It’s PEBCAK again. LOL!

Problem exists between chair and keyboard (PEBCAK). That means you. The body between the keyboard and the chair. The operator who blames the device because it can’t be you, can it?

When a glitch occurs we believe that it is the inanimate object that is at fault. These days the computing devices that we use are less and less inanimate and growing an intuitive nature that is at times a little scary. So is it their fault?

 

How often do support centre staff receive help calls that have little if anything to do with the tech but everything to do with the user? Anecdotally it is a regular if not overwhelming number. Why do you suppose that is? Is it your fault that you do not know enough to sort out the problem or is it that you may not understand the problem? Or is it the fact that devices are so complex, with so many options for configuration and use that it is not possible for you to get a handle on them?

I think it is a little of both. At a much younger age, I was a system administrator at a company of about 20 people. You need to understand that this was not and is not my field of expertise. This was a painful introduction to managing IT in an office environment, a thankless and self-flagellating job at best. Those were the days of Windows 95 and Windows 98 and an Exchange Server that was just a little difficult to work with.

The problem wasn’t the tech, although it could be challenging if it was not the right stuff for the right job. The problem was that users were not trained or introduced to the equipment and software that they needed to use to get their jobs done in a manner that taught them to fish, and not to expect a filleted and sautéed cut on their plate at the drop of a hat.

An IT support department should do just that, support the business to achieve its objectives and you really have only a couple of choices if you want IT to be of service to you (as opposed to you constantly 

servicing it).

Lock down all your IT so that users cannot touch and feel it

Buy devices and software that are really difficult for a user to mess with

Don’t buy IT. No IT, no headache.

The other alternative, and my choice, is to train your staff so that they have more than a rudimentary knowledge of the devices and software that they are going to use. There has never been a better time to access training at reasonable prices or, in some cases, for free. YouTube is one example of a content platform and eLearning outlets are another avenue.

If you prepare your staff with some skills and empower them with the belief that they are capable of sorting out the small problems or actually avoiding them all together, then you’re in the 21st century, sort of.

The last thing you want is your IT service provider or support staff racking up hours and hours of billable support time when your challenge is in fact: PICNIC (problem in chair not in computer). 

The logistics of language

With 11 official languages in South Africa, we live in a culturally diverse society and when you need help, you need help…

I confess. I have never had ability with languages. I struggled with Afrikaans at school and nearly lost my university exemption to it, only to discover to my horror that my chosen career had it listed as one of the required subjects. There I sat after lectures at 19 years of age with a set of headphones on my head repeating after a no-nonsense type of voice the correct syntax of a sentence… 

I have always felt a flash of envy when watching translators in action – they possess a freedom of communication that opens borders, cultures and whole networks of business and lives. Effortlessly, they seem able to switch not only languages and accents but the very way the tongue and jaw forms the sounds, mysteriously and instantaneously taking on the haughtiness of a Parisian or the gung-ho adventurism of an Alpine-climbing Bavarian. 

What wasn’t so available to me back in my day, was the availability of language learning facilities, and leading-edge technology on offer today that will launch learners into a borderless business world that will encompass the globe.

Whether you are a new learner at just over knee-height or a grizzled CEO stuck behind an oak desk, you have dedicated schools, universities, private facilities, and corporate and legal business assistance and services at your fingertips. 

The Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) carries a list of language specific international schools offering language education in schools, eg the Deutsche Internationale Schule, Lycée Jules Verne, Crawford Preparatory, Waldorf and Redhill schools.

Fundamental to learning is the role of publishers. Heinemann Educational Publishers, Van Schaik and Via Afrika Publishers publish academic textbooks in all South Africa’s official languages and in all new learning areas. Projects such as the Reprint of South African Classics in Indigenous Languages promote reading of literature written in African languages even outside the school curriculum.

HSRC Press, due to the increasing numbers of computers and diffusion of the internet around the world, looked at localisation of the technology and the content it carries via its book ‘African Languages in a Digital Age: Challenges and opportunities for indigenous language computing’. 

Localisation includes translation and cultural adaptation of user interfaces and software applications, as well as the creation and translation of internet content in diverse languages.

Other private services include Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg and businesses accredited to train legal translators for our South African Courts.

Along with corporate talks and presentations, Craig Charnock of Ubuntu Bridge, evolves corporates into the ‘new’ South Africa: “Craig’s classes inspired me more than I ever dreamed Xhosa classes would. The side-effects have been the building of stronger relationships with some of my colleagues, building greater trust, and allowing me to feel genuinely part of the real society of our country,” said Alan Dickinson, HR Director, SunAir International. 

Ubuntu Bridge offers free downloadable MP3’s via their newsletter and XHOSA FUNDIS CC, fully accredited with the ETDP SETA started teaching via Twitter in August 2009, with daily Xhosa phrase tweets also appearing on Facebook. 

Learn a new language or improve on a current language and access your world. 

Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd were the proud and official paper sponsors for The 34th Annual Loerie Awards. During this years function TBWA were awarded the Creative Use of Paper Award that was also sponsored by Antalis.

 

Once the dust had settled Antalis, together with Michelle Barrett, Media and Operations Manager of the Loeries, contacted TBWA to set up a ‘congratulations’ function during which they could hand over the official prize of two Apple iPads. The function took place at the head office of TBWA on a balmy summer afternoon late in September. Attended by most TBWA the afternoon was a celebration of creativity and the role that paper plays!

 

Adam Livesey and Matthew Brink, the Executive Creative Directors of TBWA, praised their team for the amazing collective effort of the team. Leigh-Anne Salonika and Mike Groenewald were the lucky winners of the coveted iPads.

Andrew Human, Loeries CEO, shared his thoughts, “The Antalis Creative Use of Paper Award is great because it highlights the fact that paper can be put to use in its own unique way. With all the different media available today it’s important that we have a good understanding of how to make the best use of each medium.”

 

TBWA’s prize winning design comprised four separate pieces representing four different clients. Each piece showcased the diversity and flexibility of the paper used focussing on the clients they represented. As further testimony to the excellence of the piece two of the said clients have already approved work based on the design!

 

“I’d like to thank Antalis for sponsoring this amazing award. As most of you know Antalis are easily the best in the industry when it comes to promoting themselves whilst inspiring creatives to use their papers at the same time! The Bi-Annual Art of Design and sponsorshop of the Loeries Creative Use of Paper are two examples of their on-going encouragement of our industry. 

 

What’s more it’s always very helpful to have someone like Vanashree Govender from Antalis; her regular visits ensure that we aware of trends and new papers. The Antalis paper sample boxes are also, by far, the most user friendly and showcased in a beautifully designed box – the devil is in the detail! So cheers to Antalis and, again, thank you.” said Sasha Traest, Head of Design at TBWA. 

 

“We were thrilled to be part of this year’s Loeries and bear witness to the creative excellence. Congratulations to everyone who participated and, of course, to TBWA as winners of the Antalis Creative Use of Paper Award,” concluded Caroline Coughlan, Marketing Manager for Antalis.

We know that water — in all its forms — is a vital component of the human diet. It’s also the one of the healthiest beverage options on the retailer’s shelve, and should therefore be included along with sunscreen and a hat in any school or sportsbag  or for the car or corporate desk this summer.

 

This is the message from South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA) technical manager, Charlotte Metcalf, as schools get stuck into their first term and companies see full staff contingents back at work.

 

“If that water comes packaged as bottled water and not in a re-usable container, SANBWA would like to urge them to remember to recycle.

 

“Bottled water is the best packaged beverage option for the environment; it has the lightest environmental footprint of all packaged beverages — one that can be reduced by 25% if consumers were to simply recycle the bottle,” she said.

 

SANBWA’s recycling tips include:

         Set up a holding area for your recyclables in your car – it could be a packet or a box in your boot.

         Bring it home. When you’re out and about and empty a plastic container (water, iced tea, colddrink, sunscreen etc), bring it home for recycling if there are no recycling options around you.

         If there is a recycling bin nearby, make certain it is for plastic, and not glass or paper. And make certain that you deposit the container securely in the bin.

         Keep the cap on. Make sure to not throw the cap in separately as it may get lost in the transportation process and become litter. 

         Visit http://www.petco.co.za/ag3nt/system/recycling_06_drop.php to find a collection depot near you.

 

According to PETCO, the plastics industry’s joint effort to self-regulate post-consumer PET recycling, it achieved an annual PET recycling rate of 42% of post-consumer beverage PET and 29% of total PET in 2011. This equates to 42 651 tons of PET out of a 145 000 ton local consumption market.

 

PETCO also tracks the recycling rate, including pre-consumer material, and for 2011, the tonnage collected and recycled – including pre-consumer – equalled 46 276 tons, representing 46% of beverage PET and 32% of total PET. 

 

All told, over 1.4 billion PET bottles were recycled across South Africa in 2011 – that’s close to 4 million bottles recycled every day. Also according to PETCO, of the PET bottles not recycled in 2011, only 1.4% were bottled water bottles – the remaining 98.6% are from other beverages.

 

FOR YOU INFORMATION:

What are bottled water bottles made from?

Like most bottles containing other beverages, bottled water bottles in South Africa can be made from glass or PET. PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is a by-product of the oil refinement process; that is, it is not manufactured from virgin crude). Water bottle coolers commonly found in offices are made from a different kind of plastic.

 

Is PET a safe packaging option?

Yes, the inert PET bottle is a well-accepted package all over the world and is completely safe to drink from. It is also lightweight, unbreakable, and recyclable. It can be identified by a small number ‘1’ on the bottom of a container. This is often displayed inside a triangular mobius or a three-arrow recycling symbol. Alternatively, the letters ‘PET’ will be stamped into the bottle.

 

Does PET contain dioxins?

No, there is no dioxin in PET plastic. Dioxin, a chlorine-containing chemical that has no role or presence in the chemistry of PET, is formed by volcanoes (!) and combustion in incinerators at temperatures above 1700 degrees Farenheit. 

 

Does PET contain BPA?

No, Bisphenol A (BPA) is not used to make PET, nor is it used to make any of the component materials used to make PET.

 

Does PET contain DEHA?

No, DEHA is not present in PET either as a raw material or as a decomposition product. DEHA is also not classified as a human carcinogen and is not considered to pose any significant health risk to humans. It can be found in water – bottled or tap water – and is then called DOA. DOA is one of the organic containments commonly found at trace levels in just about all drinking water. It is also sometimes – wrongly – interpreted as di-ethyl hydroxyl amine which is not found in PET or in the production of PET bottles.

 

Does PET contain endocrine disruptors?

No, there are no substances known that can migrate from PET that could be responsible for the endocrine disruptors (substances having a hormonal effect) identified in a study commonly referred to as the ‘Goethe Study’. 

 

Does PET contain antimony oxide?

Yes, PET does contain antimony oxide, which is used as a catalyst. However, the amounts are well below the established safe limits for food and water set by the World Health Organisation. For example, a 60kg person would be able to tolerate an intake of 360ug but the guideline for drinking water is 15 – 20ug/l.

 

Is it safe to freeze a PET bottle, or keep it in a hot car?

Yes, of course. The idea that PET bottles ‘leach’ harmful chemicals when frozen or heated in hot cars is not based on any science, and is unsubstantiated by any credible evidence.

 

Can I reuse a PET bottle?

Yes, like other food or beverage containers, PET bottles can be re-used if you take steps to prevent the growth of bacteria. These bacteria thrive in warm, moist environments; that is, in virtually any beverage container under the right conditions. Wash all your containers, not just PET bottles, with hot soapy water and dry thoroughly between each use. Further, when looking for a bottle for long term use, pay attention to the design of it and its closure. Make certain you can easily get into all ‘nooks and crannies’ in order to be able to clean it properly.

 

Are PET bottles recyclable?

Most definitely yes, and simply recycling the PET bottle reduces its carbon footprint by some 25%. 

 

How many PET bottles are recycled?

According to PETCO, the plastics industry’s joint effort to self-regulate post-consumer PET recycling, it achieved an annual PET recycling rate of 42% of post-consumer beverage PET and 29% of total PET in 2011. This equates to 42 651 tons of PET out of a 145 000 ton local consumption market.

 

PETCO also tracks the recycling rate, including pre-consumer material, and for 2011, the tonnage collected and recycled – including pre-consumer – equalled 46 276 tons, representing 46% of beverage PET and 32% of total PET. 

 

All told, over 1.4 billion PET bottles were recycled across South Africa in 2011 – that’s close to 4 million bottles recycled every day.

 

Are bottled water bottles big culprits when it comes to refuse and landfill?

No, according to recycling concern PETCO, of the PET bottles not recycled in 2011, only 1.4% were bottled water bottles – the remaining 98.6% are from other beverages.

 

Why bottled water?

Like the planet we inhabit, our bodies comprise mostly water – the brain is 85% water, our blood is 90% water, and the liver, one of our most vital organs, is 96% water. Water — in all its forms — is therefore a vital component of our diet, as well as the healthiest beverage option for societies plagued by diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Also, bottled water is the best packaged beverage option for the environment; it has the lightest environmental footprint of all packaged beverages — one that can be reduced by 25% if consumers were to simply recycle the bottle.

 

What is bottled water?

In terms of South African legislation, bottled water is ‘water packaged for human consumption’ and it is therefore classified as a foodstuff. This means it is overseen by the Department of Health.

 

South Africa’s bottled water legislation defines three classes of water that, if correctly bottled, will be safe, healthy and pleasant tasting for the public: 

 

The first is ‘natural water’ – sourced from an underground aquifer and bottled at source. The emphasis here is on ‘natural’ and so no treatment of the water is allowed. The composition of the bottled water is therefore identical to that of the source water. Natural mineral water and natural spring water fall into this class.

 

The second class is ‘waters defined by origin’ – including rain, glacier, mist, and spring water. As a general rule these do require antimicrobial treatments but no treatments are allowed that would alter the chemical composition of the water.

 

The third class is ‘prepared water’ – including municipal, surface or ground water that has been purified by treatments that change the chemical composition of the water. In the case of municipal water, for instance, most dissolved solids and previously added chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine are removed and minerals may be added back.

 

What is SANBWA and what are its objectives?

Formed in 1997 as a standards setting and representative body, the South African National Bottled Water Association (www.sanbwa.org.za) is a not-for-profit organisation. It is committed to working with its members to promote the image and reputation of bottled water through adherence to global benchmarked standards. At the same time, it works with its members to continuously improve and conserve their water sources, which are predominantly groundwater sources, and reduce the industry’s impact on the environment.

 

How does SANBWA influence quality and safety of bottled waters?

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. They therefore willingly conform to the extremely stringent safety and quality measures contained in the SANBWA Bottled Water Standard.

 

What does this Standard guarantee?

A single standard covering legal, hygiene, food safety and quality, and environmental requirements, the SANBWA Bottled Water Standard benchmarks favourably against international standards and:

         ensures legal compliance

         is fully auditable so that a single audit can ensure that all legal and food safety requirements have been met thereby protecting the bottler and enabling it to prove due diligence

         helps bottlers identify the areas where they still need to improve

         assists retailers and consumers to select suppliers of safe bottled water

 

Is SANBWA concerned for the environment?

Yes, SANBWA is committed to responsible environmental stewardship, and members are required to comply with the association’s environmental vision. This includes many measures to ensure source sustainability and protection, water usage minimisation, energy efficiency, solid waste minimisation, and supporting post consumer recycling initiatives.

 

How big is the bottled water industry?

Bottled water as a consumer product in South Africa constitutes only 1.4% of the total beverage industry (by volume). It is a natural and healthy alternative to other beverages.

 

In 2010, 398 million litres of bottled water (8.3 litres/capita) was consumed in South Africa; the forecasted growth to 2014 is 2.3% and would bring the total volume to 426 million litres.

 

Does the South African bottled water industry have as large a water footprint as everyone claims?

Water Footprint is a concept that evaluates the amount of water needed to produce an item of consumption: for example, the production of 1 kg of beef requires 16 000 litres of water. 

 

And no, the bottled water industry doesn’t have a large water footprint. By comparison, to produce 1 kg of maize requires 900 litres of water, one cup of coffee needs 140 litres of water and to produce 1 sheet of A4 paper requires 10 litres of water. Bottled water’s is 1.8 litres.

 

Is the bottled water industry sustainable?

Yes, it is because it has a low water usage ration and protects its source waters.

 

‘Water usage’ refers to how much water is used to make one finished product; in bottled water’s case, one litre of bottled water. This measure includes both direct and indirect water usage (in the bottled water industry, that would be water for rinsing and sanitising bottles, plant and general cleaning and sanitation, vehicle washing, floor washing, toilets etc.) and includes water from boreholes and municipal source.

 

The South African industry water usage benchmark is 1.8:1. There are plants that achieve ratios of as low as 1.3:1. SANBWA’s figures show that, when it comes to total annual consumption, this benchmark ratio equates to 22.7 litres/second. 

 

By comparison, a golf course uses 1 litre/second per hole or 18 litres/second for an 18 hole golf course – so the total South African bottled water industry’s use is just slightly more than the equivalent used by one and a half golf courses. The fruit export industry uses 0.5 litres/second/hectare making the total South African bottled water industry’s use equivalent to that of just one 45 hectare farm.

 

All SANBWA members who bottle natural water and waters defined by origin (as defined by www.sanbwa.org.za) are required to only bottle water extracted from a sustainable source, and this source is groundwater.

 

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. 

wiGroup leads mobile transaction race

Discerning South Africans would have noticed that more and more shoppers are whipping out their cell phones alongside their wallets at till points. 

 

Shoprite and Checkers enabled their customers to get instant shopping discounts on their cell phones with EeziCoupons, an app that has effectively replaced outdated paper coupons. Consumers simply need to view coupons on their cellphones, purchase those products in-store and enter their unique code at the till’s pin pad, giving them instant access to relevant discounts. Pick ‘n Pay and MTN recently introduced Mobile Money, a system allowing their clientele to send and receive money through any active cellphone number in South Africa, pay for goods and services, and deposit and withdraw cash at participating outlets. KFC has started the move to ensure their advertising campaigns can include mobile discounts and rewards, which will be digitally enabled in their stores.

 

And the list goes on. 

 

But very few people realise that although these applications, vouchers and payments are all varied and unique, they are all enabled through a single platform. This Platform is wiCode, a product of local software pioneers, wiGroup. The company provides a technology platform that acts both as an aggregator and as an interoperable layer between retailers and mobile payment offerings. These offerings include mobile in-store payments, mobile money transfer, mobile coupons and vouchers, and mobile loyalty.

 

“There are hundreds of applications and transaction offerings being developed every single day,” says Bevan Ducasse, CEO of WiGroup. “But many of these great ideas are never realized because they cannot access retail stores. Retailers require training, time, investment and complex integration with their existing point of sale systems – and even then, they are restricted because they can’t add other transactional services from different companies to that system once implemented. We decided that – rather than competing with banks, coupon providers, application and payment offerings, we would focus on building a platform that enables all these players to access retail stores.” 

 

wiCode and wiTag has allowed retailers the benefit of only have to integrate with one platform and to train their staff to operate one system. Once implemented, the wiCode and wiTag platform will pair any offering (whether a coupon, a reward, a payment or a cash deposit or withdrawal) triggered from any mobile device to their system in seconds. 


Essentially, the platform allows retailers to be as creative as they want to be, deploying as many mobile-based campaigns, promotions and payment offerings as they chose. 


“This the start of a new era of mobile transacting,” Ducasse says. “A range of companies and developers are now able to link their applications into the POS system, without placing a heavy time or technological investment on the retailers. It seamlessly aggregates all mobile transactions across any device in any store. Retailers can give their imagination free rein – using these services to gain insight into their customers, test products and promotions, run convenient loyalty programs or simply offer great discounts.” 

 

wiGroup also created the wiCoupon, which enables retailers to consolidate rich customer data (particularly shopping preferences such as price sensitivity) into a single data repository. This allows companies to target customers using their preferences as well as access marketing research in real time from their PCs. 

 

“We are effectively closing the marketing loop,” Ducasse says. “We’re not just offering a promotional tool, we’re offering companies the ability to measure ROI and track results. Brands can offer discounts and promotions and track the progress in specific stores. It is a great way to tailor promotions and offers without the hassle of rolling out and redeeming paper-based vouchers.” 

Unilever sells Mrs Ball’s to Tiger

Unilever South Africa and Tiger Brands have concluded an agreement in which Unilever will dispose of the Mrs Ball’s Chutney brand to Tiger Brands.
The transaction is subject to Competition Commission approval and is limited to intellectual property plus inventories on hand.
Dickon Hall, the current manufacturing partner for the Mrs Ball’s retail products and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Libstar (Pty) Ltd, will continue to serve as Tiger’s manufacturing partner for the business.
The turnover for the brand for 2011 was R189 million.  The purchase price, in the event of approval by the Competition Commission, is R475m excluding inventories.
Unilever South Africa Chairman, Marijn van Tiggelen stated that Unilever reviews its portfolio of brands on an ongoing basis and the decision to sell has been the result of a strategic review of the brand and the subsequent finding that Unilever cannot give the focus to Mrs Ball’s that this iconic South African brand deserves.
Tiger Chief Executive Officer, Peter Matlare added: “Subject to the approval of the regulatory authorities, the acquisition of the Mrs Ball’s brand will give Tiger ownership of one of South Africa’s most treasured food brands and will complement our current shopper offering within the culinary business. We are truly excited about the deal and look forward to having this iconic brand in our stable of products.”

The combination of roasted broccoli, walnuts, and garlic also makes a delicious side dish for chicken, beef, or pork.

Ingredients:
3 cups orecchiette or other short pasta
1 bunch broccoli cut into small florets
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
pink salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup grated Parmesan 

Directions:

Heat oven to 180° C.
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 3/4 cup of the cooking water, drain the pasta, and return it to the pot.
Meanwhile, on a rimmed baking sheet, toss the broccoli, walnuts, oil, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Roast, tossing once, until the broccoli is tender, 18 to 20 minutes.
Toss the pasta with the broccoli mixture, butter, and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water. (Add more water if the pasta seems dry.) Sprinkle with the Parmesan before serving.

Makes a perfect take-to-work lunch the next day too!

Recently, Mondi’s focus on sustainability has received public recognition in the form of five awards – from WWF International and Pulp and Paper International (PPI). These awards are recognition of Mondi’s ongoing commitment to sustainability including its environmental, risk and safety management. 

Mondi, the international packaging and paper group, has received several international accolades from PPI and WWF International – one of the world´s largest conservation organisations. On 12 November last year, Mondi was announced the winner of the “Environmental Strategy of the Year 2012” award by PPI in recognition of its approach in managing the social, environmental, safety and health impacts of products through their life-cycle.

The PPI Awards recognise the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the global pulp and paper sector. On the same evening, judges – including the managing director of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) and economic advisor of Resource Information Systems Inc. (RISI) – awarded Mondi SCP in Slovakia the top prize for “Managing Risk and Safety 2012” and “Energy Improvements of the Year 2012”. 

A few days later, WWF International announced Mondi as one of the winners of the “Environmental Paper Awards 2012” in the category ‘Transparency’ and the “Best Environmental Performance Paper Brands Award” for 100% recycled NAUTILUS® SuperWhite, produced in Europe.

Emmanuelle Neyroumande, Manager of WWF International´s global pulp and paper work commented: “Mondi has been applauded by WWF for transparency on its environmental footprint, showing that the company takes their environmental and social responsibility seriously. We welcome that Mondi has published 92% of Mondi-branded uncoated fine papers on WWF’s Check Your Paper database of eco-rated papers.” 

 

“I am very proud of these awards which recognise our focus on and work in sustainable development” says David Hathorn, CEO of Mondi Group.

 

In summary, Mondi has won the following awards: 

  • PPI Award for Environmental Strategy of the Year 2012 (Mondi Group) 
  • PPI Award for Managing Risk and Safety 2012 (Mondi SCP in Slovakia)
  • PPI Award for Efficiency Improvements of the Year 2012 (Mondi SCP in Slovakia)
  • WWF Environmental Paper Award for Transparency 2012
  • WWF Environmental Paper Award for Best Environmental Performance Paper Brands 2012 

12, 675 Entries, 10 Finalists, 1 Winner

Mall@Carnival hosted their Annual Spend to Win Competition in-centre from 28th November 2012 – 20th January 2013. Any purchase of R150 or more had shoppers standing in line to win prizes sponsored by Mall@Carnival and its stores, alongside the grand prize of a snazzy Citroen C1 co-sponsored by Centurion Select to the value of R120, 000.

The competition came to an end on the 20th January 2013 with the selection of 10 lucky finalists and a live draw on Saturday, 26th January 2013.

Mall@Carnival wishes their winner, TJ Roe from Minnebron, Brakpan many happy kilometres in his new ride.

Distribution Company for Sale

Interested in investing over border? Turban Exchange t/a Scarab Marketing in Botswana is on the market.

The company was started in 2003 and is based in the prestigous Gaborone International Commerce Park Botswana and are currently distributors throughout Botswana for the following brands.

Bostik Art & Craft Products(Permoseal South Africa)

Edding Quality Fibre Tip Pens(Edding Germany)

Fellowes/Kangaro(Beswick Office Products South Africa)

Henkel Adhesives(Henkel South Africa)

Rexel Office Products(Rexel South Africa)

Parrot Office Products(Parrot South Africa)

 

Scarab Marketing is also the warrany and repair agent in Botswana for 

Beswick Office Products and Rexel Office Products.

Sale of the company includes the premises based in GICP Gaborone 264m square space of offices and storage space on two levels.

For further information please contact Managing Director Bunny McFadyen – (00267)7135-7538 – bw@scarabafrica.com

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