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German wasp | Vespula germanica

German wasp

Vespula germanica

Coral bush | Ardisia crenata

Coral bush

Ardisia crenata

Purple loosestrife | Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Pom pom weed | Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Pom pom weed

Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Canarybird bush | Crotalaria agatiflora

Canarybird bush

Crotalaria agatiflora

Peanut butter cassia | Senna didymobotrya

Peanut butter cassia

Senna didymobotrya

Rubber vine | Cryptostegia grandiflora

Rubber vine

Cryptostegia grandiflora

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Environmental Programmes

In order to tackle our country’s socio-economic challenges, the government adopted the Outcomes based approach to improve government performance and providing focus on service delivery. find out more

CSIR perspective on water in South Africa

Francis Styn: Berg River Project, Powering the Green Economy

Francis Steyn presented a report by Dr Sibusiso Sibisi from Council for Scientific and Industrial Research which highlights the pressing need for all of us to adapt new, prudent and respectful ways of valuing, using and managing our fragile and vulnerable water resources for the greatest long term good of our society and the Southern African region as a whole.

This project is work in progress and it has already demonstrated greatest value in promoting the Green Economy by adding value to alien biomass which could result in the beginning of the end of one of our greatest threats to biodiversity in South Africa, namely alien plant infestation.

The main aim of this project is to restore the most important river system in the Cape Town Metro pole area to a healthy river system that will promote human well being.

There is a private business finalising contract to sell the biomass to internal and international markets with an initial volume of 20 000 tons in the first year and moving up to 200 000 tons at full speed.

To remove the alien vegetation and replace this with indigenous vegetation would cost the government approximately R300 million and the sustainability of the present initiatives could be doubtful.

This project aimed at doing this by creating value for the biomass and thereby adding value to the problem. A healthy river system would enhance the economy of the Western Cape by creating more permanent jobs, especially in Agriculture, but more importantly in new industries such as Agri Tourism created due to the vast improvement in the quantity and quality of water within the Berg River system.

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General News Updates

2019 National Symposium on Biological Invasio…

26-02-2019

This is your invitation to South Africa's 2019 National Symposium on Biological Invasions. The convention is hosted by the Centre for Invasion Biology (CIB), University of Stellenbosch, and the Biolo... Read more

2019 Invasive Species Training

22-01-2019

During the past five years (2014-2018), ISSA invasive species trainers have trained 4 000 in the identification of invasive species and laws pertaining to invasive species across South Africa.  ... Read more

Alien Grass Working Group

04-09-2018

Who are we? The South African National Alien Grass Working Group was jointly initiated by the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the Centre for Excellence in Invasion Biology (C·I·B) in... Read more

Permits for planting indigenous Cynodon?

01-03-2018

On 16 February, 2018, South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs issued amendments to the regulations and lists relating to the National List of Invasive Species.  Updates to the draft&n... Read more

Invasive species training 2018 dates released

28-02-2018

Interested in invasive species?  How much do you know about NEMBA invasive species compliance for landowners and organs of state? The South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) have released... Read more

Communications post for Africa advertised

25-01-2018

The Nature Conservancy has advertised a brand new post:  Communications Manager, Africa Region. Knowledge of invasive species and water would be an asset in this post. See details below:    Job Titl... Read more