In 1996, Sappi introduced an outsourcing program which resulted in the retrenchment of some of their labourers. The retrenched staff were encouraged to register companies in order to tender for the outsourced services whereby they would be granted first preference.
Bunye Bemaswati (Pty) LTD is one of the companies that was born from this development. On registration it had 16 directors all of whom were retrenched former employees. They all possessed skills which included, brick laying, plumbing, carpentry and painting.
They all possessed skills which included, brick laying, plumbing, carpentry and painting. This represented a perfect skill complement as it put them in an ideal position to undertake all property maintenance work on behalf of Sappi.