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DANA London Timberland Investment Conference October
1 August, 2013
All speakers and panellists for the DANA London "International Timberlands Investment Conference: A European Perspective"  October 10 and 11, 2013 have now been confirmed. Brief bios and topics of new speakers and panellists confirmed since the last newsletter of July 12 are provided. with full topics, speakers and panellist summaries. read more
Forestry transport infrastructure requirements Plan at National, Provincial and Municipal level
31 August, 2012
The primary purpose and scope of this report is to assess the current status of, and future requirements for transport infrastructure across the South African forestry sector as a whole. These requirements, developed by means of extensive technical analyses, database examination, questionnaires and case study interviews, are presented as recommendations for alignment with transport development plans at national, provincial, district and municipal levels. read more
3rd Forestry Industry Training Indaba
31 August, 2012
South African Forestry Contractors Association and Forestry Industry Training Providers Association have the pleasure of inviting you to the 3rd Forestry Industry Training Indaba. read more
FP&M SETA Sector Skills Planning Research
30 August, 2012
The FP&M SETA contracted Pauline Matlhaela and Associates to conduct skills planning research into the sectors covered by the new SETA.  The attached presentation gives an overview of their findings which were presented at a Strategic Planning Session held over two days in Johannesburg last week. read more
Invitation to an ICFR KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Regional Field Day
30 August, 2012
The  next ICFR Field Day is our KZN Midlands event which will be held on Wednesday 3 October at the Noodsberg Country Club, near Dalton. read more
The Sirex Woodwasp and its Fungal Symbiont
30 August, 2012
Some of you might be aware of this book on the Sirex Wood Wasp that was published earlier this year by Springer. Several chapters of the book deals with Sirex-related topics from a South African perspective. read more
WoodEX for Africa enjoying strong exhibitor demand
30 August, 2012
WoodEX for Africa 2013 is still nearly seven months away but there has been a significant rise in the demand for stand space compared to last year, with numerous exhibitors wanting to make a bigger impact at WoodEX for Africa 2013. read more
Presentation to labour portfolio committee on two labour amendment bills
29 August, 2012
Please find attached for your information the presentation that I gave to the Labour Portfolio Committee in Parliament on Tuesday 24th July in which I have highlighted the Industry's concerns regarding the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill. read more
Proposed reduction in water management area
29 August, 2012
Attached please find the proposed revision of the current 19 WMA in SA to be reduced to nine WMAs. Comment is required within 90 days. Personally, I feel this is a good idea as it reduces the administrative costs of supporting 19 Catchment Management Agencies. read more
Interesting article regarding future of SAFCOL
29 August, 2012
Article in the Business Day which relates to the future of SAFCOL. Cori Ham of Stellenbosch University is undertaking a Report for the DPE on the matter. read more
Saasveld looking to fill silviculture lecturer position
29 August, 2012
The School of Natural Resource Management at the George Campus (Saasveld) of the NMMU has a long and outstanding history of excellence and leadership in teaching and research in the field of forestry.  We would like to strengthen our focus on applied forest management, and to achieve this, it is necessary to create capacity in the field of Silviculture.  A vacancy exists for a lecturer/senior lecturer to assist the School in attaining its goals.  The recipient of this post will be expected to lecture undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Silviculture, supervise research students, and conduct appropriate research in this discipline. read more
Sawlog prices trended downward worldwide in past 12 months; with the Global Sawlog Price Index falling 11% from the 2Q/11 to the 2Q/12
29 August, 2012
Wood costs have fallen the past year for many sawmills in the major lumber-producing countries worldwide. The Global Sawlog Price Index was US$82.90 per cubic meter in the 2Q/12, which was 11.5% lower than in the 2Q/11, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Sawlog prices have declined the most in Europe the past year.  read more
The Global Forest Industry This Quarter
23 August, 2012
The Global Timber and Forest Industry This Quarter - Wood Resource Quarterly read more
TPCP visiting Mpumalanga next week 28-31 August
23 August, 2012
There will be a group from the TPCP visiting Mpumalanga next week 28-31 August.  If you have any pest or disease problems you need us to look at or need samples brought to the clinic, please contact us. read more
SAFCOL reports positive results for the 2012 financial year
23 August, 2012
The SAFCOL Group reported improved results in the 2012 financial year as compared to the previous two financial years. In spite of the difficult trading conditions and operating environment, the Group's financial performance for the 2012 financial year improved from a loss-making to a profit position, resulting in an operating profit of R51 million (excluding the effect of the adjustment of plantation valuation), compared to a loss of R32 million in the previous financial year. The profit to date has been attributed to the Group's efforts to implement the turnaround strategy. The improved performance is mainly due to the new initiatives introduced during the year to enhance sales performance, cost saving initiatives, increases in dividend income and the introduction of revenue-generating initiatives. read more
Sunshine Seedlings doubles clone production
22 August, 2012
Sunshine Seedlings
The growing demand for high productivity, disease tolerant clones among forestry companies has prompted Sunshine Seedlings to double their output of clonal cuttings from three million a year to six million a year. read more
5th Edition of South African Forestry Handbook
20 August, 2012
The long-awaited 5th edition of the South African Forestry Handbook has been published! The Handbook was edited by Brian Bredenkamp and Sally Upfold. The contents include an introduction by Michael Edwards and a brief history of the South African forest industry written by Willie Louw. read more
WoodEX for Africa back in 2013 for all the right reasons
20 August, 2012
WoodEX 2013
Following the success of the inaugural WoodEX for Africa Exhibition at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand in March this year, WoodEX for Africa will be back - bigger and better - in 2013. WoodEX for Africa 2012, the premier exhibition for the timber industry in Africa, was received with enthusiasm by exhibitors, conference delegates, speakers and visitors, ensuring that this event will soon be among the finest of its kind anywhere in the world. read more
Eight more land claims settled!
20 August, 2012
After a long period of planning and negotiation between Mondi, the Land Claims Commission, and claimant communities in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, another eight land restitution settlement agreements have been reached in June 2012 involving Mondi forestry land. This brings the number of land settlement deals that Mondi has signed with claimant communities to 19, involving about 35 000 hectares of forestry land. read more
China imported 15 percent less sawlogs in the first half of 2012 than in 1H/2011
16 August, 2012
The slowing economy in China has reduced the importation of logs from New Zealand, Russia and the US by about 15 percent during the first six months of 2012. Prices for imported and domestic softwood logs in China have fallen this year by 14 percent and 10 percent, respectively as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
Press Release from the 5th Forest Science Symposium
15 August, 2012
The recent 5th Forest Science Symposium co-hosted by the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) and the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF) provided the southern African forest research community with a unique opportunity to interact and share knowledge around the diverse research being carried out across this important sector of our economy.  Held at Hilton College outside Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, the Symposium was attended by around 240 delegates from forestry companies, research organisations, academic institutions, government and private entities. read more
Congratulations to Mr. Heinz W. Kusel and Mr. Mark A. Klipp
8 August, 2012
Midlands Pine Products
Mr. Heinz W. Kusel was elected as the new chairman of Midlands Pine Products and Mr. Mark A. Klipp as vice chairman, we at Midlands Pine Products would like to congratulate them and wish them all the best. read more
Wood chip prices fell throughout the US and Canada in the 2Q/12, the US South continues to have the lowest chip prices and Eastern Canada the highest
6 August, 2012
Prices for softwood chips have trended downward in both the US and Canada during the first six months of 2012, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. read more