When the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe at the beginning of 2020, it highlighted the plight of many of the more vulnerable communities, especially those situated in the rural areas of our country and in our neighbouring communities. With this in mind Sappi Southern Africa stepped in and donated scarce and essential items to assist and provide some relief in these difficult times.
Thousands of litres of sanitiser, cloth and surgical masks, soap, porridge and Typek paper were some of the items that were procured and distributed to community clinics, healthcare centres, schools, creches, orphanages and other non-profit organisations in the rural and peri-urban areas of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
We understand that the virus has not just taken its toll in terms of our country’s mortality rate, but that it has also deepened the levels of need that exists in our vulnerable communities. Whilst our contributions have been small in comparison, we would like to share with you some of these initiatives where we have been able to help.
You can view the video of our Covid-19 relief efforts here:
About Sappi Southern Africa
Sappi is a leading global provider of powerful everyday materials made from woodfibre-based renewable resources. As a diversified, innovative and trusted leader focused on sustainable processes and products, we seek to support a more circular economy.
Sappi is powered by the expertise of more than 12,000 people worldwide; with headquarters in four key regions: South Africa, Europe, North America and Asia.
Locally, we have a footprint in Gauteng (head office), KwaZulu-Natal (three mills and a shared services hub), Mpumalanga (two mills) and the Western Cape (sales office staff). Our product offering in SA includes dissolving pulp, packaging and specialties, graphic papers and forestry products.
We also generate shared value in the communities in which we operate, by investing in skills training and SMME development to boost employment and grow the economy.
Sappi will continue to build a thriving world by acting boldly to support the planet, people and prosperity.
Sappi works closely with customer, both direct and indirect, in over 100 countries to provide them with the relevant and sustainable paper, paper-pulp and dissolving wood pulp products and related services and innovations.