31 July, 2014
NCT Acknowledges Tree Farmers
Neville Schefermann & Alfred Khoza - NCT's 2014
Tree Farmers of the year
NCT FORESTRY (NCT) announced its tree farmers of the year
awards at its AGM recently.
Alford Farms and Alfred Khoza received this year's coveted awards in tree farming.
The winners were recognised for their excellence in sustainable plantation
management and earned them a place on the exclusive list of achievers in tree
In the commercial category, Alford Farms,
owned by the Schefermann family, located near Vryheid in northern KwaZulu-Natal
took top honours, while Alfred Khoza (Senzakahle Trading Enterprise) outside Mtubatuba
in northern Zululand was awarded the winner in the category of a farm managed
The father and son team of Trevor and Neville Schefermann from
Vryheid have increased productivity on their farm through correct site species
matching, exceptional silviculture practices, good labour relations and
effective diversification of markets and pooling resources with neighbours.
Their plantation management is compliant with all aspects of sustainable
plantation management including health and safety and minimizing impacts on the
The Schefermann operation is an example of
an enterprise where a family has been able to work together to run a
sustainable business, building on the legacy left by forefathers. Neville is a fourth generation timber
farmer. These aspects make them worthy
recipients of the NCT tree farmer of the year award in the category of farm
managed on private land.
Alfred Khoza was acknowledged the winner in
the category of farm managed on communal land. He hails from
KwaMnqobokazi outside Mtubatuba in northern Zululand. This is also a family run business with wife, Lindiwe
The operation was judged on
general farm management and adherence to forestry standards in silviculture,
harvesting, road construction and maintenance, environmental management and
Alfred joined NCT in 1994 and has reaped
the benefits of his membership. He compliments the co-operative for its
services rendered to members, its effort to nurture and share vital forestry
information to enable his business (and trees) to grow. Project
regeneration, member workshops, logistics planning and markets have all
contributed to the success of his enterprise.
Alfred is a fine example of pure
determination and true grit and is worthy of being awarded this accolade.
The NCT tree farmer of the
year was initiated in 2002 and is awarded annually to tree farming operations
that display excellence in sustainable plantation management.