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SAFCOL celebrating 25 years of Komatiland Forests FSC® Certification

Interview with Paul Wainwright, SAFCOL Senior Manager SHEQ This year, SAFCOL celebrates a quarter of a century of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification (FSC® – C013832 – Forest Management and FSC®- C007806 – Chain of Custody) of its Komatiland Forests SOC Ltd (KLF) making them the oldest certified forests in Africa and one of the oldest in the world.  “Being the first certificate holder in Africa and having held on to it for 25 years has enabled us to not only meet our economic and environmental responsibilities, but to measurably improve the lives and livelihoods of our

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Russia’s war is changing wood pellet market dynamics in Europe, with prices tripling in 12 months

WRI Market Insights 2022– a subscription service from Wood Resources InternationalEuropean Wood Pellet Markets Russia’s war is changing wood pellet market dynamics in Europe, with prices tripling in 12 monthsThe international trade of wood pellets has increased yearly for over ten years thanks to growing demand in Europe and Asia. Although shipments in the first half of 2022 were practically unchanged from the same period in 2021, an anticipated increase

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Protective Gear: Not just Essential for the Workplace, but for Home Improvements too!

Protective Gear: Not just Essential for the Workplace, but for Home Improvements too!

PPE could be the Difference between a Minor Scrape and a Major Injury Personal protective equipment is mandatory when working with dangerous power tools in the workplace, however, when we’re doing ‘odd jobs’ at home or on the farm, many of us fail to ensure that we are adequately protected. Unfortunately, though, accidents happen. In fact, according to the UIA (The Encyclopedia of World Problems & Human Potential), accidents in

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Weathering the Port Strike

Weathering the Port Strike

Dolphin Bay’s forward planning protected us from the shipping delays that affected many companies when Transnet workers in South Africa went on a two-week strike last month. However, Transnet remains a red flag for South African businesses and the economy after years of neglect and underinvestment in its infrastructure, along with that of its fellow SOE Eskom. “We feel very grateful that we were not affected by the strike,” said

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Can planks and paper packaging help solve the climate crisis?

New report shares how farmed trees, wood and fibre can be the root of a sustainable future amid urbanisation and population growth through carbon sequestration and storage, as well as material substitution. A new report – The growing role of forest products in climate change mitigation – launched at COP27[i] on today 14 November, highlights that sustainable forestry operations and forestry policies vary across the globe and suggests that forestry and harvested wood products

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Global survey supports the greening of African cities

More African cities participate in survey that tracks the development of urban green spaces As the world’s cities continue to expand, the value of green spaces is being recognised for the vital role they play.  However, it is also a major challenge, particularly for developing nations where there is pressure for space, resources and development. That’s why it is encouraging to see an increasing number of cities signing up for

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Volvo delivers electric trucks with fossil-free steel to customers

As the world’s first truck manufacturer to do so, Volvo has begun using fossil-free* steel in its trucks. The first electric trucks with fossil-free steel are now being delivered to customers. In September this year, Volvo Trucks started series production of heavy-duty electric, 44 tonne** trucks, as the first global truck manufacturer to achieve this. Some of the electric trucks will also be the first trucks in the world that

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SAFCOL celebrating 25 years of Komatiland Forests FSC® Certification

Interview with Paul Wainwright, SAFCOL Senior Manager SHEQ This year, SAFCOL celebrates a quarter of a century of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification (FSC® – C013832 – Forest Management and FSC®- C007806 – Chain of Custody) of its Komatiland Forests SOC Ltd (KLF) making them the oldest certified forests in Africa and one of the oldest in the world.  “Being the first certificate holder in Africa and having held on

read more

Russia’s war is changing wood pellet market dynamics in Europe, with prices tripling in 12 months

WRI Market Insights 2022– a subscription service from Wood Resources InternationalEuropean Wood Pellet Markets Russia’s war is changing wood pellet market dynamics in Europe, with prices tripling in 12 monthsThe international trade of wood pellets has increased yearly for over ten years thanks to growing demand in Europe and Asia. Although shipments in the first half of 2022 were practically unchanged from the same period in 2021, an anticipated increase

read more
Protective Gear: Not just Essential for the Workplace, but for Home Improvements too!

Protective Gear: Not just Essential for the Workplace, but for Home Improvements too!

PPE could be the Difference between a Minor Scrape and a Major Injury Personal protective equipment is mandatory when working with dangerous power tools in the workplace, however, when we’re doing ‘odd jobs’ at home or on the farm, many of us fail to ensure that we are adequately protected. Unfortunately, though, accidents happen. In fact, according to the UIA (The Encyclopedia of World Problems & Human Potential), accidents in

read more
Weathering the Port Strike

Weathering the Port Strike

Dolphin Bay’s forward planning protected us from the shipping delays that affected many companies when Transnet workers in South Africa went on a two-week strike last month. However, Transnet remains a red flag for South African businesses and the economy after years of neglect and underinvestment in its infrastructure, along with that of its fellow SOE Eskom. “We feel very grateful that we were not affected by the strike,” said

read more

Can planks and paper packaging help solve the climate crisis?

New report shares how farmed trees, wood and fibre can be the root of a sustainable future amid urbanisation and population growth through carbon sequestration and storage, as well as material substitution. A new report – The growing role of forest products in climate change mitigation – launched at COP27[i] on today 14 November, highlights that sustainable forestry operations and forestry policies vary across the globe and suggests that forestry and harvested wood products

read more

Global survey supports the greening of African cities

More African cities participate in survey that tracks the development of urban green spaces As the world’s cities continue to expand, the value of green spaces is being recognised for the vital role they play.  However, it is also a major challenge, particularly for developing nations where there is pressure for space, resources and development. That’s why it is encouraging to see an increasing number of cities signing up for

read more

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The National Logistics Crisis Committee strategic advisor says the committee's work will transform the country's supply chain in one to two years. [...]

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The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady on Wednesday and pushed out the start of rate cuts to perhaps as late as December, with officials projecting only a single quarter-percentage-point… [...]

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