The Nature Conservancy Director of Water Funds for South Africa, Louise Stafford, is inviting invasive species teams, mentors and experts to submit proposals for an invasive species clearing project in Atlantis, Western Cape.

The Nature Conservancy is interested in contracting appropriately experienced and skilled service provider(s) for the following three (3) services:

1.   Specialist invasive plant control services in combination with employment & mentorship of a local community team consisting of individuals from the communities of Atlantis, Mamre and Pella;

2.   Skills development and training of the local community team;

3.   Establishment of a local invasive plant control small business.

Interested service providers have the options of submitting a proposal for (a) any one of the three services, or (b) a combination of any two, or (c) all three services.

Due Date for Submissions: Monday 29 January 2018, 12pm

 

Project Details

1.  Purpose

The purpose of this service is to develop and establish a small local community based business, skilled in providing the service of invasive plant control while clearing 50 hectares of invasive plants on the Atlantis Aquifer Protection Zone (A map will be provided).

2.   Objectives

The objectives of the service are:

       *   To employ, supervise and mentor a local community team,

       *   To provide skilled labor and start-up equipment for clearing 50 hectares of invasive plants on the Atlantis Aquifer Protection Zone.

       *   Set up a local community-led invasive plant control team

       *   To mentor and train the local community-led invasive plant control team

 

Three services are required:     

* Service 1

Specialist invasive plant control services in combination with employment & mentorship of a local community team consisting of 10 individuals (women) from the communities of Atlantis (6), Mamre (2) and Pella (2).

                - Timeframe:     Invasive plant control & team mentoring services - from the date of signing until December, 2018.  The invasive plant control services will be contracted on a daily-needs basis, not exceeding 50 days in total.

                - Expected Outcome: A local labor team employed under a specialized service provider, receiving fortnightly wages, covered for injuries on duty, registered for UIF and receive on-the-job skills development and transport to-and-from work, preparing them for independence.

* Service 2

 Skills development and training of the local community team

         - Timeframe: March – October 2018

         - Expected Outcome:  A fully capacitated and skilled team able to operate independently

* Service 3

Establishment of a local invasive plant control small business.

          - Timeframe: July to December 2018

          - Expected Outcome:  A fully independent invasive plant team established representing the Atlantis, Mamre & Pella communities

Reporting

The consultancy(s) will be required to submit bi-weekly progress reports to the Director Water Funds, South Africa, Louise Stafford at

The tender enquiry can be downloaded below...  

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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.

Book now!

SAGIC invasive species and herbicide training is an entirely self-funding project.

Booking:  Booking is essential.

     * Email your booking form to Hazel at

     * 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)

For further information: Contact Hazel or Kay at

or Tel: 011-723-9000

 

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. 

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The last two sessions of SAGIC Invasive Species legislation and herbicide applicator’s course in 2017 will take place in November.

Are you interested in flora and fauna?  How much do you know about NEMBA invasive species compliance for landowners and organs of state? Get all the information by booking your space today and expand your career prospects.

Book now and 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.

Invasive Species & Herbicide Training will be held in:

Cape Town:    13, 14, 15 & 16 November 2017

Venue: The Bistro, Klein Joostenberg, R304, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch.    

                GPS: 33 82’ 66 21 S / 18 79” 55 15 W

Johannesburg:  28, 29, 30 November & 1 December 2017

Venue: 87 Linksfield Road, Dowerglen, Edenvale, 1609, Johannesburg.

                  GPS: -26.149736, 28.137139

SAGIC offers four modules:

      Module 1: Identification & Legislation (Day 1):   Learn to identify invasive species, categories and understand the legislation.

      Module 2: Directives & Control Plans (Day 2):    How to manage 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.

* Complete Module 3 & Module 4 and receive a SETA-accredited Herbicide Applicator’s Certificate (DAFF).

* If you attended training in 2016, you have already completed Module 1 & 3 (above)

SAGIC invasive species and herbicide training is an entirely self-funding project.

Booking is essential.

     * Email the attached fillable booking form to Khuli at

     * 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.

To download a Booking form for an INDIVIDUAL - Click below: 

 

To download a Booking form for a GROUP - Click below:

 

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)

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 knowledge and interest in flora and fauna.     

For further information: Contact Khuli or Kay at or or Tel: 011-723-9000.

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.

Report by Sikhululekile Solwandle

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