Recent activities

DCC Crisis Communication Training

10 March 2020

Recent health and environmental incidents in the chemicals sector have highlighted the need for member crisis communication training. Appropriate media and community responses are critical to mitigating direct community and firm reputational impacts.

DCC Workshop: MHI Draft Regulations

06 February 2020

The Minister of Employment and Labour invited public comment on the current draft of the proposed amendments to the Major Hazard Installation Regulations, published under the Occupational Health and Safety Act on 15 November 2019. 

DCC 2020 Skills Support Showcase

30 January 2020

The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) note that the sector is a the forefront of the drive towards an ‘innovation economy’ and that the improvement of the skills of the workforce is imperative for the achievement of this. Also noted is the industrial growth potential of the sector in South and Southern Africa. Skills development must continue in order to build the competencies and capacity to unlock this potential.

DCC Operator Training

5 – 6 Nov & 5 Dec  2019

The Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC) invited employees from member firms to participate in our the DCC Operator Training Course focused on problem-solving and continuous improvement. This programme uses Quality Circle methodology which aims to encourage shared learning amongst industry peers.

DCC Capital Infrastructure Financing

29 Nov  2019

South Africa’s chemical industry is diverse; from fuel and plastics fabrication to polymers, pharmaceuticals, rubbers, water treatment and more. The chemicals value chain is a significant contributor to manufacturing output in the country, and investment in the sector is key to supporting chemicals manufacturing growth and strengthening the competitiveness of downstream industrial sectors.

Six Sigma as a lean manufacturing tool

22 Nov  2019

 Six Sigma is a set of management techniques intended to significantly improve business processes by reducing the probability of errors and defects. Lean Six Sigma is a method that relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste and reducing variation.

B-BBEE Compliance Update

23 Oct  2019

Broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) is a policy introduced by the South African government to support transformation. B-BBEE compliance and score level, with its competitive conditions and increasingly stringent requirements, is becoming increasingly important in the chemicals industry.

Accredited Black Belt Six Sigma Training

19 Aug – 18 Oct  2019.

Maximise the return on investment and receive Black Belt certification through participating in the DCC’s new Six Sigma training programme.

Participants in the DCC programme learnt to isolate the root cause of their processes’ most intractable problems through the process and data analysis and to lead effective change by understanding the complex dynamics of the people side of business challenges.

DCC Annual General Meeting 2018/19

02 October 2019

The 2018/19 Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Durban Chemicals Cluster held on the 02 October 2019. The Cluster has grown both in membership and programme delivery during the last year, deepening previous efforts to promote growth and competitiveness in the chemicals sector. 

DCC & Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) Free Youth Workplace Readiness Programme

16-20 September

The D urban Chemicals Cluster (DCC) invited unemployed students and graduates with a minimum requirement of a Matric Certificate and studying towards a career in chemical engineering or chemistry to apply. This programme involves meet and greets with potential employers in the chemicals manufacturing sector and five days of training. The NQF Accredited Manufacturing and Production Readiness Programme is specifically designed to ready unemployed, young learners for the challenging environment of chemicals manufacturing and also gives students the opportunity to meet and network with potential employers in the sector. The training focusses on safety, tool handling, post-production, finishing operations and teamwork in chemicals manufacturing. The DCC is represented by 45 established, large-scale chemicals manufacturing firms, each of which are potential employers to young graduates and learners.

This programme is offered free of charge, but limited to 10 students. 

DCC 2019 Waste Compliance Support Programme Launch

19 September 2019

Waste disposal is under increasing pressure as urban areas expand and landfill capacity becomes limited and costly. Hazardous and liquid waste is a particular challenge due to the associated health and environmental risks. In South Africa, waste management legislation addresses and manages these risks through regularly revised acts and regulations. The chemicals industry is challenged to review waste management practice on a regular basis to remain compliant and strive for best practice operations.

The Chemicals Market Development Plan

12 September 2019

The Chemicals Market Development Plan is a critical part of the South African Chemical Sector Strategy adopted by the Department of Trade and Industry. The principle aim is to develop a practical and implementable market plan to address blockages and unlock enablers for developing scale in local, regional and international markets for South African manufactured chemicals.

DCC Workshop: Exploring Workforce Engagement

29 August 2019

An engaged, committed workforce is key to retention and productivity. Leaders who understand how to drive a positive working culture reap the rewards of growth and competitiveness in the market. A high level of constant and consistent engagement between employers and employees can reduce the frequency and intensity of industrial action as clear communication facilitates the troubleshooting of problems in their early stages.

Carbon Tax Seminar

08 August 2019.

The Carbon Tax Act (Act No. 15 of 2019) was promulgated on 1 June 2019. Entities that engage in activities that produce direct GHG emissions will be liable. In Phase 1 (2019 – 2022), entities with total installed thermal capacity that is equal to or above 10MW shall report their emissions and will be subject to the tax.

Industry 4.0 Innovations and Applications in the Chemicals Sector

19 June 2019.

The future of chemicals is increasingly automated, connected and data-driven. What do these interventions look like in the South African context? What skills sets are required if the South African chemicals sector is to follow this global trend and remain competitive and relevant? 

Operator Training: Problem Solving for Continuous Improvement

14, 15 May & 11 June 2019.

The Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC)  invited employees from member firms to participate in our the DCC Operator Training Course focused on problem-solving and continuous improvement. This programme used a Quality Circle methodology which aims to encourage shared learning amongst industry peers.

DCC Graduate Development Programme 2018/2019 Graduation

11 June 2019.

On 11 June 2019, the Cluster, facilitated by B&M Analysts, hosted the graduation of the 2018/19 GDP class at the Premier Hotel in Pinetown. Employers, managers as well as other industry members and stakeholders, were in attendance to congratulate the graduates and celebrate their achievements at the conclusion of this year-long development programme.

Manufacturing in a New World: Implications for South Africa

20 May 2019.

The Durban Chemicals Cluster, in collaboration with the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) held a strategic breakfast seminar hosted by Dr Johan Van Zyl, CEO of Toyota Europe.

SHEQ Tour of Gelvenor

20 May 2019.

The Durban Chemicals Cluster through it’s Operational Excellence Programme aims to support member firms with compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements. To help support firms the DCC hosts SHEQ best practice study tours to promote shared learning amongst firms in the manufacturing sector and to also highlight the principles and implementation of effective SHEQ management.

Safety Circle: Understanding Safety Legislation & its Implications

16 May 2019.

Safety legislation aims to mitigate and eliminate workplace injuries and accidents. Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe and healthy working environment to all employees. It is important to be aware of the implications of non-compliance which can result in injuries and the associated financial losses.

Understanding Hazard & Operability (HAZOP) Studies

15 April 2019.

A core objective of the Durban Chemicals Cluster’s (DCC) Operational Excellence programme is capacity- building in safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) management. In addressing this, the DCC  hosted a HAZOP workshop facilitated by Rod Prior to support member firms in implementing world-class safety management systems.

Delivering on Investment & Growth: Chemicals Sector Strategy Alignment

10 April 2019

The South African chemicals industry plays a critical role in the country’s economy. It is deeply interconnected with the manufacturing sector more broadly, contributing approximately a quarter of South Africa’s manufacturing production.

Graduate Development Programme 2018

17 July 2018 to 4 April 2019

Accelerating Graduates’ workplace readiness and ability to deliver value to their firm

The DCC’s Graduate Development Programme equips graduates with the necessary skills to tackle the demands of the chemicals manufacturing workplace. With 30 graduates this popular training programme has proved successful at enabling participants’ growth and development. Participants are provided with holistic, chemicals sector specific business skills and equipped to work as competent employees in their functional areas.

Skills & Transformation TSC: Amendments to Labour Relations Act

19 March 2019

Labour Laws are designed to create a positive relationship between employees and employers as they give structure to the workplace, define what employees and employers are responsible for and, in some cases, outline regulations to give both parties direction for resolving workplace conflict.

Empowering small businesses in the chemicals sector

27 February – 1st March  2019.

The DCC SMME development programme is a 3-day programme designed to ready chemicals manufacturers for the challenging markets of high competition within which they operate. The programme involved both theory and practical components and affords participating businesses an opportunity to implement an innovations project in their own businesses.

Industry 4.0 Working Group: Product Innovation

28 February  2019.

Industry 4.0 is changing traditional ways of doing business and innovation is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. New competitors can come from anywhere, enabled by new technologies that can quickly disrupt long-established markets. Companies unprepared for this rapid innovation have a dismal future ahead of them. No major disruptions have occurred in the South African chemicals manufacturing sector, however, preparation in this regard is imperative.

Engen Safety Circle: Fostering a safety culture

20 February  2019.

A serious workplace injury or death changes lives forever – for families, friends, communities and co-workers. The value of human life is immeasurable. The Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC), through its Operational Excellence programme, aims to ensure that our members strive for the implementation of the strictest safety management principles to ensure that the employees of our members return home to their families and friends at the end of each workday.

DCC Business Accelerator: Transforming the local chemicals sector

29 January  2019.

Through the Durban Chemicals Cluster’s (DCC) Skills Development and Transformation Programme, the cluster aims to drive sustainable and value-adding transformation initiatives that both assist members and promote the growth and development of Black-owned enterprises in the local chemicals value chain.

Future Proof Your Business

22 January  2019.

The traditional manufacturing industry is in the throes of a digital transformation that is being accelerated by the exponential growth of smart technologies. Companies and industrial processes need to adapt to this rapid change if they are not to be left behind by developments in their sector and by their competitors. The widespread adoption of information and communications technology by the manufacturing industry around the world is now paving the way for completely new disruptive approaches to development, production and the entire value chain.

DCC SME Catalyst

04 – 05  December  2018

The Durban Chemicals Cluster SME Catalyst, supported by Ferro Coating Resins and NCS Resins has been developed to support Black owned business and entrepreneurs achieve their potential. With a focus on innovative products and services in the chemicals sector we aim to fast track the time to market or scale of creative ideas driven by passionate South Africans.  Participants can receive a preferential loan of between R 500 000 and R 2 million to accelerate their business growth.

The Competition Act : Managing Business Risk

04 December  2018

The Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC) aims to ensure members are informed of relevant company legislation and manage their business risk effectively. In order to ensure that members understand the ever-stringent legislative environment, the DCC hosts regular workshops providing members with insights into legal compliance.

DCC 2018 Executive Development Programme

28 November 2018

The Durban Chemicals Cluster invited senior executives to attend the DCC’s Executive Development Programme, a full day seminar that focused on the critical technological disruptors likely to shape the future of the South African manufacturing industry.

DCC 2018 Management Development Programme

26 November 2018

The Durban Chemicals Cluster Management Development Programme (2018/19). The programme has been developed in association with the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA).

African Chemicals Imbizo: Veolia Water Management Tour


25 October 2018

Waste Water Management as a Critical Component of SHEQ

A core objective of the Durban Chemical Cluster is to promote effective SHEQ management and highlight the critical components of SHEQ for effective implementation

African Chemicals Imbizo: Engen Safety Study Tour


25 October 2018

Safety As A Critical Focus For Engen Refinery

Engen is committed to safety excellence in all their activities and wherever they operate. Their strategic focus on safety ensures long term sustainability and results in recognition by internal and external stakeholders for a strong performance record. Engen continually strives to improve their safety management processes to prevent accidents and their refinery is the highest of their safety risks.

African Chemicals Imbizo

24 – 25 October 2018

The 2018 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


Free Workplace Readiness Training for Chemicals Manufacturing

1- 8 October 2018

The Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC) called all chemistry, engineering, chemical engineering and aligned studies graduates and students to participate in it’s recent workplace readiness training. The training, supported by the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) was specifically designed to ready unemployed, young learners for the challenging environment of chemicals manufacturing and also give students the opportunity to meet and network with potential employers in the sector. The DCC is represented by 45 chemicals manufacturing firms, each of which are potential employers to young graduates and learners who have studied chemical engineering or related courses.


ISO 45001 Training: Getting Up To Standard with Health and Safety

19 September 2018

The Durban Chemical Cluster aims to promote operational excellence in health and safety to ensure working environments are compliant and provide safe spaces for employees to operate effectively.


Say YES for Youth Employment!

18 September 2018

The Durban Chemicals Cluster aims to promote industry transformation and youth development through our Skills Development and Transformation Programme. 


Greening your Business: A catalyst for Growth

4 September 2018


The Durban Chemicals Cluster hosted a Greening your Business workshop focused on driving future-focussed investment in green manufacturing. In an era of ever stringent compliance, going green has never been more important for chemicals manufacturers.


SHEQ Tour of Kansai Plascon

30 August 2018

The Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC), through its Operational Excellence programme, aims to promote shared learning in SHEQ best practice and highlight the principles and implementation of effective SHEQ management. The primary means of delivering this is through our quarterly SHEQ best practice study tours. This quarter, the DCC visited Kansai Plascon to understand how SHEQ is managed and capital is optimized at their Mobeni Plant in south Durban.


DCC 2018 Management Development Programme

27 August 2018

The Durban Chemicals Cluster Management Development Programme (2018/19) started in August 2018. The programme has been developed in association with the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA).


Environmental Compliance: Optimising Operations through Compliance

7 August 2018

A core objective of the Durban Chemicals Cluster’s operational excellence programme is to ensure that members comply with the ever-changing and stringent legislation pertaining to environmental, health and safety.


Effective Labour and Employee Relations Management

5 July 2018

Good industrial relations improve the morale of the employees allowing them to work with great zeal and with the feeling that the interest of the employer and employees is one and the same. Hence, the DCC welcomed Julie Harries from Brett Purdon Attorneys & Labour Arbitrators. She presented case studies on employee relations, labour disputes and best practice to provide members with examples on how best to manage difficult employee relations matters at their firms.


SHEQ Tour: Focus on Environmental Management

12 June 2018

A core objective of the Durban Chemical Cluster’s (DCC) Operational Excellence Programme, is to promote effective SHEQ management and highlight the critical components of SHEQ for effective implementation. SHEQ Tours offered members the opportunity to visit new facilities and learn about on-site safety, health, environment and quality management systems. This quarter, the DCC  visited Veolia Water Technologies to understand the practice of wastewater treatment and management.

CHIETA MDP Programme Launch & GDP Graduation

31 May 2018

The Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC) and The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) were proud to launch the DCC’s Management Development Programme, tailor made for chemicals industry managers. This much anticipated programme  equipped managers with the leadership and management skills required in the chemicals industry.

Demand Driven Planner Training

29 – 30 May 2018

The Demand Driven Planner™ Program is an internationally recognised training programme that is designed for planning, purchasing and supply chain personnel responsible for implementing and maintaining a Demand Driven Material Requirement Planning (DDMRP) implementation. Designed by the leading authorities on DDMRP at the Demand Driven Institute, the Demand Driven Planner™ Program is comprised of 13 modules of in-depth DDMRP education. The program was the OFFICIAL preparatory course for the Demand Driven Planner Professional certification exam which participants are able to undertake thereafter to qualify with a DDPP.

Freeing up Trade in Africa: Insights for Manufacturers Workshop

08 May 2018

The first two legal instruments for launching the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), along with the Kigali Declaration, have just been signed. What happens next and when can real trade benefits be expected? What exactly is the AfCFTA? What are the long-terms plans behind this initiative? The Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC) welcomed Trudi Hartzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of the Trade Law Centre (Tralac), to discuss this pivotal change promoting intra-continental trade and investment in order to highlight how this agreement was set to impact local manufacturing and production.

SHEQ Compliance: Unpacking ISO 45001 and Waste Water Regulations

28 March 2018

The DCC hosted Franscois Labuschagne, CEO at DQS South Africa for a briefing session on the new requirements of ISO 45001. DQS South Africa is an independent assessment and auditing partner that provides certifications, inspections and evaluations on occupational health and safety. This presentation unpacks the critical issues that firms need to understand in order to comply with these new standards.

In addition, the DCC welcomes Siva Chetty from Veolia Water Technologies SA, as well as Sunil Ramkisson the Acting Senior Manager for Pollution at eThekwini Municipality to present on waste water and effluent management best practice.

Negotiating Trade: Practical insight for South African manufacturers

14 March 2018

Understanding the macro-economic and political environments within which firms operate is essential for negotiating and implementing effective export and growth strategies. The DCC hosted a workshop that provides high-level insight into national trade negotiations that directly impact the investment opportunities for South African Manufacturers. Ms Mlumbi-Peter, Deputy Director General for International Trade and Economic Development at the dti shared insight on current negotiations, the process for trade negotiation and the consequences for local manufacturing businesses.

Executive Training Session - South Africa in 2030: The Latest Scenarios

6 March 2018

Dr Frans Cronje delved into an analysis of the current growth, investment, employment, education and policy trends, to name a few, focused specifically on the implications for manufacturers. He unfolded four possible scenarios for South Africa’s next decade which will prove particularly valuable for manufacturing firms with long investment horizons. The session concluded with a discussion regarding markers that indicate which scenario is unfolding and the major social, economic, and political trends that evolve under the scenarios.

SMME Development

28 February 2018

The DCC in partnership with the Chemicals Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) rolled out a successful innovation management in the workplace program which included a 2.5-day training workshop on innovation management in the workplace from the 23rd – 25th of January 2018.  This was followed by a 4-week workplace assessment and development of an innovation business plan by the SMMEs to implement in their business.  The innovation business plans were presented in a dragon’s den style event which took place on the 27th of February at the Premier Hotel in Pinetown.

Process Safety Management Training for Operators and Technicians

13 – 15 February 2018

DCC and renowned Process Safety Management (PSM) trainer Rod Prior hosted a PSM Series to drive greater effectiveness in PSM programmes across member firms.

Skills and Transformation TSC

31 January 2018

The DCC hosted a workshop on critical human resource issues:

  • Exploring support offered by the German and Dutch governments for developing world-class local industrial skills, through the secondment of retired technical experts.
  • Proposing a collective BEE model, to maximise individual company BEE spends, whilst leveraging collective spends for industry-wide transformation.

Innovation management training

23 -25 January 2018

The DCC in partnership with CHIETA, hosted the ‘Innovation in Management’ course. It is an accredited one month programme to promote innovation and continuous improvement in your business.

Demand Driven Planning Workshop

30 November 2017

The DCC hosted a workshop focussing on an innovative formal planning methodology which aligns resources, working capital, and supply chain planning and execution to actual demand, facilitated by supply chain expert, Ken Titmuss.

Investment and Growth TSC

23 November 2017

The DCC hosted a presentation on the Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) Export Development and Promotion Unit, to understand the how your firm can access Provincial Government’s export assistance and support programmes.

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.