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President Ramaphosa Assents to Two Plant Acts

April 2, 2019

The Presidency

2 April 2019

President Ramaphosa has assented to two key acts on plants.

The Plant Improvement Act and the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act both come into effect on a date still to be determined by the president.

The Plant Improvement Act provides for:


• the registration of certain types of business relating to plants and propagating material intended for cultivation and sale and the registration of premises on or from which that business is conducted;
• quality standards for plants and propagating material intended for cultivation and sale and conditions of sale of plants and propagating material;
• a system for national listing of plant varieties;
• the evaluation of plant varieties in order to ensure value if there is doubt in respect of the value for cultivation and use of plant varieties intended for cultivation and sale;
• import and export control of plants and propagating material; and
• a system for different types of schemes for plants and propagating material; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

The Plant Breeders’ Rights Act provides for:


• a system where under plant breeders’ rights relating to varieties of certain kinds of plants may be granted;
• for the requirements that have to be complied with for the grant of such rights;
• for the scope and protection of such rights; and
• for the grant of licenses in respect of the exercise of such rights; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

The two bills were tabled in parliament in 2015 and sent for assent in October 2018.