Sappi Head Of ce Internal Newsletter
17 October 2018
From our sterling contribution to the economy, to excellence in print quality. Sappi teams have recently been recognised for hard work and dedication in two diverse elds, winning us some coveted industry awards.
Sappi Southern Africa was named winner in the Manufacturing category of the
KZN Exporter of the Year Awards held in Durban on 04 October 2018. We were also recognised as a nalist in the Large Exporter category.
Sappi provides employment opportunities to about 16,000 people in South Africa and empowers even more through our forestry value chain activities – particularly within rural communities.
This is the third consecutive year
that Sappi has been awarded for our contribution to the economy. In 2016, we won in the Manufacturing category, and in 2017 we won the Manufacturing and Large Exporter categories.
Proudly showing off Sappi’s awards are (from left): Mohamed Mansoor (Sappi Vice President, Specialised Cellulose), Morgan Moodley (General Manager, Sappi Export Services) and Wayne Rau (CEO Sappi Trading).
KZN Exporter of the Year Awards
The GAPP Awards
The GAPP Awards is seen as the pinnacle of excellence in the South African print, packaging and signage industry. Sappi scooped the rst two spots in the Best Report category with our Annual Integrated Report (winner) and SSA Sustainability Report (runner-up).
The GAPP Awards covers 54 categories of print spanning all substrates and types
of print, including litho printing, signage, gravure and exo, as well as all types of end products ranging from stationery to packaging.
“These awards are a tting tribute to the great efforts from our Sappi team to get the design, paper and print speci cations perfect. Well done!” said Group Head Corporate Affairs, André Oberholzer.
A word of thanks also goes to House of Print for an excellent print job of our Annual Integrated Report on GallerieArt; and Mortimer for rendering a superb SSA Sustainability Report using Ultra ute, Fusion and KraftPride.
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and Sappi’s substance abuse policy
Last month, the Constitutional Court decriminalised the private use of cannabis (also referred to as dagga/ weed/marijuana) in South Africa. Sappi already has a substance of abuse testing policy in place. The question is how this ruling will affect the policy and testing procedure.
What the law says
The Constitutional Court has ruled that an adult may use cannabis in private, they may have it in their possession for personal, private consumption and they may cultivate cannabis in a private place for private use.
This authorises an employee to use or be in possession of cannabis for personal consumption in private.
Sappi will revise its policy as it applies to cannabis testing methodologies and prohibited concentrations. It currently refers to cannabis as an illegal substance, which is no longer the case. Our testing method will be adapted to ensure that it aligns with Sappi’s alcohol testing procedure.
“The Constitutional Court ruling has provided Sappi with the clarity we required as an employer,” says our Regional Health and Wellness Manager Ellenore Melrose.
“It is now much easier to manage cannabis use in line with our policy towards alcohol testing – where alcohol is also not illegal, but employees are not allowed to work if the levels measured are above zero. We are positive that more research will be done to assist cannabis users in making sure they present at work within the limits.”
The employer, employee and cannabis use
However, it’s important to note that the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) requires employers to not permit any person:
a. Who is under in uence to enter a workplace
b. Who is under in uence to remain at work
c. Who appears under in uence to enter a workplace d. Who appears under in uence to remain at work
e. To be in possession of a substance of abuse at work f. To partake in using a substance of abuse at work
g. To offer it to any other person at work.
While the use of dagga has been decriminalised, people should know that:
• It is illegal to deal it, sell it to others or smoke it outside of your home.
• The government still needs to decide how much cannabis a person may use in private, and the age restriction for use.
Therefore, the Constitutional Court ruling does not affect the OHS Act, and the legalisation of cannabis does not apply at
Image from: collective-evolution.com
Up close with...
Ariane Spanidis, Sales Administrator, Sappi Africa Sales
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Ariane Spanidis with her daughter Cassandra and her partner Bianca in New Zealand.
Colombo, The Saint, Magnum PI
and the like that I wanted to become a police detective. The nuns at
the convent I attended were very worried and immediately phoned my mom to ask her to change my mind.
8. My favourite holiday spot... is France, but I cannot get there often enough so let’s settle for my close second, my home country Mauritius. Third is Cape Town.
9. In my spare time... I take care
of my home, do some mending, entertain and compile elaborate holiday albums with all the bells and whistles.
10. My rst job was... as an Economics lecturer at the University of the
North in 1986, straight out of Natal University.
11. What people at Sappi don’t know about me... is that I came rst in Economics 1 amongst 800 students at the end of my rst university year.
12. I love working at Sappi... because it’s a global and great company that is constantly growing. Our staff are our most prized asset, we have comfortable of ces, we are well looked after, we get recognised
for our hard work and I have had the opportunity of travelling to our of ces in Hong Kong, Vienna and Australia, as well as Gratkorn and Stockstadt Mills.
1. I am happiest when... I’m on my 5. way somewhere for a holiday,
local or overseas. Travelling is my
passion and I’m always looking for interesting places to visit. I have this
book at home called Things To Do
In A Dorp and I’m trying to tick all
the ‘dorps’ that feature by visiting 6. them. I have reached 41 out of 152.
Still a way to go.
I can’t live without... my mobile phone, as it allows me to keep in touch with my far-away family and friends, and to do my banking from anywhere in the world.
My favourite books to read are...
Danielle Steele novels.
2. When I feel stressed out... I tend to curl up inside and stay quiet. A drink is not an option, as I don’t drink alcohol at all.
3. My most treasured possessions... are my three children – Melissa (33), Cassandra (29) and Alexander (29).
4. I’m inspired by... tolerant people, as I think that tolerance is one of the best qualities to possess in life – the ability to accept people as they are without judging them.
7. I love watching... any medical programmes, reality shows and especially crime TV. When I was 13, I watched so many episodes of
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Medical aid news
Sappi medical scheme roadshow: Be there
Bestmed will launch their 2019 rates and bene ts to the market during October 2018. Attend one of the information sessions and make sure you’re up to date with the latest news.
changes for 2019
Members are given the opportunity to change their option with effect from
01 January 2019. You need
to consider your healthcare requirements for the following year and decide if you have
the right level of cover. Detailed communication on the option change process, as well as the 2019 product information, will be sent to you in November 2018.
Medical Aid News
Medical Scheme Roadshow: Don’t miss out
Note that Sappi pensioners who cannot attend these sessions, should contact an Alexander Forbes or Bestmed representative to arrange a telephonic consultation or set up an appointment to visit one of the regional of ces for assistance.
Key account: Joekie Wagenaar Tel: 012 472 6497
eMail: [email protected]
Address: Block A, Ground Floor, Glen eld Of ce Park, 361 Oberon Avenue, Faerie Glen, Pretoria
Bestmed and Sizwe Medical Schemes and Guardrisk (Admed) will be launching their 2019 rates and benefits towards November 2018.
Make sure you attend one of the member information sessions:
A consultant will be available after each session to assist members with advice on the most suitable option for their specific needs, as well as to assist with any escalated scheme queries.
See you there.
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Global Business Services is thrilled to be part of Sappi’s digital transformation. Sappi Link is the name of the transformation that was started in 2017, in line with our strategy and 2020Vision goals.
The digital migration for GBS started on 01 October 2018. At the end of the process, every employee with a PC or laptop will receive a modern desktop consisting of Windows 10, Of ce 365, Skype for Business and OneDrive for Business, with state-of-the-art security.
What GBS colleagues have to say about Sappi Link:
The GBS IT team members are (from left): Sphephelo Ncama, Rishen Avathar, Tony Rush, Asanda Khuluse and Ntsikelelo Muthwa.
Jay Govender, Customer
“This has been a great transformation. The IT
department in the of ce has provided an excellent service
during the migration. So far, I haven’t experienced any problems and all of my data has been restored. Nothing has gone missing in the process.”
Nonduduzo Mkhize, Contract
“The transition has been hassle-free and
not time consuming. Although we were off our computers for a while this did
not interfere with our work. So far I have not experienced any hardships with Sappi Link, this is a great initiative towards reaching our 2020Vision goals.”
“Everything has gone smoothly. The IT team
has provided excellent service to this of ce during the migration. They made sure that all our
work is restored and backed up on OneDrive. My migration did not go as fast as that of my fellow colleagues, but I didn’t have any problems thereafter.”
Celebrating diversity on Heritage Day
On Heritage Day, 24 September, people across South Africa celebrated the diversity of culture, religion, language and beliefs in our country. Global Business Services (GBS) did so in style.
Staff members dressed up in traditional attire. Each person also brought along a plate of traditional food to share with fellow colleagues, in keeping with our One Sappi approach.
Sampling dishes from the different cultures was an interesting culinary experience; a tangible testimony to our diverse cultures and tastes. It was an enjoyable event that once again proved that diversity brings about a dynamic environment where we can learn from one another.
The GBS team looking colourful on Heritage Day (from left, back): Nsikelelo Muthwa, Thulani Buthelezi, Siphelele Mdakane, Richman Ndlovu, Shivani Ramkisson, Nomzamo Bukani, Nonyameko Sincadu, Ayanda Kheswa and Maria Camp. Middle: Nomfundo Zuma, Rita Hiraman, Pranisha Maharaj, Yolene Moodley, Garth Arends, Radhika Mothilall and Sue Gungadeen. Front: Thuthukani Khuzwayo.
Sappi Link has ‘lift off’
at Global Business Services
PRASA becomes RecyclePaperZA
Sappi’s Debbie inspires new name
The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (formerly known as PRASA) has a new name. RecyclePaperZA is the name inspired by Sappi employee Debbie Williams, Internal Sales Co-ordinator: Containerboard.
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PAMSA recently initiated a name
change process for the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa. “For the past few years, members of the public have increasingly confused us with the state- owned enterprise, PRASA,” explains PAMSA Executive Director Jane Molony. “We have often been asked about train services or questioned why a rail agency would be involved in recycling.”
In nding a suitable name, employees from member companies were invited to make submissions as part of a naming competition. Debbie’s submission was the name of choice.
“We selected the name as it re ects a call to action,” explains Anele Sololo from RecyclePaperZA. “Incidentally, it also mirrors our website address www.recyclepaper.co.za.”
Formed in 2003, RecyclePaperZA represents companies that process recovered paper and make new paper products. The association also represents some manufacturers of liquid board packaging in the form of milk and juice cartons, paper cups and bowls.
Doing good work
Earlier this year, the association announced that South Africa’s paper recycling rate tipped the scales at 1.3 million tons in 2017. This tonnage represents 70% of the 1.8 million tons of paper available for recovery. It excludes books, archived records and unrecyclable paper like toilet tissue.
Recovered paper, paper packaging and liquid board packaging is diverted from land ll, pulped and re-used in corrugated boxes and carton board, newspapers and moulded products like egg boxes. To a smaller extent, paper is also recycled into tissue and paper towel products.
Follow two of SA’s paper and recycling associations on Twitter and Instagram:
Debbie Williams, Internal Sales Co-ordinator: Containerboard.
Image from: www.recyclepaper.co.za
Joburg: See it like a tourist
It’s true. Cape Town is great, the Kruger National Park offers a fantastic wildlife experience and
our golden coastlines are ideal for holiday break- aways... but don’t underestimate what our very own Joburg has to offer.
As an article in the New York Times puts it: “Beneath the grit of South Africa’s biggest city, there’s a kinetic urban energy that can be savoured in its street art, restaurants, music clubs and markets.”
If you don’t know what they’re talking about, check out the full article at https://www. nytimes.com/2018/02/08/ travel/36-hours-in- johannesburg.html.
There are some interesting adventures awaiting you right here on our doorstep. Here’s what the New York Times urges readers to do during a visit to Johannesburg:
Walking tours: Historic neighborhoods are being revitalised. Explore them while on a walking tour with Past Experiences. A local guide might lead you through neighborhoods like
Chinatown, Ferreirasdorp, Newtown, Braamfontein or Fordsburg, directing your attention to easy-to-miss landmarks or sharing the inspiration behind vivid street art installations. Stops could include Nelson Mandela’s former of ce, or a little-known mine-shaft museum 100 feet below the Standard Bank headquarters.
Live music: Whether you’re into house, rap or indie, you’ll nd your niche here, infused with plenty of local avour. With jazz greats like Hugh Masekela having started their careers in the city, Johannesburg’s jazz heritage is particularly rich. Head to the Braamfontein district to see who’s performing at The Orbit.
Tuk-tuk tour: Soweto is called home by more than a million people. An easy way to explore it is by tuk-tuk. Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers offers two-hour rickshaw tours. The ticket price includes a buffet lunch after
the tour — you might try South Africa’s famous street-food favourite, bunny chow.
Gallery hopping: A stretch of the upscale Rosebank suburb has recently been recast as the Keyes Art Mile, lined with boutiques, galleries and cafes. Stop by before dinner to browse modern art at galleries like Circa, Everard Read and Whatiftheworld. Or visit some of the interesting cafes, like the colorful vintage-Afro-chic Milk
Bar and the burger joint BGR.
Exploring the past: The Apartheid Museum offers powerful exhibits on the origins of this system, explanations
of its divisive laws and photographs and narratives that offer glimpses of life under its constraints. Then take a
cab to Constitution Hill, SA’s Constitutional Court built on an erstwhile jail site (where Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Joe Slovo and Albertina Sisulu all served time). It’s also a museum, and visitors can explore the court, the old fort and jail Number Four, where Mahatma Gandhi was a prisoner.
Sources: New York Times (02 August 2018), Joburg Inner City Tourism
Trees are life
Terry Stanger (Vice President Sappi Forests), joined by
school learners, planting a Yellow Wood tree at the Greenlyn Village Centre. Sappi was a proud sponsor of the GauFestival (Gauteng International Arts Festival) that recently took place in Tshwane. Part of our involvement was the sponsoring of the Trees are Life School Concert.
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