Agriculture MEC must deal with Pom Pom weed threat

Thomas Walters MPL

Spokesperson on Agriculture and Rural Development

The growing Pom Pom weed (Campuloclinium macrocephalum) problem in the Rietvlei dam and other areas of Gauteng could have a devastating effect on provincial water sources if not dealt with immediately.

Pom Pom weed is quickly becoming one of the most serious threats to the conservation of grasslands in South Africa.

The plant invades natural grasslands, open savanna and wetlands and displaces native species, reducing both the biological diversity and carrying capacity of wetlands and veld.

I have submitted questions to Gauteng Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza requesting information on how her department intends on addressing this problem.

The MEC must also provide details on whether the department has undertaken a study of the environmental impact of Pom Pom weed on Gauteng eco-and water systems and whether a strategy exists to deal with the impending crisis.

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