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February 2018
Sawmilling South Africa News
After a rather slow start to the new year we are now certainly up and running and there is both good news and bad news for the industry from our side here at the association.

As usual first the bad news; judging by reports from many sawmillers across all regions of the country the new year did not start off very well for sawmill sales and many mills are reporting lower than expected volumes for the first month of the year.
Then there is the matter of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and it seems to be a fair accomplishment that this will come into effect on the 1st March 2018. However in the opinion of certain labour experts it is unlikely that the deadline of the 1st March will be achieved but the NMW will be implemented at some time this year. This is likely to be extremely taxing on the smaller rural members of the sawmilling fraternity.

Other bad news is that the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) seem to be ramping up their inspections of all businesses including sawmills and so many mills can expect a visit from officials of the DEA at some time in the first half of the year. Please make sure you have all your required registers up to date and on hand. 

That’s as far as the bad news goes so what about the good news?

The biggest news of all has to be the change of President in South Africa and with it the expectation that corruption and reckless state spending will be brought under control. This in turn may well lead to the economy strengthening and the growth rate picking up. This will undoubtedly result in increased building activity which will certainly improve things for us sawmillers.

More good news is that the Exco of SSA met during the month and they have agreed to fund an investigation into the effect that light gauge steel has on the traditional wooden roof truss market. We have all known for some time that LGS is making headway in our market but no one has been able to put a figure on it until now, so SSA will be funding a professional and high level investigation into the situation which will hopefully give sawmillers a positive idea as to how serious this threat is and how we can counter it.

At the SAFCOL conference held late last year their chairman Mr Mabece referred to South African sawmill recovery being only 28%. This was seen as an indictment against the local industry so we commissioned Crickmay to do a study for us on “actual” sawmill recovery.

This study has revealed that whilst local sawmills may not be in the class of European mills when it comes to the recovery of square sawn board, we certainly do recover a great more than the average person believes, in fact the figure is close to 93% if all products are taken into account. We will be distributing a leaflet to this effect to all government departments and any other interested parties. If you would like a copy of the leaflet please just drop us a mail and we will send you one.

On that note please keep cutting straight and drying flat, until next month

Roy Southey
Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa
Featured Article
Gateway to Africa's timber trade under one roof

As the largest timber trade exhibition on the continent, WoodEX for Africa is considered the gateway to Africa’s timber trade. From the biggest CNC machines to the smallest screws, from the loggers of the great outdoors to sleek laminated flooring, WoodEX for Africa plays host to the most specialised, yet comprehensive range of equipment, tools, machinery and wood products available on the market. 

While WoodEX for Africa’s exhibition is a focused event, its showing has been carefully cultivated over the years to include a wide-ranging representation of products and services.

According to WoodEX for Africa Organiser, Stephan Jooste, “From the start of WoodEX in 2012, the show carried both indoor and outdoor exhibition areas to showcase products optimally, with big names like Wood-Mizer, CMC Woodworking Machinery, WoodTech, Geerlings, Bosch, De Walt and Vermont Sales, among others, proudly taking space at the show.”
“Heavy forestry and wood-processing equipment and machinery are best positioned outdoors, not just for practical reasons, but for exhibitors to demonstrate their equipment and machinery put to the test in its natural environment. The outdoor exhibit has always had a special vibrancy of its own with highlights over the years including exciting portable sawmill demonstrations, three-wheeler testing as well as a chainsaw wood carving competition.” 

Indoors at the well-equipped Gallagher Estate in Midrand, WoodEX for Africa showcases large CNC machines, woodworking machinery and equipment, veneering equipment, ply woods, tooling, fixtures and fittings as well as paints and coatings, and industry associations, making the show the most inclusive showcase of timber and related products and services on the continent.
Rounded off with its highly-anticipated Timber Talks, WoodEX for Africa has something on offer for every timber professional looking to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the trade.

 “WoodEX for Africa’s well-rounded offering to both exhibitors and visitors alike makes for a multi-faceted exhibition of the top timber and related products and services available on the market, underpinned by industry expertise and a trade looking to the future,” says Jooste, concluding, “We are delighted to announce that Early Bird bookings for exhibition space at the show are now open and we encourage our exhibitors to secure their space early to unlock maximum exposure for their brands.”

WoodEX for Africa will be taking place from
11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

Early Bird bookings for the event are now open. Exhibitors are encouraged to secure their space early to unlock maximum exposure leading up to the event.

For more information about exhibition space, contact Annelize on +27 (0)21 850 8846, +27 (0)81 775 5859 or email
National News
Lessons from timber sector in China
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Kenyan government suspends timber harvesting as water shortage bites
The Government has temporarily suspended timber harvesting for 90 days in all forests over the acute water shortage witnessed across the country. During the 90-day moratorium, the state plans to review and rationalise the entire forest sector in Kenya. read more
Potential of timber construction top of mind at annual Wood Conference
The 8th annual Wood Conference, well-respected knowledge platform for architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and timber experts, took place on the 15th of February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. read more
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No ‘brakes’ on innovation: First Cut brings Bystronic’s award-winning Xpert 40 press brake/Mobile Bending Cell combination to South Africa
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International News
Rethinking safety: What does a sawmill safety culture mean to you?
How many times you have heard the phrase “safety first” or “everything starts with safety”? I’m pretty sure that we have all heard some variation of these phrases at one point. As a safety professional at a sawmill, it can be challenging at times to know which approach is the best. read more
Tokyo 2020 Olympics confirms use of rainforest timber in stadium build
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee has confirmed that 87% of the plywood panels used to build its new national stadium come from southeast Asian rainforests. But the timber cannot be traced back to its original source under the committees’s certification protocols. read more
Legal Timber Trade On Agenda
The APEC Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) is formulating a multi-year plan to combat illegal logging while promoting the legal trade of timber and its products within the region. Managing Director Tunou Sabuin of the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority said Papua New Guinea is one of the economies. read more
IKEA Buys Huge Forest In Alabama For Ethically Sourced Timber
IKEA, a company famous for its affordable furniture, has recently focused on becoming more environmentally sustainable. Since the company primarily produces home goods and furniture, it tends to consume a significant amount of wood. read more
Deltic Timber Corporation (NYSE:DEL): Does -28.92% Earnings Drop In A Year Reflect The Long-Term Trend?
Examining how Deltic Timber Corporation (NYSE:DEL) is performing as a company requires looking at more than just a years’ earnings. Below, I will run you through a simple sense check to build perspective on how Deltic Timber is doing by comparing its most recent more
The future of architecture lies in engineered wood at Roca London Gallery
City dwellers could soon become used to seeing more and more tall buildings made of timber. Engineered wood like cross-laminated timber (CLT) is being increasingly adopted by environmentally-minded architects. read more
  • Ideal for use on farms to clear trees and bushes.
  • Hours worked: 714.6
  • Year model: 2007
Business & Equipment for sale, including:
Business Package Deal:
  • Company: African Packaging (Pty) Ltd.
  • Letterhead and Logo
  • Client base
  • Supplier base (approved accounts)
  • 1 x dual blade planning machine
  • 2 x cut off machines
  • 1 x table saw
  • 1 x dust extraction unit
  • 2 x planning machine
  • 2 x routers
  • 3 x Nail guns
  • Cost: R 300 000.00
Equipment ONLY Package Deal:
  • 1 x dual blade planning machine
  • 2 x cut off machines
  • 1 x table saw
  • 1 x dust extraction unit
  • 2 x planning machine
  • 2 x routers
  • 3 x Nail guns
  • Cost : R 160 000.00
Find full specs with images and sellers contact details HERE
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When did the environmentalist finally learn to accept forestry?
When she learned that most sawmills cut green lumber.

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