There is good news for the South African timber sector. Demand for structural timber and transmission line poles is high and stocks are, at the moment, good. However there is a problem. Around twenty years ago restrictions were put in place to halt the expansion of plantations because of the effect they may have on ground water flow. It is predicted that within a few years South Africa may be forced into a situation of importing timber because the supply from domestic plantations won’t be able to cope. It is argued that the South African government must grant more plantation licences immediately to halt a long term problem.