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Food & Beverage Reporter Jan-Feb 2016

32 | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 | FOOD & BEVERAGE REPORTER PLASTICS SA 2016 S peakers at this year’s Plastics SA 2016 conference – part of Propak - will be focusing on the vital issue of how people, planet and profit are affected by the current and future plastics environment. These issues – the “three Ps” that make up the triple bottom line – will be the focus of valuable information swops by industry professionals for those attending the conference, which takes place 10am-5pm on Wednesday, March 16 in the Bataleur Room at Nasrec (Plastics SA Members R1200, non-members R1400 ex VAT). This is the second Plastics SA conference; the first was held in 2012. Headline speakers will be Scottish biologist and academic Dame Anne Glover and ex-Minister of Public Enterprises, Alec Erwin, who will provide overviews regarding the local and international plastics industry as well as the current challenges and opportunities. Other speakers include serial entrepreneur and Agriprotein executive team member, Jason J Drew, who will provide a business leader’s insight into the future of business and the environment under the “planet” pillar of sustainability. Drew, who has been described as “one of Africa’s most inspiring green leaders”, was appointed Honorary Consul General for Pakistan in South Africa and awarded the 2013 United Nations Innovation prize for Africa. Among Drew’s investments are the world’s largest insect farm and an empowering toilet business in Africa. His talk is titled “From Industrial Revolution to sustainability revolution - the business of fixing our future”. Drew says the discussion will involve some of the remarkable and profitable green businesses he started and invested in both in Africa and Europe. Astrapak’s HR Director Mefane Makhutla will be discussing the “people” pillar of sustainability with insight into how plastics industry leaders can maximise, motivate and maintain their most valuable resources, people. Attorney Meluleki Nzimande, partner in the Corporate Practice at Webber Wentzel, tackles the last pillar of sustainability, where he will unpack the “profit” aspect of the conference’s theme. Nzimande will explore matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, anti-corruption law and general commercial law. At the end of the day’s proceedings, founder and owner of Flux Trends, Dion Chang, will be discussing innovation and providing a new, fresh perspective of how technology and other trends are impacting on business and life as we know it. Chang’s talk, titled The Business of Disruption, tracks the ripple effect of business disruption: which industries have been altered, which ... continued on Page 40 Plastics industry will focus on ... Fixing our future and the business of disruption Drew ... here comes the sustainability revolution.

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