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Title: Issues and opportunities for small-scale sawmilling in South Africa – An Eastern Cape case study
Other Titles: Redistribution of opportunities and assets in forestry
Authors: Heyl, L
von Maltitz, G
Evans, J
Segoale, R
Keywords: Small-scale sawmilling
Eastern Cape Province
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: IIED & CSIR
Citation: Heyl, L, von Maltitz, G, Evans, J and Segoale, R. 2000. Issues and opportunities for small-scale sawmilling in south africa: An Eastern Cape case study. Instruments for sustainable private sector forestry, South Africa series. International Institute for Environment and Development and CSIR-Environmentek, London and Pretoria, pp 16
Abstract: The softwood sawmilling industry processes approximately 4.1 million m3 of pine logs every year. Small-scale sawmillers which account for 67% of the total number of establishments process only about 11% of the annual log intake. The major drivers for softwood sawn timber demand are the building and construction, manufacturing and consumer expenditure sectors of the economy. The industry is characterised by mature products and low growth. This low growth pattern has been in place for decades. Cyclical upswings occur from time to time, but essentially growth is dependent on trends in local (domestic) consumption. Notwithstanding periods of increased building activity, palletisation of fruit and citrus exports, continued emphasis on product development, etc., the capacity of the domestic economy to create a substantial “pull” effect is considered extremely limited. Growth in domestic demand has averaged 1-2% per annum for decades, and many 7 past prognoses of a “kick-start” in this growth pattern have been widely off the mark
Description: A report prepared as part of the South Africa Country Study for the international collaborative research project steered by IIED: Instruments for Private Sector Forestry Partners in the South Africa Country study and CSIR-Environmentek. In association with: Department for Water Affairs and Forestry in South Africa
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/2479
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