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Ownership change at Nilfisk SA returns business to local stakeholders Nilfisk SA returns

The announcement that Nilfisk SA has sold the business to the company's local management with effect from 1 January 2019 will see the company reverting to its original name, Industroclean.

Nilfisk SA was part of the global Nilfisk Group, a leading professional cleaning equipment manufacturer based in Denmark. Leading the company in going forward will be Managing Director, Emma Corder; Sales Director, Peter De Beer; and HR Director, Nomsa Mngadi.

Peter Bolitho will join the company in February as National Service Manager. "We are extremely excited to announce that our business is returning to its South African roots following the decision by the Danish group to refocus its operations plus, Industroclean remains the sole Nilfisk distributor in South Africa", says Corder.

The rebranding and repurchase of the business is the latest chapter in a local success story that started in 1980. Industroclean quickly grew in size and the range of services and brands it offered. Its relationship with Nilfisk was formalised in 2010 when the company was appointed exclusive distributor in the region, and the Danish manufacturer took a stake in the business.

This transaction followed the acquisition two years earlier of Wap South Africa by Nilfisk. When, in 2014, the Danish company bought the remaining Industroclean shares, it then merged this business with Wap South Africa.

According to Corder the recent executive changes and the group's listing on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange in 2017 prompted a strategic review of the South African operations.
National minimum wage now a realityMin Wage

The National Minimum Wage became effective in South Africa on 1 January this year.

It effectively translates into employers having to standardise the amount paid to workers in accordance with the National Minimum Wage Act.

In terms of the Act, all employers, irrespective of which industry they are operating in, must pay at least the minimum wages as set out below:
  • R15.00 per hour for domestic workers;
  • R18.00 per hour for farm workers; and
  • R20.00 per hour in respect of all other employees.
In order to be compliant with the new legislation and avoid penalties, there are a number of factors that employers need to have in place:
  • Minimum wage set by a provision in a contract, collective agreement or sectoral determination fall away if below R20 per hour. This is not applicable to farm workers and domestic workers.
  • Employers are now legally required to standardise the minimum amount paid to workers at R20 per hour.
    This effectively means that those who previously earned a wage below this amount will have to receive an upward wage adjustment.
  • The R20 per hour wage does not include contributions made by employers in respect of transport, food or gratuities.
    This is payable over and above the minimum wage.
  • Employers are required to pay workers for a minimum of four hours per day.
UK to host first 'Window Cleaning World Cup' Window Cleaning

The United Kingdom's (UK) inaugural Window Cleaning World Cup is set to take place at their foremost cleaning and hygiene event, The Cleaning Show, in London from 19–21 March 2019.

The UK's Window Cleaning World Cup organisers called on African windows cleaners to also take part in the inaugural event.

Sponsored by Unger, The Window Cleaning World Cup is set to see window cleaners from across the globe taking part as official representatives of their countries as well as representing themselves and their respective companies.

Participants will be tasked with cleaning three 114.3 cm x 114.3 cm office windows set in a frame with a 300 mm long squeegee and nine litres of water in the fastest time. Competitors must also wipe the windowsill, and any smears will incur time penalties, which are then added to their final time.

In addition to being afforded the opportunity to break the current window cleaning Guinness World Record of 9.14 seconds, set in 2009 by Britain's Terry 'Turbo' Burrows, the fastest window cleaner will win a cash prize of £1 000 (ZAR17 750).
The challenge of keeping self-service screens clean of pathogenTouch-screen

A recent news story about
bacteria-ridden kiosk screens at eight UK McDonald's locations has raised substantial concerns across both the restaurant and kiosk industries just months after
quick-service restaurant (QSR) giant, McDonald's introduced the self-ordering stations.

The website Kiosk Marketplace, spoke to players in the industry that provide the self-service ordering units to food service and found that the news was prompting players across the kiosk industry to look into current and best practices when it comes to ongoing restaurant kiosk sanitation practices.

In the US, the refreshment services company Bernick's operates more than 70 micro-market kiosks in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

Bernick's Director of Vending Reed Stevens said the news about the microorganisms – like listeria and staphylococcus – found on those London-area McDonald's kiosk screens is creating a stir across his business "This report is something that's going to open eyes for a number of people," Stevens told Kiosk Marketplace.

In fact, after seeing the report, Stevens decided to have his company's service representatives clean self-checkout kiosks with disinfectants every time they visit
a location.

Brightwell introduces BrightLogic bluetooth UpgradeBrightwell

Brightwell announced that the company's BrightLogic
laundry-dosing system had been upgraded to use the latest Bluetooth technology to communicate between a user's PC/laptop and the BrightLogic laundry-dosing system.

The Bluetooth technology ensures more reliable data transfer.
JET Expo joins Messe Frankfurt FranceJet Expo

The French subsidiary of the German group Messe Frankfurt is now the new owner and organiser of JET Expo, the Paris-based exhibition for textile care professionals.

Messe Frankfurt France is thus expanding its portfolio of textile/clothing exhibitions. Vet'Image, the exhibition for workwear and uniforms, which recently became part of JET Expo, also formed part of the transaction.

JET Expo, focusing on the French speaking market, was created in 2005 and is organised every 2 years.

The trade show attracts professionals from the textile -care industry including dry cleaners, launderettes, laundries, rental services, on-demand services, hospitals, hospitality and local authorities.

JET Expo forms part of Messe Frankfurt's global strategy, which has also seen the recent acquisition of the Clean Show in the United States and that merged China Laundry Expo and Texcare Asia. The 8th edition of JET Expo is scheduled to take place from 19–21 May 2019 in Paris, France.
Eradicating misconceptions about cleaning cloths Micro_fiber_cloth

Although significant progress has been made in preventing certain infections, about one in 25 hospital patients has a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) on any given day, and the direct medical cost of HAIs is estimated to be around US$10 billion annually.

Fortunately, infection rates and their costs can be reduced by selecting effective disinfecting products, using the right tools and implementing proper procedures, according to Daniel Daggett PhD, Executive Director of Sustainability & CSR with Diversey, a leader in smart, sustainable solutions for cleaning and hygiene.

Disposable disinfectant wipes allow employees to quickly and easily disinfect high-touch surfaces that can spread pathogens to patients. However, some healthcare professionals have concerns about the impact disposable wipes have on solid waste.

By comparing the environmental impact of disposable disinfectant wipes and reusable microfibre cleaning cloths, healthcare facilities can invest in products that support their sustainability goals without sacrificing effective cleaning performance or patient health and satisfaction.
KwaZulu-Natal Bargaining Council acclaims training college successBCCCI

Since the establishment of the Bargaining Council for the Contract Cleaning Services Industry (BCCCI) in
KwaZulu-Natal in 1994, the establishment of a training facility was always on the cards.

The BCCCI-KZN, therefore, formally made the decision in 2010 to purchase a facility with adequate space in order to set up a training college with the objective to give back to the communities and train employees in the cleaning services industry.

"The BCCCI-KZN has grown and evolved in so many ways that it was high time to progress one step further by establishing a training college," said BCCCI-KZN Training College Manager Danielle Gibb.

In 2016, the BCCI-KZN Executive Committee, consisting of unions NAGEWU, SATAWU, THORN and the NCCA-KZN (employer party), reached a decision to apply for accreditation with the Services Seta for various qualifications and unit standards.

The BCCCI-KZN employed Mrs Danielle Gibb to acquire the accreditation and head up the training college, which has since moved from strength to strength.
Strongest standard black bags in SA now made even tougherTuffy

Tuffy Brands, the pioneer in 100 percent recycled refuse bags, announced that they have made the strongest standard black bags in the South African market even tougher.

The company developed an additive that strengthens plastic to become impact and tear resistant.

"The additive reinforces the plastic at molecular level and Tuffy is the first company in South Africa to use this technology to manufacture standard black bags," says Rory Murray, Head of Marketing at Tuffy Brands.
Powerful systems provide power performanceNautilus

Introducing the new PowerBoss Nautilus cylindrical
scrubber-sweeper The NAUTILUS
scrubber-sweeper is able to offer exceptional value to your company.

Large water capacity provides extended cleaning time,
heavy-duty stainless steel parts offer lower cost of ownership and the unmatched maneuverability helps to ensure professional cleaning results that will make the difference at your facility.

A. Quick scrub controls – one switch operation, simple to use

B. Max access panel – easy access to electronic systems, hydraulic manifold, steering assembly, Kubota engine, radiator and hydraulic oil cooler

C. Side scrub – optional 16" disc scrub brush for cleaning against walls or close to racking or conveyer systems

D. Front steer and drive traction tyre – provides excellent turning circle

E. Powerful 45" cylindrical scrub – sweep brushes powered by 2x hydraulic motors provide exceptional cleaning performance

F.2.1 cu.ft quick-load hopper – complete with 2x easy dump debris trays for ergonomic disposal or optional stainless steel one-piece hopper

G. Quick view squeegee – the squeegee tilts up for quick adjustment or changes.
This exclusive feature helps provide a completely dry floor immediately after scrubbing

H. Pro scrub – provides runtime operation. Large solution and recovery tanks, up to 2 hours scrub time.

The Nautilus is the ideal scrubber sweeper for, but not limited to, the following applications:
  • Food grade facilities
  • Distribution centres
  • Municipalities
  • Parking areas
  • Heavy manufacturing
  • Warehousing
  • Bottling plants
  • Aircraft hangers and tarmac areas
For more information e-mail: antonys@eiegroup.co.za
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Exhibition, educational seminars, meetings – all at one venueManuela D'Agata

Africa's only dedicated professional cleaning and hygiene exhibition, ISSA Cleantex Africa, will take place in Johannesburg South Africa from 4–6 June 2019.

This international event offers visitors a biennial opportunity, away from the office, to source, learn, network and connect with local and international decision makers while discovering new opportunities for their companies.

Educational seminars, ISSA workshops and industry association meetings will run alongside the show to enhance knowledge and skills transfer.

A number of key industry players have already confirmed their presence at this year's three-day event.

These include Prime Cleaning Suppliers, Safic, Intelligent Cleaning Equipment (ICE), Hygiene Systems (Hyvest), FIMAP, PRP Solutions, Cleanwise, i team, HAKO, Bidvest Prestige, TDL Hygiene and DoctorClean.

Following on from a very successful inaugural International Accredited Auditing Professional (IAAP) certification workshop in Cape Town last year, the ISSA will again host the acclaimed IAAP workshop at the show on Wednesday 5 June 2019.
Inaugural African summit for cleaning professionals a huge successISSA

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The first ISSA Executive Summit, powered by African Cleaning Review, featuring a speaker and educational programme specifically developed for the professional cleaning and hygiene industry took place on 6 September at Cape Town's Lagoon Beach Hotel and was hailed by the industry as a huge success.

This summit sends a clear message that the professional cleaning industry, despite a sagging economy, has embraced this initiative by participating at the highest level in carefully selected executive sessions, addressing pertinent business topics such as strategic thinking, transformational leadership, sales benchmarking, FM standards, brand identity development and the implementation of
green-cleaning strategies, amongst others.

The one-day summit, which was sold out with more than a month to go, attracted 155 of the industry's most senior leaders. It was split into a Strategic Management Summit running simultaneously next to a full-day International Accredited Auditing Professional (IAAP) workshop, presented by the ISSA's Cleaning Management Institute (CMI).

The IAAP workshop educated delegates on how to perform quality assurance audits within a facility.

Through an interactive programme delegates learned the technical skills needed to perform a facility audit as well as the ethical aspects of having this responsibility.

Following the conclusion of the workshop, delegates received formal CMI certificates, valid for a period of 24 months.
The 'flow experiment' shows how having the right hygiene tools can keep the kitchen going'The flow experiment'

The restaurant kitchen can be a tough environment to work in. It's highly demanding, hot, loud, and physically and mentally tiring. From research conducted at a restaurant kitchen, leading hygiene and health brand, Tork®, understood that to get high-quality food out on time, every kitchen strives to establish flow. When 'in the flow', chefs collaborate better, perform better and create wonderful dishes on time.

However, when it is inoperative, problems start to occur. That said, could the overall flow in the commercial kitchen enable efficiency with the help of better planning and the correct hygiene solutions? To find out, Tork teamed up with kitchen optimization consultant Alan Kinsella in order to conduct a 'flow experiment' at a busy restaurant.

Tork and Kinsella carried out an overnight transformation of Wood Manchester's restaurant, kitchen, which included the installation of Tork kitchen products such as Tork Reflex™ dispensers – strategically placed to improve access to wiping and cleaning solutions during busy service periods.

Before they started, Kinsella identified issues including un-emptied bins, empty paper-towel dispensers and cluttered shelves, which are all disruptions when trying to achieve a good kitchen flow and efficiency.
Data brings a facility's sustainability story to lifeEngagement

Sustainability Dashboard Tools, LLC, a
web-based dashboard that helps facility managers monitor and measure key performance indicators (KPIs) such as water consumption, energy use, waste disposal has announced the introduction of a totally new technology and service.

The Engagement Display is an interactive technology that helps educate and inform managers and building users as to how well a building is performing when it comes to sustainability.

The data and information is taken from the Sustainability Dashboard and then displayed
on monitors for viewing within a facility.

The technology was developed for use in all types of facilities, including office buildings, schools, universities, and hospitals.
Waste-to-energy initiative launched at N1 City MallGrowthpoint

The improper disposal of waste is one of the fastest-growing risks to our planet and way of life. Rotting food leads to increases in methane gasses as the food decomposes in landfills.

In order to address this, the City of Cape Town plans to start banning wet waste from its landfills from 2022.

The Waste Transformers from the Netherlands and South Africa's JSE-listed international property company Growthpoint Properties have united to help take on this challenge.

They are leveraging end-of-pipeline food waste from shopping malls and adopting a decentralised approach to organic waste. An on-site, anaerobic digester has been installed at Growthpoint's N1 City Mall in Cape Town, which is processing the waste from the mall to generate clean methane.

An internal combustion engine consumes this methane in order to produce green electricity and hot water for the shopping centre.

A fertilizer is also created, which will be used for the mall's gardens.

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