The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) was launched in 2004 to represent the interests of the well developed plastic pipe business in South Africa and surrounding countries.The scope and purposes of SAPPMA are far-reaching and cannot be overemphasized.
The South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) has welcomed the South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS) announcement that all PVC pipes manufactured in South Africa have to be free of heavy metals by July 2015.
The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has announced that the use of PVC products in buildings seeking Green Star SA ratings will no longer be penalised. This means that environmentally conscious building contractors in South Africa can now make use of the full benefits of PVC piping products. The GBCSA developed its Green Star SA rating system to provide the local property industry with an objective measurement for green buildings, and to recognise and reward environmental leadership in the industry. The council initially introduced the clause to minimise the use of PVC products in buildings due to environmental concerns regarding their formulation, manufacturing and end-of-life disposal.
Environmentally-conscious building contractors in South Africa can now enjoy the full benefits of PVC piping products, following the announcement from the GBCSA in October 2011 that it will remove the MAT-7 PVC minimisation clause from its green star tool rating system.