Durban Chamber of Commerce KZN Exporter of the Year Awards Recognizes BBF Safety Group

Durban Chamber of Commerce KZN Exporter of the Year Awards Recognizes BBF Safety Group

BBF Safety Group is proud to have been recognised in multiple categories at the recent Durban Chamber of Commerce KZN Exporter of the Year Awards held at the Durban International Convention Centre. The workplace safety solutions provider – who now exports to more than 20 countries globally – was named the winner in the Emerging Markets category. With entries having been open to all exporters in KwaZulu-Natal, this was unmistakably a top achievement for the company. In addition to this, the BBF Safety Group was also named a finalist in the following categories: Manufacturers – all companies operating in the manufacturing sector in KwaZulu- Natal. Africa – companies who export into Africa. The awards – now in their 18th year – are a showcase and celebration of emerging and established KwaZulu-Natal based exporters of a wide range of goods and services, with the aim of stimulating the economic growth of the province. “We are honoured to have been recognised in these categories and want to extend our sincerest gratitude to our clients in both the exports and domestic markets for their ongoing support and continued business. As a trusted partner to hundreds of businesses across Africa and beyond, we remain deeply committed to our purpose of keeping people safe at work and continue to maintain excellence and innovation in all that we do”, said Tven Heyer BBF Group Export Manager. In addition to being the largest manufacturer of safety footwear in Africa, BBF Safety Group is an integrated workplace safety solutions provider offering a full portfolio of head-to-toe personal protective equipment (PPE) and expert SHEQ services. Operating out of...
Bova Cares – Mandela Day

Bova Cares – Mandela Day

This passed Mandela Day celebrated 100 years since Tata Madiba’s birth. In order to commemorate his philanthropy, we wanted to support a cause that makes an invaluable impact on our community – the iCare Foundation. iCare is a community-based NPO that deals directly with children living on the streets in the hope of giving them a brighter future. The reason for their homelessness can be attributed to many factors, with the largest being abuse, severely dysfunctional families, peer pressure and poverty. The organisation offers support through a great number of initiatives involving outreach, rehabilitation, housing, education and work skills. Over the years, Bova Safety Wear has partnered with iCare through the provision of safety footwear that is donated to the work skills programme where individuals are provided training in an area of their interest. These include, but are not limited to: bricklaying, panel beating, security, cooking and welding. With a R10 000 donation in mind to assist with training more individuals through the work skills programme, we asked our online community to share their favourite Nelson Mandela quotes or moments using the hashtag, #BOVACares100 – with each engagement contributing R100 to the donation. Participants also stood a chance to win Branded Bova Safety gear for taking part. “The responses were fantastic, with many individuals taking the liberty to share pictures of themselves at iconic places in Mandela’s life or with Madiba monuments,” said Bova Brand Manager, Predahni Naidoo. “We were thrilled to reach our target of R10 000 and further support an organisation that is providing sustainable solutions to our community through the upskilling of individuals.” To find out more...
Now Introducing Our Inaugural Range of Sisi Safety Wear

Now Introducing Our Inaugural Range of Sisi Safety Wear

Through extensive research and consultation with women in industry, Sisi has launched a range of safety wear that challenges the status quo that one size fits all. With an understanding that not all women are shaped the same, Sisi introduces the first range of locally manufactured safety wear to offer 3 UNIQUE CUTS FOR WOMEN: Standard, Extended and Maternity. Incorporating internationally recognised finishes, such a VizLite™ reflective tape and YKK zippers, Sisi has once again shown its commitment to empowering the lives of the women who shape our world. OUR LOCALLY MANUFACTURED RANGE FEATURES THREE DIFFERENT CUTS: THE STANDARD CUT: This cut caters for the typical differences between a woman’s and a man’s body, accommodating for the hip and bust areas. THE EXTENDED CUT: This cut has been designed to accommodate for a bust size that is not typically proportional to the waist area and a larger posterior that is not typically proportionate to the hip area. THE MATERNITY CUT: This cut has been designed to accommodate for a bust size that is not typically proportional to the waist area and a larger posterior that is not typically proportionate to the hip area. All trousers and jackets are sold separately to ensure that those with large bust areas, but small hip areas, or vice versa, can still ensure a comfortable fit. This Sisi range further caters to the functional requirements of women in industry, placing emphasis on creating garments that not only fit comfortably, but also address the practical requirements of those wearing safety wear in the field, often in the company of men.  Apart from the extensions made...
BBF Safety Group

BBF Safety Group

BBF Safety Group is proud to have recently donated footwear to the students at Ray Mhlaba Skills Centre in Port Elizabeth. Ladies were provided with products from the Sisi Safety Footwear range, while Bova products were donated to the men. The Ray Mhlaba Skills Training Centre, an extension program of the EP Child & Youth Care Centre, offers skills training to vulnerable, underprivileged and displaced youth between the ages of 18-25. This includes those who come from children’s homes, have lost one or both parents, live in households with no formal income and/or come from child-headed households. The aim is to empower these young adults through skills and social development programs, thereby equipping them with the knowledge and ability to obtain formal employment or become entrepreneurs. On completion of the training, the centre also assists the youth with finding employment. A variety of SETA Accredited and Entrepreneurial Training Programs are offered to students, including Hospitality Studies, Bakery, Woodwork & Upholstery, Hairdressing, Early Childhood Development, Needlework & Crafts and HIV/AIDS & Palliative Care. In addition to these, all students are enrolled in a Personal Development Program. The centre is solely reliant on the support and generosity of corporate and private donors to continue their successful operation. “This is a huge cost saver, as the shoes form a vital part of the required safety standards uniform for our Hospitality Training Program students completing their NQF Level 4 in Professional Cookery qualification. We thank you again for making it possible for our students to have a complete professional workplace uniform, which will not only allow them to train professionally but prepare them...
Soles for Sustainable Skills

Soles for Sustainable Skills

Bova safety boots donation supports street children in developing skills and securing employment opportunities I Care, a non-governmental organisation with a mission of solving the problems of street children in South Africa, recently received a donation of Bova safety boots. The organisation’s goal is to instil healthy life skills and a good work ethic in those children that pass through the I Care Cycle, enabling them to become self-supporting individuals and productive members of society. One way in which the I Care Cycle achieves this, is through a skills development programme. The I Care skills development programme has been a way forward for many of the boys who have passed through the cycle, by enabling them to learn a skill of their choice – ranging from carpentry to plumbing. Once the boys have completed their skills programme, I Care assists in finding them internships, apprenticeships or employment opportunities at private sector partners. According to Vanessa Ronald, Senior Brand Manager at BBF Safety Group, the donation of Bova safety boots will not only keep the programme participants safe during their training, but help them in securing employment opportunities. “Having the correct safety footwear is often a requirement for interns to secure employment opportunities. As a company, we are committed to supporting individuals and enterprises in the communities we operate in. Through contributions such as this, we are able to impact the lives of young adults by providing them with the equipment they need to succeed in the future,” adds Ronald. Through assistance from corporate partners such as BBF Safety Group, the children are uplifted and empowered to become productive and...
More Than You Expect

More Than You Expect

A discount without requesting it. Your online shopping order being delivered two days early. Parking right in front of the shops. An upgrade to business class. What do these things have in common? They are all more than you expected. With the introduction of the Maximus boot and the Spartacus shoe, Lemaitre sets a new standard in general purpose safety footwear by bringing customers more of the things that matter to them. More comfort. More innovation. More durability. More quality. Maxeco – and more With product design guided and inspired by Lemaitre’s top-selling Maxeco safety boot and Robust shoe, Maximus and Spartacus sport the features that made Maxeco a household name in general purpose safety footwear – as well as various product enhancements and innovations. Lemaitre has taken the best of Maxeco, a product that has sold over 8.7 million pairs since its inception in 1991, and added more of the features that address the needs of today’s customers. These include updated stylings, an added leather collar, reflective strips, a wider sole unit and a host of other enhancements for improved wearer comfort and safety. More Comfort. More Durability. More Quality. More Safety The Maximus safety boot and Spartacus safety shoe provide an ideal solution for clients who require protection for an array of environments and applications. Key features of the newly launched products include: Comfort: Maximus and Spartacus feature several enhanced wearer comfort features. These include a lighter sole unit, a padded leather collar that provides ankle support and a heel grip counter lining to prevent the shoe slipping off. Durability: Full leather uppers allow the wearer’s feet...
Happy Feet Youth Project

Happy Feet Youth Project

BBF Safety Group donation enables youth upliftment project to extend its reach to more children The Happy Feet Youth Project is a Cape Town-based non-governmental organisation that works with under-privileged children in one of the oldest and most over-crowded townships called Langa. The project was set-up to help keep children off the streets, away from criminal elements and expose them to brighter and better prospects outside the township. If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet! The project’s mission is powerful: To improve educational opportunities and encourage healthy lifestyles for its participating children. Values such as confidence, discipline, expression and respect are instilled through traditional children-led choreographed gumboot dancing. In addition, the project provides after school support in computers, technology and maths as well as a food programme to ensure they are receiving adequate nutrition. Wayne, a proud member of the BBF Safety Group, recently donated 48 pairs of gumboots to the Happy Feet Project. The donation will enable the project to grow its intake of young people from the township, thereby affording them the opportunity to experience the same sense of belonging, inspiration and happiness. “Our work would not be possible without the support of corporate sponsors such as BBF Safety Group. We are truly thrilled by the arrival of our new ‘music instruments’ and extend our sincere thanks to the people who made it possible,” says Siviwe Mbinda, Founder of The Happy Feet Youth Project. On the day of the handover, Wayne employees were fortunate enough to meet Siviwe and the children and attempted to learn some of the more ‘simple’ steps, steps which children...
BBF Safety Group puts a spring in children’s step

BBF Safety Group puts a spring in children’s step

BBF Safety Group, South Africa’s largest manufacturer of Safety Footwear, was pleased to recently donate much-needed shoes to the Caritas Child and Youth Care Centre in Kimberly. Crystal Van Deventer of Pienaar Bros in Kathu – one of BBF Safety Group’s distributors – reached out to the home to find out more about the work that they do and what donations they most urgently need. On seeing that shoes were on the list, Crystal immediately reached out to BBF Safety Footwear. Moved by their exceptional work, BBF donated 63 pairs of Beier safety boots to the Caritas home. “The shoes were so well received, especially by the boys”, said Pat, the Program Manager at Caritas. “We actually struggle to get them to take them off, they want to wear them all the time.” The children have been taught to polish and look after their shoes to keep them in tip top shape and, with the Beier shoes being exceptionally comfortable and durable, they should get lots of wear out of them. Vanessa Ronald, Senior Brand Manager at BBF Safety Group comments, “We have a strong community focus at BBF. People are at the core of what we do and the people we work with and their communities really matter to us. Having the opportunity to use our passion to have a positive impact on these children’s lives, really is a privilege.” ‘Caritas’, the Latin word for ‘love for all’, is a well-fitted name for the Child and Youth Care Centre. The registered non-profit organisation provides a secure environment to 80 traumatised children from the broader Northern Cape Region. Here,...
Footwear donation to support tourism’s future professionals

Footwear donation to support tourism’s future professionals

The tourism sector continues to be one of the fastest-growing and most vibrant sectors within the South African economy, which is why BBF Safety Group (BBF) is dedicated to supporting students on the Ray Mhlaba Skills Training Centre (RMSTC) participating in its hospitality training programme through the donation of footwear. “Almost half of South Africa’s adults under 35 are unemployed. Through donating safety footwear to students completing their NQF Level 4 in Professional Cookery, we are enabling the upliftment of young adults in Port Elizabeth, working to reduce poverty and creating citizens who positively contribute to South Africa,” remarks Silvana Lennox, BBF Safety Group Key Account Consultant. Supporting and uplifting the communities in which it operates, BBF is dedicated to positively impacting South Africa’s economy, and young adults who are the nation’s future workforce and leaders in business. “The 41 pieces of donated footwear means that our students can now have complete, professional uniforms which will allow them to train correctly and prepare for formal employment within the hospitality industry,” remarks RMSTC Project Director, Caroline Ferreira. To date, RMSTC has trained 1,038 students in its vocational training programmes, 82% of which are employed or earning a reliable income as an entrepreneur. “We are proud to partner with organisations like RMSTC as they share the same vision and wishes for South Africa’s future as BBF,” closes Lennox. Written and distributed for BBF Safery Group by Boomtown. For more information please call Kimberley Clare Ogden on 076 321 8918 or email kimberley@boomtown.co.za. Notes to Editors BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd. (BBF) is the largest manufacturer of safety footwear in Africa. With...
New Era For Safety Shoes Sales

New Era For Safety Shoes Sales

BBF Safety Group to launch new market-leading service On January 1, 2017 the BBF Safety Group, South Africa’s largest safety footwear manufacturer, will begin rolling out a revolutionary industry first service. Dubbed ‘sector specialists’ the company will make a consultant available to every sector of the manufacturing industry –  mining, agriculture, manufacturing, state owned enterprises and construction. The focus is on a massive knowledge transfer, with industry-wide innovation, efficiency and safety being the key. “We are responding to a very definite gap in the market,” said Ndlela Mazibuko, Group Sales Manager of BBF. “We have seen that when products are returned to us, it’s because incorrect advice led to the wrong shoe for the wrong job. We intend to change that, improving safety records and saving our clients money in the process.” “Knowledge gets lost along the value chain,” echoed Peter Gerbrands, Group Marketing Manager. “Procurement and health and safety officers are well informed, but often not experts on footwear. It’s specifically here that we aim to assist our clients.” The new Sector Specialists are tasked to educate, train and assist procurement departments, health and safety officers and SHEQ managers, as well as gather industry insights in order to better inform and drive product innovation. In this way answers to local industry challenges will be found and continue to be developed by BBF, rather than buyers looking abroad for solutions.  “Our focus is and always has been to stimulate local manufacturing instead of international imports,” said Mazibuko. The initiative was developed informally over time, with some of BBF’s brands involved in creating specific products for companies, such as Consul...