Invasive species could cost you millions in fines Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 December 2014 13:35
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You could be fined up to R5-million or get a maximum 10-year jail sentence if you’re in contravention of the new alien and invasive species regulations. Second or third convictions carry a maximum fine of R10-million.

The new regulations were recently published to accompany the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act.


Pompom

Joan-Louise du Toit from the Cullinan Conservancy welcomes the new regulations. “We have been waiting for this legislation for ages. It means no more pompom, lantana, bugweed and queen of the night in our area,” she said.


Lantana

If you plan on selling your property, you will have to make sure that you don’t have any category two plants, which include grey poplar, Australian blackwood and silver wattle. It is the new owner’s responsibility to get a permit and to make sure that these plants don’t spread outside the property.

Category one plants have to be removed immediately, unless you want to be prosecuted. These include bugweed, pompom, queen of the night and lantana.


Queen of the night

Category three plants include the eucalyptus, which has the potential to become invasive, but plants in this category are judged to have some usefulness.

For the full list, look at http://www.invasives.org.za/legislation.html.


Bugweed

The Biodiversity Act was promulgated to protect local ecosystems and species and to provide for the management and conservation of South Africa’s biodiversity.

 

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