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7 September, 2015

First woman receives NCT award

NCT FORESTRY announced its tree farmer of the year awards at its AGM in Pietmaritzburg recently. Sheepwalk Estate and Naddy Mbuyazi received this year's coveted awards in tree farming.  The winners were recognised for their excellence in sustainable plantation management which has earned them a place on the exclusive list of achievers in tree farming.

First woman receives NCT award

NCT’s 2015 Tree Farmers of the year Kim Bouverie (left) of Sheepwalk Estate won in the category: farm managed on private land) and Naddy Mbuyazi won in the category: farm managed on communal land

In the category: farm managed on private land, Sheepwalk Estate, owned and managed by Kim Bouverie, outside Harding in southern KwaZulu-Natal took top honours, while Naddy Mbuyazi of Kwambonambi, outside Richards Bay, became the first woman to receive the award in the category of a farm managed on communal land.

The Bouverie family have been in the area since 1920's with the original Sheepwalk Estate of 500ha started as a partnership in 1989.  The operation now consists of 685ha of timber and 118ha of open areas.

Bouverie has improved productivity on the estate through correct site species matching, exceptional silviculture practices.  He manages the farm with his own labour and equipment and ensure that his timber meets market requirements in the wood chip, transmission poles, paper pulp and bark production.

Exceptional silviculture practices, effective harvesting operations and good fire fighting capacities are compliant with all aspects of sustainable plantation management and minimising impacts on the environment.

Open areas on the farm include grasslands, riparian areas and patches of indigenous bush. All of these areas are in a maintenance phase and annual follow up weed control operations are carried out. A full time game guard is employed to assist with protecting habitats and wildlife, this is in addition to using a local security company. His exceptional management skills and good environmental ethic make him a worthy recipient of the 2015 award.

In the category: farm managed on communal land, Mbuyazi becomes the first woman to receive this award.  She was introduced to forestry by her late husband who she assisted with the supervision of one of the many teams he had at the time. Her forestry interest progressively grew each time she participated in forestry activities.

Most of the compartments she took over from her late husband were coppiced poorly. To improve her skills, she received technical advice from NCT and cleared all the coppiced compartments to prepare for proper planted compartments.

Today Mbuyazi is the proud owner of 24ha of gum compartments which are planted to GxU and C. henryi species.  The operation was judged on general farm management and adherence to forestry standards in silviculture, harvesting, road construction and maintenance and environmental management.  She is a fine example of pure determination and good business skills and is worthy of being awarded this accolade.

Each winner received a Stihl chainsaw sponsored by Stihl Pietermaritzburg & PMB Power Products.

The NCT tree farmer of the year was initiated in 2002 and is awarded annually to tree farming operations that display excellence in sustainable plantation management.