BREAKING NEWS! The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) published Regulations on Alien and Invasive Species (AIS) in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, on Friday 1st August 2014. They will come into force at the beginning of October.
A total of 559 alien species of plants and animals are now listed as invasive, in four different categories. A further 560 species are listed as prohibited, and may not be introduced into the country.
Go to the Invasive Species South Africa website for the published regulations and species lists www.invasives.org.za
One of the major foci of the AIS regulations is on the early detection of and rapid response to emerging invasive species. These are in Category 1a, in terms of the Regulations, requiring immediate control, including by all landowners.