DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT (DALRRD) 

ASSISTANT AGRICULTURAL PRACTITIONERS

SALARY : Salary Level 4 (R16 824.00) (Contract appointment for a period of three months) 
CENTRE : PROVINCIAL OFFICE: GAUTENG: 447 POSITIONS 
PROVINCIAL OFFICE: NORTH WEST: 250 POSITIONS 
PROVINCIAL OFFICE: MPUMALANGA: 750 POSITIONS 
PROVINCIAL OFFICE: LIMPOPO: 820 POSITIONS 
PROVINCIAL OFFICE: FREE STATE: 300 POSITIONS 
PROVINCIAL OFFICE: KWAZULU-NATAL: 750 POSITIONS 
PROVINCIAL OFFICE: EASTERN CAPE: 820 POSITIONS 
PROVINCIAL OFFICE: WESTERN CAPE: 200 POSITIONS 
PROVINCIAL OFFICE: NORTHERN CAPE: 200 POSITIONS 

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WITH A POSSIBILITY FOR PLACEMENTS AT PROVINCIAL DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE AT DISTRICT LEVEL (LOCAL OFFICES), COMMODITY ORGANISATIONS AND PUBLIC ENTITIES 

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REQUIREMENTS : A minimum of three-year Diploma in Agriculture (NQF level 6). Applicants are required to register with the professional council/body such as the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) or any other relevant statutory professional body, however, those who are not registered are encouraged to apply for the position and they will be given an opportunity to apply for registration within 45 days of resumption of duty. Knowledge of extension methodology. Good communication skills (verbal and written). Basic reporting skills. Basic level of public speaking. Understanding of group dynamics. Ability to communicate with clients and farmers. Be prepared to physically visit the farmers (farms or projects) within the area where you are located. 

DUTIES : To assist in rendering general agricultural advice to internal and external clients so as to ensure sustainable development. Assist in demonstration of farming methods, to ensure efficient utilization of resources like soil, water, veld, money and others. Assist in organising farmers’ days, information sessions etc. Assist in conducting farm visits and use visitation tools for impact assessment and the development of farm business plans. Source technical and functional inputs from specialists as required by producers. Assist to provide clients with information concerning financial assistance. To assist in providing technical support on all agricultural projects, food security initiatives and land development support programmes and also assist with planning, advice, facilitating of training and after care. Assist in identification and mobilise interest groups to form entities or institutions. Assist in organising meetings to identify training needs. Assist to facilitate capacity building and provide aftercare. Assist to facilitate the development and implementation of business plans. Assist to establish and revive inactive projects. Assist to establish and maintain home gardens. To assist in promoting a pluralistic approach and partnership with relevant agricultural stakeholders and organised agriculture. Assist in gathering and analyse relevant information in order to assist with identification of problem areas and prioritisation thereof e.g. conduct extension surveys. Conduct planning meetings. Assist to facilitate the establishment of cooperatives, farmer’s associations, interest groups etc. To assist in promotion of sustainable production of agricultural products. Facilitate the identification of real and perceived needs. Establish structures to address the needs identified. Assist in building capacity of clients in to enable them to fulfil their own needs. Assist in providing inputs for the implementation of best practice, technologies and latest trends. Support the implementation of programs. Assist in evaluating the success / effectiveness of production systems. Provide continuous support to ensure sustained production. Provide administrative and related functions. Study technological advances and best practices to enable him / her to perform the extension function according to the required standards. Keep relevant database up to date (including a register of farms within area of operation). Compile and submit monthly and quarterly reports. Comply with the Public Service prescripts, departmental policies, procedures, technologies and new developments to be able to render an efficient and effective extension services. Safe keeping of physical assets (where applicable) 

NOTE : The applicants should be available to work on a 3 months contract ending 31 March 2023. Any renewal will be in the sole discretion of the Department and no expectation of renewal is created. Candidates are encouraged to only apply within their own area and no duplicate applications will be considered. Preference will be given to youth, women and people living with disabilities. Applicants who fail to apply for registration within the prescribed timeframe their contracts will be terminated. 

ENQUIRIES : Gauteng Province: Ms S Mbatha Tel: (012) 337 3654 or by email at Sibongile.Mbatha@dalrrd.gov.za
North West Province: Mr K Sebitiele Tel: (018) 388 7115 / 071 491 7724 or by email atkabelo.sebitiele@dalrrd.gov.za
Mpumalanga Province: Mr A Mdala Tel: (013) 754 8043 / 071 331 2743 or by email at asanda.mdala@dalrrd.gov.za
Limpopo Province: Ms B Mogadingoane Tel: 015 284 6305 or by email at Boitumelo.mogadingoane@dalrrd.gov.za
Free State Province: Ms Z Mokoena Tel: (015) 400 4200 / 083 578 9093 or by email at zola.mokoena@dalrrd.gov.za
KwaZulu Natal Province: Mr S Manqele Tel: (033) 264 9516 or by email at Sibangani.Manqele@dalrrd.gov.za
Eastern Cape Province: Mr M Ciko Tel: (043) 701 8112 / 073 283 0011 or by email at Mcebisi.Ciko@dalrrd.gov.za
Western Cape Province: Mr M Mafana Tel: (021) 409 0580 or by email at Mpumzi.Mafanya@dalrrd.gov.za
Northern Cape Province: Ms T Oliphant Tel: (053) 830 4056 or by email at Tshegohatso.Oliphant@dalrrd.gov.za

CLOSING DATE : 04 November 2022


NOTE : The application must include only completed and signed new Z83 Form, obtainable from any Public Service Department or on the DPSA web site link: https://www.dpsa.gov.za/newsroom/psvc/, and a detailed Curriculum Vitae. Certified copies of Identity Document, Grade 12 Certificate, the highest required qualifications and Proof of registration with the professional council or proof of application to register, will only be submitted by shortlisted candidates to Human Resources on or before the day of the interview date. Failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified. Foreign qualifications must be accompanied by an evaluation report issued by SAQA. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have all foreign qualifications evaluated by SAQA and to provide proof of such evaluation report (only when shortlisted).

APPLICATIONS : Please ensure that you submit your application before the closing date as no late applications will be considered. Due to the large number of applications we envisage to receive, applications will not be acknowledged. Should you not be contacted within 3 months of the closing date of the advertisement, please consider your application to be unsuccessful. Should, during any stage of the recruitment process, a moratorium be placed on the filling of posts or the Department is affected by any process such as, but not limited to, restructuring or reorganization of posts, the Department reserves the right to cancel the recruitment process and re-advertise the post at any time in the future. 

Applications can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X833, Pretoria, 0001 or hand delivered during office hours to: 184 Jeff Masemola Street (formerly known as Jacob Mare), corner of Jeff Masemola and Paul Kruger Streets, Pretoria or to Agriculture Place, 20 Steve Biko (formerly Beatrix) Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0001 (or at District Offices). 
Applications can be posted to addresses below or hand delivered at any one of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development offices as indicated below. 

Applications for Gauteng Province can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X 09, Hatfield 0028 or Suncardia building, 6th floor, 524 Corner Stanza Bopape and Steve Biko Street, Arcadia, 0083. 

Applications for North West Province can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X 8, Mmabatho, 2735, Cnr James Moroka and Sekame Drive, West Gallery, Megacity, Mmabatho, 2735. 

Limpopo Province can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X 9312, Polokwane, 007 or 61 Biccard Street, Polokwane 0700. 

Free State Province can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X 20803, Bloemfontein 9300 or 136 Charlotte Maxeke Street, Bloemfontein, 9300. 

KwaZulu Natal Province can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X 9132, Pietermaritzburg, 3200 or 1st Floor, 270 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3200. 

Eastern Cape Province can be submitted by post to: P.O. Box 1375, East London, 5200, 15 Coutts Street, Ocean Terrace, Block H, Quigney, East London, 5201. 

Western Cape Province can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X 10, Mowbray, 7710 or 14 Long Street, 1st Floor, Cape Town, 8001. Northern Cape Province can be submitted by post to: P.O. Box 2458, Kimberly, 8300, Cnr Knight and Stead Street, New Public Building, 6th Floor, Kimberly, 8300. 


Alternatively, applications can be done online using Survey 123 Application (App). 
1. Use internet and login to https://arcg.is/1qPDfv0
2. Once you click on the link provided, you will be directed to the Survey 123 webpage. 
3. In the page you will notice two options at the top, if you do not have Survey 123 Field App on your phone then go straight to the bottom and click Get it on Google Play or if you are using an Apple device, it will be Apple Store. The play store will be open and you can install the App. 
4. Then go back to the Survey 123 webpage that is open on your phone. There will be two options at the top, the first is “open in browser” and the second is “open in Survey 123 field App”! Click on the second option, and by doing so, Survey 123 field App will open. 
5. Once the App opens, click! 
6. Then on the next page where it asks for log in details, select the choice at the bottom “Continue without signing in”! Then it will take you straight to the Form that you have to complete. 

IMPORTANT : DALRRD is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is our intention to promote representivity in DALRRD through the filling of posts. The Department reserves the right not to fill a position. Shortlisted candidates will be required to be available for assessments and interviews at a date and time as determined by the Department. All shortlisted candidates will be subjected to personnel suitability checks. The successful candidate will be subjected to undergo security vetting. DALRRD will conduct reference checks which may include social media profiles of the shortlisted candidates. Applicants must declare any pending criminal, disciplinary or any other allegations or investigations against them. Should this be uncovered during / after the interview took place, the application will not be considered and in the unlikely event that the person has been appointed such appointment will be terminated. The successful candidate will be appointed subject to positive results of the security clearance process. The successful candidate will be required to enter into an employment contract and sign a performance agreement with the Department. All applicants are required to declare any conflict or perceived conflict of interest, to disclose memberships of Boards and directorships that they may be associated with.

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