Recent activities

Process Safety Management: Senior Management Workshop - Session 1

16 November 2017

The DCC hosted a workshop with renowned Process Safety Management (PSM) trainer Rod Prior on a PSM Series to drive greater effectiveness in PSM programmes across member firms. Session 1 will cover The leadership role of Executives and Senior Management in driving an effective Process Safety Management (PSM) system.

Skills Development and Industry Transformation TSC

07 November 2017

The DCC hosted a workshop on critical human resource issues where we explored a novel approach to addressing employee health needs with a view to improve employee and company productivity; and proposing a collective BEE model, to maximise individual company BBE spends, whilst leveraging collective spends for industry-wide transformation.

A collaborative approach to managing B-BBEE and employee health care

10 October 2017

The DCC hosted a workshop focusing on two critical human resource issues. Firstly, a potential means of providing primary health care to workers, and secondly, a concept for channeling firms’ B-BBEE spend to meaningfully contribute to industry transformation.

Investment and growth technical Steering Committee meeting

3 October 2017

Operating within an unstable economic climate and an environment thwarted with complex legislative compliance requirements could potentially deter firms from investing. The business case for development in Durban remains, however, a strong one. A workshop, presented by Afezelia Environmental Consultants, highlighted the compliance processes and challenges behind large-scale investment projects within Durban.

National Pollution Plan regulation compliance and process safety training workshop

27 September 2017

The Durban Chemicals Cluster hosted a workshop, presented by Matthew Thornton-Dibb of Norton Rose Fulbright, on the new National Pollution Plan regulations which were published on 21 July 2017. This presentation was designed to better equip firms to comply with these new regulations and to provide for an opportunity for engagement on compliance-related matters.

African Chemicals Imbizo study tour

16 August 2017

The DCC and the 2017 African Chemicals Imbizo organising committee hosted a study tour of H&R South Africa and a cruise of Durban Harbour. The event included a presentation from H&R South Africa on the Island View precinct and a plant tour of the facilities.

2017 African Chemicals Imbizo

15-16 August 2017

The 2017 African Chemicals Imbizo brought the sub-Saharan chemicals industry together to discuss the critical and collective issues it faces, gain insights from speakers and network with colleagues and stakeholders.

SHEQ tour of Illovo Merebank

8 August 2017

Given the importance of SHEQ management, the DCC aims to keep firms aware and informed. DCC SHEQ tours are an opportunity for firms to learn about SHEQ best practice, continuous improvement and engage in peer learning to ensure the delivery of real insight and practical improvement opportunities.

Investment & Growth Programme TSC and Growing your export markets workshop

4 July 2017

As of June 2017, the South African economy is officially in a recession. The stagnant economy poses limited prospects for growth and thus firms need to look abroad for investment and trade opportunities. In the spirit of capitalising on trade and investment in Africa, the DCC welcomed member firms to a workshop concentrating on assisting firms with growing their export markets.

Managing compliance in an environment of changing legislation

5 June 2017

This workshop concentrated on critical aspects of compliance and included two presentations. The first presentation focused on the compliance process for Major Hazardous Installations (MHIs). The second focused on recent changes to the eThekwini Municipality bylaws.

Managing effective workplace communication workshop

23 May 2017

Communication has many strong connections to Lean principles. Effective communication helps workplaces foster good working relationships between management and staff and can in turn improve morale and efficiency.

Optimising your Capital Equipment Programme

18 May 2017

Chemicals manufacturing is capital intensive with high material costs and low percentage returns. Most DCC members operate with ageing capital and can ill-afford downtime or significant capital upgrades. Effective use of available capital is therefore paramount. This DCC programme aims to assist members to optimise their capital equipment so as to increase returns through two fundamental lean tools: Total Preventative Maintenance (TPM) and Total Quality Management (TQM).

DCC SHEQ Tour: improving your quality standards

24 April 2017

SRF Flexipak is a global company with its Durban plant in Cato Ridge being one of the largest manufacturers of BOPP film to the African and international market. The tour of SRF Flexipak focused on the superior quality standards set and maintained at their Cato Ridge plant.

CHIETA SME Innovations Training Programme

22 February 2017

The DCC received funding from the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) to conduct an accredited skills and training programme with SMME chemicals manufacturers.

Operational Excellence TSC meeting-Innovation: the change that unlocks new value

21 February 2017

Innovation is not only about generating new ideas. It is fundamentally about implementing and profiting from those ideas.

TRACE Team Leader Programme 2017

February 2017

The DCC has been awarded support by the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) for 30 non-artisan employed learnerships and is offering Team Responsibility and Competitiveness Evaluation (TRACE) learnerships free of charge to member firms.

Black Industrialists Scheme Workshop

23 November 2016

The BIS is an incentive scheme of the Black Industrialists Policy and is primarily geared towards manufacturing, industrialisation and inclusive economic growth. The policy and the programme are a key part of government’s broad industrialisation initiative’s to expand the industrial base and participation of Black Industrialists in manufacturing activities and the economy.

Driving operational efficiencies through skills upgrading

21 November 2016

Members were offered insight into the best practices of recruitment, assessment and the talent pipeline to ensure that the best candidates enter the local chemicals industry.

Practical approaches to compliance and legal insights on the contaminated land regulation in South Africa

8 November 2016

IBIS Consulting Group, together with Webber Wentzel law firm provided insight to help firms manage their environmental liabilities before, during and post-operation on industrial sites. These presentations were conducted at the Operational Excellence TSC Meeting held at Air Liquide in Prospecton. Following the presentations, Air Liquide took members through a guided tour of their plant focusing on their Health and Safety practices.

The South African Investment Climate & Currency Volatility Management Options

20 September 2016

Given the volatility of the Rand in recent months, the DCC arranged a session for member firms with a focus on South African currency and understanding hedging. The volatility of the rand has a direct effect on forward planning of local chemical manufacturers. Risk in relation to profit margins and operational costs are significantly higher in such volatile markets. Brad Mears of Intrepid Capital shared on the opportunities, benefits, disadvantages and risks of currency hedging.

Quality Circles Programme 3

14 September 2016

After great success in previous programmes, the DCC launched its third Quality Circle (QC) Programme for 2016. The aim of the programme is to facilitate and encourage an improved focus on QC as a robust mechanism that supports continuous improvement and thus production and enhanced competitiveness at firms, while encouraging a focus on improved processes and quality awareness as well as communication. All firm participants involved in the sessions would be able to facilitate a QC Programme at their firms.

Vopak’s E-nose and SHEQ Tour & Transport Accident Prevention

23 August 2016

Vopak, a member since the cluster’s inception, is the world’s leading independent tank storage provider, specialising in the storage and transhipment of bulk liquid products, gases and oil products. The company has 400 years of experience in storage and transhipment and celebrated their 4th century in existence this year.

Chemicals Imbizo 2016

28 July 2016

The 2016 Chemicals Imbizo was held on 28 July at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium. It was delivered as part of the Durban Chemicals Cluster’s activities under the Investment and Growth programme. This programme aims to facilitate investments in both capital equipment and innovation to enhance the competitiveness within the local chemicals manufacturing sector.

Graduate Development Programme 1 - closure ceremony

5 July 2016

The Graduate Development Programme (GDP) has been created to support the development of skills in line with chemical engineering, chemistry and chemical related fields in the eThekwini area. The DD launched its first GDP in March 2015 with 16 graduates registered for the Programme. These graduates successfully completed the programme in March 2016 and a closure ceremony was held on 05 July 2016 at the Belaire Conference Centre in Durban. Graduates were presented with a Certificate of Completion with the top student from each participating firm being recognised.

Using B-BBEE to develop sustainable and strategic CSR programmes

14 June 2016

Many businesses want to implement corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes. The costs of such programmes can often impede progress. B-BBEE creates a unique opportunity to develop, implement and fund strategic CSR programmes. Collaboration creates further opportunities to maximise the impact of programmes.

Corrosion control and vessel maintenance

8 June 2016

H&R SA hosted a SHEQ best practice tour for DCC member firms on 08 June 2016 at their plant in Bluff. H&R’s product range is based on Group 1 lube refinery specialities and local production consists of a range of base oils, petroleum jelly, process oils, agricultural spray oils and wax products. Firms were able to see how they conduct their SHEQ activities. Steve Holt, Corrosion Engineer with over three decades experience in the field also shared with DCC members learnings relating to Above Ground Storage Tank maintenance.

Durban Port developments

26 May 2016

Despite the pushing back of the dig out port to the mid 2020s, there is significant change occurring at the Port of Durban. Dave Watts, who has been in the shipping and freight industry for over 40 years, gave a broad update on the Durban Port and the developments in neighbouring ports.

Carbon Tax legislation, implications & mitigation opportunities

19 May 2016

The Durban Chemicals Cluster hosted an Operational Excellence TSC Session on 12 May 2016 for member firms focusing on Carbon Tax as well as the Energy Strategy. There is considerable ambiguity and debate about the implications of carbon tax – due for implementation from 01 January 2017. Urban Earth provided an update on the carbon tax legislation, its implications and mitigation options for members.

Waste water treatment best practices SHEQ tour to Dyefin Textiles

18 April 2016

As part of the DCC’s SHEQ programme, Dyefin Textiles was visited by member firms to learn of their waste water management and effluent generation/treatment practices. Dyefin has made significant investment in their water treatment facilities resulting in a 35% reduction in the use of water and resultant effluent.