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German wasp | Vespula germanica

German wasp

Vespula germanica

Coral bush | Ardisia crenata

Coral bush

Ardisia crenata

Purple loosestrife | Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Pom pom weed | Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Pom pom weed

Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Canarybird bush | Crotalaria agatiflora

Canarybird bush

Crotalaria agatiflora

Peanut butter cassia | Senna didymobotrya

Peanut butter cassia

Senna didymobotrya

Rubber vine | Cryptostegia grandiflora

Rubber vine

Cryptostegia grandiflora

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Environmental Programmes

In order to tackle our country’s socio-economic challenges, the government adopted the Outcomes based approach to improve government performance and providing focus on service delivery. find out more

Mysore raspberry  is a large perennial shrub growing up to 4.5 metres in height that may form dense thickets of intertwining stems. The flexible, arching stems may be downy when young but become glabrous and glaucous at maturity. They are covered with sharp, hooked thorns 3-7mm long. This shrub may form dense, impenetrable, thorny thickets that can displace native species. It produces sweet, palatable fruit enjoyed by birds, rodents, reptiles and humans and has been cultivated in many regions throughout the world for this reason. 

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National Invasive Species Legislation

NEM:BA - Alien and Invasive Species Regulations - 19th July 2013

The Biosecurity Unit of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is mandated to manage invasive apecies legislation under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity (NEM:BA) Act 10 of 2004. Go to National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 for more information.

National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (No. 10 of 2004) (NEM:BA). This act aims to provide the framework, norms, and standards for the conservation, sustainable use, and equitable benefit-sharing of South Africa’s biological resources. 
Click here for more information.

The Alien and Invasive Species Regulations for this Act was published on 19 July 2013.

CARA 2001

Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act, 1983 (Act No 43 of 1983) (CARA). Regulations 15 and 16 under this Act, which concern problem plants, were amended during March 2001.  The CARA regulations refer to 198 invasive alien plants, which are divided into three categories. 
For more information on the legal obligations regarding invasive alien plants in South Africa go to:  Agricultural Research Council


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The latest draft of the NEMBA Invasive Alien Species List was published in the Government Gazette on 12 February, 2014. The publishing of this document in the Government Gazette heralds the beginning of a 30 day period in which the government calls for public comment. To download the list, click here.

Invasive Alien Species List

In the new NEMBA regulations, you will find the following:

· The regulations relating to the Biodiversity Act. These regulations must not be seen in isolation, but need to be understood in the context of the NEMBA Act, 2004.  Also note the new categories relating to these regulations as there have been significant changes to the groupings or categories over the years.

· A number of Annexures (A to E) which deal with the proposed permitting system. The issuing authority will be the Biosecurity Directorate, Environmental Programmes, Department of Environmental Affairs.

· A list of restricted activities relating to the new categories.

· List 1 – The requirements of exempted alien species.

· List 2 – The proposed list of invasive plant species.

· Species under surveillance (plants that require a risk assessment in the future and if found problematic – will be added to the invasive plants species lists).

· List 13 – Prohibited alien species. For clarification, this list identifies plants that are under no circumstances allowed within the borders of the Republic of South Africa.

The period of public comment is for 30 days. Should you have any comments or queries, please send them to:

           Ms Nomahlubi Sishuba

           Environmental Programmes

           Department of Environmental Affairs

           14 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8000

           Tel: 021 441 2700

           Fax: 021 441 2751


Published in News updates

A series of public stakeholder information meetings will be held on issues related to the NEMBA Draft Invasive and Alien Species Regulations on Thursday March 6 (09h00-15h30) in Pretoria. 

Various groups have either requested time or been allocated slots during the day to address aspects of the draft regulations which are pertinent to their stakeholder group.

Date: Thursday 6 March, 2014
Time: 09:00-13:00 - Aquaculture

           13h30-14h30 - Game ranching

           14h30-15h30 - Pet Trade

Venue: South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI),

Education Centre, Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria Any stakeholders from industry organisations, as well as any member of the public are welcome to attend. The meetings will be informal.  All representations and comments must be submitted in writing to the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Written submissions need to be emailed to  or posted to the Deputy Director-General, Environmental Programmes, Environmental Affairs, Attention: Dr Guy Preston, Private Bag X4390, Cape Town, 8001 or hand delivered to the Deputy Director-General, Environmental Programmes, Environmental Affairs, Attention: Dr Guy Preston, 14 Loop Street, Cape Town.

The deadline for submissions is 16h00 on Friday 14 March, 2014.

Please confirm your attendance at the stakeholder meeting on Thursday 6 March to:    Khathutshelo Nelukalo on  

Published in News updates

The government published a set of regulations on 19 July 2013 which affect gardeners, pet enthusiasts and property owner across the country. The regulations are related to the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004) and contain lists of invasive species which require a range of control measures including removal, permits and management plans if found on your property.

Published in News updates
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