Sappi Head Of ce Internal Newsletter
28 March 2018
Maintaining good relationships with our banking partners is an integral part of how Sappi conducts itself in business. Along with good relations, it is vital that our banks understand how we operate and what our business requirements are.
It is for this reason that Sappi Forestry recently hosted 12 bankers on a tour of our Clan nursery and Shafton plantations.
“The day was a huge success and the bankers were impressed by the size and scale of our operations, as well as the dedication and commitment of Sappi’s employees. Thank you and well done to all involved in making this a memorable day,” said Treasurer for Sappi Southern Africa, Serena McGinn.
Sappi staff and banking of cials during the tour of our Clan nursery and Shafton plantations.
Hard work pays off for smart PROTEC learners
The 2017 PROTEC top learners, joined by Sipho Ngubane (fourth left, Sappi Communications Services and CSI Manager), at the PROTEC Top Learner Awards held in Johannesburg. These students were the highest achievers in Maths and Science nationally, and received prizes that included bursaries, laptops and tablets to assist them with their future studies.
A full-house pass rate: We are very proud of the PROTEC learners at our Sappi-sponsored branches in Nelspruit, Mandeni, Stanger and Umkomaas. They all achieved a 100% pass rate (versus the national average of 72.5%), as well as numerous distinctions. Read more about these achievements and top learners in the upcoming edition of My Sappi.
Come and get your
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As the weather starts to cool and the days get shorter, we know that the u season is on its way.
Fortunately, you can safeguard yourself with a simple u vaccine.
Come and visit our Occupational Health and Wellness Clinic (ground oor) to get yours.
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Good habits to protect against cold and u:
Sanitise your of ce space
Did you know the average computer keyboard is ve times dirtier than a toilet seat? Cold and u viruses easily spread from person to person, as well as making their way onto surfaces we regularly touch. These surfaces include doorknobs, kitchen appliances and of ce equipment like telephones, computer keyboards and desks. Keep them clean.
Wash your hands
ü Before, during and after preparing a meal
ü Before eating
ü After using the toilet
ü After coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose ü After touching pets or other animals
ü After touching any form of garbage.
Regularly clean your cellphone
Using an antiseptic wipe to clean your phone can go a long way towards preventing you from getting ill.
Build your immunity
It’s better to keep your immune system strong and to stay healthy than trying to remedy the situation once you have fallen ill. Ask your pharmacist for a suitable immune booster. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables during the day and get enough rest at night.
Make time to de-stress
Stress can increase your chances of getting sick. If you are stressed out all the time, your nervous system stays aroused and keeps on releasing stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which can affect your immunity.
Research shows that people who exercise on a regular basis
are less likely to catch a cold. Exercise strengthens the immune system and cuts your risk of getting sick by nearly 50%. You don’t need to go to the gym to stay t. A brisk 30-minute walk goes a long way toward keeping you healthy.
Your chances of catching a cold drop when you stay warm. Research has shown that when cells infected with the cold virus were exposed to a healthy core body temperature, the virus died off more quickly and was unable to replicate itself and spread.
Click here to view the ‘Cold vs Flu’ infographic from Health24.com.
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Dental bene ts
Nicole Lombaard from Alexander Forbes will be at Sappi Head Of ce to discuss dental bene ts on Tuesday
03 April 2018.
Venue: Glenhove Meeting Room, second oor Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Best of luck to
Good luck to all our colleagues who will be taking part in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge on Thursday, 05 April 2018. Execute with speed, have fun and be safe while doing so!
Up close with...
Sonél Botha, Health and Wellness Sister
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3.What is your most treasured possession? My Coo-Coo clock,
bought on a very limited budget when I travelled to Switzerland with my mom. It was only when we arrived back in South Africa, that I saw the ‘made in China’ sticker at the back of the clock!
11.What can’t you live without?
My family, my own pillow and a hot shower.
12.What don’t people at Sappi know about you? I wear
Croc’s in my free time – to work in my garden, wash my car, and sorry to say, go and buy bread at the local supermarket.
13.What excites you about working for Sappi? It lls me with pride to be associated with a
company that cares so much about their employees. My job is to provide staff with high quality health services, ranging from basic wellness initiatives to general health and wellbeing screenings, acute medication, Pilates classes, managing an occupational health programme
and providing anti-retrovirals to our HIV patients.
Who should be featured next? You can nominate
Who at Sappi Head Of ce would you like to know more about? A senior manager, a quiet colleague, someone everyone deals with, or one of our execs? We invite you to nominate speci c people you would like to
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Who is the person in history
you admire the most? The person I admire the most of all time, is my mom, my hero. She is a tenacious little lady, who still runs her own real estate company and nancially supports ve families and her brother. She will ght tooth and nail for what she believes in.
Sonél Botha (right, Health and Wellness Sister) on duty in the Sappi Occupational Health and Wellness Clinic on the ground oor. With her is Lerato Zindela (Technology Centre intern).
1.What makes you happy?
“I love working with people. I enjoy listening to their perspectives and views
9.Which talent would you most like to have? To be able to sing
in the shower without the dog running for cover.
10.What character trait do you value most in a person?
Honesty and a good attitude.
What is your favourite book?
What is your favourite movie
Share a hidden gem in SA
or play? I love comedies like ‘Frasier’ and the ‘Big Bang Theory’.
that is worth a visit. ‘The Pot and Plough’ tea garden in Haenertsburg (Magoebaskloof) has the best home-made pot pies. You should try it one day.
on the world and their lives. One of the most beautiful and humbling things that
I experience on a regular basis, is the moment when some of my clients (patients in hospital) nd that ‘aha’ moment and realise they are in control of their emotions, lives and destinies.”
2.How do you deal with stress? “I try and remain calm and objective
and focus on taking little steps to solve pressure issues. My husband is a great sounding board, and when things get little out of hand we will make a ‘time out’ date and he will calmly listen until the ‘storm’ subsides. (Shame, he is also the one who gets the short-end of my frustration. He acts as my ‘mental thermometer’ most of the times.)
What was your rst job?
I was a nursing student. I started my in-service training at the small semi-private Andrew McColm Hospital in Pretoria. I worked with aggressive surgeons and very strict hospital matrons, but still managed to slip out of the nursing home to meet friends at the ice rink in Sunnyside. Those were the days...
Welcome to our new interns
At Sappi Head Of ce we welcome two new interns as part of our Workplace Integrated Learnership programme. We wish them all the best for over the next 12 months as they gain valuable hands-on work experience in their elds of interest.
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Advocate Pfunzo Maphangule (IT)
Quali cation: Microsoft Certi ed Solutions Expert (MCSE), Isibani Graduate College
Quali cation: BCom Human Resource Management, University of Limpopo
1. In three words, I am productive creative and results- driven.
2. I’m passionate about technology, because it’s all about building better tools to help improve the world around us.
3. My greatest strength is that I enjoy interacting with people and helping them to solve problems.
4. My favourite quote is: “It always seems impossible, until it’s done”.
5. My hobbies include watching and playing football and playing video games.
6. As a Sappi intern, I look forward to understanding every aspect of the IT department and the business architecture of Sappi.
7. My favourite place is Elim in Limpopo, my parents’ homeland.
8. My greatest accomplishment is nishing school and getting my IT quali cation.
9. I feel most grateful about my family. My biggest aspiration is to have the ability to improve their living conditions.
10. My motto in life is: choose your own destiny, or life will do it for you.
11.. In a nutshell, I am polite, kind and loving.
22.. My passion is to make a difference. When I’m involved
in a project, I always do my best.
33.. My greatest strength is that I’m able to associate myself with different types of people.
44.. My favorite quote is: Be the change you wish to see in the world.
55.. My hobbies include reading and listening to music.
66.. I’m excited about this internship, because it is a great opportunity; working for a big company where I can grow and invest my skills.
77.. My greatest accomplishment is being rst person in my family to obtain a degree.
88.. The most in uential aspect of my life is one inspired by Nelson Mandela, who believed that education is the most powerful weapon with which you can change the world.
9. The one ability I would like to have is the knack to be able to process and manage more information.
190. My motto in life: Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you will die today.
28 March 2018
Alcohol Awareness Month
Drink up... or not
We’re entering a period of school and public holidays, meaning more time to relax and have fun. Don’t let too much drinking ruin your party.
It’ll get you into trouble
Sappi has a strict zero tolerance on alcohol consumption to protect our employees from being injured on duty, to help you maintain a good mental state and to keep you healthy. So, don’t come to work under the in uence.
It slows you down
Alcohol is a depressant drug that can slow down the messages to and from the brain and body. It can affect your problem solving skills, judgment, concentration, reaction times and coordination. Don’t drink and drive might sound cliché, but thousands of people lose their lives each year because they don’t take this advice seriously.
It’s bad for your health
Alcohol abuse strips the skin of vitamins, especially Vitamin C, which is essential for skin health. It also robs the skin of water and protein, causing cellular damage. Heavy drinking can cause inadequate absorption of calcium.
Excessive alcohol intake could cause breathing problems, including increasing the risk of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), which causes the upper air passage to narrow. It can even close the air passage completely.
Too much alcohol scars your liver. Cirrhosis is a disease that targets a healthy liver and damages and scars it. It’s irreversible and can lead to liver failure and death.
Stay safe and use alcohol in moderation, or just stay sober.
Tips to stay in control
• When drinking in the company of others, pour your own drinks so that you know how much you are consuming.
• Alcohol is expensive: think about how much money you’re prepared to spend on alcohol and stick to a budget. Leave your credit card
• Don’t drink and drive. It might sound cliché, but you don’t want to end up in hospital. Call a taxi, Uber service or organise a friend to be your designated driver.
An average drink means:
• 340ml of beer – 5% alcohol
• 120/125ml of wine – 12% alcohol
• 25ml (one tot) of whiskey –
Consumed in one hour
Functions affected/ impaired
Dizziness, less inhibited behaviour, over estimation of skills, less sound judgment, slower reaction time
Same as above, plus senses, coordination, vision, speech
Slurring of speech, blurring of vision, loss of coordination (including the skills needed for driving)
2 – 3 drinks
Above, plus coordination, vision, speech, hearing
Double vision, drowsiness, loss of balance, clumsiness
4 – 5 drinks
Above, plus respiration and heart rate, balance, clumsiness
8 – 10 drinks
Deep sleep, coma
Above, plus body temperature
More than 12
The effect of alcohol differs from person to person, based on your health, weight, body frame etc.
Deep coma, death
28 March 2018
Medical Aid news
Prescribed Minimum Bene ts:
what you need to know
Prescribed Minimum Bene ts (PMBs) is a set of bene ts to ensure that all medical scheme members have access to certain minimum health services, regardless of the bene t option they have selected.
There are two main reasons for PMBs:
To ensure that medical scheme bene ciaries have ongoing healthcare. This means that even if a member’s bene ts for a year have run out, the medical scheme has to pay for the treatment of the
To ensure that healthcare is paid for by the correct parties. Medical scheme members with PMB conditions are entitled to the speci ed treatments. These have to be covered by their medical scheme, even if the patients were treated at a state hospital.
What is a DSP?
A Designated Service Provider (DSP) is a healthcare provider (doctor, pharmacist, hospital etc) that is the medical scheme’s rst choice when one of its members need diagnosis, treatment or care for a PMB condition.
PMBs is a feature of the Medical Schemes Act. Medical schemes have to cover the costs related to the diagnosis, treatment and care of:
• Any emergency medical condition
• A limited set of 270 medical conditions (de ned in the Diagnosis Treatment Pairs) and
• 25 chronic conditions (de ned in the Chronic Disease List).
When deciding whether a condition is a PMB, the doctor looks at the symptoms and
not at any other factors such as how the injury or condition was contracted (‘diagnosis- based’). Once the diagnosis has been made, the appropriate treatment and care is decided upon, as well as where the patient should receive the treatment (at a hospital, as an outpatient or at a doctor's rooms).
Do I have to use a DSP?
If you choose not to use the DSP selected by your scheme, you may have to pay a portion of the bill as a co-payment. This could either be a percentage co-payment or the difference between the DSP’s tariff and that charged by the provider that you visited.
When you suffer an emergency condition, or are involved in an accident, you may go to the nearest healthcare facility for treatment, even if it is not a DSP. Your scheme will have to cover the costs.
Treatment at DSPs can be handled in two ways:
1. Schemes can insist that you go to a DSP as soon as your condition is diagnosed, in which case they cover the costs from the start. Treatment will be covered in full by the medical scheme under the PMB conditions, when delivered according to scheme protocols.
2. If your bene t option allows for this, you can be treated by the doctor of your choice. If you choose to use a provider of your choice for these services, the scheme may apply a co-payment, as registered in their rules.
What about exclusions?
Medical schemes often have a list of conditions – such as cosmetic surgery – for which they will not pay’ or circumstances – such as travel costs and examinations for insurance purposes – under which a member has no cover.
Exclusions, however, do not apply to PMBs. If you contract septicaemia after cosmetic surgery for example, your scheme has to provide healthcare cover for the septicaemia, because septicaemia is a PMB. (Cosmetic surgery remains an exclusion.) PMBs are concerned about the diagnosis; it doesn’t matter how you contracted the condition.