Department of Environmental Affairs to embark on biodiversity compliance awareness drive with muthi traders and traditional healers in Kwazulu Natal

14 September 2018

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), in collaboration with the KZN Wildlife, Ulundi and Pongola Local Municipalities will host a biodiversity compliance awareness workshop in Ulundi on Tuesday 18 September 2018.

The one day workshop, which will bring together government authorities, academia, muthi-traders and traditional healers, aims to promote compliance with the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act by the “muthi-traders” and “muthi-collectors” operating at the Nongoma muthi-markets and the surrounding areas.

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 “muthi-markets” around the country.

In light of the complaints, the DEA has been conducting compliance awareness workshops to, amongst others, empower traders in the “muthi-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 will have an opportunity to visit Mona muthi-market outside Nongoma, where they will interact with muthi-traders and traditional healers. Transport and accommodation will be provided, departing from Durban on Monday 17 September 2018 at 15:30 and will return on Tuesday afternoon. Kindly note that space is limited and reservations are first-come first-served basis.

The workshop will take place as per the details below:

Date: 18 September 2018

Venue: Garden Court Ulundi

Time: 08:00 - 14:00

To RSVP, contact:

Ernest Mulibana on 082 263 7372 / EMulibana@environment.gov.za

For media queries, contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871