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

06 June2017


The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), in collaboration with the KZN Wildlife and City of eThekwini Municipality will host a biodiversity compliance awareness workshop in Durban on Thursday 08 June 2017.

The one day workshop, which will bring together government authorities, muti-traders and traditional healers, 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 Durban muti-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 “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: 08 June 2017

Venue: The Royal Hotel, 267 Anton Lembede St Durban

Time: 09:00 -15:30

To RSVP, contact:

Ernest Mulibana
Cell: 082 263 7372 /

For media queries, contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871