Johannesburg, Gauteng – Servest announced the completion of an R1.4m investment into a complete irrigation system which will improve the quality of plants and reduce growing times at their Restio Ridge growing operation. This is a huge benefit to Servest and their clients. The next phase of investment at Resito Ridge will aim to install a fertigation system to work in tandem with the irrigation system.
Servest has also recently completed the introduction of biological control at Restio Ridge, which is a method of controlling disease using other organisms, rather than the traditional spraying of chemicals.
Servest operates the largest interior plant growing operation in South Africa, and has two facilities, the main growing operation is called Restio Ridge and is 12km outside Malelane Mpumalanga. On average the growing operation holds approximately. 75000 specimen plants to supply the interior plants division with a steady supply of quality plants.
Servest’s growing operation employs 26 staff, and includes a Guesthouse which can accommodate 10 guests and is available to rent. Servest rents land from local farmers for their expanding production which brings benefits to the local economy
The intensive growing operation has a minimum of 70000 plants in the ground at any time, with an average growing time for each plant of four years, from the original cutting to the delivery to Lone Creek.
Lone Creek is the home base for Servest installation teams; the acclimatisation and holding facility is where at any given time approximately 20000 specimens are stored and where all orders are received and prepared for delivery to the clients’ premises.
Servest is unique in that it is the only interior plant service provider in South Africa that has their own growing operations. Servest also has a footprint in the operations used by their competitors and have growing agreements with several other growers in Mpumalanga and Kwa -Zulu Natal.
“Our focus is on quality and to set the standards within our industry. Servest is at the forefront of our industry, we supply to our competitors, retail businesses and the public.” says Colin Ross General Manager of Servest’s Office Services Division.
A selection of Servest interior plants can be found in retailers such as Builders Express, Lifestyle and Stodels in Cape Town. . For more information about quality, responsibly grown indoor plants go to www.servest.co.za.
Following a landmark black economic empowerment deal with investment Holding company Kagiso Tiso Holdings, Servest is the largest, majority black-owned facilities management company on the African continent.
The company has a significant presence in Africa and the United Kingdom with multicurrency earnings. Servest’s African operations are headquartered in Johannesburg and have a footprint in 10 African countries.
The Group employs 50,000 staff; at over 20,000 sites; our services, which include cleaning, parking, catering, hygiene, office services and landscaping, touch the working lives of thousands of people employed by eminent entities.
A feature of the Servest Group strategy is the extension of empowerment into its African markets through training, associations, partnerships and joint ventures.
The aim is to create a foundation for sustainable growth through local capacity building.