Forestry South Africa (FSA) is South Africa’s largest forestry organisation representing growers of timber. Its membership includes all 11 corporate forestry companies active in the industry, approximately 1,300 commercial timber farmers and some 20,000 small scale growers who between them own or control no less than 93% of the total plantation area in the country.
The Forest Sector Charter Council was established through the Forest Sector Charter. It is legally constituted as a section 21 Company and consists of 19 members, nine representing industry, three representing Government departments, three representing communities, two labour representatives and two members from skills and funding institutions.
PAMSA is a member of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) which represents more than 30 national and regional forest and paper associations around the world. Together, ICFPA members represent over 90 percent of global paper production and half of global wood production. For more information about the sustainability of the global forest and paper industry, visit icfpa.org.
The Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry of Southern Africa (TAPPSA) covers the entire process chain from timber plantations to converted paper products. By furthering the application of science and technology in pulp, paper and allied industries, it provides a forum for idea generation, encourage education in pulp and paper manufacture use, stimulate investigation and stimulate research into the manufacture and use of pulp and paper.
PAMSA has partnerships with the universities of Pretoria, Stellenbosch, KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Witwatersrand, and North West, as well as with the Durban University of Technology (DUT), Tshwane University of Technology and UNISA. The universities are involved in the MSc/PhD programmes while DUT and UNISA present the PAMSA pulp and paper qualifications i.e. a national diploma and BTech degree in pulp and paper technology.
PAMSA supports the TVET colleges of Umfolozi in KwaZulu-Natal, Ekurhuleni East in Gauteng and Capricorn in Polokwane. These institutions offer the industry’s Pulp and Paper Occupational Programme (PPOP) for full-time employees as well as the National Certificate – Vocational (NCV) which is offered in two certificate programmes – process plant operations and pulp and papermaking technology – from NQF levels two to four.