The Crocodile River Reserve was proclaimed on the 2nd October 2019 formed by two clusters of properties declared as nature reserve and one formed by properties with the protected environment status.
It might be useful to clarify the differences between the two statuses of protected area. This document tries to simplify the matter. It should however be considered that the differences in the Crocodile River Reserve (CRR) are minimal and temporary. A property was declared protected environment because no single point of its border is touching another property with the status of nature reserve. When over time the Crocodile River Reserve will expand to incorporate other properties the condition of adjacency will hopefully be met and then the status will be changed to nature reserve.
Both types of protected areas have been declared in perpetuity.
CRR Nature Reserves are proclaimed in terms of the National Environment Management: Protected Areas Act (NEM:PAA) and their management is supplemented by agreements between landowners, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) and its MEC in order to protect biodiversity in the long term.
This category is reserved for sites with exceptionally high biodiversity. Sites participating at this level must make an essential contribution to the conservation of vegetation types, species, ecological processes or ecosystem services, and in doing so make a meaningful contribution to South Africa’s protected area network.
The CRR Nature Reserves are declared in perpetuity.
Nature Reserves are subject to restrictions in terms of permissible development and activities.
Restrictions are made binding on successors in title by being lodged against the title deed of the property.
Substantial benefit and support is made available to landowners of Nature Reserves, including being excluded from paying property rates on the conserved area, income tax incentives and substantial support with ecological management.