The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), the South African timber engineering industry’s professional body, wishes to reiterate the importance of using reputable timber suppliers or merchants whose timber complies with the relevant characteristic values.

“We encourage our members and the industry at large to remain steadfast in selecting and using only compliant structural timber that is certified by either of the only accreditation bodies currently in South Africa: The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and South African Technical Auditing Services (SATAS), who certify products in compliance with the relevant standards,” says Amanda Obbes, ITC-SA general manager.

It is critical that standards are maintained at all times, and that all timber produced and destined for the South African structural market is compliant. As such, it is expected that local as well as international manufacturers of structural timber destined for the South African market will be certified by a South African-based ISO 17065 accredited Product Certification Body, which is also applicable to the neighbouring states, namely Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

“We request that all members be aware of the need for compliance with national legislation and to not make use of either locally produced timber or imports that do not comply with the South African standards and requirements,” Obbes concludes.

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