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Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003)

Industry Charters

Forest Sector Charter

2. Scope of application


This Charter applies to all enterprises  involved with commercial forestry and first level processing of wood products. This covers the following sub-sectors:

(a) Growers sub-sector (plantations, nurseries and indigenous forests)
(b) Contracting sub-sector (forestry contractors in silviculture, harvesting, fire-fighting services and other forestry contracting services that are not covered by their own Sector Charters)
(c) Fibre sub-sector (pulp, paper, paperboard, timber board product, woodchip and wattle bark manufactures)
(d) Sawmilling sub-sector  (industrial, structural  and mining timber sawmills  and match producers)
(e) Pole sub-sector (pole treatment plants)
(f) Charcoal sub-sector (charcoal producers)


Non-timber forest product enterprises such as those involved in honey production, harvesting of mushrooms and medicinal plant, as well as forestry based tourism enterprises are not directly covered by the Charter, as they are included in other sector charters. However, because forestry growers license these activities, non-timber forest product enterprise will be impacted on and benefit from the agreements reached within the Forest Sector Charter.