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‘Not in my backyard’ (NIMBY) is the name of a hack group that is tackling invasives in the Cape Town suburb of Clovelly. They are particularly sensitive about the invasive red valerian (Centranthus ruber), which has 'jumped the garden fence' and is now invading the fringes of the Table Mountain National Park. “Our group walks…
Sections of the EersteKuils River as well as wetlands alongside high-density housing suburbs in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, were the focus of an inter-departmental project between the departments of Transport, Roads and Stormwater, City Parks and the Invasive Species Unit (ISU). Being used as a dumping site for old tyres, tins and sewage, the wetlands in…
Lying at the intersection of the N2 and N1 highways, the Black River, with its dense aquatic weed invasion, is a high-profile site. Water hyacinth doubles its growth every 10 days at the height of summer and an integrated approach has therefore been adopted, using a combination of herbicide spraying, manual removal and mechanical removal…
The natural environment is a powerful ally in the country’s efforts to create jobs and a better life for its people. Through invasive species management, many thousands of jobs have been created since 1995. The City of Cape Town is aligned to National Resource Management (NRM) programmes (Department of Environmental Affairs), which include Working for…
On Saturday, 26 July 2012, 20 kids from Oaklands High School joined the river marshals from the Kader Asmal River rehabilitation project to clean up a stretch of the Black River, a major river in Cape Town draining into Table BayIn two short hours, they learnt about the pollution, the litter and the invasive plants…
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