KNYSNA NEWS - “Aside from the long-term vision required to protect life on our planet, we need to consider the behaviour of the growing number of conscious consumers who are undoubtedly reshaping the future economic worth of almost everything.” – CE Andrew, Golding Pam Golding Properties.
In line with this vision, Pam Golding Properties Knysna is committed to assist in all ways possible to grow the awareness and knowledge of biodiversity management in towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay – and prevent the growth of alien plants, which is known to have contributed to the recent Knysna fires.
"We appreciate that in its broadest form, every home, whether castle or cottage, either positively or negatively impacts the overall sustainability of our future’s social development."
"In fact, we are among many who believe that overlooking the concerns of the greater “green agenda” would be shortsighted. From water bottles to rocket fuel, perceived value has shifted, and this, without doubt, includes the future value of the home," says Ling Dobson of Pam Golding Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
"We believe that together we can make a difference! We are strongly supporting the awareness campaign against alien plant invasion on our properties," said Dobson, adding that her franchise would be distributing a booklet identifying all alien plant species for a guide on your property.
Pam Golding Properties has also paved the way for prevention of alien plants in future by introducing a new compulsory clause in its Offer to Purchase document, to be signed off by both buyer and seller.
The clause reads, “Alien and Invasive Species Regulations (“the Regulations”) under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, No 10 of 2004 (“the Act”): In accordance with regulation 29 (3) of the Regulations, the seller has to the best of his/her/its knowledge as at the signature date, made a full and complete disclosure to the purchaser in writing of the presence of listed invasive species on the property as defined in the Act and Regulations and listed on www.invasives.org.za/legislation.
Subject to this and the specific provisions of this agreement, this sale is voetstoots. The purchaser acknowledges that he has acquainted himself with the extent and nature of the property as such, including the plants, animals and vegetation on the property.
The Knysna-Plett Herald will be featuring, courtesy of Pam Golding, a list of alien plants in the weeks to come.
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