by Website Administrator on November 30, 2017
Illegal Wood Choppers Feel The Heat From Police And Forestry


The North West Department of Forestry and police clamped down on illegal wood choppers in the Hartbeespoort area on Tuesday, confiscating tons of wood from trees chopped down in protected areas.

According to the Kormorant, the illegal chopping down of trees in the protected Magaliesberg mountain range and Magaliesberg Biosphere has been of serious concern to the community and environmental organisations. Following... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on November 23, 2017
Biodegradable Paper Pots Now Being Introduced in South Africa.

Shaun Biggs with the specially designed tray loaded with Ellepots.

We?ve all seen those little plastic seedling inserts scattered around planting sites and nurseries, or the piles of polystyrene and plastic trays that are used to transport seedlings and cuttings to plantations around the country. They are difficult to collect and clean up for re-use after planting, are easily broken and... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on November 16, 2017

Master the art of pruning your trees using this simple guide by SA Forestry Online.

Making the cut just in front of the branch collar.

The second in the series of tree trips by Julian Ortlepp of TreeWorks, brought to you by Husqvarna South Africa.

Landscape trees require proper pruning and care to maintain their structural integrity and good looks. When pruning is done poorly, it may affect the tree?s long-term health or even make it... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on November 08, 2017

Horse logging is an age-old tradition long since replaced by machines in modern forestry operations, but this low-impact and environmentally friendly method still exists in some parts of the world and will always be remembered as part of forestry history. Here are three fascinating videos documenting the tradition?

by Website Administrator on November 01, 2017

South African Forestry Company Ltd (Safcol), in collaboration with key government stakeholders, has launched an exciting initiative aimed at raising the profile of forestry as a strategic resource that has the potential to deliver solutions to many of the country?s biggest challenges.

The initiative was launched at a two-day ?Forestry Industrialisation? conference held in Johannesburg recently. The Departments of Agriculture Forestry & Fisheries, Public Enterprises, Trade &... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on October 25, 2017
Wood Waste Turned into Mulch Proves To Be Adding Value

African Biomass Company (ABC) founder Willem van der Merwe is passionate about the environment and has built a business around turning wood waste into mulch (which is fed back into the soil), or chips for energy.

Willem started ABC in Worcester, Western Cape, in 2004, offering a one-stop service to customers ? mainly fruit and nut farmers ? to turn their unwanted wood waste and brush waste into a usable mulch that is easy to... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on October 19, 2017

Fire: What do we do now? Firefighters pondering their next move.

The forester?s words when a fire call wakes him at midnight are unprintable, but there is a vocabulary that accurately describes what we do to prevent or fight fire. If it sounds pedantic, it is. Here is some of it. By Gilbert Plant

FIRE BELT: A strip of a practical width up to about three meters, cleared of combustible material by various means to enable controlled... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on October 12, 2017

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulenani Magwanishe says the agro-processing and forestry sectors are key in growing the economy and create sustainable jobs, especially in the rural areas. Magwanishe was speaking at the Forestry Industrialisation Summit that was hosted by the South African Forestry Company and other government departments in Kempton Park today.

The purpose of the summit was to engage stakeholders on the promotion of wood culture in the built... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on October 05, 2017

The idea of planting a ?Great Green Wall? of trees across the African continent to combat desertification was perhaps too ambitious. The proposed wall would span 11 countries, 8 000 kilometers, from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east, creating jobs and reducing the impact of climate change.

However, the idea of ?The Green Wall? has evolved into a broader vision to green the areas surrounding the Sahara, improve livelihoods in the Sahel region, reverse desertification, and... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on September 28, 2017

One of the companies that invested in forestry in Mozambique and horticulture in Tanzania is the AIM Listed, Obtala Ltd. In 2011, Obtala invested in Tanzania, and now has more than 1,700 hectares in Morogoro, about 200 kilometres west of Dar es Salaam. The cultivation company produces sweet potatoes, melons, and tomatoes, among other products. They also have a large scale fruit drier that produces dried mango, pineapple, and banana. Why invest in African horticulture? The growing world... Continue Reading