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CLT Design & Sructural Engineering Workshop – Stellenbosch

May 2024 CLT Design Sructural Engineering Workshop Stellenbosch from Sawmilling South Africa

CALLING ALL ARCHITECTS & BUILDING PROFESSIONALS  Especially those in Cape Town and surrounds The Wood App in partnership with Stellenbosch University is hosting a CPD accredited CLT DESIGN & STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING WORKSHOP on 5 June 2024. The workshop will welcome insights and expertise of Jamie Smily and Michael Kloos. The Wood App was initiated to […]

Eco-friendly football stadium takes root in Lesotho

March 2024 FSC 1 from Sawmilling South Africa

Uniting sports and sustainability to drive social change JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – 2 APRIL 2024 – Lesotho in southern Africa is poised to welcome a groundbreaking 1,280-seater football stadium constructed primarily from sustainably sourced timber, dubbed the Stadium of Life. Located in the country’s capital of Maseru, this innovative project, which harnesses timber’s renewability and […]

Sustainable timber construction builds momentum in Africa

April 2024 Sustainable timber construction builds momentum in Africa 3 from Sawmilling South Africa

Relocatable boardroom WHK Namibia BOXA Possibilities South Africa-based Sustainabuild Group closes R60-million seed round to revolutionise sustainable construction in Africa The round was funded by Criterion Africa Partners (CAP) and the Vumela Fund, established by FNB Business and Edge Growth in the Sustainabuild Group. The Sustainabuild Group consists of Boxa Possibilities, Mass Timber Technologies and Sustainabuild […]

Join WoodEX for Africa 2024

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Come and join us at the WoodEX for Africa 2024 trade show, set to take place at Gallagher in Johannesburg from 4 – 6 June 2024. Following the success of WoodEX for Africa 2023, where we collaborated with Big 5 Construct South Africa, the event was well-received, fully booked, and praised by exhibitors. Additionally, we […]

How engineered wood can decarbonise the South African built environment

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IT’S TIME FOR TIMBER | How engineered wood can decarbonise the South African built environment Roy Southey, executive director, Sawmilling South Africa Our planet is faced with both an environmental crisis and housing crisis. There is, however, a sector that is overlooked as a viable, renewable and long-term solution to climate change and urbanisation. Having recently […]

Research on pine trees shows hope for employment

Jan 2024 Research on pine trees shows hope for employment 1 from Sawmilling South Africa

Award-winning research by a young forester from Mpumalanga into harvesting biomass manually after pine trees have been felled has been presented at an international conference. Thandekile Ncongwane, 28, won a Celebrating Excellence award from Nelson Mandela University in November for her Master’s treatise on this subject, which she aced with a score of 93%. Ncongwane […]

Cameroon Sawmilling Success

November 2023 Woodmizer 4 from Sawmilling South Africa

The Wood-Mizer HR115 Resaw cutting accurate and high value boards. A very successful sawmill in Yaoundé, Cameroon grows their business even further with Wood-Mizer. Bois d’ Afrique SARL BDA is a profitable sawmill in Ahala outside Yaoundé in Cameroon. The sawmill was started in 2016 by the late Mr George Essala.  The sawmill started off […]

Dehumidification technology for drying lumber

October 2023 Dehumidification technology for drying lumber from Sawmilling South Africa

By Henco Viljoen, Timber Soft: Kilns 4 Africa In kiln drying, lumber is placed in a chamber where airflow, temperature and humidity are controlled to provide as rapid drying as can be tolerated by the lumber without increasing defects. Each kiln type is defined by how the temperature and humidity are controlled. There are two […]

Winners of the first South Africa Timber Design Competition announced

October 2023 Winners of the first South Africa Timber Design Competition announced from Sawmilling South Africa

Christo van der Hoven, Shannon Govender, Emma Ayeso-Koranteng, Nicola Smut at the awards event The “Timber in Context” competition challenged student designers and architects to explore new structural and ecological possibilities of timber construction through innovation in contemporary and traditional wooden materials. The brief: To design an interactive agricultural and environmental skills training centre in […]

South African softwood sawmillers struggle as markets tank

October 2023 South African softwood sawmillers struggle as markets tank 2 1 from Sawmilling South Africa

By: Joy Crane “We have been through thick and thin in the past and survived. But nobody in the sawmilling industry can remember a time like this. Sawn timber sales are at an all-time low because the economy, and therefore the building industry, is stagnating”, says Roy Southey, chief executive of Sawmilling South Africa (SSA). […]

Timber Frame Design & Construction – 1 Day Workshop

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Use of Timber must be promoted in the construction – Deputy Minister Gina

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The Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ms Nomalungelo Gina delivering a keynote address at the Timber Construction Conference in Pretoria Both the government and the timber sector must commit to promoting the introduction and holistic use of timber in the local construction industry as timber has a transformative potential that could revolutionise and […]

Join WoodEX for Africa 2024

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Join WoodEX for Africa 2024 Come and be part of the WoodEX for Africa 2024 trade show, held at Gallagher in Johannesburg from 4 – 6 June 2024! Following the resounding success of WoodEX for Africa 2023, where we hosted a sold-out event and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from exhibitors, along with record-breaking visitor numbers. WoodEX […]

Executive Director’s Report / August Newsletter 2023

Roy Southey - Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa

Read the full August newsletter HERE September 1st heralds not only a new season but also the start of Arbour Week in South Africa. It is a month that celebrates trees of all kinds. Of course, I need not remind you that our sawmilling sector relies on the renewable resource of farmed wood. Our colleagues […]

Timber Construction Conference

August 2023 Timber Conference 1 from Sawmilling South Africa

Image: Dook Photography Themed “Growing Timber Connections”, the Timber Construction Conference will take place on 12 September 2023 at Future Africa in Pretoria. It will be tailored specifically for engineers and architects who play pivotal roles in shaping the future of construction. The event – which will feature a knowledge-sharing conference, an exhibition by industry […]

Wood-Mizer’s Edger & Multirip rang – For a sawmill’s most demanding cutting jobs

July 2023 Woodmizer 4 EA3000 MAIN 2020 from Sawmilling South Africa

With up to 4 moveable blades and a picker finger outfeed system, the EA3000 optimizing edger uses optical scanning technology to achieve high-precision edging results that minimizes waste and provide the yields needed by sawmills to generate industry-leading returns. Wood-Mizer’s Edger & Multirip rang – For a sawmill’s most demanding cutting jobs Wood-Mizer’s edger and […]

Executive Director’s Report – July 2023

Roy Southey - Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa

Good day to all you brave sawmillers and I mean brave! I have been in this industry for more than 30 years now and I cannot recall a time when sawmillers were up against such odds. In the past, it’s always been either market or logs, but now you have to add loadshedding – and […]

Timber Frame Design & Construction – 1 Day Workshop

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Final Responsible Use – Train the Trainer Module for 2023

July 2023 Final Responsible Use Train the Trainer Module for 2023 from Sawmilling South Africa

DEAR CROPLIFE SA STAKEHOLDER FINAL TRAIN THE TRAINER COURSE FOR 2023 I will be offering the final train the trainer course for 2023 about responsible use training for farmers, farm depot managers and spray operators on Friday 4 August 2023 from 09h00 to 12h00 via MS Teams.Please register here and follow theprompts in the subsequent […]

Executive Director’s Report – June 2023

Roy Southey - Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa

June has been a particularly busy month for Sawmilling South Africa and its members, and in this issue, we can report back on our Executive Management Meeting, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the 2023 edition of WoodEX for Africa. The AGM was held on 7 June at the University of Pretoria’s Engineering 4.0 facility […]

Michael Peter addresses SSA AGM

Michael Peter

SSA address7 June 2023 Good morning ladies and gentlemen. What a pleasure it is to be with you here again. It was two years ago when Roy asked me to say a few words about the PPGI and the Forestry Sector Masterplan and so much has happened since then. We were still dealing with the […]

Sawmilling South Africa – May Update

Roy Southey - Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa

Last month, we described the uncertain situation bedevilling the sawmilling industry for a variety of unavoidable reasons. The question on everyone’s lips is when will it ever end? At the Forestry South Africa AGM held in Pietermaritzburg last week, there shone a glimmer of hope. Delegates are reported to have been encouraged by speeches delivered by […]

Sawmilling South Africa – April Update

Roy Southey - Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa

The Easter break and April long weekends are behind us, so it comes as no surprise that production levels at our mills are on the low side. Prolonged holiday periods are unfortunately not the only reason for this decline and hearing from up-country millers, it is clear that there are no immediate signs of relief. […]

Duva Timbers continues its robust growth path

One of Duva Timbers’ Wood-Mizer LT70 Remotes ploughing through a 6 m pine log

Owner of Duva Timbers, 25-year-old Pieter van der Linde, sidesteps log supply shortages with the recent purchase of timber assets to close the log shortfall and ensure the sawmill’s future growth. A 2020 review of Duva Timbers unpacked the successes of a growing timber company started by Pieter, a young sawmilling entrepreneur from Polokwane in […]

WoodEX for Africa 2023: Only Two Months to Go and 80% Sold Out!

Woodex For Africa 2023 from Sawmilling South Africa

WoodEX for Africa is preparing for the most important event in the sub-Saharan African wood and machinery industry. With over 80% of the stands already sold out, this event expects to attract over 8,500 visitors and feature 150 exhibitors from 30 different countries. The event provides an ideal opportunity for exhibitors to network with important […]

FOREST21 exceeding all expectations

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FOREST21 is a collaborative project between five South African and three European universities aimed at strengthening capacity across South African higher education institutions offering forestry programmes. The initiative recently received great praise from Deputy Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), Maggie Sotyu, at a stakeholder engagement workshop. “FOREST21 illustrates the true spirit of […]

Invitation to a workshop on compliance with new Methyl Bromide usage procedure in South Africa

Invitation to a workshop on compliance with new Methyl Bromide usage procedure in South Africa

The Department of Agriculture, Land reform & Rural development and Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment hereby invites all role players involved in the importation, distribution, and use of Methyl bromide (Importers, distributors, fumigators, Freight Forwarding Agents) to the following workshop. The purpose of the roadshow is to: Update stakeholders on discontinuation of Methyl […]

Results from recent MSc study provides design values for SA Pine CLT

Feb 2023 CLT Study.1 from Sawmilling South Africa

Mr MJ Jacobs (centre) successfully defended his MSc thesis with the title ‘Out-of-plane strength and stiffness prediction of SA Pine cross-laminated timber’. The most important conclusion was that the shear analogy calculation method gave the best predictions for strength and stiffness of SA Pine CLT. A table of unfactored resistance for three-, and five-layer layups […]

Timber engineering for fire

Timber engineering for fire

Partially charred glulam column on the left pre 2-hour fire test, and after on the right. Photo by David Barber of ARUP Sawmilling South Africa’s (SSA’s) Talking Timber webinar series aims to overcome misconceptions about wood as a structural material by informing architects, engineers, insurance companies, regulatory authorities, academics, and developers about engineered timber products […]

New report recommends growth in sustainable forestry via nationally determined approaches to meet climate driven demand for fibre and timber

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New report recommends growth in sustainable forestry via nationallydetermined approaches to meet climate driven demand for fibre and timber New report from Dalberg Advisors ‘The growing roles of forest products in climate change mitigation’ launched at COP27 Report recommends countries use ‘nationally determined approaches’ policy to grow timber and wood fibre supply Report notes supply […]

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