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Online since 3.11.2015 • Filed under Advertorial • From Issue 16 page(s) 147
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Stronger South African Government support for SAPMA mission to uplift coatings skills.

‘The SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) and the Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA) have entered into “an intensified era of cooperation” to boost skills upliftment in the coatings industry,’ says Deryck Spence, SAPMA’s executive director. Spence explains that the renewed commitment by CHIETA to work closely with SAPMA to support SAPMA’s training initiatives follows a keynote address by Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education & Training, at the opening of the recent Coatings for Africa 2015 Conference & Symposium in Sandton. In his address, Dr Nzimande noted the great potential to expand employment in the coatings sector, which the Government regards as a very important industrial sector.

‘Furthermore, the Minister commented that training in the industry has to be driven by the industry itself – where the expertise lies – and that CHIETA should assist in expanding training in the coatings sector. Dr Nzimande then called for an indaba between SAPMA and CHIETA to discuss training and development in the industry,’ Spence adds. Spurred on by the Minister’s directive, CHIETA and SAPMA met on June 29. ‘The meeting was highly successful and a steering committee, on which the chairpersons of the various SAPMA committees will serve, was elected to clarify training requirements  and direct the way forward to a formal indaba,’ Spence confirms. ‘Since the inception in 1987 of its training arm – the SA Paint Industry Paint Institute (SAPITI) – SAPMA has trained some 7 000 members’ staff at a cost of at least R13-million to the industry, without  any government grants for this training. With SAPMA now officially recognised as an Institute of Occupational & Sectoral Excellence, and the intensified support from CHIETA, we see hope on the horizon for training in the coatings sector,’ Spence concludes.


The SA Paint Manufacturing Association has been in existence for over 70 years with the overall  objective to promote the industry as a responsible supplier of quality products and services. SAPMA’s manufacturing members represent 90% of the volume of paints and coatings produced in South Africa, while the majority of companies supplying goods and services to the paint industry are Associate Members of SAPMA. A highly valued and effective partnership exists between the two groups, with a common objective and commitment to promote the interests of the industry. The Association’s Code of Conduct, which is mandatory for members, reflects the value system to which all members commit themselves. (Source: SAPMA Website)


Deryck Spence

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Issue 16

Issue 16

November 2015

This article was featured on page 147 of
To Build Magazine Issue 16.

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