If you missed the Joburg City Parks meeting on the 11th March you can watch parts of the meeting on this video coverage
“The Joburg City Parks and Zoo is currently examining the shot-hole-borer infestation. Yesterday, MMC Nonhlanhla Sifumba confirmed that City Parks is working with all bodies and concerned groups to ensure the infestation is tackled collectively. City Parks will help and find a plan to handle the problem, as trees affected by the polyphagous shot-hole-borer (PSHB) outbreak continue to deteriorate.”
“PARKVIEW – Joburg City Parks assures community members that they are working together with various stakeholders to contain the shot-hole-borer infestation affecting a number of trees in Joburg.”
“Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) assures community members that they are working together with various stakeholders to contain the shot-hole-borer infestation affecting a number of trees in Joburg.”
“The entity met with media and ward councillors at Zoo Lake on 26 February to share their strategies for dealing with the infestation.”
“HOUGHTON – An informative talk was followed by a walk which enabled residents to get more insight into the deadly invasive beetle that attacks trees.”
“Interest and curiosity about the 2mm beetle that has managed to destroy a number of trees have grown in residents. Houghton residents joined in the walkabout which was preceded by an informative talk on the shot-hole-borer beetle. The talk and walk were arranged by the Lower Houghton Residents Association which brought in an expert to enlighten the community members.”
“Expert and arborist Anton Moller said that researchers reckon the beetle came through shipping. He said the beetle simply digs a hole in the tree and then lives in the tunnels; feeds on the tree and inoculates a fungus which invades the vascular tissues of the tree. “So, the fungus is the one which actually kills the tree,” explained Moller.”
The lack of data on the infestation of trees in the City of Joburg is leading to thousands of trees succumbing to the polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB).
This has been described as a potential disaster with the collapse of the city’s ecosystem collapse of up to 70% of the city’s 10.2 million trees die. Joburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) said because the borer infestation was relatively newly discovered, there was very little data available.
“The City of Johannesburg has been accused of “misleading” the public about the extent of the polyphagous shothole borer (PSHB) infestation, which is killing off some of the city’s trees.”
“While Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo last week said it was too early to classify the borer beetle outbreak as a disaster, the Borer Action Group (BAG) countered that this was another attempt “to minimise this environmental threat to excuse its inaction”
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Most residents might be aware of the invasive beetle known as the shot-hole borer (polyphagous shot-hole borer) which currently attacks trees. The Lower Houghton Residents Association (LHRA) is arranging for an expert arborist to speak to the residents about the problem.