by Website Administrator on September 21, 2017

This year the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) is celebrating 70 years of research work that has contributed enormously to the sustainability and competitiveness of the South African forestry sector.The ICFR?s origins date back to 1947 with the establishment of the Wattle Research Institute (WRI) by the members of the SA Wattle Growers Union (SAWGU). It was set up to lead and co-ordinate research into black wattle which was being grown extensively across the summer... Continue Reading
by Website Administrator on September 14, 2017

The annual Agriculture and Forestry Expo (AGFO) 2017 takes place at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River, Mpumalanga, from 14 to 16 September 2017.

The AGFO Expo, the preferred trade platform for the agriculture and forestry sectors, proved extremely successful last year and, with the number of sponsors and exhibitors that have already come on board for 2017, it promises a wide variety of sector-specific exhibitors and a successful networking and trade platform.

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by Website Administrator on September 07, 2017

Utility poles are a common feature of our everyday landscape. They support the wires that bring electricity from the power company to our homes and enable our growing network of telephones, televisions, and computers. Though wires are often buried underground in new developments, there are still roughly 120 million utility poles in service in the United States (AISI, 2005). Of these millions of poles, approximately 40% are owned by investor held utilities, 27% are owned by rural electricity... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on August 25, 2017

Wood preservation can be categorised into two types; primary (industrial) and secondary (DIY). Primary wood preservation involves an industrial process whereby wood is impregnated with an industrial biocide-containing wood preservative to render the timber durable and resistant to biological attack, i.e. decay fungi, and wood destroying insects such as wood borers and termites.

The high-pressure processes, involving the application of waterborne preservatives such as CCA and Creosote... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on August 18, 2017

Some of the key role players in developing Umgano Devco and its subsidiaries for the benefit of the Mabandla community are (from left): David Wigley (sawmill manager at Umgano Timbers), Zweli Baleni (CEO of Umgano Devco), Jeanette Clarke (social specialist at Umsonti), James Ballantyne (managing director of Umsonti), Peter Nixon (public officer at Umsonti), Themba Radebe (social and technical facilitator at Umsonti) and Mayford Jaca (chairperson of the Mabandla Community Trust).

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by Website Administrator on August 11, 2017

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 and brush waste into a usable mulch that is easy to handle. It was initially a relatively small-scale operation, using... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on August 04, 2017

Thatching Poles are used to support and hold together a thatched roof, usually consisting of dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, sedge, rushes or heather. World Hardwood has gathered online sources, to showcase and present different styles of thatching that can be placed over thatching poles.

Palm Thatch

Generally the cheaper option for thatching, these authentic palm leaves are obtained from sable palms can be used on any roof place or frame structure. This makes for a great... Continue Reading


Humanity has long appreciated forests for the energy, food, and medicine they provide, and as a source of wood products for construction and other purposes. But the role of forests in supporting agriculture, preserving biodiversity, protecting water supplies, creating jobs, increasing domestic GDP and moderating the impact of climate change is less well understood. It is an industry often crucial to the well-being... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on July 20, 2017

Zimbabwe timber exports are expected to grow 19 percent this year despite most of the products being fairly expensive on regional markets. Zimbabwe is expected to earn $25 million in export revenue from timber and pole sales from about $21 million last year, chief executive of Timber Producers Mr Federation Darlington Duwa said last week.

The country is mainly exporting transmission poles to Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique for their rural electrification. It is also exporting sawn... Continue Reading

    Tree pests and diseases pose the biggest threat to timber plantation productivity. Controlling pests and diseases in over a million hectares of plantations is no small task, and every year in South Africa, the industry spends tens of millions of Rands on pest and disease control. Bacteria, fungi, insects, parasites, weeds and animals can all become pests, if their influence disrupts the timber plantation?s productivity or its commercial viability. Yet one group ? insects ? seems to... Continue Reading