Southern Africa Updates


Wednesday, 22 July 2020
A charcoal producer on top of the world

Matatiele – Business owner,Bongiwe Mafuya infield in the Colana Traditional Authority.  (© Manushka Moodley)© Manushka MoodleyOn a chilly Friday in June, Bongiwe Mafuya pulled on her facemask and signed an agreement with FSC® outside the ERS offices near Matatiele. She was joining the CMO Group Scheme, through which FSC-certified charcoal from her emerging business, KwaBhaca Nature Solutions (KwaBhaca means the home of the Bhaca tribe), will be sold into export markets. read more …


Monday, 20 July 2020
A watershed moment for FSC® in rural South Africa

Communal land South Africa – Communal land within the Sibi Traditional Authority. (© Manushka Moodley)© Manushka MoodleyFor the first time in Africa, a FSC-certified charcoal production project is rolling out on traditional communal land, linking informal microenterprises in remote areas with big business and markets around the world. read more …


Wednesday, 15 July 2020
A reflection on the Wooden Pole Market in South Africa

Wooden poles South Africa (© Courtesy of SAWPA)© Courtesy of SAWPAThe South African wooden pole market is a subsector within the forestry sector and forms part of the Forestry Master Plan currently under development. This plan is part of the Public and Private Growth Initiative process. read more …


Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Raising the bar in Sustainable Forest Products Certification

Emballage responsable 2 (© Pexel)© PexelAccording to a recent Accenture global survey (Webber, 2020) 83% of people surveyed believe it’s important or extremely important for companies to develop products that are meant to be reused or recycled read more …


Tuesday, 02 June 2020
SDG 15: Life on Land

SDG , life on land, ending povertyWe secure Life on Land through responsible management of our forests read more …


Thursday, 30 April 2020
From Bush to Charcoal: the Greenest Charcoal Comes from Namibia

Charcoal worker on farm (© N.Bouville)© N.BouvilleFaced with extreme climate conditions, Namibian farmers have learnt to diversify their activities, especially by producing FSC certified charcoal read more …



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