Argh. Where does all this wood come from? What does the landscape look like once the roots have been dug up, loaded and driven away?
In his website, he states "we focus on braai wood, firewood, ... as well as mopane root sales. Our wood and products are ... sourced straight out of Namibia and South Africa. We are driven with big hearts and a will to please."
It is a pity is big heart does not extend to the environment. He is just one among many of unscrupulous vendors selling illegally gathered hardwood from Namibia and the northern Cape.
The problem is this practise is unsustainable: dead wood is food for termites and a host of other animals, fungi and microorganisms, which return nutrients to the soil - which in turn enables the trees and grasses to grow.It is a natural recycling system which has been going on for millenia. The mass export of hardwood (or any biomass for that matter) will have a severe long-term impact on these arid ecosystems.
Camel thorn trees, western Namibia
If you want to do your bit to help save these landscapes, don't buy mopane or camel thorn. Be suspicious of anything sold as Namibian hardwood and ask where it comes from.
If you absolutely must have hardwood for your braai (*), ask for Sickle Bush (Dicrostachys cinerea) - a local but invasive plant which is being harvested to control bush encroachment in arid areas. Sickle Bush has become a serious problem in parts of Namibia - forming dense impenetrable thickets - and there are programmes to poison and harvest it, or to convert it into charcoal. The wood has a dark centre and pale sapwood, and is also heavy, making great coals. Bon appetit!
(*) braai - barbeque