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Strand Group Developments join SAVA

Strand Group Developments (Pty) Ltd is the latest member to have joined the ranks of the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA), the industry body representing the local PVC industry.

According to Anton Maingard, Director of the KwaZulu Natal-based company, becoming a member of SAVA was a natural progression for them.

“We have been operating in the packaging industry for the past 25 years. Although traditionally our focus has been more on manufacturing our Main-Pak brand of high quality polystyrene foam packaging, we have also recently expanded our service offering to include producing Mainwrap food grade PVC cling film,” Maingard says.

Thanks to their experience with similar industry bodies, such as the Polystyrene Association of South Africa, Strand (who is founder member of PSASA) has first-hand experience of the importance and benefits that are derived from belonging to a product recovery organisation.

“Belonging to an industry association offers you networking opportunities, access to information and the opportunity to stay on top of industry developments. We believe that being part of a successful industry implies accepting a responsibility towards your fellow role-players who operate in that industry.  By joining forces, you get to have a say in important issues that affect your business and your future.  It is the right thing to do, and we knew that it would only be a matter of time before we joined SAVA,” he explains.

Maingard goes on to say that his company was happy to sign SAVA’s Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC) – a series of achievable commitments that aim to address the PVC industry’s environmental issues through adhering to sustainable manufacturing processes and the use of additives, implementing a closed-loop management system and raising sustainability awareness.

“We believe that SAVA has a very important role to play in educating the market about the manufacturing, use and recycling of PVC and that they are keeping the vinyls industry relevant. We are proud to be associated with the members who form part of this association and look forward to working closely with them in the years to come,” concludes Maingard.


For more information on Strand Group Developments (Pty) Ltd, contact Anton Maingard on

Tel: 032 945 0066/7 or email antonm@main-pak.co.za

Polystyrene Association welcomes new Project Coordinator for Breadtags for Wheelchairs Project

The Polystyrene Association has appointed Patricia February as Project Coordinator for its rapidly growing Breadtags for Wheelchairs Project.


Patricia will be based full time at the Association’s offices in Stellenbosch and will be responsible for providing administrative support, managing the queries from collectors and coordinators as well as overseeing the process of getting the collected polystyrene to recyclers who are based around the country.

She is no stranger to administration and office management, having worked in the hospitality industry overseas and in recruitment prior to joining the Polystyrene Association at the beginning of April 2018.

“I am very grateful and excited about this amazing opportunity.  Although it is a completely new and different environment for me, I am finding it very interesting. I am looking forward to working with new people and building good relations with everyone involved,” she says.

Patricia has been married for 11 years and is the proud mother of Lyle (aged 10) and Mia (aged 3).  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and describes cooking as her passion.

To contact the Polystyrene Association, call (+27 72 820 2506 or +27 87 087 0418)

or email Patricia@polystyrenesa.co.za

Technology on wheels at Plastics|SA

Plastics|SA’s Training Division was recently  tasked by Venture Plastics in Rosslyn, to customise a one year programme comprehensively covering all aspects of knowledge, practical skills and workplace experiential components of the Injection Moulding Setter Occupation.

Venture enrolled 13 learners, including unemployed graduates, in the programme which began in February 2018.

Plastics|SA devised a comprehensive training plan for this group, which involved partnerships with other providers who specialise in various offerings. Plastics|SA’s Training Division believes in providing our learners with world class skills and partnering with the most suitable providers. Since pneumatics and hydraulics knowledge and insight are vital to this occupation, Plastics|SA called upon the assistance of Festo, a  leading world-wide supplier of automation technology and the performance leader in industrial training and education programs.

Living up to their international reputation, Festo provided a fully equipped ‘classroom on wheels’, which remained parked at Plastics|SA’s premises for the duration of the training.

Festo has a worldwide presence with 250 branches in 62 countries.

MANDATORY GHG REPORTING: Is your firm ready?

The National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations (Regulations or GHG reporting regulations) came into effect on 3 April 2017 with the first submission deadline by 31 March 2018. The purpose of these regulations is to allow the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to gather information from business to assist South Africa to update and maintain a National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. This is a requirement under the Paris Climate Agreement, which South Africa ratified in November 2016.

The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reported by companies will be used as the basis for the carbon tax calculations. Companies, in control of certain GHG emitting activities and with an associated capacity exceeding a predetermined threshold, will be required to submit GHG emission data in a format prescribed by the Regulations. The calculations of the emissions must be done in line with Technical Guidelines that were published with the Regulations. Companies should note that the calculation methodologies in these Technical Guidelines differ from the conventional corporate calculation methodologies as GHG Protocol Corporate Standard and ISO14064.


  • Determine whether your company is in control of an activity listed in Annexure 1 of the Regulations;
  • Determine whether the installed capacity, associated with that activity, exceeds the indicated threshold; If so, register your company and familiarise yourself with the NAEIS portal and report your emissions as per the National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations by 31 March 2018;

The emissions reported to DEA will be the exact same emissions that will be subject to carbon tax. The carbon tax is planned to be effective from 1 January 2019 which means your company will pay carbon tax to SARS on the emissions generated over the 2019 calendar year.

Start planning now as to how to reduce your company’s possible future carbon tax exposure by looking at ways to reduce your operation’s GHG emissions through technological interventions as well as investing in carbon offsets.

Download the Mandatory GHG Reporting fact sheet.

Plastics|SA goes digital

Keeping up with modern trends, Plastics|SA now issues ‘digital’ certificates instead of hard-copy certificates.

How does this work?

Once learners have been found competent in a learning programme, Plastics|SA, through its Digital Certificates service provider, Limelight Software, creates each learner’s digital original certificate.   Each digital certificate is loaded into Plastics|SA’s vault, as well as the relevant client’s vault, and is accessible on the website www.mycertificates.co.za. This website is very user-friendly, and certificates in the Vault can be easily e-mailed, printed or downloaded. Plastics|SA staff members are always on hand to talk you through the process.

Digital certificates:

  • obviate the need for printing of hard-copy certificates which would need to be collected, posted or delivered to a client’s premises;
  • mean no delay in the issuing of certificates, unless a learner is found not yet competent;
  • enable clients to always have access to learners’ certificates via the website;
  • enable clients to e-mail certificates;
  • bear a QRCode which, when scanned with a mobile phone, will display the original certificate. If the details on the certificate shown to you on paper or screen do not match the scanned image, then you are being shown a fraudulent certificate.

The certificates are loaded on the website by learning programme name and per course date, and will always be there for easy reference.  The client then has the option to print the certificate (in colour if preferred), and/or save the certificate.


Should you have any queries regarding these certificates, please do not hesitate to contact your Plastics|SA training administrator:

Gauteng:         Fhatu               Tel. 011 653 4788 or fhatu@plasticssa.co.za

Renee             Tel. 011 653 4797 or renee.mclean@plasticssa.co.za

KZN:                Desirée           Tel. 031 702 7222 or desiree.reddy@plasticssa.co.za

WC:                 Kim                  Tel. 021 591 5512 or kim.arendse@plasticssa.co.za

Zikhona           Tel. 021 591 5512 or zikhona.nokama@plasticssa.co.za

2018 Training Information Sharing Breakfasts

We are excited to invite our customers to our annual Information Sharing breakfast, taking place soon! 

Please see below for the dates:

For more information, or to book your seats, please contact:

Cape Town:       7 March          Kim.Arendse@plasticssa.co.za
Durban:             8 March          Desiree.Reddy@plasticssa.co.za
Johannesburg:  14 March        Fhatu@plasticssa.co.za
Port Elizabeth:  15 March        Kim.Arendse@plasticssa.co.za

News from Polyco

According to recent statistics, 95% of South Africa does not recycle and as of 2017, the country has a 28% unemployment rate. Packa-Ching, a community-based initiative spearheaded by the Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco), aims to increase household recycling rates and simultaneously uplift communities in South African informal settlements and lower-income areas by incentivising a change in behaviour. By tapping into a stream of recyclable material that is largely untouched, the project is educating consumers about recycling and showing them that waste has value.

Packa-Ching is a mobile buy-back centre that travels into communities to purchase recyclable materials from the public. It was inspired by traditional models of the buy-back centre and “swap-shop” where trash is exchanged for cash or goods. Packa-Ching Project Co-ordinator, Brooke Kuhne, says, “We looked at existing recycling models and adapted them to achieve something that is accessible to all South Africans and is both efficient and sustainable. By taking the service to a person’s doorstep and rewarding them for their materials, recycling is no longer seen as inconvenient.”


Payments are made by money being loaded onto a special debit card called a KilorandsTM card. This operates the same way that a gift card does, in that money is loaded onto the card in real-time and can be spent immediately at any MasterCard-accepting outlet.

The project launched on the 21st of August 2017 in Langa, Cape Town. In just six months, with only two morning collections per week, this community has recycled over 100 tonnes of waste, about the same weight as 19 elephants, and in exchange received over R100 000. “We have heard the most inspiring and encouraging stories about the project from members in Langa. A recent one came from an elderly lady who is a regular at Packa-Ching. She looks after her grandchildren and relies solely on government grants to take care of them. Since Packa-Ching launched, she has saved up her money each week and over the December holidays was able to take her grandchildren with her to the Eastern Cape for Christmas, as well and purchase school uniforms for the year ahead,” says Brooke.

Packa-Ching partnered with WastePlan to service the Langa community, who agreed to buy every kilogram of material that Packa-Ching purchases from this area. Their truck delivers the vibrantly branded trailer to one of two specific sites in Langa for a few hours, visiting each site weekly. This ensures access to the service for all community members without having to travel far distances at all.

Community members bring their separated recyclable packaging material to the kiosk where the material is checked, weighed, and exchanged for money that is loaded onto their personal KilorandsTM card. This alternative payment system removes the logistical challenge of accounting for cash and stock, while also avoiding the security issues that currency attracts. All an individual needs in order to register is a basic cell phone, which also functions to communicate information and allows users to cancel a lost or stolen card or check their available balance.

Polyco CEO, Mandy Naude, says, “We are also conducting an ethnographic research study to understand how users are responding to the project and how effective Packa-Ching is in terms of shifting perceptions about recycling and the value of waste.” Initial findings showed that there is a strong stigma attached to waste collection and handling, as it is seen as a dirty and poverty-associated activity. Through observation and interaction with users, change is being noticed, whereby certain individuals seem to be more willing to collect recyclable waste from others or pick up litter, in order to earn more money at Packa-Ching. A second phase of research interviews will confirm these results in the coming months.

A crucial component of changing this negative perception is education and public awareness, and Packa-Ching knows that. The project takes care to use bright, attractive colours in their branding to convey a positive mood. In the month leading up to the project launch in Langa, they experimented with a variety of advertising methods and found on the ground, personal community activation to be the most effective. Packa-Ching ran education campaigns in each of the nine schools in the community, featuring educational performances with an industrial theatre group and an interactive mascot, Packa-man – the Packa-Ching logo come to life. They also produced age-specific educational booklets to teach children about recycling and encourage them to take the message home to their parents.

The rollout of Packa-Ching will see two kiosks operating at full capacity (a minimum of nine collections per week) in 2018. The work-in-progress “franchise” model boasts the benefit of enterprise development, whereby an entrepreneur will be sub-contracted by a waste collection partner to own and run a Packa-Ching unit. By securing sponsorship to cover a portion of the operating costs of this unit, in exchange for an attractive brand exposure opportunity, the business model becomes profitable for an owner driver. “We are so excited about the developments of the model, as we believe this will really give the project legs and spread the positive impacts it has created,” says Mandy.

For more information contact Mandy@polyco.co.za or visit www.polyco.co.za

News from ARMSA

The Association of Rotational Moulders of Southern Africa’s (ARMSA) annual conference, Rotation 2018, takes place at Kloofzicht Lodge in Muldersdrift, Gauteng, on 14-15 March (Wed-Thursday).

ARMSA has again succeeded in attracting a number of top international roto experts to present, including Paul Nugent of the USA, Gareth McDowell of 493K of Northern Ireland, Olivier Perrier of RAIGI (France), Bill Spenceley of Flexahopper (Canada) and Michael Curlow of PSD Rotoworx (Australia).

An exhibition runs alongside the conference.

Please click here to view the registration page. Alternatively, copy and paste this URL into your browser to view the registration page: http://armsa.weebly.com/

The provisional programme and sponsorship/exhibitor information is also available on this link.

Once you have completed the Registration Form, an Invoice will be sent to you for payment. Please note that the accommodation bookings will be dealt with on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Regional Training News – Western Cape

Information Sharing Breakfast 2018

Bernhard Schulz, Senior Project Engineer – Interior @ Isuzu Motors South Africa; Babsy Nolubabalo – HR Practitioner @ Faurecia Interior Systems, Michael Oelofse – HR Manager @ Rhino Plastics receiving their Lucky Draw spot prizes from Isabelle Brettenny (Plastics|SA) at the Information-sharing Breakfast recently hosted by Plastics|SA at Lodge on Main in Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

Also present at the breakfast were Harry Solomon and Olrike Pettit (MerSETA Port Elizabeth Client Liaison Officers) with Kirtida Bhana and Isabelle Brettenny of Plastics|SA.

Workplace Safety Training

The saying: “Safety in the Workplace is Everyone’s responsibility” is “spot-on” for many companies.  Delegates on the Workplace Safety training, which took place in April 2018, conducted by Technical Trainer, Marthinus Du Toit (standing 2nd from Right), were from Alplas Plastics, Allflex Packaging, Myplas and Plaslantic.

Basic Raw Materials training

  took place in April with delegates from Amcor Flexibles, Plaslantic, Sandplast Injection Moulding and UV Tooling under the watchful eye of  Technical Trainer, Andrew Murray. Basic Raw Materials is paramount for companies who need their workforce to understand the properties and uses of the plastic materials that they are working with.

Thank you

Thank you to Spicoly Plastics (frisbee and spoon & fork moulds) & Flexoline Products (hairslide mould)for supplying moulds for practical training at Plastics|SA Maitland premises. It is very important to have different moulds for practising mould changes, as it assists the learners to apply their practical skills in the workplace.

 Grant Crosby-Emery with Mpact Containers Atlantis (Left pic), Turner Plastics and Wizard Plastics (Right pic) delegates displaying some of the finished products.

Manufacturing and Assembly Operations Supervision

Manufacturing and Assembly Operations Supervision delegates from Alplas Plastics, Plaslantic and Superthene Films with Technical Trainer, Marthinus Du Toit (Centre) who attended the Phase 1– Effective Planning training.

Production Technology Learnerships

The first group of Production Technology Learnerships from Mpact Versapak in Paarl, who started in April, pictured below with Technical Trainer, Grant-Crosby Emery.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Kim Arendse on 021 – 591 5512 or Kim.arendse@plasticssa.co.za

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