Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
4 minute read
9 Jul 2020
4:44 am

Illegal tree felling will thrive as long as there is poverty

Nica Richards

The Magaliesberg forms part of a protected biosphere region, but continues to be ravaged by illegal loggers who harvest wood to be sold to consumers. 

Illegally harvested wood being sold around the Hartbeespoort Dam. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Illegal tree felling and wood harvesting in the Hartbeespoort Dam area continues to decimate the picturesque landscapes. But, until the socio-economic challenges are combated in the region, trees will continue to be felled “with impunity”. This according to terrestrial ecologist for the Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism, John Power.  Local land owners, along with members of the Magaliesberg Biosphere organisation, are concerned about the significant ecological threat to the region as trees have been cut down illegally for years.  The wood is sold as firewood at various locations around the Hartbeespoort Dam.  The Pelindaba Road intersection is...