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Herbicides

Banned and restricted herbicides

As the pressure increases to develop safer and more economical herbicides, the Government is forced to either withdraw or restrict some of the older chemicals.  Table 3 provides a list of the restricted and banned herbicides used in South Africa.  It is important to have this list handy so that anybody using these chemicals can be notified.  When a substance is “withdrawn” it implies that there may still be some limited uses for the product but when it is “banned”, it may not be used at all.

Some of the banned and withdrawn substances as published in the South African Government Gazette over the years.
ChemicalStatusYear
AldrinWithdrawn1992
ArsenicBanned except on Citrus1983
AtrazineWithdrawn1995
BHCBanned1983
2,4-DPartly banned in Natal1991
2,4-D estersWithdrawn in Western Cape1980
DDTBanned except for malaria1983
DieldrinBanned1983
EndrinWithdrawn1980
Gamma-BHCWithdrawn1971
MCPAPartly banned in Natal1991
Methyl bromideWithdrawn1995
NicotineWithdrawn1971
TDEArial application in Natal banned1970

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