July 10, 2019. Celebrating 21 years since the inception of the show, ISSA Cleantex Africa 2019 marked the first edition hosted in partnership with ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association. This year’s event took place June 4–6, in Johannesburg and offered a variety of new features, which led to a strong turnout of 2,459 visitors and delegates—88% of which had purchasing authority.
ISSA Cleantex Africa presented an array of the most advanced technology, products,
equipment, sustainable chemicals, and consumables available to the professional
cleaning sector. Many of the world’s largest cleaning equipment and product
manufacturers and key local distributors represented a total of 102 brands, with a
marked increase of new exhibitors from outside of South Africa. Countries including
China, Spain, Mauritius, Qatar, Turkey, Pakistan, and Russia launched products at
the show for the first time, and their results led to very positive feedback.
“We are thankful to ISSA Cleantex Africa and African Cleaning Review for putting a
lot of effort to organizing such a wonderful event,” said Paresh Gadhai, director of
sales for Global Detergent Factory Betco, based in Qatar. “This event has helped us
to get good visibility in the South African market, and we look forward to
participating in such events in the future.”
“ISSA Cleantex Africa provided us with an opportunity to meet potential customers
and to make valuable contacts with local companies. We are confident that the
outcome will soon allow us to announce our presence in the African region,” said
Waqas Hanif, Colgate-Palmolive (Pakistan) Ltd.
ISSA Cleantex Africa is the continent’s only exhibition that brings together contract
cleaners, distributors, facility, health care, retail, and food service managers, as well
as other professionals within the commercial cleaning, hygiene, health care,
hospitality, property maintenance, and government sectors.
“We were very happy to see so many new faces at this year’s event and to find that
the average attendee also participated longer due to the increased amount of
activities provided,” said local show organizer Johann van Vuuren, publisher of
African Cleaning Review.
Some South African associations, such as the National Contract Cleaners
Association (NCCA) and the BEECA Cleaning Association, held their own member
events during the trade show, and emerging members grouped into a section of
booths supported local attendance.
Apart from South Africans visiting from various parts of the country, the exhibition
also attracted a formal delegation from the Contract Cleaning Association of Ghana
(CCAG), led by national chairman Sammy Laing. In addition, visitors travelled from
Nigeria, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia,
Saudi Arabia, and South Sudan to attend the biennial professional cleaning show
and its co-located educational events.
Positive responses from foreign visitors and delegation leaders indicated that they
experienced valuable business contact and educational opportunities and,
therefore, expected increased foreign attendance numbers at future ISSA Cleantex
“Not only did I hear from multiple exhibitors that they successfully met quality
business prospects from multiple countries this year, but I also was pleased at how
often I ran into visitors connecting with each other and sharing valuable
experiences,” said Dianna Steinbach, ISSA vice president of international services.
“When someone from Sudan can collaborate with people from Nigeria and Ghana
to brainstorm ways to improve professionalism in their markets, then we have done
our job to elevate the industry.”
A new international networking dinner offered this year was sold out and brought
together a large group of visitors and exhibitors from more than a dozen countries
to make valuable business connections. The event’s main cocktail hour on the first
evening also drew a strong mix of top decision-makers.
This year, the three-day trade show opened its doors on a Tuesday, leading to a
strong first day of visitors compared to previous Monday starts. The event also took
place earlier in the month than in the past.
Another new feature this year included innovative, co-located international
certification workshops that boosted attendance and created a platform to interact
and learn from subject-matter experts. Fifty-eight internationally recognized
certificates were bestowed during the Estimating Made Easy and International
Accredited Auditor workshops.
The Health Care Forum presented by Zainudeen Popoola-Aromire (University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S.), Marietjie Swanepoel (MS Consulting), and Sr. Lesley
Devenish (Infection Control Society SA) addressed the importance of infection
control in health care facilities. The extremely insightful presentations armed
delegates with invaluable knowledge and statistics relevant to this specialized field
of cleaning to prevent health care-acquired infections (HAIs).
The Next Generation Young Executive Forum hosted by the ISSA’s Manuela D’Agata
on the final show day featured an industry panel discussion led by Lee Zama
(FEDHASA President), Xolile Sizani (Servest Group CE), and Patrick Makhubela
(Neledzi Cleaning Services CEO). The forum offered an open discussion with
audience interaction, and centered on the important subject of young executive
mentorship and development in this essential industry.
The well-attended exhibitor cocktail party and sold-out official networking dinner
created additional opportunities for both visitors and exhibitors to meet new
Essentially, the 2019 edition of ISSA Cleantex Africa offered visitors more content,
and it reflected a cleaning sector that is increasingly embracing innovation while
offering a diverse range of solutions to meet the cleaning challenges of tomorrow.
The next event on the region’s professional cleaning industry calendar will be the
second edition of the ISSA Summit Africa, scheduled to take place in September
2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.
With more than 9,300 members globally—including distributors, manufacturers,
manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors, in-house
service providers, residential cleaners, and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is
committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members
with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human
health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in
Northbrook, Ill., U.S., the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany;
Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China.
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About ISSA Cleantex Africa
ISSA Cleantex Africa is the African continent’s foremost exhibition for the
professional cleaning industry. Established in 1998, this biennial business platform
unites top cleaning and hygiene professionals from Africa and the Middle East to
assess industry trends and technologies that offer creative solutions for improved
business practices. The event features leading manufacturers displaying new and
innovative products and technologies, as well as educational workshops that offer
an advanced perspective on management and best practices. ISSA Cleantex Africa is co-owned and organized by ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and E-squared Publications (E2).
Organisers of the Cleantex exhibition, e-squared publications (E2) and ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, have announced a joint ownership agreement to collaboratively administer and promote future events. The agreement aims to reinforce and enhance this established African cleaning and hygiene showcase, elevating it to the next level as well as to expand the association’s local member benefits.
Cleantex events bring together contract cleaners, distributors, facility, healthcare, retail and food service managers as well as other professionals within the cleaning, hygiene, hospitality, property maintenance and government sectors. The partners say this new relationship will add a more robust regional and international seminar and workshop program, networking opportunities, and new product and business solutions for the market, thereby reflecting the same ethos demonstrated worldwide by ISSA.
“We are quite excited to develop more local benefits for our members, starting with greater involvement in the region’s major exhibition,” said John Barrett, ISSA Executive Director. “We see this as the first of many investments we hope to make in the African cleaning industry as part of our mission to raise professionalism, increase business success and change the way the world views cleaning.”
ISSA has a current network of members throughout Africa via direct membership or alliances with groups such as the National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA) and the Contract Cleaners Association of Ghana (CCAG).
“By building on an already established and successful brand, this amalgamation will add a new and exciting dimension to the African professional cleaning and hygiene sector showcase,” said exhibition director Johann van Vuuren. “We will be able to make use of the ISSA’s vast experience and international network to bolster industry investment opportunities in South Africa as the gateway to the rest of Africa.”
“It is our mutual vision to exponentially grow the local industry sector and to continually introduce internationally renowned brands, quality education and the latest technology to this ever-evolving and solutions-driven market,” added van Vuuren.
The African Cleaning Review magazine, e-newsletters and interactive website, will continue to play a prominent supporting role as the official media partner for ISSA Cleantex Show 2019.
ISSA Vice President of International Services, Dianna Steinbach, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming ISSA Cleantex Africa exhibition.
Established in 1998 the Cleantex trade exhibition is owned and organised by e–squared publications, publishers of African Cleaning Review. The exhibition is regarded as Africa’s foremost and dedicated event for the professional cleaning, hygiene and related industry sectors. It is a biennial business platform where industry trends, cost-effective technology and solutions offer outcomes of improved business practices in an environment where rising operational costs, increased competition and the need for higher productivity all play a decisive role in operational efficiency.
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About ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association
With more than 9,200 members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners, and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, IL, USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Botany, Australia; and Shanghai, China. Visit www.issa.com, call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800, join the discussion on LinkedIn, and follow ISSA on Facebook and Twitter.
ISSA Cleantex Africa is an established and all-encompassing professional cleaning and facility maintenance solutions event designed to attract the relevant sectors of your target market. It is where big brands showcase their innovations and new companies introduce themselves to the industry.
In a world where business transactions are conducted increasingly online and anonymously, exhibitions offer personal interactions, the chance to meet face-to-face with a handshake to discuss challenges, trends and developments.
Interested in exhibiting at ISSA Cleantex Africa 2021?
Please complete the form below to register.
There will be two workshops and two forum themes:
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Workshops that boost your bottom line
Bring your top operations staff to attend both workshops and be among the first in Africa to achieve ISSA’s global Estimating Made Easy and Accredited Auditing Professional Certification status.
Boost your career and your bottom line.
Estimating Made Easy (EME) Work Loading Workshop
Trainer: Tommy Taylor BICS, I.C.E. CIMS Auditor
This one-day workshop will examine the defined systems of costing for cleaning and discuss which system is best suited for various facility types. Being able to match facility requirements with the right cleaning system and determine the number of labour hours needed to maintain a facility is ground zero.
The EME workshop will provide you with a useable framework to enable you to simplify the work loading process and to assist you in determining whether you have the right staffing level. It will address organisational structures, various disciplines and benefits of each system, as well as how to motivate staff to increase performance and quality.
This workshop is aimed at in-house service providers and building service contractors who wish to optimise resources, improve cleaning quality and gain the competitive edge in bidding for contracts. The programme will also be suitable for facility managers who wish to understand how to determine the details needed to create tender specifications, or for distributors who wish to comprehend their customers’ cleaning requirements and identify the products and services to better meet their needs
International Accredited Auditing Professional (IAAP) Certification Workshop
Trainer: Dianna Steinbach, ISSA Vice President of International Services
This course is designed to empower an individual to provide a consistent and standard quality assurance audit, whether for contracted or in-house services. Each accreditation is valid for two years from the date taken and places you within an elite group of auditing professionals throughout the world. This interactive, hands-on one-day seminar will teach you the technical skills needed to perform a quality assurance audit as well as the ethical aspects of having this responsibility. An ISSA trainer will instruct attendees on how to analyse operations data, evaluate quality and calibrate cleaning services to provide more value to your customers.
IAAP also can be valuable for individuals interested in offering third-party auditing services or sales professionals looking for a new differentiation to help customers identify service gaps that tie back to the systems and solutions they offer.
Interested in the EME education session? Please complete the form below to get more information.
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Healthcare Forum: Cleaning for Infection Prevention
Experts: Zainudeen Popoola-Aromire (Director, FM & Operations Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, US), Marietjie Swanepoel (M S Consulting), Lesley Devenish (Infection Prevention Control Sister)
The Healthcare Forum will take place from 08h30 – 12h00 (AM) on 6 June 2019.
The Healthcare Forum consists of individual presentations and an interactive panel discussion to educate delegates on how hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) can be reduced by effective hygiene and cleaning regimes. The team of experts will share their knowledge, covering international trends, share interesting data, examples of cleaning and patient health, the challenges when dealing with HAIs, etc. and arm delegates to better educate and influence hospital managers and doctors, to implement the correct procedures to prevent the transmission of infections through cleaning facilities the correct way with the best applications.
Zainudeen born in Nigeria, is an international expert on healthcare and infection control. He has been in public administration for over 35 years, serving in leadership roles in hospitals and universities all over the United States and is also the Council President of IEHA, a division of ISSA. He has served in leadership and administrative roles in many different organisations; from hospitals to universities, as well as the international sports apparel giant, Nike Corporation. Zainudeen will share with delegates examples, data and information that can be explored and implemented to better educate and influence hospital managers and doctors to enable them to make informed decisions.
Marietjie is passionate about improving standards in hospital hygiene and cleaning to reduce hospital acquired infections and will share her knowledge with delegates. She has been involved in healthcare and the professional training industry for over 23 years, well-known to major healthcare professionals in both the private and public hospitals as well as contract cleaning companies throughout South Africa. A hands-on self-starter, Marietjie has ensured that those trained on her courses have grown exponentially and she is regarded as an expert in her field. By introducing various initiatives on a national level and to promote best-in-class methodology, public and private healthcare institutions have benefited substantially from her trials, training and advice.
Sr Lesley Devenish has been an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Nurse for 20 years, 18 of which were spent in the private sector and the past 2 in the public sector. She holds two degrees in Nursing Science and several certificates in IPC and also has vast experience in Occupational Health Nursing. She is the current treasurer of the Infection Control Society of Southern Africa and the past chairperson of the Gauteng Infection Control Society.
Next Generation Young Executive Mentorship Forum
Experts: Lee Zama (CEO at FEDHASA), Xolile Sizani (Group Chief Executive Officer of Servest), Patrick Makhubela (NCCA), Manuela D’Agata (International Education & Certification Director of ISSA)
The Next Generation Forum will take place from 13h00 – 15h30 (PM) on 6 June 2019.
Do you have what it takes to step up, lead, stand out and move to the next level in your organisation? Experts and mentors will educate delegates on leadership and business development and share lessons learnt during their leadership/management careers in the industry, empower you on characteristics needed to manage a successful cleaning industry company in today’s environment and what the cleaning customer expects from a service company leader.
This networking opportunity consist of individual presentations followed by a pannel discussion covering topics on leadership, business development and mentorship and includes local and international experts.
Lee Zama is the current CEO of the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) where she joined in March this year.
Lee has over 25 years working experience across different industries, such as the services sectors and the hospitality and food fields, where she covered a variety of leadership roles in sales management and operations, national key account management and general management.
Prior to joining FEDHASA, Lee was the founder and owner of Hygcare a technology supplier to the pest hygiene and operations, Regional Business Manager for Rentokil Initial and Group Director Sales at Bidvest Prestige.
In early days Lee also co-owned and managed a 38 suite hotel in Sandton.
She holds a BSc Dietetics from the University of KwaZulu Natal, a Post Grad Diploma in Marketing Management from the University of South Africa, and a Post Grad Diploma in Business Management from the University of KwaZulu Natal.
Xolile Sizani is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Servest, the largest black owned facilities management company on the African continent, providing integrated facilities management, cleaning, parking, catering, hygiene, office services and landscaping services. The Group employs 25 000 people across 10 000 sites, and currently has a presence across 10 African countries. Xolile holds the following qualifications BSc Eng. Degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT), MSc Eng. from Stellenbosch University (SU), MBL (UNISA), GCC, SBS Executive Education (Oxford University).
Manuela D’Agata is the Education and Certification Director at ISSA International where she joined beginning of 2019. Manuela is responsible to lead ISSA efforts to enhance and promote professionalism, industry standards, and best practices across the cleaning industry through CIMS accreditation (Cleaning Industry Management Standard), training courses, and blended educational initiatives in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Oceania, and Asia-Pacific regions. Additionally, she is developing and recruiting a group of local trainers and auditors who can support ISSA in different regions.
Prior to ISSA she was Head of Training and Education at INREV, the Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles where she has been responsible for the development, management and organisation of the INREV training offering, including live courses on a wide range of industry related topics, webinars, young professionals activities. Manuela coordinated the launch of the INREV/Henley Certificate in non-listed real estate investment. Prior to joining INREV in Amsterdam, she worked as Training Specialist at Moody’s Investor Service in Milan and London.
Manuela holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Siena, Italy. She is Italian native, fluent in English and proficient in Spanish, and she is based in Amsterdam (Netherlands).
Do not miss out on the various NEW networking options at the ISSA Cleantex Africa: