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 320,000 tons of paper pulp, 255,000 tons of DP and 380,000 tons of paper (newsprint 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.
Ngodwana Mill is a major role player in the province, contributing over ZAR5 billion annually to the local economy. The mill employs over 1,000 staff and 700 contractors and more than 43,000 people in the province depend on Sappi for their livelihood.
Since the mill produced its first pulp fifty years ago, the mill has undergone numerous significant expansions, including the addition of two paper machines, a coal-fired power boiler and a DP plant.
Ngodwana Mill is Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™)-accredited and complies with responsible and sustainable forestation practices. It 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 quality management system (ISO 9001). Safety is Ngodwana Mill’s number one priority and the mill complies with the safety management system (OHSAS 18001).
As part of the mill’s sustainability journey, great care is taken to minimise the use of natural resources; reduce air emissions, effluent discharge and solid waste; as well as improve energy efficiency. The mill has been uniquely designed to minimise the use of freshwater and performs in the top fifth percentile of integrated pulp and paper mills worldwide in this regard.
We work hard to attract, retain and develop people who are committed to delivering excellent work and being the best they can possibly be.
Our company is progressive, ambitious and ever-changing and we want dynamic people who are excited by the opportunities and challenges our industry presents to join us. If you've got the drive, we'll support your career and personal development with training, plus a range of benefits too.
Sappi has many careers that become available. Please use our portal to either apply or register your interest. (Find link in blue block to the right.)
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.
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.