PROTECTED TREES LISTED
Title: Notice of the List of Protected Tree Species under the National Forests Act, 1998 (Act No. 84 Of 1998)
Government Notice: GN 1161 in GG 39433 of 20 November 2015
Date of commencement: 20 November 2015
Potentially affected controls: Applications for environmental authorisation in terms of NEMA; cut, disturbance, removal, relocation or damage of national protected trees
This Notice declares various particular trees as protected trees. The effect of this declaration is that in terms of section 15(1) of the National Forests Act, 1998, no person may cut, disturb, damage or destroy any protected tree or possess, collect, remove, transport, export, purchase, sell, donate or in any other manner acquire or dispose of any protected tree or any product derived from a protected tree, except under a licence or exemption granted by the Minister to an applicant and subject to such period and conditions as may be stipulated.
Contravention of this declaration is regarded as a first category offence that may result in a person who is found guilty being sentenced to a fine or imprisonment for a period up to three years, or to both a fine and imprisonment.