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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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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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Servest Integrated Facilities Management Solutions Put to the Test

Servest Integrated Facilities Management Solutions Put to the Test

In the current economy, cost optimisation is a major focus for companies across the globe.

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The Cleaning Industry must be Professionalised

The Cleaning Industry must be Professionalised

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution, how we got here and what it means for the Facilities Management Industry

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, how we got here and what it means for the Facilities Management Industry

The theme for this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland is Globalisation 4.0.: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Twenty Nineteen, Plenty to Thrive in, Enterprise Development That is

Twenty Nineteen, Plenty to Thrive in, Enterprise Development That is

Enterprise Development (ED) and Supplier Development (E&SD) is one of the most current government and private sector driven programs.

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High Season in South Africa – Holiday for Some, Hard Work for Others

High Season in South Africa – Holiday for Some, Hard Work for Others

December 2018 has come and gone and we find ourselves in January 2019. This however does not mean the end of the holiday period in South Africa.

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Giving Service Level Agreements Perspective

Giving Service Level Agreements Perspective

An opinion article by Abubakr Hattas, Group Business Improvement Specialist. In yesteryear, a man’s (person’s) word was sacred and could be relied on, as it was based upon the honour of the parties for its fulfilment, rather than being in any way enforceable. The act of shaking hands and what is called, a ‘gentleman’s agreement’, was a way […]

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Health & Safety Principles, More Than Just a Document

Health & Safety Principles, More Than Just a Document

The forthcoming World quality day, which is acknowledged annually, is about the quality management of organisations putting in place competent systems.

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Servest releases results of its 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey

Servest releases results of its 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey

Servest has conducted its first annual Facilities Management (FM) survey to assess the market,

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Demystifying SHEQ

Demystifying SHEQ

SHEQ management, is a technical field that applies to several disciplines for compliance and continued.

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling in the Facilities Management House

Breaking the Glass Ceiling in the Facilities Management House

Servest’s Group Head of Marketing, Farhaana Mohidien left the banking industry to join the facilities management (FM) industry because she needed more multiplicity in her job. 

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The People Behind The Facilities Management Business

The People Behind The Facilities Management Business

Thuli Masuku, the HR Director for Landscaping and Turf at Servest is seasoned enough to affect, yet is energetic enough to bring effect, by boldly leveraging capabilities of colleagues

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Setting the bar for South African Standards in the workplace

Setting the bar for South African Standards in the workplace

Forbes magazine by Jeanne Meister, ‘the global facility management (FM) market will be worth 1 trillion USD by 2025 – and that’s just that which is outsourced

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Making Public Private Partnerships (PPP) work for you.

Making Public Private Partnerships (PPP) work for you.

The PPP model began to be considered by the South African Government as one of the methods to deliver infrastructure projects in the 1990’s.

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KaChing, continues to take the hassle out of paid parking

KaChing, continues to take the hassle out of paid parking

Just over seven months ago, KaChing was launched at the Mall of Africa, which follows its pilot launch at a few smaller malls, such as Melrose Arch, Thrupps and Morningside Shopping Centres.

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To innovate is to regenerate and integrate, not eliminate – by Kabeer Ismail, Sales Director.

To innovate is to regenerate and integrate, not eliminate – by Kabeer Ismail, Sales Director.

In his foreword in the ISS 2020 Vision Report on the Future of Service Management, Roy Osarogiagbon, Services Professional states “that people need services and they need the human connection that comes with it.

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