Manzengwenya-Mbazwane Forestry Development Programme Project
Partner name: Lima Rural Development Foundation
Project name: Manzengwenya-Mbazwane Forestry Development Programme
Funding round: CFP 2
Funding: Jobs Fund grant R80 054 000
Matched Funding R20 000 000
Window: Enterprise development
Location: KwaZulu-Natal
Partners: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Tembe Mbila Mabaso Development Trust
Problem statement:
The 3 300 hectare Manzengwenya-Mbazwana plantation, which was previously government-owned, is underutilised due to lack of management, technical capacity and financial resources.
The Lima Rural Development Foundation provides a sustainable and integrated rural development service to many urban and rural communities through the establishment of appropriate institutions, local economic development and training to empower rural people, particularly women, in their own development efforts to overcome poverty. The Manzengwenya-Mbazwane Forestry Development Programme, supported by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, aims to create an economically sustainable community enterprise. The Tembe Mbila Mabaso Development Trust has established a project implementing entity, TMM (Pty) Ltd, which will work closely with the Lima Rural Development Foundation to implement the project.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is migrating community forestry management and respective assets, including the Manzengwenya-Mbazwana plantation, to the Tembe Mbila Mabaso Development Trust through a community forestry agreement. The project aims to re-establish a commercial standard timber plantation by clearing, preparing and replanting 3 300 hectares of land. This will result in an increased supply of pulpwood, timber, poles and saw logs. If successful, this project will create substantial long-term jobs and commercially sustainable operations to a rural area that has no access to other forms of meaningful job opportunities. The project will use the expertise of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; the Lima Rural Development Foundation; the private sector and the Tembe Mbila Mabaso Development Trust.
Expected results:
New permanent jobs 795
Permanent jobs with project partners 13
New short-term jobs 2
Training completed 680