The Department stated that the forestry sector is a serious contributor to the South African economic system through its well developed and diversified forest products trade. According to Forestry South Africa, currently, forestry contributes 25, 5% to agriculture Gross Domestic Product . Forestry supports manufacturing sub-sectors such as saw-milling, paper and pulp production, mining and development. The FTFA was began in 1990 to handle sustainable development by way of greening, local weather change action, sustainable natural resource administration and food-security programmes. The forestry vision states that forests are managed for people and that there might be a have to create an enabling setting for economic and social development by way of sustainable forestry, especially at local level. The National Forests Act, 1998 , and the Forestry Laws Amendment Act, 2005 , reﬂect the vision for the future of forestry in South Africa.