Plastics|SA shared updates and latest developments within its training division

PlasticsSA hosts Training Information Sharing Breakfast Sessions

Submission Date : 2019-04-23

Midrand,18April 2019.

Plastics|SA shared updates and latest developments within its training division with a series of well-attended breakfast sessions held around the country recently. The theme of this year’s breakfasts was
‘Curiosity : the path to life-long learning’.

Purpose of the information sharing sessions

Explaining the purpose of hosting these annual information-sharing sessions, Kirtida Bhana, Training Executive at Plastics|SA says: “These breakfasts provide the ideal platform to connect with our past, current and potential clients at the beginning of each year. It also allows us to highlight exciting activities in the training division, discuss the latest trends affecting their day-to-day business and identify any specific training needs they might have.The inspiring theme and related insights offered the attendees ‘food for thought’, rather than simply more information.

Cape Town information sharing breakfast

FLTR:  Catherine Cameron(Jeff-Art Signs), Isabelle Brettenny (Regional Training Manager: Western Cape)and Kirtida Bhana (Training Executive, Plastics|SA)

Cape Town information sharing breakfast

Some of the happy guests who attended the information sharing breakfast held in Cape Town after they had won gifts in the lucky draw. Seated in front were: ObaydullahSanaai (Proficient Packaging and Andrew Murray (Plastics SA). Standing back FLTR:Melanie Venter (Spicoly Plastics), Ingrid Painczyk (Spicoly Plastics),Daniel Maishoane(Merseta), SisekoSitole(Merseta),Shandre’ Davey (Usabco), Kim Arendse(Plastics|SA),Tessa O’Hara(SA Polymer Technology),Isabelle Brettenny(Plastics|SA), Peter Rebello(SandPlast),Marthinus Van Wyk (Western Cape Government), Kirtida Bhana (Training Executive Plastics|SA),Tony Duss(Alplas Plastics),ZikhonaNokama(Plastics|SA), Geraldine Booyse(Barrs Pharmaceutical Industries), and PumezaMbula(BarrsPharmaceutical Industries)

Cape Town breakfast

FLTR: Isabelle Brettenny (Plastics SA),Bernard Smuts (AAT Compsites),Danielle Dunn (PlasLantic),ZikhonaNokama (Plastics|SA), Kim Arendse (Plastics |SA), Andrew Murray (Plastics |SA), Charlene Samuels (Allflex Packaging), Marthinus Van Wyk (Western Cape Government)


Gauteng information sharing breakfast

FLTR: MatshidisoPhala from Merseta, guest speaker Roxanne Da Mata (Strata-G Labour Solutions), Kirtida Bhana and Isaya Ntuli (Plastics SA) and Thulani Tshabalala from Merseta

Lucky Draw winner of training voucher

Above: Lucky Draw winner Vusi Nxumalo (left) receives a 3-day Training Voucher from Isaya Ntuli (Plastics SA) at the Johannesburg Information Sharing breakfast.


Port Elizabeth information sharing breakfast

Front row standing fltr are: Kim Arendse, Zandile Mtsewu (QPlas Pty Ltd), Amos Ncanywa (Perspex SA), PamellaMahuwa (Rehau Polymers), Michael Oelofse(Rhino Manufacturing). Back row fltr: Gerald Pietersen (3D Consulting), Kirtida Bhana (Training Executive Plastics|SA), Dion Nqmakwe (QPlas Pty Ltd), Andy Radford (Mandela Bay Composites), Quintin Thrussel (Rhino Manufacturing), Isabelle Brettenny (Plastics|SA), David Kolm, Nigel Bennet (Ebor Automotive Systems).

PE information sharing breakfast

Gerald Pietersen (3D Consulting), PamellaMahuwa (Rehau Polymer), KirtidaBhana (Training Executive Plastics|SA), Isabelle Brettenny (Plastics|SA), Quintin Thrussel(Rhino Manufacturing), David Kolm, Nigel Bennet (Ebor Automotive Systems), Andy Radford(Mandela Bay Compsites),Kim Arendse Plastics|SA), Michael Oelofse(Rhino Manufacturing), Amos Ncanywa (Perspex SA), Zandile Mtsewu(QPlas Pty Ltd), Dion Nqmakwe (QPlas Pty Ltd).

Training successes

The success of Plastics|SA’s training offerings is clear to see in the more than 3,500 students that successfully completed their training this past year at the company’s training centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. “We have been working hard to create oases of learning at each of these centres by upgrading facilities and equipment that will facilitate hands-on training and practical experience,” Kirtida adds.

Commenting on the success of Plastics|SA’s training offering in their business, Geraldine Booyse of Bars Pharmaceuticals had this to say: “The content of the training modules is very interesting and the staff are very knowledgeable. They are able to share their expertise with students across different industries, keep our students motivated and boost their morale”.

Michael Noel,an Engineer at Volkswagen who has benefitted from the Raw Materials Programmes at Plastics|SA,added his observation too. He said that Plastics|SA’s trainers have a real understanding of the industry; the students’ needs and how to impart much-needed knowledge in a practical and flexible way.

New and updated programmes

New Programme

Plastics|SA added one new programmeto its training curriculum for 2018:

Programme updates:

  •  Generic Management – a qualification targeting managers, supervisors and all learners who have completed the NQF 4 and Supervisory Management Programmes. Each Learning Programme addresses the outcomes required for specific Unit Standards included in the National Certificate Generic Management – Generic Manufacturing on NQF 5. It consists of the following 5 phases – each of which can be completed separately:
    • Phase 1: Workforce Management
    • Phase 2: Workplace Operations, Change Management and Communication
    • Phase 3: Workplace Risk, Coaching and Knowledge Management
    • Phase 4: Workplace Process Optimisation and Efficiencies
    • Phase 5: Workplace Project Management and Finances
  •  Welding – addressing a growing need for training thermoplastic welders, Plastics|SA offers NQF 2 - Welding in Thermoplastic Fabrication training at its premises in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban, as well as at companies’ premises. Plastics|SA has done training countrywide in South Africa, as well as in countries such as Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Madagascar and Lesotho. The following is covered:
    • Butt (HDPE) welding
    • Electro-fusion welding
    • Hot Air welding
    • Hot Air Extrusion welding
    • Socket Fusion welding: For pipes and fittings
    • Solvent Cement welding
    • Overlap welding
  •  Setter skills– originally this Trade Qualification was developed at an NQF Level 4, but has now been reviewed and reworked to an NQF Level 5. Part Qualifications to the trade in the following processes have been developed at an NQF Level 4 viz. Injection Moulding, Blow Moulding and Pipe and Profile Extrusion.
  •  Online learning–aimed at filling certain gaps in the market for soft skills, these online learning offerings were developed by Cross Knowledge in the UK. The programmes aim to transform employees and drive business results and refine and develop soft skills that could give you the competitive edge! Companies are able to purchase licences (one per user), which givesthem access to 124 programmes that can be completed in their own time and at their own pace.
  •  Production Technology - The National Certificate in Production Technology NQF Level 2 is a combination of learning outcomes that will provide the qualifying learner with vocational knowledge and skills appropriate to the context of production technology. This is the first qualification in a series of qualifications.
  •  New extruders and blow moulders – Plastics|SA has added 3 new pipe and profile extruders and 3 new blow moulders in all 3 of our facilities around the country.

PlasticsSA regional offices in Cape Town

Smiling, inspired and happy faces all around. Plastics|SA’s regional office in Maitland, Cape Town, had a good turn-out of past, current and potential customers who attended this year’s Information Sharing Breakfast.


“We take great pride in offering our customers specialized, customized and contextualized material that addresses their individual needs and those of their workforce. It is hugely rewarding to receive feedback from our customers and the students that we have trained, but this does not mean that we get too comfortable. On the contrary, it inspires us to work even harder and refineour “pockets of excellence” through continuousimprovement of training expertise in the various areas”, Kirtida concludes.

For more information about the training programmes on offer at Plastics|SA, please visit their website at

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