Agricultural Food and Quarantine Technician x 2 Positions

Posted on :

28 Oct, 2014

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Government Jobs in South Africa

Directorate: Inspection Services
SALARY : R183 438 per annum
CENTRE : Stellenbosch


REQUIREMENTS : Applicants must be in possession of a recognised three-year National diploma or
Bachelor’s (B.Sc.) degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Technology/Science
and/or Environmental Health with Biotechnolo

gy, Biochemistry, Agronomy, Botany, Crop/Plant Production/Protection, Food Chemistry/Technology and/or
Microbiology as a major subject(s) (you are required to furnish a credit statement
and/or statement of results).

Relevant technical knowledge of and experience in agricultural law enforcement, the regulatory environment, quality assurance and
control, food safety, agriculture, liquor or processed products and the relevant
food industry. Knowledge of relevant legislation, international standards and
agreements, e.g. the World Trade Organisation Agreement on the Application of
Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (WTO-SPS), the Technical Barrier to
Trade (TBT) and CODEX Allimentarius will serve as an advantage.

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 of the official languages in which the relevant legislation is

Capability and willingness to conduct inspections, inter alia, in rail trucks,
on trucks, on ships, in containers, cold storages, etc. Computer skills in MS
Office software. A valid driver’s licence (minimum Code B) and the ability to
drive. Applicants must be prepared to travel away from home/office at short
notice, work irregular hours (shifts) and work overtime.


DUTIES : The incumbent will be responsible to enforce the Agricultural Product Standards
Act, 1990 (Act 119 of 1990) and the Liquor Products Act, 1989 (Act 60 of 1989)
as well as other related legislation and international agreements to ensure that
the quality and sanitary status of agricultural and liquor products comply with the
relevant minimum requirements.

This includes the independent planning and
conducting of inspections and the auditing of assignees respectively. Inspections
include sampling, testing and evaluating labels of agricultural products and
marking requirements, investigations and detection as well as administrative
tasks relating to these functions.

Where applicable, the sale/movement of
products will have to be prohibited and a due legal process will have to be
followed. Conduct inspections away from his/her station/home as well as
overnight away when necessary (occasionally). Render service at short notice
and after hours at or away from his/her station when necessary.

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

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 : 07 November 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 apply.

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