Paper & the economy

The pulp and paper manufacturing industry is a key contributor to the South African economy. Since 1970, its annual growth rate has outdone the international average, contributing significantly to South Africa’s economy. Much of this is invested in local resources, innovation and people power.

In 2013, the forestry-to-paper value-add to the SA’s economy was R18.2 billion – this equates to 0.6% of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP).  A total of 150,000 people are employed in the sector’s value chain – from forestry, pulp and paper manufacturing to recycling – according to Forestry South Africa.

Refer to our Facts and Figures page for more information.