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History was made in Nelspruit when Sappi Forest Product's chief executive, Jan Labuschagne, handed over the keys of a R1million property to the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa).
Cansa said Sappi's contribution would bring about an enormous and definite saving in monthly rentals.
This money would now be channelled into critical core services such as patient care and education about early detection and prevention.
Speaking at the officiating ceremony, Cansa's national executive director, Sue Janse van Rensburg, said it was difficult to express their gratitude in words because Sappi's gift transcended the boundaries of money.
"In the hearts and the minds of those affected by cancer, this house represents a haven of safety and is a symbol of hope," she said.
Sappi's support to community-based projects was widely recognised in the Lowveld, but few people were aware of the company's long-standing commitment to subsequent projects that aim to promote healthy living, she said
"Through its forestry business and also the Ngodwana Mill, Sappi has been in the Lowveld for more than half a century.
"The area is fundamental to Sappi's operations, and over the years the company has developed a strong bond with the local community," said Janse van Rensburg.
Labuschagne said: "We are particularly proud of the Sappi Cansa house and we are grateful for the opportunity to support this worthy cause.
"Sappi agreed to support this project because it is a cause that matters to the people of the community," said Labuschagne, when he handed over the keys of the property to Cansa.