Pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi, which employs more than 4,500 people nationwide, says it is keeping a close eye on potential social unrest as the country enters an election year amid poor service delivery.

The group, valued at R22.6bn on the JSE, said deep-rooted problems in SA’s state-owned ports and rail companies coupled with a disaffected population due to the lack of service delivery and job opportunities, made social unrest in SA an ever-present threat...

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