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President Ramaphosa officially opens R7.7-billion Sappi project in Umkomaas

This is the largest Sappi South Africa project undertaken in many years.

Sappi Saiccor welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa to open its mill expansion and upgrade project yesterday (September 13) in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal.

The president was joined in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony by a delegation of representatives, including Ebrahim Patel (Minister of Trade and Industry and Competition), Nomusa Dube-Ncube (Premier of KwaZulu-Natal) and Siboniso Duma (MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs) among others.

They were also joined by global board chairman of Sappi Limited, Sir Nigel Rudd, Steve Binnie (CEO of Sappi Limited) and Alex Thiel (CEO of Sappi Southern Africa).

This R7.7-billion project answered President Ramaphosa’s call for investment into the South African economy and was first officially announced at the Presidential Investment Conference back in 2018.

It is the largest expansion and environmental upgrade project in over 80 years undertaken by Sappi in South Africa and it will be contributing to the economy greatly.

The expansion and upgrades include a new evaporator, recovery boiler, screening and washing plant, as well as upgrades to the bleach plant and pulp machines, improved recovery circuits and additional magnesium digesters.

The project also includes the installation of the largest sulphite recovery boiler in the world, with the capacity to process of up to 1 500 tons of dry solids per day.

The president congratulated Sappi on their major project, and said that he looks forward to seeing this project expand and thrive, and to witness its benefits for the people of Umkomaas, the economy of KZN and the progress of our nation.

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