Forestry in South Africa
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Contact Person : Nikita:
Telephone : Nikita: 079 238 7003
Sonja: 079 514 9601
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Province : National
Country : South Africa
Postal Address : Postnet Suite #147, Private Bag X06, Cascades, 3202
Categories listed in :
; Fire Crew Leader Training; Fire Fighting Training; Fire Risk Assessment & Mitigation; Medical and Safety Training; AARTO Training; Agricultural Training; Airstrip loading crew training; Basic business principles (for workers); Chainsaw Mechanics Course; Chemical Storage Management; Chemical Weed Control - Annual Scheduling; Chemical Weed Control - Operational; Dangerous Goods Training; Fire Crew Leader Training; Fire disaster management (ICS); Fire extended attack fire suppression; Fire Fighting Training; Fire initial attack fire suppression; Fire lookout guards; Fire prescribed block burning; Fire prescribed under canopy burning; Fire prototeam; Fire Risk Assessment & Mitigation; Fire simulation sessions; First aid levels 1 / 2 / 3; Forest inventory field teams training; Forest law enforcement, governance & trade; Forest management training; Forest valuation training; Forestry Training; FSC FM & CoC training; Harvest planning - operational; Harvest planning - tactical; Harvesting supervisor training; Harvesting: Managing mechanised operations; Incident & Accident Investigation Training; ISO standard 19011 training: Auditing techniques; Log scaling training : sawlogs & poles; Machine operator simulator training : forwarder; Machine operator simulator training : harvester; Maintenance: Chainsaw - chain & guide bar; Maintenance: Harvester - chain & guide bar; Managing productivity in forestry; Managing quality in forestry; Managing safety in forestry; Managing social issues in forestry; Managing the environment in forestry; Mechanical training for mechanised harvesting; Medical and Safety Training; Operational harvest planning; Operator Training: Bell; Operator Training: Brushcutter; Operator Training: Bulldozer; Operator Training: Cable Skidder; Operator Training: Cable Yarder; Operator Training: Chainsaw; Operator Training: Chainsaw felling techniques; Operator Training: Chemical Spraying; Operator Training: Chokerman; Operator Training: Clearing Saw; Operator Training: Defensive / Advanced Driving Skills; Operator Training: Driver (basic); Operator Training: Dumper Truck; Operator Training: Earth Moving Equipment; Operator Training: Excavator ; Operator Training: Forklift; Operator Training: Forwarder; Operator Training: Front End loader; Operator Training: Grader; Operator Training: Harvester; Operator Training: Lifting Machinery; Operator Training: Loader; Operator Training: Skidder; Operator Training: Tipper Truck Driver; Operator Training: Tractor; PEFC Chain of Custody Training; Pest control officer training; Processing plant supervisor training; Processing plant training; Roads: Forest road design & construction; Roads: Forest road maintenance; Silviculture supervisor training; Silviculture: Managing mechanised operations;

Company Profile


CMO in its current format was founded in 2014 by Michal Brink, Ben Potgieter and Andrew Mc Ewan. At the time the name was changed to the Centre for the Modernisation of Operations

The company's initial focus was on providing consulting, training and auditing services to the forest industry globally. Today, CMO operates world-wide, having a footprint of over 70 countries, where country visits have taken place. We have a staff, partner and associate contingent of 25 persons. We have partners in several countries, including Panama, Uganda, Namibia and Russia. We have also opened our first affiliate office in Thailand in 2019.

Over the last two years, the founders of the company have realised that the true value of the organisation lies in its ability to convert forestry competencies tied up in our core team into software solutions.

Michal Brink is an extraordinary professor in forest sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, has a PhD in forestry, and an MBA. He studied both in the USA and South Africa. He has worked for forestry companies and held positions of global responsibility in large corporations. Michal specialises in forest compliance systems.

Ben Potgieter has a B Tech in forestry and over 40 years of experience in forest operations and fire risk management. Ben has established himself as the no1 forest fire risk management consultant in Africa.

Andrew MC Ewan has a PhD in forestry from the University of Florence and also studied in South Africa. He has worked in large forestry companies and also lectured in forest engineering - his areas of expertise include timber harvesting, forest roads and transport.


Is to constantly improve forestry and natural resource competencies in Africa and beyond. We believe that one of keys of unlocking this vision lies in cutting edge software solutions that converts data into intelligence.


CMO is currently the leading forestry training and consulting firm in Africa with a leadership team of experienced foresters, backed up by a world-class technology development partner. Over the last two years, CMO has been systematically complimenting its consulting and training business model with software solutions. Our competitive advantage lies in our unique ability to integrate our 400man years of technical expertise into world class software solutions that are unique in their simplicity and problem-solving ability the forestry arena. There is nothing more difficult than taking complex concepts and converting them to simple useful solutions. However, once achieved, you will change the world.


Our purpose is to improve the performance of our customers throughout the forestry value chain by focusing on solutions in the performance areas of:
  • Safety
  • Productivity
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Quality of operations
  • Social accountability

We focus on the whole management cycle to ensure the establishment of lasting solutions through continuous improvement:

  • Planning
  • Doing
  • Checking
  • Acting (PDCA)

We provide risk-based solutions. Companies need to focus their attention on hazards that pose intolerably high risks to the SPEQS performance areas. It is an integrated approach to risk management that covers all 5 our performance areas, referred to as:

  • Hazard Identification
  • Risk Assessment
  • Control measures (HIRAC)

Company Products


Performance-based training services

Timber harvesting

Tactical harvest planning
Operational harvest planning
Managing mechanised harvesting operations
Supervising harvesting operations:
  • Basic supervisor’s course
  • Technical training for supervision activity
Timber harvesting supervisor assessments
Forest machine operator training, assessments, retraining
Cable skidder training, assessments, retraining
Cable yarder training, assessments, retraining
Chokermen training, assessments retraining
Machine operator commissioning onto a new machine
Machine operator simulator training for harvesters and forwarders
Tractor operator training, assessments, retraining
Loader operator training, assessments, retraining
Harvester chain and guide bar maintenance
Chainsaw chain and guide bar maintenance
Chainsaw operator training
High risk chainsaw operator felling techniques (e.g. problem trees, steep areas)
Chainsaw mechanics course
Mechanical training for mechanised harvesting
Log scaling training: Sawlogs and poles

Forest roads

Design and construction of forest roads
Forest road maintenance
Grader operator training
Excavator operator training
Bulldozer operator training
TLB operator training
Compactor operator training


Managing mechanised silviculture operations
Machine operator training, assessments, retraining
Machine operator commissioning onto a new machine
Supervising harvesting operations:
  • Basic supervisor’s course
  • Technical training for supervision activity
Annual scheduling chemical weed control operations
Operational chemical weed control:
  • Application methods
  • Calibration
  • Chemical handling / storage / dispensing / mixing / transport
  • Emergency procedures
  • FSC requirements
Chemical store management
  • Chemical handling / storage / dispensing / mixing / transport
  • Emergency procedures
  • FSC requirements
Pest Control Officer training (legal requirement in South Africa)
Chemical spraying operator training, assessment, retraining
Tractor operator training, assessments, retraining
Chainsaw operator training, assessment, retraining for silviculture operations
Brush cutter operator training, assessment, retraining

Forest Management

Forest valuation training
Training of forest inventory field teams for marking for thinnings
Training of forest inventory field teams for thinning control in selective thinnings

Fire Risk Management

Fire risk assessment and mitigation
Manage disaster fires (ICS)
Extended attack fire suppression
Initial attack fire suppression
Crew leader
Basic fire fighting
Lookout guards
Prescribed under canopy burning
Planning for prescribed block burning of natural areas
Fire simulation sessions
Airstrip loading crew

Forest Conformance systems

Safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) representative course, based on PDCA, SPEQS and HIRAC
Managing safety in forestry
Managing productivity in forestry (operational efficiency and work study)
Managing the environment in forestry
Managing quality in forestry
Managing social issues in forestry
Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) training
FSC Forest Management and Chain of Custody training
  • e-learning
  • classroom
  • blended
PEFC Chain of Custody training
  • e-learning
  • classroom
  • blended
ISO Standard 19011 training: Auditing techniques
  • e-learning and classroom
Incident and accident investigation based on PDCA, SPEQS and HIRAC.

Processing plant training (sawmills/pole plants)

Supervising processing operations:
  • Basic supervisor’s course
  • Technical training for supervision activity
Processing plant supervisor assessments
Forklift operator training, assessments, retraining

Other training

First Aid Level 1 and Level 2 course
Driver Operator assessments.  All vehicles 4×2, 4×4, 4×6 up to 10 ton rating, excluding dangerous goods type vehicles.
Basic business principles for workers


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