"My Green Home" Project

GBCSA invites SAVA Members to participate in their “My Green Home” project! To find out more contact SAVA CEO, Delanie Bezuidenhout, on delanie@savinyls.co.za


  Johannesburg, January 13, 2014.  It’s back to school time again.  That time of year when parents and their kids face the excitement and anticipation of a new school year with new class assignments, new school clothes or uniforms, and supplies.  Many of the products found in backpacks and classrooms are made of vinyl. These products have been designed to be durable, economical, safe, and stylish - all important factors parents of school-aged children consider when buying supplies that need to last for an entire school year.



Next to your child’s school shoes, his or her school backpack is likely to see the most wear-and-tear throughout the school year.  Luckily, both are made from durable vinyl and can therefore withstand the knocks of an entire school year.  “Vinyl products are proven to be durable over time, which means more cost savings to parents. The durability of these products results from the stability of the vinyl molecule, allowing products to resist decomposition, withstand environmental exposure, and the shellacking young children often put them through”, explains Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA).


It is because of this durability that so many vinyl products are used throughout the classroom. Whether it be binders, lunchboxes, rulers, plastic book covers, flooring, or wall covering, vinyl materials have what it takes to meet the demands of these high traffic areas. 


Since children aren’t typically the cleanest demographic amongst us, vinyl school supplies are designed to repel dirt and grime. By nature, most vinyl materials are nonporous, preventing scuffs and marks, resisting the buildup of grime, and reducing the surface area on which pathogens can adhere. These products are easily cleaned with simple soap and water.



Plasticizers and other vinyl additives allow school supplies to be durable, flexible, efficient, and meet the demands of the classroom. “Parents may have heard some misconceptions around the safety of vinyl products but make no mistake; these products have been proven safe for decades and tested by government regulatory agencies and international research groups. Parents are welcome to contact SAVA with their concerns and to gain more insight into the use of plasticizers in Vinyl products.” Delanie says. 


Because of vinyl’s physical nature, additives are tightly held in the fabricated product, limiting potential for human contact or release. In some cases these compounds are chemically bound with the vinyl molecule more tightly than found in nature. Although consumer and health agencies have not found harm from exposure to them, some groups continue to perpetuate a cause for concern. Years of research and accumulated scientific data from government and independent review bodies suggest that phthalates used in modern Vinyl applications do not pose a threat to human health or well-being.


Vinyls industry committed to the responsible and sustainable use of PVC

The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) represents South Africa’s leading suppliers and manufacturers of vinyl products.  All of these members have signed the industry’s Product Stewardship Programme (PSP), whereby they have voluntarily committed themselves to the responsible and sustainable use of PVC.

“Our Product Stewardship Program is a series of achievable commitments that address the industry’s environmental issues and forms the cornerstones of the Association’s focus and activities”, Delanie explains.  It consists of five fundamental key areas, namely:

  • A commitment to the responsible and sustainable use of additives
  • A commitment to the responsible and sustainable Vinyl recycle programme
  • Ensuring open and effective communication with industry role players, the public and government
  • Ensuring industry health through product, market and application opportunities
  • Ensuring a fully functional industry initiative that adds value to both members and the industry

SAVA aims to raise awareness of the good qualities of PVC by assisting its members, relevant authorities and experts to understand, characterize and address product stewardship issues association with the life cycle of PVC products.  It works closely with other similar international bodies, such as the Australian Vinyls Council, The Global Vinyls Council, Vinyls Plus and PVCMedAlliance.


PVC has been in wide scale use for more than 50 years. It meets international standards for safety and health for the applications for which it is used.    Being one of the most researched and thoroughly tested building materials in the world, vinyl products are found all our homes, (e.g. water pipes, roof membranes, drain pipes, floor coverings, window frames, electrical cables, toys and food packaging), hospitals (e.g. blood bags, intravenous tubing, masks, surgical gloves) and schools. 

As the school year begins, parents can be certain that vinyl school supplies are designed with safety and durability in mind and have been designed to carry and care for your child all the way through the school year and beyond.


SAVA hosts successful workshops on the implementation of the Viny Product Label 

  The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) recently hosted two workshops with the aim of explaining to its members and other interested parties the importance of the new Vinyl. product- label for  their businesses.
“In the same way the SABS mark stands for quality and the meeting of certain standards, the Vinyl. product-label was created as a mark of excellence and approval that gives retailers and their customers peace of mind that the PVC product they are using, complies with “Best Practice” as prescribed by our Product Stewardship Programme or PSP”, explains Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAVA. 
SAVA will be the owner of the Vinyl. product label which will be licensed only to those PVC products, upon application, that demonstrate third party verification of compliance to the SAVA PSP.
This initiative was officially launched across the industry earlier this year during SAVA’s AGM. “Since then, we have received overwhelming support from our members as well as retailers and their customers who have recognised the benefits that the Vinyl. product-label will unlock for their businesses.  To this end, we are hoping to register the first Vinyl. brand holders by the end of the year”, Delanie says.
During both the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal meetings, the delegates were given a roadmap on how the association is aiming to achieve excellence in the local vinyls industry through its Product Stewardship Programme, whilst a representative of intellectual property law firm Adams & Adams was also in attendance to ensure that the discussions took place within the restrictions set by the Competitions Act.
The feedback received from SAVA members was that they feel very positive about the direction the industry is heading, and that they also appreciated the opportunity the workshops gave them to network with each other, and openly discuss the challenges they are facing, such as energy efficiency,
Concludes Delanie:  “More than ever before we are optimistic and excited about what the future holds for the vinyls industry in South Africa.  Vinyl has proven to have a wide range of applications, high tensile strength, and an excellent cost-performance ratio.  We have the support and the participation we need to ensure it will continue to be a widely used and trusted material for many years to come”.

SAVA Product Stewardship Programme

Watch the latest SAVA Product Stewardship Programme Video at ...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztH9ovsMYs8

SAVA PSP WORKSHOP - Roadmap / "The importance of the Vinyl. eco-lable for my business"

Download the presentation for the recently held SAVA workshop on the SAVA Product Stewardship Programme (PSP). The purpose of the workshop was to provide you with a roadmap on how to achieve excellence under the PSP and to prepare you for the 2013 PSP Survey to commence in November 2013

You can also download the Adams&Adams report confirming our compliance with the Competition Act, 89 of 1998 at the above workshop here!  SAVA is committed to ensuring that all our events, meetings, workshops are conducted within the provisions of the Act!

SAVA - Southern African Vinyls Association

If you are the type of person who defines your business, stays up to date with developments in your industry and builds your relationships on sound business values, then you are most probably the type of business person who would enjoy rubbing shoulders with others in your industry.  

Belonging to an industry association offers you bargaining power, networking opportunities, access to information and the opportunity to stay on top of industry developments.  To be a successful part of an industry implies accepting a responsibility towards others in that industry to join forces, to share ideas and to turn ideas into action.

The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) is the representative body of the Southern African vinyl industry.  SAVA is ideally positioned within the local plastics industry with representation on the Recovery Action Group (RAG), the Packaging Council of South Africa (PACSA) and the Plastics SA Sustainability Council to ensure that its members are represented on a broader platform.  SAVA also participates in knowledge transfer activities with the Australian Vinyls Council, The Global Vinyls Council, Vinyls Plus and other international organisations.

SAVA’s main purpose is representing our members’ interests in the Southern Africa region to create consumer confidence within the industry and to develop and sustain markets for the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) business.  PVC is a chlorinated hydrocarbon polymer and most of us use it every day, therefore it is important to promote vinyl business interests in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Our association is dependent on the backing and participation of our members.  SAVA’s members have a voice; they are willing to invest energy, time and money to promote the vinyl industry, to share ideas and to address concerns.   We offer our members a platform where they are equipped to protect their investments through knowledge.  They share a camaraderie that is envied by others and most of them are reaping the rewards of membership through constant business coming their way.