The University of Johannesburg (UJ) announced a new three year vendor agreement with Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA) to provide new printing and copier technology throughout the University’s copy centres.
The enhanced features and functionality of the new technology will provide University staff and students with productivity gains and increased flexibility. The replacement of all existing copiers across the University’s four campuses will be the end result of the agreement which came into effect in the beginning of 2012.
“With the job submission module, secure printing with authentication, increased reporting features, automated billing, RightFax facilities, in-line finishing, job balancing and more efficient production of course-packs, we are confident that the new multifunctional printers will lead the way in providing our University community with the most advanced technology available,” said Professor Thea Voogt, Manager and Principal Officer: UJ Pension Fund, Defined Benefit Pension Fund, Disability Reserve Fund.
Some of the service advantages to students are shorter queues due to faster output, automated fault recognition, PCounter Webpay and better how-to-guides. Each library level and computer lab where Konica Minolta devices are housed will be manned by Konica Minolta staff during the extended library and computer lab hours throughout the rolled out period. A Konica Minolta Helpdesk will also be available where students can lodge enquiries/ complaints and compliments.
Printing in the libraries and computer labs are moving to a cash-free environment therefore students need to register on PCounter WebPay that allows them to deposit money into their student printing accounts via the Web or via their mobile phones. The new on-line deposit system can be accessed on https://uj.pcounterwebpay.com. Some advantages of the on-line deposit system include e-mailed receipts and on-line transaction records. Money can be loaded into the student’s account by anyone and the funds are available immediately.
The partnership between UJ and KMSA has resulted in a contribution of more than R38 000.00 to the R500 000.00 already donation by KMSA to the Save the rhino campaign. KMSA donates R100 per bizhub device placed at UJ.