In terms of the Constitution
of South Africa, Nature Conservation is a provincial competency
has been entrusted to nine new provinces. Previously only one
license was required for the old Transferal Province, but after
1994, and in terms of the new Constitution. Transvaal was divided
into four new provincial provinces with each its own provincial
government. The result is four separate angling licenses for the
former Transvaal Province.
license is required for angling in any public waters in the Gauteng
Province at a cost of R25.00 with a validity period from 1 July
until 30 June of the following year. These licenses are for sale
at various angling shops as well as some revenue offices. A person
can also purchase a license book at a cost of R1250.00 or a single
license for R25.00 at the Permits Office of this Department. The
contact person is Ms. Sophy Mphahlele at (011) 355 1207 or at e-mail
Gauteng does not have any proclaimed trout waters.ssss
Previously funds from fishing license went to the state coffers
but since the 2nd May 2002 with the implementation of cost recovery
in his Department, cost recovered funds have been ring fenced for
Nature Conservation, and these funds will be used for conservation
purposes such as research on the sustainainable off take of fish
in the Province as well as for awareness and law enforcement and
compliance purposes. Anglers will benefit in that the resource they
use will be available to be harvested sustainably for many years
The Gauteng Directorate of Nature Conservation has a Law Enforcement
and Compliance Division stationed at Head Office in Johannesburg
which deals with ant illegal activities such as gillnetting. Any
illegal activities can be reported to the mentioned Law Enforcement
Division at (011) 355-1257 during office hours or (082) 759 0078
The Law Enforcement Division reacts to complaints as well as information
received from the public. In addition to this routine inspections
are also done.
The Law Enforcement Division of this Directorate does routine inspections
Gauteng Conservation still uses Ordinance 12 of 1983, which is the
best known Ordinance for the public. The following points are important
to know regarding angling within Gauteng.
A person needs a fishing
license as explained in point 2.
regarding the numbers and sizes of is printed on the reverse
side of the fishing license.
Only two fishing rods
with no more than two hooks per rod are allowed.
No person shall, while
angling, employ a method to hook fish other than in the mouth.
No person are allowed
to catch fish with gillnets except the owner where the land
completely surrounds such waters. This means where no river
system runs though the waters or dam, no river system runs though
the waters or dam.
No person shall make
a feeding area in waters by placing any animal, vegetable or
any other substance therein to allure the fish by virtue of
the edibility, smell or taste thereof.
No person shall place
an object, which floats in water, which serves as a marker indicating
the place where there is any object, substance, agent or product
under the water, which allures or is likely to allure fish.
No person is allowed
to sell live freshwater fish unless he is the holder of a permit.
No person shall organize,
arrange, control, mange or hold an angling competition in which
either alone or together with any other event, a prize or prizes
exceeding R300.00 in cash or nature are offered, unless he/she
is the holder of the permit.
National Government will in the foreseeable future be promulgating
a new National Act on the Protection of Biodiversity. It is foreseen
that the Provinces will then adapt their Provincial legislation
to be in line with the National Legislation. It is the intention
of this office that the new Provincial act will be easy understand.
The national as well as the provincial governments will, as is normal
practice, follow public participation processes in the drafting
of these new acts.
License for the Gauteng Province are available Shops, Fishing Tackle
Shops as well as various Angling l as some Revenue Offices within
Gauteng. Conservation authorities from the other provinces should
be contacted for information regarding their fishing license.