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Stellenbosch Dean attends ‘indaba’ on education and cooperation with leading forestry representatives
Author: Dr Pierre Ackerman
Published: 28/02/2020

Agrisciences Dean Prof. Danie Brink participated in a meeting with key industry players as well as staff from Dept. of Forestry and Wood Sciences earlier this month.  The purpose of the meeting, which was hosted by York Timbers at Jessievale in Mpumalanga, was to discuss education needs as well as avenues for continued cooperation between some of the leading forestry companies (Mondi, Sappi, and York) and the department of forest and wood science.  In this case, the focus was mainly in the area of forest operations, where the company representations were headed up by Dr. Dirk Laengin (Head of Forest Technical, Mondi), Mr. Giovanni Sale (General manager Research, Planning and Nurseries, Sappi) and Mr. Piet van Zyl (CEO, York Timbers).  As part of the experience, an excursion was arranged where vegetation management, site preparation, planting, thinning and final cutting was demonstrated and discussed at length amongst participants.  The ‘indaba’ ended on a positive and enthusiastic note, with general agreement on future areas of opportunity and continued cooperation.