Sappi Head Of ce Internal Newsletter
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World Green Building Week (24-30 September 2018) is an annual event that puts the need for sustainable, environmentally responsible ‘greener’ buildings in the spotlight.
At Sappi Rosebank, we are privileged to be working in a ‘green’ of ce space – from our desks and chairs, to our energy resources and garden.
• Our furnishings have been sourced from local manufacturers.
• We are harvesting rainwater to irrigate our indigenous garden.
• We have installed energy-ef cient lighting and appliances.
• Photovoltaic panels on the roof are meeting a signi cant portion of our
Do your bit at home
Did you know that buildings, including our homes, account
for around 40% of global energy consumption? That’s over a third of the
world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
You can make your home space more ‘earth friendly’ by using energy saving light bulbs and solar panels, installing adequate heat
insulation, monitor your energy usage with a smart metre, saving energy by switching
off unused appliances, using rain water
to irrigate your garden and opting for indigenous plants. Other
ways to contribute to a ‘greener’ environment is to use natural cleaning products, create your own compost,
re-use and repurpose what you have, and to buy recycled products.
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What is planted where?
Look out for the new signage in our Rosebank of ce garden. It gives information on the different indigenous plants and owers planted here, and where they can be found.
What’s in our waterwise garden?
Learn more about some of the indigenous plants at Rosebank Head Of ce.
Dierama pendulum (Lf) Baker (Fairy Bell, Hair-Bell, Wedding Bell)
An easily cultivated evergreen geophyte (a plant that grows from subterranean buds attached to specialised storage organs) reaching up to two metres high.
Flowers occur from spring to summer and range in shades of pink, or rarely pure white and are pollinated by honey bees. The fruit is a tough, rounded capsule bearing numerous brown, hard, angular seeds.
The plants undergo a rest period from autumn to the end of winter, during which they are able to survive relatively dry conditions, whereas from early spring until late summer they require regular heavy watering.
They require as sunny a position as possible and even during their winter rest phase, they must receive adequate sun or very bright light for them to produce owers from early spring to early summer. They prefer a slightly acid, well-composted loam and perform equally successfully in both well-drained and boggy conditions.
Helichrysum cymosum (Gold Carpet)
A very attractive and easy-to-grow groundcover with masses of bright yellow owers in
summer between September and April.
It grows in big straggling clumps, often in moist areas such as the hollows between dunes, among shrubs and on forest margins.
The leaves are aromatic. This is an easy plant to grow and an excellent hardy ground cover for dry areas. It can also be used as an edging plant, in mixed borders, containers, window boxes, as well as herb gardens and
It is a plant that tolerates salty air and grows well in sandy soils, which makes it a good choice for coastal gardens. It grows well in full sun and semi-shaded areas.
Juncus effusus (Common or Soft Rush)
An evergreen perennial herbaceous plant with a striking vertical habit.
This ornamental rush adapts to a wide variety of growing conditions but is found most often in sunny wetlands or water gardens. It performs well in a full sun to partial shade location, planted in standing water up to four inches deep, or saturated muchly soil. However, soft rush will adapt to average garden soil and sandy, silty or gravelly soils with uctuating water levels. Its preference is of acid soil.
In garden situations, plants may need irrigation during extended dry periods. This handsome rush can also be grown indoors as a house plant. Cut back old foliage in early spring to encourage healthy growth.
Juncus effusus is pest resistant and unpalatable to herbivores. It provides cover and nesting sites for wetland birds and other wildlife. Many cultures around the world have used Juncus stems to weave baskets and mats.
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What’s in our waterwise garden? Continued...
Coleonema pulchellum I Williams (Confetti Bush)
An aromatic, erect evergreen shrub. The entire bush is covered with owers from autumn
until spring (May to October).
This plant ourishes along the coast and elsewhere. It is wind resistant and can tolerate mild frost. When in ower, bees, butter ies and other insects are attracted to the confetti bush for its nectar and pollen.
Best planted in a sunny position, it requires well-drained soil, compost and a well-balanced fertiliser. Like other buchus, they are best planted out during winter and spring.
This plant requires good watering in winter and moderate watering in summer. Do not allow the plants to dry out. Once established, they will survive periods of drought.
Zantedeschia aethiopica (L) Spreng (White or Common Arum Lily)
Although called the Arum Lily, this plant is neither an arum nor a lily. It is an excellent cut ower and lasts a long time in water. The owers appear in a main ush from August to January, although there may be the odd ower at other times of the year.
It is evergreen or deciduous, depending on the habitat and rainfall regime. It will remain evergreen in both areas if growing in marshy conditions, which remain wet all year round. The owers are faintly scented, and this attracts various crawling insects and bees, which are responsible for pollinating the owers. A white crab spider of the family Thomisidae visits the ower to eat the insects. This spider does not spin webs and uses its whiteness as camou age against the spathe.
Plant in partial shade if there is no permanent water. It can also be planted as a foliage plant in deep shade under trees but will not ower well in this position. It is fast growing and prefers very rich, well-drained conditions.
Elegia tectorum (Cape Thatching Reed)
This reed-like plant is usually about one metre tall and may reach up to 1.5m in height,
with a spread of up to 2-3 metres. It is widely used for thatching.
The plant owers in autumn (from March to April) and owering lasts for about four weeks.
They grow successfully in full sun, a well-drained soil and plenty of air movement. The
plants adapt to a large variety of soil types. They are planted at the beginning of the rainy season, as the plants need regular watering during the rst six weeks to two months after planting. After this initial period, it can survive
with very little additional watering.
Restios will respond to regular watering by showing more robust growth, but they are essentially plants adapted to a long dry season.
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26 September 2018
GauFestival: A kaleidoscope of music, drama, art and dance
Sappi is a proud sponsor of the GauFestival (Gauteng International Arts Festival) happening between 24 September and 07 October 2018 in Tshwane.
Part of our involvement is the sponsorship of the Trees are Life School Concert at the Brooklyn Theatre on 26 September 2018. Sappi representatives will also plant a Yellow Wood tree at the Greenlyn Village Centre after the concert.
There are various other interesting activities relating to music, drama and the arts taking place throughout the festival, including:
} Faust – experience the opulence, elegance and re nement of French grand opera at the State Theatre (28 Sept and 04 Oct, 18:30 – 22:00).
} Femi’s Lagos @ African Beer Emporium – a music night dedicated to Afrobeat (27 Sept, 17:30 – 23:00).
} Ann Jangle: African Dream Parade Tour – a heartfelt performance that resonates with everybody (28 Sept, 18:00 – 19:00)
} Hazel Food Market – taking place at the Greenlyn Village (29 Sept and 06 Oct, from 08:00)
} Jungle Book by Act Studio – a full scale production by children for children (04 Oct at 15:00 and 05 Oct at18:00)
} Russia Orthodox Choir – from the Alexander-Svirsky Monastery (05 Oct, 19:00 – 21:00)
} South African Tattoo – a spectacle of 600 local and international performers (06 Oct at 16:00, 19:00 and 07 Oct at 15:00)
Click here for the booklet link to nd more details and events showcased during the 2018 GauFestival.
Global Business Services News
Refresher training on imports and exports for GBS Procurement and Finance teams
Sappi has teamed up with a trusted company in the worldwide logistics industry, Rohlig Grindrod, to provide training to staff at our GBS of ce in KwaZulu-Natal.
On 13 September 2018, the Sappi Global Business Services (GBS) team hosted a refresher training course on the legal requirements of exports and imports. Customs and Trade Specialist Garth Arends organised the session, as the transfer of knowledge is one of his objectives in the business.
This course aimed to help clarify the risks to the business, the responsibilities of each party involved, as well as the legal requirements and possible penalties that can be incurred with exporting and importing.
The training was provided to teams at all Sappi mills in KwaZulu- Natal, as well as the Sappi Exports Services of ce. Most importantly, the International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) – which in layman’s terms refers to the kind of relationship that exists between the buyer and the seller – were discussed and illuminated.
Contracts Administrator Supervisor Tina Heyneke expressed how much of an eye-opener the training was – informative and something that should be done regularly. “At times we fall into a
trap of doing things repetitively. It’s the nature of the job. However, this training has made the whole team aware of all the implications that could be incurred by the company if we become complacent,” she said.
The training was the last session for the year, but Garth noted that there will be similar courses forthcoming on other topics in the procurement eld.
GBS staff during their procurement training.
26 September 2018
Up close with...
Sipho Ngubane, Communications Services and CSI Manager
A ‘boy-to-man’ timeout with my nephew Nkalipho at the Wild Coast Sun Water Park.
1. I’m happiest when... I’m with my favourite ‘pet’, my three-year-old nephew. He has some super-power charm that makes him the only person I really struggle to say no to. I love my family. I always remind them to “enjoy it while it lasts”, because they will come second when I start a family of my own. Hahaha!
2. When I feel stressed out I ...put on my earphones and hit the road. Cycling along the beach would be great, but a jog up to the Northcliff Tower makes a difference. It helps me see things from a different perspective (well, literally) and is quite refreshing.
3. My most treasured possession is...it might sound like copying
our CEO Steve Binnie, but I really treasure my music collection, which is mostly jazz. It varies from Avant- garde to Contemporary, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Acid etc. My collection contains about 1,500 copies of timeless music. Yeah, I still buy CDs.
4. I laughed out loud the day... I called my 77-year-old grandmother, who always greets in Jesus’ name when she answers her calls. On
this day she said, “Zithin’ Mzukulu? Liyasho ikhaza. Mina ngiziblomele la edladleni”. This is in Tsotsi or slang, but translated it means: “What’s up grandson? It’s freezing out here,
so I’m just chilling indoors”. I could hear her voice, but still thought I had dialled a wrong number.
5. I’m inspired by... ordinary people who do great things for others out of the little that they have. Those who are able to pursue a bright future from a dark background. People living a purpose-driven life.
6. I can’t live without... nothing speci c, really. My colleagues don’t believe it, but I even allow my phone battery to die after hours.
7. My favourite read is... To Kill A Man’s Pride. It’s a collection of short stories by great African writers. It might leave you with scars if you
are feint-hearted, but it is a beautiful read if you love old African literature. Another favourite read is, Is It Because I’m Black?, by Ndumiso Ngcobo. In the funniest way, he addresses South African social ills. He draws no border line, be it culture, politics or religion. A good and funny read. (You can catch him on Kaya FM every Friday morning from 06:00- 09:00 with another favourite South African comedian, Skhumba).
8. I love watching music DVDs. I have a tendency of sleeping through movies, but I can watch a live music video over and over again.
9. My favourite holiday spot is... hmmmm, caught between the bush and the beach. I haven’t travelled the world yet, so I have come across a few gems locally. I’ll pick Coffee Bay for now, for its simplicity. Quite an escape if you don’t want to do much but feel the sea breeze... while hiking.
10. In my spare time I... try to spend time with loved ones. I also attempt to have at least an hour on drums once a week. It keeps me sane and brings balance to my life.
Doing a soundcheck in Richards Bay before a beautiful night of worship.
11. My rst job was... as an inspector at the Department of Labour, many years ago. It was an educational three years of my life, where most of sectoral determinations were being introduced. My approach was more advisory, but yes, I did issue prohibition notices and closed some business where people’s lives were in danger, without even a minimum wage.
12. What people at Sappi don’t know about me is... I have written songs, some of which have been recorded or published. (You will nd one in Joyous Celebration, Vol 20: Udalile Izulu Nomhlaba.)
13. I love working at Sappi, because... it’s a company that
is making a difference. From diversifying business to ensuring growth and securing future existence, empowering its own people and mostly, giving back to the community and the environment. We will still be challenged by change, also in the political sphere, however... it feels great to get a call from peers, sharing the good stories they have heard about Sappi.
A quick break after a tough ‘ralk’ (run and walk) up to the Northcliff Tower.
oncology bene ts
Being a member of a medical scheme does not guarantee that all of your medical costs are covered, especially when you are diagnosed with cancer. To assist with unforeseen expenses when diagnosed with cancer, Admed Gap offers a lump sum bene t to members.
Lump sum bene t for the rst-time diagnosis of cancer
If you are diagnosed with minimum stage II, regional and malignant cancer (excluding skin cancer) for the rst time while you are covered with Admed Gap, you will be paid a lump sum bene t to assist with paying for any unexpected expenses during your recovery.
Admed Gap will pay R15,000 when you are diagnosed, and if the extent of treatment results in you depleting your medical scheme oncology bene ts. Or, if your medical scheme pays R300,000 or more for your oncology treatment (in the same bene t year as diagnosis), Admed Gap will pay you a further R10,000.
These amounts are payable once in a lifetime per person covered on the policy.
To claim the Admed Gap lump sum bene t:
} Complete an Admed Gap Claim form
} Note that section B is relevant to the Oncology lump sum bene ts
} Include a copy of the histology and clinical diagnostic reports
} Have a treatment plan approved by your medical scheme
} Include a copy of the medical scheme statement if claiming the additional
R10,000 bene t.
The claim form, together with the supporting documents, can be eMailed to
Congratulations to the following colleagues who celebrate their birthdays in October:
02 Guy Spindler
04 Nomawethu Nkomo 11 Barend Jones
12 Natalie Stevens
15 Colin Baird
16 Matshidiso Sereme 16 Renée Van Hoeve
17 Tiaan Naudé
23 Liza Koen
23 Elsa Schoeman
29 Greschel Ramkelawan 30 Carmine Costantini
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Remember to submit your claim within four months of diagnosis to avoid your claim being
repudiated based on late noti cation.
Here’s our Arbor Week crossword winner
Congratulations to Sue Gungadeen from Sappi Global Business Services, who was selected from
a lucky draw of correct answers as our Arbor Week crossword puzzle winner. Sue wins a R500 garden nursery voucher.
Sue Gungadeen, Sales Administrator
26 September 2018
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