PLANT BREEDERS' RIGHTS AMENDMENT ACT
No. 673.19 April 1996
NO. 15 OF 1996: PLANT BREEDERS' RIGHTS AMENDMENT ACT, 1996.
It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the following Act which is hereby published for
general information:GENERAL EXPLANATORY NOTE:
Words in bold italics indicate omissions from existing enactments.
Words in italics indicate insertions in existing enactments.
To amend the Plant Breeders' Rights Act, 1976, so as to insert certain definitions and to substitute or
delete others; to further regulate the varieties to which the Act applies; to further regulate the
delegation of functions by the Registrar of Plant Breeders' Rights; to further regulate applications for
plant breeders' rights; to make further provision for the denomination of varieties; to make further
provision for the rejection of applications for plant breeders' rights; to make further provision for the
hearing of an objection to the grant of a plant breeder's right; to make further provision for the
consideration and examination of an application for a plant breeder's right; to prescribe anew the
period for which a plant breeder's right shall be granted; to further regulate the rights of a holder of a
plant breeder's right; to define the infringement of a plant breeder's right; to further regulate the
termination of a plant breeder's right; to make further provision for the secrecy of certain information;
to further regulate the appeal against a decision of or action by the registrar; to further regulate
offences and to increase penalties; to further regulate compensation for the infringement of a plant
breeder's right; and to delete certain obsolete points connected therewith.
(Afrikaans text Signed by the president.) (Assented to 16 April 1996.)
BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:Amendment of section 1 of Act 15 of 1976, as amended by section 1 of Act 5 of 1980, section 1 of
Act 14 of 1981 and section 1 of Act 38 of 1983
I. Section 1 of the Plant Breeders' Rights Act, 1976 (hereinafter referred to as the principal Act), is
hereby amended(a) by the substitution for the definition of "advertise" of the following definition:
" 'advertise' means to distribute to members of the public or to bring to their notice in any manner
whatsoever any written, illustrated, visual or other descriptive material, oral statement,
communication, representation or reference with the intention to promote the sale of any plants or