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The indefensibility of the 'one-size-fits-all' wage approachWhilst unemployment and poverty remain some of South Africa's biggest threats, our centralised collective-bargaining model, which culminates in bargaining councils extending agreements to non-parties, remains the biggest deterrent to employment in affected industries.

The beneficiaries of the bargaining council system – monopoly capital and trade unions – defend the system, suggesting that reducing disproportionate income differentials is one of collective bargaining's purposes.

This however, is wherein the weakness of the South African version of collective bargaining lies, says Gerhard Papenfus Chief Executive of the National Employers' Association of South Africa (NEASA).
Turkish mopping systems heading for SA Bayersan

One of the leading manufacturers of cleaning equipment in Europe, Bayersan, announced recently that it has appointed Hako South Africa as a distributor for the Southern African region.

Bayersan is a specialist manufacturer of cleaning trolleys and service carts, mopping systems, and window- and solar panel cleaning systems.

"We have been manufacturing and developing professional-cleaning equipment based on market demand since 2000. Our production facility based in Istanbul, Turkey covers an area of over 5 000 square metres.

In order to meet client requirements all products are subject to quality-control checks during each production process, plus the use of high-quality raw materials enables us to produce high-value products at very competitive prices," says Bayersan managing director Ibrahim Bayraktar.

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Autonomous cleaner wins Amsterdam innovation award


ACR Editor Johann van Vuuren with Markus Asch, Vice Chairman of the Kärcher executive board at the KIRA launch.

The organisers of Interclean Amsterdam, the world's leading trade show for cleaning professionals, announced the overall winner of the Amsterdam Innovation Awards as the KIRA B50 from Kärcher.

The overall winner was judged out of a total of 89 entries for this year's Amsterdam Innovation Awards.

This autonomous floor-cleaning machine presents the whole package; a step forward in robotics technology for the cleaning industry that overcomes some of the obstacles of similar machines.

Size and design are what make this machine much more attractive to a wider range of applications.

So far, robotic scrubber-dryers have been most suitable for extremely large areas, but the KIRA B50 is even suitable for areas under 1 000 square metres.

Also the fact that the KIRA B50 can direct itself to a docking station to reload the lithium-ion batteries as well as discharge dirty water and fill tanks with fresh water, means that the level of human intervention is minimal.
Stepping up the action on plasticRetailer Woolworths celebrated World Environment Day by announcing a number of measures to reduce plastic pollution as well as pledging that by 2022 all of its own-brand plastic packaging will be reusable and recyclable.

As the latest step in its Good Business Journey and in line with the Group's vision to be one of the most responsible retailers in the world, Woolworths is the first retailer in South Africa to announce its vision of zero packaging waste to landfill.

This means that the retailer aims to have none of its packaging ending up in landfills, which requires 100 percent recyclable material and a supportive recycling infrastructure.
ISSA Summit Cape Town virtually sold outISSA SUMMIT AFRICA LOGO
The first Executive Summit on the African continent by ISSA, the worldwide association for the cleaning and hygiene industry, is set to reach sell-out status towards the end of July, well before the anticipated sales cut-off on 16 August.

More than 100 delegates representing the cream of the professional-cleaning industry will gather in Cape Town on 6 September to attend strategic management sessions and the International Accredited Auditing Professional (IAAP) workshop presented by ISSA's Cleaning Management Institute (CMI).

The one-day strategic-management sessions will include presentations by high-profile speakers covering topics like sales benchmarking, business leadership, FM standards, strategic thinking and brand identity development, and using green-star methods to introduce green cleaning strategies in buildings.

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First-of-its-kind workwear showroom opens in JohannesburgSweat-Orr

Pictured from left: John Jacobs,
Abisha Tembo (DTI) and Denver Berman-Jacob.

Leading protective - workwear brand Sweet-Orr, opened a
first-of-its-kind showroom in Boksburg, Johannesburg at the Terminal Lifestyle Centre during June.

Sweet-Orr believes that superior quality workwear and protective clothing should be easily accessible by everyone, hence the decision to open a showroom that will stock its specialised range as well as essential and utility workwear.

"At Sweet-Orr we are passionate about ensuring that individual tradesmen and artisans have access to the necessary garments and advice from expert staff.

We believe that everyone deserves to be able to do their best work without putting themselves at risk unnecessarily," says John Jacobs Managing Director at Sweet-Orr South Africa.

The 150-square-metre showroom features a fresh, modern appeal that combines Sweet-Orr's African and American heritage, and is centrally located making it easy for both the private and industrial sector to access.
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Cleaning practices to keep a healthcare facility healthy Hospital

Healthcare cleaning demands attention, precision and a
well-trained staff.

While the stakes are high in the proper maintenance of an office, school, hospitality or food-service establishment, there is no room for error when it comes to keeping healthcare facilities clean.

A poorly cleaned facility poses a risk to patients, medical staff and visitors, while cleaning the facility incorrectly poses a risk to your cleaning staff.

"The responsibility and risks inherent in these accounts should not be taken lightly,"says William R. Griffin, president of Cleaning Consultant Services, Inc.

"The possibility of illness, death, and liability looms if contractors do not follow proper procedures". Keep the public and your cleaning crew safe by following these cleaning tips for a healthy healthcare facility:
  • Importance of good infection control
  • Double costs of poor infection prevention
  • Specialised cleaning standards require specialised training
  • Hospital cleaning procedures: patient rooms
  • Doctor's office cleaning procedures
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Creating improved income opportunities for domestic workers Aisha Pandor

One of the most progressive developments within the domestic-worker industry since the dawn of democracy is that domestic-worker wages are now regulated.

It's concerning, however, that the minimum – a minimum to which many employers don't adhere – is still very low. The minimum wage for domestic workers for 2018 has been set. However, at less than R3 000 per month, it doesn't even begin to scratch the surface in corresponding to the job they perform.

Companies like SweepSouth are actively working to change the status quo in this sector and to give back dignity to domestic workers through appropriate income opportunities and flexible working hours.

This article by entrepreneur Aisha Pandor, co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth, South Africa's first, largest on-call ad hoc or regular home cleaning services provider, sheds more light on how to create better income opportunities for domestic workers.
World showcase for a proud and evolving industryWORLD Showcase

WORLD Showcase

WORLD Showcase

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The leading exhibition for the professional-cleaning industry, Interclean Amsterdam 2018, took place from 15-18 May at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam.

The exhibition, established in 1967, offered a combination of old and new segments that displayed an overview of the latest technology and trends in the professional-cleaning sector.

The number of South African cleaning professionals that make their way tot the Amsterdam event continues to grow.

In fact, the organisers confirmed that in total 160 South Africans, and a further 300 from the rest of Africa, attended this year.

The very popular show tour led by SWB Sports' Steve Braham arrived in Amsterdam two days before the opening day – allowing the group to settle down and find their way around the city.

The following day the tour group went on an excursion in the Holland countryside and visited the centuries-old fishing village of Urk with its unique history and culture and Giethoorn known best as a care-free village with boat-filled waterways and centuries-old thatched-roof houses.

A visit to the next exhibition scheduled for 2020 is certainly recommended; it is an invaluable learning curve and will continue to serve as a source of inspiration for cleaning professionals.

Interclean Amsterdam has grown to become the must-attend trade show for businesses around the world looking to discover the latest innovations and experience an unrivalled networking opportunity.
Hako introduces autonomous cleaning technologyHako

The professional cleaning industry's interest in autonomous cleaning has greatly increased in recent years and at this year's Interclean Amsterdam Hako entered that market by presenting Hi-ONE – what Hako believes to be the future of autonomous cleaning.

The compact scrubber-dryer was able to demonstrate its practical capabilities to an interested audience of trade experts who experienced the machine's abilities 'live' as it independently carried out standardised cleaning processes by means of its recently developed drive technology, special sensors and Hako's in-house-developed navigation software.

Great emphasis was also placed on the safety aspects, as some of the challenges of autonomous cleaning are the practical applications within a facility, the people factor and changing surroundings.
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Boosting hand-hygiene awareness Global Handwashing Day

It's official: October 15th is Global Handwashing Day! This year, the Global Handwashing Day theme focuses on the links between handwashing and food – including food hygiene and nutrition.

Handwashing is an important part of keeping food safe, preventing disease, and helping children grow strong.

The campaign tagline, Clean hands – a recipe for health, reminds us to make handwashing a part of every meal.

Here are a few ways you can make a difference this Global Handwashing Day:
  • Wash your hands with soap at critical times, especially before eating, cooking, or feeding others.
  • Model good handwashing behaviour, and remind or help others to always wash their hands before eating.
  • Make handwashing part of your family meals.
  • Establish places to wash your hands in the household, in your community, in schools, workplaces, and in healthcare facilities.
  • Promote effective change in handwashing behaviour in research, policy, programmes, and advocacy.
Global Handwashing Day is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease.

Learn more about Global Handwashing Day, and access tools and materials, at:
Sustainable water-saving laundry solutionHydrofinity

The hospitality sector's consumption of water and electricity results not only in major expenses, but also major pressure on municipal grids and the environment.

A solution, which would result in a sizeable decrease in these overheads, will also relieve the sector's reliance on these scarce resources.

Escalating costs for resources mean reduced profit margins; the inevitable knock-on effect of which is a loss of jobs in the sector.

With this in mind, it is obvious that
eco-tourism goes hand in hand with green travel and the need for sustainable supply chains is no longer a pressing need but a necessity.

A technological innovation in laundry systems that results in savings of up to 80 percent in water and 50 percent in electricity is now available in South Africa, promising a sustainable solution for the hospitality sector.

Hydrofinity systems can reduce annual water consumption per guest by up to 24 000 litres. For more information visit:
Advances in hand-dryer technology improves hand hygieneDyson Airblade

Hand-dryer technology is constantly improving; modern hand dryers use less energy and are actually more effective at drying hands than older models.

Using less electricity means reduced running costs and greater effectiveness at drying hands. Wet or damp hands spread germs quickly, so ensuring effective hand drying means a reduction in the spread of germs around the workplace.

This can help to reduce illness in the office and therefore increase staff productivity.

It is important when answering a question like 'are hand dryers hygienic?' to make the distinction between traditional, commercial hand dryers and the new breed of energy-efficient hand dryers.

Also, within the new breed there is the distinction between blade hand dryers, hybrid hand dryers and hands-under hand dryers according to Intelligent hand dryers.

You can see that modern hand dryers have come a long way from the dirty, unhygienic, warm-air versions that the paper industry had a field day with. Hand dryers are now hygienic, fast drying, environmentally friendly and help to maintain cleaner facilities.
Trends and future developments in FMSteve Wallbanks

Facility skills have grown from a mixed array of isolated services previously perceived to be menial tasks performed by 'unskilled labour' to a fully-fledged service offering par excellence.

For a country that is commodity driven and highly reliant on exports, the changing landscape of the facilities management (FM) industry has contributed greatly towards employment, upskilling and service offerings that were once thought to be ingenuous.

What started as a simple, isolated service, the FM industry in South Africa, has grown to an estimated worth of R39.2 bn. Facilities management has progressed from a function to a service and more so, a service offering, as is the case with any other consulting or outsourced profession.

In this regard, trends are an important factor increasing awareness of what is to be expected in the future.

To anticipate a client's needs is to prepare for uncertainties in all aspects of political, economic, social, technical, legislative and environment changes and advancements, says Steve Wallbanks Servest South Africa CEO.

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