Antalis always resourcing up

“The writing is on the wall for the rapidly growing digital printing market and we’re determined to be doing some of that writing.” commented a bullish Keith Solomon, Director of Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd. 

 

“I am very pleased to welcome our new National Digital Printing Systems Sales Manager, Anthony Jones, who certainly is open for business already!”

 

“It’s always a charged time after DRUPA, the Antalis team is back brimming with ideas and energy for their respective areas of expertise. Bringing Jones into the fray now is particularly exciting for us all” continued Solomon.

 

Jones, based at Antalis’ head office in Johannesburg, has been in the Digital Print market for over 8 years cutting his teeth with some other industry giants before deciding to bring his wealth of knowledge and experience into the international arenas of Antalis.

 

When asked ‘Why Antalis?’ Jones was quick to share his reasons in that he believed this was the challenge he was looking for. Not only will he be handling the current customer portfolio but he is also tasked with broadening that portfolio, and quickly. 

 

“Antalis is an incredible organisation whose reputation speaks volumes both in their outputs but also the strong relationships they have built with key and iconic organisations, specifically of interest to me is Kodak. 

 

Jones is married with two daughters, 11 and 16 and who, before the mounting expenses of children took precedence, was a helicopter pilot in his ‘spare time’ but is now an avid model helicopter pilot. When asked how he spends his free time he chuckled and said “spare time isn’t high on the agenda at the moment because, well, just ask Antalis!”

 “Its easy to see why Kodak is the iconic company that has grown and changed over many years. The installation of our Kodak Trendsetter 800 has transformed our business; in fact we should have made this change sooner.” gushed Brad Beale of Directory Publishers.

 

“Over the last past four years we, as Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd, have developed a strong relationship with both Brad and his partner Colin” shared Mel Ellis of Antalis “Their purchasing decision was largely done by following our advice because they did not quite know what they getting themselves into!”

 

“We have tremendous respect for the Antalis team and took their guidance with his purchasing decision. We were assured that Kodak computer-to-plate systems were designed to meet our business needs and the idea that the CTP devices are modular, with a wide choice of upgrade options, meant we felt confident that this was the right move.” continued Beale. 

 

The Kodak thermal 8-page CTP device that proudly sits with Directory Publishers delivers outstanding image quality, stability and maximum efficiency with advanced automation and unmatched productivity. It is a solid business investment that combines superb quality, reliability and flexibility.

 

As predicted the installation went smoothly. Antalis have cultivated and grown an excellent relationship with Kodak. Their faith in the Kodak equipment is evident and both organisations have really made their mark with the Trendsetter (amongst other) installations throughout Africa. 

 

“Directory Publishers have taken to the new equipment like ducks to water. As Brad shared it has, quite simply, transformed their business – which is a phrase I hear often post installations! Collectively we feel strongly that this will enable Directory Publishers to compete not only locally but to expand their business further into Africa. “ concluded Ellis.

Welcomed back with open arms

It is with great pleasure and much excitement that Antalis South Africa Pty (Ltd) opened their doors for the return of an old friend. Jean Lloyd, who stood at the helm of Kodak South Africa for a number of years before heading off to Belgium and the United Kingdom, has returned to head up the Digital Printing arm of Kodak for the Middle Eastern and African countries.

 

“I am thrilled to have come home having spent more than five years developing my skills in the European market. But, as the saying goes, home is where the heart is and mine is firmly here in Africa – the weather certainly helps too!” shared Lloyd.

 

“As we know Kodak has been and continues to go through some internal changes but this is yet another stamp of approval from them and yet more proof that the increasing Inkjet business in Africa is set to stay.” boasted Keith Solomon, Director of Antalis.

 

Antalis really is setting the trend and proving to be a championship business model for Kodak. I feel privileged to have the wealth of experience, in the Antalis team, at my fingertips. Although I’ve been with Kodak for more than 13 years I have never been more excited at the opportunities I see available to us in the countries that form part of my portfolio; obviously with a keen focus on South Africa.

 

South Africa is presenting as a huge opportunity for Kodak to broaden the Inkjet side of the business and I am confident that, with the help of Antalis, the focus and dedication we all have will pay huge dividends for both organisations “ concluded Lloyd.

Kraft Foods is excited to announce the arrival of NEW Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly. It’s what happens when you combine SA’s best loved chocolate with a burst of bubbles both inside and out. It’s the lighter way to enjoy your favourite milk chocolate. 

“The new aerated offering comes in a unique mould shape.  The soft and round chocolate bubbles on the outside and inside melt in your mouth for a smoother, lighter, creamier moment” says Tamsin Darroch, Senior Brand Manager: Chocolate 

The chocolate not only appears in a stylish, highlighted new look but also comes in the new re-sealable packaging to ensure your treat can be packed away and enjoyed over and over again. 

 New Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly will be available in all major retailers from August 2012 in an 87g and 150g pack size.

So get captivated in the lighter world of bubbles by visiting the Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly website www.cadbury.co.za/bubbly and join the Cadbury Dairy Milk Facebook community so you can also share your bubbly experiences and be kept in the bubble on any promotional activities.

Wondering where Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly gets its bubbles? Watch out for the magical television commercial which hits our local TV screens from 14 August 2012. 

Welcome to the world of Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly!

Are your green products really green?

By John Coetzee, CEO of Managed Care Economical Solutions (MCES)

 

The cleaning product you’ve just purchased is ‘green’, at least, that’s what the manufacturer claims. The truth is, however, that if you were to scrutinise the ingredients, you would probably find it’s not green at all. In fact, it’s far from it.

 

Companies worldwide have jumped on the ‘green’ bandwagon and through marketing have aligned their products with the green sphere, even though their products do not actually live up to the promise of being green. So what makes a product ‘green’? First, one needs to understand the real definition of what ‘green’ is.

 

Every product produced in the world today leaves a mark on the environment. This is known as its ‘ecological footprint’. A product’s ecological footprint starts with its design and continues through to its disposal and is such measured as being harmful or eco-friendly. ‘Green’ is the philosophy and lifestyle of conducting normal business operations, while using products and processes that don’t harm the environment or our planet.  

 

While green operations were once a way of promoting one’s business, today being green has become a way of life for many businesses. Green, you could say, is the new black. A number of businesses have adopted green policies, from recycling office paper, to switching off appliances when not in use, to using green cleaning products. This has come about for several reasons. Among the top reasons are the need to conserve energy and become energy independent and the advance in technology, which makes being environmentally conscientious not only a good business philosophy, but a cost effective solution as well. 

 

While more and more businesses have cottoned on to the benefits of going green, so too are more companies offering green solutions and products. Green cleaning solutions are particularly popular. Companies know that there are numerous benefits associated with green cleaning products. Not only do they improve indoor air quality, in turn improving employee productivity and satisfaction, but they also reduced negative environmental impact, save company owners money, optimise life-cycle performance of building materials and contribute to the health and well-being of the community.

 

However, the problem is that a number of commercial cleaning suppliers claim to be something they’re not. They’re committing, what is termed, the Seven Sins of Green Washing; listing ingredients that are ‘eco-friendly’, but don’t disclose those that are hazardous (sin of the hidden trade-off), they claim to be ‘certified organic’ but hold no verifiable certification (sin of no proof), they claim to be 100% natural when many naturally-occurring substances are hazardous –such as arsenic and formaldehyde (sin of vagueness), they claim to be CFC-free, even though CFCs were banned 20 years ago (sin of irrelevance) they claim to be certified by an internationally recognised environmental standard (sin of fibbing) and through wither words or images they give the impression of third-party endorsement where no such endorsement actually exists – fake labels, fake graphs, fake comparisons and fake tests (sin of worshiping false labels). 

 

A classic example might be a chemical company that runs an advertising campaign touting a ‘green’ technology they’re working on, but that ‘green’ technology represents only a sliver of the company’s otherwise not-so-green business, or may be marketed on the heels of an oil spill or plant explosion. Another example is that of an hotel chain that calls itself ‘green’ because it allows guests to choose to sleep on the same sheets and reuse towels, but actually does very little to save water and energy where it counts. Or a bank that’s suddenly ‘green’ because you can conduct your finances online, or a grocery store that’s ‘green’ because they’ll take back your plastic grocery bags, and so on. 

 

With so many companies selling so many sins, it’s difficult to separate the truth from the lies. No one specific board that monitors products claiming to be green exists in South Africa and, as consumers, it is almost impossible to tell the difference between non-green and real green products just by glancing at the packaging. This is why it is imperative actually to examine the label, ask for the MSDS sheet and ask for the product’s safety ratings. Alternatively, consumers can simply Google the company name, plus the word ‘environment’ and see what pops up. This is far from scientific, but if consumers or environmental advocates have taken issue with the company’s track record, something’s bound to materialise.

 

Nobody likes to be taken advantage of, especially when it comes to money. So, the next time you buy a cleaning product claiming to be ‘green’, ask yourself, are the manufacturers of this product telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? – before you buy it. The last thing you want to do is spend money on a product or service you believe is doing right by the environment, but in reality is not. For this reason, there are certification processes that exist for Green Cleaning services. Insist that your cleaning contractor provides evidence.

By John Coetzee, CEO of Managed Care Economical Solutions (MCES)

 

Take a look in the office cleaning cabinet. You will likely find at least 15 different cleaning agents designed to clean 15 different things. The irony is that one product could probably clean everything, but cleaning companies wouldn’t want you to only buy one product, now would they? They want you to spend money. They want to make money. So they design a product only for cleaning toilets, and another ‘specifically’ designed to clean floors, yet another to clean office desks, and the list goes on. All these synthetic cleaning products use chemicals that are not only dangerous to the environment, but also to your health and to the health of those around you. 

 

The primary function of cleaning is to reduce dirt, dust, bacteria and moulds from surfaces. Unfortunately, modern societies have developed a cleanliness and ‘germ hating’ obsession, which has led to the development of ever more powerful cleaning agents.  Millions of kilograms of general purpose cleaners are consumed worldwide each year. The average household and workplace now has a collection of synthetic chemicals that would only have been found in a laboratory 50 years ago. 

 

Synthetic cleaning agents contain volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) that can be inhaled into our lungs as we use them, while many other ingredients are easily absorbed by the skin. These VOCs are heavily polluting in their production, contribute to air pollution and smog and they biodegrade slowly and incompletely. In addition, they can cause allergic reactions and worsen asthma, they can irritate skin, lungs, sinuses, eyes and throats (they may even damage them), they can cause brain damage at high doses and be addictive and they have been linked to infertility and miscarriages. Some chemicals are carcinogenic (cancer-causing) and yet they are sold in your local store, and are probably used to clean your company’s bathroom. Some cleaning agents list formaldehyde as an ingredient, an ingredient which is banned globally in developed countries and yet it is found in several common cleaning agents.

 

Considering the risks of using synthetic cleaning products, joining the ‘green side’ should be an obvious choice for you and your company. ‘How?’ you may ask; by simply switching from synthetic cleaning products to green cleaning products that are not harmful to your health and are just as effective when it comes to cleaning.

 

Because green cleaning products are based on enzymes and certain types of friendly bacteria, which are found in every living organism, they provide clear win-win benefits for both cleaning businesses and the environment. Enzymes and bacteria are nature’s tools; they are biodegradable proteins that speed up vital biological processes. When enzymes are finished with their work, they are absorbed back into nature’s cycle. 

 

Enzyme-based cleaners are increasingly being used instead of synthetic chemicals throughout the cleaning industry in food services, the hospitality industry, healthcare facilities factories, schools, jails, sporting venues and other large public facilities. They are used to clean and deodorise carpets, kitchens and bathrooms, eliminate grease from cracks, grout and hard floors, and even to keep urinals smelling fresh. They remove deposits on pipes, clear drains and keep pipe lines free-running and odour-free. 

 

Among the many benefits of using bio-enzymes are their safety, long-lasting cleaning ability and cost-effectiveness. They go beyond cleaning well – the microbes continue to eliminate residual organics after the job is done and the cleaner has left. And, using them can reduce the risk of regulatory headaches and potential liabilities associated with using more hazardous chemicals.

 

So come to the green side.  Turn to green cleaning products and your company will be one step closer to reaching their green goals. In fact, you will not only improve productivity but will most certainly cut down on the amount of lost work time due to caustic chemical exposure. In short, everybody wins.

Recycling PET, the plastic used to manufacture beverage bottles as well as many food containers, has helped generate almost 26 000 indirect jobs, and the plastics recycling industry can reduce poverty across South Africa and contribute to GDP growth.

 

This is the upbeat message from the CEO of PETCO, Cheri Scholtz, on the second day of the South African National Bottled Water Association’s Conference in Midrand, Gauteng. PETCO is the industry organisation responsible for PET recycling in South Africa.

 

In a presentation entitled “PET Recycling in South Africa – Plastic Bottles are not Trash”, Scholtz informed delegates that PETCO and its recycling initiatives have become a global benchmark for extended producer responsibility because of its success to bale-by-bale, year-by-year, reduce the volume of post-consumer PET plastic in the waste stream.

 

Working with collectors, recyclers, converters and packaging designers to ensure the successful growth of the PET recycling industry, PETCO is well on the way to achieving its challenging target of recycling 50% of all beverage PET by 2015.

 

This would not be possible without the voluntary financial support from PETCO’s members who have all helped launch a consumer engagement campaign using the compelling slogan: “PET bottles are not trash” – a simple slogan to start motivating consumers.  When coupled with thought-provoking headlines, compelling facts and figures, and superb photographs of PET bottles that showcase them as objects of value, PETCO is hoping that consumers will begin to reconsider their attitudes to PET and take a bold, successful step towards an inclusive and environmentally sustainable future.             

 

Extrupet’s Chief Operating Officer, Chandru Wadhwani, carried on the theme set by Scholtz when he addressed designing for recycling.

 

“The dilemma for bottle converters to meet challenging customer demands for ‘marketing friendly’ packaging while at the same time meeting the demands of the Waste Act to be responsible producers’ is an ever growing one,” he said.

 

“No longer is it sufficient for packaging to just be ‘recyclable’, it must be able to demonstrate that it is in fact being recycled. Designing packaging with recycling in mind from the offset is critical in determining its final recyclability as recyclers are ever cautious about which ‘packs’ they will accept, and which they will not.

 

“Ultimately, there is a ‘win/win’ approach that can be achieved from pro-active engagement between the designers of packaging and recyclers so we can all ultimately achieve a ‘cradle to cradle’ solution for packaging,” Wadhwani said.

 

Parsons and Associates Specialist Groundwater Consultants’ Roger Parsons iterated that water is the key component of any bottled water operation, and without it there simply will be no business.  It thus requires a high degree of protection. 

 

He suggested that the protection of source water entails four main components, namely understanding the water resource, identifying vulnerabilities and opportunities of the source, undertaking measurements and monitoring and reviewing and revising the management of the water source. 

 

Using a series of case studies, his presentation demonstrated the components of source protection and assessed the approach adopted by SANBWA.

 

Putting theory into practice, General Manager The Coca-Cola Company’s PlantBottle™ Packaging Platform, Scott Vitters, took delegates through the launch of its PlantBottle package.

 

Moving beyond aspirational statements, this eliminates the dependence of PET plastic packaging on fossil-based materials. Today the company has already introduced 10-billion bottles with its first generation PlantBottle packaging technology in 20 countries and recently announced partnerships for commercializing the first 100% renewable PET plastic bottle that is fully recyclable.

 

SANBWA’s conference is running in parallel to DrinkTech, the exhibition for the bottled water industry that takes place every second year, Africa’s Big Seven (AB7) exhibition, a ‘seven-in-one’ exhibition covering the entire food and beverage industry from ‘crop to shop’.

 

PETCO and bespoke recycling and waste handling engineering solutions company – Akura Manufacturing, also demonstrated the first stage of PET recycling at the conference.

 

They brought a baler to the exhibition and conference venue to take care of the PET bottle waste generated during the SANBWA conference. These bales will be incorporated into Gallagher Estate’s waste management programme and sent for further recycling. PETCO also put up an exhibit illustrating other stages in the recycling process.

 

For further information about SANBWA and the conference go to www.sanbwa.org.za.

Emerging Trends In Sustainable Packaging

In a recent presentation at the Utilizing Packaging and its evolving trends to Maximize Profits: Innovation and Sustainability In Packaging conference, Dr Inka Crosswaite, a South African cultural insight and semiotics specialist with a Doctorate in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town, identified what the world means by ‘sustainability’.

 

She also showed how we are seeing sustainability manifest in how brands are communicating and positioning themselves today, most noticeably through packaging, and identified several new emerging trends in sustainable packaging.

 

“‘Sustainability’ is beginning to shape consumer behaviour, slowly but surely, she said. For consumers, some choices are more ‘sustainable’ than others – the word either reinforcing a positive feeling, or eliminating or reducing a negative feeling,” she said.

 

“One of the areas where brands can improve their sustainability credentials is packaging. So much so that the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (http://www.sustainablepackaging.org) has published a concise definition of what it expects from brands claiming to be packaged in sustainable packing.

 

“According to the SPC, packaging can only be sustainable if it:

·         Is beneficial, safe and healthy for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle.

·         Meets market criteria for performance and cost.

·         Is sourced, manufactured, transported and recycled using renewable energy.

·         Maximises the use of renewable or recycled source materials.

·         Is manufactured using clean production technologies and best practices.

·         Is made from materials healthy in all possible end-of-life scenarios.

·         Is physically designed to optimise materials and energy.

·         Is effectively recovered and utilised in biological and/or industrial closed loop cycles.”

 

Crosswaite identified several sustainable packaging trends already seen on world shelves. There’s the rise of digital, the power of pouches, labelling for recovery, utilising new materials, , downsizing product packaging in terms of formats and materials as well as concentrates, packaging on demand, the return of paper, reusable and refillable packs, recyclable packs, made from recycled materials, and biodegradable or compostable packs.

 

Examples of these include:

 

·         Power of pouches – Kraft YES Pack

The packaging waste occupies 50% less landfill space. Transportation of film involves 70% fewer CO2 emissions. Made with 6 oz less water per 2/1-gal case. Discarded materials take up 86% less container space

 

·         Labelling for recovery – Modern Spirits

Modern Spirits uses labels made from 100% post-consumer waste. The new labels, made from recycled paper stock, present a good appearance and feel, take ink well, and exhibit high tolerance to shipping and handling conditions

 

·         Downsizing product packaging: formats and materials – Marks & Spencer

The company introduced skin pack for meats which apart from using less material keeps the meat fresher for an extra 5 days

 

·         Downsizing product packaging: concentration – Charmin

Compact toilet paper: 12 mega roles equal 48 regular rolls of toilet paper. The company claims that if 1 million consumers switched from Regular Charmin to Mega it would save 85 000 gallons of diesel fuel and eliminate 500 000 pounds of trash and packaging

 

·         New packaging materials – Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion

The hair care line introduced a plant-based bottle that is made out of sustainable sugarcane-derived plastic. It will consume over 70 percent less fossil fuels and release over 170% less greenhouse gases per ton

 

·         The return of paper – Keienburg GmbH

The cardboard can developed by Keienburg in Germany enables a greener and cheaper packaging process for carbonated drinks

 

·         Reusable and refillable packs – KFC

‘Reuse. Renew. Rejoice’ is KFC pay off line for their reusable containers which are both dishwasher safe and microwaveable

 

·         Recyclable packs – GreenBottle

GreenBottle is recyclable, compostable and biodegradable – a ‘Planet Friendly’ alternative
to plastic bottles

 

·         Made from recycled materials – EarthBoundFarm organic vegetables

Ebfarm’s switch saved 424 224 million BTUs of energy, avoided 16 191 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, saved 68 307gallons of water, kept 1 308 623 pounds of solid waste out of the landfill

 

·         Biodegradable or compostable packs – SunChips

SunChips uses 100% compostable packaging for its Original flavour SunChips® snacks

While certainly not the largest contributor to South Africa’s economy, the bottled water industry plays a vital role by employing 1 800 people and generating sales of R3 550-million.

 

This was the message from South African National Bottled Water Association chairman, John Weaver, to delegates at SANBWA’s Bottled Water Conference taking place in Midrand, Gauteng, today (Monday July 16).

 

SANBWA was formed in 1997 as a standard setting and representative body. Membership of SANBWA is voluntary but strictly controlled, and comprises bottlers of all classes of bottled water (natural, defined by origin and prepared) whose primary concern is the health, safety and pleasure of their consumers.

 

Its role is to promote the image and reputation of bottled water through adherence to global benchmarked standards, while continuously improving and protecting the conservation of all water resources wherever possible.

 

Weaver highlighted thatdespite often being accused of depleting South Africa’s water resources, the bottled water industry uses surprising little water, and is based on sustainability.

 

He said the South African bottled water industry’s water usage benchmark is 1.8:1, but there are plants that achieve ratios of as low as 1.2:1.

 

This water usage benchmark equates to a water usage rate of 22.7 litres/second. This is less than that used by just two 18 hole golf courses during the course of a year and equal to that used by just one 45 hectare export fruit farm. Two golf courses and one export fruit farm also employ far fewer people than the bottled water industry.

 

Weaver added that South African legislation covering the use of groundwater is well developed, and is directed towards ensuring the sustainability of our water resources, rather than depleting them.

 

“When assessing the sustainability of South Africa’s groundwater, consideration has to be given to the groundwater recharge rate, and then ensuring that this rate is not exceeded,” he said.

 

“Groundwater is a highly desirable resource for the bottled water industry in South Africa because it is largely unpolluted and renewable.

 

“The total water consumption by the bottled water industry (production volumes plus incidental use) in 2011 was 0.72 million m3. This equates to only 0.013% of the country’s total groundwater usage.”

 

Chairman of the European Federation of Bottled Water, Hubert Genieys, shared the challenges and opportunities his organisation is facing with delegates in the belief that sharing information will benefit the industry worldwide.

 

“Key challenges facing the Federation include ownership of healthy hydration, protection and  promotion of quality specificities, and recognition of social role and environmental performances strategy,” he said.

 

“EFBW’s strategy is to lead and align industry behind a same roadmap with simple messages by ascribing to a select few initiatives with credible third party endorsement tactics. These include setting up dedicated expert working groups, promoting bottled water at EU forums and in EU publications, engaging with parliamentary members and developing a dedicated toolbox to engage our targets.”

 

Other speakers on the opening day of the conference included Chris Dunn of standards development, product certification, auditing, education and risk management concern NSF International; Andrew Murray of a consultancy by the same name, and Ronel Burger and Fiona van der Linde of CGCSA: GS1.

 

GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation operating in 110 countries, dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards, technologies and solutions to improve the efficiency of supply and demand chains by adding useful information to any exchange of goods or services.

 

Dunn addressed delegates on PET recycling, PET being the plastic used to make bottled water bottled, and reviewed the methods of treatment available for water used in the manufacturing of bottled water. Here he discussed the methods that destroy pathogens within the time available for disinfection and help assure the safety and quality of products.

 

Murray spoke about the fact that South Africa does not have a certifiable standard for the construction of hygienic food processing equipment.  He talked delegates through the international standard ISO 14159:2002   Safety of Machinery – Hygienic requirements for the design of machinery, which has been adopted as a voluntary South African National Standard, as well as the value of SANS14159 has been referenced in the new SANS 10049: Food Safety management – Requirements for prerequisite programmes.

 

Burger focussed on product safety and recall in South Africa. She said that the ability to remove products from the market quickly and effectively is vital to every food producer and distributor but highlighted that, even though a number of organisations have detailed consumer safety food recall processes, there is an uneven approach to consumer safety product recalls within the South African market.

 

This is a glaring shortcoming as all consumers need to be able to trust that the country’s food industry will recall products with a potential or actual consumer safety risk and that recalled, unsafe food products will be handled appropriately. (Bottled water is regarded by South African legislation as a packaged food.)

 

Van der Linde informed delegates how to implement a traceability system within a supply chain. It requires all parties involved to systematically link the physical flow of materials and products with the flow of information about them. This requires a holistic view of the supply chain, which is best attained by deploying a common business language, she said.

 

SANBWA’s conference is running in parallel to DrinkTech, the exhibition for the bottled water industry that takes place every second year, Africa’s Big Seven (AB7) exhibition, a ‘seven-in-one’ exhibition covering the entire food and beverage industry from ‘crop to shop’.

 

PETCO, the industry organisation responsible for PET recycling in South Africa, and bespoke recycling and waste handling engineering solutions company – Akura Manufacturing, are demonstrating the first stage of PET recycling at the conference.

 

They have brought a baler to the exhibition and conference venue to take care of the PET bottle waste generated during the SANBWA conference. These bales will be incorporated into Gallagher Estate’s waste management programme and sent for further recycling. PETCO also put up an exhibit illustrating other stages in the recycling process.

 

For further information about SANBWA and the conference go to www.sanbwa.org.za.

The weather has settled into its winter cycle and everyone has gone into proverbial hibernation. Whether you’re sitting chained to your desk or out in the open we’re all thinking about one thing… Summer. But while the thought of sunbathing on a hot sandy beach does sound all too exciting we need to focus that energy on relationships at home as well as at work.

We spoke to Ryan Bidgood CEO and founder of Office National Africa and Arthur Rump 
Chairman of Office National Africa and asked them how they inspire their employees to 
meet challenges head on, what has driven them to succeed and the foundations of good inspiration.

What’s the biggest challenge YOU feel your company faces, and how do you inspire
your employees to meet it head on?

Ryan –
• Growth – we need to control our companies growth, to grow within our means.
• Risk management of Office National Africa.
• Personal development – to balance the demands of today’s economy with tomorrows 
opportunity and developing our people beyond today.
• Succession planning for the company and group.
• Keeping emotion out of business without losing the passion – so many people confuse
passion with emotion and visa versa.

Arthur –
To help members adapt to the changing world economy. Inspire employees by constantly
talking to them about the challenges and solutions.

Which one aspect has driven you to succeed over the past 8 years?
Ryan –
• My fear of failure.
• My ability to see opportunities. 
• Not taking NO for an answer.

Arthur –
We all want to be associated with a winning team. Life is too short to fail.

What do you feel are the foundations of good inspiration?
Ryan –
• Your health, self-confidence (not arrogance), positive outlook on life, lead by example 
and then control and focus on the aspect you can change…not on the things you have
no say or influence on.

Arthur –
Good moral and family values and a positive attitude to life.

So focus your winter energy on the people that make your business. Put more time into skills development and important health benefits. Your staff will not only feel valued but they will also strive for self-improvement to get further up the corporate ladder. To read more on how to keep your staff happy and how to curb high staff turnaround read our article “People Assets”. We also have some more inspirational articles on eco marketing, managing an online reputation and blood donation to name but a few, so keep reading…

SOURCE: http://www.officenational.co.za/pg.aspx?title=Office-News-edition-6—Welcome

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