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Invasive Species South Africa - Protecting Biodiversity from Invasion - Items filtered by date: August 2017

Do you want a Pesticide Control Operator (PCO) licence? Did you miss our Invasive Species and Herbicide training during the winter season? South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) are launching a PCO correspondence course and announcing dates for repeat sessions of our hugely popular 4 module invasive species training in the second half of 2017:

1. BRAND NEW: Pesticide Control Operator (PCO) licence by correspondence.

In order to sign off an invasive species control plan, that includes the use of herbicides as part of an integrated plan, an invasive species practitioner has to be in possession of a PCO licence.

SAGIC is launching a correspondence course designed for anyone operating in the management of invasive alien species field, who needs to become a licensed PCO. After full payment, you will receive a PCO Training Manual study pack which includes six chapters and six tutorials.

There are two prices for the course. One includes assistance from correspondence tutors and the second does not. In other words:
* You can study the chapters yourself, attend a practical and write the exam.
* Or you can study the chapters, complete all six tutorials - with feedback from herbicide specialists - attend a practical and write the exam.

Pest Control Operator course will be held in the following venues: *Cape Town: 19 & 20 October 2017
*Johannesburg: 27 & 28 October 2017

Make sure that you read all the FAQ's before signing up for the course. Direct your queries to or and Hazel, Kay, Graham and David will hopefully answer your queries.

2. NEW DATES: A repeat of our SAGIC Invasive Species legislation and herbicide operators course for those who missed our winter training sessions - in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Due to popular demand, we will be repeating our four-module invasive species training in November - in Cape Town & Johannesburg - for people who missed this training earlier in the year.

Invasive Species & Herbicide Training (a repeat of our winter course) will be held in: Cape Town: 13, 14, 15 & 16 November 2017
Johannesburg: 28, 29, 30 November & 1 December 2017

Become an 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. The South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) training dates have been set for 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): 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 (DAFF) Herbicide Operator’s Certificate.
* 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: Booking is essential.
* Email the attached fillable 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 or Tel: 011-723-9000.

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

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

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.

Are you interested in furthering your studies in conservation? Are you an enthusiastic researcher? Do you live in South Africa? If yes, here is an opportunity for you. Bursaries are available to conduct research as part of the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI) work on biological invasions.
They offer 4x Honours; 6x Masters; 2x Doctoral; 4x Post-doctoral. Hurry, the closing date for applications is 3 November 2017 - 4:00pm.
Projects will be considered provided they are relevant to one of SANBI’s focus areas (status report and monitoring; incursion detection and response planning; eradication planning and co-ordination; taxonomy).
For more details on the types of projects that can be considered or different projects to do please go to http://www.sanbi.org/jobs/biological-invasions-bursaries-available-2018 
SANBI is a leader and coordinator of research, monitoring and reporting on the state of biodiversity in South Africa.
Bursary values
Bursaries are to cover living expenses and university fees
Honours/4th year undergraduate: R 80,000 p.a. for 1 year
Masters: R 120,000 p.a. for 2 years*
Doctoral: R 150,000 p.a. for 3 years*
Post-doctoral: R 300,000 p.a. for 2 years
*Applicants for Masters or Doctoral bursaries can be considered for a one-year project development internship should the applicant be unlikely to finish their studies within the prescribed period of time. In such cases, a candidate may be offered an internship interview.  A project development intern is expected to re-apply for a bursary the following year.
Requirements and running costs 
Candidates must be pro-active, enthusiastic, and interested in doing excellent research that will help improve our understanding and management of biological invasions. Student bursaries are only available to South African citizens and will be awarded in line with national equity targets.
Unsuccessful and ineligible bursary applicants may be considered for support with project running costs if their projects are closely aligned to SANBI’s focus areas. Post-doctoral research bursaries are open to anyone who has completed their PhD in the last five years. 
Honours students need to apply to a university honours programme themselves and the bursary is conditional upon them securing their position in such a programme. Project running expenses are covered separately to the bursaries and vary depending on the project. Funds are only available to students and post-docs registered at universities in South Africa.
Application procedure
Each application is to be accompanied by a standard bursary application cover sheet (available on the SANBI website). Applications must include a full CV; certified copies of ID and academic record; two letters of academic reference; an agreement from a prospective academic supervisor; a one-page project outline for Honours applications or a two-page project outline for Masters, Doctoral, and Post-doctoral applications; and two journal publications if applicable.
Send all documents to  with “SANBI Biological Invasions Bursary application” in the subject line.
Academic queries: Prof John Wilson ()
Application process: Ms René du Toit ()

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