AFRI-PROFILE

We will be profiling one of our team members in every issue of AfriServ News. This month’s spotlight is on EARL FALKEN, our Parking Site Manager at the Tygervalley Shopping Mall.

• Tell us something about yourself in about 3 – 5 lines.

I’m a people’s person. I like watching sports. I enjoy a good home cooked meal.

• What are you passionate about/what gets you out of bed in the morning?

I’m passionate about watching sport. My family, and seeing them happy, is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

• If you could change one thing that would make the world a better place, what would it be?

I would make crime non-existent.

• What is your role at Afri-Serv?

I’m a Site Manager and manage on-site parking staff. I am also responsible for ensuring that maximum revenue is derived from parking operations.

• What does working at Afri-Serv mean to you?

I love being part of an organisation and playing a role in its success.

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AFRI-WASTE REVIEWS THEIR MODEL TO SAVE WATER AT GRANDWEST

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The Afri-Waste team which is stationed at GrandWest has recently needed to review their approach to cleaning and sanitising their recycling bins in order to save water. Bin liners now line each of the bins which eliminates the need for them to be washed. They are also sprayed with degreasers and detergents to keep them clean and to eliminate odours.

For further information regarding waste management, please contact Junaid Kader on 021 418 4000 or mjkader@afriservsa.co.za.

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AFRI-LANDCAPES ON HOW TO MAINTAIN A WATER-WISE GARDEN DURING THE CAPE TOWN DROUGHT

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The Cape Town drought, accompanied by hot and dry weather, affects our local gardens far more negatively than we realise. The effects of drought on our gardens can last for many years, impacting most harshly on trees and large shrubs. While we have no control over when rain falls, and when not, we can attempt in some way to minimise its effects on our plant life.

While being mindful to adhere to the specifications of the current water restrictions, and using only grey water, when watering your garden, you should water less often but water thoroughly when you do. While some plants will simply wilt, others may lose their leaves, or at worst, may die. The drought conditions can turn leaves brown, make them curl up, or even cause plants to grow more slowly or stop growing completely. Plants are generally weaker, and therefore more susceptible to disease and insect attacks.

A few considerations for your garden during the drought conditions:

• Water intentionally
Plants still require watering during a drought. When watering your garden, you should water less often but water slightly more when you do. If the ground gets moisture on a deeper level, it encourages deeper roots as opposed to a smaller, more superficial root system. Additionally, bark, woodchips, and pebbles can be used as a form of mulch layer which will add protection against evaporation.

• Give a mulch boost 
Using mulch has several benefits, especially in drought conditions. The mulch keeps the soil cooler because it prevents direct sunlight on the soil, and as such prevents evaporation from taking place; bark, woodchips, and pebbles can be used as a form of mulch protection.

• Weed your garden
The small amount of water available should not go to weeds so be sure to weed your garden and deadhead your flowers.

• Use the correct fertiliser
Fertilising encourages your garden to grow. In the times of drought, it is about using the correct fertiliser and the right composition. Remember that your grey water does contain nutrients that will add to your usual feeding scheme. Using pelleted fertilisers without water will add no value to your garden; you should consider liquid fertiliser or dissolving your fertiliser or consider worm tea as an organic alternative. Salt build-up in the soil from overdosing can be detrimental to plants in times of insufficient water if you do fertilise.

• Lawns
It is also advisable to leave your grass a little longer as the extra length protects the roots and assists with keeping the soil cooler, thereby preventing unnecessary moisture loss. Certain areas of grass can also be replaced with pebbles, chip stones, and rocks as well as other hard landscaping solutions, such as peach pips and even crushed glass! Certainly, the demand for a variety of synthetic turf has exploded and brings back the calming green of your beloved garden. But the feel is different and note that synthetic turf can get quite hot in the sun.

The current dry spell gives all of us the opportunity to think about when to next invest in our gardens, what to buy, and what to add to our outdoor spaces. It also gives us an opportunity to ask how water-wise our gardens are, and how we can improve it.

For advice on water-wise garden design and maintenance, please contact Julian Bartels on 021 418 4000 or julian@afrilandscapes.co.za.

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AFRI-CLEAN EXPANDS INTO CONSTRUCTION CLEANING

With the general upswing in construction activity in and around Cape Town, the Afri-Clean team is being kept busy with deep-cleaning projects before clients occupy their new spaces. Here we can see the cleaning squad at work at the Cape Town Yacht Club, as well as the Department of Water and Sanitation’s building in Bellville earlier this month.

For further information regarding commercial cleaning, kindly contact Jo Daries on 021 418 4000 or jdaries@afriservsa.co.za.

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