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Tendering in the age of sustainability in cleaning Sustainability
Companies and cleaning contractors are adopting sustainable cleaning as the new way of doing business and have found it to be a good strategy. 

In the early years, sustainable cleaning and sustainable products were provided at premium prices.

But more recently, and despite the higher expenses associated with green cleaning supplies, the costs have shrunk and there are often hidden savings and benefits to be found when implementing sustainable cleaning methods.

Sustainable and traditional cleaning costs should be somewhat similar to each other; labour, supplies, chemicals, and equipment are part of either budget, in addition to overheads for running a business.

In fact, labour costs may not change as a result of using sustainable products to clean a facility, because it may not take any longer to use a sustainable product when cleaning a surface.

You can still use standard production rates and square metre costs in your calculations, unless there are special tasks or circumstances the customer requires that will reduce the rate of production.
CCMA confirms state of readiness with national minimum wage

The National Minimum Wage Act (NMWA) came into effect on 1 January 2019, whereby the national minimum wage was set at R20 per hour, with special provisions of R18 per hour (farm workers), R15 per hour (domestic workers), and R11 per hour (Extended Public Works Programme workers).

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) was amended to confer new enforcement jurisdiction on the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for NMWA and BCEA disputes, and to hear certain BCEA matters related to payment referred to the CCMA by employees who earn below the Ministerial threshold of
R205 430.33 per annum.

Previously such matters could only be included in CCMA referrals related to dismissals.

The BCEA amendments granted the CCMA concurrent enforcement jurisdiction with the courts.

This means that the CCMA can convert written undertakings and compliance orders issued by labour inspectors into arbitration awards, which are executable through sheriffs.
Bidvest choose insider as CEO designate Mpumi Madisa

South African multi-services and distribution company Bidvest announced during March that Mpumi Madisa will succeed Lindsay Ralphs as chief executive officer, giving her the task of continuing to drive growth for a successful conglomerate with diversified operations.

Ralphs will continue as the group chief executive until the 2021 financial year and will work closely with Madisa to ensure a smooth transition.

Groupe GM announces major expansion in West AfricaGroup GM

Groupe GM, the leading international player in the guest amenity industry, announced the expansion of its international network with Ziketro Business Partners.

As part of its international development efforts, the French group will now be growing its operations in West Africa.

Ziketro Business Partners is a key player in the hospitality supply industry in West Africa.

It has offices in Dakar, Abidjan, Bamako, Ouagadougou, Conakry and Freetown where it offers high-quality services to hoteliers.

With solid roots in the region, Ziketro possesses the specific local knowledge and expertise to operate efficiently in African countries.

Winter wellness website launchedSneeze

Leading skin-health and surface hygiene specialist GOJO Industries - Europe has developed a winter wellness website in a bid to boost wellness and lessen the impact of seasonal viruses.

The microsite is aimed at businesses that want to protect their workforce from highly contagious infections such as the common cold, influenza, and norovirus.

It is available to view in eight languages and features advice, blogs and downloadable resources.
A 100-percent recycled ocean-plastic bottle launchedplastic in oceans

As part of its ongoing commitment to tackling the problem of plastic pollution in oceans, SC Johnson has announced that it will launch the industry's first product that uses 100-percent recycled ocean plastic in a major home-cleaning brand.

That product is part of the ubiquitous Windex® brand, one of the company's most popular brands and a household favourite for the past 86 years.

"With over 5 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, conditions are continuing to get worse and worse," said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson.
Education facility management trendsFaced with economic pressures, increased competition and the challenge of being asked to do more with less, the cleaning industry is at a crossroads.

As a result, building service contractors, manufacturers, distributors and facility managers need to rethink the way they operate in order to survive and consider new ways of setting themselves apart.

By analysing the key trends that are reshaping the industry and taking a hard business outlook at what to expect in the coming years, you will be better prepared to identify strategic direction and ways to take advantage of the user trends, according to Dave Frank of the American Institute of Cleaning Sciences (AICS).
Benefits of sourcing from a single supplierDiversey

Cleaning teams continue to face incredible pressure to deliver excellent results while introducing innovations, adding value, improving productivity and promoting sustainability without adding to costs.

That can be a difficult set of criteria to achieve. Therefore, it is imperative that contract cleaners should have support in the form of a complete set of products, tools, machines and service for every aspect of their cleaning operation, sourced from a single supplier, according to Diversey, a global leader in cleaning and hygiene.

As a market leader, Diversey works with customers to devise, configure and implement fully integrated solutions that are fine-tuned to business and operational requirements and deliver enhanced performance and value.

The concept of a total solution from a single vendor is not new, but it does require that suppliers adapt to business and regulatory pressures and take advantage of new technologies. Sourcing from a single supplier offers a number of benefits for cleaning service providers.

Contract configuration and procurement processes are simpler because there are fewer suppliers with whom to meet and negotiate. While this is self-evident many cleaning companies underestimate the time and resources that can be involved with setting up major contracts.

Laundry automation with Radio Frequency IdentityTIKOS

(RFID) offers modern software and intelligent clothing solutions Technical assistance, automated decisions, information transparency and full networking – these are the four essential principles of the concept of a digital laundry.

Especially when it comes to networking machines, movable goods, such as individual laundry items and people, this concept can be implemented in a modern laundry, using RFID and state of- the-art IT technology.

In this context, as an innovative IT service provider, SoCom Informationssysteme GmbH provides both consultancy services and the necessary software.

In the wake of increasing demand for automation, RFID technology is gaining new momentum in this area.

The reason: Industry 4.0 requires digital identification of individual laundry items, containers and machines. In addition, all of these system components must be able to exchange data with each other.

However, this data exchange only works in conjunction with intelligent software.

TIKOS, the complete solution for laundry service providers, supports communication and
co-operation between people, systems and products along the entire production process of a laundry.

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Innovative, sustainable, environmental initiative puts climate change in the hands of hotelsHotel Towels

Following the unveiling of a new technique by an innovative European green-driven textile brand, hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts will see an opportunity to significantly reduce the impact of global warming and climate change through the use of high-quality bathroom towels, made using recycled plastics.

Marking a step-change in the approach to dealing with excess plastic waste – much of which ends up dumped into the ocean and contributing to the death of marine life – hotels will soon be able to contribute a considerable effort to reduce the growing environmental impacts of climate change, through the commercial large-scale use of the latest towels.
Neledzi Cleaning Services receives Quality Management System certificationNeledzi Cleaning Services

Neledzi Cleaning Services recently achieved its greatest accolade in all its 20- year history when, on 14 February, the company received its Quality Management System-ISO 9001:2015 certification during a handover ceremony.

ISO 9001 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS).

Organisations use the standard to demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
Damonze family unveils new
multi-purpose facility
CFM Michel

Former NCCA National Chairman Clive Damonze formally opened a new multi-purpose facility located in Parow, Cape Town that will serve as the offices for Clean FM Consultants, Metro Cleaning Services as well as the CleanFM Training Facility.

Clive, the current Western Cape NCCA Chairman also utilised the opportunity to announce the formation of the Clive Damonze Foundation, aimed at the upliftment of the local community.

"It has been a life-long dream and my aspiration to one day realise this attainment.

This completely renovated facility will serve as offices and a training facility and will be utilised by the local community during the evening," said Damonze.
Compact utility bag-shelf for washrooms Bag-shelf for washrooms

Aesthetically designed, durably constructed and manufactured according to rigorous quality controls, the Serra® utility
bag-shelf offers security and convenience to people visiting washrooms while carrying a bag or similar items. With the option to place the bag on the shelf, one can avoid having to position it on an unhygienic, wet or dirty floor.

The standard Serra® utility
bag-shelf has been designed for use next to the washing basin station while washing hands.

It features an identifiable rounded handle that can be used for grocery shopping bags, etc.
self-cleaning surfaces address traveller hygiene issues

With a flurry of news reports about germs in airports and hotels, travellers have never been more concerned with cleanliness, and businesses have never been more concerned with the traveller experience.

NanoTouch Materials' new
self-cleaning surfaces address these traveller concerns.

The company has released a
self-cleaning film for touch screens that can turn any airport
check-in kiosk or in-flight screen into a continuously
self-cleaning surface.
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African Cleaning Review is the continent's only
dedicated hygiene, cleaning and facility maintenance trade magazine, published by
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African Cleaning Review is published alternative monthly together with an annual Buyer's Guide and distributed to end users, building service contractors, multi-service providers and other key institutional sectors including government, healthcare, education, retail centres, hospitality, food processing, industrial and commercial cleaning, architects, quantity surveyors, property owners, facility management and general manufacturing.

African Cleaning Review is supported and endorsed by all major industry associations, is a member of the world-wide cleaning industry association (ISSA) and currently distribute magazines to subscribers in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Angola, Zambia, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria and the Seychelles.

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Changes at Impact secures growthTrevor Ackerman

Impact Soft Services has changed the game from traditional contract cleaning by developing into a full multifunctional service provider focusing on five key areas, serviced by five specialist teams.

Previously known as Impact Cleaning, the company has expanded its services beyond general contract cleaning to also include washroom hygiene, integrated pest control, specialised services and grounds maintenance.

After nearly 20 years in business, a change was deemed necessary, especially as more and more companies are entering the labour-intensive cleaning industry each year, thus making it challenging to differentiate the business.

The new changes have proved to be very attractive to existing as well as new clients.

To achieve this goal, Impact Soft Services invested in industry specialists over the past two years in order to build a team of experts within all the key areas of the business.

"Impact Soft Services developed strategic partnerships with major players within the professional cleaning industry, thereby setting us apart from similar organisations in terms of service, pricing, training and support, said MD Trevor Ackerman.
Architects design buildings with birds in mindMirrored Glass

A close-up view of the glass shows the detail that went into ensuring the exterior was bird-friendly

Studies in the US suggest that between 300 million and one billion birds die each year from building collisions, and as such, some architect firms are adapting their building plans in order to create bird-friendly exteriors. Like far too much of animal life, many bird species – one in eight according to a recent study – is facing a real and imminent threat of extinction.

And for those not yet in the immediate crosshairs, the struggle for life has become much more of a struggle, as food sources dwindle (and become toxic), habitats disappear, environmental regulations get scrapped, and invasive species present new challenges – all in the context of a changing climate that demands new adaptations.

In addition to these already considerable challenges, there is another culprit responsible for an increasing share of bird deaths: architecture.

Birds, especially during seasons of migration, will confuse the reflection of buildings and inadvertently fly into windows. "Between 300 million and one billion birds die each year from building collisions," says John Rowden, the director of community conservation at the US National Audubon Society.

"Across the country, birds face multiple threats," he explains, "but they also have to navigate our built environment, where they are especially challenged by light pollution and glass surfaces."

Architects are now starting to take this challenge seriously, designing building enclosures that mitigate bird collisions.
Entrance matting is the first step to effective facility cleaningPremier Track

COBA Africa, the name behind the MATCO matting brand, stresses the importance of choosing the right entrance matting system for specific environments in order to reduce facility cleaning time and costs.

Entrance matting plays a vitally important role in keeping buildings clean by helping to stop dirt and moisture from being walked in at the point of entry. The problem is that this fact is sometimes overlooked and often underestimated, especially during the specification process.

Having the right entrance matting system in place can make all the difference when it comes to dirt control, interior floor protection and of course (the most critical of all) underfoot safety to reduce the risk of slipping.

As entrance matting manufacturers, one of the regular entrance problems we encounter is that the walk-off length of matting is insufficient to fully clean passing footwear.

If the walk-off area is too short, it means that the matting is only likely to trap around 30–40 percent of dirt, whereas a correctly specified system can virtually prevent all dirt from being walked in. Inevitably, this has a huge impact in reducing cleaning costs and hygiene control.
International co-located workshops and forum session at ISSA Cleantex Africa 2019The co-located workshops at ISSA Cleantex Africa are aimed at business executives, managers and owners to address the big issues and opportunities that could have an impact on the future of business and public sector organisations.

Estimating Made Easy (EME) Workshop
4 June 2019, 08h30 for 09h00–16h00

Tommy Taylor

Tommy is a professional trainer and educator with expertise in cleaning and the facilities sector. His key disciplines are skills training, developing training materials and people management. He has worked in China, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Thailand, and Abu Dhabi.

Today he is a freelance cleaning consultant providing support to companies in the UK and the UAE. He is also the Operations Manager for the Middle East Academy for Training and Consultancy in Dubai. Tommy brings an international take on managing facilities teams and organising the provisional healthcare cleaning provision of 129 locations throughout Malaysia.

International Accredited Auditing Professional (IAAP) certification Workshop 5 June 2019, 08h30 for 09h00–16h00

Diana Steinbach

Dianna is based in Mainz, Germany and has been in the professional cleaning industry for more than 20 years, helping people identify new trends, plan strategically, develop business alliances, connect with customers and position themselves for the greatest success.

Dianna will present the IAAP workshop and empower cleaning professionals to understand the origin of, and solutions to, deficiencies; reduce operating expenses while increasing employee efficiency; and give delegates the tools to provide clients with the assurance of high-quality cleaning.

Healthcare Forum – Cleaning for Infection Prevention, 6 June 2019, 08h30 for 09h00–12h00

Zainudeen Popoola-Aromire

Zainudeen, born in Nigeria, is an international expert on healthcare and infection control. He has been in public administration for over 35 years, serving in leadership roles in hospitals and universities all over the United States and is also the Council President of IEHA, a division of ISSA.

He has served in leadership and administrative roles in many different organisations, from hospitals to universities, as well as the international sports apparel giant, Nike Corporation.

Zainudeen will share with delegates’ examples; data and information that can be explored and implemented to better educate and influence hospital managers and doctors to enable them to make informed decisions.

Marietjie Swanepoel

Marietjie is passionate about improving standards in hospital hygiene and cleaning to reduce hospital acquired infections and will share her knowledge with delegates. She has been involved in healthcare and the professional training industry for over 23 years and is well known to major healthcare professionals in both the private and public hospitals as well as contract- cleaning companies throughout South Africa.

Next Generation Young Executive Mentorship Forum - 6 June 2019, 12h30 for 13h00–16h00

This forum will consist of interactive sessions covering topics on leadership, business development and mentorship and includes local and international experts. Learn how to build the skills of the next generation to forge the future of your business.

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