The Metal Merchants Association was registered as an employer’s association in 1942 during WWII when South Africa introduced the Strategic Metals Act which severely limited the movement of secondary metal for recycling.
In 1999 the association changed its name to Metal Recyclers Association of South Africa (MRA) to accurately depict its involvement in the metal recycling industry. The constitution was amended and registered with the Department of Labour. The association adopted a code of conduct that commits its members to the highest degree of business ethics.
Today the MRA has a diverse membership base made up of organisations that are engaged in the collection and processing of more than 80% of all scrap metal in South Africa for beneficiation by downstream industry.
Every year an annual general meeting is held at which a chairman, vice chairman and treasurer are elected, together with 10 members of an executive committee. Thereafter, the executive committee meets every four – six weeks to manage the challenges faced by the scrap metal recycling industry by:
- Assisting business and law enforcement through the introduction of anti-theft measures.
- Co-operating with consumers to ensure that local industry requirements are met.
- Ensuring that government’s legislative initiatives are correctly researched.
- Promoting the positive contribution of the metal recycling industry.
- Safety, health and environmental issues relating to the industry.
- Ensuring that members’ businesses are conducted in an environmentally friendly manner.
- Policing members’ adherence to the association’s code of conduct.
- Ensuring members conduct their businesses in accordance with all applicable government, provincial and local legislation.
Elected Office Bearers
Chairman: Mike Wilson
Vice Chairman: Monique de Jager