News updates

Ensuring the health and survival of honeybees across South Africa is the key to the inaugural launch of National Honeybee Foraging Week (22-29 September, 2014) this year. This issue is at the heart of the  nuanced approach towards gum trees (Eucalyptus spp.) taken in the latest NEMBA invasive species legislation. 
Following the City of Cape Town’s communication about a new weed that was discovered in the metro, an additional 15 sightings of the wild sunflower have been reported. The majority of sightings were from Bellville, Brackenfell, Kuils River, Nyanga, Mfuleni and surrounds. Populations of the plant were also found in Richwood, Parklands and on the…
Pereskia (Pereskia aculeata) is a highly invasive clambering vine from South America. It is listed as a Category 1b invasive plant under South Africa’s Alien and Invasive Species Regulations. A new biological control agent, the pereskia stem-wilter (Catorhintha schaffneri) has just been released to stem the spread of this destructive weed.
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) published the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations on Friday 1st August, 2014. A total of 559 alien species are now listed as invasive, in four different categories. A further 560 species are listed as prohibited, and may not be introduced into the country.
The second National Famine Weed Strategy & Implementation Plan Workshop was held in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, on 29 July, 2014. This workshop allowed stakeholders from Mpumalanga and Limpopo the opportunity to engage in discussions following the first workshop, which was held in KwaZulu-Natal on 26 June, 2014.
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