MetPac-SA hosts successful second Annual General Meeting
MetPac-SA hosted its second Annual General Meeting at the Coca Cola Head Office in Melrose, Johannesburg recently. The event was well-attended by members of the Association, representatives of the packaging industry, researchers, the media and other interested parties who were keen to hear about the successes that were achieved during the 2018-2019 Financial Year by the Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) for the metal packaging industry, and its plans for the future.
The meeting was officially opened by MetPac-SA Chairman, Muhammed Darsot of Dürsots, before handing the podium over to CEO Kishan Singh to provide a 5-year report.
"MetPac-SA supports and represents members on industry matters related to operational, regulatory and environmental issues. We also promote the benefits of metal packaging and the sustainable attributes of steel and aluminium," Kishan explained.
Looking back at 2018
MetPac's resources were primarily dedicated to developing the Industry Waste Management Plan (IndWMP) in partnership with JG Afrika in 2018.
"This was an exhaustive and expensive process and MetPac-SA’s plan was finally submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) as part of Packaging SA's Confederation of Plans. The process has now been stalled with the appointment of the new Minister of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries and it is likely to be a while before the plan is ratified, approved and becomes statutory," Kishan reported.
Looking ahead: growing membership and collection rates
MetPac's immediate strategy for the coming year will be to establish the association as a credible Industry representative organisation that is fully supportive of the PSA Federation of Plans, whilst continuing to encourage new members to sign up.
Kishan said that they will continue with their public awareness campaign aimed at general consumers and the metal packaging industry in order to increase our collection and recycling rates, as well as encourage more role players in the metal packaging industry to sign up and support their efforts. In this regard, the metals recycling body has had major successes recently, with various new members who have joined and helped to increase MetPac-SA’s influence and footprint.
Earlier this year, two of South Africa's largest retailers, i.e. Woolworths and Pick n Pay, submitted their membership applications. This was followed by Spar, Shoprite Chill Beverages and Golden Era who also submitted their company information.
“On behalf of the MetPac-SA Board and fellow members, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all these new members. We applaud their decision to support the local metal packaging industry’s efforts to increase the collection and recovery rates of aluminium cooldrink cans, canned food packaging made from aluminium and stainless steel, as well as aluminium foil products, aerosol cannisters, metal caps and closures etc.
By signing up as members, these companies are setting an example for their suppliers to follow and are helping to invest in recycling and recovery operations through contributing to an annual Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) fee,” Kishan said.
MetPac-SA Board of Directors
The following board members were elected and approved at the AGM and will be responsible for guiding MetPac-SA during the 2019-2020 financial year: Chairman Muhammed Darsot (Dürsots), Deputy Chairman Klaus Hass (Nampak), Kishan Singh (CEO), Ishfaq Shafi (Coca Cola Beverages), Dr Casper Durandt (Coca Cola), Riccardo Benedetti (Hulamin), Mark Helfrich (Nestlé), Louis Wentzel (PackSolve) and Charles Müller (Industry Expert),
“MetPac-SA is proud to be headed up by such a committed and experienced Board of Directors who are single minded in their vision to see the metal packaging industry grow and succeed without sacrificing the health and well-being of the planet or its people. We look forward to the exciting opportunities awaiting us in the next financial year and feel confident about what the future holds,” Kishan concluded.