Bidvest completes purchase of Irish contract cleaning firm

Bidvest acquired Noonan Services, the Dublin-based facilities management and contract cleaning company in a €175 million deal that was finalised on 1 September.

The company was bought from UK private equity firm Alchemy and the Irish company's top eight directors and managers, who owned 20 percentof the company. "Noonan Services had a number of bolt-on acquisition in the wings when Bidvest agreed to buy the business at the end of July", commented Bidvest Chief Executive Officer Lindsay Ralphs who also indicated that they plan to continue their acquisition drive into continental Europe.

Noonan Services, which was set up in 1977 to provide contract cleaning services to both the public and private sectors in Ireland, had seen its revenue treble to more than €300 million since its takeover by Alchemy in 2008, as it expanded in Ireland and Britain.

The group, which is also involved in security, technical and environmental services, employs more than 13 000 people.
Diversey President and CEO named CleantexPulire Show Date

Dr Ilham Kadri has been appointed to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Diversey.

Dr Kadri will be responsible for establishing Diversey as a standalone business and leading it to realise its full potential as a global leader in the hygiene and cleaning industry.

Diversey is becoming a standalone business that will encompass several businesses that Bain Capital Private Equity, a leading global private investment firm, has agreed to purchase from Sealed Air Corporation.

Dr Kadri's appointment will be effective upon the closing of the sale to Bain Capital Private Equity.

Diversey will include the Diversey Care division of Sealed Air as well as the food hygiene solution business that is part of its Food Care division. Diversey will integrate chemicals, floor care machines, tools and equipment, with a wide range of technology-based, value-added services, food-safety services and water and energy management.
Apply now to join award-winning Property Point incubation programme Property Point, a Growth point Properties initiative, is transforming the South African economy and society by building sustainable small businesses working in the property industry.

This year, for the first time, it has opened its application process to entrepreneurs in the KwaZulu-Natal province. Now, it is taking its positive impacts to KwaZulu-Natal and looking for go-getters with entrepreneurial drive and a hunger for business success that are a good fit for the programme.

As part of its latest intake, Property Point is seeking motivated individuals running SMEs working in the property industry, that specialize in areas such as electrical work, cleaning and hygiene services, plumbing, landscaping, pest control, air-conditioning, fire-protection services, security, waterproofing and damp proofing, waste management, renovations and painting.

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Joburg's Executive Mayor calls on Sandton community to clean up the city Diversey Care

Tapping into the inherent potential of people to be agents of change, Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Councillor Herman Mashaba, is facilitating the launch of a monthly volunteer campaign, largely focused on cleaning the city, but also going beyond this.

Mashaba has called on the community of Sandton to be apart of this movement for a better city. As Sandton Central Management District's (SCMD) City Improvement District Manager for Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate, which manages the public urban spaces of South Africa's cosmopolitan financial hub, Elaine Jack believes that when citizens work together, it can have big, positive impacts.

Sandton Central employs a team of 56 public safety ambassadors, five patrol cars and 27 cleaning staff, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. They focus solely on crime prevention, cleaning, maintenance and landscaping.
Cleaning grout lines effectively
Goscor Cleaning

If there is one thing most building owners, managers, and cleaning professionals can agree on, it is that they just don't like grout.

Because grout is installed in so many washrooms and other areas of facilities all over the world, we must find some way to make friends with grout and keep it clean and healthy.

To suggest ways to do this, Dr Glasel tested different cleaning options. A ceramic tiled floor was squared off into test areas with a premeasured quantity of bacteria in the grout lines in each test area.

In one area, a new, flat mop was used to clean the floor using fresh water.

The test area was mopped by making one pass in one direction and then another pass in another direction over the floor. A slight downward pressure was applied to the mop to help provide greater agitation to help remove soils.

In another test area, the floor was cleaned using what Glasel referred to as a high-flow fluid extraction system.

In the professional cleaning industry, this system is most often referred to as a no-touch cleaning system. Once again, fresh water was used. The machine operates like an indoor pressure washer.

The pressurised water was applied to the ceramic tiles and then extracted by the machine or allowed to drain down floordrains.

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8 secrets of the strongest facility management partnerships

Our facility management partnerships can either make or break our business goals and careers.

How do you make these partnerships successful? Here are the key factors you should be on the lookout for if you want to make your facility management partnership a success.

During recent years, outsourcing has become a more wide spread management strategy.

To achieve a sustainable competitive advantage through outsourcing, a close, long-term and well-functioning relationship is required.

This may seem very simple, yet many organisations lack the skills and expertise to make these relationships succeed.

Today, outsourcing still counts a high failure rate of one in four according to ISS, a leading global provider of facility services.

Nilfisk Golf Day

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Nilfisk's Gavin Herold, Emma Corder and Wendy McDermott pictured with MC Derek Watts.

The third annual Nilfisk Spring Day golf day took place at the Randpark golf course on 1 September.

This characteristic Spring Day event presented many Nilfisk clients with an opportunity to interact, meet the various brand export managers and compete on the golf course for a number of prizes sponsored by host Nilfisk.

Well-known television and Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts joined golfers for a round of golf and also acted as MC at the Nilfisk prize-giving function.
NCCA Golf Day

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The annual National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA Gauteng branch) golf day took place on 12 September at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg.

As customary, a charity organisation was nominated by the NCCA to benefit from the proceeds of the golf day and this year it was the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).

In attendance during the prize-giving ceremony was CANSA's Munnik Marais, who presented a brief overview of the association's activities.

During the evening MC and NCCA Gauteng executive committee member Arthur Bath raised the bar by persuading a number of companies to support the charity organisation with pledges that finally totalled an amount of
R50 000.
Latest crawler boom lift from France introduced in SA

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In terms of versatile and adaptable access, nothing beats the crawler boom lift, which can cater for various ground conditions and workplace restrictions.

Goscor Access Rental has just acquired its first Mygale 23 crawler boom lift from ATN Platforms of France, one of the most advanced of its kind available on the market today.

The Mygale 23 adds to Goscor Access Rental's existing fleet of Teupen crawler booms, which have seen great success locally, reports Sales Manager Marcus Gartside.

Tracked crawler booms are also known as 'spider lifts', which is why ATN Platforms named its first crawler after the Mygale, a large and powerful spider related to the North American tarantula or South American bird spider.

This unit has a 23-metre working height through a double articulated boom set-up, both of which are telescopic for compact storage, without sacrificing maximum reach.

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Pressure washer solutions for a changing market Chevron

The most common use for a high pressure washer is for effective cleaning. The ability to use water under high pressure in cleaning operations makes it easy to wash away even the most stubborn dirt and grime thereby reducing cleaning time and costs and it conserves water.

In the context of the professional cleaning industry, demands are becoming increasingly complex. The market wants solutions that are tailored to their needs, but that also enhance energy efficiency, performance, service ability and safety. In the automotive sector in particular, an increased focus on energy efficiency means that cleaning equipment needs to be both fuel-efficient and conserve water.

This is particularly relevant when choosing a suitable pressure washer. The professional cleaning industry has acknowledged both the needs and challenges of the market, and has developed a new generation of specialised equipment to meet them.

Gavin Herold, General Manager of Africa & the Middle East for Nilfisk, highlights some of the key considerations when purchasing a pressure washer.
Raising hygiene in healthcare by starting with the floor area Chevron

In hospitals, clinics and care homes, the stakes and pressure are high for cleaning teams.

Gordon McVean, International Sales and Marketing Director of Truvox International, offers advice on how to achieve both hygiene and high efficiency in floor cleaning.

No one questions the critical importance of effective cleaningin a healthcare setting, but what about effective and efficient floor cleaning? Visible cleanliness is important to reassure patients and visitors.

But a healthcare-cleaning regime can't be judged just on appearances. The invisible microbes and toxins that can harm the health of vulnerable patients and care home residents must also be eliminated. Hygiene control procedures will focus on handwashing and common touch points. But floors accumulate and spread toxins too.

Routine cleaning must deliver consistently reliable standards of cleanliness day in, day out, to prevent soils underfoot being tracked through the building with the risk of eventual cross-contamination of hands, equipment and other surfaces.
Successful laundry workshop held in Johannesburg Unger Stingray

Back row (left to right): Dirk De Beer, Stephen Thelele, Peter Lebakeng, Mike Otto, Asogran Govender.

Front row (left to right): Kaylin Botha, Mabaso Godfrey, Loraine Hopley.

During August the Introduction to Laundry Technology: Part 1 – Washing technology
4 -day workshop was presented to a group of eight launderers and suppliers to the laundry industry.

The workshop was held at the offices of Laundry and Textiles (Pty) Ltd where delegates had the opportunity to gain access to testing equipment and examples of the issues discussed during the workshop.

This offered delegates real 'hands-on' exposure, which assisted in bringing the workshop to life – whilst also allowing for an increased level of trainer-trainee interaction.

South Africa – a rough diamond in professional textile careSeminars_Programme

At the conclusion of the meeting Peter Wennekes (left) presented SATSA's Ian Harris with book 5 of The World of PTC on behalf of CINET.

President and CEO of CINET Peter Wennekes visited South Africa during July to interact with local laundry and dry cleaning professionals.

The aim of his visit to South Africa was to attend several meetings with industry representatives and to facilitate presentations focused on ways in which the region's market potential can be unleashed.

CINET (Comité International De L'Entretien du Textile) is the international umbrella association for professional textile care (PTC).

CINET has over 90 members (national associations, international suppliers, research institutes and individual companies) and an international network of 2 500+ industry experts.

Through CINET's network the organisation aims to represent the interests of some
400 000 companies that are currently active in the global PTC industry. African Cleaning Review attended the meeting facilitated by the South African Textile Services Association (SATSA), which took place at the premises of Spot On Cleaners & Launderers in Johannesburg.

During the meeting, Wennekes presented an overview of the evolution of the laundry market, latest trends and developments in professional textile care and highlighted benchmark study results. He also touched on aspects relating to The World of PTC and the new Global Best Practices Awards programme for 2018.
NCCA branch elects executive committeeSeminars_Programme

South Africa's National Contract Cleaners Association (Gauteng branch) elected a new executive committee at a branch meeting held during September at the premises of Goscor Cleaning Equipment.

Pictured from left to right are: Arthur Bath (Siyaya Skills Institute) Dave Reynolds (Supercare Cleaning), Patrick Makhubela, National NCCA Chairman (Neledzi Cleaning Services), Janine Botha (Numatic International), Pieter van der Westhuizen, NCCA Gauteng Vice Chairman (Afriboom), Sipho Buthelezi, NCCA Gauteng Chairman (Tsebo Cleaning Services).

Front: Sandy Deale (NCCA Gauteng branch Administrator)

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