FSA Newsletter - Issue 54
Feature article

The emerging markets in Africa, Asia, Brazil and Oceania are very important to us for future growth.  To meet the need for accelerated growth in these markets, we have decided to create a co-ordinated and focused leadership to fully develop our presence in these markets and have therefore created the new position of  Corporate Director – Emerging Markets

We are very happy to announce that Mr. JJ Oelofse has taken on this role and responsibility starting from June 1st 2016.
JJ has a long history with Wood-Mizer starting in 1998 selling WM products with Gearing Moss Supplies in Southern Africa. He then ran a very successful sawmilling and furniture/door manufacturing facility in Zambia utilising WM equipment.

In 2011 he became the Branch Manager of our Southern African Branch Office in Johannesburg and COO of the African Region. Since 2011 we have seen our African sales grow very significantly. His hands on knowledge of our products and his excellent experience with managing a widespread distribution network have been the corner stones of the African success.
We are now asking JJ to bring his experience to bear on our other emerging markets. JJ will continue to operate from his office in Johannesburg.
Please join us in wishing JJ every success and giving him our full support in this very important role for the corporation.

Operational Details
In addition to the corporate announcement with regard to Mr. JJ Oelofse’s position as the Corporate Director - Emerging Markets, we wanted to add more detail of how we plan that this role will be fulfilled on an operational basis.

The primary responsibility is to coordinate and manage our emerging markets sales, marketing and distribution efforts, working through our existing management structures.
JJ will relinquish his Southern African Branch manager responsibilities with Mr. Gavin Prowse becoming Managing Director of the branch. JJ will continue with his African regional responsibilities for the sales and marketing initiatives in the African region. All current communication channels will remain the same.

Mr. James Wong, Asian Area Manager, will now report directly to JJ. All other current communication channels remain the same. You will be hearing from James and JJ in the near future with regard to meetings to discuss market opportunities.
JJ will be directly responsible for the sales and marketing activities in Oceania, working very closely with Jorge Cisneros to maximise market opportunities in this region.

Central and South America
For Central and South America JJ will perform a support role for the US HQ, except for Brazil where JJ will be responsible for all operational, sales and marketing initiatives.

For all areas JJ will work closely with Darryl Floyd and Robert Baginski to create the operational support needed from the two manufacturing facilities to ensure the success of this focused push to consolidate and increase our presence in the emerging markets.

I am sure that JJ will be in touch with you all individually and will visit as many of you as is possible as quickly as possible – or at least meet you at forthcoming International Distributor Meetings.

We are delighted that we now have a very focused approach to our international emerging markets in the very capable care of Mr. JJ Oelofse.

Richard Vivers
President – Wood-Mizer Holdings Inc.
A word from Forestry South Africa


Water is one of the most significant emerging global sustainability issues and South Africa is a water-limited country with an average rainfall of between 500 – 600 mm per annum.   In the face of current drought conditions we spoke to Roger Godsmark, Forestry South Africa’s Operations Director and Dr John Scotcher, Environmental Consultant to Forestry South Africa, to gain insight on how commercial forestry in South Africa has improved on its water management practices since the 1970s.

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International Leadership Development Programme 2016/17
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Landscape training courses
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Invitation to 11th Fire Management Symposium
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Call for Proposals for the provision of forestry enterprise's business planning services for the re-establishment of small-scale timber plantations in the Sokhulu community. read more
Field Days & Workshops
Request from the Forest Industries Training Providers Association regarding invites to any field days / exhibitions and forestry related workshops held by industry. read more
PG Bison & Eco-Ed renovate 141y old hotel-in-a-forest
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NMMU George graduation joy
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Komatiland / SAFCOL tender for outbound logistics provider
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Forest Engineering News
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