Forestry the backbone of development in rural KZN

- 2 September, 2016

The pioneering Umgano Community Initiative, built on a solid foundation of forestry, has progressed to the next level with the recent opening of a sawmill. The business, started by  members of the Mabandla Community near Creighton in southern KZN nearly 20 years ago, has become a model for rural development,... more

A Short Visit to Umgano

- 26 August, 2016

Drummond Densham, the Umgano Conservation Mentor, and myself, Environmental Advisor, travelled to Umgano from Pietermaritzburg, on 25th August.  The visit had two purposes.  The first was to facilitate the workshop on the revision of the Umgano Management Plan that was scheduled for the following day.  The second was to visit... more

Umgano Sawmill Opening

- 27 July, 2016

The day has come, the Umgano Timbers sawmill has officially been opened. The opening event was attended by all the staff and dignatories. Stuart Barlett from the IDC gave the keynote speech. Umgano Forestry and sawmill staff in front of the Umgano equipment Cutting of the ribbon Stuart Bartlett from... more