CapeNature’s permitting system goes online

CapeNature, the conservation regulatory authority in the Western Cape, has launched a digital self-service permitting system.

That means that fynbos harvesters and landowners who allow harvesting on their properties can now apply for new licences, or renew current licences online. In the past permit applications were downloaded and submitted manually to CapeNature’s offices.

 

Who should benefit from the new system?

Those who pick fynbos, and those who export, import and sell (even retailers and farmstalls) fynbos  flora need a CapeNature permit before they are allowed to trade, as set out in legislation. Remember that picking flowers along the side of a road is illegal – unless of course you have the right permit.

It’s believed the online system will streamline the permitting process, making it more effective and easier to work with. Those applying for permits will also now be able to keep track of their current permits and pending applications easily.

The move by CapeNature has been welcomed across the fynbos industry. Operations Director, Roger Bailey says, “We work with fynbos harvesters and landowners throughout the Cape Floral Kingdom, and we’ve seen how an accessible and simple system can help to facilitate compliance.”

CapeNature is now advising those involved in the fynbos industry to register on CapeNature’s website as a new permit owner – even if you are already in possession of a permit.

Here’s an online guide, compiled by CapeNature, to the new online system:

 

Get your permit here

 

Your own Erica ID kit:

There are around 660 Erica species in the Cape Floral Kingdom. On Flower Valley Farm, we’ve got 19 Erica species. (Most notably, you’ll find the Endangered Erica irregularis.) We’ve compiled an Erica ID kit of the main Erica species you’ll find in our area. And we’re making this kit available to those who have Adopted a Hectare on Flower Valley Farm.