South Africa has a booming population of close to 53 million people. Its climate ranges from extreme desert to beautiful subtropics. Because of this, there is a large rise in the timber Industry. Many companies including Coastal Timber Mouldings, Pickastack, and Swissline Design Timber have opened up some 165,000 jobs to rural South Africa. These manufacturers have also offered economic growth to places like Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Not only is the South African Timber Industry providing jobs and opportunity to the rural people of South Africa, it also protecting endangered trees and plants from deforestation.
Here are a few facts about the South African Timber Industry that make it important:
The Timber Industry only uses 1% of the land of South Africa
It provides job opportunities for rural South African residents who would, otherwise, be out of work or be paid very low wages. Not only does it provide work in saw and lumber mills, but it also provides paper and pulp products for the everyday person. The funds that are coming from these companies help to assist the communities that are in these areas. The Timber Industry provides protection for many indigenous forests in the area to ensure the safety and preservation of these “spiritual” places. They are showing others how to look at the beauty of the forest instead of destroying what makes it beautiful in the first place.
As you can see, the Timber Industry in South Africa is causing a huge boost in growth for the economy and providing refuge for all the surrounding forest. It promotes growing with nature instead of battling against it and destroying the beauty that surrounds South Africa.
Only about 0.5% of the forests in South Africa are indigenous. Most of the forest is made up of plantation forest which makes up most of the Timber Industry. These forests or yields are man controlled “forests” where all the trees that are cut down are replanted all over again. Most companies that use this process cut down around 35 million trees and usually replant about 37 million. This ensures that the forest will not experience wildfires due to massive amounts of underbrush from overpopulation. The Timber Industry is doing a variety of good things for the South African population by providing a sustainable living and also many resources from their products. By creating a better way of life the Timber Industry has given these people a better future. Who knew so much sustainability could be in one place?