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South African Business 2017 edition

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South African Business is a unique guide to business and investment in South Africa. In addition to an up-to-date economic overview of the country, analyses of the main industrial sectors, plus profiles of the nine provincial economies, the 2017 edition of South African Business includes special features on key topical issues such as skills development and education, renewable energy and the REIPPPP programme, and trade with Africa.

FOCUS Mondi Rotatrim –

FOCUS Mondi Rotatrim – celebrating more than 30 years of excellence The leading office-paper brand is produced at the Durban mill. Mondi Rotatrim, produced by the Mondi Group at our Merebank mill in Durban, is celebrating more than 30 years in the South African market. Mondi Rotatrim is a leader among office paper brands that offers superior multi-functional office paper that runs smoothly through photocopiers, laser and inkjet printers. The brand carries the Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody certification, an independent international accreditation providing assurance to customers that Mondi Rotatrim is produced from responsibly managed forests. Made from Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) pulp, Mondi Rotatrim is the only locally manufactured paper with a 160CIE rating for superior whiteness. At the heart of the production process is our 6m-wide Voith Paper Machine – one of the most technologically advanced in the Southern Hemisphere. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, Paper Machine 31 produces high-quality, uncoated wood-free grades with copy paper forming the bulk of production. This production line is supported by modern converting equipment. To support our high-quality operations, the right skills are essential. We maintain a consistently high level of training in our operations and in 2015 four of our papermakers successfully completed their international Pulp and Paper Craftsman qualifications in Europe, becoming the first on the African continent to hold this qualification. Our unrelenting drive to deliver the highest quality in everything we do has enabled us to make a product that is a household name today and is supplied countrywide and to the rest of Africa. Mondi Group’s consistent and focused long-term strategy has positioned us as a leading international packaging and paper group, with a strong platform for growth. With this backing, it is little wonder Mondi Rotatrim has become a market leader among office paper brands over the past 30 years. SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS 2017 54

25 years of wetlands conservation FOCUS Mondi supports water stewardship in South Africa. Wetland, Mondi Gilboa. The WWF-Mondi Wetlands Programme (MWP) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016. Started in 1991 as a collaboration between WWF-SA and WESSA, it is one of the country’s longest-running privately funded ecological conservation programmes and the first wetland initiative to focus on the protection of wetlands outside of protected areas. Wetlands play a vital role in the environment and society, and in the sustainable provision of water for both. They support people and their economic activities including farming, fishing, tourism and water provision. Healthy wetland ecosystems are the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, and they also protect coastlines, prevent flooding, filter pollutants and act as giant sponges – soaking up rainwater and releasing it slowly over time. The WWF-Mondi Wetlands Programme initially focused on the rehabilitation of key wetlands in South Africa. It has worked in major water-stressed catchments with industries that have traditionally impacted wetlands and water resources and demonstrated how water stewardship and good business practices go handin-hand. In 2014, the WWF-MWP broadened its focus from wetlands to water stewardship using a new landscape approach. The focus is on the entire landscape rather than individual landowners or land-use sectors and an effort is made to create a deeper understanding of shared responsibilities and shared risks with everyone involved in a product’s value chain. 55 SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS 2017

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