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South Africa Celebrates National Book Week

GP MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Ms Faith Mazibuko having a reading session with kids from Kids@Play during National Book Week Launch. Photo: NBWSA

GP MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Ms Faith Mazibuko having a reading session with kids from Kids@Play during National Book Week Launch. Photo: NBWSA

The 7th annual National Book Week kicked off at the Apartheid Museum with a keynote address by the Gauteng MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Ms. Faith Mazibuko, who spoke on the importance of reading to build future leaders of our country.

National Book Week (NBW), which runs from the 05th -11th September 2016, is a strategic national campaign brought to you by the South African Book Development Council, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture. NBW, envisioning a reading South Africa, provides an overarching platform to get the nation reading and will be celebrated across all nine provinces of South Africa. Continue reading

Celebrating trees, wood and water this Arbor Week | 4 – 10 September

Celebrate the trees that make the wood that makes so many products we use every day. Credit: Mondi

Celebrate the trees that make the wood that makes so many products we use every day. Credit: Mondi

In South Africa, 1.3 million hectares (ha) of pine and eucalyptus trees are sustainably managed for commercial processing into wood and paper products. Through modern science and nanotechnology, wood fibre – cellulose – is used in automobiles, aerospace, defence and even medicine.

While Arbor Week traditionally calls on all South Africans to plant indigenous trees as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management, timber plantations deserve due recognition for the benefits they bring to the economy, society and the environment. Continue reading

National Book Week – 1-18 September 2016

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“It was Nelson Mandela who said that ‘education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’. As the South African Book Development Council, we firmly believe that access to books from an early age is the sharp edge of the spear. That said, we are never too old to learn. By equipping citizens of all ages with books to read, we give them the ability to learn, to gain knowledge and to participate in the economy. Can there be a greater gift? This is why we are proud to drive the annual National Book Week and continue to build an army and nation of readers.”
Jane Molony, PAMSA executive director and chairperson of the South African Book Development Council

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Using paper saves trees – a South African perspective

By using paper, more trees are planted, harvested and replanted. Photo: Mondi South Africa

By using paper, more trees are planted, harvested and replanted. Photo: Mondi South Africa

We can all agree that “digital is not going away” – it is very much a part of our world. I’m using it to publish this post. But even in this multimedia, multiplatform world, paper is not going away either. And that’s a good thing. Especially for trees. Continue reading

Low-cost timber winch wins two KZN student engineers the inaugural Agristars Forestry Award

IMG_5625One of the biggest challenges facing the South African forestry, agriculture and fishery sectors is addressing the widening chasm between ageing producers and the absorption of young graduates. Another, facing forestry in particular, is the fragmentation of business units and land areas. This has seen the transfer of operations and skills to emerging land-owners and small growers who may not necessarily have the financial resources or technical knowledge to effectively get timber resources to market. Continue reading

Global forest products industry meets in Australia

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) – global forum of the forest products industry – will hold its annual meeting in Sydney, Australia, July 4-5. Jane Molony, executive director of the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) and vice president of ICFPA, will reunite with her industry peers from across the world to discuss key industry issues, such as bioeconomy, certification, recycling and innovation. Continue reading

PAMSA announces the Blue Sky Award


Blue Sky - Logotipo em transparênciaThe Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) has announced the South African leg of the international Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award. The competition, open to researchers and students under the age of 30, aims to recognise and foster innovation around projects focused on the all aspects of the forest-products industry. Continue reading