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Press briefing by Minister Nkwinti on Land Reform
27 February, 2013
Please find two articles that appeared in the Business Day regarding the above briefing which was held on Friday 22nd February 2013 at which he gave journalists an insight into Government's latest proposals regarding the land reform process.  read more
Important advice regarding new agricultural minimum wage
27 February, 2013
AgriSA
From 1 March 2013 new minimum wages apply to farm workers. The increase represents a 52% increase in the entry level wage of workers. The purpose of this communication is not to analyse or revisit all the provisions of the sectoral determination, but rather to highlight the legal position in respect of some decisions that farmers are likely to consider in the coming months. read more
All set for WoodEX for Africa
27 February, 2013
WoodEX for Africa
Final preparations are underway for WoodEX for Africa, which will be held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa, from 21 - 23 March 2013. With local and international exhibitors and visitors in attendance this event will definitely be a highlight on the timber trade agenda for the year. read more
6th International Woodfibre Resources & Trade Conference - February 2013 Newsletter
25 February, 2013
The February 2013 Newsletter for the 6th International Woodfibre Resources and Trade Conference to be held in Turkey in April 2013. The Conference program is complete and we are sure you will find it exciting, interesting and a ‘must attend' event. read more
Exciting possibilities of addressing wood quality problems using Stellenbosch's CT scanner
15 February, 2013
The inaugural "CT Newsletter" which gives details about the above mentioned received from Pierre Ackerman Scanner which is housed at Department of Forest & Wood Science. Those wishing to explore the possibility of making use of this instrument are requested to contact Dr. Anton du Plessis at US on anton2@sun.ac.za. read more
Komatiland Forests - Request for Tender
15 February, 2013
Komatiland Forests
Request for tender - Future SA Lumber Market, Sawmilling Technology and associated timber dimensions study. The study should cover the following for Pine: Future SA Lumber Markets, Future SA Sawmilling Technology, Optimal future log mix, Optimal average tree size. read more
IFC Supports Expansion of HMH’s Agribusiness and Forestry Activities in Africa and Latin America
15 February, 2013
Hans Merensky Holdings

Johannesburg, South Africa, February 13, 2013-IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced an investment in South Africa-based Hans Merensky Holdings (Pty) Limited to support the expansion of its agribusiness and forestry operations. IFC's investment promotes climate change mitigation through expanded timber plantation and encourages further South-South investment by promoting HMH's growth in Latin America.

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Working on Fire Academy courses
13 February, 2013
The working on Fire Academy specializes in providing intergrated fire Management training throughout South Africa. Our courses are internationally accredited and can be provided at our premises or on site in any of the 11 official languages. read more
Continuing Education in Forest Finance and Economics course
13 February, 2013
Announcement regarding Continuing Education in Forest Finance and Economics course held by the Department of Forest and Wood Science Stellenbosch University. read more
Mechanised forestry operations: Safety first – One day Course
13 February, 2013
After consulting with various stakeholders, CMO has decided to offer the following accredited course during 2013: Defining safety in mechanised harvesting and silviculture operations / Risk management in the PDCA management cycle / Identifying risks (risk assessments) / Mitigating risks
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Log imports to China from New Zealand and the US were up 26 percent in the second half of 2012 from the 1H/12, and Chinese log prices reached new record highs
11 February, 2013
Log imports to China were off to a slow start in 2012 but in the second half of the year, shipments picked up with New Zealand and the US gaining the biggest market shares, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The Chinese domestic log market also heated up, with log prices reaching record high levels.  read more
Celebrations at Sunshine Seedlings
7 February, 2013
Sunshine Seedling Services
At 3:30pm on Friday afternoon, Sunshine Seedling Services was buzzing with excitement as the staff gathered for the acknowledgement of long service. read more
New Agricultural Minimum Wage Announced by Minister
5 February, 2013
At a briefing held earlier this afternoon, the Minister of Labour announced details of the new minimum wage for agricultural workers wef 1st March 2013. read more
Forestry Sectoral Determination
4 February, 2013
Forestry South Africa's report on the meeting, held on the 1st February 2013, with the Department of Labour and the ECC to discuss the Agricultural and Forestry Sectoral Determinations. read more
NCT give ORIBI Programme a Lift
4 February, 2013
NCT
NCT Forestry has made a R80 000 donation towards the conservation of the Oribi antelope. read more
Renewal of Radio Licences
4 February, 2013

ICASA had invited all current radio licence holders to re-apply for new radio licences. Please refer to the attached Government gazette for details.

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A Walk in a Forester's Boots. The first journey: Finding my feet
4 February, 2013
A Walk in a Foresters Boots
Greg Ellis and Ben Potgieter are proud to announce the printing of their first book in the trilogy,
A Walk in a Forester's Boots. The first Journey: Finding my Feet. A book about Ed Tippett's journey as a forester in South Africa. read more
Wood pellet exports from North America to Europe were up over 70% in the 3Q/12 year-over-year
1 February, 2013
Rapid expansion of wood pellet production in both the US South and British Columbia has dramatically increased pellet exports from North America to Europe the past year, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. In the 3Q/12, total shipments were up 70 percent year-over-year to 860,000 tons. The growth is expected to continue with numerous plans for adding capacity, particularly in the US South. read more
WoodEX - Call for Papers for Timber Talks at WoodEX for Africa 2013
1 February, 2013
WoodEX
Members of the timber industry are invited to submit topics and suggest speakers for the Timber Talks being held during WoodEX for Africa 2013. A first at WoodEX for Africa this year, the Timber Talks are a number of short presentations which will take place within WoodEX for Africa, which will provide a dynamic and interactive learning experience for visitors and exhibitors at the expo. read more

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