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An investment that solidifies green technology!
by Lynette Howe

Sundale Free Range Dairy announced this week that they have commissioned a R2million state of the art boiler for the plant at the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ). The announcement comes shortly after the ELIDZ AGM report that highlighted Sundale as one of the noteworthy success stories in the zone.

Sundale CEO,  Pierre van Rensburg  said “the R2million investment solidifies our position as leaders in green technology. We are steadfast in our commitment to preserving energy and contributing to the sustainability of the environment. The boiler will reduce energy costs, making us more competitive, but it also reduces our risk if other boilers go down at any given time.”

According to Maintenance Manager, Jakes Jacobs, “The boiler is a showstopper. We run three pasteurisers in our processing plant, a Cheese Factory and Food Processor which need steam all the time. The reason why we have commissioned the new boiler is that it increases capacity considerably and allows for uninterrupted production on the factory floor whilst maintenance takes place. The tubes of the boiler need to be cleaned and inspected every 2-3months and the boiler, with its ancillaries, needs to be serviced and inspected on an annual basis. Once the new 4t boiler arrives, it means that we can use the existing 2.5t boiler as a standby. The new technology makes use of a modulating burner which makes it much more efficient than our existing equipment.”

Sundale Dairy is the only dairy in the country that recycles all their water and enjoys the status of being the “Greenest Dairy in the Eastern Cape”. Sundale continue to drive aggressive growth strategies and employ the use of new technologies, making it the largest producer of fresh dairy in the province.

A good degree or professional certification can help secure an interview for your dream job, but once you’re sitting in front of the recruiter or potential employer, you’ll need to show what you can offer in addition to your qualifications. Today’s top employers are looking for more than the right training and education. They are seeking employees who are well-rounded, adaptable, committed and a good fit for their organisational culture. Here are a few attributes that recruiters and potential employers look for.


1   Mind-seT: Employers are looking for attitude as much as they’re looking for aptitude when they hire. They’d rather develop someone with the right outlook who needs some training than hire someone with great skills and low motivation. Honesty, accountability, flexibility, curiosity and commitment are all as important to employers as your qualifications. If you can show that you’re motivated, upbeat, and eager to learn, that will give you an edge in the job market.


2   Interpersonal skills: Today’s workplace is diverse and collaborative, which means that most organisations are looking for people with high levels of emotional intelligence. Someone with good interpersonal skills is more likely to thrive than a superstar who lacks the tact and professionalism needed to play well with others. As good as your degree and experience might be, a recruiter or potential employer will also want to know that you can collaborate and lead.


3    Life experience: Employers often like to see that their employees have interests outside work and that they can bring diverse life experiences to their job. A modern office is a multi-disciplinary environment. The leadership skills you learned as a school rugby captain, the strategic thinking you developed playing competitive chess, the ability you developed to write clearly from your love of reading, your exposure to different cultures during a gap year of travelling – these can all be as valuable to an employer as your formal qualifications.


4    Work experience: Young jobseekers often feel caught in a catch-22 situation – they can’t get experience because no one will give them a job and they can’t get a job because they have no experience. Against this backdrop, it’s important to seek out experience to add to your CV. You can volunteer at a charity (many non-profit organisations need help in disciplines such as IT, finance or marketing), take vacation jobs, or start up a small business to sharpen your skills and get practical experience.

5    Cultural fit:The question of how you’ll fit in will generally be top-of-mind for someone interviewing you for a job. Cultural fit is about how likely you will be able to adapt to the core values and collective behaviours that make up an organisation. Having the right fit with a company means you’ll be happier at work and that you’ll be more likely to perform to the organisation’s expectations.  There are many factors that shape a corporate culture – corporate policies, geographic location, industry, size, the personalities of the founders and managers, values, and more - and the trick is to find a place to work that suits your personality and working style. 

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