Residents in Cape Town are urged to use the online reporting tool for reporting sightings of invasive wasps as the primary reporting means. More than 2 000 people have accessed the City of Cape Town’s new online wasp reporting application since its official launch in November last year.
The South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) will host two training modules on specific aspects of invasive species.
The training is specifically targeted at horticulturists, landscapers, landscape architects, conservationists,invasive species professionals, biocontrol experts,municipal parks department officials, botanists, zoologists and passionate gardeners with a superb knowledge and interest in flora and fauna.
The dates for the training are:
Port Elizabeth – 2 & 3 February, 2016
Johannesburg – 2 & 3 March, 2016
Cape Town – 16 & 17 March, 2016
Durban – 13 & 14 April, 2016
Network of invasive species consultants
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.
It is hoped that SAGIC consultants will be able to assist estate agents and sellers of properties to check properties and sign off on the Declaration of Invasive Species Form (see fillable pdf form attached) in various regions of the country.
People who attend the module on Invasive Species Control Plans will get an insight into the invasive species control plans that every organ of state (eg. municipalities) need to have drawn up by October 2016.
Invasive species are a liability to landowners. The law says:
NEMBA (2004): Chapter 5, Part 2, page 60, 73 (2) (b)(2) Duty of care: A person who is the owner of land on which a listed invasive species occurs must take steps to control or eradicate the listed invasive species. ‘Control’ means the systematic removal of all visible specimens of an invasive species.
NEMBA Alien and Invasive Species Regulations (2014): Chapter 7, Section 29, (1), (2), (3): The seller of any immovable property must, prior to the conclusion of the relevant sale agreement, notify the purchaser of that property in writing of the presence of listed invasive species on that property.
The two day training will cover:
Introduction to legislation: * An explanation of the NEMBA legislation and the updates.* Landowner duty of care * Organs of state * Permitting and compliance * Invasive species lists.
Note: This module is a newer, updated and more relevant version of the one-day SAGIC invasive species training given in 2015. More focus on the law as well as the process regarding pre-directives and directives.
Developing and implementing control plans: * Work load assessments * Control methods * Writing a control plan * Implementing a control plans.
SAGIC's training is an entirely self-funding project. Each person will pay R600 per day – per module - for training. Training dates across the country are detailed on the attached SAGIC booking form.
Booking: Booking is essential. Complete the fillable booking form (downloadable below), please return to Margie Vonk along with proof of payment - . Electronic payment details are on the form.
Entry to training: No one will be admitted to the training without payment or prior arrangement.
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