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A study of wood use for fuel and building in an area of Gazankulu

C. A. Liengme
Bothalia | Vol 14, No 2 | a1169 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v14i2.1169 | © 1983 C. A. Liengme | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 October 1983 | Published: 17 December 1983

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C. A. Liengme, Botanical Research Institute, Department of Agriculture, South Africa

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The utilization of wood for fuel and building timber was studied in a 13 000 ha area of Gazankulu, near Giyani. Headloads of firewood brought in by eight of the 978 families present were monitored during six periods in a year.

The two most important sources of firewood are  Colophospermum mopane and  Combretum apiculatum. Firewood consumption is estimated at an average of 14,9 kg per family per day. The annual demand for firewood in the whole study area is, therefore, approximately 5 300 tonnes. Living-huts and storage-huts in the process of being built were examined. The mean volumes of wood in living-huts and typical storage-huts are 1,30 m3 and1,09 m3, respectively. 89 living- and 80 storage-huts were built in a year. The demand for finished timber in the study area in that year was approximately 231 tonnes.

Timber use has not yet outstripped production, but it will do so soon if alternative timber sources are not provided.


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