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Sappi research chair at Wits marks a milestone year of climate action
It’s been an eventful year since the Sappi chair in climate change and plantation sustainability was launched at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). As we celebrate another World Environment Day on 5 June the Forestry team at Wits reflects on a year of significant progress, characterised by collaboration and dialogue. 7 Jun 2024 Read more

Sappi Southern Africa launches innovative aquaponics venture
Initiative bridges youth unemployment gap and provides food security in Eland’s Valley 3 Jun 2024 Read more

Sappi Karkloof Classic Trails Festival – Building a lasting legacy
It’s time for the Sappi Karkloof Classic once again, and Sappi and the Karkloof Club are excited to welcome riders and runners to this great event from 24 to 26 May 2024. 23 May 2024 Read more

Sappi signs milestone 175GWh per annum renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement with Enpower Trading
In a positive move to reduce its carbon footprint, Sappi Southern Africa has concluded a milestone 175GWh per annum renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Enpower Trading, a NERSA-licensed private electricity trading company. 8 May 2024 Read more

Promising SA-first solution to convert paper sludge, food and textile waste into bioethanol
A pioneering solution has been developed to convert cellulose fibre-rich waste from pulp and paper mill operations into ethanol using a specialised fermentation process. Ethanol is a versatile starting material that finds diverse application in the production of industrial chemicals, bio-based plastics and sustainable aviation fuel. 29 Apr 2024 Read more

Sappi’s Pelletin achieves feed safety assurance certification for its lignin-based animal feed additive
Sappi Southern Africa has achieved GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance (FSA) 2020 certification for Pelletin, one of its lignin-based products used as an additive in animal feed manufacturing. This makes Sappi the second organisation in Africa to attain this prestigious certification. 22 Mar 2024 Read more

Sappi achieves PEFC Group Scheme certification for small growers
Five small timber growers in KwaZulu-Natal have made history by becoming the first participants in the Sappi Khulisa programme to achieve forest certification through the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) in the Sappi Group Scheme for small growers. 19 Dec 2023 Read more

Saiccor Mill dissolving pulp facility completes the Higg FSLM verification
Sappi Ltd, a leading producer of dissolving pulp sold under the brand name Verve, has completed a verification of the Higg Facility Social and Labour Module (FSLM) at its Saiccor Mill in South Africa achieving a final score of 91.5%. This demonstrates Sappi’s maturity and commitment to a high level of compliance in human resource practices within the regions and communities that it operates in. The verification results confirm Sappi as a leader in sustainable social and labour practices. Saiccor Mill produces Verve that is used primarily in the textile and hygiene product industries. 6 Dec 2023 Read more

Sappi Khulisa programme wins Trialogue award for best practice CSI
Sappi Southern Africa has been awarded the Trialogue Strategic CSI Award in recognition of its 40-year old flagship Khulisa Enterprise Supplier Development programme. The prestigious accolade is awarded annually to the programme that exemplifies best practice in strategic corporate social investment (CSI) in South Africa. 1 Dec 2023 Read more

Collaboration brings prosperity for new transport venture
A KwaZulu-Natal-based transport company received a tremendous boost thanks to an enterprise and supplier development partnership MOU signed in 2022 between Sappi Southern Africa and the Ithala Development Finance Corporation Limited (IDFC). Sanele Mkhize, managing director of Exodec 384 CC, took delivery of three brand-new Mercedes trucks valued at R11.6 million on Thursday, 26 October, thanks to a financing agreement from IDFC. 2 Nov 2023 Read more

Young Winterton brickmaking entrepreneur receives welcome boost from Sappi
A young woman who embarked on a learning journey with Sappi five years ago, is now enjoying the fruits of her labour through her flourishing brickmaking business, thanks to her perseverance and diligence. 9 Oct 2023 Read more

Sappi Scottburgh MTB & Trail Run sets pace for heritage weekend
Spring heralds the return of the Sappi Scottburgh MTB & Trail Run on Saturday, 23 September 2023. It also sets the scene for a memorable South African Heritage weekend, filled with braaivleis, rugby and sunny skies. Runners and cyclists are invited to participate in the event which boasts a brand-new start/ finish at Premier Resorts Cutty Sark Hotel and offers 5 and 12km trail runs and 12, 20 and 45km MTB races. 21 Sep 2023 Read more

Economic development through collaboration
Qhude Projects (Pty) Ltd, a KwaZulu-Natal based logistical services co-operative, is the latest enterprise to benefit from a R9m loan from Ithala Development Finance Corporation Limited (IDFC) as part of an enterprise and supplier development partnership signed in 2022 with Sappi Southern Africa. 8 Sep 2023 Read more

Sappi's #EmpowerHer community programme aims to uplift young women through sport
In a convergence of well-timed synchronicity, Women's Month in South Africa this year also saw the Netball World Cup and Women's Football World Cup taking place, providing the ideal time for Sappi to launch its #EmpowerHer netball programme in its neighbouring communities. 16 Aug 2023 Read more

Sappi launches chair in climate change and plantation sustainability at Wits University
Sappi Southern Africa and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) are pleased to announce the launch of the Sappi chair in climate change and plantation sustainability. 6 Jun 2023 Read more

Long-term support sustains Sappi Karkloof Classic
As the weekend action approaches for the Sappi Karkloof Classic trail festival, the event organisers are once again taking time to thank their sponsors and partners for their valuable support. 25 May 2023 Read more

Record earnings for Sappi despite challenging year
Commenting on the group's results, Sappi chief executive officer Steve Binnie said: "I am very pleased with Sappi's exceptional performance this past year. Once again, the dedication and resilience of the Sappi team shone through, this year delivering EBITDA of $1,339m, well above the previous record set in FY2000 ($1,052m). The outstanding performance was particularly noteworthy within the context of a challenging macroeconomic environment. Significant headwinds included extreme weather-related events, lingering Covid pandemic effects in China as well as extraordinary global inflation, which was triggered by geopolitical turmoil and ongoing global supply chain disruptions. Amidst this volatility, we demonstrated adaptability and persistence and remained committed to our Thrive25 strategy. 16 Nov 2022 Read more

Helping rural women to cultivate 'good food for all'
As an anchor tenant in the rural space in Southern Africa, Sappi is acutely aware of the crucial role that rural women play in the agricultural labour force. With around 4,000 rural women employed directly or indirectly by Sappi Forests nationwide, the company provides decent work at equitable rates to its own and contractor employees. In addition, approximately 1,500 women participate in the Sappi Khulisa programme - either as individual land owners and growers or through community projects. 14 Oct 2022 Read more

Spreading the goodness with a little help from our friends
Sustainability is more than a buzz word at Sappi. We're invested in nurturing beneficial partnerships that help drive our vision of building a thriving world. 12 Oct 2022 Read more

Everyone a winner at Sappi Safety Awards
Although there were 18 awards presented at the 2022 Sappi Southern Africa (SSA) Safety Excellence Awards, in reality these award winners represent the thousands of people who return home safely to their loved ones and families every day from a Sappi site. Each safety observation made and each injury-free and incident-free day ensures that we are all winners at Sappi. 30 Sep 2022 Read more

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