Field Trip

14 and 15 September 2017

Proposed Field Trip Itinerary


Day 1- Thursday September 14 2017
8.00am Depart Skukuza, Kruger National park
8.00am–9:00am Travel to White River

MTO - Eucalyptus harvesting operation

  - Harvesting operation 
      * Manual felling
      * Matriarch Skogger
  - Log merchandising

10.15am–11.00am MTO - Eucalyptus silviculture operations field review
  - Establishment & silviculture operations (6 - 8 month old plantings)
  - Eucalyptus pruning and tending (3 year old site)
11.00am–11.45am Travel to Sabie
11.45am–12.45pm Komatiland Forests (KLF) - Pine mechanized harvesting operation
  - Harvesting
  - Extraction (Forwarding)
  - Log scaling
  - Transport
1.00pm–1.45pm Lunch picnic in forests
1.45pm–2.00pm Travel to Forestry Fire Management Site
2.00pm–3.00pm MTO - Forestry fire management

  - Fire command centre and approach to fire

  - Electronic fire detection system overview

  - Fire fighting equipment and team structures

3.00pm–3.15pm Travel to nursery

EziGro - Seedling nursary White River

  - Eucalyptus

  - Indigenous

  - Vegetables


AGFO Forestry and Agroculture Show White River

Evening drinks at AGFO Opening

6.00pm Travel to Hotel for dinner and overnight stay
Day 2- Friday September 15 2017
7.30am Depart hotel travel to Sabie
8.15am–9.30am York Timbers (Sabie) - Plywood Plant
9.30am–9.45am Travel to EVS Fire Detection Centre Sabie
9.45am-10.30am EVS Electronic Fire Detection Centre Visit
10.30am–11.45am Travel to Sappi (Ngodwana) Pulp Mill 
11.45am–2.00pm Sappi (Ngodwana) Pulp Mill visit
  Boxed Lunch on Bus
2.00pm–5.30pm Travel Ngodwana to Johannesburg



Field Trip Hosts


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York Timber Holdings Limited is listed on the JSE in the Forestry and Paper Index sector,  incorporated in 1916 and has been listed on the JSE since 1946.  York is an integrated forestry company, operating through its wholly owned subsidiaries, York Timbers Proprietary Limited that owns plantations, processing plants and Agentimber Proprietary Limited runs a wholesale distribution network. Few companies can achieve a centennial milestone and in 2016, York celebrated its 100th birthday.

York is a prominent player in the South African Timber and Plywood market.  York owns four sawmills and a plywood plant which are operated to ensure the optimum usage of the harvested wood products through its four distribution warehouses supporting customer supply-chain needs and demand for timber.  York’s distribution network is well positioned to service its customer base that includes truss plants, corporate and independent retailers, remanufacturers, furniture manufacturers and construction contractors. York’s nursery breeds high yielding hybrid trees, which allows optimal site and specie matching.  York’s Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified plantations of 60 470ha consists of 57 745ha pine and 2 449ha eucalyptus.  Sustainable raw material supply underpins the investment in York’s processing facilities.

York’s operations are inextricably linked to the community where we are located and hence nurture the environment and the people within it. The company’s success is a result of attracting, developing and retaining professional and talented people with a wide range of various skill sets.  York has a total staff compliment of 5 000 people including contractors.

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