Our Services

Umsonti provides integrated services and support to forestry and related enterprises, from pre-assessment and feasibility assessment through to marketing. Umsonti is committed to building self-reliance amongst the enterprises it supports. This is achieved through installing professional management systems and providing long-term operational support and mentorship to the business managers and the governance institutions within the community.

Start up, establishment and mentorship services include:

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  • Feasibility and Pre-planning
    • Site suitability assessment (suitability of soils, climate and water availability)
    • Report back to and facilitation of community planning meetings
    • Facilitation of negotiations with strategic partners
    • Facilitation of access to afforestation permits
    • Assistance to secure development finance
  • Institutional and Skills Development
    • Formation and registration of legal entities (property holding body and business entity)
    • Ongoing training and mentorship for executive and governance entities in aspects related to their roles and responsibilities
    • Skills development for community members and workers
  • Conflict resolution and communication
    • Facilitation of conflict resolution within communities and between communities and other parties
    • linking businesses to partner organisations and service providers;
    • Managing stakeholder communication and relationships
  • Planning
    • Drawing up of farm and business plans
    • Ongoing operational planning and support (mapping, APOs, firebreaks, conservation area planning, harvesting plans).
  • Quality management systems and controls
    • Monthly and annual assessment of operational and financial standards
    • Assistance to obtain and maintain FSC certification
  • Human resource management systems
    • Equal opportunity employment for members of the community
    • Legal compliance
    • Pay systems
    • Health and Safety
    • Communication systems
  • Administrative systems
    • Accounts, bookkeeping, taxes
    • Internal and external audits
    • Petty cash and inventory control
    • Procurement and control of creditors/debtors
    • Legal services and contracts
  • Marketing and product development
    • Securing best prices for timber and optimising the terms of supply agreements
    • Product and market development
    • Harvesting and transport management system