Shot Hole Borer Projects Launched In Forests Of The Southern Cape

During the past week, Prof. Wilhelm de Beer of FABI and Prof. Francois Roets from Stellenbosch University, visited the southern Cape to launch two research projects on the impact of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) on native trees in the area. It was discovered last year that the beetle and its fungus infest native trees in the gardens of George […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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DANA Forestry Investment Conference

The second DANA Forestry Investment Conference was held in September at the Skukuza Conference Centre, attracting an impressive lineup of speakers from across the globe and covering a number of very interesting topics aimed at promoting investment in the African forestry industry. Speakers , including investment consultants unpacked the current state of the forestry industry […]

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New approach needed for investment in emerging markets

It is estimated that approximately 330 000Ha of new forestry plantations need to be established per annum in Africa to satisfy future demand. Unfortunately, the amount of actual new plantations does not come close to that figure. According to Roger Naylor, senior consultant at Indufor, one of the world’s leading forest consulting service providers, only […]

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Invitation to comment on SA National Forestry Certification standard

South Africa is in the process of developing a South African National Forestry Certification standard as part of the South African Forestry Assurance Scheme (SAFAS), which will seek endorsement by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).  This standard is based on the National Principles, Criteria, Indicators and Standards Framework (PCI&S). Interested parties are […]

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Get ready for LIGNA 2017

LIGNA, the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industry, is gearing up for its 2017 season (22 to 26 May) with a new, more visitor-centric layout of themes. The significance of the new layout for the primary timber industry is that the Forestry Technology displays will be located […]

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Department of Labour blitz puts spotlight on forestry industry in Mpumalanga

The Department of Labour is to conduct a blitz inspection targeting the forestry sector in Ehlanzeni District, Mpumalanga, next week. The event, which starts on Monday and ends on Friday, will focus on compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA), Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), […]

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