Henry Peek Champions Sustainability in CCBSA’s Manufacturing Operation

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10 October 2020 – As the climate crisis reaches critical levels, environmental sustainability is more than just another corporate social investment, but a fully integrated part of doing business.

In early 2020, an Oxford BioScience Journal article endorsed by 11 000 scientists from around the world, declared that the Earth is facing a climate emergency that is accelerating faster than what most expected. The study noted that the rapid expansion of air transport, meat production and global population growth is driving an equally sharp spike in carbon dioxide emissions, methane and the average surface temperature. Furthermore, sea levels are rising, ice caps are melting, and extreme weather is increasing in severity across the globe.

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) Manufacturing and Technical director Henry Peek says the company’s efforts to be more sustainable calls for a special mindset and dedication from each person in the business.

“Reducing our ecological footprint requires process precision and consistency and, at some point, a lot of capital,” he says. “In the current economic and social reality, we have to be very smart with the allocation of resources and investment to strike a balance between the many needs of the stakeholders that depend on us or influence the way we operate, in our business, as well as government and society.”

Peek oversees all the manufacturing and technical functions at CCBSA, which encompasses 14 production facilities and 44 packing lines across the country, including quality and engineering.
His responsibilities also entail capital expenditure, planning and execution, as well as the corporate risk, health and safety functions.

These 14 sites employ over 2000 employees directly, plus additional frontline associates in logistics and sales. This massive operation calls for careful management of resources and seamless integration of new innovations into existing processes to ensure that customers and consumers continue receiving the service and product they expect. Throughout, the requirements of additional stakeholders, such as Government, suppliers and shareholders are taken into account.

In recent years, CCBSA has invested in water and energy infrastructure to boost efficiency while reducing consumption and carbon footprint.

The company has ramped up its solar power generation capacity, with seven manufacturing facilities now using solar power around the country, as at the end of August. The target is to install solar power in 12 of its plants by the end of 2020, with the aim to produce 11% of the company’s total energy requirements from solar power.

“Further changes in energy usage will come from modernising our production lines as new technology becomes available,” Peek says. “We have focused significantly on reducing our water consumption by reducing wastage, as well as deploying new technologies to reduce our consumption and reuse wastewater.

“In Polokwane, which is situated in our most water stressed region, we reduced net water consumption by 60% over the past three years, and many of our facilities are now among the leaders in Africa, in terms of water and energy efficiency,” he adds.

In 2018, The Coca-Cola Company launched its global World Without Waste vision 2030, with the simple goal of playing a significant role in reducing waste that contributes towards environmental degradation and destined for landfills. This vision is underpinned by three fundamental targets:

  • To make 100% of its packaging recyclable by 2025 (coupled with using at least 50% of recycled material in its packaging by 2030),
  • To collect and recycle a bottle or can for each one it sells by 2030, and
  • To partner with like-minded organisations and communities and work together to support a healthy, debris-free environment.

In effort to reach this vision, CCBSA has launched a 2-litre returnable PET plastic bottle in November 2019, followed by two other launches in townships in Limpopo, Gauteng and Free State provinces. The RefPET can be used for as long as the product quality standards allows before it needs to be recycled. This refillable, refundable bottle offers consumers value-for-money while also integrating consumers in the waste management value chain.

Also, in 2019 CCBSA’s Bonaqua launched the country’s first water bottle made entirely out of recycled PET plastic. This lighter bottle is fully recyclable and more sustainable.

Over the years, the company has consistently reduced the total resin content in its preforms. Additionally, through its partnership with Mpact Recycling, the 500ml and 2L clear PET packaging contains more than 10% recycled PET.  

“We also implemented low pressure blowing technology on our PET lines reducing our energy consumption by more than 10%,” Peek says. “To date, we have reduced the material used in our PET packaging by up to 25% through innovative pre-form design, resulting in what we consider the perfect pallet footprint, and the consumption of less fuel to transport its products. The aim is to grow the company’s returnable packaging to 40% of total sales within the next few years, which will significantly reduce our use of single-use plastics and our carbon footprint.”

In 2005, Coca-Cola had teamed up with industry partners to form the PET Recycling Company (PETCO) in South Africa with the aim to collect, in association with its partners, 170 000 tons of PET by 2022.

“There are many perceived and real challenges and obstacles to overcome as we look to further our sustainability objectives,” Peek says. “The availability of and allocation of resources are the only real constraints we have. While this doesn’t really affect what we will do, it does impact the pace at which we accomplish our objectives, as the needs of all stakeholders have to align to our longer-term sustainability objectives.”

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Rakesh Rajbally

Managing Director: South Africa

Rakesh is C-Suite leader with 26 years of experience in General Management, Sales, Marketing, Logistics and Finance within the FMCG space. He currently leads the South African business for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa. He has a strong growth mindset and has successfully led CCBSA’s Commercial business unit. He is a sought after thought leader in developing & implementing revenue growth and route to market strategies in both modern and emerging markets. Under his leadership CCBSA recently completed a R6bn/ $400m investment in an Affordability growth strategy. He has also led CCBSA’s strategic and operational Customer management and recently achieved the #1 ranking across FMCG in the Advantage survey for 2 consecutive years.

Rakesh leads the CCBSA executive team that has been instrumental in successfully leading a large organization across major transformation changes including the merger of six entities to form CCBSA, the Sugar Tax introduction, Talent diversity strategy and other major productivity initiatives. He is a trusted partner and builds trust-based relations with business partners, stakeholders, and authorities.

His purpose statement “We have 2 hands, one to help yourself, one to help others” reflects in the many young leaders he has successfully coached and mentored.

Janett Forbes

Commercial Excellence Director

Janett is a seasoned financial, logistics, and commercial executive who joins us from Vector Logistics previously a division of RCL Foods where she held position of Finance Director.

Prior to this, Janett was part of the Coca-Cola family, having occupied various senior roles of Finance Manager, Category Manager, Revenue Growth Manager and Channel Development Manager within ABI in 2002 and 2016.

Janett is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA(SA), has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University in Grahamstown and a higher diploma in Accounting from University of Natal in Durban.

Desilan Pillay

Logistics Director

He joined the Coke system as a Unit Manager Designate at ABI Midrand in 2008. Desilan encompasses 20 years of management experience from companies including Afrox (Linde Group), the South African Breweries (ABI soft drinks and SABMiller – now ABInbev), and Unilever.  

He has a wealth of experience and a vast skillset within South Africa and across the African continent – all at executive levels. This includes, but is not limited to, project management, engineering, production (gases), packaging (FMCG), as well as operations management, financial management, sales and distribution, procurement, and planning (demand, supply, and production). Desilan has managed portfolios across end-to-end Supply Chain (Sourcing, Demand, and Supply Planning), Warehouse Management, Production, and Distribution, including Customer Care, After-sales and reverse logistics. He was also accountable for the delivery of service excellence in order fulfilment, cost of goods sold enhancement via strategic sourcing, and the overall cash optimisation (inventory) across the business. His most recent role before re-joining the CCBSA family is as the Chief Operations Officer at Anchor Holdings, one of the largest privately-owned warehousing companies in South Africa.

Desilan is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and has completed a Management Development Programme from UCT. His areas of expertise include building high performance teams and E2E supply chain and commercial acumen.

Desilan has been happily married for the past 16 years and has a 12-year-old daughter and 18-month-old twins – a boy and a girl. In his spare time, he enjoys seeing new sights locally and abroad. He is always planning his next trip to an exciting destination together with his family.

Nozicelo Ngcobo

Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability Director

Nozicelo started her corporate career in 1994 when she was recruited by Sasol into their Management Trainee Programme of the top 16 academic graduates in South Africa – class of 1993. In addition to Sasol, Nozicelo has since worked for listed companies such as Telkom SA, South African Breweries (SAB) as well as multi-national organisations such as Philip Morris International (PMI). In 2020, Nozicelo joined Coca Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) as Director for PACS.

Nozicelo has a demonstrable track record in successfully developing and managing corporate affairs and regulatory strategies for complex industries such as alcohol, tobacco and recently the beverages industry. Nozicelo has strong professional networks spanning more than 25 years in both public and private sectors. Her strategic insights, value creation, solutions orientation, strong business/political acumen, solid networks and ability to mobilise teams to successfully execute towards a common vision are just some of the many attributes she brings into any organisation.

Nozicelo is an advocate of human rights, animal rights and has a passion for youth/women empowerment.

Michael John Wilson

Finance Director

Michael started his working career at KPMG as a Manager and Trainee Accountant from 2002 until 2006. After completing his articles, his highest position held at KPMG was Audit Manager and Office Administration Manager. In 2006 to 2009, he worked at BASF South Africa (previously known as Engelhard South Africa), where he was appointed as Site Controller – Mobile Emissions Catalysts Division. He also served as a Team Leader for Finance when the company changed its ERP from JD Edwards to SAP. In 2009, Michael joined Coca-Cola Fortune (CCF) as Finance Manager – Business Support.

In 2015, he was assigned to the CCBA integration team as a Finance work stream member and later that year, Michael was appointed Finance Manager for Marketing, Sales and Distribution. Michael relocated to Windhoek, Namibia in January 2016 as Financial Director for Coca-Cola Beverages Namibia. In October 2017, Michael returned to Port Elizabeth as Group Financial Controller for CCBA, a position he currently holds. He serves on a number of boards and audit committees within the CCBA Group.

In 2000, Michael graduated with a B.Com (Accountancy) Degree from the University of Port Elizabeth and a year later, he completed his B. Com Honours (Accountancy) at the same university. He was admitted as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 2005. In 2010, he completed his Executive Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Moses Lubisi

Manufacturing & Technical Director

Moses has over 20 years of extensive experience spanning various industries such as Sugar, Food and Beverages, and Mineral processing, including 15 years within the Coca-Cola system, Moses brings a wealth of knowledge to this role.

His journey within CCBSA has seen him excel in positions ranging from Plant Manager, Regional Manufacturing Manager (Coastal) in CCBSA to Executive Director for Appletiser (Pty) Ltd. Before returning to CCBA within Group Office, Moses served as an Operations Director at Illovo Sugar (Pty) Ltd. His expertise lies in strategy formulation, governance and execution, with a focus on end-to-end value chain orchestration across manufacturing, warehousing, logistics and supply chain management.

Moses has held senior and executive management roles for over six years, overseeing regional and enterprise-level strategies, assets and resource allocation.

Agatha Masemola

Strategy and Performance Director

Agatha joined CCBSA in April 2020 from Absa Corporate and Investment Bank Africa, where she held various roles in the past nine years, including as Managing Principal for Strategy & Business Transformation and Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive of Barclays Africa Corporate Bank. She was a key figure in the build-out and integration of the Corporate Bank across 13 African markets.

Prior to joining Absa, Agatha was a Senior Management Consultant in Strategy and Innovation at Deloitte Consulting, South Africa. At Deloitte, Agatha worked on several executive-sponsored strategy and innovation projects across various sectors, as well as driving new business development. Prior to Deloitte, she worked in Life Sciences R&D for over ten years, both as a full-time researcher with publications in peer reviewed journals, and as a Portfolio Manager & COO for a biotechnology fund management, focusing on investment in early-stage biotech ventures and commercialisation.

Agatha holds a PhD in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Cape Town and has completed post-Doctoral research in South Africa and the USA. She obtained her BSc (Biochemistry and Physiology) and MSc (Biochemistry) from the University of the North. She completed a Management Advancement Programme at Wits Business School to help her transition from laboratory to business.

Agatha loves to travel and enjoys experiencing different cultures and sampling local cuisine.

Hannes Prinsloo

Country Sales Director

Hannes comes with a wealth of experience and strong commercial operations expertise stretching over 30 years within the Bottling system; truly an example of “home grown timber”.

In his most recent role, of General Manager Commercial, he managed the Revenue Growth, Route to Market, Category management, Channel Development and Knowledge and Insights. His previous experiences include that of General Manager Operations, District Manager and National Account Manager.

Among his career achievements, he counts being inducted as a Grand Master in 2021, which is a true testament to his passion for people, strong work ethic, and unwavering commitment to performance. The Masters are seasoned professionals in our core functions (Commercial, Logistics & Manufacturing) who have consistently delivered exceptional results in their 20-plus years of service in the organisation. CCBSA bestows its highest honour these professionals who have shown exemplary commitment, fortitude, passion, loyalty and most importantly, value-adding leadership.

In May 2023, at the annual Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) General Management Meeting (GMM) Awards, he was honoured to receive the CEO Award, which honours exceptional leadership that sets a clear example of consistently living our values. In his leisure time, Hannes follows a wide variety of debate platforms and sports.

Mkuseli Dlikilili

Human Resources Director

Prior to Mkuseli’s appointment to CCBSA, Mkuseli was Group Executive: Human Resources at Pioneer Foods, he  worked for leading South African organisations, including Eskom, SAB, Dulux and Portnet.

Mkuseli’s extensive experience in the FMCG environment includes playing a leading role in Pioneer Foods’ successful listing on the JSE and the integration of SA Dried Fruit and Ceres Fruit Juices. Mkuseli is passionate about empowering and developing people to realise their full potential, as well as contributing positively to all the spheres of their lives, and the accentuation of human dignity. He describes himself as an authentic, resilient, reliable, courageous, humble, principled and value-based person, and a committed Human Resources professional.