‘Alien exemptions contradictory’

2014-08-09 00:00

SOME plants considered invasive aliens have exemption in the Lists and Regulations on Alien Invasive Species published by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) last week.

Environmentalist Wally Menne said he considered these exemptions contradictory and, in some cases, they led to “nurseries promoting alien plants” such as the “highly invasive ‘Sheena’s Gold’ Duranta”. This plant, a cultivar of the forget-me-not tree, which appears on the list, is stated as “not listed”.

South African Nursery Association president Ryan Goodwin agreed this plant was one of several contentious plants and said that while it thrived in regions where it gets cold, it was not invasive in other areas.

Goodwin pointed out that the listings are revised and updated at regular intervals, “and plants come on and off”.

“We have a working committee that often meets with government,” he said. “But there is still a lot of work regarding the classification of plants that needs to be done on why certain plants should be listed.

“Obviously, if some plants are listed that are available in nurseries, it will have an economic impact,” said Goodwin, but emphasised that the nursery industry was committed to supporting the combating of alien invasive species and had “been part of the process for many years”.

• Stephen.Coan@witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.