Advisory Forum for Marine Living Resources Set Up

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, Senzeni Zokwana, has set up a Consultative Advisory Forum for Marine Living Resources.

An invitation for nominations for members was published in Notice 942 in Government Gazette 41896.

Interested and affected parties may submit invitations for nominations to the department on/or before 28 September 2018. Nominations received after the deadline will be disregarded.

Those that have submitted nominations before are hereby requested to re-submit their nominations.

Meanwhile, the minister has published a list of all protected trees belonging to a particular species under the National Forests Act in Notice 536 in Gazette 41887.

Contravention of the declaration is regarded as a first category offence that can 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.

Some of the tree listed include:

•    Camel thorn - Acacia erioloba;
•    Stinkwood - Ocotea bullata;
•    Saddleback sugarbush - Protea comptonii; and
•    Pepper-bark tree - Warburgia salutaris.

In a separate matter, Potatoes South Africa (PSA) has applied for the continuation of statutory measures in the potato industry for a new term of four years.

According to Notice 534, the existing statutory measures expire on 30 June 2019, and it is proposed that the new period be from 1 July 2019 and lapse on 30 June 2023.

The proposed statutory measure relating to registration of the relevant role players with PSA is necessary to assist the administrator to ensure that continuous, timeous and accurate market information relating to the potato industry is available to all role players.

The proposed statutory measure relating to records and returns to be submitted to PSA is necessary to ensure continuous, timeous and accurate market information.

Those directly affected regarding the proposed implementation are required to submit comments to the National Agricultural Marketing Council on or before 28 September 2018.

Sabinet Cape Town Office