Environmental Affairs to embark on biodiversity compliance awareness drive with muti traders and traditional healers

18 January 2017

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), in collaboration with the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) will host a biodiversity compliance awareness workshop in Johannesburg on Thursday19 January 2017.

The one day workshop, which will bring together government authorities, muti-traders and traditional healers operating at the Faraday and Mai Mai markets, aims to promote compliance with the National Environmental Legislation, particularly the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act by the “muti-traders” and “muti-collectors” operating at the “muti-markets” in Johannesburg. 

The DEA, together with provincial conservation departments, have been receiving increased complaints from members of the public about a diverse number of threatened species listed in terms of the Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) Regulations that are being illegally sold at “muti-markets” around the country. In light of the complaints, government will embark on a compliance awareness drive to, amongst others, empower traders in the “muti-markets” industry by providing knowledge about environmental legislation and to enable them to play a meaningful role in the conservation of the country’s biodiversity.

Members of the media are invited to attended and cover the workshop as per the details below.

Date: 19 January 2017

Venue: Turffontien Racecourse

Time:  09:00 -15:30

To RSVP, contact:

Ernest Mulibana
Cell: 082 263 7372
E-mail: emulibana@environment.gov.za

For media queries, contact
Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871