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Haldan Consulting and the Nelson Mandela University have partnered to bring you the

Continuous Improvement Workshop Series ’19

This workshop will be hosted by the Nelson Mandela University’s Industrial Engineering Department on North Campus in May 2019!

We are excited to announce that Jendamark and Afrisoft will facilitate two of the topics at this year’s Continuous Improvement Workshop Series.
This Series includes 4 practical workshops that take place over 2 days, with an optional Factory Tour on day 3. Continuous improvement is an integral part of doing business – if an organization (of any type) chooses to continue with “business as usual” they will soon fall behind their competitors. The motor industry, led by Toyota, has shown the way with regards to continuous improvement – others have noted Toyota’s superior performance and have begun their own continuous improvement journey’s.  Popular methodologies for achieving this include Lean, Six Sigma and TPM.  Whichever route you choose, it is clear that some form of continuous improvement methodology has to be utilized in order to keep up with your competition!

The Continuous Improvement Workshop Series adds value to this by exposing delegates to a number of the CI tools – some old and some new.  The evolution and theory of four tools will be discussed and demonstrated in a practical way so that delegates can return to work and implement improvements using these tools.

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The following topics will be covered:

About Dr Karl van der Merwe (Senior Lecturer, Department of Industrial Engineering, Nelson Mandela University)

Dr. Karl van der Merwe has been a practicing Industrial Engineer since 1989. After a fifteen-year stint in the Automotive sector, he moved to an academic environment to pursue a career in teaching, research and consulting.  He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management, which was granted by Nelson Mandela University, based on research completed in the field of Lean and Six Sigma operations. He currently oversees a number of continuous improvement research projects in collaboration with industry partners and has authored several books on related topics. He is also an enthusiastic cyclist, currently residing in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

About Jaco Snyders (Lecturer, Department of Industrial Engineering, Nelson Mandela University)

Jaco is a Lecturer in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. Prior to joining academia he worked in the automotive industry and was involved in numerous improvement and lean implementation projects. He manages the Centre for Business Engineering at the university and is currently involved in lean research.

About Yanesh Naidoo (Sales and Design Director, Jendamark Automation)

Yanesh Naidoo started his career as a project engineer for Volkswagen South Africa, where he was responsible for managing all aspects involved in sourcing equipment for VW’s production facilities. It was this interest in automation that saw him join Jendamark as a business development engineer in 2004. In 2010, Yanesh was appointed as the Sales and Design Director at Jendamark Automation, and today he continues to identify opportunities for accelerated growth and aims to stay ahead of industry requirements by developing software solutions and using technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality to create industry-leading assembly facilities.

About Russell Kleyn (Director, Afrisoft)

Russell Kleyn has been designing and implementing shop floor data collection systems in factories and warehouses around the world for over 20 years as a director in a company called Afrisoft. Afrisoft offers custom technological solutions which address a variety of challenges, including WMS and Inventory Control. Russell’s comprehensive understanding of issues faced by warehouse managers allows him to solve real-life problems in industries that cover distribution, manufacturing and warehousing. In a prior life, he ran a PLC / MES project business who implemented complex automation and control systems in a variety of industries but with a heavy focus on the automotive and food industries across Southern Africa.

The 3-days are scheduled as follows:

Time Day 1 – 21 May 2019  Day 2 – 22 May 2019  Day 3 – 23 May 2019
08:00 – 08:30 Welcome & Registration
08:30 – 12:30 Toyota Kata Single-Minute Exchange

of Dies (SMED)

Factory Tour
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Close-off
13:30 – 17:00 Industry 4.0: An Overview

and Insights

Warehouse Management Systems:

Collecting and  Using Real Time Data

from the Shop Floor


Nelson Mandela University

Summerstrand North Campus

Engineering Building

University Way


Port Elizabeth



R4000per person (excl VAT)
  • Registration closing date was 29 April 2019, but have been extended to 03 May 2019
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If you would like to be involved either as a SPONSOR or EXHIBITOR, contact us!

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Below you can browse some photos taken at the CIWS 2018 Event: