14th February 2022

National Minimum Wage – but can employers afford it?

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for 2022 has been set at R23.19 per hour, which translates to R185.52 for an

06th August 2021

Remembering Benno Krieg

Yet another prominent figure in the forestry industry - Benno Krieg – has passed away as a result of Covid-19.

05th August 2021

Tribute to Piet van Zyl, CEO of York Timbers

Pieter “Piet” van Zyl, who passed away from Covid-19 on 17 July 2021, was CEO of solid wood products group

29th July 2021

Tribute to Dr Jaap Steenkamp

By Fanie Viljoen – CEO, Novelquip Forestry The South African forestry industry has lost a stalwart in Dr Jacob Cornelus

29th July 2021

BIG trees have fallen

By Chris Chapman The passing of three forestry icons within days of each other has rocked the South African forestry

26th February 2021

16.1% minimum wage increase for forestry workers

The National Minimum Wage for farm workers – including forestry workers – has been set at R 21.69 per hour,

16th April 2020

Forest Sector holding up in Covid-19 lockdown

By Chris Chapman How the SA Forestry Sector survives through lockdown and an uncertain future … The Forestry South Africa

17th March 2020

New minimum wage: R18.68/hour

The national Minimum Wage for farm workers – including forestry workers – has been increased to R18.68 per hour, which

16th March 2020

Sappi commits to corporate citizenship in support of SDGs

Sappi Southern Africa has released its 2019 Corporate Citizen Report, which highlights the progress the company has made to ensure

04th December 2019

The ups and downs of forestry contracting in SA

Delegates who attended the SAFCA 30 year Anniversary event held in the KZN midlands in mid-November got a glimpse of

03rd September 2019

Investment in training an investment in people and the future

Sappi is making a massive investment in skills training as it moves ahead with its aim of creating ‘shared value’

03rd September 2019

Training initiative supports economic development in rural KZN

The establishment of a training academy at a remote rural village in southern KwaZulu-Natal is set to unlock the human

15th March 2019

MTO’s skills programme turns people on to forestry

A group of young people from eMbonisweni and Hazyview in the White River region of Mpumalanga have recently completed MTO’s

29th January 2019

R18 hour minimum wage

The implementation of the National Minimum Wage became effective from 1 January 2019.  In terms of forestry (and agricultural) workers,

19th March 2018

Development of forestry qualifications on track

Forestry Sector and training stakeholders met in Pietermaritzburg in January to review progress in the development of forestry qualifications. The

15th December 2017

How to create a safer workplace

Forestry companies spend millions of Rands each year on reducing accidents at the workplace. The modern economy demands low accident

24th May 2017

Cutting edge technologies improving safety and ergonomics

One of the most interesting new technologies being developed in forest engineering is monitoring the fatigue and concentration of machine

13th March 2017

Forestry minimum wages on the rise

An Agreement on the Introduction of a National Minimum Wage (NMW) in South Africa has been signed by all parties

19th November 2016

Version 3.0 of the South African National Forest Stewardship Standard

SDGSA is delighted to share with you Version 3.0 of the South African National Forest Stewardship Standard (NFSS). This will

14th March 2016

2016 minimum wage increase

The new minimum wage for Forestry and Agriculture workers for 2016 came into effect on March 1. This represents a

15th September 2015

More than trees

The world's forests must be recognized as "more than trees", the XIV World Forestry Congress meeting in Durban, South Africa,

09th September 2015

WFC day two: Conservation, sustainability and job creation

The world's forestry community got down to the serious work of plotting a sustainable future for people and trees yesterday

13th September 2013

How the sector is adjusting to the new minimum wages – by Jeanette Clark

With effect from 1 April, the new minimum wages increased by a whopping 56% to R2 229.32 per month, or

30th April 2013

Forestry: caught in the middle

A minimum wage for forestry workers is the subject of intense negotiation among stakeholders, seeking to find a balance between

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