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Who We Are

We are a leading polymer producer and marketer, serving valued customers and markets in South Africa, Africa and beyond. A proud member of KAP, a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed company, we have grown to become the second largest polymer producer in Sub-Saharan Africa, with customers in every sector of industry and business.

But that is just who we are…​

It’s what we do that really defines our value. Our world touches everything from medical equipment and food packaging, to industrial piping and energy products, to sports and recreational equipment, to carpets, denim jeans and children’s toys. The products our polymers go into seriously uplift people’s lives. Safripol (PTY) LTD consists of a Commercial Head Office in Bryanston as well as key operations in Durban and Sasolburg.

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Our Culture

The core of our culture is one of strong industry leadership, and a responsibility to the customers we serve and the environment we operate in. Sustainability through our own actions, support of new profit organisations and support for national and environmental interests drives innovation, compliance and results.

We believe that honesty and integrity are important. We know that in a harsh economic climate, that a company that cares, is a company that’s strong. Our culture is, therefore, one of accountability, drive, excellence and trust.

We make a difference to the initiatives and products that uplift our continent. We make a difference to the creation of employment. And most importantly, we make a difference in people’s lives.

We innovate every day. We are believers. We invest in relationships. And we want to continue to make a real difference to you.

Our Leadership

Exco Declaration

We, the EXCO, are an inspirational, dynamic, future-driven leadership team. We embrace change on the journey to success, through positivity, trust and integrity, ensuring an exciting future for all our people and other Safripol stakeholders.

Nico van Niekerk

Chief Executive Officer

Willem Els

Chief Financial Officer

Gerhard Vermeulen

Supply Chain Executive

Gert Claasen

Technology and Innovation Executive

Anton Booysen

Operations Executive – Safripol Durban

Mark Berry

Commercial Executive

Eddie Kotzee

Operations Executive – Safripol Sasolburg

Kurt Schovell

Human Resources Executive

Our Future: Plastic Sustainability

All materials, be they glass, aluminium,  plastic, or paper, all impact the planet in different ways. In fact, they are all necessary and balance each other if used correctly. If one is too predominant it will have greater impact on the planet. We actually need all four, as they all play an important role, and abuse of any of them is actually what is bad for us.

The truth is, in a lot of ways, plastic actually makes the world a better, safer place. Almost everything we use, touch or interact with has plastic in it,  from the gowns our surgeons wear, to our cars, to the cellphones we hold in our hands.

Safripol is all about ‘responsible plastic’. We are fundamentally opposed to littering, dumping, over-packaging and pollution of any kind. We are for plastic recycling, re-use, innovation and the environment.

We are leaders when it comes to the cause of using plastic responsibly

We are the responsible polymer partners to our customers and clients

We are active in the movement against plastic pollution

Safripol’s 2025 Sustainability Goals:

Safripol’s approach to Sustainability is driven by the “Lets Plastic Responsibly” movement. Our strategy is guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development goals and focusses on addressing the global challenges i.e.  plastic pollution and climate change, by transitioning towards a sustainable circular economy for plastics, while ensuring economic growth, and wellbeing of society and the environment.

Our three major Sustainability Goals for 2025 are: Enhancing the Circular Economy; Reducing our Environmental Impact; and Socio-economic Development of our People and Communities

 

SG 01: Enhancing the Circular Economy: The circular economy has been identified as one of the cornerstones for our sustainability strategy as it is critical to our business as we move forward.  The circular economy aligns with our extended producer responsibilities, while presenting vital opportunities for economic growth, innovation, and job creation. Here we are prioritising the following focus areas i.e: 1) Advancing Recycling; 2) Design for Circularity; 3) Reducing Plastic Leakage; 4) Renewable Feedstocks.

SG 02: Reducing our Environmental Impact: A major focus of our sustainability strategy is to reduce the direct impact of our operations on the natural environment for our Cradle-to Gate operations. We will continue to look for ways in which we can reduce our GHG emissions, and energy and water usage, and waste generation. Our strategy is driven by our operational excellence, Responsible Care commitment and product stewardship, and a major focus is to optimise and improve the efficiency of our operations, while responding to climate change issues.

SG 03: Socio-economic Development of our People and Communities: To achieve our sustainability goals, we will accelerate our efforts towards cooperate social development and work together with our employees, fence-line communities, NGO’s,  and the youth for socio-economic good. We will continue to expand our programmes on developing our employees, education and skills development, and community development.

Partnering for Sustainability: Safripol realises that it cannot deliver on its sustainability goals on its own. To achieve these goals, we will develop multi-stakeholder partnerships across the value-chain, as well as in the innovation ecosystem to unlock innovative and sustainable solutions fit for purpose for our local market.  Through our strategic partnerships, innovation, commitment, and bold leadership, Safripol will differentiate itself to become the most innovative, customer-centric, and sustainable polymer-producer in the country.

Our Values

Our Customers

Our customers are our reason for being. We strive to be the supplier of choice through the quality of our products and services. We apply a mindset of continuous improvement and meaningful effort to create value for them and their businesses.

Our People

Our people are the source of our success and our reason to be proud. We are committed to investing in them through training and development to enhance their skills and enrich their lives. Empowerment, teamwork, responsibility and accountability are essential elements in driving our strategy.

Our Environment

As a responsible polymer partner, we stand against over-packaging, pollution and dumping. We stand for the correct use, disposal and recycling of plastic. As leaders of the “Let’s plastic responsibly” initiative, we are committed to the pursuit of a circular economy and creating a sustainable future for all.As a responsible polymer partner, we stand against over-packaging, pollution and dumping. We stand for the correct use, disposal and recycling of plastic. As leaders of the “Let’s plastic responsibly” initiative, we are committed to the pursuit of a circular economy and creating a sustainable future for all. 

Our Vision

To create Plastics that responsibly shape our world.

Our Mission

We deliver industry leading performance through:
• Dynamic future-driven leadership
• Embracing change by creating innovative plastics and applications
• Ensuring service excellence across the value chain
• Embracing/leveraging technology to foster agile business solutions
• Safely operating our facilities to design intent

Our Purpose

“To responsibly shape the world we live in through our people, our products and our customers, in order to create value for our shareholders and a sustainable future for our company, country and environment.”

Safripol Sasolburg

Home to our High-Density Polyethylene and Polypropylene manufacturing plants, this facility produces circa 160kt of HDPE and 120kt of PP annually. Key markets include the packaging industry, portable water infrastructure, rigid packaging, closures, personal care, and home-care markets, among others.

Original operations were established in 1972 as a joint venture between Hoechst AG of Germany and Sentrachem Ltd. Thereafter, a division of Dow, and then under Private Equity until being incorporated into KAP at the beginning of January 2017.

About us Safripol Sasolburg

Professional Industry Memberships

We guarantee the highest standards of safety, health, environment, risk, quality and assets are upheld throughout our operations. We also remain committed to doing business in an ethical manner that takes cognisance of sustainable economic, social and environmental needs.

Developing and implementing internationally recognised management systems into our Integrated Management System (ODMS) and SHERQ performance. These pertain to our activities, assets, products and services. Our commitment remains unyielding to continuously improving and reviewing the effectiveness of our safety, health, environmental, risk, quality and asset management systems performance, in accordance with the business’s strategic direction and objectives.

Our management and staff recognise that the protection of the environment, employees and our community is both integral and fundamental to our general business principles in producing and marketing our polymers. We are listed as an ISO 9001(Quality), 14001 (Environmental), OHSAS 18001(Health and Safety) and API 580 (Risk Base Inspections on Pressure Equipment regulations) certified company.

Our continuous benchmarking within technology providers ensures that we operate at international standards. Safripol contributes eagerly too many industrial forums and management has through the years held many leadership positions at these forums.

SAPPMA

SAPPMA, together with the SABS, has been working hard since its inception in 2004 to ensure that end users are offered top quality plastic pipe systems that will last for a lifetime. The Purpose of SAPPMA is to create absolute customer confidence in the Plastic Pipe Industry and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Industry, with top quality Piping systems. Pipes and fittings produced by SAPPMA members are clearly identified with the SAPPMA Logo; providing proof to engineers or customers of the commitment to quality and differentiation of SAPPMA members.

Plastics|SA

Plastics|SA represents all sectors of the South African plastics industry including polymer producers and importers, converters, machine suppliers, fabricators and recyclers.  It plays an active role in the growth and development of the South African plastics industry and prides itself on providing industry training and driving the industry’s environmental initiatives.

POLYCO

The Polyolefin Recycling Company, trading as POLYCO, is a not-for-profit industry body formed by the polyolefin converters themselves to promote the collection and recycling of post-consumer polyolefin packaging containers. POLYCO aims to minimise the environmental impact of post-consumer polyolefins on the South African landscape.

CAIA

CAIA represents the interests of the chemical industry in South Africa through active engagement with all important stakeholders, such as government, industry and regulators. It is also the custodian of ResponsibleCare®. All CAIA members are signatories to this initiative. Safripol contributes actively to CAIA as a member as well as having multiple directors on CAIA’s management team.

Packaging SA

Packaging SA is a voluntary industry body. Its members are in two broad categories, Converters and Associates. The Converters represent some 70% of the revenue generated by the industry. Associates are in effect the major raw material suppliers, material organizations, brand owners, retailers and other organizations and associations with interests in the packaging industry. Collectively this body directly employs some 60 000 people in South Africa.

Awards and Recognition

Safripol shows being best is no fluke – wins top employer ranking 11th year in a row.

We continue to show that being the best is no fluke. We’ve won the accolade of being the top employer, with a high ranking 11th year in a row. Our company ranks among the Top Employers in South Africa. This is a reward for the company’s continued efforts to improve employee satisfaction at all levels and across all divisions.

The international research undertaken every year by the Top Employers Institute recognises the world’s leading employers; those who provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organisation, and strive continuously to optimise employment practices. These characteristics are all synonymous with Safripol.

As part of the community, Safripol helps to meet its needs

To this effect, we’ve received a Lusa Community Chest Special Recognition award in 2017, in recognition of Safripol’ s contribution to community upliftment.  Our organisation remains dedicated to increasing human potential through integrity, diversity and compassion, which are the same values cherished by the Safripol family.

Responsible Care – the foundation of our operations

Safripol received the CAIA Responsible Care Initiative of the year award in 2016. This recognises the significant improvements in water efficiency and landfill reduction as well as an impeccable safety culture.  No harm throughout the lifecycle of our products is a key driver to our safety, health and environment committee.

Safripol Durban

Home to our PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) resin facility, the Durban plant has a capacity of 240kt per annum. This capacity meets the domestic market’s demand for PET, which leaves the opportunity to actively export into Europe, Asia and the U.S.A.

PET is also used throughout the food, beverages and packaging sectors, and primarily in the bottling industry because of exceptional clarity, like that of glass. This resin is produced from three key chemical raw materials, which are sourced from trusted international suppliers.

The company was originally started by Hoechst AG of Germany and Sentrachem Limited in 1972. Following this, the business was re-branded as Hosaf and was acquired by KAP in 2003.

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Professional Industry Members

As a member of and financial contributor to PETCO, Hosaf actively supports recycling and alternative PET usage initiatives, with a goal of 0% waste to landfill and certified waste disposal. The plant also recently introduced fast-reheat resin and ‘bio pet’, manufactured using renewable sugarcane resources. An industry-driven and industry-financed environment solution for post-consumer PET plastic, PETCO is the trading name of the PET Recycling Company NPC.

This company is incorporated to represent the South African PET plastic industry’s joint effort to self-regulate post-consumer polyethene terephthalate (PET) recycling. Hosaf contributes to PETCO through voluntary grants, which ensures support for PET recycling efforts by sustaining collection interest and reducing the volume of post-consumer PET in the waste stream.