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NSTF award for Jolanda Roux
22 June, 2012
Last night the prestigious NSTF-BHP Billiton Science and Technology Awards ceremony was held in Johannesburg. Jolanda Roux from FABI won the award for Capacity Building in Science Engineering and Technology Innovation during the last 5-10 years. read more
Vepris, Zanthoxylum and Clausena species
22 June, 2012
Do you know Vepris, Zanthoxylum and Clausena species and can you help find specimens of these trees? read more
WoodEX for Africa - Bookings Open for 2013
22 June, 2012

WoodEX for Africa Expo and Conference - Bookings now open for 2013. Following the success of the inaugural WoodEX for Africa Exhibition at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand earlier this year, WoodEX for Africa will be back - bigger and better - in 2013. Reserve your exhibition space now to secure the best possible position and to qualify for our early bird discounted rates.

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Registration Deadline and Final Programme: 5th Forest Science Symposium 2012
22 June, 2012
As you know our theme for this year is "Risk to sustainable plantation forestry in southern Africa: The role of Research". This is a notification of registration deadline ans final programme for the symposium. read more
6th International Woodfibre Resources & Trade Conference
22 June, 2012
6th International Woodfibre Resources & Trade Conference second newsletter - June 2012. Online Registration Now Available. read more
FSA Draft Submission on two Labour Amendment Bills
22 June, 2012
Draft of the FSA submission on two labour amendment bills, drafted on behalf of the Committee and which pertains to the Labour Relations Amendment Bill and the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill.  read more
Good News about Leptocybe Biological Control
13 June, 2012
The Director General of DAFF has followed through on his undertaking to us in our last meeting with him in CT and has signed the release of the Leptocybe nematode. This is apparently unprecedented as Prof Wingfield advised that it has previously taken years for such releases, so it is good news indeed and will hopefully start in due course to stem the impact of this pest. read more
Radical COSATU Policy on Minimum Wage and Other Issues
13 June, 2012
Copy of an article that appeared on the front page of the Business Day on Wednesday 6th June.  The policy proposals are extremely radical and if adopted by Government could lead to job shedding on a large scale. read more
Report Back on Developments at the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) Seta
13 June, 2012
A report back on the recently held Saasveld Advisory Committee meeting concerning developments at the new FP&M Seta. read more
The global sawlog price index in the 1Q/12 was down almost nine percent from early 2011
13 June, 2012
Reduced global demand for lumber has resulted in a reduction in the Global Sawlog Price Index by almost nine percent in 12 months, as well as a recent decline in the global trade of logs, as reported by the Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
Forestry Seminar - Improved Compliance in the Forestry Sector - 21 - 22 June 2012
11 June, 2012
Improved compliance in the Forestry Sector Seminar, organised by DoL, at the Protea Hotel in White River on 21st and 22nd June 2012. read more
Alternatives to Eucalyptus for Pole Production - NCT Worldview Pietermaritzburg
8 June, 2012
Sunshine Seedlings
There has been much speculation about Eucalyptus grandis being the best specie for pole production.  In recent years there have been Eucalyptus crosses made that would appear to be better for poles than the straight E. grandis, but pole treatment plants have been reluctant to take them. read more
Global trade of lumber up 25 percent the past two years, with signs of better times ahead for the lumber industry
4 June, 2012
International trade of softwood lumber increased in 2011 after two years in decline. Imports were up to China, Japan, Spain and South Korea while the fell in the US, the UK, France and Egypt. In Europe, lumber prices mighthave bottomed and could start increasing if additional supply will not outpace higher demand. 
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FSA Annual Report 2011
4 June, 2012
The latest FSA Annual Report - for the year ending 31st December 2011. read more