30 May, 2016
Call for Proposals for the provision of forestry enterprise's business
planning services for the re-establishment of small-scale timber
plantations in the Sokhulu community.
Many households in the Sokhulu rural area, situated
to the north of Richards Bay, in the UThungulu District Municipality of the KwaZulu-Natal
Province of South Africa, participate in timber farming. Research in other
countries has shown that where households engaged in tree farming as opposed to
producing alternative crops in partnership, small-scale tree farming has proven
to be the most profitable enterprise. Most
of the wood produced by small-scale timber growers in the KwaZulu-Natal
Province is sold to pulping and chipping companies. The pulp and paper industry
contributes about 24% of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Gross Geographic Product. Through
the South African Bantu Trust (SABT) large areas in tribal areas at Sokhulu,
Mthunzini and Mbazwana were planted with eucalyptus. By the mid-1960's the
local tribal authority at Sokhulu encouraged the planting of eucalyptus in fear
that companies would take the unutilised land from the community. In 1972 the
Department of Agriculture and Forestry in KwaZulu started issuing eucalyptus
seedlings in tribal areas.
Sappi introduced the first out-grower scheme called Project Grow in 1980, later
to be followed by the Mondi scheme called Khulanathi.
It is through some combination of the three routes named above that resulted in
the approximately 1 817ha owned and managed by small scale timber growers in
the area of Sokhulu. Over the years the once excellent plantations have
degraded due to poor re-establishment regimes and, plant disease and pest infestations.
This has resulted in the declining productivity of the sites.
It is in this regard that Forestry South Africa, in
partnership with UThungulu District Municipality, is intervening through Project RESOS FLO in order to revive
the assets and opportunities for savings in households with forestry dependant
livelihoods in the Sokhulu area. A Project Steering Committee (PSC) comprising
of representatives of the Forestry Industry, DAFF, KZN DARD, Municipalities,
Sokhulu Community, Small-scale timber growers, Academia, Research institutions,
and other relevant stakeholders has been constituted in order to provide oversight,
guidance, expert advice and make recommendations to the planning and
Access the full tender by clicking on the following link: TOR - Sokhulu
Source: Forestry South Africa