Now in its 4th year, Printing SA encourages all members to get ready for International Day of Print’s global 24-hour celebration. The day is aimed at highlighting the creativity, importance and power of print and paper, and is celebrated by both the trade and its supporting industries.

This year our theme is Collaboration, by bringing the industry together and when we work together, share ideas and create projects and products together, we are all better for it – so are the projects and products within our industry at large.

In South Africa, the print industry has an estimated turnover of R60 billion and directly employs around 45 000 people, whilst providing direct employment to a further 45 000. All of this is generated by approximately 1228 printing compa- nies, 286 publishing companies and 1000 industry suppliers who provide pre-press and post-press services. The printing industry contributes between 1.6% and 2% to South Africa’s GDP.

For the first time ever, Printing SA have formulated a new programme where FLP (foundational learning programme) graduate learners who have successfully completed their internships will be made available to member companies via Printing SA’s Regional Chambers for placement in pre-press, printing, print finishing or packaging occupations and trades. Printing SA has made a commitment to place these learners who have not been taken up by industry in a technical theoretical field of high demand to further enhance their employment prospects. All learners who form part of this programme will be made available to Printing SA member companies from now until December 2018 to serve their internships.Printing SA will also create further hype and awareness for International Day of Print, by inviting you to make your mark and vote for print.

At all Printing SA’s special functions and events, from now until the end of the year, we will be assembling a blank canvass where our members, students and guests are invited to make a thumb print mark in your colour of choice, together with a message and/or autograph. This initiative also invites you to #IPD18 showing off your thumb after voting, making the circle bigger.

We believe in working together to develop a positive future, so be sure to watch the social streams, connect with participants, share and pass along, and most of all help “print” trend the planet.

Be sure not to miss our annual International Print Day #PrintChat

Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Time: 16h00