Water Restrictions in Gauteng (March 2017)

City of Johannesburg: Johannesburg remains under ‘partial water restrictions’ and Johannesburg Metro Police Department will continue enforcing by-law compliance. Please report non-compliance to 011 758 9650.

  • No watering of gardens between 06:00 and 18:00 during the period 1 September – 31 March.
  • No watering of gardens between 08:00 and 16:00 during the period 1 April – 31 August.
  • Restriction tariffs will no longer apply as of 1 April 2017.
  • You may fill up your pool but it is recommended you use a pool cover to reduce evaporation.
  • You are prohibited from hosing down pavements and driveways with municipal water.

City of Tshwane: All water restrictions have been lifted except:

  • Residents shouldnot irrigate gardens with a hosepipe or sprinkler between 06:00 and 18:00. People are only allowed to do so between 18:00 and 22:00.
  • Report water leaks or burst pipes at 012 358 9999 or waterleaks@tshwane.gov.za.

City of Ekurhuleni: Level 2 water restrictions are still in place until such time as a press statement is released stating otherwise.

Midvaal Municipality: please see the statement below from Midvaal Local Municipality

Midvaal Municipality is pleased to announce the upliftment of water restrictions effective immediately. The recent good rains have brought some much needed relief and our water storage system is nearing capacity. We do however urge consumers to keep striving to save water wherever possible to ensure that we keep enough water in reserve to carry us through the drier periods.”

 

What to do if you get a visit by a Green Scorpion?

 

Do not panic

  • The Green Scorpions are legally appointed Environmental Management Inspectors (EMI’s) from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Their duties are to follow up on all transgressions of environmental law –
  • including invasive species.
  • There are approximately 1300 Green Scorpions in the country.
  • Among their ranks are pollution, waste management, building inspectors, animal and plant experts – but they are not all invasive species experts.

 

Ask to see their credentials

  • Ask to take a picture of their credentials with your cell phone. Or write down their names and designations.  You have a right to know who they are … there have been cases of robbers impersonating Green Scorpion officials to gain access to a property.
  • If a SANA Member doubts the identification credentials of a Green Scorpion, phone or What’s App the credential details to the SANA office, a SANA Executive Council Member or Kay Montgomery (082 659 0939)   immediately. Calls will be made to high level DEA officials to check the authenticity of the Green Scorpion inspection on your property.

 

All EMI’s are authorised – by law – to be allowed to gain access to a property

  • If you believe that there is a danger, take the details of the EMI Green Scorpions wishing to do an inspection of the property.  Indicate that you are alone and offer to open up your property at a date to be negotiated in the future.
  • Garden centres cannot bar an EMI from entering the premises.
  • Once EMIs are on the property. Show them around. Be courteous. Be professional.
  • Most EMIs are university graduates with an environmental degree.  Do not patronise them or become passive aggressive.

Take note of the date,together with the time they arrive and the time they leave the premises.

Take a picture of all documentationthat they produce (or a Photostat) and What’s App or email the documentation to SANA.

Take a picture of any plantsthat they have deemed to have found to be invasive and What’s App or email the images to SANA.

SANA will then contact the relevant authorities to gain clarity on the possible transgressions and advise their members on what to do next.

 

Movement of Citrus Plant Material

In terms of Agricultural Pests Act, 1983 (Act No. 36 of 1983), movement of citrus and/or related plant propagation material is prohibited from one area to another within the Republic of South Africa, unless the movement is authorised by means of a permit, or the material is certified as pest free. Please refer to the map below for more detail.

Citrus Plant Movement – MAP

 

Legal amendments to the Agricultural Pests Act, 1983 (Act No 36 of 1983) on the movement of citrus can be viewed below:

Citrus Plant Amendments – Agric Pests Act

 

For more information click here to link to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries website.

 

Information on the proposed tariffs for raw water charges for 2017 – 2018


Revision of General authorisation for the taking and storing of water – Water Act 36 of 1998

Download the revised water act 36 of 1998.


Acacia Species Name Change

Download the list of the latest Acacia species name changes.


Movement of Citrus Plant Material (August 2014)

In terms of Agricultural Pests Act, 1983 (Act No. 36 of 1983), movement of citrus and/or related plant propagation material is prohibited from one area to another within the Republic of South Africa, unless the movement is authorised by means of a permit, or the material is certified as pest free. Please refer to the map below for more detail.

Citrus Plani Material


Notice 1/2014: Draft Alien and Invasive Species Legislation – for Member comment

Draft Alien and Invasive Species Legislation Document (PDF)


SAPA NEWS 30

SAPIA News No. 30 puts the spotlight on invasive cacti and fountain grass in the Karoo; provides an update of the NEMBA regulations; and gives a summary of contents of 30 editions of SAPIA News. Download here.


Notice 05/2013

Carbon Tax Policy Paper
Draft Agenda


Notice 04/2013

National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (10/2004) with information on:
– Alien Invasive Species Regulations
– Publication of national list of invasive species
– Publication of Prohibited Alien Species
– Publication of Exempted Alien Species

Draft Conservation of Agricultural Resources Amendment Bill – for comment

Notice 03/2013

Draft Conservation of Agricultural Resources Amendment Bill – for comment


Notice No: 01/13

Water Research Commission: Guidance for Sustainable on-farm and on-scheme Irrigation water measurement


Notice no: 02/13

Development and applications of rainfall forecasts for Agriculturally-related decision making in selected catchments of South Africa


CALL FOR REQUESTS: DECLARATION OF NEW KINDS OF PLANTS IN TERMS OF THE PLANT BREEDERS’ RIGHTS ACT, 1976

Please call for requests to have new kinds of plants declared in terms of the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act, 1976 and relevant documentation, below.

All breeders of new plant varieties or their agents are invited to submit their requests; such requests should specify the scientific name (genus and species) of the plant to be declared as well as the motivation for the declaration thereof.

Requests should be forwarded not later than 28 September 2012 to:

The Registrar: Plant Breeders’ Rights

Private Bag X967

Pretoria 0001

or

Fax No: 012 319 6385

Email: NoluthandoN@daff.gov.za

Enquiries can be directed to: Noluthando Netnou Nkoana, Tel: 012 319 6183

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Call for Comments on the Draft National Water Resource Management Strategy

The NWRS – 2 has been published by the Department of Water Affairs and presents a summary of the second edition of the National Water Resources Strategy (NWRS-2), as required under the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998). The first edition of the (NWRS-1) was published in 2004 and set out the ‘blueprint’ for water resources management in the country for the first time.

This NWRS-2 sets out the strategic direction for water resources management in the country over the next 20 years, with a particular focus on priorities and objectives for the period 2013 – 2017. It provides the framework for the protection, use, development, conservation, management and control of water resources for South Africa, as well as the framework within which water must be managed at catchment level, in defined water management areas. It is binding on all authorities and institutions exercising powers or performing duties under the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998). BUSA would like to develop our position and provide feedback to the Department by 30 September.

EP036 – Call for comment

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Summary – NWRS

Summary – NWRS 2


(Click links below to download)

Trading in Cycads Government Gazette no 35343 & 35344 dated 14/5/2012

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* 35344


(Click links below to download)

* Reciepts of applications for plant breeder’s rights

* Call for Reqursts: declaration of new kinds of plants in terms of the Plant Breeders’ Rights, 1976

* Customs and excise Act, 1964: Amendment of rules (DAR/100)

* Amendment to the Competition Commission’s Corporate Leniency Policy


Draft Plant Health Policy

Click to download


Regulations Regarding Inspections & Appeals

Click to download


PBF Tarrifs – Effective 1 April 2012

Click to download


Minimum Wages – Farm Workers 2012/2013

Click Here to download the minimum wages PDF


Movement of Citrus Plant Material

In terms of Agricultural Pests Act, 1983 (Act No. 36 of 1983), movement of citrus and/or related plant propagation material is prohibited from one area to another within the Republic of South Africa, unless the movement is authorised by means of a permit, or the material is certified as pest free. Please refer to the map below for more detail.

Movement of Citrus Plant Material


Plant Breeder’s Rights

Please Click Here to view Government Notice 34510, Dated 12 August 2011