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Association ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEWS

● SALI (South African Landscapers Association) ● SANA (South African Nursery Association) ● TGMA (Turf Grass Managers Association) ● CGF (The Cape Green Forum) ● Arbor SA

The South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) is a vibrant, fast-growing umbrella organisation representing the green industry in South Africa. Its primary objectives are to: ● Represent the South African green industry ● Develop and support best practice ● Facilitate issues of national interest pertaining to the green industry ● Organise and market networking opportunities ● Promote gardening and the greening of South Africa SAGIC represents employees, employers and suppliers of products and services within South Africa’s green industry. SAGIC association members are: ● IPSA (The Interior Plantscaper’s Association) ● LIA (The Landscape Irrigation Association) ● OPPASA (The Outdoor Power Product Association)

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Membership of SAGIC comes under five branches: ● Individual (for anyone who identifies with SAGIC’s aims and objectives) ● Association (open to recognised associations active in the green industry) ● Company (open to any business that can benefit from a positive association with SAGIC) ● Student (for any students active in or associated with the green industry or who are studying horticulture) ● Educational (for educational/ training institutions that are active or interested in the green industry). www.sagic.co.za

SAGIC chairperson Ida-Marie Styrdom

Training SAGIC is an Assessment Quality Partner. Various occupational qualifications – for instance production nursery supervisor, retail nursery supervisor, and landscape supervisor – have been developed in collaboration with the Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority (AgriSETA). SAGIC remains committed to expanding its role in all spheres of training and development programmes within South Africa’s green industry. Invasive Species Invasive species are now regarded as a liability to landowners. According to new regulations under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, anyone who sells land has to fill out an Invasive Species Declaration Form, which must be given to the buyer of the property and lodged with the Department of Environmental Affairs. SAGIC is playing an active role in the fight against invasive species. SAGIC has presented accreditation training courses throughout South Africa in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs. Once attendees have been certificated, they can act as invasive species consultants.

Water Water scarcity is one of the most alarming national and regional issues. SAGIC continues to work with various local government institutions and green industry role-players to address this crisis.

Pro Landscaper Africa / November/December 2015

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Pro Landscaper Africa November/December 2015