Leading paper and plastic recycler, Mpact Recycling, is one of 16 main sponsors of this year’s Mrs South Africa empowerment programme. This is the fourth consecutive year Mpact has partnered with Mrs SA, but the first year it has done so as a main sponsor.

Mpact Recycling communication manager, Donna-Mari Noble, says Mpact Recycling has a recycling heritage of more than 50 years. “Our role is to supply the right quality and quantity of paper to our mills around the country and PET bottles to our Mpact Polymers plant.

“Mrs SA is one of the channels we use to get our message of recycling out to local communities. We harness the positive sentiment generated by the contestants to raise awareness around the benefits of recycling,” adds Noble.

Noble says partnering with Mrs SA has delivered great benefits over the years. “The programme’s empowerment and community upliftment themes dovetail perfectly with what we at Mpact Recycling are trying to achieve within South African communities. Mrs SA has brought us closer to several communities such as churches, charity homes, assisted living facilities, garden sites and buy-back centres, allowing the recycling message to gain greater momentum.”

Mrs SA managing director, Joanie Johnson, says raising funds and charity work is an important part of the contestants’ journey to help with community upliftment and development initiatives throughout South Africa. “We encourage contestants to become community-minded. After all, they become strong influencers in their communities.”

In addition, Mpact Recycling has more over 2,000 paperbanks located at communities and schools countrywide. This year’s Mrs SA event will see 25 finalists selected from 100 semi-finalists on 29 June 2018 and the winner will be crowned at a gala event in November. Importantly, Mrs South Africa finalists will be expected to get involved in Clean-up Week, which runs from 10 to16 September 2018.

“As finalists in the Mrs South Africa pageant, we can’t wait to take up the challenge to green the minds of the Cape Town community and the youth ahead of our upcoming event taking place on Saturday, 26 May 2018 at Ladies Christian Home; Saturday, 09 June 2018 at the Ubuntu House and Saturday, 16 June 2018, at Aan Houwen
Noble says Mpact Recycling is excited about working with this year’s finalists. “Over the past three years we have met some incredible women, who have become positive forces for change in their communities. This is a wonderful phenomenon to witness,” concludes Noble.

About Mpact:

Mpact is one of the leading paper and plastics packaging businesses in southern Africa, listed on the JSE’s Main Board in the Industrial - Paper and Packaging sector. The Group has leading market positions in southern Africa in recovered paper collection, corrugated packaging, recycled-based cartonboard and containerboard, polyethylene-terephthalate (“PET”) preforms, recycled PET (“rPET”), styrene trays and plastic jumbo bins. These leading market positions allow Mpact to meet the increasing requirements of its customers and achieve economies of scale and cost effectiveness at the various operations.

Mpact has 41 operating sites, of which 21 are manufacturing operations, in South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique. Sales in South Africa account for approximately 90% of Mpact’s total revenue for the current year while the balance was predominantly to customers in the rest of Africa.

As at 31 December 2017, Mpact employed 4,889 people.