On the drive to train

In the last eight months Dutton Plastics Engineering Management took a decision to partner with all Public FET (further education and training) colleges and technical schools. There are 50 colleges and 15 technical colleges/special schools that were contacted on this drive. Three technical colleges, two FET colleges, and three special schools have been visited by company officials, and the response has been very positive.

During these visits, Dutton has donated products such as cisterns; front, top and dual flush and inlet-valves. Technical support was provided with a view as to how to save water. FET colleges/technical schools on the other hand suggested that such a partnership should consider also the placement of learners for their practicals, as this would assist plumbing learners in completing their portfolio of evidence. A fair value of these partnerships is emphasised, where success will be measured through leaners being placed in the plumbing industry, and recommend Dutton’s product upon qualifying. on the drive
Open day, PCD College Pretoria.

A successful open day was held on 24 April for 15 (almost qualified) plumbers from Pretoria visiting DPE premises. Dutton as a company is going to endeavour to promote these open days to give DPE more exposure to the real end users, the real customers.

George Mdlalose, Human Resources Manager for Dutton Plastics Engineering, says that, “everything is on track for the support of the Public FET colleges and technical schools, and that it would be appreciated that other plumbing stakeholders participate in these partnerships to assist our industry to make it more attractive to our youth, and thus contributing to the skilling of the unemployed, and in return benefits companies”.

Dutton Football Club

“Dutton Football Club was established on the 21st Feb 2013, and its slogan name is “Vuvuzela”. The club is now registered with the Association called –Ekurhuleni Industrial League. The picture here was taken on the 15th March 2013 with players who are employees,  following the handing over of the entire Soccer kits sponsored by Dutton Plastics Engineering”

We wish them lucky, as they begin with their competitive games, under the team leadership (Team Manager, Michael Mabe, and Team Coach, Johannes Bulekiwe.) We adopt a winning attitude!

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Dutton Plastics Lean Journey

Total Projects From Business
Completed Projects = 12 Future Projects =15

Total Savings 2012

1 Million Rand to date

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Best Kaizen Project 2012

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Best Kaizen Team 2012

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Best 5s Department 2012

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Most Improvement in 5s 2012

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Marketing Donations 2012/2013

dpe donation 1 End of 2012 Dutton donated plumbing
products, seen here are learners in action
Randeor SchoolMondeor 

Dutton donated plumbing products such as cisterns, front-, top-, and dual flush, inlet valves , cisterns and packs to train these 31 special learners at Randeor, following Dutton’ commitment to partner with all schools and FET colleges that offer plumbing as a subject. Below our HR manager handing over the some of the donations to Mr Dirk Steyn, teacher dealing with the plumbing section 

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Portfolio of evidence of learners plumbing training using DPE products at Randeor

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Cotlands, Turffontein, a non profit organisation caring for children between 0 – 12 years, approached Dutton for a donation

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HR Manager handing over the DPE banner over to learners at Elandspark School in Bedfordview, explaining the different products and it usage to the plumbing learners

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Dutton donated plumbing products such as cisterns, front-, top-, and dual flush, inlet valves , cisterns and packs to train these special learners at Elandspark, following Dutton’ commitment to partner with all schools that offer plumbing as a subject. Above our HR manager seen with some of the learners

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Belvedere School, Benoni

  • Below donation made end of 2012 to this special school.
  • 5 Cisterns mounted and being used for training purposes.
  • This school has requested clear cisterns to enhance training outcomes


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Plumbing Training College, Mayville, PretoriaTraining institute for PlumbersHR Manager shaking hands with Jako head of plumbing at the college 

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dpe donation 10Some of DPE products donated to training college in Pretoria, currently training 22 students  


Marketing Donations 2012/2013Initiative summary In conclusion:

  • All the recipients were very grateful and thankful for DPE donations and they are all making full use of this to train future plumbers
  • This has created and interest in learners to familiarise themselves with DPE products
  • 55 Brochures were mailed in February 2013 to all FET colleges country wide with the intention of partnering with them going forward


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