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11 September 2020

  • Establishment of Statutory Measure and Determination of Levies on Fynbos Products (No. R. 493)
  • Establishment of Statutory Measure: Records and Returns related to Fynbos Products as well as Production and Export Information of Fynbos Products (No. R. 494)
  • Establishment of Statutory Measure: Registration of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Fynbos Products (No. R. 495)
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Cape Flora Tariffs - 4 year budget

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2 September 2020

Implementation of Statutory Measures on Fynbos Products Exported

Dr Simphiwe Ngqangweni
CEO: National Agricultural Marketing Council

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Application for Registration - Cape Flora SA

(Packer / Cultivated Producer / Exporter)

Regulations concerning harvesting, handling and exporting of fynbos

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Department Of Agriculture

Agricultural Product Standards Act, 1990 (Act No. 119 Of 1990)

Standards and Requirements Regarding Control of the Export of Fresh Cut Flowers and Fresh Ornamental Foliage

Dispensation Procedure

Dispensation Procedure for Fynbos

  1. The dispensation application is submitted to the Department of Agriculture (DoA), using the official dipensation request form available on the DoA web site.
  2. The DoA refers all requests, via the convener, to the Industry Committee for inputs, on an anonymous basis. Comments from the Industry Committee go directly to Richard Hurndall ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by 9am the following morning (Mondays to Thursdays), or by 3pm on Fridays. Should the application be made by a member of the Industry Committee, then that member is not permitted to make a recommendation.
  3. The Industry Committee reports its recommendation, via the convener, to the DoA (should occur withing 24 hours of receipt of the request). If there is no consensus by the Industry Committee, then for and opposing viewpoints will be forwarded to the DoA for a decision.
  4. The DoA notifies PPECB and the convener of its decision by e-mail; the convener then forwards the decision to the Industry Committee.
  5. The DoA notifies the applicant of its decision.


a. The DoA retains the right to make the final decision, using inputs from any source, but always including the Industry Committee.

b. The Industry Committee is representative of fynbos producers, exporters, technical advisers, PPECB and DoA.

c. Dispensations regarding marking requirements are handled only by the DoA.

d. As much information as possible eg volumes, markets, etc, should be provided on the application so that members of the Industry Committee can make an informed decision.

e. Industry dispensations will be placed on the DoA website.

Veld harvesting

If a person wishes to harvest protected fynbos on private land you need a licence and certificate of registration from Cape Nature. If a landowner is not harvesting himself, but allowing someone else to harvest on their property, then that person needs a written lease agreement. Thus both the landowner and the harvester need a licence.

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Lease Agreement to Transfer Picking Rights with regard to Protected Flora on a Property

For that you need the ID’s, copy of the deed and maps of the property. The property will then be visited by a conservationist who will identify the species and complete an inspection report. The information document as well as the application form is completed by the applicant. The audit checklist provides guidelines.

Also any business or person not harvesting, but buying and selling fynbos from a harvester or supplier also needs a licence and certificate of registration for the premises that they are selling from.

The permit application needs to be performed online on the Cape Nature website (Cape Nature).

For assistance on this process refer to this document: Cape Nature Sage Permit System.

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Wes-Kaapse Natuurbewaringsraad

Inligting dokument: Kweek en Verkoop van Beskermde Flora.

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  • Hoofstuk I Woordbepaling [en Instelling van Departement van Natuur- en Omgewingsbewaring en Advieskomitee] (artikels 2-5).
  • Hoofstuk II Natuurreservate (artikels 6-15).
  • Hoofstuk III Diverse Bewaringsmaatreëls (artikels 16-25).
  • Hoofstuk IV Beskerming van Wilde Diere uitgesonderd Vis (artikels 25A-47).
  • Hoofstuk IVA Beskerming van Renosters (artikel 47A).
  • Hoofstuk V Beskerming van Vis in Binnelandse Waters (artikels 48-61A).
  • Hoofstuk VI Beskerming van Flora (artikels 62-72).
  • Hoofstuk VIA Beroepsjagters, Jaguitrusters en Direkteure van Beroepsjagskole (artikels 72A-72H).
  • Hoofstuk VII Algemeen en Aanvullend (artikels 73-90).
  • Bylae 1 Bedreigde Wilde Diere.
  • Bylae 2 Beskermde Wilde Diere.
  • Bylae 3 Bedreigde Flora.
  • Bylae 4 Beskermde Flora.
  • Bylae 5 Skadelike Watergewasse.
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