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ELB to focus on IoT for service optimisation, profits up 35% for FY18

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 JSE-listed capital equipment supplier and services provider ELB Group reported a 35% increase in profits to R111-million for the financial year ended June 30, compared with R82-million in the prior year. This was on the back of higher sales across all group segments – sales increased by 50% to... 

Sars appoints acting finance chief to permanent position

By: Schalk Burger     7th August 2018 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has appointed Johnstone Makhubu as its chief officer: finance with immediate effect. He had been the acting chief financial officer since August 2017. 

Coega takes a step towards eco-friendly SEZ

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd July 2018 The NCPC-SA and Coega discuss ways for the SEZ to become an energy efficient and Eco-Industrial Park. The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) hosted an engagement with the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) late last week at the CDC head office in Port Elizabeth. The... 

Nxesi launches expedited lease renewal process

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2018 Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Thursday held a meeting with client departments, private landlords and other stakeholders to expedite finding a resolution to expired leases and the signing of long-term leases, including the so-called “9.11 leases” that are valid for nine years and eleven... 

Concor targets larger share of infrastructure market as part of big growth push

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2018 Wholly black-owned construction group Concor, which marked its first year of operations in April, is aiming to materially increase its share of the public infrastructure market as part of an ambitious plan to increase its order book to R10-billion by 2020. The company, which has a Level 1... 

WorleyParsons RSA partners with SMEs to jointly deliver services

26th February 2018 Acknowledging that the growth of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is integral to the development and transformation of South Africa, WorleyParsons RSA’s Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) initiative seeks to partner with independent, sustainable, small-scale black-owned businesses to... 

Drones offer inspection and maintenance benefits for built environment

By: Dylan Slater     16th February 2018 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes) offer a cost-effective and safe mechanism, with significant benefits, for the built environment sector, especially in terms of inspection and maintenance, according to enterprise applications company Softworx MD Jane Thomson.  

SA’s FM, Manufacturing & Fleet Pain Points Revealed In USSD Poll

23rd January 2018 Issued by Perfect Word Consulting (Pty) Ltd A recent poll has revealed that the South African facilities management, manufacturing and fleet management industries face four distinct pain points; work orders, asset registers, downtime and contractors. The challenges within these areas include... 

Assistance in overcoming bridge challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists installed temporary access platforms to allow for critical routine maintenance on the Crocodile river bridge, in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. 

Green Building... Green Cleaning... Green Washing?

4th December 2017 Issued by Perfect Word Consulting (Pty) Ltd In today’s facilities management (FM) market, achieving Green Building Status has become vital. According to Matt Sena’s Green Industry Analysis 2017; “Green industry practices not only enjoy favorable public sentiment and the psychic income of a lower... 

Evolving The Conversation From The Basement To The Boardroom; Modern Facilities And Asset Management

6th October 2017 In the facilities management (FM) industry, listening to the client plays a critical role in ensuring the delivery of a flexible solution. Understanding the client’s requirements is the first step to tailoring an FM solution that meets their needs, while delivering measurable results and reliable... 

Rope access pivotal in enhancing NDT inspection

15th September 2017 The effectiveness of non-destructive testing (NDT) is enhanced by rope access, as it ensures the rapid deployment of skilled technicians to carry out this critical inspection work, posits industrial rope access specialist Skyriders. NDT is an ideal form of preventative maintenance, and is used... 

Bidvest makes R2.7bn play for Irish facilities management group

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st July 2017 JSE-listed Bidvest has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of Ireland-based integrated facilities management group Noonan from Alchemy Partners and Noonan’s current management team for an enterprise value consideration of R2.7-billion. Noonan operates in Ireland and the UK, where 40% of its... 

Aurecon launches White Paper on buildings of the future

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st June 2017 Engineering firm Aurecon has released a White Paper, ‘Buildings of the Future: science fiction or science fact?’, inspired by interviews with professionals across the built environment sector. The paper shares thoughts around what is driving demand, challenges inherent in reaching intelligent... 

Governments worldwide could save $1tr by adopting procurement best practices – McKinsey 

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2017 Governments worldwide could reduce their current purchasing bill by 15%, or a combined $1-trillion, if they were to adopt best-practice procurement disciplines, a new study by the McKinsey Center for Government (MCG) claims. The study, titled ‘Government Productivity: Unlocking the $3.5-trillion... 

Rope access company continues maintenance for petrochemicals giant

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists is continuing maintenance work at a petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga, as part of a five-year service contract that extends  to 2019. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn says the company is providing maintenance solutions for the... 

Diversity As A Competitive Advantage In The Workplace

16th February 2017 Kolosa Madikizela is the recently-appointed Managing Director for Pragma’s African region. She first joined Pragma in 2014 as Cape Regional Manager and has since added considerable value to the company through her extensive knowledge and skill on facilities management and maintenance strategies,... 

Monitoring portal ensures standby power equipment is primed

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd December 2016 Power management solutions provider Powermode has introduced its monitoring portal, which provides real-time feedback on the performance of standby power equipment to prevent power failures. 

Goscor Unveils its Innovative, High-Performance Battery Sweeper-Scrubber

23rd November 2016 Tennant’s M17 Battery Sweeper-Scrubber increases productivity with features designed to maximise efficiency and deliver customised solutions Goscor Cleaning Equipment, part of the Goscor Group of Companies, recently unveiled its new high-performance battery sweeper-scrubber, part of its trusted... 

Sasol employees move into new headquarters

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 The relocation of 2 500 of energy and chemicals company Sasol’s employees from its 11 commercial properties spread across Johannesburg, including the Sturdee road complex, in Rosebank, into the company’s global headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton, has started. The 67 000 m2, ten-storey... 

Awarding business excellence in “e-government”

4th October 2016 Information and communications technology is an important contributor towards improved public service delivery. It is for this reason that the State Information Technology Agency will again acknowledge the positive role South African businesses and individuals are playing in driving the adoption... 

Goscor’s New Tennant T300 Scrubber Offers Innovative Nano Technology

18th August 2016 Goscor Cleaning Equipment, part of the Goscor Group of Companies, released a new generation compact Walk-Behind Scrubber from the well-known Tennant range of cleaning equipment products, called the T300, which introduces enhanced operator ergonomics and exclusive Nano technology to meet the... 

The security platform of tomorrow is here

21st July 2016 Video Management Systems arrived 15 years ago and have been one of the top technologies to transform the IP video surveillance market. Modern VMS has evolved substantially from its start as a simple surveillance system offering video data recording and playback, to going far beyond simplistic... 

JHI, part of the Excellerate Property Services Group, is growing at the forefront of sub-Saharan African opportunities

9th March 2016 Sub-Saharan Africa remains rich with untapped opportunities, even in the face of slowing growth due to global economic conditions. This is the word from Marna van der Walt, CEO of Excellerate Property Services (EPS), Africa’s leading provider of property services. “Even with the concern around... 

Broll Secures R35 Billion Property Management Business In The Last Six Months

9th December 2015 One of Africa’s leading property services firm serving the investor and occupier markets in the continent, Broll Property Group secured property management business valued over R35 billion in the last six months. Broll Property Group, one of Africa’s leading property services firm serving the... 

Australia mining investment to fall 60%, major job losses forecast

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th November 2015 Mining investment in Australia was expected to decline by nearly 60% over the next three years, compared with the 2014/15 levels, while job losses in the sector would take the same trend, economic forecaster and industry analyst BIS Shrapnel reported on Monday. “We haven’t hit bottom yet on... 

Lightship launches advanced worksite productivity, safety application

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2015 A new advanced productivity and safety application for industrial and mining worksites, resulting in dramatically improved worker response times, enhanced worker coordination and reduced operating costs, was launched by worksite management technology developer Lightship on Wednesday. The... 

Aurecon and Atterbury Properties exceed client’s Green Star targets

22nd September 2015 Atterbury Properties appointed Aurecon to provide Environmental, Sustainable and Design services for Golder Associates’ new building in Maxwell Office Park, which forms part of the Waterfall City development in Midrand, Gauteng. In June 2015, the Green Building Council of South Africa awarded the... 

TFMC renamed Bidvest Facilities Management

By: Natalie Greve     15th July 2015 As part of a growth strategy to further align itself with parent company, the Bidvest Group, facilities management group Total Facilities Management Company (TFMC) has changed its name to Bidvest Facilities Management and plans to expand its offering by unbundling its integrated facilities... 

Nxesi says PMTE to be ‘up and running’ by November

By: Leandi Kolver     9th September 2014 The Department of Public Works (DPW) was aiming to have the Property Management Trading Entity (PMTE) established as a government component and “up and running” by November this year, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Tuesday, adding that the DPW planned to have appointed key top-level... 

Acute services redevelopment project, Scotland

By: Sheila Barradas     10th August 2012 The project involves the replacement of the Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary with a new hospital. 


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