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City Parks commits to more engagement with community regarding shot-hole-borer

“EMMARENTIA – A heated public meeting hosted by JCPZ sought to inform and engage with community members regarding ways to deal with the shot-hole-borer infestation threatening Joburg’s green canopy.”

“Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) has committed to providing leadership and more engagement with community members regarding the containment of the shot-hole-borer beetle following a heated public meeting hosted at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens on 11 March.”

“City Parks hosted the meeting to educate various stakeholders about the beetle and how they were dealing with its containment.”

“General manager for ecosystems and open space management at City Parks, Senzo Nyembe described the beetle as a ‘tiny terror’ which has baffled scientists. The beetle called the polyphagous shot-hole-borer was identified by City Parks in 2018 as a pest which has infested and killed a number of street trees, threatening the Johannesburg urban forest.”

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Sarah Koning
2019-03-13
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