Join an invasive species bid

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Trained invasive species professionals in South Africa are invited to take part in a national invasive species control plan consortium bid project.  Join our consortium bid to be involved in the largest invasive species site inspections ever mounted in South Africa...

Invasive Species South Africa is coordinating a consortium bid in response to a Transnet Invasive Species Control Plan Tender (RFQ).

If you are a trained invasive species plant expert who can competently can do site inspections in your area of the country .... Invasive Species South Africa needs you!!

The national RFQ (request for quotation) bid from Transnet closes at 10h00 on 4 July 2017.

What does the Transnet RFQ want?

"A Five (5) Year Control Plan For The Eradication Of Invasive Plants For Properties Of Transnet Freight Rail, Real Estate Management Based On The National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act (NEMBA) Guidelines For A Period Of Four (4) Months At Various Locations."

What do we need from invasive species consultants across the country?
* Are you confident that you could identify all the invasive plant species that occur on railway properties in you area?
* Do you have time in July and August 2017 to be paid to travel to, inspect, report and photograph the specified Transnet railway depot properties?

If the answer is yes, please join our consortium bid initiative which requires a national footprint of invasive species expertise across the country.

List of Transnet properties that need to be inspected
* Below is a list of the Transnet properties that need to be inspected for invasive species during July and August, 2017.
* Can you do this?
* Which Transnet properties in your area could you offer to inspect, photograph and supply a list report of invasive species sighted?
* And provisionally - on what dates in July and August, 2017 can you go to these sites.
* We are asking for specific dates that you can inspect properties so that you get a reality check on the monumental task being requested.
* There are only so many sites that a single person can travel to in an 8 week window of site visits.
* Which is why this project can ONLY be done by a national collective of invasive species experts pooling their expertise and resources.

What's in it for you?

* We need to make it very clear that this is a proposed consortium bid.
- The Transnet RFQ tender has not been adjudicated or awarded.
- The closing date for bids is 4 July 2017.
- If this proposed consortium does not win the bid, there will regretfully be NO payment for any time spent in replying to us or researching the proposal and NO work will be commissioned ... :-)
- There is no guarantee that your request to inspect a particular site will be accepted.
- Allocation of sites to be inspected will fall to the coordinators of this bid.
- However, there are an overwhelming number of sites that need to be inspected... so there is a huge amount of paid work on offer ...

Where are the Transnet depot property sites located?

            - Eastern Cape: 11 depot properties
            - Free State: 30 depot properties
            - Gauteng: 13 depot properties
            - KwaZulu-Natal: 18 depot properties
            - Limpopo: 14 depot properties
            - Mpumalanga: 20 depot properties
            - North West: 12 depot properties
            - Northern Cape: 13 depot properties
            - Western Cape: 17 depot properties
                      TOTAL: 148

What do you need to know about the project?
* This is a massive countrywide project which needs to be done in a very short time.
* This project will need the input of MANY invasive species consultants ... ALL working across the country in a coordinated NATIONAL initiative.

What will you be expected to do at each Transnet depot property site (if this consortium wins the bid)?

There will be two levels of work - Level 1 and Level 2:

* Level 1: Ground truthing and assessing invasive species on site.
Listing and reporting on the invasive species found at each Transnet depot site (July and August 2017)

   Level 1 reporting will include the following:
     + Walk the depot site property
     + Identify and document the size, density and number of all NEMBA listed invasive species.
     + Fill in the information on a template spreadsheet that you will be provided with...
     + Take lots of photographs - using a camera or smart phone of ...
            (1) the site,
            (2) invasive species on the site,
            (3) possible invader plants which may need further ID assistance,
            (4) really bad invasive species infestations.

     + Please record the GPS coordinates of bad infestations or points of interest (using a GPS or smart phone).
     + Species lists, a description of the site and all photographs must be sent by email and/or WeTransfer to the coordinators of the bid.
     + The template spreadsheet will be drawn together as per the Guidelines for Monitoring, Control and Eradication (as issued by the Biosecurity Unit, Department of Environmental Affairs). The guidelines were included on the flashdrives of all trainees attending the SAGIC Invasive Species Training and can be downloaded from www.invasives.org.za Click here.

In the Transnet RFQ, the Level 1 job is described as follows:

o A detailed list and description of any listed invasive species occurring on the relevant land as per NEMBA and CARA requirements. Refer to guideline for monitoring control and eradication plan as required by NEMBA. 
o An assessment of the extent of such infestation.

* Level 2: Develop control plans for each Transnet depot property (September and October 2017)
+ Indicate your interest in joining a team of invasive species consultants who can assist in writing up a five year control plan for each Transnet depot property - as listed below in nine provinces. Control plans will follow the template as detailed in the Guidelines.

In the Transnet RFQ, the Level 2 job is described as follows:
           o Measures to monitor, control and eradicate such invasive species (Refer to guidelines as required by NEMBA).
           o Registered Herbicides to control the identified species
           o The methods of eradication, priority of species, recommended form of control that would be used and the desired state by 2020
           o Proposed budgetary allocations for eradication per depot.

What do you need to do to participate in this consortium bid?
          * Take a look at the list of sites to be inspected (see below)...
          * Indicate to us the sites you could reasonably expect to be able to inspect in July and August 2017. 

     * In an email note .... please provide us with the following information:
               - Your full name + email + cell phone contact;
               - A physical address of your primary base (work or home address);
               - Attach a CV .... if you have one (we will add it to the consortium bid documentation):
               - Send us a copy of your PCO (Pest Control Officer) official certificate ... if you have one;
               - Can you do Level 1 invasive species site visits and reports on invasive species present?
               - Indicate which sites you would like to do? Or can do ... over an eight week period - July / August 2017?
               - Can you travel into the provinces to do the more remote depot sites? If so... please indicate that you can.

* Do you wish to participate in Level 2 work - compiling control plans for each depot site?
Please tell us... If yes, how many sites (and in which areas) you could write up in an eight week period (September / October 2017)? Please send your email and the completed attached document to
Deadline for responses: 5pm, Monday 3rd July, 2017.

 

Transnet depots needing invasive species site reports...
Are you available to undertake any invasive species audits?
         
1. Eastern Cape - Transnet depots needing invasive species audit
Location of Transnet Depot Size of Rail Depot in sqm YES!!  I could inspect this property (tick) Distance from your office to depot (in km) Your proposed date for inspection. DEADLINE for plant lists + pics of site: 29 August 2017.
Humansdorp 52 331      
Uitenhage 453 968      
Alicedale 507 022      
Grahamstown 131 846      
Adelaide 35 528      
Golden Valley 40 734      
Somerset East 194 652      
Cradock 2 712 600      
Queenstown 294 243      
Aliwal North 233 821      
Middelburg 365 972      
         
2. Free State - Transnet depots needing invasive species audit
Location of Transnet Depot Size of Rail Depot in sqm YES!!  I could inspect this property (tick) Distance from your office to depot (in km) Your proposed date for inspection. DEADLINE for plant lists + pics of site: 29 August 2017.
Bethulie 298 973      
Springfontein 392 679      
Phillippolis 98 245      
Trompsburg 63 441      
Fauresmith 54 381      
Edenburg 83 892      
Wepener 181 992      
Ladybrand 49 693      
Modderpoort 137 256      
Clocolan 38 714      
Ficksburg 78 858      
Tweespruit 96 909      
Brandfort 255 604      
Winburg 54 436      
Theunissen 170 619      
Bultfontein 135 249      
Petrusburg 221 275      
Bultfontein 135 249      
Wesselsbron 46 864      
Odendaalsrus 346 302      
Welkom 446 490      
Kroonstad 1 686 259      
Bothaville 141 112      
Petrus Steyn 90 535      
Frankfort 136 631      
Heilbron 92 007      
Vredefort 45 406      
Parys 61 392      
Sasolburg 560 689      
Viljoenskroon 121 007      
         
3. Gauteng - Transnet depots needing invasive species audit
Location of Transnet Depot Size of Rail Depot in sqm YES!!  I could inspect this property (tick) Distance from your office to depot (in km) Your proposed date for inspection. DEADLINE for plant lists + pics of site: 29 August 2017.
Vereeniging 207 628      
Meyerton 121 697      
Heidelberg 360 926      
Nigel 139 509      
Springs 274 508      
Germiston 541 341      
Isando 9 917      
Roodepoort 22 594      
Randfontein 94 314      
Krugersdorp 85 994      
Magaliesburg 153 719      
Sentrarand 40 039 081      
Koedoespoort 368 633      
         
4. KwaZulu-Natal - Transnet depots needing invasive species audit
Location of Transnet Depot Size of Rail Depot in sqm YES!!  I could inspect this property (tick) Distance from your office to depot (in km) Your proposed date for inspection. DEADLINE for plant lists + pics of site: 29 August 2017.
Durban 1 926 064      
Underberg 74 087      
Pietermaritburg 434 697      
Hilton 377 164      
Howick 157 468      
Lidgetton 223 978      
Winterton 388 731      
Bergville 228 598      
Ladysmith 689 389      
Eshowe 62 504      
Empangeni 488 163      
Vryheid 5 051 392      
Dundee 487 367      
Newcastle 2 580 975      
Paulpietersburg 110 128      
Mtubatuba 170 307      
Mkuze 144 483      
Mtunzini 251 768      
         
5. Limpopo - Transnet depots needing invasive species audit
Location of Transnet Depot Size of Rail Depot in sqm YES!!  I could inspect this property (tick) Distance from your office to depot (in km) Your proposed date for inspection. Deadline for plant lists + pics of site: 29 August 2017.
Polokwane 752 000      
Burgersfort 114 613      
Gravelotte 95 685      
Bela Bela 143 612      
Hoedspruit 296 017      
Lephalale 70 000      
Mokopane 152 593      
Makhado 80 562      
Musina 105 327      
Phalaborwa 775 857      
Pienaarsrivier 193 065      
Thabazimbi 466 504      
Vaalwater 184 838      
Tzaneen 522 609      
         
6. Mpumalanga - Transnet depots needing invasive species audit
Location of Transnet Depot Size of Rail Depot in sqm YES!!  I could inspect this property (tick) Distance from your office to depot (in km) Your proposed date for inspection. DEADLINE for plant lists + pics of site: 29 August 2017.
Nelspruit 548 986      
Barberton 284 975      
Dullstroom 96 216      
Lydenburg 299 990      
Middelburg 226 421      
Komatipoort 1025402      
Belfast 916 550      
Machadodo 80 562      
Ermelo 551 976      
Volksrust 409 183      
Standerton 328 202      
Boekenhout 84 334      
Kaapmuiden 231 851      
Hectorspruit 197 116      
Balfour 232 271      
Delmas 161 383      
Balmoral 89 981      
Bethal 374 530      
Breyten 273 715      
Piet Retief 390 107      
         
7. North West - Transnet depots needing invasive species audit
Location of Transnet Depot Size of Rail Depot in sqm YES!!  I could inspect this property (tick) Distance from your office to depot (in km) Your proposed date for inspection. DEADLINE for plant lists + pics of site: 29 August 2017.
Potchefstroom 364 861      
Brits 144 026      
Boshoek 31 526      
Northam 253 937      
Rustenburg 539 491      
Koster 114 019      
Marikana 86 551      
Rustenburg 539 491      
Koster 114 019      
Zeerust 294 572      
Lichtenburg 191 058      
Vryburg 887 022      
         
8. Northern Cape - Transnet depots needing invasive species audit
Location of Transnet Depot Size of Rail Depot in sqm YES!!  I could inspect this property (tick) Distance from your office to depot (in km) Your proposed date for inspection. DEADLINE for plant lists + pics of site: 29 August 2017.
Calvinia 126 402      
Victoria West 423 861      
De Aar 2 893 506      
Richmond 189 053      
Hanover 217 050      
Colesberg 393 097      
Prieska 639 844      
Kakamas 45 630      
Keimoes 45 236      
Upington 2 179 298      
Douglas 140 608      
Warrenton 305 610      
Prieska 639 844      
         
9. Western Cape - Transnet depots needing invasive species audit
Location of Transnet Depot Size of Rail Depot in sqm YES!!  I could inspect this property (tick) Distance from your office to depot (in km) Your proposed date for inspection. DEADLINE for plant lists + pics of site: 29 August 2017.
Paarl not supplied      
Somerset West 195 992      
Franschhoek 149 305      
Bellville 2 259 075      
Langebaan 68 249      
Worcester 800 823      
George 318 455      
Oudtshoorn 168 985      
Swellendam 110 790      
Robertson 98 354      
Wellington 44 155      
Ceres 146 661      
Bredasdorp 80 883      
Vredenburg 13 420      
Saldanha 209 180      
Brackenfell 84 739      
Saltriver 190 063      
         
         
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