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PROFILE production of newsprint in response to declining demand.

ecosystems and maintaining biodiversity and habitats.

We conducted a customer survey during 2016, and we remain the supplier of choice to our domestic customers who appreciate our reliable products, long-term relationships, and the value we add to their businesses. We have worked closely with our newsprint customers to enhance the quality of our product.

Responsible forest management involves increasing long-term productivity and preserving ecosystem values in rural landscapes, and protecting high conservation value areas such as wetlands. The Mondi Group is also a long-standing supporter of the WWF-Mondi Wetlands Programme (WWF-MWP), which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016. The programme focuses on managing and rehabilitating wetlands with different groups of land-users (including Mondi) where we have improved wetland management on our forestry land while removing commercial trees from riparian zones and wetlands. The programme’s focus is shifting to catalysing water stewardship at the landscape scale, 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. Mondi Zimele, our local enterprise initiative, 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.

Uncoated fine paper machine, Merebank.

Growing responsibly and inspiring our people for long-term success

Health and education are key community investment priorities. Through the REAP (Rural Educational Access Programme) we supported 59 bursaries as well as access to tertiary education in rural forestry areas. Our mobile clinics operate in partnership with local NGOs and the Department of Health, and these continue to provide high-quality healthcare for our contractors and communities. In 2016, the six clinics received 80 709 visits by forestry contractors and local communities.

The extended drought in South Africa remains a significant challenge. We are working with government and other industries in the region to find potential solutions to this challenge. Plans include reducing total water consumption, the municipality increasing the volume of water piped from the Tugela River to the supply dam, and investigating further recycling of water. We continue to focus on the efficient use of water at all our operations, and have reduced freshwater consumption by 12% compared to 2015. We place great importance on proactive and responsible stewardship of forests as well as freshwater

Our wider community investments continue to assist and empower schools, university students, forest smallholders and entrepreneurs, as well as provide healthcare and support.

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