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SA launches programme to combat invasive plants and create jobs [SOUND]

# The Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment has launched a 2.67-billion-rand plan over five years to combat invasive alien plants through the Working for Water Programme. It aims to create 38-thousand-839 work opportunities annually, focusing on rural communities. Invasive species have threatened biodiversity, water resources, and livelihoods, exacerbating floods and wildfires. Minister Barbara Creecy says the Gauteng Working for Water Programme will target 74-thousand-781 hectares over five years: