Local Events

DANA Africa Investment Conference12-15 SeptemberSkukuza Conference Centre, Kruger ParkEmail: dana@dana.co.za
AGFO 2017
14-16 September 2017White River, Mpumalangawww.agfo.co.za

Working for Wood Festival22-25 September 2017NMU George Campuswww.workingwithwood.co.za
Knysna Timber Festival
29 September – 1 October 2017Timber Village, Knysnawww.timberfestival.co.za

International Events

FSC General Assembly8-13 October 2017Vancouver, Canada
Expoforest 201811-13 April 2018Sao Paulo State, BrazilEmail: comercial@malinovski.com.br

Events News

Celebrating wood and woodworking in S Cape

Master luthier (guitar maker) Marc Maingard will give a talk and show some of his finely crafted instruments at the Working with Wood show.

Two exciting events celebrating wood and woodworking will be held in the Southern Cape in September.

The Woodturning and Woodworking Symposium and Expo will be held at Nelson Mandela University’s George Campus from 22-25 September 2017. This will be followed a few days later by the Knysna Timber Festival which will take place at Timber Village in Knysna from 29 September to 1 October.

The Association of Woodturners of South Africa, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of the art of woodturning, has teamed up with the Working with Wood initiative to host the 2017 event.

The beautiful NMU George Campus will once again serve as the hub of the festivities with displays, lectures, tool and project demonstrations, food stalls and entertainment for both adults and children.

During the event a number of renowned South African and international craftsmen will share their skills and insights. There will be a trade show of machinery, tools, supplies and turning stock, together with an exhibition of wonderful turned art.

Richard Müller, Wood Technology Programme Co-ordinator of the School of Natural Resource Management at Nelson Mandela University has made himself available to take mountain-biking enthusiasts out to explore the mountain bike trails in the vicinity of the Campus throughout the show.

Those who prefer hiking will be able to enjoy 6, 8 or 12km circular routes in the indigenous forest surrounding the Campus under the guidance of expert personnel from the University who are knowledgeable about the ecosystems.

All Working with Wood Show demonstrations are free of charge to show visitors. Woodworking experts will demonstrate how to use specialist woodworking tools to create and finish a wooden item from scratch. This year the demonstrations will include clamping, routing, caring for timber and nailing. Festool and Kreg will also have some of their cutting-edge products on show. It is important to note that special show prices will be available throughout the festival.

This year’s Working with Wood Show includes a woodworking competition for high school scholars. Here the Show’s Greg de Villiers teaches the basics of carpentry to a youngster during the 2016 Working with Wood Show.

Knysna Timber Festival
Meanwhile Timber Village, the venue for the Knysna Timber Festival, is still rising from the ashes after its total destruction in the recent fire disaster. However it is expected to be more than ready to host the popular festival, according to Morné Smith, chairman of the Knysna Timber Initiative (KTI).

The firm expectation is that the workshop and a shed for the mobile sawmill donated by Woodmizer to KTI and the Knysna community, will be complete and up and running for the event at Timber Village.

Indoor exhibition and demonstration space will be in big tents as before, with outdoor space available for machinery and other demonstrations.

“The festival will offer much the same as last year, with an increased focus on providing a platform for marketing of wood related businesses, and because of last year’s success, more exhibitors are expected,” according to Morné.

There will be educational and skills building projects for children where they can assemble and decorate wooden planter boxes for indigenous trees, and also a bigger focus on the demonstration of woodworking machines, amongst others the donated Woodmizer portable sawmill, which is to be a symbol of the rebuilding of Knysna after the fire. A woodturning expert from the United States will give demonstrations and a skills building course on woodturning.

• For more info on the Knysna Timber Festival, visit www.timberfestival.co.za
• For info on the Working with Wood Show and Woodturners Symposiums, visit www.workingwithwood.co.za and www.awsa.org.za

Exciting AGFO Expo 2017 coming up

The annual Agriculture and Forestry Expo (AGFO) 2017 takes place at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River, Mpumalanga, from 14 to 16 September 2017.

The AGFO Expo, the preferred trade platform for the agriculture and forestry sectors, proved extremely successful last year and, with the number of sponsors and exhibitors that have already come on board for 2017, it promises a wide variety of sector-specific exhibitors and a successful networking and trade platform.

“Great trade figures were reported at AGFO 2016,” confirms Joey Lascelles, Chairperson of the AGFO committee and CEO of United Forest Products.

“This is because it’s designed as an effective trading platform for the agriculture and forestry industries in Mpumalanga, where like-minded people are able to gather, network and do business to ensure the growth of the economy in these sectors,” she says.

AGFO offers great value for all exhibitors, including various stand sizes, to suit different needs, all of which are well-priced. Exhibitors also receive free entrance tickets, an opportunity to demonstrate equipment in the arena, exposure on social media platforms, free entry to the networking event and much more.

AGFO Expo 2017’s gold sponsor is the MTO Group, with United Forest Products and Ezigro Seedlings as silver sponsors. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available and interested parties can contact Joey on 082 8546155 for more information.

Confirmed exhibitors include the MTO Group, Ezigro Seedlings, United Forest Products, Rudamans, Flexilube, Silvix Forestry, Bell Equipment, Mountain View Nursery, Lowveld Escarpment Fire Protection Association, Palm Motors, Turner Morris, Palfinger Southern Africa, Woodmizer, Rainbow Reservoirs, LVM Insurance Brokers, Turboformance, BCCSA, Ecoguard, Everstar, Malelane Garage Equipment, Enviro Chainsaws/STIHL, Farmtrac, 2CURE and MIX Telematics Africa.

Events on the programme include a networking function, an agriculture and forestry forum, product and equipment demonstrations, various competitions, ‘boeresport’, fire-fighting demonstrations, beer tent, and entertainment for children and adults including jumping castles and live music.

There are various sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor stands to choose from, so please contact the AGFO team at admin@agfo.co.za to secure your place as soon as possible.

Entrance fees for adults on Thursday and Friday are only R30, and children R20. On Saturday, the entrance fee for adults is R50, whilst children – accompanied by an adult – are free. Pensioners are free on all days.

For more information, visit www.agfo.co.za, email: admin@agfo.co.za or call 071 134 4197. Keep your eye on the AGFO Facebook page, @AGFOExpo, where exciting developments will be announced as they take place.

DANA Africa Forest Industry Investment Conference

The 2nd DANA Africa Forest Industry Conference will be held at the Skukuza Conference Centre in Kruger National Park on 12 – 13 September, 2017 and will be followed by a two-day Field Trip.

The presentation line-up includes:
• Three high profile keynote speakers:
o Ole Sand, Managing Partner of Criterion Africa Partners
o Stephen Jennings, CEO of Rendeavour Group
o Piet Van Zyl, CEO of York Timbers

• Speakers on the forestry/forest sectors of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mosambique, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda

• A forest certification panel with both FSC and PEFC presenters

• Wood Product talks – on a major international plantation forestry/pulp mill project, advanced breeding for eucalyptus sawlogs, the Africa wooden pole market, the global woodchips/biomass market and a huge African biomass energy project

• Investment presentations

All visits for a 2- day post conference field trip have been confirmed. White River based forest industry consulting firm, Forest Solutions, has been involved in the organising of the conference and field visits.

Full details of programme, speakers, online registration, venue and accommodation can be found on the website danaevents.co.nz./2017southafrica

Preparing for Expoforest 2018


Work has already begun in preparation for Expoforest 2018, the biggest forestry fair in Latin America. It is being held in Sao Paulo state in Brazil from 11-13 April 2018, and will attract leading forestry operators and businesses from across the world.

Companies interested in showcasing their products and services at Expoforest 2018 should contact the commercial team at comercial@malinovski.com.br.

For more info visit www.expoforest.com.br 



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