Plastics|SA has welcomed Mxolisi Khutama as their new chairman of the board for 2019.

Khutuma, the Group Executive of Rigids at Nampak Packaging, brings to the role a valuable wealth of experience of business development and administration, gained in the polymer, healthcare and business environments.

The appointment was announced at the company’s latest Annual General Meeting, which took place in Midrand recently. Khutuma will be taking over from Bernard Mahl.

Anton Hanekom, Plastics|SA ’s Executive Director, addressed the appointment in his remarks at the event; “There is a huge gap between industry telling the positive plastics story and the visible evidence of plastics ending their valuable life in the ocean. Plastics industry leaders believe that plastics play a role in helping save the environment, but it has little to zero impact on the growing sentiment to refuse or even ban single-use plastics. For this reason, it is more important than ever before, for us to be more pro-active in determining the public agenda, taking part in public debates and forming public opinion on plastics as the material of the future. With the appointment of our new Chairman and the support of a strong and energetic Board of Directors, I believe we are up to the task and ready to change the playing field,”

Khutuma added to his remarks, saying that; “The concept of ‘A life without plastics’, specifically single-use plastics, has become a worldwide trend. The media is overrun with anti-plastics messages and campaigns which fuel the negative perception of plastics on a daily basis. The consumer blames plastic products for the pollution, whilst the plastics industry believes that government does not do enough to ensure proper waste management in the country. On the other hand, Government thinks the responsibility lies with the plastic producer. Whilst it is true that human behaviour needs to change, there is no incentive to do so if the necessary infrastructure is not in place. It is clear, therefore, that Plastics|SA has a vital role to play both in society and in the government space,”

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