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Agri SA Media Release – Clarification from Minister of Labour on sectoral determination for agriculture review
30 November, 2012
Agri SA welcomes Minister Mildred Oliphant's clarification of the legal process that applies to the review of agriculture's sectoral determination, of which minimum wages are an important element. It was clear from the outset that 4 December 2012, put forward by certain individuals and groups for the completion of a review of the determination, was both illegal and unattainable. read more
The Global Timber and Forest Industry This Quarter - Wood Resource Quarterly
30 November, 2012
Excerpts from the 3Q 2012 issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com)
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Higher lumber demand in the US increased both US lumber production and importation in the 3Q/12, but sawlog prices have remained unchanged since 2011
30 November, 2012
The improved housing market in the US the past four months has resulted in both higher lumber production in the US and in increased importation of lumber. As a consequence lumber prices have gone up by over 30% from last year. However, sawlog price have remained unchanged so far this year, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
Timber Statistics Report 2010 to 2011
26 November, 2012
Report on commercial timber resources and primary roundwood processing in South Africa for the period 2010 to 2011. read more
Timber Statistics Report 2009 to 2010
26 November, 2012
Report on commercial timber resources and primary roundwood processing in South Africa for the period 2009 to 2010. read more
URGENT: PUBLIC HEARINGS ON AGRICULTURAL SECTORAL DETERMINATION
23 November, 2012
Following the farm labour unrest in the Western Cape, Government has put in place a process to review the Agricultural Sectoral Determination. In terms of this a series of Provincial public hearings have been arranged (see attached schedule). read more
First discovery of Selitrichodes neseri in the field
20 November, 2012
It was with great excitement that we found the first Selitrichodes neseri wasp emerging from Leptocybe-infested material collected in the field. This material was collected from a site in Mtunzini, Zululand, where S. neseri was released in September this year. read more
WoodEX Launch Invitation
20 November, 2012
WoodEX for Africa is the leading timber trade exhibition in africa and brings together woodworking professionals from across the continent. The event showcases innovative timber and woodworking products and services such as woodworking machinery, decking, flooring, structured timber, timber treating, saw milling and logging, pulp and paper manufacturing and wood material and veneer production. read more
NCT’S 2012 Tree Farmer Awards
19 November, 2012
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NCT Forestry's 2012 Tree Farmer awards went to RF Gevers (Pty) Limited in the category of farms managed on privately-owned land and NJ Madonsela in the category of a farm managed on communal land. Both recipients were recognised for their excellence in sustainable plantation management and have earned their place on the exclusive list of achievers in tree farming. read more
Reminder and Final Programme - ICFR Zululand Regional Field Day
19 November, 2012
This is a reminder of our upcoming Zululand Regional Field Day. Please note we have amended the programme for this event and a new version is attached read more
WoodEX for Africa 2013 exhibition space selling fast
13 November, 2012
Demand for exhibition space at WoodEX for Africa 2013 is strongly exceeding expectations, with some of South Africa's biggest and most respected names in the timber industry already committed to showcasing their products and services at the event being held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa, from 21 to 23 March 2013. read more
FP&M SETA Workshops postponed
1 November, 2012
Due to the low response rate to the FP&M SETA invitation to the workshops, the SETA has opted to postpone to a later date, please find all dates attached. Please RSVP by the 05th of November 2012. read more
Media release by DAFF Minister regarding National Forest Advisory Council
1 November, 2012
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, met with the National Forest Advisory Council (NFAC) in Pretoria early this week to discuss how the Department could assist the forestry sector. During this meeting, three resolutions were undertaken. read more
Forest Finance and Economics course
1 November, 2012
The Department of Forest and Wood Science at Stellenbosch is running the above mentioned course again in 2013. The details of the course, which is a block course, will take one year to complete and registration must be in before the middle of April next year.  Persons wanting to enrol are requested to complete the attached registration form and send directly to the Department. read more
Producing energy from forest / processing plant waste
1 November, 2012
A message received from SACE (South African Clean Energy Ltd), the suppliers of the necessary equipment to process waste into energy, together with an attachment which gives readers specific details on what they are involved in. read more

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