Leadership and Appropriate Action : Shothole Borer

Shot hole borer



The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development inherently has an agricultural focus. Did you know that The Registrar calls urban ornamental trees a “Minor Crop”.

Is the tree that is being killed by PSHB in your garden really a “Minor Crop”?

DEA is now DEFF

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has not yet declared PSHB an Invasive Pest. When PSHB is declared an invasive pest it will full under NEMBA legislation.

We need to evaluate the relevance and efficacy of this legislation in a heavily infested urban context? Does this legislation contribute to pragmatic solutions for controlling PSHB? The movement of infested wood is the biggest contributor to human-assisted spread of PSHB – permits will need to be issued to move infested wood. Selling your property, be sure to contact an invasive species consultant.

Such measures could be useful in Cape Town which is engaged in a PSHB eradication programme.

How does such legislation work within Johannesburg which has experienced such massive infestation?

Disaster Management

PSHB is a disaster and it needs a national champion – South Africans are looking for strong leadership – ..!!

Who has the mandate to declare a disaster?
City of Johannesburg?
Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management?
National Disaster Management? Who is our leader?


George PSHB Botanical Garden Meeting – 5th Oct

Cape Town PSHB Workshop – 7th Oct

Bloemfontein PSHB Public Meeting – 16th Sept
Johannesburg PSHB Workshop – 18th Oct

Email us to enquire about an event and we will forward you further information.



After a successful PSHB Workshop in Durban on the 14th September the “KZN PSHB Forum” was officially convened last week. Johan Bodenstein was elected to chair the group of service providers who are determined to initiate local action and to raise awareness.


Housing estates and residents associations should get involved now.

Municipality and City Parks

How do you evaluate the suitability and appropriateness of action?

  • Has your municipality published clear guidelines?
  • Have dumping sites for infested wood been established?
  • PSHB control – are infested public trees being treated and/or removed?
  • Dead trees – are the dead street trees being removed and has a replacement program been initiated?

Save your tree – and kill everything else..

Are you spraying poison onto your tree? Are you pouring poison into the soil in the belief that it will be effective?


It is spring, and many trees are currently flowering.

  • Don’t use poison when a tree is flowering, rather wait a month.
  • Inject into your tree – keep chemicals contained inside the tree.

Is your service provider being responsible and do they care about the environment?


Fighting PSHB is a long term game – what is your game plan?