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New regulations relating to property transfers and Invasive Alien Species – approved
Contribution by Peter Kruger

The Department of Environmental Affairs manages Invasive Alien Species (IAS) under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity (NEMBA) Act 10 of 2004. This act provides the framework, norms, and standards for the conservation, sustainable use, and equitable benefit-sharing of South Africa’s biological resources. 

The Alien and Invasive Species Regulations for this Act were published on 1 August 2014 and put into effect on 1 October 2014. The regulations state that, “The seller of any immovable property must, prior to the relevant sale agreement, notify the purchaser of the property in writing of the presence of listed invasive species on that property.”

Invasive species are now legally regarded as a liability to landowners. These regulations apply to all properties - whether industrial or domestic. The seller needs to complete a Declaration of Invasive Species Form. Any person who is in 'control' of land has to submit this form. This also applies to properties being rezoned.

A total of 559 species are on the National list of Invasive Species which need to be controlled in South Africa. The list includes species of Plants (383), Mammals (41), Birds (24), Reptiles (35), Amphibians (7), Fresh-water Fish (15), Terrestrial Invertebrates (23), Fresh-water Invertebrates (8), Marine Invertebrates (16) and Microbial species (7). The majority of these species may no longer be traded, planted or propagated.

A copy of the declaration of Invasive Species form needs to be lodged with the Compliancy Officer, Biosecurity Services, Department of Environmental Affairs – prior to a sale taking place. These lists are available from www.invasives.org.za or you could consult Peter Kruger at aliens@telkomsa.net


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