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Preventive measures vital for ‘new normal’ commercial operations

A THOROUGH JOB Creating a preventive maintenance plan at regular intervals, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, is of great importance

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, facilities management service provider Facilities Management (FM) Solutions points out that companies need to create a preventive maintenance plan for the upkeep of commercial spaces at regular intervals.

“While self-performed maintenance protocols have not changed, protocols regarding health, hygiene and the handling of tools and equipment have. Screening, recording staff member temperatures and constant sanitising of tools and equipment have become a part of our maintenance protocols. We implemented a Covid-19 preventive plan to be in place for all our subcontractors, which considered the above as well as client and site-specific requirements,” says FM Solutions director Zaahir Forbes.

He states that preventive and reactive maintenance during the higher levels of lockdown declined and that clients mainly focused predominantly on statutory and legislative maintenance requirements during these periods.

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THE DO’S AND DON’TS WHEN SIGNING A CORPORATE LEASE AGREEMENT

In view of the tough economic climate facing businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies will be reviewing their space requirements and lease agreements.  According to Jamie Louw, Financial Director of FM Solutions (FMS) – a division of the AFMS Group (Pty) Ltd. and one of South Africa’s leading integrated Facilities Management companies – there are various important considerations that need to be deliberated before signing on the dotted line for a commercial space.

Jamie Louw, Financial Director of FM Solutions (Pty) Ltd.

“You don’t know what you don’t know. There is a trend emerging where landlords are locking tenants into leases that incorporates facilities management Jamie cautions.  Because tenants are not always aware of what their rights are as the lessee, they sign away their flexibility and agility and subject themselves to maintenance and service standards they have little control over simply because it is incorporated into the lease agreement and executed by their third party contractors. Our purpose is to empower our clients and the business community with knowledge that will help them make good business decisions and allow for FM services to be delivered with impartiality, greater efficiency and effectiveness,” Jamie says.

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Celebrating women in facilities management with Lydia Hendricks, Business Development Director

by Khaya Dondolo / September 2020

Lydia has 25 years’ experience in facilities management (FM) operations.

These days she uses the in-depth knowledge and understanding she has gained to develop tailor-made service solutions for clients in her capacity as Business Development Director for the AFMS Group.

A born leader and natural problem-solver, her career in FM started almost by default after having to field complaints of frustrated tenants in a commercial building. ‘It was there that I learnt the importance of tenant satisfaction and how it impacts on tenant retention,’ Lydia says.

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FACILITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS: A BOOST FOR SA HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

Asset Magazine: September 2020

As hospitals around the world are trying to fight the ongoing onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of well-maintained, fully functioning hospitals and clinics is continuously being highlighted. Pandemics and disasters aside, experts agree that healthcare is a mega-trend around the world.

Growing demand for healthcare services

“We see more personal and public resources being spent on healthcare today than ever before. Ageing populations, increased focus on preventative health, growing affluence and technological advancements in the medical world are all contributing factors to hospitals and healthcare facilities experiencing a growing influx of patients,” says Lydia Hendricks, Business Development Director of the AFMS Group (Pty) Ltd and its subsidiary FM Solutions - a privately-owned company that provides specialist FM services to the built environment throughout Southern Africa.

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FACILITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS: A BOOST FOR SA HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

Cape Business News : 17 August '20

As hospitals around the world are trying to fight the ongoing onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of well-maintained, fully functioning hospitals and clinics is continuously being highlighted. Pandemics and disasters aside, experts agree that healthcare is a mega-trend around the world.

Growing demand for healthcare services

“We see more personal and public resources being spent on healthcare today than ever before. Ageing populations, increased focus on preventative health, growing affluence and technological advancements in the medical world are all contributing factors to hospitals and healthcare facilities experiencing a growing influx of patients,” says Lydia Hendricks, Business Development Director of the AFMS Group (Pty) Ltd and its subsidiary FM Solutions - a privately-owned company that provides specialist FM services to the built environment throughout Southern Africa.

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LOCKDOWN: NOW IS THE IDEAL TIME TO MAINTAIN AND REPAIR YOUR OFFICE SPACE

Engineering News : 22 June '20

It is often said that great opportunity often presents itself in the middle of great adversity. While much has already been said about how the current COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting our lives, the global economy and the business landscape, the facilities management experts at Facilities Management Solutions believe there are also certain valuable opportunities that have been created as a result of the  current lockdown regulations that are in force in South Africa.

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