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Important news from your MX40 Committee

Important news from your MX40 Committee

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by September 19, 2018 Committee, News

MX40 committee news in brief: Domestic helpers followed home from Nursery School pick-up in Craighall Park; SAVE THE DATE – AGM/ Security Update meeting; Oh Shot, the Shothole Borer is here.

DOMESTIC HELPERS FOLLOWED HOME FROM NURSERY SCHOOL PICK-UP IN CRAIGHALL PARK

A local nursery school has alerted parents to an alarming incident that took place in Craighall Park last week.

According the the school principal, “Two domestic helpers were walking home with children they had just fetched from nursery school, when they realised that they were being followed. They made their way to Cnr Café and waited for a security company to arrive and escort them home.”

PLEASE chat to your domestic helpers about what to do if they are being followed en route home from the school run, the park or a friend’s house!

AGM/ SECURITY MEETING – 3 October 2018

Save the date!

Our next AGM and SECURITY UPDATE will be held at 6.30pm on Wednesday 3 October at the Lycée Jules Verne (the French School), Cestrum Ave, Morningside X40.

Please make a note in your diaries to attend as this is where we will get to share our latest news and security updates with you.

OH SHOT! IT’S HERE!

Have you checked your trees? City Parks is reported to be worried about an outbreak of the shot hole borer which eventually kills trees and can lead to widespread infestation. Sandton residents have reported diseases trees either on their property or front pavement.

According to the MMC for Social Development, Nonhlanhla Sifumba, “The larvae, once matured, then make their way out of the tree by tunnelling holes. The lesions on the trees may vary based on the tree species to resemble ‘pinheads’ or a series of ‘gunshots’, that stifle the flow of nutrients through the veins of a tree, resulting in a tree that is visibly diseased from the top. This kills the tree and can destroy a cluster of adjacent trees once the young beetles start to nest.”

Image of shothole borer

Affected local trees include non-native ornamental trees such as Japanese and Chinese mapleLondon plane, kapok, and liquid amberSeveral paper bark trees have also become heavily infested and are dying.

WHAT TO DO

The City of Joburg is requesting the reporting of suspicious trees in Johannesburg to the WhatsApp number: 064 756 2736 by sending the following info:

  • Drop a location pin where you find infected tree(s).
  • Send photos of the infection on the trunk or branch, a close up pic of the holes and a pic of the tree (especially if you see branches that have started to die or have misformed and threadbare leaves on them).

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