Cleaning Africa’s Year-End Bosberaad

As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time for reflecting back on the challenges of the year gone by … and putting all the right steps in place to kick start 2013. And that’s just what Cleaning Africa Services plans to do.

The company recently held its annual bosberaad* at the tranquil Luiperdskloof Lodge on the Wilge River from 21st to 25th November. The lodge is in a natural, bushveld setting that fits in perfectly with Cleaning Africa’s 100% conversion to green cleaning.

New Areas, New Area Manager

The main topics for discussion at the bosberaad were the introduction of a new area manager, and the splitting up of the service regions into four. This way, each manager will have a more geographically-efficient area to service; allowing less traffic hassles and quicker response-time to customers: a major win-win situation.

Preventative Maintenance

Another innovation was to introduce a preventative maintenance plan, which will see all on-site equipment serviced on a monthly basis, eliminating down time.

Accredited In-House Training

Cleaning Africa also intends head-hunting a Service Seta SDF (Skills Development Facilitator) to employ full time. It will become a fully-fledged, accredited training provider and all learnerships will be done in-house, giving more training opportunities to all existing staff, and many new ones too.

“It was a good, exciting and fruitful bosberaad – we have a solid, passionate team,” said Midge Wood, Cleaning Africa’s CEO. “And of course, we managed to enjoy some well-deserved downtime and good laughs, too,” he chuckled.

Here’s looking at a brighter, cleaner, greener 2013!

 

* bosberaad (Afrikaans) = strategy meeting held outdoors, for example in a game reserve [Source: Wikipedia]

It’s Official – Cleaning Africa is greening Africa!

Friday, 26 October 2012 marked a very important day on the Cleaning Africa calendar. It’s the day that completed Cleaning Africa’s changeover to purely green cleaning products and practices – like the exciting new “waterless” car wash system.

To get to this point, Cleaning Africa had to provide on-site “re-training” to over 400 staff at more than 60 sites in and around Johannesburg.

The search for the Best Green Cleaning Products on the Planet

Delphis eco logoAfter thorough investigation of all “green” cleaning products, Delphis eco products were chosen by Cleaning Africa to partner its move towards ecologically-friendly, sustainable cleaning.

“Our clients want real change in the cleaning industry. Proven, effective products that aren’t harmful to Earth and her people. They don’t just want lip service,” said Midge Wood, CEO of Cleaning Africa. He recently attended two global cleaning industry expos in China as part of this quest.

“These products are awesome. They’re fully EU Ecolable accredited (not easy to get!), very cost-effective and biodegradable. They’re also derived from totally sustainable resources. We couldn’t be happier to use them”, Midge confirmed.

Waterless Car Saves!

Using the latest technology, waterless car washing is now a reality. The special formula ‘encapsulates’ the dirt, which is then wiped off with microfibre cloths – without any scratching.

The savings are astronomical. Conventional methods use over 40 litres of water per car wash (you probably use around 90 litres if you wash your car with a hosepipe, or at least 10 litres using a bucket and cloth). With the new waterless system, less than one litre is used, half of which is just to rinse out the cloth!

Besides dramatically cutting down on water and electricity costs, (serious considerations today!), this waterless car wash system is much kinder on the environment. No more harmful detergents and surfactants being washed into the drains, which ultimately poison rivers and marine life.

SO Worth It!

“Changing over to green cleaning has been a long and hard journey, but every one of us at Cleaning Africa believes it’s been worth it – every step of the way!” said Midge enthusiastically.

If you’d like to find out more about these eco friendly cleaning products and waterless car washes, please call us now on 011 794 6665 or contact us.

The Sandown Washbay Project turns one!

Amid much applause and ‘lumps-in-throats’, the Sandown Washbay Project celebrated its first anniversary in December 2011.

The project – part of  The Sandown Way – saw 12 young learners from seriously disadvantaged backgrounds  receiving training in all aspects of successfully running a washbay by the staff of Cleaning Africa Services.

These learners are from Nokuthula School in Alexandra. Not only are they from some of the poorest communities in Gauteng, they have the added burden of learning disabilities. Without knowing what to expect, these dozen enthusiastic learners started off their new lives at Sandown in December 2010: nine were employed at Mercedes-Benz, Sandton. The other three were employed at CJD Sandton.

The group has grown from strength to strength. At least four of the initial 12 have moved onwards and upwards to tackle other, exciting challenges in Sandown, while two more groups of learners have been successfully trained and employed at various Sandown dealerships in Gauteng.

Joyce Mahakoe, stalwart Principal at Nokuthula School & Centre, bubbles over with praise for the project, and says it’s like a dream come true for her and her team. “It just goes to show that, given the chance, everyone can prove themselves.

“The project has made a very positive impact on the learners and on the greater community in Alexandra. It proves that there is hope for everyone.”

Group MD at Sandown, Roy McAllister, says the project has become an integral part of their business – and it shows how The Sandown Way really does work in practice. “It’s all about the transformation journey and The Sandown Way is about creating opportunities for people to improve themselves and their lot in life. It’s living proof that there is ample space under the sun for everyone.”

Colin Richardson of Mercedes-Benz, Sandton told how his team had created a supportive environment for the learners – but had also learned so much from the Nokuthula students in return.

Pat Nndwamato of Cleaning Africa who oversees the learners’ training said: “We were all a bit nervous at first, but it has been a wonderful, rewarding journey for everyone involved.”

Spokesman for the learners, Piet Maake ended the speeches by thanking everyone – from teachers and parents through to the company and the workshop manager – “for creating this wonderful opportunity and making it work!”

To celebrate this occasion, The Sandown Group made a donation of R100 000 to the Nokuthula School & Centre in Alexandra.

Cleaning Africa salutes the Sandown Group and The Sandown Way initiative, and is proud and pleased to be involved with the training of these bright, young, future stars. The sky’s the limit!

Cleaning Africa gets 12 youths off to a new start …

Cleaning Africa Services recently helped the  Sandown Motor Group with their community program of giving people less fortunate a ‘helping hand’.

Mercedes-Benz Sandton and Chrysler Jeep Dodge Sandton – make up the Sandown group and Cleaning Africa runs its washbays.

Cleaning Africa was only too pleased to get involved with Sandown’s latest project:  to train 12 youngsters from the Nokuthula Special School for Children in Alexandra,  to become an integral part of the group’s washbay team.

These 12 young hopefuls were chosen and signed up in early December 2010.  Their enthusiasm and hard work were infectious and a pleasure to witness.  By month’s end, they were fully qualified and certified too.

Sandown’s HR Director, Nandi Manentsa was proud of the difference this project has made in their lives: “It has proved to be a great success and has had a much wider impact than just improving the lives of the 12 staff members,” she enthused.

She went on to say how these youths had had it tough growing up, often being the brunt of taunts and jeers.  But now they are respected in their communities.  They are employed full time with all the benefits that go with that.  Now they can  play an active part in helping to support their families and  have  a real purpose in life.

Cleaning Africa and it’s staff are happy to have been a part of getting these deserving and willing youngsters off to a flying start.