Local Events

FSA AGMMay 7, 2020
Fern Hill Hotel in Tweediejudy@forestrysouthafrica.co.za
WoodEX 202016-18 September 2020Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrandwww.woodexforafrica.com
13th Veldfire management symposium18-20 November 2020
POSTPONED to November 2021
NMU, George Campustiaan.pool@mandela.ac.za
Focus on Forestry Conference2021michal@cmo.co.za
Bauma CONEXPO AFRICA13-16 October 2021Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrandwww. bca@mm-sa.com


Forestry events postponed or Zoom-ed

Live forestry events and field days take a back seat to the Corona virus, so there are no opportunities for foresters to ‘chew the fat’ and kick tyres with friends and colleagues at forestry events this year. They’re all on hold, postponed or going virtual.

Covid virus lockdown and business disruptions have seen a number of forestry events cancelled, postponed or going ahead as a ‘webinar’.

The FSA AGM, originally scheduled for May 7 at the Fern Hill Hotel in Tweedie, has been postponed until further notice.

The 13th Veldfire management symposium, scheduled to take place on the George Campus of the Nelson Mandela University on 18-20 November 2020, has been postponed to November 2021.

“With the COVID-19 lockdown and the uncertainties surrounding the outcomes of our academic programme, as well as the lockdown status of South Africa, we had no other choice,” said symposium organiser Tiaan Pool.

The 31st annual meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme, based at the University of Pretoria, took place on May 12 as a ‘virtual’ internet-based seminar using Zoom and Microsoft TEAM platforms.

The virtual meeting was a resounding success with more than 250 delegates from SA and 12 countries participating.

The three-day programme was condensed into a 6-hour symposium, which included presentations and panel discussions under four broad themes:

• Industry-University partnerships in a post Covid-19 world;
• Tree health in a changing world;
• From basic research to application;
• Big data, biotechnology and the future of tree health management.

With the next Focus on Forestry Conference scheduled for 2021, it’s going to be a long wait before forestry folk can get together, network and catch up with friends and colleagues in the real world.

WoodEX for Africa

WoodEX for Africa takes place alongside the African Construction Expo and the Deck & Flooring Expo.
It plays host to a comprehensive range of equipment, tools, machinery, software and wood products available on the market. Exhibitors include kitchen manufacturers, furniture manufacturers, shopfitters, carpenters, architects, contractors & builders, boat builders, joinery, forestry and sawmilling conpanies.


Bauma CONEXPO AFRICA is a trade fair for construction, building material, mining, agriculture and forestry machines, machinery and vehicles.
In addition to showcasing the latest international products and solutions, bauma CONEXPO AFRICA will host a high-level industry conference, Africa Forum, focusing on trends, challenges and opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa.

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