Rural Forestry Development CC (RFD) is owned by James Ballantyne and is involved in the development of new forestry and other opportunities with communities in lower KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
RFD has had numerous contracts, both with communities to assist with projects on their land (eg a nursery project with Mabandla Community Trust and the Zintwala Land Care Project). RFD has also worked with various NGOs including TEBA (on the ThinaSinkp Project with the Joe Gqabi District Municipality), as well as municipalities (including Eludini Municipality), and corporates such as Sappi, Hans Merensky and Mondi Zimele.
Since 2010, RFD has had a number of contracts with eh Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) assisting various communities, including the Sihleza Community in Southern KZN (whom Umsonti is currently assisting with implementing their forestry project), the Chevy Chase Community in the Eastern Cape, the Sandanezwe Community in KZN and the Bethania Community in the Eastern Cape.
RFD is currently working with the IDCin the facilitation od two community projects in the Eastern Cape, namely with the Phepheni Community and the Ludidi Community.