Indigenous hardwood forests in the Midlands and Matebeleland North provinces are part of the Kalahari sand region which extends into the Boatswana and Namibian arid regions. In Zimbabwe these two regions are home to very precious forests which comprise of teak (Baikiaea Plurijuga), mahogany (Guibortia coleosperma), mukwa (Pterocaspus angolensis) and other indigenous hardwoods such as wooden banana, Leadwood and white seringa (Kirkia Acuminata). Thousands of ZANU PF supporters invaded these forests during the land reform program between 2000 and 2007 and started logging the timber for curing tobacco or simply inviting international companies to come and log for a fee. Politicians in the region have also been fingered in the scandal which may be depriving the country of revenue in excess of 10 million dollars annually. It is estimated that Zimbabwe could be losing as much as 300 000 ha of indigenous hardwood forests annually. The situation is exacerbated by illegal settlers who often start veldt fires whilst on hunting expeditions. Some of the trees are sensitive to fires and have a slow recovery rate. Thus both government and the communities are losing out as international companies and corrupt individuals are benefiting from chaos.