COMMUNITY members from 10 villages in Umzimkhulu resolved to shut down operations at a commercial forest in Bovini outside Umzimkhulu after they held a meeting on Monday regarding a myriad of labour issues at the forest. According to community members, management from the forest was supposed to give feedback on the forest’s financial report as well as wage increases for employees, however they did not attend. One of the community members, Linda Mbhele, said people working in the forest are earning a low income and demanded increases. “On March 15, we held a meeting with the management of the forest and agreed on several matters. Today, we have resolved to close the forest because management does not want to take us seriously,” said Mbhele. Mbhele said talks were in place to set a suitable date for the shut down. On February 23, management from the forest declined to comment saying negotiations with the locals were underway.