Minister Edna Molewa invites public comments on the Norms and Standards for the Management of Damage-causing Animals in South Africa

16 November 2016


The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa has on Thursday 10 November 2016, published the Norms and Standards for the Management of Damage Causing Animal for public comment in Gazette no. 40412. The Norms and Standards are published in terms of Section 100 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004) (NEMBA).

Damage-causing animals include animals that prey on livestock or damage crops and forestry plantations. They include carnivores and herbivores from genets and civet cats that are sometimes a problem with poultry, to hippos and elephants that escape from confinement and damage fences, crops and orchards.

These Norms and Standards intend to provide a uniform approach to the application of management interventions relating to damage causing animals in South Africa. This is largely to minimise or prevent threat to human life, and damage to live stock or wildlife, cultivated trees, crops and property. It is in accordance to these Norms and Standards that, appropriate and effective management interventions are provided.

The Norms and Standards for the Management of Damage Causing Animals in South Africa are informed by the provision of relevant legislation, which includes but not limited to National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004; the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations; and relevant provincial biodiversity legislation.

Members of the public are invited to submit written representations or objections on these Norms and Standards to the Minister within 30 days after publication of the gazette. Representations may be directed to:

The Director General
Department of Environmental Affairs
Private Bag X447

Attention: Ms Makganthe Maleka

To access the Gazette, follow the link below:

>> National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (10/2004): Norms and Standards for the management of damage-causing animals in South Africa (GN40412)


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