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The sawmill at Umgano is taking shape quite nicely. Below are some photos to show the progress so far. The pictures show the progress on the Umgani Timber office building, our brand new Umgano Fleet truck …read more
Umgano Eco Adventures, the tourism company that falls under Umgano Development Company, was recently featured in a very cool article by adventurelife.co.za. Ico Schutte ‘tagged along’ on a course down the Umzinkulu River. Click the link …read more
Here are some of the latest photos from the Zintwala Honey and Jam project. Below, from left to right we have James Ballantyne, Simon Ngcobo, Pat Nolan, Lawrence Ntsizwana and Robert Chiya
Below you can see Pat …read more
It is evident that as the days start to get longer and the nights shorter, winter slowly becomes a memory. Are you ready for spring and its colourful coat? We understand spring is a season filled …read more
MPAH (Maputaland, Pondoland and Albany Hotspot) has recently released a series of case studies of which the Umgano Project was one of the selected areas to be studied. The study highlights the background, actions taken and …read more
Seen at the on 10 September 2015, Mike Howard (Chairman of Umsonti) and James Ballantyne (Mananging Director of Umsonti).
The Mabandla community of southern KwaZulu-Natal, one of the pioneers of community-owned forestry in South Africa, is taking their timber business to the next level with the establishment of a sawmilling business known as the Umgano …read more
Forestry is catching on in the Umzimkulu district of southern KwaZulu-Natal, with another community forestry project about to kick off.
The Sihleza community is poised to establish a 345ha plantation on the hills around their
villages. After years …read more
The Umgano Project has already improved the lives of over a hundred families through a successful forestry enterprise. With the introduction of a sustainably grazed commercial Nguni herd just months away, both grasslands and the community …read more
The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is assisting rural communities in the Eastern Cape to get greenfield forestry projects up and running, an~ are targeting 25 000ha that they can support.
This is a significant contribution towards government’s …read more
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