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Investing In Generators And Stand-by Power

The benefits of consulting an energy expert before investing in back-up power infrastructure

The arrival of the colder winter months in South Africa heralds the increasing threat of load shedding as the country’s power utility struggles to keep up with the growing demand for electricity. Owing to failing infrastructure at the power plants and dwindling coal reserves, 2020 was recorded as the worst year for power supply, with Eskom reporting more than 1 500-gigawatt hours’ worth of total power outages.

Predictions that 2021 will not be any better are convincing more and more companies to invest in generators and other forms of standby power as a means to mitigate the negative impacts of unreliable and unpredictable power supply on their companies.

“Without power, business owners are rendered helpless and risk losing thousands of Rands with each instance of load shedding. Fortunately, alternative power options such as solar energy, back-up batteries, inverters and generators have become readily available for business owners looking for long-term solutions to sustain their businesses through South Africa’s energy crisis. Thanks to improved technology, the cost of installing and maintaining these alternative energy sources has dropped dramatically and is now more financially viable,” says David Petrie, Technical Manager: Utilities at FM Solutions.

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NEW YEAR, NEW LEASE?

Know your rights before renewing your corporate lease agreement

Cape Business News / 5 February 2021

Cape Town, 29 January 2021. As the new year kicks off, many companies will be renewing their lease agreements for the next 12 months. For most companies, COVID-19 has had a radical impact on their space requirements. Jamie Louw, the Financial Director of FM Solutions – one of South Africa’s leading Facilities Management companies – says this is the ideal time for tenants to reconsider their existing lease agreement.

“With the decline in space demand, many landlords have recently begun diversifying to retain as much market share as possible within their tenant base. It has become a growing trend for landlords to offer fully inclusive lease agreements that incorporate maintenance and repairs. Whilst it may look like an ideal solution, it is not always advisable nor necessarily in the best interest of the lessee to contract on this basis as tenants are left with minimal influence - particularly when they do not have the in-house expertise to manage equipment guarantees, quality of work and legislative compliance,” Louw advises.

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

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“SAVE OUR GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS WITH EXPERT MAINTENANCE PLANS”

Private industry urges Government to accept help in curbing fruitless expenditure

Asset Magazine News Hub / 3 February 2021

The recent disclosure made by Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille that the South African Government spent R5 billion on renting private buildings during the financial year ending March 2020, has highlighted how failing infrastructure forces government departments and institutions to procure reliable and compliant office space from private sector to a point of paying premium rates.

“The South African Government has a portfolio of more than 93,000 buildings. Many of these hold great historical value and should be more than adequate to accommodate the public servants and departments they were meant to house – provided that they were in a safe and habitable state. The fact that State departments needed to rent private buildings from landlords shows the urgent need for collaboration between the public and the private sector – especially when it comes to managing valuable property assets,” says Lydia Hendricks, Business Development Director at FM Solutions.

Lydia Hendricks, Business Development Director, FM Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Hendricks explains that traditionally, Government’s approach to property management has been to steer funds towards upgrading derelict buildings at huge capital costs instead of directing enough funds toward preserving their assets.

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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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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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