Nilfisk SA Country Manager shares vision with ACREmma Corder

Following Nilfisk's recent listing on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange and the appointment of CEO Hans Henrik Lund, change was inevitable. These developments led to restructuring within the group that basically carved its global operations into six regions worldwide. The South African operation became part of the Iberian, Middle East and Africa (IMEA) region.

In South Africa, changes were also affected towards the end of 2017 with the appointment of a new management team, lead by Emma Corder as Country Manager.

African Cleaning Review editor Johann van Vuuren spoke to Corder to determine a broader understanding of her new role and vision at Nilfisk South Africa.

"We herald in a fresh era at Nilfisk South Africa with a new management team that includes Pieter de Beer as National Sales Manager and Johan Coertzen as Finance and Operations Manager.

In addition, we have also recently appointed a Human Resource Business Partner, Nomsa Mngadi who will prove to be an excellent asset to our business.

We view people as a key component, thereby ensuring that we succeed in keeping moving forward.

Nomsa will be tasked with the responsibility of designing a proactive plan to leverage the resources that we currently have to affect an even more successful business going forward", said Corder.
New technology brings winds of change to cleaning equipment New technology
i-team South Africa officially opened its doors in October 2017 with a vision to change the way cleaning is viewed in SouthAfrica.

i-team is a global family of innovative cleaning, sales and distribution partners dedicated to delivering intelligent, convenient and quality cleaning machines, products and utilities to the industry. The company describes the essence of its business as "to revolutionise the cleaning industry".

According to i-team, revolutionary ideas led to the introduction of new technologies that maintain the flexibility of the original mop, but with the added power of an industrial-cleaning machine.

The i-mop is described as a scrubber dryer on a mop handle that allows the operator to move in any direction and even turn 360 degrees.
Netcare steps up the war against superbugs using robots Superbugs

Healthcare facilities the world over face a daily challenge to prevent the spread of infections with increasing concern about antibiotic resistance.

Now South African healthcare group Netcare has implemented the use of robots that seek and destroy viruses and bacteria within minutes. "Our new 'allies' in infection prevention and control have shown such impressive results internationally and during pilot trials at two of our hospitals that we recently ordered a second consignment of these highly advanced robots to further bolster our comprehensive existing disinfection measures," says Jacques du Plessis, MD of Netcare's hospital division.
Healthcare forum at world's leading cleaning show Healthcare Cleaning Forum

Organisers of the world's largest show for cleaning professionals announced that the inaugural International Healthcare Forum will run alongside the Interclean 2018 show on 16 May in Amsterdam.

The future of healthcare will be on display at Interclean Amsterdam 2018, with the show featuring a dedicated healthcare segment and events taking place at the Healthcare Cleaning LAB.

In addition, the exhibition will offer healthcare and cleaning professionals the opportunity to be part of a unique educational experience – the International Healthcare Forum.

Featuring expert speakers from around the world, the Healthcare Cleaning Forum will run alongside the show on day two.
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How to purchase and care for hotel linenHotel linen

As a frequent hotel guest, one of the first things noticed in a hotel room by Diversey's Simon Hemmes is the linen, from the bedsheets and pillows to the bathroom towels.

If it shows signs of wear and tear, has oddly coloured stains or an unpleasant odour, it contributes negatively to the overall impression of the hotel.

And other travellers agree –quality linen can contribute anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of customer satisfaction ratings, according to a study by Metabolic.

The study also found that over the course of a year, a 120-room hotel can spend roughly
US$ 65 000 (ZAR 786 000) on linen laundering, with 25 percent of that cost due to linen itself.

Lowering operational costs within the hospitality industry can be a major challenge, but there are ways hotels can save.

According to Hemmes linen can have a longer life if hotels are smart about the purchase process and how they care for linen.
Proper and correct HVAC system cleaning vital to maintain IAQFew building owners or facility managers would argue the fact that HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems are important factors in a building's indoor environment.

After all, it seems only logical that the systems relied upon to condition and transport air through a facility would play a key role in the quality of the air in an occupied building.

As such, one would expect that due consideration would be given to the design, installation, and maintenance of these air-handling systems.

However, budget cuts and limited financial resources in general often dictate that indoor-air quality, and HVAC maintenance in particular, takes a back seat when budgets are compiled.

HVAC system and air ducts should be cleaned for the same reason that the rest of the building or facility needs cleaning.

Imagine if your building had not been cleaned for three to five years? Most facility firms keep very clean buildings; however, they cannot fathom what is commonly found in HVAC systems.

Even new buildings have air ducts, which are filled with construction debris. It is therefore recommended that HVAC systems be cleaned every three to five years.
NCCA Gauteng meetingNCCA Gauteng Meeting

The first National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA) Gauteng branch meeting for the year took place at the Emperors Palace conference centre, near OR Tambo international airport.

Branch Vice Chairman Pieter van der Westhuizen chaired the meeting and national Chairman Patrick Makhubela was also in attendance.

Diversey hosted the meeting, which allowed the leading global cleaning-and-hygiene solutions company the opportunity to highlight the recent changes at the company, new branding and the latest bright orange TASKI equipment as presented by Michelle Cowley.
Hako equipment launchHako equipment launch

In February EIE Group launched a cross section of the latest HAKO cleaning and sweeping machines at their premises in East Rand.

The star of the show was the Hako Citymaster 600, a multifunctional vehicle and sweeper.

Its compact dimensions, small working width and extreme maneuverability from a true track articulated steering enable the vehicle to access the most confined areas.

The robust and maintenance friendly Citymaster 600 from Hako is equipped with a universal hopper with nominal volume of 600 litres and a loading capacity of 500 kg.

Hako imports a comprehensive range of its scrubber dryers and sweepers through the Toyota Forklift division of the EIE Group.
Whole-life care ensures carpets retain appealWhole-life care

They have had a timeless appeal, but no matter how heavily trodden, today's carpets can continue providing colour, comfort and value for years when properly cared for.

A cleaning regime geared to whole-life carpet care begins with vacuuming, but does not end there. Gordon McVean, Sales and Marketing Director at Truvox International, outlines a whole-life approach to carpet maintenance.

Despite the appeal of interiors with minimalist styles and gleaming surfaces, we have an enduring fondness for carpets.

Through the centuries they have proved their value, providing colour, texture and a sense of comfort. Those qualities can be sustained – giving this flooring asset a surprising long life – when carpets is properly maintained.

The most immediate threat is premature wear, which is why routine vacuuming is crucial.

Typically 80 percent of carpet dirt is dry soil, comprising silicates, sand, clay and dust.

Unless it's regularly removed by vacuuming, this abrasive material accelerates wear while also detracting from the carpet's superficial appearance.
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Don't miss the opportunity to attend the first-ever, one day ISSA Executive Summit scheduled for 6 September 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.

This is the premier development event for Africa's cleaning industry leaders, created for personal and professional success.

The Summit offers interactive and engaging sessions on innovation, strategy, leadership and sales management and was developed to help build a vision for success for cleaning professionals.

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SA's capital revises smoking policy in government facilitiesSmoking Policy

The mayor of South Africa's capital Tshwane Solly Msimanga announced interventions and a revised smoking policy that bans designated-smoking areas within municipal buildings, in a bid to arrest the scourge of smoking-related diseases across South Africa's administrative capital city.

In doing so, he became the first mayor of an African capital city to take the bold step of declaring all municipal facilities smoke-free zones. "The prohibition of smoking in facilities owned and managed by the City of Tshwane is enforced by our concern for the health and safety of both our employees and members of the public that make use of these facilities.

The City of Tshwane's revised smoking policy dictates that those who choose to smoke may not do so within five meters of doorways, windows and building air supply through which tobacco smoke may readily enter the building," said Msimanga.
Servest secures significant pest control contractIn February this year Servest announced that the multi-services group was awarded a significant pest-control contract for Spar's Western Cape distribution centre in Philippi.

The Spar Group operates six distribution centres and one Build-it distribution centre, supplying goods and services to over 1 000 Spar stores across Southern Africa. "Servest is delighted to be associated with such an iconic brand", says Kumaran Pillay, National Sales and Marketing Director, Office Services.

He adds, "Servest does not apply a spray-and-pray approach, our trained sales consultants provide tailor-made pest-management solutions to suit your needs".
Risks of badly managed sanitary-waste disposal Sanitary waste disposal

At a time when South Africans are fearing the spread of disease because of mounting water shortages in many parts of the country, it is perhaps now more important than ever to ensure that all waste products are properly disposed of to prevent pollution or contamination.

One focus that has not received enough attention is the disposal of sanitary waste such as personal-hygiene products. In light of these health risks, should industry be looking to technology for a solution? Sanitary-waste receptacles are used for the disposal of a number of personal-hygiene products, often used to clean and manage bodily excretions like blood and mucus.

This waste runs the risk of carrying infectious pathogens such as Hepatitis B and HIV and should be handled with care. Considering its infectious nature, corporate entities should ensure that their sanitary waste is treated with the same procedures and precautions ascribed to Health Care Risk Waste. However, the lack of formal legislation governing sanitary waste means that too many companies are shirking their responsibilities.
Floorcare tips for contract cleanersFloorcare tips

Floorcare is regarded as the bread-and-butter aspect of the very competitive, contract-cleaning businesses.

Therefore, it is important to stand out from the competition in order to secure and retain customers, especially since floors often make the first impression on a customer as they enter a building.

Leon Fields, Business Development Manager for Kaivac who has 20 years' experience in floorcare maintenance offers some of his favourite floorcare tips and techniques in order to assist contract cleaners to thrive.

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