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The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (Coschem) hosted its AGM on 9 February, which coincided with its 40th anniversary celebration.  This year is a big one for Coschem as the Society celebrates 4 decades of excellence as the driving force behind the South African cosmetics industry. This was highlighted at its AGM where the society’s 2016 president Lyndsay Calenborne, welcomed guests and thanked them for attending. She also looked at what Coschem achieved last year and encouraged members to continue to support the Society. 

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Roy Gardiner, Coschem’s honorary treasurer, shed light on the Society’s positive financials for 2016. With the help of Ettiene Retief from FTR, they confirmed that “although a surplus had been generated in 2016, it would be allocated to future projects”. These include expanding Coschem’s laboratory, education and scientific sector support, supporting members presenting papers at IFSCC Congresses and Conferences, and funding members attending official international IFSCC meetings. 

Developments at the IFSCC

As an affiliate member of the (IFSCC), Coschem always brings its members up to date on developments within the Federation. Coschem had issued a formal request to be rezoned from Zone 2 (Asian countries) to Zone 1 (European countries) and the request was accepted by the IFSCC Praesidium at the meeting held in the US in Orlando in October 2016.

Roy and Bridget MacDonald will attend the Zone 1 meeting in the UK on 6 April, during in-cosmetics Global, to formally bid to host a future conference in South Africa. 

New president & council members

Kirsten Scott has taken over as the Coschem President for 2017 with Ivor Zwane elected as Vice President. Wayne van Wyk was re-elected as Honorary Secretary, and Gardiner was re-elected Honorary Treasurer.

Council members for 2017 include Lyndsay Calenborne, Amanda Dahl, Charmaine du Preez, Roy and Jill Gardiner, Patricia Kruger, Ronald Makola, Kirsten Scott, Percy Sibanda Rene Spada, Wayne van Wyk, Janine Wilson and Ivor Zwane. 

Erica de Kock will continue as the coastal chapter representative for KwaZulu-Natal and has agreed to take on the same role for the Cape Town chapter. 

Be your best everyday 

Another highlight of the event was keynote speaker Dr Michael Mol, who discussed the importance of building on our strengths while managing our weaknesses. His presentation was called ‘The Strengths Revolution’. It touched on profound issues ranging from how not to let your natural talents go untapped and how your unique mix of talents and passions not only set you apart but also define your lasting success and ability to be successful.

This article is courtesy of Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Review

News Date: 29/03/2017 13:00

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