Plastics SA is proud to welcome Kabelo Phakoe as its new Sustainability Project Coordinator based at the company’s head office in Midrand, Gauteng, effective from 1 February 2022.
Kabelo describes himself as “a typical Jozi guy” who was born and raised in the City of Gold. He holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Geography which he obtained from the University of the Witwatersrand. Between 2018 and 2020 he worked as an intern at the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment before being appointed by the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa as a facilitator of their Entrepreneurship training course in 2021.
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As Sustainability Project Coordinator, he will be responsible for supporting environmentally responsible actions that benefit the industry by focusing on four main key deliverables: waste management and recycling; influencing human behaviour towards good waste management practices; product stewardship and extended producer responsibility; and resource efficiency.
“I will be developing solutions for the prevention, recycling, re-use and recovery of plastics waste to ease the burden on landfills and the natural environment. We need to continue our efforts to change people’s perception of waste to start seeing it as a valuable resource that can contribute to our country’s GDP. Implementing EPR and product stewardship programmes for the plastics industry will also be a major focus this year.