x1 Animal Health Technician Post: Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development

x1 Animal Health Technician Post: Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development

  • SALARY: R359 517 per annum (Level 08)

  • CENTRE : Directorate: Animal Health: (Skukuza)

x1 Animal Health Technician Post: Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development


An applicant must possess a Grade 12 Certificate and a Degree or National Diploma in Animal Health or a relevant qualification recognized by the South African Qualification Authority and the South African Veterinary Council. Registration with the South African Veterinary Council as an Animal Health Technician. Minimum experience of 2 years (post qualification).

An understanding and experience of erecting, maintaining, and repairing animal disease control fences. Knowledge and experience of controlled animal diseases in South Africa. Supervision experience.

Handgun and rifle competence. Job-related skills: Ability to communicate well and interact with different levels of people. Management and organisation skills. Creativity. Interpersonal skills. Problem solving. Interpretation skills. Analytical skills. Having a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive.

Long working hours. Extensive daily travel. Working in harsh conditions, rough terrain and isolated areas. Exposure to wild animals, e.g. elephants and buffaloes.


Maintain fence patrol roads and animal disease control fences. Maintain animal disease fences. Regular patrol and inspection of fences. Coordinate fence repairs and maintenance. Replace worn out fences. Cut and eradicate trees and vegetation along fences. Ensure fencing patrol roads are accessible and thoroughfared. Fill up dongas and drifts. Repair rain flooded patrol roads. Repair trenches and dongas.

Fall trees. Repair floodgates. Assist in the identification of clinical signs of disease in animals. Arrange quarantine for clinically ill stray animals. Monitor and communicate with provincial and other departments, as well as interested stakeholders.

Keep stray animals from crossing disease control fences. Maintain a clear understanding of the directorate’s mandate and primary functions at various forums. Manage the seizure and disposal of animals, materials, or products that are illegal or infectious. Assist with the transportation, procurement, and distribution of fencing materials and equipment through administration and logistics. Requisition of fencing materials and equipment.

Seek quotations for the required goods and services. Provide Tradesman Aid with replacement protective clothing and service equipment. Maintain stock register. Complete trip authorizations and log sheets. Schedule vehicle service in accordance with service intervals. Submit monthly returns to the head office. Managing fencing material on site.

Supervise Tradesmen Aids. Manage general office administration. Simplify and explain policies to Tradesmen Aids. Ensure discipline among subordinates. Conduct staff meetings.

Issue warnings and maintain discipline. Manage leave and complete forms. EPMDS evaluation of Tradesmen Aids. Submit S&T claims for Tradesmen Aids. Report and liaise with supervisor, provincial and other departments.

ENQUIRIES : Dr L. Van Schalkwyk Tel No: (013) 735 5641/ 5642

How to apply

APPLICATIONS: Applications can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X833, Pretoria, 0001 or delivered in person during office hours to: 184 Jeff Masemola Street (formerly known as Jacob Mare), corner of Jeff Masemola and Paul Kruger Streets, Pretoria or Agriculture Place, 20 Steve Biko (formerly Beatrix) Street, Arcadia, 0001 NOTE: Coloured, Indian, African, Coloured, Indian, and Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Note

The application must include only the new Z83 Form, which is available from any Public Service Department or on the Department of Public Service and Administration’s website, https://www.dpsa.gov.za/newsroom/psvc/, and a detailed Curriculum Vitae.

Only shortlisted candidates will be allowed to submit certified copies of their Identity Document, Grade 12 Certificate, and the highest level of qualifications, as well as their driver’s licenses, on or before the interview date.

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) requires foreign qualifications to be accompanied by an evaluation report. Failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified. All foreign qualifications must be evaluated by SAQA and proof of such evaluation must be provided (only when shortlisted).

It is important to submit your application before the deadline, as late applications will not be considered. If you wish to apply for more than one post, please submit separate applications for each one.

As a result of the large number of applications expected by the Department, applications will not be acknowledged. Should you not be contacted within three months of the closing date of the advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.

It is the Department’s right to cancel the recruitment process and re-advertise the post at any time in the future if a moratorium is placed during any stage of the recruitment process or the Department is affected by any process, including, but not limited to, restructuring or reorganization of posts.

Our intention is to promote representativeness in DALRRD through the filling of posts. However, the Department may not fill a position. DALRRD is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

All shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a Personnel Suitability Check, and must be available for assessments and interviews at the date and time determined by the Department. In addition to security vetting, the shortlisted candidates will be subjected to reference checks, which may include social media profiles.

Any pending criminal, disciplinary or other allegations or investigations against applicants must be declared by applicants. Upon discovery of this during or after the interview, the application will not be considered and if the candidate is appointed, such appointment will be terminated.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be appointed following a positive security clearance process. The successful candidate will be required to sign a performance agreement with the Department as well as an employment contract. Applicants are required to disclose any conflicts of interest, including memberships on boards or directorships they may hold.

Closing Date:02 June 2023

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