, giving us a competitive advantage in the marketplace.” The accreditation is a sign of JTI’s commitment to worldwide growth by creating a working environment in South Africa that is on par with its other accredited markets around the globe. It also provides a source of pride for current employees, as well as an opportunity to engage new talent – especially millennials; a generation in the early stages of their careers and known to expect transparency from employers. Laurette Makhubele, JTI’s HR Director for South, East and Central Africa, said: “We believe in openness and transparency in everything we do. Diverse cultures inspire us, knowledge informs us and integrity guides us. “People are attracted to employers who openly share information about how they create a better working environment for their people, and they want to know how their careers will flourish in that environment.” Six other JTI offices in the Africa region were also certified raising the company to the ranks of Top Employer Africa for the first time this year. The annual international research undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognises leading employers around the world: those that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organisation, and which strive to continuously optimise employment practices. David Plink, CEO at Top Employers Institute, said: “Our extensive research . . .
Caveat emptor” (let the buyer beware) is a well-known phrase from contract law that often applies in property transactions. Buyers find themselves in a position where they know less about a property than the seller and the onus has been on them to inform themselves of the true state of the property they are about to purchase. While the Consumer Protection Act has gone some way towards protecting buyers, and the new proposed Property Practitioners Bill goes further, buyers still have to beware. Here are some tips to help buyers. Sellers would do well to cover the same ground before they list their property as it could save them a great deal of money and even the sale of their property down the line. Currently to avoid liability for damages, the seller and their agent are required to inform the buyer of all defects or potential defects, even if the property is being sold voetstoots (in current condition). The new Bill will make it mandatory for sellers to attach a disclosure form to the agreement of sale (or lease). Some real estate professionals such as Just Property already do this. “When a property is listed with us, sellers are asked to complete a Seller's Declaration (an annexure to our mandate), which lists any and all defects the seller is aware of,” says Paul Stevens, CEO of Just Property. Buyers should always insist on a copy of such a document before signing an OTP, advises Stevens. The seller is required to provide an electrical compliance certificate, electrical fence certificate, entomologist’s certificate and, if relevant, a gas compliance certificate. In Cape Town, a certificate of plumbing compliance is also required. Certain banks (such as FNB) require a compliance certificate for properties with asbestos. Stevens notes that “transfer of the property cannot proceed without these and will be delayed until such certificates are issued”. A reputable agent will advise sellers of these requirements and put them in touch with suitably a . . .
What has been the biggest change in the advertising industry over the last 2 decades, besides the rise of digital channels? Surely one of the biggest changes has been Client Service. Back in the day, Client Service were paper pushers. Glorified admin girls. Perhaps half decent project managers, if you were lucky. That role is well and truly dead. Thank goodness. But it doesn’t bode well for you or your agency if you think that this archaic role will satisfy your clients’ needs in 2017. Your account managers are your first line of defence. Your front line. And a good front is half the battle won. If those individuals are weak, your entire agency will suffer, and it won’t matter how good the quality of your creative output is. If you want happy clients, you’ll need a new-age suit. And you might want to start your job description like this… Client Lead wanted. Understanding of media channels. ATL, BTL, TTL. All 3 lines preferable. Juggler. Project Planner. Timing Planner. Budget Planner. Actually, Budget: Genius Level. PNL Manager. Knowing what PNLs are advantageous. Forecasting genius (clairvoyant ball is helpful). Ring-fencer of work. Fire extinguisher. Ego stroker. New business go-getter. Current business keeper. Over-communicator. Over-organiser. Briefer extraordinaire. Business advisor. Solution provider. Political player. Strategic thinker. Boundary-pusher. Must have a thorough understanding of CRM, SEO, CPC, ROI, DTP, 360o, OOH, B2B, B2C, CTA, SOV, PR, RTs, QR Codes, ARs, CTR, RRP, RSP, SWOT, UX, UI, RSVPs, PPT, KPIs, SEM, The 4 Ps, The 5 Ps, and all the Ps to come. Account Managers should see themselves an extension of their clients’ marketing team. If you’re just a vendor that provides services, it’s time to rethink! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The government entity tasked with promoting productivity and employment growth in South Africa has launched Productivity Month 2017. During Productivity Month, October, the importance of productivity in enhancing economic growth is brought to the fore through a series of productivity workshops, awards and seminars. The highlight of Productivity Month is the National Productivity Awards. The rationale behind Productivity Month is to showcase, share ideas, methods and perspectives on how companies can improve productivity whilst recognizing top-performers. The run up towards the National Productivity Awards has been preceded by the Regional Productivity Awards which were held in the provinces. The broader objectives of productivity month are: To promote productivity within South African industry To raise awareness about the potential role of productivity in growing and developing the economy To promote Productivity SA programmes and its outcome based solutions in place to assist ailing companies To increase South Africa ‘s competitiveness The National Productivity Awards function for 2017 will be held as follows: Date: 20 October 2017 Time: 18:30 for 19:00 Venue: Hall 3, Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Drive, Midrand The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant will be the Keynote speaker on the night. The awards are adjudged out of four categories, the Emerging, Corporate, Public and Cooperative Sector. The criteria employed to adjudge finalists includes the impact of productivity on the bottom line of profit-making enterprises and the impact relative to costs for non-profit-making entities. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The importance of updating your Will regularly. Changes in relationships and circumstances often necessitate you having to make personal adjustments in your life, and in this regard your Will should be no exception, especially so in the event of divorce. Section 2B of the Wills Act 7 of 1953 comes into operation in circumstances where the deceased passes away within three months of the date of his or her decree of divorce whilst at the same time his or her Will predates the decree of divorce. In this instance, and unless the Will discloses a contrary intention from the deceased, section 2B then regards the deceased’s ex-spouse as having died on the date of divorce thereby disqualifying such ex-spouse from any inheritance provided for in the Will. Whilst section 2B may seem somewhat overreaching in its effect, its aim is intended to protect the deceased from what is reasonably assumed to be unintended and undesirable consequences from the deceased’s would be point of view in that an ex-spouse benefits once more after having already benefited (or at least having had the opportunity of benefitting) from his or her recent divorce within three months of the death of the deceased. In effect, section 2B affords the testator or testatrix a three month grace period immediately after divorce during which time the testator or testatrix may, with some measure of protection against their ex-spouse, attend to the revision of their Will, failing which the testator’s or testatrix’s ex-spouse shall stand to benefit from the deceased’s estate to the exclusion and detriment of any future spouse and/or children many months and/or years after the date of the divorce. In conclusion, and whilst you may not always be assured of your will being done in life, you can ensure that it is done in death by regularly updating your Will. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
“Growth in employment opportunities can only come about in the City if we transform the inner city, which has long been neglected; both the inhabitants and building infrastructure. To do this we must also work within the private sector to fix our infrastructure, generate jobs and achieve higher levels of service delivery.” This is according to the Honourable Herman Mashaba, the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, who will deliver the keynote address during the opening session of the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit. The award-winning event takes place in Sandton from 25-26 October and will gather leading built environment and property professionals, architects, project developers, investors, town planners, and city and municipal managers from all over the continent to focus on “Developing Future African Cities”. According to the Executive Mayor, “the rejuvenation of the inner city is a key priority for the new administration. Last week, the City’s Council approved our plan for tackling the housing challenge within the city. The plan seeks to create safe, clean and connected communities with access to economic opportunities.” He continues: “the Council has done this by making 12 City-owned properties available for the purpose of creating quality low-income housing within the inner city. Through our plan, we are set to make the inner city housing market work better for the poor. Public-Private partnerships are crucial to our approach.” Transport infrastructure With regards to the main challenges the City is facing with regards to its transport infrastructure, Mayor Mashaba says “making the City more business friendly, creating employment and stimulating our economy, requires that we address the longstanding R5.8-billion backlog in repairs and maintenance of our road and transport infrastructure. Through our budget, we provided an operating budget of R1.1 billion in the 2017/18 financial year, and a three-year capital budget of R4 . . .
The employment contract - that is entered into between employer and employee - signals the beginning of an employment relationship. There are a number of essential elements that a contract of employment is based on that are useful for employers to know before they draw any of these documents up or commission these to be drawn up. Employment Contracts are Based on Section 13 of the Constitution. The basis of employment contracts can be found in section 13 of the Constitution. This states as follows: "No one may be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labour." An employment contract needs to be consensual. Both parties - in other words, the employee and employer - need to agree that they will enter into an employment relationship. No-one can force either party to enter into an employment relationship. The Concept of 'Work' is Central to the Employment Contract Basson, Christianson, Dekker, Garbers, Le Roux, Mischke and Strydom (2009) in - Essential Labour Law - give the following definition of an employment contract: "The contract of employment is a voluntary agreement between two parties in terms of which one party (the employee) places his or her personal services or labour potential at the disposal and under the control of the other party (the employer) in exchange for some form of remuneration which may include money and/or payments in kind." If it is not at the heart of the employment contract that work is being offered by the employee to the employer, the contract is not an employment contract. The concept of work is not generic. It differs from one employee to the next. Work is Only Work if it is Remunerated If an activity is seen as work, the employee performing said work must be remunerated for it by the employer. This remuneration can take the form of money or payment in kind. (It's interesting to note that with the new National Minimum Wage, which is set to come into force on 1 May 2018 at an amount of R20, it's not clear as to . . .
Laser cutting is an ingenious technique for cutting heavy and unbreakable materials by applying a beam of high intensity light with precision. Many metal fabrication industries around the world prefer this option because laser cutting provides custom fabrication and cost effective products. When it comes to this particular technology, Plasma Cut stands out as one of the most reputed companies in South Africa. This company is a valuable part of the well known AFMETCO (African Metal Corporation), which was established in 1993 as a niche supplier of sheet, plate, and various other products, predominantly made of stainless steel. Although Plasma Cut started their business as a supplier of various stainless steel products, now they provide a vast range of services including quality aluminium products, angle, round and flat bars, tubing, wires, and electro galvanised sheet like Chromadek and Zintex. Offered Services: This company provides a vast range of quality services that includes: Plasma cutting: In this process, metals that are good conductors such as stainless steel, aluminium, copper, brass, etc. are cut by using a hot jet of plasma in an accelerated state. The main feature of this process is accuracy. There are two variants of this process – regular plasma cutting and high definition plasma cutting. Laser cutting: In this technology, a laser beam of high intensity is used for cutting the metals mentioned before in lieu of a hot plasma jet. Laser cutting is mainly used to reduce contamination levels at the workplace. Guillotine cutting: Guillotine cutting is the process of trimming paper and other similar substrates manually or automatically. The device used for this procedure contains a metallic flat bed along with a sharp mounting knife. Pipes, tubes, fittings, and coils: Using the aforementioned cutting technologies, Plasma Cut manufactures various products like fittings, coils, tubes, and pipes. Their automated system is capable of . . .