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 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

Renee             Tel. 011 653 4797 or

KZN:                Desirée           Tel. 031 702 7222 or

WC:                 Kim                  Tel. 021 591 5512 or

Zikhona           Tel. 021 591 5512 or

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
Durban:             8 March
Johannesburg:  14 March
Port Elizabeth:  15 March

Welcome and new beginnings

The KZN Training Region welcomes our new Technical Trainer, Prean Reddy. Prean has a wealth of industry experience and we are certain that he will add great value to our team and our industry partners.


Learnership review

Our various learnerships continue to enjoy industry support. Feedback from candidates and companies site improved confidence, skills,  morale, production and quality as just a few of the benefits.

We are excited to add Production Technology and Generic Management to our learnership offerings.

Boxmore learners are delighted to be on the National Certificate in Plastics Manufacturing NQF 3 learnership and cannot wait for their next course in February:

Technovaa and Verigreen learnership candidates started their NQF 2 learnership in Plastics Manufacturing this week. Also in this photo is Technical Trainer, Xolani Mdletshe:

 Annual information sharing breakfast

We invite all our customers to our annual Information Sharing breakfast on 08 March from 08h30 – 11h00. Invitations will be sent out, but if we have missed you, please contact or if you would like to attend, or phone us on 031 702722.

 Attention Extrusion companies

Don’t miss out! Our Basic Extrusion course on our new Extruder takes place on 9 – 13 April. Technical Trainer, Paul Nkunzi, is very excited to be presenting this and cannot wait to meet your candidates. Paul is an extrusion maestro with vast industry experience in this technology.

Paul Nkunzi looks forward to welcoming your delegates

Donation request

We have been fortunate enough to receive a donation of an Automa Blow Moulding machine. Our humble request to industry is for the donation of a single cavity blow mould with Blow pins. Preferably around 200mls if possible. Please contact if you are able to assist.


Technical trainers Paul Nkunzi and Prean Reddy with private students on Basic Injection Moulding

 Please speak to us if you need help in determining which level skills programme or learnership your candidate(s) should attend.  This year we look forward to new as well as continued interaction with you, our stakeholders.

Our aim is to serve and provide relevant skills for your industry.


The NQF Level 4 Plastic Manufacturing Learnerships that started in 2017 are about to be finalized in February 2018.

 Learners from Alplas Plastics, Micro Mouldings, Myplas and UV Tooling with Technical Trainer Grant Crosby-Emery.

Manufacturing and Assembly Operations Supervision NQF Level 4 is a firm favourite with companies, as the benefits are far-reaching and can be seen as a true ROI (Return on Investment). The qualification can be done as a Learnership or individual Skills Programmes can be chosen.

Companies that have taken advantage of the benefits to upskill their Supervisors, Team Leaders and Junior Managers include, Alplas Plastics, Akacia Medical, Sandplast Injection Moulding, Barno Plastics, Barr’s Pharmaceutical’s, Hotflo and Satchwell Controls (Divisions of Actom), Plastform, Thermopac, Mpact Versapak, Micro Mouldings, Jeff Art Signs, Superthene Films, UV Tooling, Zibo Containers, Conro Precision and Cape Steel Core.

Andrew Murray and Isabelle Brettenny of PSA with Sean Stuttaford (CEO of Alplas Plastics) and their Supervisory Management delegate, Sarah Smith.

Mpact Versapak in Paarl, sent 10 delegates to complete their Supervisory Management Learnerships/National Qualification.

 Genene Barnard (middle), HR Manager with 4 of their delegates.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Kim Arendse on 021 – 591 5512 or

Plastics|SA would like to partner with you in all of your upskilling endeavours. We offer learnerships, assessments (including Recognition of Prior Learning), skills programmes, customised skills programmes and consulting.

Interactive Workshops to refine ‘pockets of excellence’

A jam packed and stimulating two days were recently spent energising and inspiring our Training team, setting them in good stead for a new and exciting 2018! Facilitated by the Training Division’s Management Team, the sessions kicked off with  a session entitled ‘Walt Disney Productions’ which resulted in finding common values; identifying challenges and discussing opportunities.  The next session: ‘Making learning stick’ was about creating an exciting and active learning environment which allows all learners to engage in their learning process.  Day 2 started with a session on ‘Learning Material Design and Development’ and ended with ‘How to market to a captive audience’.


Besides lifting morale and building team spirit, these interactive sessions also allowed team members to revisit the transformative nature of their jobs and the influence they have on their learners lives through uplifting skills, confidence and ultimately human dignity.

The team left the meeting having no doubts about their role in the organisation, their contribution to the Training Division and the expectations in terms of performance.

Find out more about what’s happening in each of our regions:


Learnership Updates

We are hoping to have full classes for the learnerships in 2018 again. More than 50 learners have already registered for this year, and we encourage companies to register their learners prior to commencement of the learnerships in March 2018.

 Information-Sharing Breakfast

 You are cordially invited to our Information-Sharing Breakfast taking place on 14 March 2018 from 08:30 – 11:40 at our premises in Midrand.  Come and enjoy breakfast with us, attend  and participate in the networking.

More than 50 guests representing different companies are expected to attend this session.

You are invited to use this opportunity to market your company by sponsoring prizes to be won by the guests in a lucky draw.  Plastics|SA will also be awarding a Training Voucher in a lucky draw.


Thermoplastic Welding Training

 More than 20 learners enrolled for our first thermoplastic welding programme at the end of January.

André Meyer and his two sons Jandré and Michael seen above during an Overlap Welding Training session with Amos Mkhonto.



Thermoplastic Welding Technology Day

 Plastics|SA in Midrand will be hosting a Welding Technology Day on 16 May 2018.  Further info will be sent out at a later stage.


The evolution of the plastics industry over the last two decades has been substantial.

Looking at the growing world population and their never ceasing demand for better products, scenario analysts agree that manufacturing pressures will only intensify over the next ten years.  This will put growing pressure on plastics manufacturers to demonstrate an ability to reinvent themselves – a skill that will become pivotal for the survival of the plastics industry.

Whilst South Africa boasts many local plastic manufacturers who are successfully demonstrating this dynamic side to the industry, there are still challenges that remain when it comes to monitoring those that help keep the industry going, namely the staff compliment.

Lack of Knowledge is a hindrance

“Business owners often have to overcome day-to-day challenges in their working environment, such as rising electricity and operating costs, strikes and labour issues such as low motivation levels or indifference in the quality of work employees produce. The lack of knowledge regarding both the material and machinery can prove to be a hindrance, as employees can be ill-equipped to fully grasp what is required from them,” warns Kirtida Bhana, Training Executive at Plastics|SA.

According to Bhana, an employee’s ability to understand what is required in terms of producing a quality product for shipping is vital for the growth of an organisation. “While the employee may have the will and intention to learn and do well in their position, without the correct training the employee will not be able to convert their intention into the desired results without excessive trial and error occurrences”, she says.

Fortunately, it seems as if a growing number of plastics manufacturers are realising the value of investing in training their staff.  According to Bhana, stats for the past 3 years suggest that training spend has increased steadily year on year.

“We see this as the growing realisation and acceptance that training undoubtedly adds value. As the well-known adage states, ‘if you think the cost of training is high, try the cost of ignorance’!  Employers who feel that training will empower their employees to seek alternative employment and is therefore a waste of money, should consider that training their employees is less costly than trying to run a business with untrained personnel. Also, if no one wants your employees, perhaps you should consider that you might be stuck with inferior personnel draining your resources and ultimately costing your company more in terms of resources?”, she argues.

Building relationships with the industry

Despite making these compelling arguments for the case of investing in training, the Plastics|SA teams in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban don’t spend their time convincing industry partners that training is essential. Instead, their focus is on spurring on this realisation through visits, awareness campaigns and events.  Thereafter they facilitate the process of identifying training needs with the willing.

“We build a close working relationship with our clients and get to understand their business, their challenges and their future dreams very well. Based on their individual mission and the objectives they have set for themselves to achieve in the next year or two, and in some cases even a five-year plan, we set out to determine, with them, what skills are needed to achieving these goals and what are the current gaps,  Out of those identified, we determine the priorities and the budget. This helps us plan the most suitable and sustainable intervention for the organisation that not only effectively meets, but even surpasses the expectation,” she explains.

The most popular training programmes being offered by Plastics|SA and which continue to be in high demand, are those which centre around the actual manufacturing processes, with quality and safety programmes being part of these.

Hands-on training Provider

“The legacy in the plastics industry is to promote good operators to learn setting skills.  From there, good setters are usually promoted to supervisors.  The skills sets required to fulfil an operational, managerial and eventually a supervisory role are completely different, and Plastics|SA provides hands-on training for each of these,” Bhana expands. She adds that they are continuing to see growing numbers of students being enrolled for the Supervisory Management Programmes, providing reassuring evidence that the correct gaps are being identified for development.

Plastics|SA has also recently launched various new training offerings, such as a National Certificate in Production Technology (NQF2) and Generic Management (NQF5). “This year, we will continue to run our scheduled Pipe and Profile extrusion programmes which we started in the 2nd half of 2017, using our newly acquired extruders in each region,” she divulged.

Plastics|SA plays an active role through the Plastics Chamber of the MerSETA by being a voice for the Plastics industry ensuring that the industry’s interests are always represented in skills related matters. This good working relationship enables Plastics|SA to facilitate funding access on behalf of their industry partners and helps to ease the intensive administrative processes required by the SETA.

However, Bhana highlights that whilst tax incentives, grants from the SETA for submitting Workplace Skills Plans and annual training reports and BBBEE scorecard benefits are all the obvious financial reasons to train people, the actual benefits account for so much more on the shop floor.  These can be measured using indicators such as lower maintenance and breakdown costs, higher efficiencies, higher morale, lower absenteeism and motivated staff with all-round better work ethics.

A knowledgeable employee (with the right attitude) is an asset to any company.

For this reason, training should be seen as the ultimate motivational tool that every company needs to invest in. By having an adequately trained workforce, you will help create a culture in which your employees care and contribute to the business.  They will be more motivated and excited about their work, as they understand what they do matters to the success of the organisation. The trained and confident employee will be more vocal when they view incorrect practices and will be better equipped to troubleshoot small faults before it becomes a costly problem – thus illustrating the important relationship between training and motivation.  Upskilling people transforms lives and increases their value add.  Ultimately, this is what human dignity is all about,” Bhana concludes.

For more information about Plastics|SA’s training offering, visit

Generic Management is a qualification which targets managers, supervisors and all learners who have completed the NQF 4 and Supervisory Management Programmes.  Each Learning Programme addresses the outcomes required for specific Unit Standards included in the National Certificate Generic Management – Generic Manufacturing on NQF 5.

Phase 1:  Workforce Management (31 credits)

Phase 2:  Workplace Operations, Change Management and Communication (32 credits)

Phase 3:  Workplace Risk, Coaching and Knowledge Management – (30 credits)

Phase 4:  Workplace Process Optimisation and Efficiencies (36 credits)

Phase 5: Workplace Project Management and Finances (34 credits)

For more information on this Programme please contact or 011 653 4788


‘To skill or not to skill?’  This is no longer the question employers are asking.

‘Which skills can I equip my staff with, so that they are able to maximise contribution to the company’s bottom line’, is more probable for most progressive leaders.  It’s been an arduous journey for the Training Division, but we now seem to be operating in a new world order that no longer sees value in holding people back.  Instead, leaders are realising the integral role of human resources, in a company’s success.

  • We thank our Industry Partners who trained with us this financial year and we look forward to strengthening our relationship in the future.
  • We also thank each and every learner and wish them much success in their path of knowledge. Ngikufisela inhlanhla!
  • A huge SHOUT OUT to the amazing individuals who make up the Training Division.  Tenacity, determination, dedication and a passion for developing people, are but a few of the invaluable qualities they possess.

May our year ahead bring even greater depths of transformation in the lives of our learners and their organisations. Here’s to a successful year ahead for our industry partners, our learners and our staff.

Kirtida Bhana



Principles of Quality NQF 2:                   2 days            2 – 3 October

Advanced Raw Material NQF 4:            5 days            6 – 10 November

We recently commenced a Plastic Manufacturing Learnership in East London.







From Left to Right Malvern Fakazi (Automould), Xolani Mdletshe (Plastics|SA), Luxolo Koti (Automould), Asemahle Klaas (also from Automould)

 If any companies in the East London and surrounding areas would like further information on learnerships, please contact us at 031 702 7222