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Alien vegetation & forestry biomass

Alien vegetation

Since the introduction of alien vegetation in South Africa in the 1600s, today more than 8,500 alien plant species have been recorded, covering about 1.2% of South Africa's land area. They are not only a blight on our landscape, but have an impact on our indigenous plant and animal species, exacerbate fires and draw up precious water. Pinpoint is interested in how the eradication of alien vegetation can create jobs and economic potential. Job and economic opportunities exists in harvesting, processing, manufacture and product use.


Pinpoint services:

  • Identification of socio-economic opportunities through alien vegetation value-add industries
  • Research to understand value-add opportunities, feasibility and challenges using a systems approach

  • Business models for intervention and strategies for implementation

Forestry biomass

The South African forestry and forestry-products sector is of strategic significance to the country. It is ranked among the World's Top 20 producers. However, with the steady decline in printing and writing papers, and the construction industry feeling the repercussions of the economic downturn, the industry is seeking innovative opportunities to add value to its supply chain and reduce its environmental impact. Pinpoint's work focuses on realising both industrial and SMME-scale employment and economic opportunities associated with the by-products generated in the forestry supply chain.


Pinpoint services:

  • Identification of socio-economic opportunities from biomass-derived feedstock
  • Research and insights on knowledge, skills and capabilities to adopt bio-economy solutions and policy

  • Advisory and insights on knowledge networks to optimise collaboration