This is a question which is often asked by members of the public or those interested in becoming certified snake removers.
The answer is quite simple, you need to attend a snake awareness, first aid for snakebite and venomous snake handling course. These courses are open to members of the public from all walks of life – be it someone who owns a plot and wants to relocate snakes away from their home, to a game ranger who needs to deal with snakes in chalets, or to an accountant who just has an interest in learning more. When picking a training institute to do your course with, make sure they have qualified and experienced trainers, are accredited and issue you with a snake awareness, first aid for snakebite and venomous snake handling certificate (these certificates are usually valid for two years and you then need to attend a refresher course)
There are a number of fly-by-night people offering snake courses, with no accreditation and who’s trainers have very limited experience in working with snakes. Some even do the full training with rubber snakes, or venomous species like rattle snakes, which don’t occur in Africa.
Once you have completed your course, contact the training institute, and ask for their guidance in obtaining your catch and release permits. They will assist by putting you in contact with the correct nature conservation authority who can process your permit application. Most provinces in South Africa require you have a catch and release permit in order to rescue and relocate snakes.
In order to conduct safe removals, you will need to purchase the correct snake handling equipment – more info on choosing that can be found here.