Sisi teams up with the Stellenbosch Municipality and the Department of Education

Sisi teams up with the Stellenbosch Municipality and the Department of Education

Sisi Safety Wear and the Stellenbosch Municipality provided much-needed sanitary products to underprivileged girls, who often miss school during their periods. In commemoration of Youth Month, Sisi, a safety wear brand for women within the BBF Safety Group, has partnered with the Stellenbosch Municipality and the Department of Education to donate reusable sanitary pads to 427 girls, across seven schools, in the greater Stellenbosch area. The brand, which has brought much needed awareness around the differences between the anatomy of men and women and the need for gender specific personal protective equipment in the workforce, to improve productivity and comfort to working women, wanted to address the issues surrounding absenteeism of young girls from school due to the unaffordability of sanitary hygiene products when menstruating. According to a study by the Stellenbosch University’s Law Clinic,  about 30% of girls in South Africa miss  school when they are menstruating, because they cannot afford sanitary products.  As such, a girl could lose about 90 days of schooling a year, due to issues relating to menstruation. Many can’t catch up on vital schoolwork, ruining their end-year results, and their chances to earn grades that would qualify them for tertiary education.  “This is such an exciting project. It’s not just about donating sanitary pads to these girls; it’s about giving them a future. As a rising number of working women enter into areas once deemed the preserve of men, it is important that girls receive a solid education that sets them up to receive a tertiary education in the fields of commerce and sciences,” says Vanessa Ronald, Senior Brand Manager at Sisi. Along...
Bova Unveils DCR Safety Footwear Range

Bova Unveils DCR Safety Footwear Range

Leading safety footwear manufacturer, Bova, show-cased their latest safety footwear offering, featuring innovative dual compound rubber (DCR) soling technology that will better address the specific safety needs of the extreme and demanding environments in which the products are intended for use. Peter Gerbrands, Group Marketing Manager at BBF Safety Group, which manufactures and distributes the Bova brand says, “Bova has earned a reputation for manufacturing safety footwear that is engineered for purpose rather than applying a one-size-fits all approach.” He explains that different personnel within the same industry often require very different levels of protection and, therefore, different specifications. Up until now, those working in extreme and hazardous conditions, relied on footwear comprising either a single density Vulcanised Rubber sole, Nitrile Rubber sole or a dual density Polyurethane/Rubber (Pu/Rubber) sole. While single density Rubber soles provide the wearer with the necessary protection in these harsh conditions, they cause discomfort due to their heavy nature and lack of a midsole. PU/Rubber soles have answered the demand for a lighter boot with improved comfort, through the inclusion of Polyurethane in the mid-sole, but this has simultaneously compromised the durability of the products in the face of extreme environments. Gerbrands adds, “The challenge for us, was to find a way to bring together the benefits offered by both these soling technologies, whilst eliminating their short-comings.” This resulted in the development of a new range of safety footwear that demonstrates our leadership in continous improvement and technological advancements. DCR is an innovative soling technology that utilises two different layers of rubber where the soles are directly injected onto the uppers for a superior...