INVASIVE SPECIES – TRAINING

During a period of that spanned five years (2014-2018), more than 4 000 people were trained in invasive species identification and legislation across the country.

Sources have indicated that a major revision and update of the NEMBA Alien and Invasive Species (AIS) Regulations is underway. It is speculated that an update of the AIS Regulations is expected to be published in the Government Gazette in the second half of 2019. 

Against this backdrop, the current SAGIC invasive species team will be taking a sabbatical. As soon as the updated AIS Regulations are published, invasive species training will be re-scheduled.  Should you wish to be alerted to the relaunched invasive species training – based on the soon to be updated AIS Regulations – please subscribe to the South African Invasive Species eNewsletter. 

Note:  The four modules (below) were offered during an intensive five year period of invasive species training (2014-2018).  The titles of the updated training modules will depend on the contents of the updated Alien and Invasive Species (AIS) Regulations which we expect to be published in the second half of 2019.

4 Modules 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

4 Modules 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.

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.

JOIN THE NETWORK

A network of invasive species consultants

By attending SAGIC invasive species training, you can become a SAGIC invasive species consultant, head up an invasive species removal team or embark on a journey to towards compiling control plans for municipalities, large landowners and residential estates.

All trained professionals have been listed in a SAGIC database of invasive species consultants (both on this website and www.invasives.org.za).   Certificates of attendance are issued to all professionals that have attended SAGIC training.

Find Out More

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

  • Email your booking form to Kay @ info@invasives.org.za
  • 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: TBC (Including VAT)
  • Times: 09h00 – 16h00 (Module 1, 2 & 3) | 09h00 – 14h00 (Module 4)

For further information: Send and email to:  info@invasives.org.za

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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