David Boshoff started Timber & Spec CC in 1989. In the early days he purchased standing timber plantations from farmers in the Richmond area and then harvested the trees, selling the products to three markets,
1Selected untreated poles for treating plants in Gauteng,
2Mining timber for mines in Gauteng and Orange Free State and
3 Pulp logs for the pulp markets in Kwazulu-Natal e.g. SAICCOR and the Durban Chip Factory.
During 1990 David built his own Static CCA treating plant, to capitalise on opportunities of selling treated building and fencing timber into the local market. This new plant was very successful and helped in the growth of the business. In 1993, the mining industry was booming and during the following few years, he supplied the gold and platinum mines throughout the country with timber for props.
In 2000 a neighbouring timber farm was for sale and David had no option but to exercise his option and purchase this 256 hectare timber farm that has its western border on the Richmond Town lands Plantation. This made strategic sense, as most of the timber on the farm was at an age where it was the perfect size for harvesting and treatment and now Timber & Spec was able to secure its own raw material base for treated timber products.
In the pursuing years all the pulp timber was sold to NCT, a company dealing in exporting eucalyptus and wattle pulp. In the same year he sourced an export market for treated timber in the USA and during 2001 an American company approached Dave to supply CCA treated timber solely to them for the USA markets. During the next few years Dave supplied more than six 40" containers of excellent quality timber to the States.
During 2000 and 2001 David started doing research on developing his own mobile treating plant, firstly because outsourcing the treating portion of the operation was becoming very expensive and secondly, he realised there could be a potential market for mobile treating plants. He then designed and patented a Mobile treating plant that was built in a 12meter container and could be easily transported by a low bed truck and become operational within a very short period of time any where in the country or in the world is more advantageous than a static Treating Plant.
2001 - 2002: Established Export markets for CCA treated Timber to the USA. Timber was supplied to Disney world Orlando, USA.
With Dave constantly pursuing new markets using treated timber, he was challenged to manufacture timber fencing and gates that are durable, efficient and cost effective. On creating such a gate, Dave was approached to display his product at a local garden and home show which gave him the opportunity to launch this new concept of timber palisade fencing.
The project designers of the uSHAKA Point Marine Park Project, a R700 million project in Durban, saw this concept and insisted that he supply and install the perimeter fence of the park with this new type of fence. This later expanded into the construction and supply of many varied timber products that is seen in the park to day.
Other simpler forms of fence screens have also been designed and are currently in manufacture and sold at our Sales office in Pietermaritzburg.
|Staff Change Rooms at uShaka||also built at uShaka is the Umbrella and roof for the Penguins enclosure|
Dave's passion for further servicing the needs of his clients brought about him constructing another larger mobile treating plant than the first one. The larger new plant capacity for treating is three times the volume of the first plant thus resulting in greater volumes being able to be treated, thus decreasing the delay in the fulfilment of the customer's orders. The older plant was used for the treatment of thatch with a fire retardant chemical and has been sold to a client in Louis Trichardt.
|The Second Larger Mobile Treating Plant.|
The business was relocated in May 2010 to Pietermaritzburg, where a sales yard was opened at 288 Greyling Street and the production yard moved closer to Pietermaritzburg to facilitate in supply and demand efficiency.
The sales yard in Pietermaritzburg has exceeded all expectations and sales have continued to increase from inception.
Export opportunities came about during a visit to our neighbouring country Mozambique in 2007, whereby the Directors of a company called Wild Track Safaris approached Dave to build the Entrance Gate and Guard house to the entrance of a 250 hectare Eco-Estate called Nkumbe Eco-Wildlife Estate, at Ponta Malongane, which has the rights to build 120 houses and 25 Chalets.
Dave accepted and built the Entrance and with the problems experienced in paying extra duties for the building material that was sent to Mozambique, Timber & Spec further registered with SARS Customs for SADC on EDI which to SADC Countries and this resulted in Timber & Spec registering Timber & Spec LTD in Mozambique and obtaining new clients.
To date several timber frame and thatch houses have been built using poles and thatch supplied by Timber & Spec and many building and fencing poles have been sold to customers in Southern Mozambique since 2007
Entrance to Nkumbe Eco-Estate
|Construction of Thatch Roof in Ponta||House|
Timber and Spec already registered with SARS Customs as Importer and Exporter further registered for SADC and EDI to enable them to improve trade with neighbouring SADC countries. Timber & Spec are authorised to do all the statutory requirements for the importation and exportation electronically with SARS. Through a secure service provider, Timber and Spec process all Customs documents electronically resulting in more efficiently, which have meant that this modernised facility and better efficiency now in place have placed the company as the export leader in suppliers through the Southern Mozambique border.
We have for the past four years offered our customers a quick, efficient and professional service in the facilitating of the purchasing and transportation of their commodities to the Border Post and upon the completion of all the required documentation on their behalf at Customs we are able to deliver their commodities to site. Because of this service, other developers and customers have taken note and have requested us to assist them as well.
Timber and Spec have developed remarkably in the supply to our Mozambique clients during the past four years, whereby we are now transporting as much as 32 tons of goods per load per week. In some instances we are doing two loads per week.
With our professional approach, clients are sending us their Bill of Quantities and asking us to do the sourcing, purchasing, documentation and transportation of goods to their site in Mozambique, as we are able to offer a "One Stop Shop" concept to our clients.
Timber and Spec has not lost focus on the treating of poles and planks. In fact there are very few suppliers of these products to Mozambique and that we have found this advantageous to our core business.
Due to the harsh climatic conditions and with us having our own treating plant we are in a position to treat the poles and structural timber to a higher specification to meet these conditions, as we have a registered permit with the SABS for the treatment of poles and timber.
A classic example of this, is that we were able to supply and treat the timber to a higher specification (H3) for the R33 million development that is situated at Ponta Mamoli, known as the White Pearl Hotel, that is shown in the picture below.
The new R33 million resort at Ponta Mamoli in which Timber & Spec supplied the materials to the developer