Title: Proposed Regulations relating to Fertilisers
Government Gazette Notice: GN 972 in GG 41100 of 8 September 2017
Commencing date: Not yet specified

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries published draft Regulations relating to Fertilisers (“Draft Regulations”). A fertiliser is defined as “any substance which is intended or offered to be used for improving or maintaining the growth of plants or the productivity of the soil”. Currently, Regulations regarding fertilisers as published in GN 732 of 10 September 2012 are enforceable.

The Draft Regulations specify new requirements pertaining to the registration of fertilisers, containers for fertilisers, labelling, invoices for bulk fertilisers or custom fertiliser mixtures and practises to be followed by manufacturing plants (amongst others). Specific requirements related to certain types of fertilisers have also been included. Once published as final, GN 732 will be repealed.

Persons can submit comments on these Draft Regulations within four weeks from date of publication.

So what for my operation?
To be able to sell any fertilisers, certain requirements must be adhered to, including registration, packaging, labelling, as well as certain chemical, physical and other characteristics as specified in the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act 36 of 1947 and Regulations. Therefore, prior to selling any fertilisers, ensure compliance to these requirements once published as final.

What is Shangoni’s approach?

Shangoni can assist clients with identification of legal requirements pertaining to the selling of fertilisers. Shangoni has also assisted clients in the mining and non-mining industry in the facilitation of applications for environmental related permits and registrations.