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Addressing Alien Vegetation in Noordhoek Post Fires -A guide prepared by NEAG



5 Responses to “Addressing Alien Vegetation in Noordhoek Post Fires -A guide prepared by NEAG”

  1. On February 22, 2016 at 13:07 Brian Lanton responded with... #

    Good start! There are some of the invasives that seem to be very prevalent in NDK itself, as opposed to the Act. Maybe that is because some of these invasive species do not find NDK conducive to growth.

    A suggestion is that there should be more distinction made between the SA pittosporum (viridiflorum) as opposed to the Australian invader (undulatum). The SA species, although maybe not strictly Cape Peninsula, is growing really well in NDK, is fire resistant and has re-sprouted nicely after the recent fire.

    The undulatum was largely wiped out by biocontrol in the past, but seems to be making somewhat of a come-back.

    • On February 22, 2016 at 23:26 Glenn responded with... #

      Thanks Brian. You are quite correct it is the Australian version that is the problem – it is easily identified by the smell of the crushed leaves which have a strong chemical odour. It is difficult to kill and may need spot application of herbicide after cutting to prevent re-sprouting.

  2. On February 22, 2016 at 13:23 LIz Smith responded with... #

    Thanks for this informative brochure – we’re clearing continuously.

  3. On February 22, 2016 at 18:52 Georgina responded with... #

    Great piece of work, thank you. Can you expand at all on exactly WHAT help is available from the government for the clearance of category 1a and b aliens?

    • On February 22, 2016 at 23:34 Glenn responded with... #

      Thanks Georgina. Presently the government is prepared to assist in the drafting of a clearance plan as well as to assist with manpower and chemicals for initial clearing of the property. This offer for assistance is for a limited time only and if property owners do not take firm steps to clear land within this period all costs are for the property owner.
      The best people to contact in this regard is the City of Cape Town Environmental Resource Management Department (ERMD) via

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