​Tugela Mill

Tugela Mill has been in operation since 1945 and is currently the oldest purpose-built mill in the Sappi group. The mill produces pulp for its own consumption, corrugating medium (containerboard) and lignosulphonate for export.

Situated in the town of Mandeni near the Tugela River in KwaZulu-Natal, the mill is located near the ports of Richards Bay and Durban (South Africa), allowing for easy access to global markets.

Our emphasis at the mill is on satisfying customer needs through high levels of quality and process as well as equipment optimisation. We produce 170,000 tons per annum of neutral sulphite semi-chemical pulp (NSSC) for our own consumption and with a capacity of 200,000 tons per annum, PM2 produces a range of Ultraflute Plus and Ultraflex corrugating medium (containerboard) manufactured from recycled and virgin fibre.

Established in 2012, Tugela Mill joined Sappi Biotech as a source of lignosulphonate, producing 25,000 tons per annum of lignosulphonate in powder form and 35,000 tons per annum of liquid product.

The mill also produces 60,000 tons of ReFibre for its own consumption per annum.


Old Main Road
4490 Mandeni
South Africa
Sanelisiwe Madiba
Communication Practitioner
+27 (0)32 456 1097

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​Tugela Mill and our community

The mill plays a positive role in the surrounding community by supporting a wide range of social upliftment programmes:

Skills development and training
Umfolozi College — Sappi has been instrumental in development of the Umfolozi (FET) College. In 2007, Tugela Mill moved its internal training centre to the Umfolozi College and formed one of the first partnerships between government and private industry. This was a first in the Sappi group and has been widely recognised by local and national government for the value it adds to the local community.

PROTEC — A national science and technology career development programme promoting technology literacy for learners in grades 10-12. PROTEC Mandeni is a Sappi sponsored branch with representation on the PROTEC Mandeni branch.

HIV/AIDS risk management programme
Our policy is focussed on education, training and awareness programmes with regards to the promotion of acceptance and transparency around the disease in the workplace. This is coupled with reasonable and appropriate support for infected and affected employees.

Community outreach
Simunye Forum – A community based environmental forum where interested and affected parties and affected public groups can discuss, debate and resolve issues that not only involves the mill but the wider Mandeni community. Through liaison with the Simunye Forum, strong and transparent relations exist with external stakeholders in the community.

A sustainability charter which reviews its targets quarterly has also been established.