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Contrary to popular belief there are literally thousands of timber growers, not just one or two multinational companies. These range from the South African Government, to over 25,000 small-scale timber growers. In total, it is estimated that there are over 26,000 timber growers and only ten of these are large-scale corporate companies. The bulk of timber growers are small-scale subsistence growers, aided by forestry co-operatives and social development schemes facilitated by the large-scale corporate companies.

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