Successful AGM for CDAA

Successful AGM for CDAA

By Cherry Ellis
The Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) held its annual general meeting (AGM) at the association’s offices in Wadeville, Germiston in May.

Levine Warries, centre director, introduced the executive chairman, Evert Swanepoel, who officially opened the meeting and welcomed all members, media training centres and, in particular, Vusi Manzi from the Department of Trade and Industry, as well as Helena Tripmaker and Louis Pienaar from the South African Revenue Service.

“To all our loyal members, a hearty welcome and thank you for your support and participation in industry exhibitions this year. It is definitely a first for me to see the amount of participation in every aspect, as it puts copper at the forefront,” said Swanepoel.

Some of the exhibitions and expos still to take place this year include ICAN in Cape Town and PLUMBDRAIN Africa in August at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg. The CDAA and some of its members will exhibit at these exhibitions as well.

“Our audited financials have, for the first time, been sent out via email this year,” Warries continued, and financial secretary Bob Kempthorne mentioned that it has been an exciting year controlling the finances for the CDAA. The same auditors were unanimously accepted for the next financial year.

Warries highlighted the CDAA initiatives for 2018; they include:

  • Aqua Culture — where copper fishing cages are being promoted to be used in Zambia, among other countries.
  • The clinic has taken place, but the CDAA cannot discuss anything until the official launch has taken place. The association is still working with the Department of Health and a further four clinics are planned for the Limpopo region, where brass products will be installed.
  • Water Protocol is being discussed with Professor Shaheen Metar, currently in Zanzibar.
  • Exhibiting at ICAN in Cape Town on antimicrobial products.
  • Sponsorship training with the Open Trade Training Centre (OTTC) and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Academy (ACRA) to continue promoting copper in the industry. OTTC displayed a copper artisan project in the foyer, which had been made by students who were co-sponsored by the CDAA.
  • Electrical — the CDAA is involved with Electrical Contracting Board (ECB) and Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) training.
  • Plumbing — the solder copper tubing video will launch soon and will be displayed at the PLUMBDRAIN expo.
  • Government — copper scrap initiative. The CDAA will be attending the conference in Brussels in June.
  • Conferences and exhibitions.

“If members are planning to exhibit at conferences, we invite them to engage with us. We can look at sharing a stand and how to positively promote copper,” Warries said.

She also noted that a new website ( was launched earlier this year and that members will not be able to log in with their old passwords. “Members should get in contact with Mandy Botha and will be supplied with new log-in details. Feedback on our new website is welcome,” said Warries.

At the event, the CDAA acknowledged long-term membership. Certificates for five-year membership were presented to Saftronics, M&N Fittings, and Reclam Chemicals.

In addition, 10-year membership certificates were awarded to:

  • Alvern Cables
  • Walroflex
  • Durban-based Unitrade
  • PMP (Pretoria Metal Pressings)
  • Rand Refinery.

Warries said that the guest speaker of the day needed no introduction and before being treated to a lunch, members and guests had the privilege to listen to Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts. Watts had the audience in stitches with clips dating back decades and entertained guests with his challenges and tribulations in journalism for the past few decades.


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