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Arbor Week : Aid the environment by planting a tree
30 August, 2017
National Arbor Week
Arbor Week takes place from September 1 to 7 and is a national campaign initiated to celebrate South Africa's trees and to raise awareness about their importance. One of the trees of the year: Euclea pseudebenus; Black Ebony/Ebbehout-ghwarrie (common name: English). read more
Guidance to structure and content of the SAFAS standard
29 August, 2017
We have sent the standard out on an excel spreadsheet format to make it easier to comment. The requirement of the SAFAS Standard are arranged into 7 Principles each, on different tab in the spreadsheet.  These are as follows... read more
Book your tickets for the AGFO-rum
29 August, 2017
A collection of industry-related talks by those who are considered top in their field of profession. This year visitors can look forward to talks such as, MCLI -The Maputo port and the corridor - Export Challenges for the Fresh Produce Farmer, TAU - Bnnie van Zyl... read more
Request for Wildlife Photographs
29 August, 2017
We are appealing to all Forestry South Africa members to submit wildlife photos that we can post on behalf of the industry to showcase the species found on forestry-owned land across the country. read more
FP&M Seta Initiative: Forestry Growth Strategy Workshop - Postponement
29 August, 2017
FP&M Seta
The abovementioned Workshop that was to be held at the end of this month should be postponed. This was necessitated because a final date had still not been determined by the FP&M SETA and that the short-notice that would have to have been given would have probably resulted in minimal attendance. read more
Minister of the Environmental Affairs unveils Mpact’s liquid packaging recycling plant
21 August, 2017
Mpact says recycling rates in SA are well ahead of global recovery rates. On the 25 July 2017, Mpact opened its liquid packaging recycling plant at the company's Springs paper mill. The company held an on-site ribbon-cutting ceremony, with Minister Dr.Edna Molewa... read more
Group with forestry assets in Mozambique given ‘buy’ recommendation
21 August, 2017
Innvestment bank VSA Capital has made a ‘buy' recommendation on the shares of the Obtala group, which holds forestry concessions in Mozambique, for up to 36 pence per share, roughly double the current price of 17.5 pence, the group said in a statement to the market. read more
Presentation made by FSA to Davis Tax Commission on proposed wealth tax
19 August, 2017
Forestry South Africas presentation presented to the Davis Tax Commission at its offices in Pretoria on Wednesday 16 August. read more
South African Forestry & Forest Products Industry Facts (1980 - 2016) Excel Version
19 August, 2017
SA Forestry & Forest Products Industry Facts (1980 - 2016) read more
National Minimum Wage Documents
19 August, 2017
Nedlac is apparently still consolidating inputs received.  However, another opportunity for public comment on the National Minimum Wage Bill will arise during September/October (the bill will be released as soon as the NEDLAC process is concluded). read more
FP&M Seta Initiative: Forestry Growth Strategy Workshop - CHANGE OF DATE
18 August, 2017
FP&M Seta
Change of date for the Forestry Growth Strategy Workshop read more
Request to Place Environmental Management Learnership Students (Free of Charge)
16 August, 2017
Green Skills Academy
The Academy is running an NQF Level 5 course in Environmental Management and is looking for employers who could offer work experience for a 6 month period in the field. The students are fully funded so no cost to company. This may be an ideal opportunity to assist with the skills development of youngsters in the field of environmental management. read more
KZN community fights poverty through forestry project
16 August, 2017
Farmers weekly
A total of 7 000ha was transferred to the Mabandla community in Kwazulu-Natal as part of government's land reform programme. The community has since established several successful ventures, including a commercial forestry enterprise, on the land. read more
Fracking exploration company withdraws application in KZN
16 August, 2017
DURBAN -  A company that was given the green light to explore for hydrocarbons in northern KwaZulu-Natal has announced that it withdrew its application. KwaZulu-Natal is currently facing multiple applications by companies that want to explore the province for oil and gas. read more
African countries must even out trade to promote integration
16 August, 2017
The Southern Times
THE impounding of over 400 Namibian, Tanzanian, South African and Congolese trucks by Zambian authorities from February to July 2017 has raised serious questions on two important matters confronting Africa, namely; The need to protect our natural resources... read more
NCT’s 2017 Tree Farmers of the Year
16 August, 2017
Farmers weekly
Two farmers from KwaZulu-Natal took top honours in NCT Forestry Cooperative's 2017 Tree Farmer of the Year competition. The winner of the Commercial Grower category was Geoff Wolhuter, a sixth generation Wolhuter on Elandspruit Farm in the province's New Hanover area. read more
Developing sustainable forest ecosystems in Africa will help boost its economy
15 August, 2017
Humanity has long appreciated forests for the energy, food and medicine they provide, and as a source of wood products for construction and other purposes. But the role of forests in supporting agriculture, preserving biodiversity, protecting water supplies. read more
Helicopter Rescue Techniques
15 August, 2017
Skillstrain Distribution
A training handbook for rescue practitioners. A new local production by local author Rob Thomas. read more
Invitation to National Roadshow for Wood Packaging Material (ISPM 15) & Discontinuation of Methly Bro-mide in SA
7 August, 2017
Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries hereby invites all role players in manufacturing, treating, exporting of wood packing material (WPM) using Methyl bromide and Heat Treatment, as well as importers of Methyl Bromide fumigant, Freight Forwarders and Agents. read more
National Building Regulations workshop to focus on roofing
3 August, 2017
The Institute for TimberConstruction South Africa (ITC-SA), SAQA-registered Professional Body for the engineered timber construction industry, will be hosting a free CPD-accredited workshop in Pietermaritzburg on the 31st of August with the assistance of the South African Local Government. read more
Infrastructure Africa Business Forum to provide solutions for Africa's socio-economic challenges
3 August, 2017
Infrastructure Africa
The International Monetary Fund, after a visit to the country in June, warned South Africa that its economy "is extremely vulnerable to external shocks and funding shortfalls." The Fund added that current political and domestic factors could exacerbate the situation... read more
Bell and Lonagro team up in Mozambique and Malawi
2 August, 2017
Bell Equipment, as part of its group strategy to grow its independent dealer network in select markets, has announced that Lonagro Mozambique has been appointed as its exclusive dealer in Mozambique and Malawi. Explaining the rationale behind the company's strategy... read more
ICFR’s 7th Forest Science Symposium – a mix of science, partnerships, research, knowledge sharing & networking
2 August, 2017
The Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) held its 7 Forest Science Symposium from 18 to 20 July, at the One Life Church in Pietermaritzburg. The three-day event was co-hosted by the ICFR, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) read more
Sunshine Seedlings focus on increasing its customer service levels
1 August, 2017
Sunshine Seedling Services
With the growing season just around the corner Sunshine Seedlings is focusing on increasing its customer service levels. read more