Do you know the NEMBA Act?
Do you know the NEMBA Act?
Chris Birkett and Mike Patrick are two local lads with a shared deep love for the outdoors and nature. Their passion began in their successful competitive sporting arenas. It has since progressed into their desire to protect the environment and the social responsibility owed by human kind to nurture nature. In their shared passion for the natural sciences and environmental conservation they have partnered up and bravely embarked upon a new challenge. The dynamic new sector of environmental consulting has been pioneered by them and the results have been positively significant. EnviroWorx, founded by Chris and Mike, has been making waves in the environmental world, and surprisingly, Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands property markets.
Why is the property sector now in business with environmental consultants?
In October 2014 the NEMBA (2004) Act was amended. The effects of this Act are a positive step forward in the fight against the invasive plants in South Africa. Invasive plants are hazardous to the environment and only by eradicating them will the natural resources and diversity in the country be protected. The NEMBA Act is now law that has been implemented in order to identify, control, manage and then eradicate invasive species. Any person who does not comply with the Act will then become liable to prosecution. The Environmental Crime Hotline (Green Scorpions): 080 020 5005 has been initiated to ensure any person who can report non-compliance has the means to.
The Act has the direct effect of holding sellers of properties liable for any invasive species of plants on their properties. A certificate of compliance is required before a sale of a property may lawfully pass. This is where the proactive initiative of our environmental consultants Chris and Mike become so important. Enviroworx is able to ensure the property complies with the Act in an efficient and professional consultation.
The compliance of the new NEMBA regulations by all involved in the sale of a property will, in time, be highly beneficial for our environment and biodiversity. These consultants and the sellers, in their duties, are ensuring that the pristine nature, we so depend upon, is protected. Their data shall go towards the useful mapping of distribution and movement of invasive species in our country. Therefore, allowing the prioritization of invaded areas and the efficient allocation of departmental resources to combat alien invasive plants effectively. This will, in turn, lead to the positive effect of environmental security and biodiversity.
This will be a very simple process and not require any stress to buyers, estate agents or sellers. After transaction, the estate agent will send instruction to EnviroWorx or another qualified and registered alien invasive species inspector. The inspection will be done and a certificate will be completed, stating the invasive species present, number of individuals and their category of threat. This certificate is sent off to the appointed attorney and the Alien Invasive Species Compliancy (AIS Compliancy) Office. The attorney will provide the certificate to the buyer along with the other obligatory certificates (e.g. Entomology Report and Electrical Certificate). This process is quick, simple and causes no extra stress for all parties concerned. The inspector will also point out how severe the invasive problem is on the property and what the best management plan would be. This will become extremely beneficial in preserving the beauty that is our natural South African flora. If you would like to find out more about this new legislation or how you can start finding out what’s in your garden, please visit invasives.org.za or enviroworx.co.za.
If you require and inspection or would like to contact EnviroWorx please phone Chris (082 391 4402) or Michael (082 418 2104) or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will happily help answer any questions you may have.