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A South African company has decided to look inward at it’s organisation & has found the most extraordinary human beings with the most interesting stories.


There’s something truly South African and really special about walking into a sparkling clean public toilet greeted by a friendly face saying “welcome to my office”… and the company behind these key individuals has decided to highlight their amazing stories with a campaign called “People of Prestige”.

Bidvest Prestige is the largest leading specialist of world class outsourced solutions in Southern Africa and Mauritius.

“Our business philosophy is centred on first class service delivery and ethics. Through the coordination of multiple work streams, people management processes and integrated delivery systems, our solutions are adding value and clients can focus on their core business, whilst we take care of their non-core service requirements.” Bidvest website states.

With a professional and skilled workforce of 48 000 South Africans and over 100 years of combined experience, they specialise in Contract Cleaning, Specialised Cleaning, Landscaping, Training, Events Staffing, Healthcare Careworkers and Mobile Toilet Hire.

“We love SA and we want to celebrate the beautiful souls and faces who comprise our communities.”

“We post a new profile to instagram and Facebook every week day, and with tens of thousands of profiles to cover within Bidvest Prestige, Retroviral hopes to create a gallery of incredible people for the rest of the foreseeable future!” Mike Sharman from Retroviral, the agency that helped with the campaign added.

By visiting the Instagram & Facebook feeds, you will be filled with proudly South African stories about real people who have more to them than what meets the eye.

As the famous photographer, Paul Strand once said, “It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.”

And these stories show humanness behind the very people that usually tend to go unnoticed.

We’ve posted two awesome stories below but you should really visit their Facebook & Instagram pages to get inspired by the daily feeds.

People of prestige
Lorraine doesn’t look it, but she’s the mother of three wonderful children. The eldest, her son, plays big brother to her two daughters. She’s very proud of them. Originally from Limpopo, she came to the big city to pursue new opportunities.
Xolani started out cleaning bins in Soweto for just R5. Creating his own opportunities, he saved up enough money to get to Fourways to become a cleaner. Fast forward a few years, and he's been promoted to Storeman.
Xolani started out cleaning bins in Soweto for just R5. Creating his own opportunities, he saved up enough money to get to Fourways to become a cleaner. Fast forward a few years, and he’s been promoted to Storeman.

People of Prestige is more than just a campaign, it’s a movement dedicated to their people; the ones who are so often overlooked cleaning an office, a recreational area or a temporary event or experience.

“We are dedicated to the change that we want to see in our country and this is the reason we have launched this project.”

“People matter – they are the most important part of life and our business.”

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