Supporting local start-ups
March 2018, This Week's Editor's Pick, News
Sparks & Ellis, one of SA’s uniform supplier and manufacturers, helps to build and sustain small businesses and create jobs in local communities through its CSI (corporate social investment) programme.
Ex-employee of sister company, K-Way Manufacturers, Natalie Michael, didn’t hesitate when she was offered an opportunity from Sparks & Ellis for some funding towards her CMT (cut, make and trim) start-up business. Natalie joined K-Way at the tender age of 16, where she worked her way up from a machinist to a supervisor within the K-Way factory. After 20 years’ service, she left to move to Pretoria and start her own family.
“I had always dreamt of having my own business and sewing has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl,” enthused Natalie. “So when I returned to Cape Town in 2016, I bought two sewing machines and started to sew again. An ex-Sparks colleague encouraged me to contact Sparks & Ellis for work opportunities.” Following an interview and selection process, Sparks offered Natalie a contract to sew and make up some of their uniforms.
Sparks & Ellis has assisted with the purchase of four additional sewing machines, a laptop computer and printer as well as a delivery vehicle. Eighteen months later, Natalie now employs eight full time staff, mostly ex-K-Way staff who she originally worked with and have all grown up together to become mothers and grandmothers. “We have learnt so much from our experience at K-Way and are thankful for the knowledge and skill we gained to enable us to produce quality items and run a very successful operation,” says Natalie. Along with mentoring from Sparks & Ellis management and some new IT technology, she is able to produce her own electronic invoices and statements.
“As part of our CSI commitment, we plan to continue helping Natalie to grow her business,” said David Gaussen, director of Sparks & Ellis. “It’s a win/win for both parties as Natalie produces a wide range of quality garments for us every week. In order to assist with her cashflow we ensure that she gets paid within two or three days for what is delivered each week.”
Natalie has plans to continue to grow her business and Sparks & Ellis hopes to continue to offer assistance so that she can reach her full potential.
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- Cyber-securing physical security
March 2018, AVeS Cyber Security, This Week's Editor's Pick, Cyber Security
You can’t kick a rock these days without hearing about cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT). At the same time, you should not be talking, reading or hearing about one of these without the other.
- Keep your guard up
March 2018, This Week's Editor's Pick, Security Services & Risk Management, Training & Education
The crux of a successful human guarding element is careful selection of the ‘right’ personnel and competence through appropriate and adequate training.
- Extracting value from security
March 2018, Panasonic South Africa, Axis Communications SA, Bosch Security and Safety Systems, Fidelity ADT Security, Zhejiang Dahua Technology, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Access Control & Identity Management, Asset Management, EAS, RFID, Integrated Solutions
Retail environments are arguably the primary area where security success or failure affects everybody, from the owners and managers of the retail location, through to employees and the security personnel as well as customers and other people visiting to shop, work or just hang around.
- An insider eye on retail security
March 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Asset Management, EAS, RFID, Retail (Industry)
Retail security requires more than technology, it requires the ability to understand the environment, people, and adapt accordingly.
- Cash crimes escalate
March 2018, Fidelity Security Group, Cash Connect, This Week's Editor's Pick, Security Services & Risk Management, Retail (Industry)
To get an idea of what is happening in the CIT industry in South Africa, Hi-Tech Security Solutions asked two companies for their take on the situation.
- Are you ready?
March 2018, South African Institute of Security (SAIS), This Week's Editor's Pick, News, Conferences & Events, Training & Education
The South African Institute of Security (SAIS) held its first briefing of the year at the Garden Court Hotel in Kempton Park. The theme of the event was ‘2018… are you ready?’
- Tanzania selects electronic passports
March 2018, This Week's Editor's Pick, Access Control & Identity Management
Tanzania selects HID Global to deliver e-Immigration solutions and electronic passports.
- Paxton announces scholarship recipients
March 2018, Paxton Access, This Week's Editor's Pick, Access Control & Identity Management, News
Paxton has announced the first recipients of its new scholarship programme in conjunction with the University of Brighton.
- IoT, cybersecurity and access control
March 2018, Axis Communications SA, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions
Right now, we are beginning the next phase of digital transformation in the security industry – the move to connect all physical security components to the Internet of Things (IoT).
- The reality of integrating physical and cyber
March 2018, This Week's Editor's Pick, Cyber Security, Security Services & Risk Management
Meshing technology with physical security can vastly improve the overall security landscape for any organisation.
- Turn footfall into business opportunities
March 2018, Hikvision South Africa, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions, Retail (Industry)
Hikvision has developed a Smart Retail Solution that provides comprehensive CCTV security to protect staff and customers and assist in loss prevention.
- Improved bulk cash handling
March 2018, Cash Connect, This Week's Editor's Pick, Security Services & Risk Management, Products
Cash Connect has launched a new self-service bulk deposit acceptor device, or ATM, for retail distribution centres.