About Us

Background

Pride of Africa is truly an African gem, it is one of the only Hardwood timber processing and manufacturing firms in Sub-Saharan Africa, which is vertically integrated, meaning the business has direct control of its supply chain including; logging, forest management, milling as well as manufacturing and processing. This has made the company a market leader in product knowledge, quality assurance as well as unparalleled flexibility to trends and new market designs.

Synergies

We are integrated with our own factory and processing plant based in Harare and structured to fully optimise the unique synergies that exist.

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Accreditation

  • Accredited African Forester
  • Construction Federation of Zimbabwe [CIFOZ] member

Corporate Social Responsibility

The sawmilling activities in the Matabeleland region have seen the company assisting in the employment of school leavers who are interned in various capacities, such as artisans in the carpentry factory. In addition to royalties to the NRDC the company continually supports the local orphanage and old age home; we also assist with furniture for local schools. Due to the incessant water shortages in the Matebeland region, the company has also delved into sinking boreholes as well as road clearing for the rural communities.

Management Team

G. D. A. Wiseman
K. Wiseman
A. A. Patel
R. Walsh
L. Philimon
E. T. Makoni

Managing Director
Marketing & Business Director
Finance Director
Factory Manager
Operations Manager
HR & Marketing Manager

WHY CHOOSE TEAK FLOORING AND DECKING

It is very strong

It is relatively high in its total tinsel strength, which means it will not break when put under tension and will be able to resist most of the wear and tear that other hardwood flooring may not be able to stand up to. This means that you will not risk damaging the floor when you move furniture around or through heavy foot traffic.

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It has high oil content

The higher oil content in teak wood prevents it from drying out and cracking over time. It helps the wood retain moisture which provides the wood with added strength.

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It's resistant to molding & Fungi

Its natural composition and oils give it this inbuilt element which enables it to withstand attacks and ensure that it retains its composition over a very long time.

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It repels Water

The tight grain structure prevents water and humidity from penetrating through the wood. Its natural oil also helps to fill in the micro pores in the wood and provides a seal for your floor, decking and furniture.

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It does not warp

Since this wood has natural oils and a tight grain structure, this prevents it from warping or bending, something that is very common in other wood varieties.

WHAT IS RHODESIAN/ ZAMBEZI TEAK?

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Common Name

Rhodesian Teak, Zambesi Redwood Scientific Name: Baikiaea plurijuga Distribution: Primarily Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and other countries in southern Africa Tree Size: 50-65 ft (15-20 m) tall, 1-2 ft (.3-.6 m) trunk diameter Average Dried Weight: 56 lbs/ft3 (890 kg/m3) Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .73, .89 Janka Hardness: 2,990 lbf (13,300 N) Modulus of Rupture: 12,220 lbf/in2 (84.3 MPa) Elastic Modulus: 1,230,000 lbf/in2 (8.48 GPa) Crushing Strength: 9,600 lbf/in2 (66.2 MPa) Shrinkage: Radial: 2.6%, Tangential: 4.5%, Volumetric: 6.9%, T/R Ratio: 1.7.

Color & Appearance

Heartwood is a medium reddish brown, commonly with black streaks. Sharply defined sapwood is a pale pinkish yellow.

Workability

Can be difficult to work because of high cutting resistance—saws slowly, and has a tendency to ride up over jointer knives. Also, due to its high silica content, cutting edges become severely blunted. However, the wood is stable in service, and glues turns, and finishes well.

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Endgrain

Diffuse-porous; solitary and radial multiples; small to medium pores in no specific arrangement, moderately numerous; yellowish brown mineral/gum deposits present; parenchyma vasicentric, banded; narrow to medium rays, spacing normal to fairly close.

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Rot Resistant

Rated as very durable; good insect resistance, though sapwood is prone to insect attack.

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Grain & Texture

Grain is straight to interlocked, with a fine, even texture and low natural luster.

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Odor

No characteristic odor. Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Rhodesian Teak has been reported cause very minimum respiratory irritation. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information. credit: www.wood-database.com