Agricultural Food and Quarantine Technician x 2 Positions

Posted on :

14 Oct, 2014

Category :

Food & FMCG Jobs in South Africa


Directorate: Inspection Services
SALARY : R183 438 per annum
CENTRES : Cape Town (1 Post) and Stellenbosch (1 Post)


REQUIREMENTS : Applicants must be in possession of an appropriate recognised three-year
National diploma or Bachelor’s (B.Sc.) degree in Agriculture or Horticulture with
Agronomy, Botany, Entomology, Crop Production, Plant Genetics, Plant
Production, Plant Protection, Plant Pathology and/or Microbiology as a major
subject(s) (you are required to furnish a credit certificate and/or statement of
results). Appropriate knowledge of and relevant technical experience in the
Agricultural Pests Act, 1983 (Act 36 of 1983), the Plant Improvement Act, 1976
(Act 53 of 1976) and other related legislation as well as the provisions of the
World Trade Organisation Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and
Phytosanitary Measures (WTO-SPS), the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), the
Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) including agricultural law enforcement,
the regulatory environment or relevant industries. Knowledge of and experience
in generic administration processes and procedures. Good communication
(verbal and written), problem solving, interpersonal relations, conflict handling,
planning and organising skills. Ability to work well independently as well as within
a team environment. Applicants must be conversant in one (1) of the Official
Languages in which the relevant legislation is written. Capability and willingness
to conduct inspections, inter alia; in rail trucks, on trucks, on ships, in containers,
cold storages, etc. Basic computer skills in MS Office software. A valid driver’s
licence (minimum Code B) and the ability to drive as well as the willingness to
travel away from home/office at short notice, work irregular hours (shifts) and
work overtime.

DUTIES : The incumbent will be responsible to enforce, mainly, the Agricultural Pests Act,
1983 and the Plant Improvement Act, 1976, related legislation and international
agreements to ensure that the sanitary and phytosanitary status of plants and
plant products comply with the relevant minimum requirements. This includes the
independent planning and conducting of inspections as well as the auditing of
assignees respectively. Inspections include sampling, testing, surveys,
investigations, detections and audits as well as administrative tasks relating to
these functions. Occasionally conduct inspections away from his/her station as
well as overnight away from his/her station when necessary. Render service at
short notice and after hours or away from his/her station when necessary.

ENQUIRIES : Mr G. Tsako, tel. 021 809 1641 / 1662.

APPLICATIONS : Applications may be posted to URS Response Handling, P. O. Box 11506,
Tierpoort, 0056 or submitted electronically via email: [email protected] or via
fax: 086 654 1824 or online: or deposited in the URS
Response Handling boxes at any one of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry
and Fisheries’ offices indicated below. Enquiries: URS Response Handling, tel.
012 811 1900.

PRETORIA: Reception, Agriculture Place, 20 Steve Biko Street (formerly Beatrix
Street), Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng.
CAPE TOWN: Reception (Ground Floor), Foretrust Building, 3 Martin
Hammerschlag Way, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape.
STELLENBOSCH: Reception (Support Building), Quarantine Station, Polkadraai
Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape.
PIETERMARITZBURG: Reception (5th Floor), Old Mutual Building, 185
Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.
KING WILLIAM’S TOWN: Reception (Ground Floor), Old SABC Building, 2
Hargreaves Avenue, King William’s Town, Eastern Cape.
NELSPRUIT: Reception (2nd Floor), Permanent Building, 27 Brown Street,
Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.
MAKHADO: Reception (Ground Floor), Magistrates Building, 103 Landros Street,
Makhado, Limpopo
MTHATHA: Reception (3rd Floor), PRD Building, 2 Sutherland Street, Mthatha,
Eastern Cape
CLOSING DATE : 24 October 2014

NOTE : Applications must be submitted on a Z83 Form, obtainable from any Public
Service department or on the internet at which must be signed (an
unsigned Z83 form will disqualify an application) and should be accompanied by a
recently updated, comprehensive CV as well as copies of all qualification(s)
[Matric certificate must also be attached] and ID-document and Driver’s licence
[where applicable]. Non-RSA Citizens/Permanent Resident Permit Holders must
attach a copy of his/her Permanent Residence Permit to his/her application.
Should you be in possession of a foreign qualification, it must be accompanied by
an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).
Failure to submit all the requested documents will result in the application not
being considered. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.
If you have not been contacted within three (3) months after the closing date of
this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.
Suitable candidates will be subjected to a personnel suitability check (criminal
record check, citizenship verification, financial/asset record check,
qualification/study verification and previous employment verification). Successful
candidates will also be subjected to security clearance processes. Where
applicable, candidates will be subjected to a skills/knowledge test. Successful
candidates will be appointed on a probation period of twelve (12) months. The
Department reserves the right not to make appointment(s) to the advertised
post(s). Applications submitted via email, fax or online must include the post title
and reference number in the subject line and a scanned, signed Z83 form (a Z83
form without a physical signature will disqualify an application) together with all
relevant documents as indicated above. Persons with disability are encouraged to

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