Sappi Southern Africa
Sustainability Report

SHARING VALUE IN THE RURAL ECONOMY
BECOMING A MAJOR TIMBER SUPPLIER

Land:

Communities in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape make their land available for tree farming.

The seeds of growth:

Sappi provides sponsored seedlings.

Training:

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.

SHARED
VALUE IMPACT

  • 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.