Welcome

Your support of our business is not about the profit we make, but creating a better planet and life for those who live on it.

In 2005, Phillip Kleinhans made waves by starting a fire; a fire named Namibian Hardwood Pty Ltd. Today we are the country’s premier supplier of quality Namibian Hardwood and this fire has been burning ever since.

As one of the biggest wholesale suppliers of wood in Southern Africa, Namibian Hardwood Pty Ltd. boasts approximately 500-strong workforce, with 27 permanent staff in both Namibia and South Africa. Our main distributing hub is situated in Cape Town and is overseen by Phillip, and assisted by a great team of managers. Stringent quality control is what sets us apart from the competition. We go to great lengths to ensure that we pack and ship the best possible product. Why? Because our clients demand and deserve quality.

Namibian Hardwood Pty Ltd. has expanded over the years to include more than just bulk wood. In fact the company fabricates and handles more than 300 different products, such as charcoal, fire-starters, game meat, biltong, braai accessories and African décor arts and crafts. Namibian Hardwood Pty Ltd. is a dedicated Wholesale Company that provides and supplies products for retail and use-end products.

Thank you for choosing Namibian Hardwood Pty Ltd.

Social Responsibility

Your support of our business is not about the profit we make, but creating a better planet and life for those who live on it.

Looking after the natural environment

Namibian Hardwood Pty Ltd. is proud to say that we are a Company that is actively involved with looking after the natural environment. With much of the World’s focus on environmental and conservation issues, the topic of harvesting and selling natural products such as wood, is an issue raised by many concerned people. Namibian Hardwood Pty Ltd. has gone to great lengths to ensure that we work closely with the Namibian Government to ensure that the ‘carbon footprint’ we leave on our planet is not harmful, but leaves a positive mark for future generations.

The wood industry in Namibia

The entire wood industry in Namibia is heavily regulated and closely monitored by the Department of Agriculture and Water Affairs. Any business/individual has to comply with the permits, regulations and laws laid out by the Department. The wood we sell, which is Withaak, Rooibos, Swarhaak, Sekelbos, Haak en steek, are in fact alien/invader bush and trees to Namibia, and are a main concern for the Government as the main income for the country is Game Meat, Minerals and tourism. The Government works closely with farmers who want to clear their land of these alien/invader bush and trees, and companies such as Namibian Hardwood Pty Ltd., are therefore able to enter into contracts with these farmers and the Government to remove the bushes turned to firewood to have more grass grown that provide food for animals.

Our harvesting practices

Species like Kameeldoring/Camel thorn and mupane trees are protected Alive. However, they may be harvested and sold if the tree is dead. Vast numbers of the trees are dead or are dying due to natural causes such as lightning, flash floods, drought and even parasites that bury themselves inside the wood and kill it. The Department of Forestry in Namibia visits farms regularly throughout the year to do inspections and record the living and dead trees and supply harvesting permits according to what is available for harvesting. 2-4 hectares land will provide about 35tons dry woods. Farms could be as big as 3500-12000 hectares per farm. Live trees are not touched as the seed pods provide healthy food for animals.

Current statistics by the Namibian Department of Forestry

The current statistics provided by the Namibian Department of Forestry is that the invader bushes and invading trees being harvested will last between 90-100 years. The invader bush and trees that are allowed to be removed alive take 7-15 years to grow and are then harvested for fuel. Some farmers have decided to have the invader bushes regrow as it is becoming a sustainable income.

Alien/invader species from Namibia

Approximately 15-20 000 tons of alien/invader wood is being exported from Namibia every month. This has created jobs and work opportunities for more than 70 000 people. The minimum wage is R65.00 per day, whilst the very poor live off R15-R25 a day. Namibian Hardwood Pty Ltd. is therefore not only actively involved in removing alien/invader species from Namibia, but has help create work and job opportunities for over 500 people, most of who live in poverty conditions.

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