More than 10 million hectares of South Africa's land is covered with alien invasive plant species posing a massive threat to biodiversity and water security. To address this problem the government through its Environmental Affairs Department (DEA) established the Working for Water program focusing specifically on clearing invasive plant species that grows on or near waterways.
One of the most problematic species is Populus Canescens a vigorous hybrid between Common Aspen and White Poplar. This Aspen hybrid grows primarily in riparian zones and on river banks where it consumes vast amounts of water. Over 170,000 hectares of riparian zones in the most arid parts of South Africa are covered with this plant.
Since 2012 we have spearheaded the Working for Waters program to develop uses for the biomass derived from this clearing.
To this end we have set up a clearing operation and bio-refinery, employing more than 300 people to process the harvested biomass.
Our sawmill and furniture factory currently produce more than 5000 school desks per month and supply it to underprivileged government schools.
Our twin extruder line process sawdust, bark and leaves together with other additives into cattle feed that we supply to local farmers in our area.
Refined wood fiber
We have recently purchased and is now in the process of installing a wood fiber refiner (Defibrator). We hope to be able to produce heat refined wood fiber mulch by mid 2016. The mulch will also be used by the DEA's land restoration projects but the surplus production will be soled on the open market.
We are currently investigating the possibility of produce Large wall element in wood wool cement to be used for low cost housing.