SPE acquires controlling stake in waste management company SkipWaste

SOUTH AFRICA – Sanlam Private Equity (SPE), a division of Sanlam Investments, has acquired a controlling stake in Gauteng-based waste management company, SkipWaste. As a business that neither owns nor operates landfill sites, SkipWaste is said to be a strong fit for SPE, with the firm noting its sustainability-led commitment. SkipWaste leverages its market share in waste logistics to drive…

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CCBA introduces 1.25l returnable glass bottles that align with sustainability and transparency goals

SOUTH AFRICA – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has announced plans to introduce new 1.25l returnable glass bottles that align with its sustainability and transparency goals. “We are changing our Returnable Glass Bottles (1,25l) to make them more eco-friendly with paper labels and reusable across all the brands we make,” CCBA said in a LinkedIn post. “Clear glass in standardized shapes…

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Wine-on-tap expert WineKeg joins KeyKeg-reseller network to support the flourishing South African wine industry

SOUTH AFRICA – South African wine-on-tap expert WineKeg has joined OneCircle’s KeyKeg-reseller network to support the burgeoning South African wine industry. From its Cape Town location, WineKeg will distribute KeyKeg to wine producers nationwide who need wine Kegs that lock in consistent freshness, maintain high-quality flavor and maximize shelf life for consumers all over the world. WineKeg launched in 2015…

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Mpact invests US$69M to upgrade its Mkhondo paper mill in Mpumalanga

SOUTH AFRICA – The board of paper and plastic packaging producer and recycler Mpact has approved a US$ 69.30 million (R1.2-billion) investment to upgrade Mkhondo paper mill, in Mpumalanga. According to Mpact, this investment will improve the mill’s paper machine, increasing its capacity by about 10 000 tonnes/year to 142 000 tonnes/year. This transformative project aligns with Mpact’s strategy to…

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Plastic recycling in South Africa increased by 10% in 2021, reveals Plastics SA

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa recycled 344,527 tonnes of plastics during 2021 – representing a 10% increase over the previous year, reveals Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom. According to Hanekom much is still needed to be done to support local recyclers and develop the industry to its full potential, despite the increase. “In order for recycling to be effective,…

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Kenya, South Africa launch ‘Just Transition’ initiative to end plastic pollution

KENYA – Kenya and South Africa have announced an initiative to end plastic pollution in a way that is as fair and inclusive as possible to everyone concerned. The initiative, launched in the aftermath of negotiations on a global treaty to end plastic pollution, aims to create decent work opportunities for waste-pickers and other workers in the plastic value chain.…

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Safripol partners Green Corridors to tackle plastic pollution in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – SA-based independent plastics manufacturing company, Safripol has partnered with Green Corridors to tackle plastic pollution in South Africa. The project involves the implementation of litter booms at various hot spots along river catchments in KwaZulu-Natal to reduce pollution in the rivers and reclaim the green spaces for communities to enjoy. The two firms have installed 21 litter…

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South Africa’s Paper Manufacturing Association announces winners of Blue Sky Awards

SOUTH AFRICA – The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) has announced that two South African researchers won the local segment of the global Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Awards. The Blue Sky Awards is a biennial competition that acknowledges the work of students and young researchers in forest-based science, product development using forest-based raw materials, process improvements or…

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Tetra Pak South Africa commits to circular economy by joining Petco

SOUTH AFRICA – Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak South Africa has joined PET Recycling Company (Petco) to drive the collection and recycling of liquid board packaging (LBP). The firm’s decision has been driven by the need for greater collaboration to improve the collection and recycling of LBP in South Africa. Tetra Pak’s membership starts on January 1.…

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Nampak to raise US$112.6M through rights offer to cover debt, operational costs

SOUTH AFRICA – Africa’s leading diversified packaging manufacturer, Nampak, expects its headline earnings per share to decrease to between 33c and 37c for the year ended September, compared to headline earnings per share of 62.3c in the prior year, representing a decrease of between 41% and 47%. While releasing the trading update, the packaging company also revealed that it is…

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