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The year in review
14 December, 2017
Dolphin bay
This year has been a challenging one for all of us. Nonetheless, we have seen increasing innovation within our industry, along with several positive developments that are leap-frogging the sector into an era of far greater sustainability. read more
Renewable energy must continue to take centre stage in energy planning
8 December, 2017
Engineering news
It is imperative that South African policymakers continue to prioritise renewable energy & in future powerplanning, considering the major strides the country has already made in the field. I am, therefore, encouraged by the earlier announcements by national government... read more
South African renewable energy developer gains AfDB support
24 November, 2017
renewable energy
eThala Management Services has secured $990,000 from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to implement a 10MW biomass power plant in Harding, KwaZulu Natal Province. The project's source of biomass is agricultural, forestry and timber processing waste... read more
'The temperature never goes below 19 degrees inside' - Why we're falling for wooden houses
23 November, 2017
Wooden houses
It's a crisp winter day in Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow, yet photographer Trevor Lee has the doors to his three-bedroom house open. "The temperature never goes below 19 degrees inside," he says. "In fact, when the builder was doing the house, he remarked read more
Unpacking the implications of the new waste regulations
21 November, 2017
Dolphin bay chemicals
New regulations governing the disposal of hazardous waste are now being implemented, with tolerance of much lower concentrations than were previously accepted. The regulations were published in 2013 and came into effect in August this year. read more
Tanesco launches new specs
21 November, 2017
Dolphin Bay Chemicals
The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) has officially launched new specs for timber treatment, in line with international standards. This is an extremely positive development as it will go a long way towards ensuring the production of quality treated timber in Tanzania. read more
Wood panel market research report
20 November, 2017
Market insite report
The Global Engineered Wood Panel Market Research Report 2017-2022 provides a unique tool for evaluating the market, highlighting opportunities, and supporting strategic and tactical decision-making. This report recognizes that in this rapidly-evolving... read more
American Hardwood ‘Seed to Seat’ Furniture Initiative to be Displayed in Cape Town
20 November, 2017
AHEC
The American Hardwood Export Council's ‘Seed to Seat' furniture collaborative is set to go on display at Young Blood Gallery in Cape Town from November 20 - December 20, 2017. The project was initially unveiled at ‘100% Design South Africa', Africa's premier exhibition... read more
KZN biomass plant extracts R14m go-ahead
16 November, 2017
KZN Biomass
The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) has approved $990000 (R14m) to eThala Management Services to finance the development of a 10MW biomass-to-power plant to be located in Harding, in KwaZulu-Natal, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said yesterday. read more
New smartphone app to model in-forest log drying
14 November, 2017
Friday Offcuts
A new smartphone app has been developed to predict the moisture content of log piles undergoing infield drying. Inputs in the preliminary version of the app include log type, tree species, location and season. Future development will include more specific weather information. read more

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