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FSA presentation to the porfolio committee on labour
28 March, 2018
FSA
Please find below the PowerPoint presentation that I will be presenting to the Portfolio Committee on Labour on behalf of the Forestry Industry later today in Parliament. As mentioned in my email to you dated 14 march, the thrust of the presentation will try and get the Portfolio... read more
Course: Cost and Management Accounting for Natural Resource Managers
28 March, 2018
FSA
Please find below the details of the above mentioned course which is being run by the Nelson Mandela University (Saasveld). read more
Implementation date of NMW postponed
28 March, 2018
FSA
As you are aware, the DoL was planning on implementing the NMW on 1 May 2018. This has now been postponed although it is still not clear when the new implementation date will be. Please find attached an article thereon which appeared in today's Business Day. read more
Forestry South Africa launches industry-focused website on pesticide use
28 March, 2018
FSA
The United Nations International Day of Forests on 21 March will be marked by Forestry South Africa with the launch of an information and illustration-rich website focusing on pesticide-related matters. The website is aimed at foresters, technical staff, students, small- and medium-scale farmers. read more
A speech delivered by the minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane
23 March, 2018
CSIR
Ladies and Gentlemen; The South African economy has been experiencing pedestrian growth levels in the recent years. In fact, our economy has never fully recovered from the 2008 global economic crisis. As a result of the poor economic growth our triple challenges... read more
CSIR: Biorefinery facility launched to address biomass waste challenges, boost industry competitiveness
22 March, 2018
CSIR
The South African government has launched a R37.5 million biorefinery facility in Durban, which is set to extract maximum value from biomass waste. The facility, which is a first for South Africa, will support innovation in a range of industries. read more
End of burnt logs is in sight after the devastating fires last year - MTO
22 March, 2018
MTO
With approximately 600 000 m3 harvested on four major fronts, between Knysna and Jefferies Bay, the end of the burnt logs is in sight after the devastating fires last year. "This could not have been accomplished without the same verve and focus people showed during the fires... read more
International Day of Forests - Celebrate forests. Celebrate the things that come from them
20 March, 2018
PAMSA
March 21 marks the International Day of Forests with 2018 focusing on Forests & Sustainable Cities. Trees in urban areas, natural forests & plantations, store carbon & release oxygen which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change.
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Reminder to attend NFRF plenary session
20 March, 2018
FSA
Dear all associates in the Intensive, Nursery and Forestry groupings, and apologies for any cross-postings. Please see below and attached details of an invitation to attend the First National Forestry Research Forum Plenary Meeting, chaired by Prof Colin Dyer. read more
FSA’s submission to DoL & the portfolio committee on labour on the National Minimum Wage Bill
20 March, 2018
FSA
Please find attached for your information our Submission on the National Minimum Wage Bill. The Submission provides a detailed analysis of our views on the implementation of the NMW, motivations for changes thereto and recommendations. read more
Report Back on AgriSA Land Meeting
20 March, 2018
FSA
Mr Mike Peter attended the AgriSA Land Meeting held on the 13th March on behalf of FSA.The meeting was convened to specifically to deal with the highly-politicised and somewhat concerning media coverage of the Parliamentary motion on possible amendments to the Constitution. read more
Forestry students look for placements
19 March, 2018
Forestry students look for placements
Can you offer experiential training for second year Saasies? THE George Campus of the Nelson Mandela University (Saasveld) has 13 forestry students still needing placing in industry for the experiential training part of their second-year studies (April to December). read more
SkillsTrain, Women Presidents' Organisation and South African Reforestation Trust team up to plant 10 000 trees
14 March, 2018
WPO
This project is brought to you by SkillsTrain Distribution who are working in conjunction with the two South African chapters of the Womenn Presidents' Organisation and The South African Reforestation Trust to plant 10 000 trees. read more
Global wood machining brands on show at WoodEX for Africa
12 March, 2018
Wood ex Africa 2018
Preparations for WoodEX for Africa, the largest timber trade exhibition in Africa, are well under way. With less than 5 months to go, a number of well-respected global brands have committed to showcasing their latest wood machining and tooling brands at the expo taking place from 11-13 July 2018. read more
Industry specific schemes offered by the IDC
12 March, 2018
FSA
With a view to supporting the industrial development capacity, the IDC funds start-up and existing businesses up to a maximum of R1 billion, and has some special schemes available, addressing areas such as job creation, youth and women empowerment, funding of innovation read more
Article regarding ANC’S new land reform policy as hightighted in SONA
9 March, 2018
FSA
FSA is obviously extremely concerned about the latest developments regarding the above, especially the adoption of the motion in Parliament to amend the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation. read more
Way forward regarding how organised agriculture deals with the expropriation without compensation
9 March, 2018
FSA
FSA has been contacted by a number of members regarding the holding of an urgent FSA Land Committee meeting to discuss the EWC issue.  However, Agri SA is holding a meeting next week (13 March) to discuss their proposed EWC mitigation plan. read more
Motion on land – political populism trumps national interest
9 March, 2018
AgriSA
Agri SA fully understands the need for land reform and the frustration with the apparent slow progress and is committed to orderly and sustainable land reform. However, politics and emotion dominated the debate on land in the Nasional Assembly on Tuesday. read more

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