26 September, 2011
Komatiland Forests / SAFCOL hands over Beketelani Primary School Timber Structure Classrooms
Komatiland Forests / SAFCOL is strongly committed to its vision of
"being a global business engaged in multi-functional forestry, revolutionising
the integration of forests and communities." The Group has therefore invested,
over the years, in developing and empowering the communities living adjacent to
our plantations by implementing needs driven interventions.
At the commencement of the 2011/12 financial year the company embarked
on promoting timber infrastructures within communities as alternative forms of
structures. Three timber structure classrooms were therefore erected at the
Beketelani Primary School in one of our social clusters, Blairmore. The
Mpumalanga Department of Education was consulted with regard to the
introduction of timber structure classrooms at the school and they agreed to
the proposal. They expressed keen interest in the completion and opening of the
first timber structure classrooms. Timber frame structures have various benefits, which include speed of
construction owing to the lightweight properties of timber. The quality of
product used when compared to cost of traditional building with bricks is also
very good as all timber is pre-treated to make it suitable for building. Timber
structures also have high insulation properties making cost of heating and
cooling during the different seasons low and affordable. Timber is furthermore apt
for building purposes as it is sustainable and renewable, making it a resource
which imposes a low environmental impact.
The timber infrastructure at Beketelani Primary School is the first of
its kind for the Group's Socio -economic development department and a
historical event for both the company and community of Blairmore. To
commemorate this, we will be hosting a handover ceremony where we will
officially open the structures for use. In attendance we anticipate to have the
Honourable Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr Benedict Martins and the
MEC of the Department of Education, Mrs Reginah Mhaule who will join us in
celebration of this accomplishment.
Representatives of all the newspaper companies, TV channels and
freelance journalists are cordially invited to make this event a successful
one. We request the presence of the media as we hope to showcase and convey to
the greater public of South Africa the various benefits of building with South
African produced pine timber structures.
The event will be hosted by
Komatiland Forests on Thursday, 22 September 2011 at Beketelani Primary School
in Nerston, Mpumalanga at 10:00am. Your presence would be highly appreciated.