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Space planning, cyber security and smart solutions within the context of the new working from home models

Space planning, cyber security and smart solutions within the context of the new working from home models

08 February 2021: More and more people are operating remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in high office vacancy rates. In the face of this, the sustainability of the facilities management industry hinges on its ability to deploy smart solutions to manage work from home strategies, space planning, security and utilities management. According to the […]

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Make recycling part of your new year’s resolutions in 2021 – individuals, the private and public sector have a role to play towards environmental conservation and littering in our oceans

Make recycling part of your new year’s resolutions in 2021 – individuals, the private and public sector have a role to play towards environmental conservation and littering in our oceans

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 South Africa produces 108 million tons of waste per year. A total of 90% of that waste ends up in landfills and only 10% of waste is currently being recycled. According to the Worldwide Fund for Nature, only 16% of plastic in South Africa is recycled. The rest is thrown into […]

Trends in the facilities management industry: How Covid-19 has spawned cutting-edge innovations

Trends in the facilities management industry: How Covid-19 has spawned cutting-edge innovations

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 The outbreak of Covid-19 may have sounded a death-knell to many industries. However, the pandemic is also ushering in new trends in the facilities management industry, inspiring innovation and presenting small and medium-sized businesses with opportunities to serve as a lifeline and a springboard for growth. Statistics indicating the impact of […]

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Servest acquires twenty-year-old specialist security interventions company Unite Group

Servest acquires twenty-year-old specialist security interventions company Unite Group

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 Companies and Acquisitions – Integrated facilities management company Servest has acquired Unite Group, one of the few specialist security intervention companies in the country. Through the acquisition of the 20-year-old company, Servest has also acquired the company’s assets, including its fleet of armoured vehicles such as a large fleet of Mambas […]

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How connectivity and technology is disrupting the maritime

How connectivity and technology is disrupting the maritime

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 The incorporation of information and communications technologies (ICT) is transforming the way the maritime industry is doing business. While the sector is beginning to reap the benefits of integrating smart solutions in its operations, there are barriers that it needs to overcome to ensure that it optimally leverages the adoption of […]

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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The impact of Covid-19 on seafarers and the South African maritime sector

The impact of Covid-19 on seafarers and the South African maritime sector

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 The impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the global over USD$ 200 billion maritime sector has been devastating throughout the industry’s value chain. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the professionalism and sacrifice of the two million seafarers who serve on the world’s merchant fleets. […]

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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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Servest walks away with 14 awards from the 2020 SALI Awards

Servest walks away with 14 awards from the 2020 SALI Awards

September, 02, 2020 Integrated facilities management company – Servest has won 14 awards for landscaping projects that it entered in the South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) awards of excellence for 2020. The awards included the overall trophy award for best landscape maintenance site, seven double gold awards, three gold awards and three silver awards. Servest […]

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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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Mentorships will help fast track efforts towards grooming a new pool of women in finance

Mentorships will help fast track efforts towards grooming a new pool of women in finance

We continue to hear the lament about the low numbers of women CEOs, CFOs, and women in finance or in leadership and decision-making positions. Yet South Africa has some of the most stringent laws on gender empowerment – on paper. The question remains, why do we still battle in meeting our empowerment targets and bridging […]

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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Covid-19 is ushering in new workplace layouts for 21st-century employees

Covid-19 is ushering in new workplace layouts for 21st-century employees

August, 11, 2020 Stemming the spread of the corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic has necessitated a new reality in the layout of workspaces. The status quo of pre-Covid-19 workplace layouts is no longer applicable as companies are required to strike a balance between applying social distancing protocols and maintaining exceptionally high hygiene and safety standards, and […]

Digitisation Presents – Work & Entrepreneurial Opportunities For Youth

Digitisation Presents – Work & Entrepreneurial Opportunities For Youth

July, 06, 2020 The increasing adoption of technology solutions by many industries to offset the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and the slowdown of economic activity presents young, tech-savvy people with an unprecedented opportunity to become entrepreneurs, innovate smart solutions for industries and find work opportunities in a post Covid-19 era, says Lungile Langa, Director, […]

Pietersburg Case Study – Servest Supporting healthcare facilities in the fight against Covid-19

Pietersburg Case Study – Servest Supporting healthcare facilities in the fight against Covid-19

We’ve seen how Covid-19 has posed a unique challenge across the globe, calling on businesses and individuals alike to adapt to a new way of thinking and resolving the challenges it has presented. Our integrated facilities offering includes hygiene & cleaning services and we believe that it’s important we play our part in combating Covid-19.

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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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