The community takes its name from the Zintwala river which runs through the land. The leaders chose to set aside one side of the river, approximately 600 hectares, for commercial timber. Of this, only 350 hectares was identified as suitable. Peter Nixon and Themba Radebe, who later formed Rural Forest Management (RFM), have been providing the Zintwala Community Trust (ZCT) with technical and managerial support since that time. The plantation is now in full rotation, harvesting around 38 hectares annually, and is FSC certified, assuring the community of a continuous source of income from the sale of timber. The commercial plantation business has served as a springboard for a range of other businesses that provide additional jobs for community members and revenue for the ZCT.
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