"Samartex timber and plywood company Ltd." Samreboi by quapaw

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Summerboy

I am staying in this town for 3 months together with a class mate of mine. We are doing our thesis with the logging company in this town.

Samreboi (pronounce Summerboy) is a small village in the middle of nowhere situated right opposite of the Samartex sawmill. It consists of typical African houses made out of clay and or wood. There are no sealed roads so when a logging truck comes past your going to literally eat the dust. The sawmill is huge and employs about 1500 people. Planks, plywood and veneer is produced but there is also a large woodcarving section. Power is generated from the leftover wood by burning it in large ovens and there is a large mechanical workshop for the maintenance of all the cars, trucks and machinery. Around the factory there is quite a large residential area with large free standing houses for permanent employees with a somewhat higher, mostly management functions. They all have there own cook, gardener, security officer and a 4WD with driver. This is all very normal here. There is also a small factory in which they process Thaumatin. The seeds collected from within the fruit of this endemic plant are extremely sweet. Some say it is 200 times sweeter than sugar. Definitely the sweetest thing I have ever tasted! The taste, somewhat like artificial sweets, stays in your mouth for the rest of the day. Our guesthouse is right opposite of Club Samreboi which is basically like a large bar with many facilities to entertain employees since the company is really in the middle of nowhere.

House 41

The questhouse that we are staying in is very nice. The women running it are trying to learn us some fianty (one of the more common languages in Ghana). Every day they cook western food for us like potatoes and pasta. It is actually a shame to live in such luxury because you do not experience the true culture like it was in Madagascar. We asked for a typical Ghanaian dish a few times but it seemed that they found it odd.
When walking to the office every morning we say “morning” at least 25 times. There is lots of security here but it does not seem very necessary. There is also a sleepy one in front of the office with an AK-47.

Club Samreboi

We play pool almost every night in the club with (the knights who say) Ni, and we also play a lot of squash and badminton with the other locals and expats. The other day the big (white) boss visited to check on a few things. He was only to be found on the golf course with two small kids carrying his club bags.

On sunday afternoons the pool is great to relax.

  • Last visit to Samreboi: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 24, 2007
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  • Jun 12, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Hello, am Frank looking to live and work at Samreboi as a national service personnel. Am, Ghanaian but not familiar with that part. Hope you can be of help. Want to know what there is to know and get a new friend in you. address is fagyapong2@yahoo.co.uk.

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    Aug 30, 2006 at 10:05 AM

    Believe me there’re no chimps left in the Mamiri Forest Reserve. If there’re any left you can find them in the Western part of Ghana, but I doubt it. GRTZ

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