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Forestry Industry

The forestry industry in South Africa is a major contributor to the national economy. Commercial plantations cover an area of about 1, 2 million hectares. The industry produces approximately 18.5 million m3 (cubic meters) of commercial roundwood worth about R10,1 billion and a gross contribution to GDP of R36, 7 billion. Commercial plantation are mainly concentrated in Mpumalanga (494 004 ha), KwaZulu Natal (484 296 ha), Limpopo (49 126 ha), Eastern Cape (141 812 ha) and Western Cape (43 146 ha).




Forest Sector Charter Council

Forest Sector Charter Council .


Bedrock is a fully integrated timber-based mine support company.

Eco Timber Cape Pine

Cape Pine is the largest wood company in South Africa you've probably never heard of. We nurture, tend and harvest extensive tracts of forest from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. Just like the Knysna elephants we work near, we're strong and unseen. .

The Wood Foundation

The Wood Foundations constitution is formulated as a non-profit organisation with associate and affiliate membership open to industry associations, companies and private individuals.

Sawmilling South Africa

Paper Manufacturer’s Association of South Africa (PAMSA)

The Paper Manufacturer’s Association of South Africa was formed in 1992 to represent South African pulp and paper producers. Membership is open to any employer in the industry involved in the manufacture or distribution of recycled paper, pulp, paper, board and tissue products.

Forestry South Africa (FSA)

FSA is an association representing interests of large, medium and small-scale timber growers in South Africa.

Hans Merensky Holdings

Hans Merensky Holdings consists of a number of companies engaged in forestry, sawmilling, manufacturing, nurseries, research and development in the production of timber.

Komatiland Forests

Komatiland Forests (KLF) owns and manages the prime softwood saw log forestry assets in the Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal provinces of South Africa.


As a company and as a brand, Masonite is known worldwide for its quality products, exceptional customer service and employees' commitment to excellence.

MTO Ecotourism

MTO Forestry is committed to sustainable forestry for the health of the environment and the economy. MTO Forestry owns 14 pine plantations between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Natal Cooperative Timbers (NCT)

NCT is a national and international supplier of roundwood timber and the largest forestry marketing organization in Southern Africa.

PG Bison

PG Bison the brand, not only represents a supplier of first-rate timber and panel products. It represents a company building the supply chain from plantationry to retail, building communities, building our people, building our product range and building on our customer service.

Rance Timber

Rance Timber has been in business for 65 years, and was incorporated sixty years ago. This experience has taught the company to produce pine lumber to suit its customers' service and quality requirements.

Sappi & Mondi

These are the two largest forest industries. Sappi owns and manages approximately 490 000 ha of plantations and Mondi manages and owns approximately 440 000 ha of plantations. They are both producers of paper in South Africa. &

SiyaQhubeka Forests (Pty) Ltd

SiyaQhubeka Forests (Pty) Ltd consists of three plantations - St Lucia (formerly Nyalazi and Dukuduku), Kwambonambi and Port Durnford. The plantations, comprising 22,500 plantable hectares, stretch from Nyalazi in the north to Port Durnford in the south. The St Lucia plantation borders largely on the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a registered World Heritage Site and one of South Africa's oldest game reserves.

Southern African Institute of Forestry (SAIF)

SAIF is an association of forestry professionals promoting growth and sustainability in the forestry industry.

South African Wood Preservers Association (SAWPA)

SAWPA is an association representing timber treaters and preservative manufactures

Working on Fire International

Working on Fire International is an integrated fire management service and consultancy provider for Sub-Sahara Africa and other similar developed countries.

York Timber Organisation

The York Timber Organisation Limited ("York") is a forest products enterprise. York provides strategic, administrative and technical management to its subsidiaries.

South African Forestry Contractors Association (SAFCA)

SAFCA was inaugurated on 13 October 1989 as an organization with 9 members to further the interests of contractors

Forest Certification

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

FSC is an international network to promote responsible management of the world’s problems created by bad forestry practices and rewards good forest management.

International Standardisation Organisation (ISO)

ISO is a global network identifying what International Standards are required by business, government and society. It develops these standards in partnership with these sectors that will put them to use, adopts them by transparent procedures based on national input and delivers them to be implemented worldwide.

ISO 14000 - Environmental management

The ISO 14000 family addresses various aspects of environmental management. It provides practical tools for companies and organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact and constantly improve their environmental performance. ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14004:2004 focus on environmental management systems. The other standards in the family focus on specific environmental aspects such as life cycle analysis, communication and auditing on the following link:

South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

SABS is a nationally and internationally recognized standardization body providing testing and certification of (inter alia) timber, paper and paper-based products.


Komatiland Forestry (Pty) Ltd

In mid 2002, Komatiland Forestry (Pty) Ltd was registered as a full subsidiary of SAFCOL, during which time all the SAFCOL hiking trails in the 'old Transvaal' were effectively transferred to Komatiland's eco-tourism division.


SanParks manages a system of parks which represents the indigenous fauna, flora, landscapes and associated cultural heritage of South Africa.