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Bright future for WoodEX for Africa
28 March, 2013
The second edition of the timber trade exhibition, WoodEX for Africa, which was held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand last week, was well supported by exhibitors and visitors despite the event being held over a long weekend. read more
Lumber markets improved sharply in the US during 2012 and early 2013; production was up eight percent and prices have increased over 60 percent since late 2011
28 March, 2013
The lumber market in the US really took off in late 2012 and early 2013. Lumber prices in February were more than 60 percent higher than in late 2011. Increased lumber production has put upward pressure on sawlog prices and in the US Northwest, Douglas-fir sawlog prices reached a five-year high in the 4Q/12, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. read more
Caring for Communities
26 March, 2013
NCT Forestry has undertaken social investment initiatives aimed at bringing new hope and opportunity to previously disadvantaged communities. Programmes are driven by NCT's desire to improve the quality of life in these communities and to empower individuals and communities to build self-sufficiency and sustainability in the long term. read more
See you at WoodEX this week
20 March, 2013
WoodEX
Don't miss this outstanding event - with excellent displays of innovative timber and woodworking products like woodworking machinery, decking, flooring, structured timber, timber treating, saw milling, pulp and paper manufacturing, wood material and veneer production. This is a show not to be missed! read more
Timber Games to thrill crowds at WoodEX for Africa
20 March, 2013
South Africa's most skilled chainsaw operators and talented wood carvers are sharpening their blades for the timber games scheduled to take place at WoodEX for Africa at Gallagher Convention Centre on Saturday, 23 March 2013. read more
Exportation of logs and lumber from North America to China fell by 17% to 2.1 billion dollars in 2012, but a turn-around in shipments is expected in 2013
19 March, 2013
The demand for wood products in China fell in 2012, and as a consequence, exportation of logs and lumber from North America was down 17 percent from the previous year to 2.1 billion dollars, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Despite this decline, timberland owners in the US and lumber companies in Canada have greatly benefited from China's increased wood consumption the past five years.  read more
Stihl in Motion
19 March, 2013
Stihl
World-leading power tool manufacturer ANDREAS STIHL will be turning heads all around the country with a brand-new mobile stand as it visits various shows, field days, trade days and dealer and customer demonstration days. "The mobile show stand is arguably the most complete and impressive in the country," says Roy Wilson, technical manager at STIHL SA. "The truck's trailer is 14,2m long with a 4,6m wide stage that extends 1,78m. The exterior has been encased with a state-of-the-art branded wrapping. So not only does it afford us the space we need, but it also allows us the opportunity to showcase the products in a visually appealing environment," he says. read more
Applications for Ministerial Determination I.R.O. New Forestry Minimum Wage – Cut-off date 1st April 2013
18 March, 2013
A response to our queries from Mrs Bergmann from DoL regarding the above.  Her email, received this morning, sets out in plain English what documentation applicants need to provide the Department for their application to be considered.  She has also attached certain documents referred to in her email to assist those wishing to make an application. read more
Generic Diesel Rebate Logbook
18 March, 2013
There has been some confusion regarding what specific information and in which format SARS requires growers to supply them in order for them to comply with the regulations and hence obtain the rebate.  This has led to a situation whereby the large number of disputes have arisen. read more
Diarise the Timber Talks at WoodEX for Africa 2013
13 March, 2013
With WoodEX for Africa 2013 nearly ready to be rolled out next week, it is time to diarise interesting speakers presenting at the Timber Talks seminar sessions. These 25-minute sessions will provide a dynamic and interactive learning experience to visitors at the event and will bring together some of the timber industry's leading system designers, contractors, product providers and thought leaders who will discuss pressing industry issues and hot topics from across the timber world. read more
New Forestry Minimum Wage Gazetted
12 March, 2013
Despite our interactions with DoL and the Employment Conditions Commission, the latter took a decision at their meeting held on 20th February to recommend to the Minister that the current provision in the Forestry Sectoral Determination, whereby the forestry minimum wage on 1st April 2013 be set at 98% of that of the agricultural minimum wage, not be amended. read more

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