I always wondered who will be advising estate agents and assist in the completion of the Declaration of Invasive Species Report, well now we know!
The South African Green Industry Council (SAGIC) in collaboration with the Bio-security Unit, Environmental Programmes of the Department of Environmental Affairs are running accreditation training courses from April 1st to August 18th throughout South Africa. People with a sound knowledge of plants (indigenous and exotic) are invited to participate. Upon completion of the sessions, participants will receive a certificate and can act as Consultants to Estate Agents.
Invasive species are now regarded as a liability to landowners. According to the new NEMBA Regulations, all sellers of land have to fill out a Invasive Species Declaration Form which must be given to the buyer of the property – and lodged with the Department of Environmental Affairs.
All estate agents will need access to a knowledgeable invasive species expert to check for invasive species on properties about to be sold. Like the electricity compliance certificate, the Declaration of Invasive Species has to be filled out by every person selling a property.
NEMBA Alien and Invasive Species Regulations (2014): Chapter 7, Section 29, (1), (2), (3):
The seller of any immovable property must, prior to the conclusion of the relevant sale agreement, notify the purchaser of that property in writing of the presence of listed invasive species on that property.
NEMBA (2004): Chapter 5, Part 2, page 60, 73 (2)
A person who is the owner of land on which a listed invasive species occurs must notify any relevant competent authority in writing of the listed invasive species occurring on that land.