Border Timbers is in the business of growing , milling and manufacturing timber from managed plantations.

Customers are the focus of our operations and we are committed to providing them with quality products and service.

Border Timbers will create significant stakeholder value by becoming the best integrated forest products company in Africa.

Defining the “Best in Africa”
To measure that we will have ONE economic/financial measurement
“net cash return per cubic meter felled”

To shape our culture, to achieve the Vision we will

  • Treat everyone with respect;
  • Adhering to the highest standard of ethics and acting with integrity all times;
  • Honouring every commitment made regardless of the personal cost;
  • Continually improving by reducing waste and optimizing value extraction, through constantly challenging and test all actions;
  • Taking great care of the health and safety of all employees and the operating environment;
  • Driving quality into everything that is done;
  • Communicating honestly and relentlessly with all stakeholders;
  • Creating a very strong team whilst recognizing individual efforts.

About Border Timbers


Border Timbers Limited has a long history in Manicaland.  The company was incorporated in 1979 through an amalgamation of three companies, Border Eastern Forest Estates, Renfee Timbers (Pvt) Limited and Forestry Management Services. Forestry Management Services had taken over plantations that were first established in the Imbeza area by the British South African Police Company (BSAP Co) in 1924. The BSAP Company increased plantings substantially in 1946 after the Second World War to include the Chimanimani area. Since 1979, Border Timbers Limited has grown the plantation size to the current 47 886  hectares. Border is a subsidiary of the Rift Valley Corporation and is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.


The company has undergone significant re-engineering since 2013 and has narrowed its focus to its core strength areas of forestry, sawmilling and treated pole production. The forestry division manages a total of five estates. Three of these, Charter, Tilbury and Sawerombe are in Chimanimani area to the south of Mutare, while Imbeza and Sheba estates are to the north in the Penhalonga area.   Saw logs are processed at Border’s two sawmills, Charter and Sheba. The first sawmill was established at Charter in 1953 and today it is one of the largest and most modern sawmills in Southern Africa. The sawmilling division has capacity to process 300 000 cubic metres of saw logs annually. Border’s sawmills both utilize a kiln drying process which results in a high quality dimensional lumber product that is resistant to warping. The Nyakamete Pole Treatment plant in Mutare produces a variety of specifications of high quality treated poles which are sold into both local and export markets

Environmental Management

In all of its operations Border Timbers is guided by an Environmental Management Policy to minimize the impact on soil, water and air resources.  The company manages its plantations to the highest forestry standard practices. Border is committed to providing a safe working environment for all its employees. All safety incidents are investigated to determine the root causes, and corrective actions are put in place to reduce or eliminate the likelihood of a similar incident occurring. The Company plans to achieve FSC certification for the plantations as specified below, within the following anticipated target completion

Social responsibility

Border Timbers employees in excess of 1400 workers on a full time basis. An additional 500 employee’s work for the company on a seasonal basis, and hundreds of indirect jobs are supported by the operation. Most of the employees are from neighbouring communities. The company takes a keen interest in the health and safety of its workforce and all employees and their families have access to medical clinics that are operated by the company. A working environment where every individual has an opportunity to achieve their potential prevails at all operations. At all rural operations Border operates schools that provide an education for employees’ children as well as those of neighbouring communities.


Passionate about developing resources in Africa.