7 September, 2015
First woman receives NCT award
FORESTRY announced its tree farmer of the year awards at its AGM in
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.