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Forestry and paper Companies are investing heavily in processing capacity.

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waZulu-Natal is a national leader in the forestry and paper sector. The forest-product export sector in South Africa is made up of paper (45.2%), solid wood (23.3%) and pulp (28.9%). The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government’s strategy of creating Industrial Economic Hubs (IEHs) includes the development and expansion of wood processing in the Harry Gwala District Municipality. This is in the wooded south-western part of the province and contains the main towns of Kokstad, Harding, Ixopo and Underberg.

Processing KwaZulu-Natal is a major centre for the beneficiation of timber products, with more than half the country’s timber coming from the province. Mondi’s Richards Bay facilities produce pulp, linerboard and wood chips and its paper mill at Merebank, south of Durban. It produces KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2017/18

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SECTOR INSIGHT In 2016 Mondi completed the investment project to upgrade the woodyard at its Richards Bay mill. 258 000 tons of uncoated, woodfree paper per year. Nampak produces crêpe paper at Verulam and Rafalo produces tissue paper. SA Paper Mills is another paper producer. A business rescue plan was put into operation in 2016 to try to save a hardboard manufacturer in Estcourt. Masonite SA was renamed Evowood when

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