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PepsiCo puts sustainability at the heart of its 23 brands

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2021 Nasdaq-listed fast-moving consumer goods company PepsiCo has introduced an initiative called Pep+, which will inform the company’s end-to-end transformation strategy that has sustainability at the heart. The transformation will involve all aspects of the supply chain from how the company... 

Unrest, lockdown restrictions lead to dip in manufacturers' confidence

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th September 2021 The Absa Manufacturing Survey for the third quarter recorded a slight dip in overall sector confidence, with business confidence falling by five points to 41. “With continued uncertainty regarding Covid-19 lockdown restrictions during the quarter, as well as the unrest experienced in... 

South Africa leading the African circular plastics industry

10th September 2021 Author: Carolina Perujo Holland, Analyst, Plastic Recycling at ICIS Waste management is currently one of the main challenges faced by the African recycled polymer supply chain. Population growth rates are over 2% per year and the consequent increase in consumption of plastic packaging makes this... 

SA Plastics Pact publishes first list of problematic, unnecessary plastics to be phased out 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2021 The South African (SA) Plastics Pact members have published a first list of problematic or unnecessary plastics for phasing out this year and next. The SA Plastics Pact is a collaborative pre-competitive initiative that brings together key stakeholders from the local plastics value chain,... 

Broll anticipates the African real estate market to bounce back by Q1 2023

6th September 2021 Leading Pan-African professional real-estate services provider Broll Property Group anticipates the African real estate market to normalise and bounce back to pre-Covid-19 levels by Q1 2023. This is the key message from Broll Group CEO Malcolm Horne, who will deliver a keynote address at the 12th... 

RCL declares 80% higher total dividend as sugar, baking units deliver

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2021 “Exceptional performances” in its sugar and baking business units helped drive JSE-listed RCL Foods’ earnings growth for the financial year ended June 30. However, the company’s strong topline growth was offset by input pricing pressure in certain business units, owing to a significant rally in... 

Polymer plastic waste management among the challenges facing African recyclers

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2021 Waste management is one of the biggest challenges faced by the African recycled polymer supply chain and the continent’s waste management challenges urgently need to be dealt with, says Independent Commodity Intelligence Servcies (ICIS) plastic recycling analyst Carolina Holland. In an insight... 

Senex signs gas deal with Opal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd September 2021 Gas producer Senex Energy has inked a gas sales agreement with packaging and paper manufacturer Opal. Under the initial four-year agreement starting 1 January 2023, Senex will provide around 8 PJ of natural gas to support the Opal Paper & Recycling division’s manufacturing operations at Botany,... 

AECI backs clean chemical company expansion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2021 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has extended a €2.5-million convertible loan to international cleantech company Clariter to scale up its technology to commercial level. Clariter uses upcycling technology that transforms plastic waste into oils, solvents and waxes.  

Polyco now a ‘one stop shop’ for collection, recycling of polymer plastics

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2021 In response to recently introduced waste management regulations, the Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation (Polyco) has decided to broaden its focus to all plastic types under extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations. This decision has been made to increase its support to producers to... 

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