German wasp | Vespula germanica

German wasp

Vespula germanica

Coral bush | Ardisia crenata

Coral bush

Ardisia crenata

Purple loosestrife | Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Pom pom weed | Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Pom pom weed

Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Canarybird bush | Crotalaria agatiflora

Canarybird bush

Crotalaria agatiflora

Peanut butter cassia | Senna didymobotrya

Peanut butter cassia

Senna didymobotrya

Rubber vine | Cryptostegia grandiflora

Rubber vine

Cryptostegia grandiflora

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During the past five years (2014-2018), ISSA invasive species trainers have trained 4 000 in the identification of invasive species and laws pertaining to invasive species across South Africa. 

Sources indicate that the NEMBA Alien & Invasive Species (AIS) Regulations are undergoing a major update.

We expect the new AIS Regulations to be published in the Government Gazette in the later half of 2019. 

Sabbatical

Against this backdrop, our invasive species trainers, will be taking a sabbatical until the release of the new AIS Regulations.   

As soon as the new AIS Regulations are published, an entirely updated series of invasive species training will be scheduled. 

Future training

Should you wish to be informed of the dates for training in the future - late 2019 and early 2020 - please subscribe to our eNewsletter (Home Page - Top Right) and you will receive information on the new training season by email. 

For more information, contact Kay Montgomery on

  

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Interested in invasive species?  How much do you know about NEMBA invasive species compliance for landowners and organs of state?

The South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) have released the 2018 dates for the popular 4 module invasive species and herbicide training.  This year, training is offered in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

Save the dates... and start booking: 

Cape Town:     15, 16, 17 & 18 May 2018

Durban:     22, 23, 24 & 25 May 2018

Johannesburg: 19, 20, 21 & 22 June 2018

Invasive species and herbicide training will expand your career prospects. 

Become a South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) invasive species consultant, head up an invasive species removal team or embark on a journey to learn how to do control plans for municipalities, large landowners and residential estates.

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 an official Department of Agriculture (DAFF) Herbicide Operator’s Certificate.

Times:  09h00 – 16h00 (Module 1, 2 & 3)

              09h00 – 14h00 (Module 4)

Entry to training: No one will be admitted to the training without payment or prior arrangement.

Cost per module: R 935 (Includes VAT)

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.

* Please indicate any special dietary needs when you send your booking.

To download Booking form for INDIVIDUALS - Click on the link below:

To download Booking form for GROUPS - Click on the link below:

 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.
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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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