Easy pickings

Easy pickings

Money does grow on trees in the upper boughs of timber parastatal Safcol, where the bosses have plucked whopping bonuses while poisoning the industry.

Something is rotten in the state of South Africa’s timber industry. Over the past few years the soaring price of saw logs has squeezed more than 150 of the country’s 200 formal sawmills out of business. The furniture-manufacturing sector has shrunk by over 60%. Thousands of skilled and semi-skilled workers have lost their jobs. The only business doing well out of the situation is the state-owned forestry giant Safcol.

Like to see more ?

Subscribe to our on-line edition !

For a mere R305.00 per year you get the convenience of our online version including:
  • Twelve monthly issues of Noseweek delivered to your browser
  • A searchable archive
  • Access to every back issue since 1993 !
  • A downloadable PDF version

If it’s just the article you are after, you can purchase it by clicking here.

Tempted ?

For a taste of what awaits you, you are welcome to browse this free issue.

Share this article:

Reader's comments

Like to add your own comment ? Please click here to subscribe - OR -


While every reasonable effort is taken to ensure the accuracy and soundness of the contents of this publication, neither the authors nor the publishers of this website bear any responsibility for the consequences of any actions based on the information contained therein.

Important information regarding cookies
By using this website, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.