Sappi Southern Africa has suspended several of its operations due to the civil unrest across South Africa.
Sappi Southern Africa suspended its Saiccor, Tugela and Stanger Mills operations in KwaZulu-Natal on 12 July as a precaution due to transport disruptions that have been a result of the civil unrest in South Africa recently.
The unrest has affected the paper producer’s transportation of raw material supplies, warehousing and customer deliveries. Fortunately, there has been no material damage to any of the Sappi plants and insurance is in place for all its assets.
Global shipments to customers through the Port of Durban have also been affected due to limitations in service, logistics and closure of warehouse service providers.
According to the company, operations will resume once it is safe and practical to do so.
FD Pramy Moodley says that “it has been a disastrous state of affairs, but perseverance and determination, and the ability to look beyond this to rebuild our economy to something bigger and better brings hope to everyone”.