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OVERVIEW 2015 with the development of a recycled fibre (RCF) plant and improvements to the paper machine. Mpact has plastics and paper operations, with the paper section divided into three divisions: paper manufacturing, corrugated and converted paper products and recycling. The Merensky Group operates one softwood sawmill and a panelprocessing plant in Kokstad that is geared to manufacture according to customers’ needs in any sector. Export is done through the Port of Durban. NCT Forestry Co-op Limited is a key timber-marketing entity with more than 2 000 members and three wood-chipping mills. R&B Timber Group has three pole treatment plants and is headquartered in Harding. Flaxton Timbers operates out of Ixopo and Natal Forest Products is in Richmond.

Timber Timber plantations are found in five parts of the province: northern KwaZulu-Natal, Midlands, southern KwaZulu-Natal, Zululand and Maputaland. Close to half-a-million hectares – 38.5% of the land in South Africa devoted to forestry – is allocated to timber plantations. Of this area, 70% is devoted to hardwoods and the balance to pine, the only softwood grown in large quantities in South Africa. The percentage of privately owned forest land is 93.4%. Merensky has plantations in the Dargle forest while Sappi and Mondi have holdings across the province, and in other parts of South Africa. Management of the 251 000 hectares of the plantation forest that Mondi has under management is done in line with sustainable forest management principles and the company is engaged in a partnership with the WWF to get different types of water users to work together in improving how water is used. Mondi has reduced its own consumption of fresh water by 12% in comparison to its use in 2015.

The company’s local enterprise initiative, Mondi Zimele, promotes small forest enterprises among other programmes in support of health and education. The Mkondo Development Project is tackling poverty. Sappi is working with regional and local government in the northern Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal to plant more plantations. The company’s Clan Nursery north of Pietermaritzburg has the capacity to look after 17-million cuttings. The South African forestry industry is valued at R40-billion per year. The National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reports that South Africa has a shortage of sawn timber and anticipates further shortages in the future.

ONLINE RESOURCES Forestry South Africa: www.forestry.co.za KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: www.kzndard.gov.za National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: www.daff.gov.za Paper Manufacturers of South Africa: www.thepaperstory.co.za South African Institute of Forestry: www.saif.org.za Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry of South Africa: www.tappsa.co.za

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