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 →
Apr 11

AFRICA’S MASSIVE VARIATIONS IN STANDARDS

Many African countries have no official standards on wood treatment, and there is massive variation among those standards that do exist. In most countries that have standards there are no regulatory bodies – South Africa is the exception to this rule – and where these bodies are in place, they... read more →
Apr 11
SANS wood treatment standards

SANS CONSOLIDATED AND SIMPLIFIED

Our industry has been consolidating, simplifying, and updating the specifications governing wood treatment, in a massive undertaking expected to be finished by the end of July this year. The revisions will streamline the process for future amendments, which is important because timber treatment standards are revised regularly. Standards are reviewed... read more →
Apr 11
illegal timber treaters

INCREASED CHALLENGES CREATED BY ILLEGAL TIMBER TREATERS

Illegal timber treaters are becoming increasingly blatant and fearless, even advertising their poles on social media, as the authorities continue to fail to take action against them. This booming trade is causing substantial damage to the legal timber industry, which can ill afford the loss of sales in current times.... read more →
Apr 11
Ian

GOVERNMENT SHOULD HARNESS BUSINESS SKILLS TO AID A TURNAROUND

It is vital that government sees private business, with its good management skills, as a friend and not an enemy, in order to address the problems in SOEs such as Eskom and the SABC. This was some of the advice from Ian Cruickshanks, chief economist at the Institute of Race Relations... read more →
Feb 13
Iraj abedian

“VITAL SOURCE OF HOPE” FOR SA

There is a large dose of weariness in our society, but the majority of South Africans are peace-loving and rational, and our economy is resourceful and diverse. There is sufficient skill and capacity in the country for a real turn-around of the socio-economic challenges, providing us with a “vital source... read more →