Invasive species are
now regarded as a liability
and must be
identified before the sale of any property.
the identification of Invasive Plants and management plans so as to be
able to comply with
NEMBA Regulations state that
a seller of property must,
prior to the relevant sale agreement, notify the purchaser of the
writing, of the presence of listed invasive species on that property.
a seller's Declaration
of Invasive Species Certificate must be lodged with the The
Compliance Officer, Biosecurity Services, Department of Environmental
agents will not be able
to sell a property without
completing a 'Declaration
of Invasive Species Certificate'.
are now required for 118
Category 2 invasive species.
municipalities and large
landowners must, by law,
develop an Invasive Species Management Plan within 3 years of the NEMBA
being promulgated (1 August 2014).
Umbrella Tree is a listed invasive alien covered by the NEMBA
to the National
Biodiversity Act 2004 (Act No 10 of 2004), published on 1 August 2014
came into force as of 1 October 2014, deals with the management and
conservation of South Africa’s biodiversity.
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
property where it is under its control, the new owner must apply for a
under Chapter 7 of the Act, which shall in terms of subsection (2) be
to the same conditions as the previous permit holder unless specific
circumstances requires a revision of the permit conditions”.
that: “The seller of an immovable property must, prior to the
conclusion of the
relevant sale agreement, notify the purchaser of such immovable
writing of the presence of listed invasive species on that property”.
Brazilian Pepper Tree is a listed invasive alien covered by the
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
million for a second offence.