WAG opens new Cape warehouse

West African Group has moved to new warehouse premises in Cape Town where it will be able to better serve its customers in the Cape region.

As part of its long-term strategy, West African Group (WAG) has been planning to establish its own warehouse in the Western Cape and move away from third party warehousing. It had planned to make the change in 2020 but the timeline was sped up when the landlord at the previous premises instructed that double-stacking of pallets would no longer be possible. Not being able to double-stack would have resulted in substantially more space being required to store material and would have virtually doubled rental: in other words, a direct additional cost to the bottom line. So the move became inevitable and the process then started with WAG Cape regional manager Myles Ryan heading up the project.

With the decision to change operating structure and establishing their own warehouse, it means Tony Stopford ceases to be involved in the warehousing or distribution activities of WAG. WAG has had a long-standing and very successful partnership with Tony and sincerely wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.

Myles was originally at Safripol before a short period out of the industry with Hilti, a Liechtenstein-based power tools manufacturer, but was happy to return to the industry with WAG a few years ago. Myles relocated to Cape Town from Johannesburg earlier this year and has considerable experience in the polyolefins area, however the same dynamics apply for all the materials and goods going through the warehouse.

Suitable premises were found near the N7, a freeway linking the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town, and the move was on. Transport is being contracted out, but Myles believes WAG Western Cape is well positioned to control and maintain its service standards to it’s customers.

WAG supplies the range of ExxonMobil polymers and performance polymers, Safripol PP, polystyrene from Innova, Supreme and Trinseo, Taghleef BOPP films, natural and synthetic rubber  and rubber chemicals, as well as desiccant and dunnage bag products … in other words, there is quite a substantial quantity moving through the warehouse and high-level control is necessary in order to supply convertors consistently.

West African Group Mandela Day 67 Mins Contribution 2019

The 18th of July is a significant day for South Africans, as thousands across the country valiantly prepare for their 67 mins charity contributions in honor of the iconic, Nelson Mandela. Mandela was a great philanthropist and 67 marks the number of year’s he gave his life to public service.

Our team at West African Group commit to upholding this tradition and participate in the yearly act of service. This year we teamed with approximately 285 employees at the Lion Match Office Park and engaged in a plogging session with multiple groups, each assigned a specific area from the Durban promenade up to and surrounding the Moses Mabida Stadium. The concept of plogging birth by Erik Ahlstöm in the Swedish capital city of Stockholm, in 2016, involves picking up litter while jogging. Today it’s become a global trend even recorded as workout activity on certain lifestyle apps.  Admittedly, after the first experience the activity can become easily additive. However, the hypothesis is truly appreciated when one is confronted with the astounding pollution statistics in our country.

Plastic pollution is destroying our planet and as incredulous as it appears, there are some ways in which the average South African can assist to incrementally rehabilitate this process. Volunteers at our 67 Mins effort used some of the litter that was collected to make Ecobricks.  An EcoBrick is a plastic bottle packed tightly with clean, dry, non-biodegradable disposable waste. These bottles can then be used as building materials to create insulative structures and colourful furniture. This ingenuity is a dead simple way for every South African to make a valuable contribution to the journey toward a non-recyclable waste-free life by turning disposable waste into green construction material and keeping it out of our ocean and landfills. Motivation comes from Madiba himself when he said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Ultimately, the spirit of Mandela Day is amplified and sustained with the realization that together we can make a difference to save our country.


Written by,

Ronelle Govender

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WAG wishes the JES Foord Foundation all the best with the amazing work they are doing in the community and will continue to help where possible. To get involved please visit their website (http://www.jff.org.za/) for more information.

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