New disease report: Ceratocystis wilt of eucalypts

A new disease is apparently posing a threat to eucalyptus plantations in South Africa.   What is Ceratocystis wilt and canker? Ceratocystis wilt of eucalypts is a fungal disease caused by a species of Ceratocystis. Different species of the fungus have been associated with wilt of eucalypts globally. The disease is considered to be one […]

Continue reading

World’s most comfortable shoe now made from South African tree fibres

Allbirds, the footwear-maker of choice among tech workers in Silicon Valley and self-proclaimed makers of the world’s most comfortable shoe, turned to South Africa for its latest product. The $95 (roughly R1,100) Tree Runners were released by Allbirds on Thursday. It uses eucalyptus fibres sourced from South African farms to create a “light and breezy” running […]

Continue reading

Agri SA Launches Water Desk

Agri SA announced that that it had formally launched a dedicated Water Desk that will focus on the need to ensure equitable access to water for farmers across South Africa. This initiative is in response to a host of external challenges facing agricultural water users, including severe drought, climate change and under-maintained infrastructure. The situation […]

Continue reading

FABI celebrates 20 years of research excellence

The Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria (UP) turns 20 in 2018.     Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey welcomed the audience of FABI staff, students, alumni and a host of international researchers and academics who accepted the invitation to celebrate FABI’s milestone. Former UP Vice-Chancellor and […]

Continue reading

Forestry South Africa holds annual regional meetings

Forestry South Africa has announced dates for their Annual Regional Meeting for the Zululand and Northern KwaZulu-Natal regions.                ZULULAND GROUP WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2018 11:00 KWAMBONAMBI CLUB   NORTHERN KWAZULU-NATAL THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2018 10:00 KAMBULA FARMERS HALL Both large (corporate), medium and small-scale growers are welcome to attend these meetings which not only […]

Continue reading

Update: Mosselbay fires cause havoc

The fire that is raging in the Mosselbay area is nowhere near under control and efforts to bring it under control are being hampered by the limited availability of water. Reports are coming in the the Mosselbay Airport where both fixed wing and helicopter bombers fill up between bombings, has run out of water. Strong […]

Continue reading

Breaking News: Another major fire hits the southern Cape

Another major and potentially devastating fire was reported in the southern Cape. This time in the Haelkraal area, 40km north of Mossel Bay, off the road that goes to Robinson Pass and Oudtshoorn. It is unclear at this stage how or where the fire started. The fire reached the Cape Pine / Geelhoutvlei Timbers pine […]

Continue reading

Global Timber Conference set to kick off in Borneo

Borneo, the third largest island in the world is known for its dense rainforest; has been selected as the host venue for the 2nd edition of Global Timber Conference (GTC 2017) from 6 – 8 November 2017 at Pullman Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Organized by Confexhub with the strong support from Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation […]

Continue reading

Nelson Mandela Forestry students excel in Russia

Nelson Mandela University Forestry students Zamadlamini Dlamini and Tertius Venter were chosen by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to attend the 14th International Junior Forest Contest 2017 which took place from 3 – 8 September 2017 in Russia (Moscow). Both students were highly commended for their work and received Merit Diplomas and […]

Continue reading

The SAFCOL Forestry Industrialisation Conference

The SAFCOL Forestry Industrialisation Conference, FIC 2017, was held at the Transnet Rail Training Centre near Tembisa in Kempton Park recently and things became quite heated as issues of land claims and transformation took centre stage. Speaker after speaker, starting with SAFCOL Chairman Lungile Mabace, urged the forestry industry to transform at a faster rate. […]

Continue reading