"We grow the people who grow the trees"
Department of Forest and Wood Science (DFWS) has historically been tasked
specifically with the enrichment of forest and wood science through basic and
applied research, teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and
community outreach in South Africa.
The DFWS has strengthened its original
mandate and is a recognised international leader in this regard. Teaching,
research and development services are provided to a full spectrum of
stakeholders, both locally and internationally, which include the South African
and international commercial forestry sector, government and other public
forestry branches, NGOs and society. The DFWS has a small team of dedicated lecturers
and researchers, supported by knowledgeable and experienced technical and
The Department’s strength lies in the fact that it is the only tertiary education institution in South Africa to
provide an educational offering at BSc, MSc and PhD levels in both Forest and
Natural Resource and Wood Products Science. The presence of these two major disciplines under one roof enables the DFWS to address the full forestry value chain, from forest establishment
and silviculture, forest management, timber harvesting and transport, and forest economics to
secondary processing for structural lumber, composite materials, bio-energy and other value added products.