Wood for Work is an affiliated company of SMC Synergy with its owner having more than 30 years' experience in natural resource management and the use of geo-informatics in mapping and monitoring.

Our vision is sustainable job creation through the restoration of rangeland, degraded by bush encroachment or alien woody vegetation.

Dirk Pretorius

About us

Wood for Work is owned by Dirk Pretorius and although a young company the affiliation to SMC Synergy and experienced partners provides the foundation for the successful implementation of woody biomass management and value adding projects. This would be achieved through partnerships with academic, private as well as governmental institutions.


Services

Mapping and prioritising of land degradation

Mapping and prioritising of land degradation

Mapping and prioritising of land degradation through the use of geo-informatics, the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) mapping system as well as field surveys.

Collecting of baseline data

Collecting of baseline data

Collecting baseline data for monitoring and evaluation using various sources – satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, fixed wing aircraft.

Partnerships with removal teams

Partnerships with removal teams

Partnerships with woody biomass removal/thinning teams. We partnered with Eco Rhythm Management (www.ecorhythm.co.za) who has vast experience in rehabilitation management and community development programmes.

Evaluate and establish secondary industries

Evaluate and establish secondary industries

Evaluation and establishment of value adding/secondary industries (fire wood, charcoal, and biochar) is one of our main focus areas.

Capacity building and training

Capacity building and training

Capacity building and training through collaboration with academic institutions (North West University) and other service providers e.g. Eco Rhythm Management.

Practical guidelines

Assist in the development of practical guidelines

Assist in the development of practical guidelines, norms and standards for bush encroachment restoration in line with legislative and FSC principles.


GIS Software

Global Mapper

Global Mapper is affordable and easy to use GIS software that offers access to an unparalleled variety of spatial datasets and provides just the right level of GIS functionality to satisfy both experienced GIS professionals and mapping novices. Global Mapper is distributed by SMC Synergy and MBV Ubumbano in Africa. For more information visit: www.smc-synergy.co.za


News

Eco Rhythm Management Services

Wood for Work teaming-up with Eco Rhythm Management Services

Wood for Work signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Eco Rhythm Management (ERM) during 2020 to establish a framework within which co-operation may develop between the two ...

Hive Carbon

A visit to Hive Carbon in Gqeberha

Dirk Pretorius of Wood for Work recently visited Hive Carbon in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) to investigate the production of biochar from alien ...

The effect of biochar and other soil conditioners clearly visible on root development of spekboom

First tests with biochar and soil conditioners on root development of spekboom (Portulacaria Afra)

Wood for Work with partners (Piet van Deventer) are currently investigating the effect of biochar and other soil conditioners on root development of spekboom cuttings. The biochar is ...

The pyrolysis kiln used to produce biochar from different biomass sources

Testing biochar produced from various biomass sources

Wood for Work with partners Piet and Nico van Deventer are currently analysing and comparing biochar produced from various biomass sources. These properties are crucial to consider when applying ...


Partners

ERM

Eco Rhythm Management (PTY) LTD

NWU

North West University

 

Green Charcoal

SMC

SMC Synergy

Piet van Deventer

Mine Rehabilitation Practitioner

CEIT

CEIT Development


Contact Us

  • Dirk Pretorius
  • Kameeldrift East
  • Pretoria
  • 0083
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