Sappi Head Of ce Internal Newsletter
Hundred acts of kindness during Mandela Week
For this year’s centenary International Mandela Week celebrations, Sappi joined forces with Afrika Tikkun, an organisation that focuses on making a difference in South Africa by developing and uplifting young people in under- privileged communities.
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Sappi Rosebank employees visited two of Afrika Tikkun’s centres in Alexandra and Braamfontein to participate in various activities during the week. These included the painting of two ECD classrooms, storytelling, sports games and providing group and one-on-one career guidance and coaching to post-matric students. The activities ended with the executive team packing and delivering 100 food parcels to families in Alexandra.
Phuthaditjaba Centre, Alexandra
Painting this ECD classroom are (from left): Ellenore
Sipho Ngubane providing career guidance to post Melrose, David Wood, Oris Mdakane, Jeanine Olivier, Fumani Nkuna giving career and life skills guidance
matric learners. Solly Chauke, Brenda Khumalo and Teboho Mapena. to post matrics.
Malini Sanjith sharing career tips with Afrika Tikkun’s young people. Sappi volunteers with youngsters at the Phuthaditjaba Centre in Alexandra..
Uthando Centre, Braamfontein
Sappi volunteers and ECD youngsters with the banner they made to thank us for reaching out in the spirit of Mandela Week.
Jessica Nkosi engaged in storytelling.
Career guidance by some of the Sappi volunteers
Dieter Ahrens and two of the young people who approached him for career advice.
Surprise Maluwa (left) with two post matrics during a career guidance information session.
Reuben Ndlovu happily painting one of the classrooms.
Samantha Johns (right) sharing tips and advice.
Rosa Moodley (middle) and two youngsters.
Joni Coetzee painting a classroom.
Brian Percival also offered some career coaching.
Joni Coetzee and the ECD class practicing some sports.
Aubrey Billing getting handy with a brush and paint.
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Afrika Tikkun, Alexandra
The Sappi executive team, joined by Head Of ce staff, visited Afrika Tikkun in Alexandra to hand over 100 food parcels that they packed for Mandela Day.
Ami Mahendranath, Leander Brown, Steve Binnie and Thandeka Vinqi unloading a donation of Typek paper on Nelson Mandela Day.
Steve Binnie and Alex Thiel handing over food parcels to the families in Alexandra.
rst group reap the bene ts
The Sappi Manager-in-Training (MIT) programme is helping new managers become more competent in their leadership roles. The rst intake of participants have successfully completed the course.
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“It has been challenging for the trainees to nish the practical assignments, online training and classroom work, but
we believe this initiative ful ls its purpose,” says Regional Learning Manager, Melanie Jacobs.
Feedback from participants show they agree:
“I’ve learnt to do
less, better. Also, that with hard work and dedication anything is achievable. To grow, required extensive introspection; getting to know myself
by exploring what motivates me, testing my self-con dence and emotional intelligence, and forming a clear vision of where I
want to be.” Belinda White, Commodity Specialist: Services
“Each module had useful lessons, but Finance stood out for me. After completing this module, I fully understood costing and I was able to apply my knowledge to the Facilities department’s monthly cost report.” Reuben Ndlovu, Of ce Service Supervisor
“It has played an important role in helping me discover my own leadership style, using problem-solving tools to make informed decisions. A valuable lesson that I’ve learnt is how to delegate effectively. I also understand con ict management better.” Metsing Maloka, Primary Production Superintendent
“What was really helpful, was that I was able to complete some of the tasks with the group of people I manage. I was therefore able to pass on what I was learning.
I also became aware of my actions, the impact of body language and my con ict style.” Judy Moodley, Assistant Financial Accountant
the action and the winners
We had some great fun here in the Rosebank of ce! The main purpose of the foosball tournament was to create social interaction among employees, and that goal was ful lled. But we’re also happy to announce the team winners; best out of three games.
Glen Pearce and Brenda Luthers taking on Staci Krawitz and Khethiwe Hlubi, with Dieter Ahrens and Graeme Wild as spectators.
Lofentse Seate and Tony Pires versus Norman Raluthaga and André Schoeman.
Jordi Cardona and De Wet Brummer challenging Jacques Rossouw and Steve Binnie. Tony Pires is looking on.
Jacques Rossouw and Koosh Panday.
Warren Els and Bongani Shirinda versus Lindisizwe Thwala and Darryl Potgieter. Danie Rossouw and Barend Olivier are watching the game.
Mixed teams: Foosball stage 1
The foosball tournament for mixed teams took place on 03-06 July. This was a friendly game where players were chosen through a random selection.
Norman Raluthaga and André Schoeman
Chosen teams: Foosball stage 2
This tournament took place from 11-13 July, where each player could choose a partner.
Darryl Potgieter and Lindisizwe Thwala
Chosen team winners Lindisizwe Thwala and Darryl Potgieter with Advocate Maphangule and Reuben Ndlovu, all in their Bafana Bafana t-shirts.
Ramo Pillay and Advocate Maphangule versus Jordi Cardona and Aubrey Billings. Jacques Rossouw is keeping a watchful eye.
Koosh Panday, Matshediso Moshoeshoe, Lindisizwe Thwala, Teboho Mapena, Advocate Maphangule, Brenda Luthers, Norman Raluthaga and André Schoeman.
Darryl Potgieter and Jordi Cardona with Norman Raluthuaga and André Schoeman (the mixed team winners).
Rosa Moodley and Graeme Wild.
Sipho Ngubane and Teboho Mapena challenging Advocate Maphangule and Reuben Ndlovu.
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Sappi to support research on
AI and carbon emissions
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Sappi will be funding research on Arti cial Intelligence (AI) and bringing carbon emissions to net zero in the paper and pulp industry, as one of the founding partners of The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme.
The three- to ve-year fellowships, announced by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), will attract academics from around the world to identify breakthrough solutions
to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the launch, eight Fellowships have been funded.
The Sappi supported fellowship will focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goal of reshaping the future of industry (SDG9). It aims to build on our current engagement with the CISL by investigating how trends of innovation and sustainability will come together to reshape the future of industry. It
will focus on the paper and pulp industry as an initial example and examine drivers such as the rise of arti cial intelligence and the need to bring carbon emissions to net zero.
Remarking on our involvement, Sappi CEO Steve Binnie said, “We have been engaging at a group and European level with Dame Polly Courtice and the CISL team since 2013. They have helped and supported our European industry efforts related to the Green Growth Platform, the development of a new low carbon pulp technology (DES), exploring nancing options to support industry’s transformation and investigating block-chain technology for timber certi cation.”
Dame Polly Courtice, Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
Steve continued, “The challenge for the pulp and paper industry is how to be more effective than today, both in our journey towards durable sustainability and to the need for economic vitality and employment for future generations. This Fellowship programme and the research it will deliver will help take this work forward.”
Here are the Sustainable Development Goals:
Up close with...
Maarten Van Hoven, Group Head Strategy and Legal, Sappi Limited
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Maarten van Hoven with his wife Mardolene and children Pierre (15), Lara (14) and Rikard (10).
2.When I feel stressed out I... I don’t get stressed out too often,
but I’d usually go for a bike ride early on a Saturday morning to get the worries of the week out of my system.
3.My most treasured possession is... my wine collection, especially
my Roodeberg 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon case, which I bought when my eldest was born. The big question is: when do I pull the rst cork? It might be over its peak, but I’m too sentimental to just do it.
4. I’m inspired by... people being humble. The recent reports on the
Japanese football team’s remarkable behaviour at the World Cup in Russia is
a good example. A picture was shared of the Japanese locker room after they lost their last match. It was spotless, only with a ‘thank you’ note to their hosts (written in Russian). See it here. Also, I get a kick out of seeing how small changes can have a huge effect on people and their behaviour.
5.I can’t live without... chocolate!
6. My favourite read... usually changes to the most recent book
I’m reading, which is Nudge, by Richard H Thaler (Nobel prize winner Economics) and Cass R Sunstein. It’s all about choice architecture and behavioural science, and how people can be in uenced in making better decisions and behave differently on just about anything in life if you know how they think and make decisions in life.
7. I love watching... The Good Doctor. It’s a series about a young
medical doctor, brilliant in his eld, but socially/emotionally challenged. He is brutally honest in his diagnosis and dealings with the people around him,
and often very funny. I like seeing people succeeding, especially when the odds are against them.
8.My favourite holiday spot is... well, this is not easy. I always
like to go to new places when possible and explore. Among my favourites
must be Italy and/or Croatia. In South Africa, I really like the Southern Cape coastline – Tsitsikamma, Natures Valley, St Francis etc. (In December, we’re going to Eesterivierstand. Looking forward to that.) I also enjoy the Kruger Park and we try to go there once a year for a few days.
11.What my colleagues don’t know about me is... that I
enjoy gardening, but I suck at it. I recently nearly killed a bonsai, which I got as a gift from a good friend. There is now signs of life, but I felt terrible for a few months. I’ve now restricted myself to lawn, veggies and succulents (vetplante). I’ve got quite the variety. If anyone wants to swap, I’m happy to do that.
12.I love working for Sappi because... it’s a very dynamic,
challenging and growing environment. We’ve got great people that are dedicated and amazingly loyal and hard working.
I believe we have the right products to ensure that we grow and build on the success we have achieved thus far. I’m also looking forward to be part of building Sappi towards 2025 and investing for growth. We’re at a truly amazing point of being able to take Sappi to the next level.
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I am happiest when... I can
sit back and relax on a summer afternoon – on my stoep, playing music, lighting a re to braai and having my friends and family around chatting and playing in the pool and the garden.
10. My rst job was... selling second-hand clothes on a
Saturday morning at a ea market in Edenvale as a schoolboy. I was robbed more than I made money, but it was a great learning experience.
In my spare time... well, between
my responsibilities at Sappi and my family (with three kids), there is not a lot of spare time. But if there is a gap, I like getting on my Vespa (scooter) and taking my wife for a cup of coffee at the newest coffee shop in town.
Medical Aid news
Bestmed and Sizwe: Pre-authorising your hospital admission
Before being admitted to hospital, Bestmed and Sizwe Medical Aid members must take note of the following requirements.
Bestmed Medical Aid
Regardless of your bene t option, members need to obtain pre- authorisation from Bestmed before going to hospital or having any surgery or diagnostic investigations like MRI/CT scans and endoscopic procedures.
For life-threatening emergency admission after hours, on weekends or public holidays, you must obtain an authorisation number on the rst working day after the hospital admission.
• To obtain authorisation, contact the Bestmed authorisation centre: Tel: 080 022 0106 or you can send an eMail to eMail: [email protected]
Sizwe Medical Aid
Regardless of your bene t option, you need to obtain pre- authorisation 72 hours before going to hospital, or prior to having any surgery or diagnostic investigations like MRI/CT scans and endoscopic procedures.
In the event of a life-threatening emergency admission after hours, on weekends or public holidays, members need to obtain an authorisation number on the rst working day after the hospital admission, or within 24 hours of admission.
Take note: Members on the Primary and Affordable options must also obtain authorisation from Sizwe for specialised dentistry, as well as before visiting a specialist (a GP referral is required).
• For authorisation, contact the Sizwe authorisation centre on Tel 0860 101 176.
Applicable to both schemes
If you do not pre-authorise a hospital visit, penalties will be imposed for late authorisation and the scheme can decline to pay your account.
Pre-authorisation helps to ensure that members and service providers are aware of what
expenses will be covered by their medical aid. It also allows the scheme to negotiate with hospitals and medical professionals on your behalf.
The pre-authorisation process includes the management of your stay and treatment in hospital.
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On both schemes you will be asked for the following information during the authorisation process:
} Membership number as printed on your membership card.
} Name of member or bene ciary and date of birth.
} Date of admission and date of operation (if applicable).
} Name of the treating doctor and practice number.
} Name of the hospital and practice number.
} The reason for admission to hospital.
} The ICD 10 code. This code indicates the speci c diagnosis and can be obtained from the treating doctor. Authorisation cannot be given without a valid ICD 10 code.
} If admitted for an operation, the procedure codes (tariff codes) are also needed. This can be obtained from the treating doctor.
} The authorisation number must be provided to the hospital and providers.
Source: Alexander Forbes
Sappi Learning: make good money choices
Want to learn more about personal budgeting, buying a house or even educating your kids about money? The rst internally developed nancial wellness course is now available on Sappi Learning. It was developed in collaboration with Summit Financial Partners.
The curriculum covers:
} Personal budgeting, including a handy downloadable budget template
} Reading your nancial records, including your pay slip and personal credit reports } Preventing debt
} Buying a house
} Educating children about money
} Savings and investments
} Basics on retirement planning.
To access the course, search on Sappi Learning for ‘Summit – Sappi – Manage your personal nances’.
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This course will help you to manage your money in the right way to help you reach the nancial goals you set for yourself.
The course is designed to supplement the existing classroom version called Financial Life Skills Basic, which is currently done through the wellness teams. It provides an extra resource to help you make healthy nancial choices.
tax certi cates available in July
Standard tax certi cates are now available to Bestmed medical scheme members.
This certi cate focuses on the total contributions received and speci es bene ciaries with a disability.
1. Download the certi cate from the Bestmed website (www.bestmed. co.za), under your personal pro le.
Note: As of this year, only standard tax certi cates will be issued to Bestmed members at Sappi.
2. Click on correspondence
3. Type in the date relevant to your query
(01 March 2017 to 28 Feb 2018)
4. In the ‘Type’ eld, choose the type
of document you wish to download
(in this case: Tax summary/detail)
5. Download the selected document.
For queries regarding your tax certi cate, contact Saajida Morris on Tel 012 472 6344 or Joekie Wagenaar at [email protected]
What’s on in Rosebank
Mandela 100 – A photographic exhibition at the FotoZA Gallery, Level 4, Rosebank Mall. Open until 31 July 2018.
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Follow Madiba’s example
Life seldom goes as planned. It’s full of ups and downs and hardly ever problem-free.
Former president Nelson Mandela certainly had more than his fair share of problems, setbacks and worries. However, while he allowed his many struggles to shape him, he never allowed them to define him. __________________________________________
Madiba once said: “Don’t judge me by
my successes, judge me by how many
times I fell down and got back up again.”
Resilience is the ability to bounce back.
• You always have a choice, irrespective of what life throws at you.
• You can succumb to despair and self-pity; or choose to focus on what you can do, rather than on what you can’t.
Each time you do this, you build resilience and inner strength, which prepares you for the next time things get tough.