The use of Colophospermum mopane wood was quantified from six villages in the northeast of the Limpopo Province, South Africa. One hundred and eighty individuals were interviewed from the selected villages. Three villages were located in the depleted woodlands and the remaining three at abundant woodlands. Traditional governance structures within the selected villages and relevant conservation department officials were also interviewed. Colophospermum mopane is an essential source of fuelwood and provide poles used for construction of traditional structures. Each family uses 6.8 ± 0.1 kg of Colophospermum mopane fuelwood for cooking day-1 in the woodland depleted villages, while 8.2 ± 0.2 kg is used at the woodland abundant villages. Colophospermum mopane is preferred for construction of traditional structures because its wood is durable and is able to resists the effects of termites and wood borers.
Makhado, R. A.; Potgieter, M. J.; and Wessels, D.C.J.
"Colophospermum mopane Wood Utilisation in the Northeast of the Limpopo Province, South Africa,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2009
, Article 10.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2009/iss7/10