Category: Upfront

Volume 1 2017: Upfront | Bitter pill of rejection

Upfront Volume 1
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UPFRONT Dear reader, Welcome to our first issue of 2017. In case you missed the news, in 2016 we took the decision to publish quarterly issues instead of six bi-monthly issues. As always we welcome your suggestions for improvement and contributions to upcoming issues. Thanks to those who have provided suggestions for a more readable layout; I hope that our larger and darker font makes the Journal easier on the eyes.…

UPFRONT – VOLUME 5/6 – Nisi mortuous piscem fluxum

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Only dead fish go with the flow. These were the concluding words of the TAPPSA 2016 conference keynote speaker. Steuart Pennington’s 20-minute presentation was a refreshing diversion amid the tough economic times facing most sectors of society as he presented the antithesis to the incessant barrage of bad news on printing presses, airwaves and social media channels.  …

One conversation at a time

There are more formally protected grasslands and natural forests under management of the plantation industry, than in any other commercial land use sector. Photo: Mondi
There are more formally protected grasslands and natural forests under management of the plantation industry, than in any other commercial land use sector. Photo: Mondi

In June, I represented both Forestry SA and PAMSA at an event hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at the CSIR. We had put up some banners depicting plantation trees and set up a table with an array of printed brochures.…

Volume 3 – 2016 | Making time

I’m sure I’m not the only person who sighs at the fact that half of 2016 has passed us by. Time passing all too quickly niggles at me often and so I approached Google for some insight. According to neuroscientist and science writer Jordan Gaines Lewis on www.scientificamerican.com, I am not the first to ponder this phenomenon.…

Out with the new, in with the old

When music aficionado Ton Vermeulen bought a pressing plant for vinyl records in Haarlem outside Amsterdam in the late 90s, neither he nor anyone else believed he was investing in tomorrow’s technology. The seller, Sony Music Entertainment, had watched sales gradually decline since the 80s and then nearly disappear as compact discs (CDs) took over. But today, the proverbial wheel has turned – or should we say the turntables are turning again – and the previously low-valued machines are working…

Compliments of the not-so-new season. Happy 2016. Welcome back.

Judging from the event listings we received, the year twenty-sixteen looks to be a busy one for the forestry, pulp and paper sector. We have included some of these events below. If you happen to find yourself at one of them, perhaps you can consider submitting a short write-up? In January, I was invited to attend the launch of Mpact Felixton’s phase one upgrade. You will find the story on page 6. I happened to bump into former Mondi South…

Making it better.

I like books. I like buying books. As with many, I am sure, I buy more books than I could ever read. While my Kindle contains a compendium of light-hearted leisure reads, I find that my paper books enjoy pride of place in our home. As I look at my bookshelves, the books spark a memory or invoke an emotion. I have read some of them three times over; others haven’t kept my attention past the first five chapters.…

Please consider the future

I wonder what the response would be if the following message was printed on each sheet of toilet tissue: Please consider the environment before using this. There are few things that make me put my head in my hands more than the similar message that appears beneath countless email signatures.…

Categorically speaking

Every second month seems to roll around faster than the next. No sooner have we put one issue of the TAPPSA Journal on the press, we are planning the next one. I have been in the ‘editor’s seat’ for a year and it’s been an incredible journey. It has opened my mind even more to a world of ongoing development and research into the wonder of wood fibre, its potential beyond the ubiquitous A4 copy paper or cardboard box and…