Aug 01
Green Resources signs Dolphin Bays Quality Pledge

GREEN RESOURCES SIGNS QUALITY PLEDGE

Green Resources’ recent signing of the Dolphin Bay Quality Pledge was witnessed by the Mozambican energy utility EDM (Electricidade de Moçambique), demonstrating the company’s commitment to providing quality poles to the parastatal. Green Resources, one of south-eastern Africa’s largest pole and timber suppliers, is part of a growing number of... read more →
Aug 01

CONCERNS AND CONFUSION AS CARBON TAX KICKS IN

The Carbon Tax came into effect on 01 June 2019, amid a flurry of confusion and controversy for the forestry, sawmilling, and timber-treatment industries. “The National Treasury has done this incorrectly,” says Michael Peter of Forestry South Africa. “The thinking and methodology are flawed, and the fact that they have... read more →
Aug 01

MANAGING A LARGE CLEAN-UP FROM START TO FINISH

It has become customary for companies to use service as a marketing tactic, promising to solve their customers’ problems but rarely following through. The Dolphin Bay team invests time and effort in our clients’ operations, implementing the solutions they need even when it takes time to do so. These solutions... read more →
Aug 01
Green Resources and Dolphin Bay Chemicals

SUPPLY AGREEMENT WITH GREEN RESOURCES

Dolphin Bay has signed a three-year sole-supplier agreement with the Norway-based Green Resources AS group, cementing a long-standing relationship. We have been supplying Green Resources’ Sao Hill plant in Tanzania and another member of the group, Busoga Forestry Company in Uganda, for some time. We will also supply the company’s... read more →
Aug 01
Hans Rosling

THE SPIRIT OF DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA

Embracing contradictions We live in a world of the quick fix and instant gratification. Yet our industry, by its very nature, requires long-term investment. Forestry companies must plant large tracts of trees and nurture them over decades. Treatment plants must ensure a long-term supply of timber, work through tangles of... read more →
Jun 13
Mike Schussler

SOUTH AFRICAN GDP “MUCH HIGHER THAN REPORTED”

The government is underestimating South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) by at least 10%, or as much as 20%. This means that our GDP, the most often cited barometer of the country’s economic health, is at least R450-billion larger than we currently believe. If this were widely known, it could... read more →
Jun 13
Bundu Poles signs dolphin bays quality pledge

BUNDU POLES SIGNS QUALITY PLEDGE

Bundu Poles founder Alewyn Janson taught his son Teunis that it takes hard work over time to build a good reputation, which can be lost extremely fast. The Dolphin Bay Quality Pledge is a guide for making good practice visible and will help timber treaters to keep their good names,... read more →
Jun 13
dolphin bay quality pledge

INSPECTION BODIES ADD VALUE, BUT DO NOT BECOME COMPLACENT

The work of inspection bodies is critical for a healthy industry. However, we have started to see a concerning trend in which the industry has developed a false sense of security after a compliance visit by one of the relevant inspection bodies. It is impossible for an inspector to verify... read more →
Jun 13
dolphin bay does business in Kenya

OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN KENYA

Dolphin Bay is pleased to be offering our products and services to timber treaters in Kenya, following the completion of a long-awaited product registration process. Our representatives Darren Marillier and Wayne Driemeyer were warmly received during a visit to potential customers last month. They explained our commitment to building a... read more →
Jun 12
shot hole borer

EYES PEELED FOR THE SHOT HOLE BORER

Scientists and foresters are keeping their eyes peeled for evidence of the destructive polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) in plantations. The beetle has been spotted on one eucalyptus tree in Sandton and a few roadside wattles in the Southern Cape, but on no other forestry species in South Africa. “There... read more →