Farewell to an old friend – Cecil Raymond (Butch) James

Cecil Raymond (Butch) James “I’m still the same person inside, and that’s what counts.” 11 November 1947 – 23 October 2015     With this article we pay our last respects to our dear friend Butch James. Butch was a beacon for many in the sawmilling industry. Individuals and companies looked to him for advice […]

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Working with Wood show allowed big and small to showcase offerings

Wood Southern Africa and Timber Times visited the Working with Wood show that was held at the Waterfall Polo Estate in Johannesburg on 31 October and 1 November. The main sponsor for the Working with Wood show was diversified woodworking product supplier Vermont Sales. Vermont Sales brand manager Greg de Villiers says the show was […]

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Vulture Saving Initiative Takes Flight

The Hawking Centre is proud to announce the launch of a funding partnership with VulPro – The Vulture Conservation Programme based in South Africa.   VulPro’s mission is to advance knowledge, awareness and innovation in the conservation of wild African vulture populations for the benefit and well-being of society, and the charity is already involved […]

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Boskor Sawmill streamlines and automates operations

Wood Southern Africa and Timber Times visited Boskor Sawmill in Storms River to learn more about the adaption and automation of the sawmill’s operations since its takeover by Swartland. Swartland purchased the Boskor Sawmill from MTO roughly three and a half years ago. At the time of the takeover, Boskor was producing structural timber in […]

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Forestry equipment market demand to rise 4.5% annually

World demand for forestry equipment (including both purpose-built and converted machinery) is forecast to climb 4,5% annually to $9,3 billion in 2019. This will represent a moderation from the 2009-2014 pace of increase, a period during which market gains were bolstered by a rebound in roundwood production from lows posted during the 2009 global recession, […]

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