​Ngodwana Mill

Ngodwana Mill has been in operation since 1966 and entered the dissolving pulp (DP) market in 2013 with the conversion of part of the mill’s paper grade pulp production to DP production.

The mill produces paper pulp for its own consumption, as well as newsprint, kraft linerboard and DP. It is located along the N4 national road in the scenic Elands Valley, 50 km from Mbombela, the capital city of Mpumalanga province.

Conveniently situated amidst Sappi’s own commercial forestry operations, the mill produces 340,000 tons of paper pulp, 255,000 tons of DP and 350,000 tons of paper (newsprint, kraft papers and kraft linerboard used for packaging) per annum. 70% of the mill’s production is exported and the balance is used locally.

The mill generates its own energy in the form of steam and electricity from renewable and other sources. On average, the mill exports power to the national grid, helping to fuel the growing local economy.


N4 National Road
1209 Ngodwana
South Africa
Siyabonga Maphumulo
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+27 (0)13 734 6111

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Ngodwana 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
Sappi established a local community upliftment-training programme to upskill people from communities surrounding the mill. To date Sappi has spent over ZAR3.8 million on this project, and more than 800 trainees have been trained in various construction and building related skills. The mill annually employs some of these upskilled locals to work on the annual mill shut. They are also employed on local contracts such as the upgrade of the Sappi Excalibur Lodge.

The mill is involved in several educational projects, including:

• Sappi Early Childhood Development Centre (ECD) — Sappi in partnership with the Penreach Teacher Development Programme has established an ECD Centre at a local rural school. Sappi funds the programme and also provides management, technical and other support.

• Programme for Technological Careers (PROTEC) — A national science and technology career development programme promoting technology literacy for learners in grades 10-12. Artisan training is also given to provide in the future needs of the company and community.

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. The mill in partnership with non-profit organisation Northstar Alliance has established a primary healthcare clinic in Ngodwana to provide the surrounding community and long distance truck drivers with sustainable access to basic health care and safety.

Community outreach
We engage our employees as well as 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 and home-based care. The main beneficiaries are orphan and vulnerable children, the aged and unemployed locals.