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Invasive species are now regarded as a liability and must be identified before the sale of any property.


Ecoman offers the identification of Invasive Plants and management plans so as to be able to comply with the NEMBA Regulations



The NEMBA Regulations state that a seller of 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.


A copy of a seller's Declaration of Invasive Species Certificate must be lodged with the The Compliance Officer, Biosecurity Services, Department of Environmental Affairs.



Estate agents will not be able to sell a property without completing a 'Declaration of Invasive Species Certificate'.


Permits are now required for 118 Category 2 invasive species.

All municipalities and large landowners must, by law, develop an Invasive Species Management Plan within 3 years of the NEMBA law being promulgated (1 August 2014).



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Umbrella Tree is a listed invasive alien covered by the NEMBA Regulations

Amendments to the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 2004 (Act No 10 of 2004), published on 1 August 2014 and which came into force as of 1 October 2014, deals with the management and conservation of South Africa’s biodiversity.

Section 29 of the Regulations deals with the sale or transfer of alien and listed invasive species and subsection 1 says that “if a permit-holder sells a specimen of an alien or listed invasive species or the property where it is under its control, the new owner must apply for a permit under Chapter 7 of the Act, which shall in terms of subsection (2) be subject to the same conditions as the previous permit holder unless specific circumstances requires a revision of the permit conditions”.

Subsection 3 requires that: “The seller of an immovable property must, prior to the conclusion of the relevant sale agreement, notify the purchaser of such immovable property in writing of the presence of listed invasive species on that property”.




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Brazilian Pepper Tree  is a listed invasive alien covered by the NEMBA Regulations


Who does not comply with the regulations is guilty of an offence and can be fined up to R5 million for a first offence and up to R10 million for a second offence.


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