In a surprising move, Plastics|SA has announced that chairman Mxolisi Khutama has resigned. Khutama was announced as the new chairman in November of last year.
Plastics|SA released a statement on their website, which stated that Khutama had resigned. The statement also reflected that Khutama had left Nampak Packaging, where he occupied the position of Group executive: Rigids. Previous Chairman, Bernhard Mahle will temporarily undertake the duties of chairmen until the board appoints a replacement.
In November 2018, it was announced that Khutama would be taking on the role of chairman, as effective from November 2018. The decision was initially announced at the Annual General Meeting in Midrand. At the time, Khutama released a statement which highlighted the pressure the plastics industry was under; “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, while the plastics industry believes that government does not do enough to ensure proper waste management in the country. On the other hand, the 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.”
The statement did not give a specific reason for his resignation but cited a desire to “pursue personal interests” as the reason for his departure. The statement thanked Khutama for his service during his tenure as Chairman; “We thank Mxolisi for his willingness to take on the role of Plastics|SA’s Chairperson of the Board as well as his leadership and wisdom during his tenure as a Board and Exco member and wish him well in his new venture. ”