JOHANNESBURG, 14 July 2012 – Vodacom customers travelling to the United Kingdom (UK) are set to enjoy savings of up to 100% on international roaming. These incredible savings, which will be applicable to Vodacom Prepaid, Contract and Top Up customers, will be available from 20 July to 16 September 2012.

 

This promotion will include 60% savings for local calls in the UK. Customers will also save 76% on calls to South Africa, 45% on SMS messages and 71% on data roaming. During the promotional period, customers will also save 100% on calls received from any network since they will not be charged for receiving calls.

 

“Vodacom is always looking at ways of providing value to its roaming customers. In April this year, we reduced data roaming rates by more than 70% for customers travelling to six African countries where Vodacom and Vodafone operate. Now we’re offering customers travelling to the UK up to 100% savings so they can stay connected to their friends and loved ones without worrying about the cost,” says Minnie Maharaj, Managing Executive: Wholesale and International Services at Vodacom.

 

Promotional rates:

 

Local Calls (UK)

Calls back to SA

Sending an SMS

Data rates per MB

Receiving Calls

Current Roaming rates

R7.20

R21.15

R2.75

R17.50

R6.00

Promotional Roaming rates

R2.90

R5.00

R1.50

R5.00

FREE

Savings

60%

76%

45%

71%

100%

 

Promotional rates will apply on Vodafone only and standard rates will apply to all other networks. Customers should therefore ensure that they are roaming on the Vodafone network and if necessary, manually select Vodafone UK as the preferred network provider on their handset.

 

The reduced roaming rates will be available to all Vodacom customers by default; no opt-in will be required. Contract and Prepaid customers should have international roaming active to make use of roaming services and to qualify for the reduced rates. Top Up customers already have international roaming activated by default and will be automatically charged reduced rates during the promotional period. Data roaming is available to contract customers only.

 

For further information customers can visit www.vodacom.co.za or they can contact customer care on 111 from a Vodacom phone or 082 111 from any other phone, or e-mail customercare@vodacom.co.za

Antalis securing the future

“This was a no mess, no fuss decision! The Kodak Trendsetter 400 that Guillemot Business Forms chose and was installed by Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd eliminates both time and running costs; music to the ears of any savvy organisation” commented Keith Solomon, Director of Antalis.

 

“We feel tremendous synergy in our partnership with Guillemot. Both businesses have an extensive history, and are committed to service and quality. Their decision to install the Kodak equipment was proof, yet again, of their business acumen, in my opinion” continued Solomon.

 

Founded in 1970 Guillemot Business Forms holds a niche position in the field of South Africa and African printing technology priding themselves on being the foremost security printer in the country.

 

“The Kodak 400 platesetter, using Kodak thermal direct plates, ensures that no expensive processor is required. The plate is imaged onto the Trendsetter and then taken immediately to press eliminating, as Keith said, both the time and running costs of a processor. When put like that there really was no other option for us!’ shared Cliff Putland, Production Manager at Guillemot.

 

With over four decades of experience at their fingertips Guillemot provide a specialist range of print related services. They have always adopted an innovative and technologically advanced approached to the continuous stationary and security printing market. With information technology and print solutions being at the forefront of an ever-changing world Guillemot have never lost sight of  their customers aims.

 

“A seamless installation cemented our decision that installing the Trendsetter was the way to go. Antalis waxed lyrical about the outstanding image quality, stability and efficiency we would experience and they are 100% right! It was a solid business investment that combines superb quality, reliability and flexibility. We are thrilled!” concluded Putland.

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

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