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Permit Holder - South Africa

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PERMITS

South African law requires a variety of Permits for different Activities and Practices that affect the Environment, different Species and even some archaeological or Cultural sites. There are a wide variety of such Permit requirements depending on the nature of the Activity and the Species (flora, fauna, insects etc.). Thus there are Permits required for the handling and viewing of different land species, as well as different marine, inland water species etc., as well as permits for visiting registered Cultural Sites and ceremonies.

The South African law regarding certain activities at sea and on coastlands are governed by the MLRA (Marine Living Resources Act), and a often Permit(s) are required to conduct these operations. This includes activities such as Whale & Dolphin Watching, Shark Cage Diving and any activity involving endangered species and in Marine protected Areas.

Operators claiming to have a Permit, means they have the correct permissions to conduct their activities as applicable, and these Permits can be checked by any person.

For example - should you be a passenger on a vessel that is conducting an activity that requires a Permit by law, and the Permit is not in place and an incident or accident occurs, you will not be covered by insurance! as the activity is therefore illegal.

Should you be on such a vessel or craft and it is stopped by an official, as a passenger you can also be heavily fined for contravention of the law!

As a passenger on any craft that is carrying on any activity requiring such Permits, you are entitled to see a copy of their valid PERMIT. This should be displayed on the vessel, but if not, should be produced on board on demand. Should you not have sight of the Permit, it is recommended you immediately disembark and report the operator to the nearest police station. You can also ask to see a copy of the Permit Conditions if a Permit is available, and be able to check that activities comply with these conditions.

FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AND PEACE OF MIND, AS WELL AS TO PROTECT THE WELL-BEING OF THE ANIMALS, PLEASE TAKE THIS MATTER SERIOUSLY.

 

Click here to access the MARINE LIVING RESOURCES ACT, 1998 (ACT NO. 18 OF 1998)

 

Conditions governing commercial operations around any land and/or marine mammal or other protected species, locations and archaeological / cultural sites usually require a Permit, have Permit Conditions and should be available from the operator on request.

 

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