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Kenya turns to science to help improve forest cover
24 April, 2018
Kenya turns to science to help improve forest cover
The Kenyan government said Tuesday it has resorted to science to help improve its national forest cover. Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko said the country is embracing research, education and training in the forest sector to increase forest cover. read more
June 2018 DANA China Wood Industry Tour - Only a Few Seats Left. Register Now!
20 April, 2018
une 2018 DANA China Wood Industry Tour - Only a Few Seats Left. Register Now!
Our 3rd China Industry Tour, in June 2018 follows on from very successful tours in 2015 and in 2016 to a variety of Chinese provinces, cities, wood processing facilities and ports For this 2018 Industry Tour, we have chosen three locations to visit over a one week period. read more
Short course: Advanced Forest Valuation: What every forester should know
20 April, 2018
FSA
Please find below details of the abovementioned course that is being presented by the Department of Forest and Wood Science, Stellenbosch University, in collaboration with Margules Groome Consulting. The course will be held at the Ascot Inn, Pietermaritzburg, on the 14 and 15 November 2018. read more
Statement regarding potential capital investment projects
18 April, 2018
Mondi
Mondi Group notes recent reports in local Bulgarian media regarding a potential expansion of its Stambolijski mill. Mondi constantly evaluates potential investments at its cost advantaged operations and is currently assessing various options at its Stambolijski mill in Bulgaria. read more
Course: Forestry Management
18 April, 2018
FSA
The Government of India is inviting applications from South African students for a Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management on a Self Finance basis at its institute of Forestry Management in Bhopal for the academic year 2018-2019. read more
Growing agriculture with technology
18 April, 2018
Growing agriculture with technology
South Africa's Bio-Economy Strategy aims to beneficiate South Africa's natural biological resources by developing them into commercial products - and agriculture is foremost among these resources. However, as farmers well know, a range of inconvenient phenomena... read more
Invitation to attend the SSP Research Focus Group Workshops
18 April, 2018
FP&M Seta
Please find the below invitation for your attention. If you intend going to any of these workshops, please complete the reservation form and send back to Sylvia at the FP&M SETA. read more
Diversification sees I-CAT expand its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions
18 April, 2018
Diversification sees I-CAT expand its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions
A successful diversification strategy has seen I-CAT expand two of its biggest growth areas at the moment, namely its Fireand Agri-Forestry Divisions.The period 2016 to 2017 saw I-CAT focus mainly on its FireDivision, putting in place products and staff. read more
Forestry Authority to invest 140 billion shillings in forest plantations
18 April, 2018
Forestry Authority to invest 140 billion shillings in forest plantations
The National Forestry Authority is set to invest 140 billion Shillings to establish 40,000 hectares of plantations by the private sector to boost the country's forestry cover.The Acting Executive Director of the National Forestry Authority, Paul Musamali, says it has set aside 200,000... read more
Developments at the FP&M SETA
17 April, 2018
FSA
After having been instrumental in setting up the erstwhile Forest Industries Education and Training Authority (FIETA) and having served on its Board since inception in 2000 and subsequently the FP&M SETA Board, I attended my last FP&M SETA Board meeting on 31 march this year. read more
Edo To Unveil Policy Document On Forestry
16 April, 2018
Edo To Unveil Policy Document On Forestry
Lagos - The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has revealed that the state government has made plans to unveil a policy document on forestry at the International Conference, slated to hold in Accra in May 2018. According to the state governor... read more
Obtala exceeds production and sales records in Q1 update
9 April, 2018
Obtala
The Group has enjoyed a positive start to 2018, with further operational milestones achieved on the path to our most pressing objective, to become cash-flow positive, and towards our longer-term objective of achieving high levels of sustainable profitability. read more
Huge volume of timber lost due to Knysna fire
7 April, 2018
Huge volume of timber lost due to Knysna fire
More than a million cubic metres of timber was lost from South Africa's annual supply when one of the country's largestever fires tore through plantations and hundreds of homes between Knysna and Nelson Mandela Bay last year. read more
Zimbabwe's struggling timber industry
7 April, 2018
Zimbabwe's struggling timber industry
Due to a slump in construction and high production costs, the timber industry in Zimbabwe has been struggling to survive. To make things worse, illegal miners in some of the country's forests have been chopping down trees to make space for their own operations. read more
NFC: boosting community livelihood, environmental conservation
7 April, 2018
NFC: boosting community livelihood, environmental conservation
Rwanda celebrated world forestry day on 21st March at Rubavu district southern Province. The annual celebration seek to deepen planting activities and raising awareness among the communities in villages and young people around. The theme of the day was dubbed "forestry and sustainable cities". read more
Article on plan to scrap sectoral determinations
4 April, 2018
FSA

The Forestry Industry is currently subject to the minimum wage and conditions of employment set out in Sectoral Determination 12 for the Forestry Sector.  Once the NMW comes into effect, DoL intends to phase out our and all other Sectoral Determinations.  

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Constitutional review committee programme - EWC
4 April, 2018
FSA
This Committee is to investigate ways in which the Constitution could be amended to allow for the Expropriation of Land Without Compensation (EWC). Here is the provisional programme for the public participation process for your information. read more
Notes on breakfast presentation - Judge Gildenhuys
4 April, 2018
AgriSA
Notes taken on the presentation that Judge Gildenhuys gave on EWC at a recently held breakfast meeting convened by Agri SA's Corporate Chamber. read more

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