24th January 2024

PEFC Group Scheme certification for small growers

Five small scale timber growers in KwaZulu-Natal have become the first participants in the award-winning Sappi Khulisa programme to achieve

22nd January 2024

Water security in the cross-hairs

The Sappi/WWF Water Stewardship Partnership is making a difference in the uMkhomazi catchment, a strategic water resource area serving a

27th August 2023

NCT’s small scale tree farmer of the year

Sydney Qedumona Hlanguza from the Umvoti tribal area has been nominated by the NCT Forestry team as their Small Scale

07th July 2023

Phillip Mpangela – guardian of the KwaMbo forests

Story and photos: Samora Chapman Phillip Mpangela has been growing trees in KwaMbonambi, northern KwaZulu-Natal, for 25 years. He started

28th March 2023

Linking small-scale wattle growers to market

The NCT forestry team hosted two field days for small-scale growers in the KZN midlands at their Glenside and Ahrens

14th March 2023

Mondi Zimele's emerging timber grower programme

Mondi Zimele's Forestry Partners Programme is a project that offers multi-faceted support to emerging timber growers in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The

27th February 2023

W Cape state plantations coming back into forestry production

A Cabinet decision – taken in 2008 – to restore 22 000 hectares of state owned forestry plantations in the

13th February 2023

Once a chainsaw operator – now a grower

Part Two in our focus on the small-scale tree farmers of KZN ... Story and pics by Samora Chapman Enoch

09th December 2022

Rejoice Shozi – Soil is the source of life

Part One in our focus on the small-scale tree farmers of KZN ... Rejoice Shozi, small-scale timber grower and local

20th July 2022

E Cape State plantations handed over to local communities

By Justin Nyakudanga The Deputy Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) Hon Ms. Makhotso Sotyu (MP) handed over

23rd February 2022

Wonderful wattle in Matimatolo

NCT’s Small-Scale Tree Farmer of the Year for 2021 demonstrates how to establish and build a sustainable tree farming operation

23rd February 2022

Agroforestry the sustainable way at Chevy Chase

An agroforestry approach is providing a rural Eastern Cape community with a chance to develop and farm their land more

15th February 2021

Top ranked risks faced by small scale tree farmers

It’s that time of year when we set new challenges for the year ahead. Except this year is different. We

18th September 2020

Prime plantation farm on auction


07th September 2020

FSC certification breakthrough for small-scale growers

While most of South Africa was still living and working under Level 3 lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping

28th July 2020

None but ourselves – Manguzi forestry on the rise

A story about the Manguzi timber growers by forester-at-large, JUSTIN NYAKUDANGA I recently visited Manguzi town on a forestry cruising

19th May 2020

Use lockdown time to strengthen CPAs

The outbreak of the coronavirus and the implementation of the nationwide lockdown may have deferred the land reform programme as

01st April 2020

Richmond timber gone missing

‘We want our land back, jobs and economic opportunities’ … a case of timber gone missing at Richmond Municipality. By

23rd March 2020

Amandla Emvelo CPA steps up a gear

Amandla Emvelo CPA, a community owned and managed tree farming enterprise based in Hermannsburg, KZN, has recently upgraded its forestry

28th January 2020

Slow but steady as forestry takes root in E Cape

The potential for forestry to bring sustainable jobs and economic development to remote rural areas of the Eastern Cape (former

04th December 2019

Land claim settlement favours landowners

Agri SA is elated about the outcome of the Melmoth land claim case in favour of the landowners. The outcome

03rd September 2019

Investment in training an investment in people and the future

Sappi is making a massive investment in skills training as it moves ahead with its aim of creating ‘shared value’

03rd September 2019

Training initiative supports economic development in rural KZN

The establishment of a training academy at a remote rural village in southern KwaZulu-Natal is set to unlock the human

02nd May 2019

The role of mentorship

Mentorship is a familiar concept in the context of rural development in South Africa. It refers to the process of

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