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Ngodwana Mill

 

Ngodwana Mill is situated in the province of Mpumalanga (South Africa). It is a fully integrated kraft mill producing pulp for own consumption as well as newsprint and containerboard.

In August 2013, the mill started producing dissolving wood pulp (specialised cellulose) for global markets.

Our paper and paper pulp product offerings are supported by a strong technical team as well as efficient marketing and logistics to ensure customer satisfaction.

Products produced​
Capacity paper*(tpa)​
Capacity pulp*
(tpa)​
Unbleached chemical pulp
for own consumption
200,000 ​
(210,000)
Mechanical pulp
for own consumption​
110,000 ​
(100,000)
Kraft linerboard 230,000 
(230,000)
​Newsprint​ 140,000​​ 
(140,000)
Dissolving wood pulp
(specialised cellulose)
210,000​ 
(210,000)

* As per 2013 Integrated Annual Report; capacities in (brackets) as at 20 August 2014  

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Our milestones

2013​
  • Expansion and modernisation of the mill, including the introduction of 210,000tpa of dissolving wood pulp at the mill​.
2004
  • Mill achieves OHSAS 18000 accreditation, which indicates compliance with international health and safety standards.
1995
  • World’s first ozone bleaching plant commissioned, thus eliminating the use of elemental chlorine and significantly reducing mill effluent.
​1985
  • Mill expansion completed - production now includes newsprint, linerboard, unbleached pulp and first saleable tonnages of bleached pulp.
​1981
  • ​Sappi Limited begins planning for the expansion of Ngodwana Mill - the company's biggest investment to date.
​1966
  • ​Construction of Ngodwana Mill completed and the mill produces first unbleached kraft pulp.
​1963
  • ​Acquisition of farmland in the Elands River Valley (South Africa) for plantations and a proposed new mill, to be called ‘Ngodwana’.

Our environment

We recognise that sound economic performance, linked with responsible management of natural resources and responsible corporate citizenship are fundamental to sustainable development.

All of Sappi Southern Africa's mills are committed to the preservation and protection of their people, the environment, products and assets and is implementing internationally accepted safety, health, environmental and quality standards to achieve this.
 
We were the first South African forest products company to develop an Environmental Code of Practice (in 1989) and implement an annual environmental audit. The mill is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC™) accredited and ensures that it complies with responsible and sustainable forestation practices.
 
The mill was also the first integrated pulp and paper mill in South Africa to be accredited with the internationally recognised environmental management system - ISO 14001, and has also been accredited with the internationally recognised Quality Management System - ISO 9002.
 
Our aim is to minimise our use of natural resources and all mills are strictly controlled in terms of air emissions, water use, effluent discharge and solid waste management as well as energy recovery. Ngodwana Mill has been designed to minimise the use of fresh water and in this respect, performs in the top fifth percentile of integrated pulp and paper mills worldwide.
 
Apart from extensive training programmes at all mills, the Sappi Pulp and Paper College offers courses towards a recognised national qualification in pulp and paper making. A financial study assistance scheme also enables employees to complete external courses related to their fields of work.

Our community

Each of Sappi Southern Africa's mills plays a positive role in their surrounding communities by supporting a wide variety of social programmes. These include educational, health and community upliftment programmes, including:

  • PROTEC - a national science and technology career development programme promoting technology literacy for learners in Grades 10-12.
  • HIV/Aids risk management programme - our policy is focused on education, training and awareness programmes; the promotion of acceptance and transparency around the disease in the workplace and reasonable and appropriate support for infected and affected employees
  • Ngodwana Mill Community Upliftment Training Programme: Sappi in partnership with Amec, established a local community upliftment-training programme to up skill people from communities surrounding the mill. To date Sappi has spent over R38M on this project, and 690 locals have been trained in various construction and building related skills. 354 Locals have been employed to work on the construction of the new dissolving wood plant. The programme includes scarce skills transfer training programme.
  • Ngodwana Mill in partnership with the Project Support Association of South Africa and the Mpumalanga Department of Health, has a strong community centred Peer Educator Training Programme, to serve our employees and the local community.
  • Community Outreach: Ngodwana Mill engages local businesses and Non-Government Organisations to assist with ongoing and sustainable community outreach programmes that address: Water and sanitation; improving school infrastructure; food schemes, blanket drives; home based care. The main beneficiaries are orpan and vulnerable children, the aged and unemployed locals.
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