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Tutum Protect and Ububele Medical enter into a Partnership to Supply the South African Market

Tutum Protect Ltd has entered into a partnership with Ububele Medical (Pty) Ltd to distribute medical products, PPE, and screening equipment to the South African market.

Tutum Protect is delighted to announce that it has entered into a partnership with Ububele Medical, based in Johannesburg, to distribute Tutum Protect’s products throughout South Africa.

Through the new partnership, Tutum Protect is very excited to be able to offer its products and services in response to the South African market needs and equally so – government tender requirements.

This is an exciting step in Tutum Protect’s mission to support the health system in the African continent with timely deliveries of much needed medical equipment and supplies.

Alex Caramella, Tutum Protect’s Managing Director said: “We are very excited about our new partnership with Ububele Medical. This is a key event in Tutum Protect’s development and we are delighted to be able share this new development with Ububele. With our closely shared values we believe this to be a long lasting relationship”.

On the partnership with Tutum Protect, Lauretta Samuels, Ububele Medical’s Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted that we have been selected by Tutum Protect to be their preferred partner on this exciting journey. We believe our high ethical standards, understanding of the local market and our philosophy as an organisation to embrace Ubuntu, will stand this partnership in good stead.”

About Ububele Medical

Ububele Medical (Pty) Ltd is an independent distributor of medical products in Southern Africa. Trading since 2015, Ububele Medical is classified as a QSE (Qualifying Small Enterprise) under the BBBEE Codes of Good Practice and is therefore awarded a Level 1 status

Ububele Medical provides an array of medical products to private hospitals, government, independent medical practices and to other distributors and wholesalers. True to our name, “Ububele”, which means compassion in Xhosa, our mission is to make a difference in the South African medical industry through providing high-quality medical products, and by building and maintaining valued relationships based on mutual respectintegrity, and professionalism, with both our customers and partners.

For more information, please contact info@ububelemedical.co.za

www.ububelemedical.co.za

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About Tutum Protect

Tutum Protect is born with the sole purpose of trying to create certainty and stability in fragmented and disrupted supply and distribution chains. Our mission is to help the African private and public health sectors better access the global supply of Personal Protection Equipment and Medical Equipment.

Through access to established producers all over the world, from 3M in the US, to rigorously tested Asian and European manufacturers, Tutum Protect can bring the certainty and safety of timely deliveries.

We practice a high degree of transparency over the pricing of the products we source and are quick to react to challenges which may arise over their supply.

Our promise is to act with integrity and in South Africa we are committed to donating 10% of our annual income to The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

For more information, please contact kevin@tutumprotect.com

www.tutumprotect.com

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Tutum Protect Signs a Cooperation Agreement with the Mangini Group

Tutum Protect Ltd has signed a co-operation agreement with the Mangini Group to supply their world leading structural healthcare solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Tutum Protect is pleased to announce that we have signed a co-operation agreement with the Mangini Group to add their world leading structural solutions to our product offering.

Our partnership with the Mangini Group means that Tutum Protect can supply much needed biological containment environments as well as fully functioning “turnkey” solutions for new hospitals either as container solutions or as prefabricated structures. These cutting-edge solutions are ideal for new healthcare units in isolated locations or as temporary units in airports and passenger terminals to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and infectious diseases.

Founded in 1956, the Mangini Group has been supplying healthcare institutions for more than 60 years and is recognised as an international brand leader. It is one the few manufacturers in the world that designs, produces and installs high-tech mobile partitions with seismic-proof, fire-proof, acoustic and environmental certifications.

Biological Containment Environments

Constructed from mobile walls and systems, Mangini’s biological containment environments are solid, flexible and safe to construct and are ideal for preventing the spread of Covid-19 as they can be set up in record time.

Modular Hospitals

Modular Hospitals can be erected as plug and play solutions in as little as 5 days (intensive care units) or a few months for entire hospitals using local contractors and local workforce, minimising time and use of resources. All solutions are complete with structural walls and systems (water, sanitary facilities, independent electricity, emergency electricity, air conditioning, oxygen systems) and respect the highest standards of sealing and mechanical resistance to shocks, chemicals and fire.

Pre-fabricated Hospitals

Pre-fabricated hospitals are fully functioning semi-permanent structures. Dimensions can vary from smaller solutions to fully functioning complex facilities and they offer an attractive alternative to traditional brick and mortar hospitals.

Mangini’s products are regarded as the best in the world and Mangini has recently won a significant tender in Europe to supply modular hospitals to a major European Government.

We look forward to working with Mangini to supply much needed high-quality structural healthcare solutions to our customers.

For more information, please contact sales@tutumprotect.com

About Tutum Protect

Tutum Protect was born with the sole purpose of trying to create certainty and stability in fragmented and disrupted supply and distribution chains. Our mission is to help the African private and public health sectors better access the global supply of personal protection equipment and medical equipment and solutions.

Through access to established producers all over the world, from 3M in the US, to rigorously tested Asian and European manufacturers, Tutum Protect can bring the certainty and safety of timely deliveries.

We practice a high degree of transparency over the pricing of the products we source and are quick to react to challenges which may arise over their supply. 

Our promise is to act with integrity and in South Africa we are committed to donating 10% of our annual income to The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and are aligned with the permissions required by the World Health Organisation, (WHO).

Contact our team on sales@tutumprotect.com

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Tutum Protect appoints Kevin Fisher as its Senior Regional Director for Africa

We are delighted to report that Tutum Protect is making significant progress on its mission to support governments and organisations in sub-Saharan Africa to protect the lives of vulnerable people.

Tutum Protect’s executive team has grown to include Kevin Fisher, Senior Regional Director for Africa, who is responsible for driving Tutum Protect’s business interests and strategy for the region.

Starting his corporate career in pharmaceuticals with Sandoz Products and later Novartis South Africa, Kevin’s experience spans a variety of roles over 22 years within the medical sector primarily in sales and marketing strategy execution.

Moving over to the medical devices sector in 2002, he was appointed Country Manager for Welch Allyn SA (Pty) Ltd and developed the sub-Saharan business over 15 years and later as General Manager at Hill-Rom for the Africa Region post acquisition.

Kevin is passionate about creating results, shareholder value and developing people to their full potential.

Kevin’s appointment demonstrates Tutum Protect’s commitment to supporting the African public and private health sectors better access the global supply of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and medical equipment and we look forward to working with Kevin to make a positive impact in the region both now and in the coming years.

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kevin@tutumprotect.com

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About Tutum Protect

Tutum Protect is born with the sole purpose of trying to create certainty and stability in fragmented and disrupted supply and distribution chains. Our mission is to help the African private and public health sectors better access the global supply of Personal Protection Equipment and Medical Equipment.

Through access to established producers all over the world, from 3M in the US, to rigorously tested Asian and European manufacturers, Tutum Protect can bring the certainty and safety of timely deliveries.

We practice a high degree of transparency over the pricing of the products we source and are quick to react to challenges which may arise over their supply. 

Our promise is to act with integrity and in South Africa we are committed to donating 10% of our annual income to The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and are aligned with the permissions required by the World Health Organisation, (WHO).

Contact our team on sales@tutumprotect.com

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): How To Choose The Right Supplier

Buying personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene and testing products since the outbreak of Covid-19 has been fraught with challenges and many suppliers have been found wanting. There have been countless reports in the news of deliveries being late or lost, of exorbitant prices, and equipment arriving below standard.

So how can you ensure that you choose a reliable partner to supply your much-needed PPE? 

Here are our recommendations for what to consider when narrowing down your selection to help you choose the right supplier for your organisation:

Essential Criteria

The first step in choosing the right supplier is based on them meeting your essential criteria. These criteria will vary for each organisation but if you’re looking for N95 masks manufactured by 3M, then you can eliminate all those suppliers that don’t supply N95 3M masks. Equally, if you’re working to a particular deadline, you can eliminate all those suppliers that can’t meet it.

Value Alignment

Until recently, many organisations have stopped their search for a supplier once they found one that met their essential criteria. The result has been that many have overpaid or received products that don’t meet their quality requirements. But Covid-19 is here for the foreseeable future and organisations are beginning to move away from panic buying their PPE and hygiene products, to instituting sustainable solutions for sourcing them.

For many organisations, a sustainable solution will take the form of finding a supplier they can trust as a partner to serve their needs in the long term.

When choosing any long-term partner, it’s important to ensure that their values align with yours. The values and operating methods of a supplier are good indicators of whether you will be able to trust them. If you value transparency, you should look for a supplier that is honest with their pricing models. If you value philanthropy, perhaps you will look for a partner that pledges a percentage of their profits to charity. Whatever your organisation’s values, choosing a supplier that shares them is a good start to building a relationship.

Communication

Good communication with your supplier is important because if an issue arises with your shipment, you need to know that they will be quick to respond. Therefore, while you’re still in the process of choosing a supplier, keep in mind how good they are at communicating with you. Are you often bounced around from person to person? Do they take days (or weeks!) to respond to simple queries? These should be signs that they are not the supplier for you.

However, if they are quick to respond, attentive to your needs and easy to get hold of, you can be assured that they are likely to maintain that good communication from order placement, to shipment, and until you are completely satisfied with your products.

Certifications

Having a good relationship with your supplier means nothing if the quality of the products they supply are not up to standard. Some organisations will have higher standards than others that they need to satisfy but having identified the certifications and standards that the products need to meet, you need to ensure that the products comply with them.

A trustworthy supplier should have no objections to showing you the certifications that each of the products they supply has and should be transparent about where they are made and by which manufacturers. 

Cost

We all know that the cheapest option is not always the best option and could mean low quality or a far-off delivery date. But many struggle to look beyond the bottom line and this has led to countless organisations being misled in recent months by suppliers over promising and under delivering. Our advice is that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Delivery

Your supplier should be completely honest about their ability to deliver products. If several suppliers have said their lead time is 6 weeks, and one says they can deliver within 2, you should query why this is. Perhaps they already have the stock in a local warehouse, in which case you can breathe easy. Or perhaps they are over promising to lock in the order. The way to find out is to obtain assurances and proof that what they are promising can be delivered. 

The Decision

Having considered all of the above, it’s likely that’s you will have narrowed down your selection to very few suppliers. All that remains, is to decide between them. If cost is more important to you than fast delivery, choose the supplier offering a lower price for a longer delivery time. If communication is most important to you, choose the supplier that has been most attentive.

About Tutum Protect

Tutum Protect is born with the sole purpose of trying to create certainty and stability in fragmented and disrupted supply and distribution chains. Our mission is to help the African private and public health sectors better access the global supply of Personal Protection Equipment and Medical Equipment.

Through access to established producers all over the world, from 3M in the US, to rigorously tested Asian and European manufacturers, Tutum Protect can bring the certainty and safety of timely deliveries.

We practice a high degree of transparency over the pricing of the products we source and are quick to react to challenges which may arise over their supply. 

Our promise is to act with integrity and in South Africa we are committed to donating 10% of our annual income to The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and are aligned with the permissions required by the World Health Organisation, (WHO).

Contact our team on sales@tutumprotect.com