Today sees the start of the Plastpack Africa 2008 that will run until Sunday. Speaking ahead of the exhibition, Ndebele noted that it was a significant show of confidence that KZN was chosen to host this event. "Over the past two years, government delegations from KZN went to the United Arab Emirates with the aim of influencing investors to invest in the province. This exhibition therefore brings tremendous business opportunities … for KZN. We are proud that the Dubai-based Plastpak International has … decided to recognise SA, especially KZN, as its gateway to Africa." More than 125 exhibitors from countries such as Austria, Germany, Italy, India, Iran, China, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates as well as SA will showcase the latest technologies, products and equipment in the plastics, rubber, flexible packaging, chemical and polymer and petro-chemical industries.