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NCPC Project

Project Co-Ordination of the NCPC-SA Studentship Programme

During 2009 the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) which is a programme funded by the Department of Trade and hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), embarked on a Pilot Cleaner Production Western Cape Studentship Programme, and this prompted an extension to Kwa-Zulu Natal during 2010 following the successes achieved.

The programme was specifically designed  for the clothing and textile sector,  with the ultimate goal of  providing Cleaner Production related technical support to participating companies and enhancing their internal capabilities in pursuit of manufacturing excellence, as well as addressing the skills gap that exist within industry.. This has been achievable through the Cleaner Production strategies of increasing resource efficiency, reducing and eliminating pollution and waste, and introducing internal and external preventative environmental solutions.

Having undergone an intensive training programme in Cleaner Production and Project Management to equip themselves around the methodologies and tools required, post-graduate students were strategically selected for placement at participating clothing and textile companies in the Western Cape and Kwa Zulu Natal.

Although the scope varied from company to company, the overriding consideration was for Cleaner Production technology and innovation-driven projects to be implemented successfully. Through these interventions and with the support of internal and external mentors, the desired outcomes and benefits achieved by participating companies were phenomenal.

Key focus areas considered during these interventions included:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Materials

Some of the benefits to participating companies included:

  • Improved process efficiency
  • Reduced water, energy, raw material and chemical use
  • Recovery of valuable by-products
  • Reduced disposal costs of waste materials
  • Reduced transportation costs of waste materials
  • Increased returns by selling waste materials for reuse
  • Potential marketing benefits
  • Improved employee morale and productivity
  • Creation of jobs
  • Remarkable financial savings potential
  • Overall improved environmental performance

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