keyboard_arrow_upSAPMA slams apathy towards training in the coatings sector
keyboard_arrow_downSAPMA slams apathy towards training in the coatings sector

Specifier has followed the launch of SAPMA’s Centre of Excellence with great interest and as such it is disappointing, to say the least, to have received the following press release from SAPMA.

keyboard_arrow_upNew coatings training centre set to open mid-year
keyboard_arrow_downNew coatings training centre set to open mid-year

The South African Paint Manufacturing Association’s (SAPMA’s) new Centre of Excellence training centre is set to open around the middle of this year. The Centre of Excellence will operate from the old Bifsa Training Centre in Springs on the East Rand, once the revamp and modification of the premises is complete. The opening of the training centre follows the accreditation of SAPMA’s training programmes last year by the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA). 

keyboard_arrow_upLeading international speakers for coatings conference
keyboard_arrow_downLeading international speakers for coatings conference

Tom Bowtell and Tony Mash, two globally recognised authorities in the paint and coatings industry, have joined the line-up of speakers for the Coatings for Africa (CfA) 2013 conference and exhibition which will take place from May 21 to 23 this year at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. 

keyboard_arrow_upSAPMA and Nigerian manufacturers share common objectives
keyboard_arrow_downSAPMA and Nigerian manufacturers share common objectives

Terry Ashmore, chairperson of SAPMA, recently visited Lagos where he held discussions with the PMA, the Paints Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.  “At the meeting, I briefed the Nigerian association about SAPMA and its role in education and training, contractual and legal matters, government interaction, as well as our current environmental priorities, among other topics.

keyboard_arrow_upReviewing standards in the coatings industry
keyboard_arrow_downReviewing standards in the coatings industry

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) have entered a “new era” of cooperation, says Deryck Spence, executive director of SAPMA.  Spence says considerable progress has been made in discussions between SAPMA’s new Technical Committee and the Bureau of Standards. The committee was established specifically to liaise with the SABS. According to Spence, new areas of cooperation are being formulated to deal with the increasing legislative demands facing the coatings industry. 

keyboard_arrow_upCHIETA accreditation for coatings sector training
keyboard_arrow_downCHIETA accreditation for coatings sector training

Government accreditation for skills training for the coatings industry, as provided by the South African Paint Industry Training Institute (SAPITI), has been approved. This was announced at the recent annual general meeting of the South African Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) by Stuurman Aphane, quality assurance manager for the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA).  Aphane said that CHIETA had decided to grant accreditation to SAPITI and that processes were already under way to award work skills programme and discretionary grants to the institute. “CHIETA will also ensure that we have the necessary staff to deal with this new accreditation,” Aphane pledged. 

keyboard_arrow_upGovernment checking on lead content in paints
keyboard_arrow_downGovernment checking on lead content in paints

The National Department of Health is continuing its campaign to remove hazardous lead-based paints from retail shelves in South Africa.  Deryck Spence, executive director of the SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA), said Professor Angela Mathee, director of the Medical Research Council’s Environment and Health Research Unit, had advised SAPMA that paint samples were being collected from retailers for laboratory analysis of the lead content.

keyboard_arrow_upAccreditation is vital for coatings sector training
keyboard_arrow_downAccreditation is vital for coatings sector training

SAPMA, the South African Paint Manufacturing Association, has trained over 6 000 employees in the coatings industry over the past 20 years through its training arm – the SA Paint Industry Training Institute (SAPITI). However, Deryck Spence, executive director of the association, has warned that the lack of government accredited training has become a major threat to the future of the coatings industry.  Spence says there is a critical shortage of skills in the industry. “The pool of resources is shrinking and is simply not sustainable in the long term. There is apathy towards the training provided by SAPITI because of the lack of accreditation from the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA). SAPMA members all subscribe to government’s training levy but do not receive refunds or BBBEE points for non-accredited courses, despite the fact that the government offers no alternative training for the industry,” he says.

keyboard_arrow_upMore retailers ban leaded paints
keyboard_arrow_downMore retailers ban leaded paints

There are now 950 retail outlets supporting the SA Paint Manufacturing Association’s (SAPMA) campaign to remove leaded paint from store shelves in South Africa. This was announced by Deryck Spence, executive director of SAPMA, at the association’s recent annual general meeting. Reporting on SAPMA’s mission to expand membership, Spence said there had been particularly strong progress in the retail sector. “Among the 950 outlets with SAPMA membership are major groups such as Mica and DIY Depot as well as various outlets that have joined individually. We are confident that our membership will increase in this sector, although there are still retailers selling paint who do not see themselves as part of the paint industry,” he said.

keyboard_arrow_upBoost for training in SA coatings industry
keyboard_arrow_downBoost for training in SA coatings industry

Training in the South African coatings industry has received a major boost through new access to over 65 training modules of the British Coatings Federation (BCF). All the training modules are sanctioned by the internationally-respected training body, City and Guilds of London. The BCF decision to allow its training modules to be introduced in South Africa follows a visit to the UK by Deryck Spence, executive director of the South African Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA). His negotiations with BCF will now lead to the first formal Articles of Association being drawn up between BCF and SAPMA.