May 2013: Seven third-year students doing the National Diploma in Wood Technology visited Dolphin Bay earlier this month to gain an understanding of the industry in which they may soon work and find out about the responsible management of chemicals.
“We were pleasantly surprised to see all Dolphin Bay’s senior personnel attending our visit, which indicates that the company is serious about their image in the industry,” says Richard Muller, programme manager of the diploma, which is offered by the School of Natural Resource Management at the George campus of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
“The students’ feedback was that it was one of their best practical infield sessions.”
Mr Muller wanted to expose the students to the real world of manufacturing wood preservative chemicals and the special care that must be taken when manufacturing these chemicals. This includes special methods of transporting the chemicals, the re-use of containers and preventing spillage and runoff.
Our operational manager, Thinus Ferreira, took the students on a tour to see how the products are prepared and transported, and technical issues were discussed in the boardroom.
“The explanation by Dolphin Bay’s industrial chemist Navintherin Moodley was very helpful in clearing up some questions,” says Mr Muller. “He explained the fixation of CCA in such a way that our students, who have a very limited understanding of chemical processes, understood it.”
The students were sufficiently impressed with Dolphin Bay to want to do business with the company in their future careers, said Mr Muller. “I hope this visit leads to more in future, and that we can conduct joint research projects,” he added.