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FOCUS Responsible forest management involves increasing long-term productivity and preserving eco-system values in rural landscapes and protecting high conservation value areas such as wetlands. We focus on maintaining an effective network of high conservation value areas and valuable habitats, and on imitating natural dynamics for key types of ecosystems where possible. We promote a landscape approach to freshwater stewardship. The focus of the long-standing WWF-Mondi Water Stewardship Programme (previously the WWF-Mondi Wetlands Programme) has grown from managing and rehabilitating wetlands with different groups of land-users (including Mondi) to catalysing water stewardship at the landscape scale, including ensuring collaboration and action by different land-users in the uMngeni and Mvoti River catchments, both of which are strategically important water-supply areas for KZN’s economic hubs. In 2014, following many years of collaboration, Mondi Group and WWF launched a global partnership to promote responsible forestry and a sustainable pulp and packaging sector. In 2017, this global partnership was extended for another three years. Mondi Zimele Our local enterprise initiative, Mondi Zimele, has an excellent track record of creating sustainable businesses and jobs. In addition, it helps to maintain a steady supply of high-quality fibre from a network of small forest enterprises, and this has continued to make a positive impact on the lives of people in our rural communities.

Mondi Zimele assists small business, Amahlathi Ethu.

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Community investment Communities living near our mills and on our forestry land benefit from our extensive community engagement and investment programme. Health and education are key priorities for us. A leading initiative is the Mkondo Development Project, a pioneering publicprivate partnership focused on improving the living conditions of people living in households in isolated villages on our forestry land, and to find sustainable solutions to alleviate poverty and offering security of tenure. The pilot Jabulani Agrivillage has been completed and eight other agri-villages are in progress. A new exciting development in 2018 has been working with the Ligbron e-Learning System at rural schools, bringing innovative learning techniques and access to quality maths and science tuition to students to provide a good foundation on which to build their careers and the economy. Seven mobile clinics received 82 230 visits by forestry contractors and local communities in 2017. Our wider community investments continue to assist and empower schools, university students, youth, forest smallholders and entrepreneurs, as well as provide healthcare and support.

KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2018/19

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

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