Community places trust in Timber24
Barloworld Transport subsidiary Timber24 has formed a relationship with a local trust in Southern Kwazulu-Natal, which will see the business contributing sustainably to over 160 communities.
In early 2016, Timber24 entered into an agreement with the commercial arm of the Singilanga Directorate Trust, namely Zange Industries.
In the agreement, Zange Industries acquired a 30% shareholding in the Timber24 contract with Merensky, forming Timber24 Zange.
“As a business, we understand that progress involves a balance of environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic growth – and it is our mission to contribute positively to the growth of our people, the communities and the environment in which we operate,” says Blake Ferguson of Barloworld Transport.
The launch of Timber24 Zange Industries was attended by, among others, deputy minister Bheki Cele, as well as various members of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
“What we are doing here, we could use this as a model. We want to make this work and can say, ‘we did it, we can make it happen,’ Cele said.
“It takes us walking together and today is our departure point. It is an invitation to say, ‘let’s come together’.
“We are taking responsibility as a department to make this work. Business must have better social outcomes and we can start here. That is my invitation: let’s walk together,” he added.
The new Zange Industries logo was also revealed during the event.
“The logo represents the bridge that Timber24 Zange Industries forms between business and community. Through this connection or linking of arms, we can empower communities and people, and work together towards prosperity,” concluded Ferguson.