2022 Sappi Southern Africa
Corporate Citizenship Report

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Clean Water and Sanitation

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water stress in the uMkhomazi catchment

The challenge

Water stress in the uMkhomazi catchment where our DP mill, Saiccor Mill and 42,000 ha of our forestry land are situated.

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The opportunity

Partner and collaborate to support government on water infrastructure and projects that benefit communities while also securing water for Saiccor Mill operations.


The stakeholders

Landowners, communities, government, Sappi.

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The roadmap

Water stewardship project established with WWF South Africa in 2021 in the uMkhomazi catchment focusing on the following (as set out on the following pages):

  • Water governance
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Resilient communities
1. Water governance

The aim

Effective stakeholder engagement for improved catchment management to enhance water security.

Our actions
  • The uMkhomazi Catchment Working Group established with 20 institutions
  • Engaged with the Impendle local municipality to ensure water stewardship is prioritised
  • Engaged with the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to establish the Upper uMkhomazi Catchment Management Forum
  • Contributed to the development of a Catchment Management Strategy in collaboration with the DWS
2. Ecosystem restoration

The aim

Maximise impact of Sappi’s investment in the catchment by collaborating with projects that enhance water security in the catchment.

Our actions

The uMkhomazi catchment has been mapped to inform the priority areas for project implementation. In addition, a database of the uMkhomazi catchment to share and demonstrate the work and investment has been established.

3. Resilient communities

The aim

Create opportunities for rural economic development, stimulate job creation and boost livelihoods while imparting knowledge on improved grazing practices and implementing associated projects.

Our actions
  • Green jobs in the form of removal of alien invasive plants: 40.3 ha of invasive alien plants cleared at Nzinga, with 10 individuals employed – follow-up clearing planned for FY2023
  • Supported the Qhutshini and Nzinga grazing associations in implementing improved rangeland management on 20,000 ha in the upper catchment



Alien vegetation clearing and water catchment management initiatives in collaboration with the Institute for Natural Resources, have provided employment opportunities to the people of Nzinga and Qutshini.

Members of the Textile Exchange visited the uMkhomazi Valley to learn more about the partnership in action.


Saving water at Stanger Mill

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