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Environmental management reaps the rewards

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A study undertaken by KPMG to trace the development of environmental management systems (EMS) in South Africa, identified problems, benefits and trends for future development that companies considering such a system can benchmark against. The study was undertaken with the responses of 72% of 112... 

User-friendly aid to determine water quality

By: System Author     7th May 1999 SOUTH African water consumers now have access to a user-friendly aid to enable them to determine whether the water used in their homes is of an acceptable quality. The Water Research Commission (WRC), in association with the departments of Water Affairs and Forestry, and of Health, has published... 

From infrastructure backlog to boom?

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The South African government is in the final stages of developing a strategy to begin containing the burgeoning backlog in infrastructure spending – the backlog has been estimated to be larger than R170-billion. An inter-ministerial team, embracing all ministers involved in infrastructure... 

Sale of SA forests gathers momentum

By: System Author     26th March 1999 After six long years, the race to privatise State-owned forestry enterprise Safcol is hotting up with an information memorandum having been released to key bidders last week. This is perhaps a signal that government is finally taking heed of the criticism that the process has dragged on too long... 

World’s largest restructuring of forest assets

By: System Author     19th March 1999 What is on offer? The government is offering the assets of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), and half of the forests of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. All in all, this amounts to 332 000 ha of forest plantations, and five sawmills. This is the largest restructuring of... 

Timber growers oppose timing of Safcol deal

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The privatisation of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol) has generated much debate and comment since the inception of the idea about 15 years ago by the government of the day. Although the deal is certain to have far-reaching implications, few will feel the implications of the unbundling... 

New truss launched

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new product designed for use in the construction industry has been developed by Johannesburg company International Truss Systems in partnership with Mondi Timber. The new truss, called the Spacejoist, consists of parallel stress-graded lumber flanges manufactured from kiln-dried timber and... 

Forestry Act sows growing uncertainty

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The South African Lumber Millers Association (Salma) is monitoring closely the privatisation of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), which was announced by Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Kader Asmal and Public Enterprises Minister Stella Sigcau on February 16. Salma executive... 

Forestry industry faces legislative burden

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The forestry industry is struggling to bear the weight of what it perceives to be restrictive and, in some cases, discriminatory legislation affecting every forester in South Africa, reports Forest Owners’ Association (FOA) executive director Mike Edwards. “This legislation is making... 

Focus on global aspirations as company grows beyond borders

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The global aspirations of South African forest-products and fine-paper specialist Sappi are being realised after a protracted focus on growing the company outside of the country’s borders. The company’s march towards globalisation was heralded by its acquisition of Hannover Papier in... 

Cheap products flood SA timber market

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Although the lifting of sanctions was greeted with jubilation by many South African manufacturers, few anticipated the problem of cheap products flooding the market, points out Timber Products Exporters’ Association (TPEA) executive secretary Nora Hill. Funded by contributions from its 24... 

Critically important event

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The privatisation of the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol) will be the single most important event in the history of the forestry industry, according to Yorkcor chairperson Solly Tucker. “The sawmilling industry has been in limbo ever since Safcol launched its policy of... 

Forest-worker safety sharpened

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The general conditions under which forest workers operate are receiving attention from industry-funded research and development organisation Forest Engineering South Africa (Fesa) in order to optimise productivity and reduce costs. Fesa chairperson Migal Brink defines forest engineering as... 

Taiwanese filter contract for KZN company

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A contract for filters to be used in Taiwan’s Chung Wa pulp mill has been awarded to Sunds Defibrators of Queensburgh, Kwazulu-Natal. Although undisclosed, the contract value is rumoured to be in the high seven-digit bracket, giving South Africa’s balance of trade a welcome boost.... 

Forestry punted as a rural job source

By: System Author     12th March 1999 With the restructuring of State forestry assets now under way, it is hoped that 75% of these – comprising plantations covering roughly 337 000 ha and all processing operations managed by the South African Forestry Company (Safcol) – can be transferred to private black-empowerment... 

Forestry firm seeks enviro certification

By: System Author     26th February 1999 In an effort to meet increasing customer demands for environmental quality assurance and increase its export market, the South African Forestry Company (Safcol) is seeking to become one of the first local forestry companies to be ISO 14001 accredited, reports forest-engineering senior manager... 

US foundry in big equipment order

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE foundry division of John Deere of the US, a leading manufacturer of farming machinery, has ordered equipment from Inductotherm for what has been billed as the largest solid-state, medium-frequency induction melting installation in the world. The local representative for Inductotherm is Efco... 

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