The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers’ Association (SAPPMA) recently held its 9th annual general meeting at the Bytes Conference Centre in Midrand. The keynote speaker at the event was Dr Taddy Blecher, chairperson of the South African National Government Task Team on Entrepreneurship, Education and Job Creation, and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Maharishi Institute and the Community and Individual Development Association. Blecher challenged and encouraged South African companies to support entrepreneurship in order to address the growing problem of unemployment and poverty in the country.
“In the words of Nelson Mandela, education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” Blecher told the audience.
SAPPMA board members announced
Jan Venter, chairman of SAPPMA, announced the new board of directors who will be leading the association in the coming year:
• Mike Biesheuvel (Sasol Polymers)
• Louis Albertyn (Marley Pipe Systems)
• Hein Momberg (Fiberpipe)
• Vijay Naik (Flo-tek)
• Gerhard Kotzee (DPI Plastics)
Venter thanked members for their passion and dedication. “Plastic is no longer viewed as a cheap alternative or foreign material as it was in years gone by. It has finally taken its rightful place on the world stage as a material that is recognised for playing an absolute and critical role in all areas of modern life, including piping systems,” Venter said.
“We realise that we live in a world where compromise is rife. However, we feel strongly that for us ‘good enough’ is quite simply no longer good enough. We are proud of the fact that we were able to meet all the objectives we had set for ourselves during last year’s annual general meeting, but we will continue to try harder, produce smarter and waste less. Our members will continue to produce plastic pipes that provide stable and reliable infrastructures for generations to come,” Venter concluded.
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