Gauteng Smallholder December/ January 2018 - Page 31

BEEKEEPING Why bee removals are so costly W ith the arrival of warmer weather and swarms of bees moving about looking for, and taking up, new residences ~ often in unsuitable places ~ home- owners are often alarmed, From page 27 government service centres. Other types of products the programme produces include coffins, fencing, benches, when they contact a bee removal expert, to find that they will be expected to pay sometimes more than R1 000 to have the swarm removed. “Why,” they ask, “should we pay such money when the bee remover will be able to make money from the honey and wax that the swarm will produce?” office furniture, tables and chairs, chess pieces and chess The answer, quite simply, is tables, walking sticks, key that the sometimes simple act holders and photo frames. Continued on page 31 ALIEN SPECIES include felling and tree processing through the use of chainsaws. The timber is then processed through the wet mill, where the logs are planked, before being placed in kilns to dry, and then to the dry mill, where the planks are processed. The factory utilises the School desks made from alien trees processed planks to make the four wooden components of the desks ~ the seat, back, front and the top. These components are processed, spray-painted and wrapped, ready for sending out. The steel frames are sent separately by the suppliers, and the desks are assembled at the schools. Each factory currently produces 200 school desks per day, as well as some additional value added products. The intention is to increase the desk production to 400 per day. The programme further aims to explore the range of products needed for institu- tions such as hospitals, clinics, community centres and other 29 www.sasmallholder.co.za