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The Tree Care and Landscaping Services in South Africa 2019

Carol Knoll | South Africa | 24 May 2019

The Tree Care and Landscaping Services in South Africa 2016

Yasmin Mahomedy | South Africa | 26 September 2016

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Report Coverage

This report on tree care and landscaping services discusses the tree care and landscaping industry and the conditions and factors that influence its success. It includes profiles of 39 companies that operate in the industry, from large landscaping companies such as Bidvest Services, the owner of Bidvest Execuflora and Bidvest Topturf and landscaping contractor Tswellapele Plants (Pantwise), to relatively small garden, landscaping and tree felling services such as Over the Garden Wall, Fastfell and Singenza Tree felling.

Introduction

This report deals with the tree care and landscaping services industry in South Africa. The industry comprises a small, well-organised formalised sector and a larger fragmented informal garden services sector. Unfavourable economic conditions have put pressure on the industry. The invasion of shothole borer beetles in Gauteng, which is killing trees, has led to uncharacteristic growth in the tree care sector. The drought and fires in the Western Cape have increased the need for the eradication of woody alien invasive species which are water hungry and produce intense heat in a runaway fire. Water-wise gardens encourage water conservation through the use of plants that are suitable for climatic areas. New irrigation products have been designed for calculated water savings. Biodiversity gardens for insect conservation are an important development in the industry, particularly with the decrease in bee populations as bees are vitally important pollinators for food crops. The performance of the landscaping industry is naturally closely allied to the performance of the property industry. Growthpoint Properties stated in mid-March 2019 that property fundamentals in the South African market remained weak and were worsening. Property owners are beginning to realise the value of landscaping to the environment and to their properties.

Strengths

• Drought conditions and other natural disasters have resulted in innovation in the industry.
• Landscaping can be used to rehabilitate degraded land, prevent erosion and flooding, and indigenous and water wise plants benefit the environment.
• Planting for biodiversity or ecological landscaping assists in increasing insect pollinator species and seed dispersal.

Weaknesses

• People may hire cheaper services from informal industry players during the economic downturn.
• The industry is affected by a weak economy and the lack of disposable income.

Opportunities

• Food plants are being used in landscaping projects and this could provide business opportunities for SMMEs and strengthen food security.
• Landscaping increases property values.
• The industry provides jobs for semi-skilled workers.
• The industry uses many products and services, providing related business opportunities.

Threats

• Drought conditions and other severe climatic events are affecting the industry.
• Invasions of destructive insects, such as the shot hole borer, are a serious threat to certain plant species.
• Other professions are being brought in to do the work of landscape architects in large construction projects.
• Properties are decreasing in size, which means less space for landscaping.

Outlook

By early February 2019, South Africa’s dam levels had stabilised at a national average of 62.5% and as more rainfall is predicted this should lead to a further rise in dam levels. The Department of Water and Sanitation said that dam levels in Gauteng were at 94.4% average in February. Recent high temperatures in the Cape provinces have led to increased evaporation rates and some towns are experiencing water crises. Sali national chair Norah De Wet and irrigation consultant Adrian White have both commented on the increase in new landscaping projects after the recent drought in Cape Town, although water restrictions are still in place. The current strategy of using plants that are indigenous to an area will help to conserve water and lower the costs of maintaining landscapes. Bidvest Execuflora CEO Robbie Strang said the outlook for interior landscaping is favourable as there is marked growth in the use of planting in the office environment. He ascribes this to its environmental value and the sustainable building requirements driven by the Green Building Council of SA ratings system. He said there is an increase in architects specifying plants for interiors because of their environmental and health values.

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Table of Contents

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Supply Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 3
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4.1. Local 4
4.1.1. Regulations 5
4.1.2. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 7
4.2. Continental 8
4.3. International 9
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 11
5.1. Implication of Amendments to the National Road Traffic Act Regulations 11
5.2. Road Conditions and Infrastructure 11
5.3. Movement from Road to Rail 11
5.4. Economic Environment 12
5.5. Government Initiatives 12
5.6. Private Sector Initiatives 13
5.7. Rising Operating Costs 13
5.8. Information Technology 14
5.9. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 14
5.10. Labour 15
5.11. Cyclicality 17
5.12. Environmental Concerns and Solutions 18
5.13. Crime and Security 21
5.14. Electricity supply Constraints 21
6. COMPETITION 22
6.1. Barriers to Entry 22
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 23
8. OUTLOOK 23
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 24
10. REFERENCES 25
10.1. Publications 25
10.2. Websites 25
APPENDIX 1 26
Summary of Notable Players 26
COMPANY PROFILES 31
ACTIVE TREE FELLERS CC 31
AMALOBA HORTICULTURAL SERVICES LANDSCAPING (PTY) LTD 33
BIDVEST SERVICES (PTY) LTD 35
BRANDS TREE FELLING (PTY) LTD 38
BURGESS LANDSCAPES CC 39
CLEAN UP GUY (THE) CC 41
DAG WILLEMS TREE SURGERY AND FORESTRY (PTY) LTD 42
DISTINCTIVE CHOICE 1518 CC 44
ERIC CHERRY LANDSCAPING (PTY) LTD 45
EVERGREEN TURF (PTY) LTD 47
FASTFELL CC 49
FRENCH VALLEY MARKETING (PTY) LTD 50
FSG LANDSCAPING GROUP (PTY) LTD 52
GREEN EARTH LANDSCAPES (PTY) LTD 54
GREENACRES LANDSCAPES CC 55
GROWING BUSINESS CC (THE) 56
HEIMO SCHULZER GARDENS CC 58
IDUBE LANDSCAPING (PTY) LTD 60
J PANTON-JONES 62
KEITH KIRSTEN HORTICULTURE INTERNATIONAL (PTY) LTD 63
LEITCH LANDSCAPES (NATAL) (PTY) LTD 65
LEON DU PLESSIS ARBORCARE CC 66
LIFE GREEN GROUP (PTY) LTD 67
MICHELLE'S GREEN CREATIONS CC 69
OH MULTI GROUP (PTY) LTD 70
OVER THE GARDEN WALL CC 71
PANDA OUTDOOR SERVICES CC 72
PENINSULA LANDSCAPING CC 73
ROTHE PLANTSCAPERS (PTY) LTD 74
SERVEST (PTY) LTD 76
SINGENZA TREE FELLING CC 80
SODEXO SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 82
TOPFELL CC 84
TREE WORKS CC 86
TRYSHAW INVESTMENTS CC 87
TSEBO SOLUTIONS GROUP (PTY) LTD 89
TSWELLAPELE PLANTS CC 92
URBAN FOREST RECYCLING CC 93
VULA ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES (PTY) LTD 94

Report Coverage

The South African Tree Felling and Gardening Services Sector report describes current conditions, training initiatives and other factors influencing the success of the sector. The report profiles 18 companies including leaders in the landscaping sector, Servest Landscaping, Abacus Garden Enterprises and Bidvest Landscaping, previously known as Topturf. Also profiled are tree felling companies, Tree Fellas Inc, Fastfell CC, Leon du Plessis Arborcare CC t/a Arborcare, Singenza Tree Felling CC and Topfell CC, all SMMEs based in the Western Cape.

Introduction

This report focuses on the South African tree felling and gardening services sector, a fragmented sector that comprises hundreds of companies ranging from SMMEs to large corporates. The country’s weak economic climate and the increasing financial strain on many households has led to a shift away from non-essential costs such as gardening services and this together with the decreasing size of urban dwellings has resulted in a decline in the demand for residential gardening and landscaping services. In the commercial sector, landscape architects who generally work closely with developers, architects, civil engineers and municipal authorities have also experienced slower growth, due to weak activity in South Africa’s construction industry and the reduction in government’s infrastructure spending.

Strengths

• SALI has helped improve the image of the landscape industry in southern Africa by encouraging training, higher standards and ethical conduct.

Weaknesses

• A poor garden services industry impression has been created as many people, reluctant to pay for a professional service, hire cheaper services offered by unqualified operators.
• High cost of labour and rigid labour laws prevent smaller companies from expanding.
• The sector is influenced by the state of the economy and the availability of disposable income.

Opportunities

• Demand for green services offering environmentally friendly water-wise landscaping and the use of indigenous plants.

Threats

• Continued slow growth in the economy, with rising costs and high levels of household indebtedness.

Outlook

The industry is expected to continue to experience weak demand as financially constrained consumers and corporates remain reluctant to spend on gardening services and major landscaping projects. However, the demand for green services offering environmentally friendly water-wise landscaping and the use of indigenous plants is expected to grow especially as the drought and resultant water restrictions continue. According to Julian Ortlepp, greater education and training on tree maintenance needs to be conducted especially to ‘fly by night’ or unskilled tree fellers. He believes, “Getting these people on board and making them understand what is right and wrong is a challenge. We need to reach out to all role players in the industry and educate them.”

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The Tree Care and Landscaping Services in South Africa 2016

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Industry Landscape

R 1 330.00(ZAR) estimated $ 69.43 (USD)*

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Table of Contents

[ Close ]
PAGE
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 2
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 2
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4.1. Local 5
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 6
4.1.2. Regulations 6
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 7
4.2. Continental 8
4.3. International 9
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 9
5.1. Economic Environment 9
5.2. Rising Operating Costs 10
5.3. Labour 11
5.4. Weather Conditions 13
5.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 13
5.6. Environmental Concerns 14
6. COMPETITION 15
6.1. Barriers to Entry 15
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 16
8. OUTLOOK 16
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 16
10. REFERENCES 17
10.1. Publications 17
10.2. Websites 17
COMPANY PROFILES 19
ACTIVE TREE FELLERS CC 19
CLEAN UP GUY (THE) CC 20
DISTINCTIVE CHOICE 1518 CC 21
ERIC CHERRY LANDSCAPING (PTY) LTD 22
FASTFELL CC 24
FSG LANDSCAPING GROUP CC 25
GROWING BUSINESS CC (THE) 26
IDUBE LANDSCAPING (PTY) LTD 27
LEON DU PLESSIS ARBORCARE CC 29
PANDA OUTDOOR SERVICES CC 30
SERVEST (PTY) LTD 32
SINGENZA TREE FELLING CC 35
SODEXO SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 37
TOPFELL CC 41
TREE WORKS CC 43
TRYSHAW INVESTMENTS CC 44
TSEBO SOLUTIONS GROUP (PTY) LTD 46
UKHAMBA GREEN SERVICES (PTY) LTD 49