The Southern Cape Invasive Species Forum

Southern Cape Invasive Species Forum was officially established by Kay Montgomery of DEA, following a full show of hands at a recent IERM meeting in George on the 24th June.

The following speakers highlighted the  significance of the recent regulations published in Government Gazette, Regulation Gazette No. 10244, Vol. 590, Pretoria, 1 August 2014. No. 37885

Kobus Meiring, from the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI)

Samantha McCullagh, Kaaimans to Touw Eco-Restoration Project

Louise Stafford, of the City of Cape Town, Invasive Species Unit

Kay Montgomery, from SAGIC (Green Industries Council,  & DEA)

Stiaan Kotze, head of the compliance section, Biosecurity Compliance, Department of Environmental Affairs.

Warren Schmidt, Invasive Animals Biosecurity Advocacy DEA

Yolanda Nodendwa, Category 2 permit applications (Biosecurity Permits, DEA)

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The DEA is hosting workshops across the country to inform re the rollout; establishment of  AIS forums within regions; and structures in order to implement the new law.

SCARY OR SALIENT FACTS

? 28 000 current jobs related to AIS eradication

? 55 000 job target for the above

? 20 million ha extent of AIS invasion in SA

? Projected cost/time frames for eradication of AIS in Western Cape: R3,9 billion – 18 years

? Projected cost/time frames for eradication of AIS in Eastern Cape: R8 billion – 72 years

? Stream flow reduction due to AIS in Western Cape: 529m3/annum

? Stream flow reduction due to AIS in Eastern Cape: 244m3 /annum

? National List of Invasive species (Total of 559): It includes plants (383), mammals, reptiles, amphibians,fresh-water fish, terrestrial invertebrates, fresh-water invertebrates, marine invertebrates and microbial species.

? A Booklet, “South Africa’s National Listed Invasive Species” with the full list in a 34-page A5 format, but not fully illustrated, is available from DEA.

? Aliens-a-coming… The Garden Route has been identified as suitable habitat for two approaching invasive species: Campanoclinum macrocephalum (Pompom weed, Gauteng baddie) and Parthenium hysterophorus (Famine weed, KZN and eastern parts of SA). Both create a sterile monoculture habitat and the latter, especially common on disturbed areas such as around homesteads, causes severe irritation, blisters etc. on contact to both humans and livestock.

Pompom weed
Pompom weed
Famine weed
Famine weed

Legislation and Regulations:

NEMBA (2004) CHAPTER 5, PART 2, PAGE 60, 73(2)  State that: A person who is the owner of land on which a listed invasive species occurs must notify any relevant competent authority in writing of the listed invasive species occuring on that land.

NEMBA Alien and Invasive Species Regulations (2014): Chapter 7, Section 29, (1), (2), (3): The seller of any immovable property must, prior to the conclusion of the relevant sale agreement, notify the purchaser of that propety in writing of the presence of listed invasive species on that property.

The AIS Regulations list 4 different categories of invasive species that must be managed, controlled or eradicated from areas where they may cause harm to the environment, or that are prohibited to be brought into South Africa.

The Declaration of Invasive Species must be completed by a registered authority and a copy submitted to: The Compliancy Officer, Biosecurity Services, Environmental Programmes, Department of Environmental Affairs, Cape Town.