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Swift wins SA Quality Award and opens new regional office in Durban

2011 is proving to be an excellent year for Swift Micro Laboratories. Besides celebrating two decades of service to the food industry, the company has received a South African Quality Award and opened its latest regional office in Durban.

Ian Scholtz (Swift’s Midrand Branch Manager), Anza Bester (Business Development Manager) and Dr Rob Davis (Minister of Trade and Industry) at the DTI function.

The South African Quality Awards (established by government through the Department of Trade and Industry) are held annually to promote quality and effective quality-management methodologies in South African business. With many local companies now competing globally, the DTI realised the importance of recognising the efforts involved in attaining quality. Its rationale is to encourage companies to adhere to proper quality business norms and to comply with local, regional and international quality standards.

The awards are adjudicated by the DTI, Business, Labour, the National Metrology Institute of South Africa, the South African Bureau of Standards and the South African National Accreditation System.

Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, handed over a certificate and trophy in recognition of Swift’s excellent service to Anza Bester (Business Development Manager) and Ian Scholtz (Midrand Branch Manager) at a ceremony at the Velmore Hotel in Centurion. 

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award in the category Quality Service for Large Enterprises. It’s wonderful to be acknowledged for the hard work put in over the past two decades to maintain our ISO 17025 accreditation,” says Anza Bester.

Awards are made in five categories, with Swift receiving recognition for service that best reflects commitment to local production and quality.

“These accolades recognise companies that have improved the quality of local goods and services and encourages individuals to contribute towards quality advancement in all sectors by having measurement and quality systems, procedures and processes in place to support national as well as regional economic development and growth,” says Dr Rob Davies.

The win means the company automatically qualifies for entry into the SADC Annual Quality Awards in 2012.

Mala Pillay and Kalpana Bhoora (Fortified Foods) with Leigh Owen (Jonday Foods) and Swift’s Maureen Benedetti at the opening of the regional office in Durban.

Swift has opened new doors in Durban, located in Kingfisher Office Park in Mount Edgecombe. Kwazulu-Natal clients will be looked after by Maureen Benedetti, while services offered include independent microbiological sampling, hygiene audits, training and technical assistance with problem-solving, help with microbiological monitoring programmes and quality management systems.

Samples sent to the Durban office for testing will be couriered to the company’s ISO 17025-accredited (by SANAS) laboratory in Midrand. The Durban office will also serve as a depot for sampling equipment and will carry items such as cooler boxes, ice bricks, swabs and sterile sample containers.

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