Quadrennial Clivia Conference of the Clivia Society 2018

12 July 2017

Dear Chairmen and Clivia Enthusiasts,

As you know, the Joburg Clivia Club is hosting the next quadrennial conference on behalf of the Clivia Society. The dates for the conference will be the 5 th and 6 th of September 2018. 

The ‘Theme’ of the conference is ‘Keep the Changes Coming’. The choice of this theme is for our Clivia members to appreciate the time spent by members and associates, in developing different leaves and flowers of Clivia. This continued development and persistent hard work by growers, breeders and collectors, ensures the interest in the Clivia remains alive.

The changes that have occurred, from the naturally found habitat Clivia, to where we are today and perhaps the potential ahead of us, are all aspects of the changes we have and will experience with Clivia development.

We are fortunate in having a few confirmed speakers for our conference and we wish to ensure a broad interest of subject matter at our meeting, to ensure an appeal to all attendees. The maximum time we wish to allow for a single talk will be 45 minutes. To accommodate the various subjects of the speakers, we will vary the lengths of the talks as may be necessary.

On behalf of the Joburg Clivia Club, I would like to invite members who feel that they may be able to contribute to the content of the September conference, to please contact me with their suggested interest on an aspect of leaf or flower or some other Clivia related development, that they may feel would be relevant for the conference.

Please distribute the request to all members who you feel may be suitable to present a talk at out conference.

Please also realise that the conference will take place over two days only, so the amount of time available is limited. We do not intentionally wish to offend anyone should we not be able to accommodate their lecture. Alternative arrangement could be made if necessary.

Thanking you all in anticipation.

Glynn Middlewick

Pest Alert: Detection of Tuta absoluta (Tomato Leaf Miner)…


                                                                                                     28 October 2016

Media Release

Pest Alert: Detection of Tuta absoluta (Tomato Leaf Miner) for the first time in the eastern parts of Mpumalanga Province, South Africa   

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) hereby announces that the first Tuta absoluta, commonly known also as the Tomato Leaf Miner, has been detected in the eastern parts of the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.  This pest is disastrous particularly for tomato production and food security in general.

After almost two years of surveillance by industry role players, Tuta absoluta was detected for the first time from the five surveillance traps in late August 2016, three of which were set in the Southern Kruger National Park, one on a tomato farm near Komatipoort and one at the Lebombo border post. The specimens collected from pheromone traps were sent to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Plant Health Diagnostic laboratories and the identification was confirmed by a Lepidoptera specialist from the Agricultural Research Council (ARC).

This pest spread from South America to Europe in 2006 and across to northern Africa. Since then, it has spread throughout the Middle East to India. It was reported in Kenya and Tanzania in 2014 and from September 2016 in Zambia.  The DAFF has been closely monitoring the spread of this pest across the world and has proactively initiated emergency actions to register agrochemicals to prepare for a rapid response to any possible outbreak of this pest in South Africa. 

This pest cannot be completely eradicated; however it can be contained and suppressed to lower population levels. The DAFF has already engaged with the tomato and potato production industries and the ARC and underscored an urgent need for development of a detailed plan of action. Such an action plan will be shared with all the relevant role players in due course.

Under poor control measures, Tuta absoluta can cause up to 100% loss of tomatoes and could also, to a lesser extent, affect potatoes. This in itself poses a serious threat to food security, owing to the fact that tomatoes and potatoes are prominently part of the daily diet for many people in South Africa.

This pest can effectively be controlled through the application of good agricultural practices and/ or integrated pest management. To date, several agrochemicals are already registered by the DAFF to control this pest; however, they must be applied judiciously. The biggest challenge with this pest is that it can develop resistance to chemicals within a single season. Therefore, agrochemicals with different active ingredients should be used in rotation and in accordance with the application requirements. A list of agrochemicals registered for Tuta absoluta and information regarding surveillance is available on the DAFF website.

Tomato and potato producers are encouraged to apply good agricultural practices and/ or integrated pest management, i.e. to do field sanitation, use detection traps, scout for this pest and apply relevant registered agrochemicals when necessary, such as when this pest has been detected in a field trap.  Please alert the DAFF Early Warning Systems division in case you suspect occurrence of this pest in your area.   

International travellers are advised to avoid illegal importation of agricultural commodities into South Africa because this may lead to the introduction of new pests and diseases which are expensive and difficult to manage.

Together we can minimise the potentially negative effect of the Tomato Leaf Miner (Tuta absoluta) on our sector and the economy.


For media enquires please contact:

Ms Makenosi Maroo

Chief Director: Stakeholder Relations and Communications

Tel.: (012) 319 6787

Cell: 072 475 2956

E-mail: MakenosiM@daff.gov.za


For technical information please contact:

Mr. Jan Hendrik Venter

Manager: Early Warning Systems

Tel.: (012) 319 6384/ 6138

E-mail: JanHendrikV@daff.gov.za

23 July Mini Show and Open Meeting – Test

Notice is hereby given of the OPEN MEETING/ MINI INTERSPECIFIC AND PENDULOUS SPECIE CLIVIA SHOW from 10h00 to 14:00 on 23th July 2016 at the, Sherwood Garden Centre, Walker Drive, Port Elizabeth.

Kennis geskied hiermee van OPE VERGADERING/ MINI INTERSPESIE EN HANGENDE SPESIE CLIVIA SKOU van af 10H00 to 14:00 op 23 Jullie  2016 by, Sherwood Garden Centre, Walker Drive, Port Elizabeth.

Please remember to bring all your flowering interspecific/species plants to the Mini Interspecific Show. Benching will take place from 09:30 to 9:55 Saturday 23rd. Open meeting will takes place from 14:00.

Clivia 17 the yearbook is out and you should have received your copy already. If not please make sure that you have paid your subs for 2016.

Please find attached all the documents