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Measures companies should be taking to ensure safety and hygiene practices during the Covid-19 pandemic

Measures companies should be taking to ensure safety and hygiene practices during the Covid-19 pandemic

Tuesday, November 02, 2020 Covid-19 has disrupted the way in which we live and work, and the cleaning and hygiene industries are playing a crucial role in helping businesses and individuals to cope with the impact of the pandemic. As businesses open and people gradually return to work, now more than ever, the need to […]

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Post Covid-19, digitisation will no longer be optional but an indispensable operational requirement

Post Covid-19, digitisation will no longer be optional but an indispensable operational requirement

October, 10, 2020 The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has to a large extent served as a catalyst to accelerate the adoption of smart technologies in several industries and in social life. Driven by self-preservation, many organisations scurried to adopt smart applications to mitigate the devastating impact of Covid-19 on their businesses. For organisations that […]

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To turn SA into a maritime powerhouse will require more women to actively participate in the industry

To turn SA into a maritime powerhouse will require more women to actively participate in the industry

September, 02, 2020 A paradigm shift is required in the maritime industry that will make education and experience equal barometers for promotion in order to escalate the number of women participants in this sector. Despite the strides that other industries have made to accelerate the advancement of women, the maritime industry has so far managed […]

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Proliferation of unverified companies seeking to make a quick buck out of the Covid-19 outbreak may cost consumers dearly

Proliferation of unverified companies seeking to make a quick buck out of the Covid-19 outbreak may cost consumers dearly

The outbreak of the coronavirus and the heightened hygienic protocols required to curb further transmission of the pandemic has led to a proliferation of opportunistic cleaning companies using cleaning material that is unsubstantiated and often poses a danger to consumers,” says Takalane Khashane, Managing Director of the Cleaning Division at Servest. The warning by Africa’s […]

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Psychological well-being is crucial as colleagues go back to work

Psychological well-being is crucial as colleagues go back to work

August, 11, 2020 Millions of workers are trickling back to work as the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased and preparing the workplace to receive them should go beyond just disinfection. That’s the call from Lungile Mkhize, Group Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality (SHEQ) Manager at Integrated Facilities management company, Servest, who says employers must make […]

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KN95 or N95 1860 – What’s the difference?

KN95 or N95 1860 – What’s the difference?

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a demand for PPEs that is testing supply chains globally. As countries come to terms with their specific needs, various protective equipment has risen in prominence and manufacturing volumes are most certainly reaching levels never before seen. Face masks are a hot commodity now, and it seems everyone wants a […]

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Building a high-performance culture in uncertain times

Building a high-performance culture in uncertain times

June, 05, 2020 Rapidly changing technologies, aggressive competition and high consumer expectations are all convincing companies to change the way they do business globally. Performance indicators continue to shift. Business, as usual, is no longer acceptable. Forward-thinking organisations and nations alike are continuously exploring ways to drive high performance, achieve optimum value to enhance user […]

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The fight to remain relevant after Covid-19

The fight to remain relevant after Covid-19

Against the backdrop of a struggling economy, the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has presented even greater challenges to businesses, both big and small, public and private sectors alike. We are still in a state of shock, but perhaps what will matter is how we emerge from this, even as we see the real negative impact of […]

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How small and medium-sized businesses can weather the COVID-19 storm

How small and medium-sized businesses can weather the COVID-19 storm

Economists forecast that the nationwide lockdown implemented to contain the spread of the coronavirus will have far-reaching economic implications. Ficth in an article, (Covid-19 Growth Revisions), forecasts that the South African GDP will slow from 0.2% to -1.9% in 2020. Moody’s left their current rating of Baa3 negative for South Africa in their recent April […]

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Beyond lockdown – Adapting to be relevant in an economy with remote workplaces

Beyond lockdown – Adapting to be relevant in an economy with remote workplaces

The Covid-19 lockdowns across the globe have brought about a confluence of forces around the business environment – forcing companies to restructure and redefine the way they do business. They need to adopt new strategies to improve security protocols to better manage and deal with the pandemic. These lockdowns are dramatically fuelling changes in the […]

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The role of FM in minimising waste in mining

The role of FM in minimising waste in mining

South Africa – Research company Technavio, in its most recent Global Mining Waste Management Report, revealed that the global mining waste market is expected to grow from the 68.76 million tons generated in 2017 to nearly 87 million tons by 2022, with 10% to 13% of the overall market contributed by South Africa. In simple […]

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Give human rights meaning in the workplace

Give human rights meaning in the workplace

Human Rights Day marks a significant day in the country’s calendar as it serves to remind South Africans of the enormous sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy and the establishment of a non-racial, non-sexist society where the civil liberties such as freedom of speech, religion, association and movement are upheld. During […]

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Office plants make the atmosphere unbe-leaf-able

Office plants make the atmosphere unbe-leaf-able

The average person will spend up to 90 000 hours in an office, according to a study conducted by Business Insider. This is a large chunk of the average lifespan, why not make it a place of solace and fresh air? No, we don’t suggest you work outdoors all the time, but the introduction of […]

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More needs to be done to ensure stronger security systems in healthcare facilities

More needs to be done to ensure stronger security systems in healthcare facilities

According to the South African Medical Association (SAMA) more than 30 hospitals across the country have reported serious security incidents this year. “One criminal offense in a healthcare facility is one too many, and while our crime levels in hospitals are moderately low, we cannot have a society where hospitals are not safe,” says Derek […]

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The cleaning services industry presents opportunities for unemployed youth

The cleaning services industry presents opportunities for unemployed youth

As the class of 2019 matriculants wrap up their high school years, some will proceed to higher education institutions, while others will not make it. There are matriculants from as far back as five years ago who are still sitting at home; they could not proceed into higher learning institutions for a number of reasons […]

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Ramp up security during downtime

Ramp up security during downtime

19 December 2019: South Africa: With the silly season now in full swing most shopping malls across the country are bursting to the seams with merry shoppers but lurking amongst these throngs are criminal elements looking for easy prey. It is not only shoppers who are victims of crime as both residential and business robberies […]

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Looking ahead to 2020 – the year to explore unchartered markets

Looking ahead to 2020 – the year to explore unchartered markets

Competition has become increasingly fierce. In 2019, we saw the expansion of price wars and the battle to remain relevant. It has become clearer that the companies that will survive are those who over the years have invested in building strong and strategic relationships with their clients and helped these clients achieve their triple bottom […]

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Views and outlook on the Facilities Management sector for 2020

Views and outlook on the Facilities Management sector for 2020

The view persists that Africa remains the next big market for multinationals, mergers and acquisitions, even in the face of changes in regulatory framework and global economic instability. Overview and reflections on 2019 2019 saw an increase in the use of technologies such as building management systems, machine learning and data analytics for data miners […]

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Sustainable sanitation solutions should be considered to expand decent sanitation to all as we observe World Toilet Day

Sustainable sanitation solutions should be considered to expand decent sanitation to all as we observe World Toilet Day

The United Nations has declared 19 November to be World Toilet Day. It is estimated that 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to proper sanitation. In fact, more people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet. According to Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) approximately 3.1% of people in South […]

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The maritime economy has immense potential to rev up the economy and stimulate job creation

The maritime economy has immense potential to rev up the economy and stimulate job creation

When the Dutch East Indian Company was mandated to map a route to India around the tip of Africa some 400 years ago, nobody would have anticipated the latent future economic potential that South Africa’s 2 800 kilometre coastline, which straddles three oceans – the Indian Ocean to the east, the southern ocean to the […]

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Facilities management can enhance the tourism industry

Facilities management can enhance the tourism industry

During an economic downturn, facilities management is often regarded as excess to requirements, an operational cost that many companies scale down. Webb Meko, Managing Director, Integrated Solutions at Servest says, “While hard-pressed industries may make immediate savings from scaling down facilities management, they will probably incur even more costs resulting from rapidly depreciating assets.” The […]

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An integrated approach to facilities management, and its benefits

An integrated approach to facilities management, and its benefits

We live in a complex and chaotic environment, where competitive advantage is temporary and continuous improvements are just not enough. Our world is being pushed by a constant drive to show our worth and capability; to prove the contributions that we can make towards driving business, and our ability to distinctly improve a client’s business […]

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Women in leadership: a journey in finance

Women in leadership: a journey in finance

Thami Moatshe is the new Group Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions Director and one of the first female executives at Servest, one of the leading black-owned facilities management companies on the African continent, employing 24 000 people across multiple African countries, with 11 110 sites. She holds a Master’s degree in Management in Finance and […]

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Women in leadership: From humble beginnings to driving industry growth

Women in leadership: From humble beginnings to driving industry growth

Securing a job traditionally entails sending a CV to a prospective employer and being called to an interview. Takalane Khashane’s career journey started differently – frustrated with attending a number of interviews and being informed that she didn’t have enough experience for the job, she took it upon herself to write directly to the CEO […]

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Women in leadership: a different perspective on starting a career

Women in leadership: a different perspective on starting a career

Lungile Langa, new group Human Resources (HR) director at Servest shares some leadership insights  Unemployed graduates and aspiring women professionals can draw inspiration from Lungile Langa, Servest’s new group human resources (HR) director, who refused to wallow in despair after graduating with a BA degree Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand. For five years […]

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