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TAPPSA Southern Region is on a roll

Over the past year, TAPPSA’s Southern Region slipped into a dormant period after a busy 2008. However, with the recent appointment of a new, larger regional committee that is positively rearing to go, the Southern Region is back on the map and determinedly making sure that all roads lead to TAPPSA.

The regional committee is focusing on two main goals this year: creating a larger awareness of TAPPSA in the Western Cape region and raising enough funds to become self-supporting and actively involved in the regional paper industry.

The planning of a number of unique awareness initiatives is well under way, including TAPPSA’s inclusion in “My future career expo” to be held from 14-16 April at Canal Walk, Cape Town. This event, targeted predominantly at under-resourced high schools from previously disadvantaged areas in the Western Cape, is a vital window through which educators, recruitment professionals and school learners alike can take a good look at all the future careers available to them in a variety of industries.

The Southern Region Committee will be promoting TAPPSA at an exhibition stand at the Expo, and hope to have informative posters and brochures on every fascinating job and bursary available in the pulp and paper industry. The Expo is restricted to “vibrant and deserving learners and students”, ensuring that TAPPSA will be given maximum exposure to the people who count. While the stand will remain strictly generic and will not promote one company over the other, Committee members will be handing out their individual business cards in order to provide direct industry contacts for any interested learners.

Similar plans to build the paper industry at a precious, grassroots level include the creation of a possible TAPPSA advert to be posted on university websites.

The Committee’s awareness campaign will not stop at school learners, as they have planned 3 mill visits across the course of this year, for a cross section of students and staff alike. The visits, which will be to Sappi Cape Kraft, Tongaat Hullet and Nampak, will be particularly for in-service students and will serve to promote TAPPSA.

Other promotional events include a Southern Region golf day, which will be open to both TAPPSA members and industry suppliers, and will see all aspirant Retief Goosen’s and Ernie Els’ hit the green on 30 November 2010. Some of the money raised from this event will go towards the Southern Region Technical Conference.

The Southern Region Technical Conference will be a one-day symposium, to be held at the Two Oceans Aquarium on 23 September 2010. Six papers will be presented around the theme “Energy & Recycling”, and will be a good closing to the National Conference to be held in October.

The Southern Region Committee has certainly set itself a busy year ahead, but this should not be an issue with a purposefully bigger committee elected to efficiently handle the coordination of schedules and keep ahead of the Western Cape’s pulp and paper industry. Here’s to the Southern Region promoting TAPPSA in a number of noble incentives and, while they’re at it, giving the other regional committees a definite run for their money.

Southern Region The committee:
Chairman: Jonathan Hermanus, GM Sappi Cape Kraft
Deputy Chair: Bradley Booth, Regional Sales Manager, Sappi

Secretary: Jason Naidoo, Mill Manager, Nampak Tissue
Treasurer: Berenice Wesso, National Sales Manager; Tongaat Hullet Starch,

Exec Member: Lavendran Reddy, Process Engineer, Sappi
Exec Member (golf events): Clive Allison, Product Specialist Sappi
Exec member (mill visits): Peter Govender, Production Superintendent, Sappi
Exec member (development): Jerome Franz, Production Coordinator Sappi
Exec Member: Martin Baloyi, Process Engineer, Nampak Tissue
Exec member: Nazeem Philander, Production Manager, Sappi Forest Products

Honourary past Chairman: Mike Johnston, Regional Manger SAPCO

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