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Issue date: 
Jul 01, 2013

Sappi offloads Usutu subsidiary for R1bn

Paper, pulp and packaging group Sappi will sell its Usutu Forest Products subsidiary to timber products provider Montigny Investments for R1-billion in cash.

Issue date: 
12th October 2012

400 jobs on the line as Sappi mothballs paper machine

Paper and packaging group Sappi has issued over 400 of its staff members with Section 189 notices regarding its decision to mothball the PM4 paper machine at its KwaZulu-Natal-based Tugela mill, from January 1.

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23rd August 2012

Safcol pins hopes on new business model to unlock R3bn project pipeline

Stated-owned forestry company Safcol, which improved its financial performance in 2011/12 on the back of a recovery in lumber markets, expects to complete a review into its future role and structure by September, which could open the way for it to again invest in sawmilling and extend its Souther

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9th March 2012

Industry bodies emphasise sustainability of SA forestry sector

The domestic forestry and pulp and paper sectors do not have as negative an impact on the environment as many people might believe, industry bodies Forestry South Africa (Forestry SA) and the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) emphasise.

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Feb 22, 2012

South Africa to introduce carbon tax

(Reuters)- South Africa is looking to introduce a carbon tax next year to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, although nearly two-thirds of emissions will be tax-exempt until 2020 to lessen the impact on industry, the treasury said on Wednesday.

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20th January 2012

Bank enters sustainable forestry collaboration

South African banking firm Nedbank Capital and public engagement project Face the Future have signed a pioneering memorandum of understanding (MoU) designed to facilitate collaboration between the two, with the intention of enabling them to jointly develop sustainable forestry projects in Africa.

Issue date: 
15 Dec 2011

Out of the shade

Trees are Themba Radebe’s life. In 2007 he realised a dream by buying a gum tree plantation after working for forestry and packaging company Mondi for almost 20 years.

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Nedbank unit in forest deal

NEDBANK Capital and Face the Future have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop sustainable forestry projects in Africa.

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Oct 20, 2011

Metso to Supply Pulp Line for Production of Chemical Cellulose for Sappi's Ngodwana Mill in South Africa

Finland, Oct 20, 2011 - Metso will supply a new fiberline for chemical cellulose for Sappi's Ngodwana mill in South Africa. Start-up is scheduled for the first half of 2013. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Metso's delivery will include the design and supply of the main equipment for the new fiberline, from cooking to bleaching. The batch cooking plant is to be designed according to the prehydrolysis process and TwinRoll wash presses will be used in all washing positions.

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9th September 2011

Group to assess Mpumalanga biomass-to-energy potential

Engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon and sugar producer TSB Sugar have been contracted by the Mpumalanga Cane Growers Association to undertake a feasibility study to investigate boosting economic development in rural areas in Mpumalanga’s Nkomazi district using


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by Dr. Radut