Invasive species training will take place in four centres around South Africa this autumn - Cape Town (April 2017), Durban (May 2017), Johannesburg (June 2017) and Pretoria (July 2017).
If you are interested in becoming an invasive species consultant, are a landowner, landscaper or horticulturist - this training is for you.
Dates and locations:
Cape Town: 4, 5, 6 & 7 April 2017
Durban: 9, 10, 11 & 12 May 2017
George: 23, 24, 25 & 25 May 2017
Johannesburg: 6, 7, 8 & 9 June 2017
Pretoria: 18, 19, 20 & 21 July 2017
Four modules are offered:
Module 1: Identification & Legislation (Day 1): Learn to identify invasive species, categories and understand the legislation.
Module 2: Directives & Control Plans (Day 2): Understanding declarations, permits, pre-directives, directives and control plans.
Module 3: Theory: Herbicides & Control Methods (Day 3): Introduction to herbicides and how to use them.
Module 4: Practical: Spraying Herbicides (Day 4): A practical learning experience in the field with industry experts.
When you complete Module 3 & Module 4 you will receive an official Herbicide Operator’s Certificate. Module 1 and 3 were offered last year.
The training is targeted at horticulturists, landscapers, landscape architects, conservationists, invasive species professionals, biocontrol officers, municipal parks department officials, botanists, zoologists and passionate gardeners with a superb knowledge and interest in flora and fauna.
Choose the modules that you need to attend.
To download Booking form for INDIVIDUALS - Click on the link below
To download Booking form for GROUPS - Click on the link below
Join the network of invasive species consultants
By attending the training you can become a SAGIC invasive species consultant, head up an invasive species removal team or embark on a journey to learn how to compile control plans for municipalities, large landowners and residential estates.
All trained professionals will be listed in a SAGIC database of invasive species consultants (www.sagic.co.za & www.invasives.org.za) and will receive a certificate to indicate that they have attended the workshops.
SAGIC invasive species and herbicide training is an entirely self-funding project.
Booking: Booking is essential.
* We will then send you an invoice for payment prior to training.
* The name on the booking form is the name that will appear on your certificate.
Entry to training: No one will be admitted to the training without payment or prior arrangement.
Cost per module: R 912 (Including VAT)
Times: 09h00 – 16h00 (Module 1, 2 & 3)
09h00 – 14h00 (Module 4)
Did you know?
• DUTY OF CARE FOR LANDOWNERS: Invasive species are defined as a liability under NEMBA. Any person who owns land in South Africa now has a ‘legal duty of care’ to control the invasive species on their land and anyone selling land, must inform the buyer of their land, of any invasive species on the property.
• CONTROL PLANS: That under the NEMBA AIS Regulations... all organs of state - which includes municipalities, metros, parastatals (Eskom, Transnet, SANRAL), protected areas (SANParks, all Nature Reserves), military bases, ministry’s, provinces and all state educational facilities - are required to submit control plans, which outline how they will deal with the invasive species on land under their control, to the Biosecurity Unit, Department of Environmental Affairs.
• SELLING PROPERTY? Applications can now also be made to have a directive sent to any landowner who is not controlling listed invasive species on their property. Under these circumstances, large landowners will need the assistance of environment-trained professionals to identify species, develop and submit control plans to the government - to avoid prosecution.