SHARING VALUE IN THE RURAL ECONOMY
BECOMING A MAJOR TIMBER SUPPLIER
Communities in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape make their land available for tree farming.
The seeds of growth:
Sappi provides sponsored seedlings.
Sappi's qualified extension officers provide technical advice.
Positive cash flow:
Sappi gives growers access to interest-free loans to cover farming input costs and annual maintenance, and provides advances for work carried out.
A guaranteed market:
When the trees are ready to be harvested, Sappi provides growers with a guaranteed market at prevailing market prices.
Currently, 4,000 farmers are involved in Sappi Khulisa.
Over 100 small- and medium businesses have been established by community members, generating more than 1,100 jobs throughout the eight- to ten-year growing cycle.
27,080 hectares - the total area under this programme.
In FY2018, under the programme, 483,359 tons worth approximately ZAR387 million was delivered to our operations.
Since 1995, a total volume of 3,796,940 tons, to the value of ZAR2.1 billion, has been purchased from small growers in terms of this programme.
- Enhanced security of fibre supply to Sappi.
- Skills development - Sappi's team of extension officers provides assistance.
- Income generation for growers, many of whom have built their own houses, purchased vehicles, started new businesses and educated their children.