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New association aims to be the official custodian of the cleaning industryClive Damonze

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a
wide-ranging health and socioeconomic impact on all parts of society and
health-security will continue to be a predominant factor during the pandemic and beyond. With this in mind, it is imperative to realise that cleaning as we knew it has changed completely.

Now the emphasis will be on cleaning for health as the new normal and the professional cleaning sector will be at the forefront in combating disease and pandemics that spread with the speed and scale of COVID-19.

This changing landscape has therefore necessitated the need for a fresh approach in the way a cleaning industry association should meet and address current and future challenges as the health of this country depends on an industry body's competencies.

Considering my experiences in the cleaning industry and the impact of the pandemic on the workplace created the need for an innovative, visionary, progressive and continuously evolving industry association to shape the future of the professional cleaning industry in South Africa.

In order to address the above adequately, the Cleaning Association of South Africa (CASA) was established and will be formally launched on 1 December 2021 as a
non-profit organisation.
Court order against trademark abuserTrademark
The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) welcomed the judgement in the High Court of South Africa Gauteng Division, Pretoria (Case 66330/2020), in which the judge has ruled in favour of the SABS in a matter involving the unlawful use of the SABS trademark.

The High Court instructed the supplier of sanitisers and disinfectants to cease using the SABS Approved trademark and to remove it from all its products and packaging.

The High Court further instructed the supplier to remove any reference from its products that contain or are associated with the SABS-Approved trademark.

The High Court has awarded damages of R458,742 in favour of the SABS, for the unlawful use of the SABS-Approved trademark.
Thank Your Cleaner Day celebrated in more than 50 countriesThank you Cleaner

Thank Your Cleaner Day celebrated its most successful year ever when it took place on 20 October 2021, with over 50 countries taking part, an increase of more than 20 countries compared to the previous year.

As part of the day, employees are encouraged to share materials such as facts, videos, and information on cleaning practices in their workplace and on social media with #thankyourcleanerday to help raise awareness of the value workplace cleaners provide while also encouraging others to express their gratitude.

As co-initiator, Kärcher has been involved since the first Thank Your Cleaner Day in 2015 with the aim of recognising the hard work of cleaning staff internationally. Now the movement is a global initiative and support continues to grow.
Partnership changes access to clean water and decent toilets in schools Water Aid

In a world where the importance of sanitation and handwashing has been emphatically brought to the forefront, it's a damaging reality to see just how many communities still struggle to access clean water and sanitation facilities.

With a lack of decent toilets and washing facilities dotted across the nation in communities and schools, it's hard to understand how we will move forward and shift to a brighter and safer tomorrow.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to the transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio.

Many people living with these conditions remains immuno-compromised and this becomes especially dangerous during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Global Citizen, the 2020 UN Human Development Index and Human Development Report shows that 1 in 5 people live below the poverty line in South Africa.

Many of those are in areas affected by a lack of proper sanitation facilities – it's an issue that affects our country on a personal level. This lack of access to clean water easily leads to communities being at higher risk of water and airborne diseases.

It also makes it harder for people living in these areas to follow COVID-19 hygiene regulations, therefore placing them and their families at risk.
CASA announce first partnership CASA LogoThe Cleaning Association of South Africa (CASA) announced that the industry body partnered with technology and solutions company Leelyn Management to offer professional cleaning companies an automated solution for all their entry-level and skilled recruitment needs, operating on a state-of-the-art platform known as the Clean-Connect Initiative.

The Clean-Connect platform focuses on creating a solution to South Africa's unemployment challenges by focusing on accessibility through technological innovation.

This platform streamlines the job seekers' job-application process by creating an
easy-to-use online platform that can be accessed via a mobile phone or desktop.

South African research has shown that 82 percent of households have access to smartphones, therefore giving the majority of all unemployed residents access to the CASA Clean-Connect platform.

By utilising technology, the Clean-Connect platform allows unemployed job seekers to gain access to the platform for cleaning opportunities and available jobs
(via data-free methodology) for MTN and Vodacom mobile network users.
Tork launches new Odour Control Soap with South African Chefs AssociationTork 11

Tork, together with the South African Chefs Association launched their new Odour Control Soap. A number of executive chefs were invited by Tork for a fun-filled day where each chef was given a mystery box of food that leave heavy odours on your hands. The mystery box included foods like garlic, onion, leeks, and salmon.

The chefs were asked to 'play with their food' and be creative to create a unique dish using all the ingredients. It was an exciting, but intense 30-minute cook-off followed by a judging session conducted by chef Adrian (Culinary Committee Chair) who heads up competitions. Finally, various prizes were awarded for Best Meal, Best Presentation, Cleanest Station and even a Booby prize.

The chefs enjoyed the day and had such positive feedback about using Tork's new Odour Control Soap, commenting it "really works", "it removes the odour", and "there is nothing else like it in the market". Each chef went home with a product sample to test in their own kitchen.

Do you want to try out Tork's new Odour Control Soap? Then email or visit
Introducing a Cleaning Association for African statesACF

The decision has finally been made to set the wheels in motion for the formation of an African Cleaning Federation (ACF) and all associations from the respective countries in Africa are invited to join as members.

The Cleaning Association of South Africa (CASA) has been mandated to formulate the AFC, according to CEO Clive Damonze. The international launch is planned to take place at the Interclean Show in Amsterdam during May 2022.

An event to celebrate this auspicious occasion will form part of the official South African tour to Amsterdam next year. The proposed theme for the ACF launch will be "Connecting Synergies", meaning the interaction and cooperation of two or more organisations to produce the combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.

Further information regarding ongoing developments will be disseminated to all committed associations.

All interested African cleaning associations can contact Clive Damonze on +27 21 930 0011 or +27 82 5628362 or via email:
NCCA branch meetingNCCA

During November the National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA) Gauteng branch held its first in person meeting since the start of the pandemic lockdown at the Midrand premises of Numatic International, where the wearing of facemasks and adhering to social distancing conditions underscored the new normal.

The meeting chaired by NCCA President Patrick Makhubela offered members an update on issues such as the labour outlook, membership status and the importance of compliance audits in retaining membership status.

Makhubela further announced the interim appointment of Sandy Barrie (Gauteng branch secretary) to handle NCCA national secretarial matters and to administer the 6th NCCA branch, the Border-Kei region of the Eastern Cape.

Gauteng branch membership currently stands at 558 with 210 being new members who joined during 2021.
Convert salt water into antiviral disinfectant and sprayVapourtec

A unique handheld sprayer has been launched which turns mildly salty tap water into a powerful disinfectant which is said to kill 99.9 percent of germs, bacteria, and viruses, including

Vapourtec's easy-HC10 uses an electrochemical reaction to instantly convert tap water containing just 0.25 percent salt into hypochlorous acid, a powerful disinfectant which the human body itself produces to fight infection.

It's thought the British-designed and -manufactured device could be adopted by cleaning companies and operators eager to reduce the need to buy and store traditional disinfectants.

The easy-HC10 has been designed by Vapourtec, a leading manufacturer of flow chemistry equipment used throughout research and the chemicals industry.
One-pass performance for clean and dry floors 244NX
The Numatic 244NX compact scrubber dryer provides fast, effective, and clean results. It is said to deliver a 70 percent saving in cleaning costs and 80 percent reduction in water usage.

The 244NX produces fantastic results, especially in those hard-to-reach areas.

Often, the only solution to cleaning in small and congested areas has been the use of the traditional, old fashioned mop and bucket, which typically leaves floors wet, slippery with inconsistent results.

The 244NX is lightweight, simple to use ensuring clean and dry floors.

The 244NX features:
  • One-pass performance.
  • 80 minutes runtime with fast-charge technology.
  • NX300 high-power lithium battery packs which are compatible across the cordless cleaning range.
  • Colour-coded touch points.
  • Fully adjustable handle for comfort, manoeuvrability, and versatility.
  • Easily removable tanks ensure simple, fast emptying and filling.
  • Adjustable water flow.
  • Foot-operated floor tool eliminates frequent bending.
  • Counter rotating brushes deliver controlled and easy handling.
  • Centrifugal water delivery for even and consistent distribution.
This scrubber dryer also features sustainable water distribution with the centrifugal delivery of water using a direct feed through the brushes to decrease the overall water usage.

Agile, manoeuvrable, and lightweight, it is easy to navigate around obstacles in busy, congested areas, gliding over the floors for steady, controlled, and effortless cleaning.

The 244NX is supported by the Nu-Assist app that provides troubleshooting and maintenance videos, which assists with training or the general use and maintenance.

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New Nilfisk Core pressure washers make cleaning easyNilfisk
Cleaning outside the home will be time consuming and require a lot of extra effort but choosing the correct cleaning tools can speed up the job. Whether it's a car, bike or patio that needs to regain its shine, using a high-pressure washer is the smart and easy choice for all types of outdoor domestic cleaning tasks.

With the newly launched and revolutionary Nilfisk Core series of
high-pressure washers, this choice has been made easy. Winner of two design awards in 2021 the identity of the Nilfisk Core series was born in Denmark with The Nilfisk Core pressure washer won Excellent Product Design in Gardening and Outdoor Living in the German Design Awards 2021 as well as a Red Dot Design Award.

Influenced by consumer needs, the pressure washers are easy to use with as few touchpoints as possible as well as icons on nozzles and encompasses Nilfisk's commitment to creating
high-quality tools that are built to last. Scandinavian heritage visible in the simplistic design.
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Keeping hotels clean and hygienic during a pandemicKeeping Hotels

Hygiene and cleanliness often go hand in hand, but adoption and follow-through with measures like disinfection, handwashing, and hand sanitiser use within commercial facilities were not as consistent before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Without the widespread threat of infection, cleaning was previously more focused on appearance than protecting public health and was not as strategic as it needs to be today.

The pandemic has made it clear: Consumers demand cleanliness, and this new emphasis, especially in places like hotels, is here to stay.

Now, hotel owners and managers can be confident in their readiness against pathogens and reassure guests and employees by committing to cleanliness and effectively communicating their approach to the public.
Choosing the correct soaps and sanitisers for your workplaceKCP Healthcare

Creating and sustaining a hygienic workplace is a priority for all facility managers. Of course, to accomplish this, practicing excellent hand hygiene is a must for the employees, customers, students, patients and/or guests who enter your facility daily.

While it's their responsibility to clean their hands frequently and thoroughly, you must provide them with a skin care system, which includes hand soap, hand sanitiser, dispensers and more, that's designed to deliver the right level of hygiene for your workplace.

Without the correct skin care system in place, helping to stop the spread of bacteria and germs with clean hands will always be a challenge. Skin care systems can help improve hygiene across diverse work environments, such as large office buildings, healthcare campuses, manufacturing and food processing facilities, and schools.

However, just as buildings and facilities are equipped for specific functions, skin care systems can vary in utility and performance based upon specific workplace hygiene needs.
4 key components of a commercial carpet care programmeGCE GS
Carpets can have a huge impact on how your facility is perceived. If your facility's carpets are worn, stained, or dirty, people will notice and have a negative impression of your business. Commercial carpeting, especially in high traffic areas, becomes noticeably worn and damaged if not properly maintained. Carpets are easily damaged by soils and require preventative, routine, and thorough cleaning to protect them from the effects of liquids and abrasive soils.

The best way to preserve the appearance, extend the life of, and protect your commercial carpet investment is to have a comprehensive commercial carpet maintenance programme that is inclusive of preventative care as well as regular cleaning and maintenance procedures.
Trends transforming the waste management industry in 2022Ocean plastic

With an increase in population comes an increase in waste products that must be managed. The United States and other countries used to ship tonnes of waste to China every year; however, China no longer imports discarded plastics, yarn, cotton, ash, waste wool, slag from steelmaking, or paper.

Traditional disposal methods fail miserably to adequately and properly handle the increasing load. Waste dumped into our oceans is polluting the planet and harming marine, animal, and human life. The good news is that in 2022 the United States will continue to make headway in efforts to crush some of the country's mounting trash problems.

This will be accomplished through the implementation of cutting-edge technology and through an unprecedented level of co-operation and co-ordination between recyclers, designers, packagers, manufacturers, businesses, municipalities, governments, and others, according to an overview by trend analysts Linchpin.
Facility Management in a post-COVID-19 worldNurses, doctors, first responders–these job titles evoke a sense of urgency and importance.

Now with the COVID-19 pandemic, facility managers are moving into that same spotlight. They are all essential workers says Eugene Carr, CEO and co-founder of, a communications technology company.

During the early months of this pandemic, I attended most of the online International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) town hall meetings and witnessed how managers were pre-occupied with scenario-building for potential re-openings, creating new operating procedures, protocols for health checks, and redesigning seating maps and traffic flows.

Now that the initial shock of the pandemic has subsided and the new normal is upon us, it's time to step back and look at the shifts in our industry that will be enduring.

Predicting the future may seem like a fool's errand, but I have had conversations with a wide variety of facility executives and a few ideas about the future have emerged.
Paperless and contactless, time and resource efficient – the textile service solutions
of the future
SoCom Modern, future-oriented production solutions for textile services that simplify work steps and sustainably conserve resources are the way of the future. SoCom Informationssysteme GmbH has always been pursuing this goal with software, web, and app solutions – even before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

With a paperless order-picking solution called texEasyPick as well as a time-efficient online portal for workwear management, we are now consistently continuing on this path. The texEasyPick app combines the concepts of paperless and contactless production with time and resource efficiency. The mobile solution enables order picking without packing lists.

Thanks to digital communication and data transfer, no physical contacts are necessary between employees, and any checks of packing lists or subsequent transfers of data into the system by other employees are eliminated. This not only saves paper, but also employees' time.

The texPortal workwear is similarly resource-saving because the administration of workwear items to wearers is completely outsourced to the end customer.

Not only is the creation and deregistration of wearers efficiently transferred to the end user, but also rebooking, closures or a size exchange of items are carried out directly digitally and transferred to your system.

Thanks to the continuous insight in real-time for the customers, employees save time resources in administration and are available for other tasks.

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