Gauteng Branch Chair: Rethabile Mbokodi
Rethabile Mbokodi is Senior Advisor: Sustainability at Eskom. She has 18 years working experience in environmental management and overall sustainable development. Before joining Eskom, Rethabile was an Environmental Consultant managing a number of environmental projects. She is a registered Professional Natural Scientist with South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).
Rethabile is also a Vice President-Education: Toastmasters International (Toastmasters International is a non –profit organization that teaches public speaking and; leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs).Rethabile is passionate about teaching, training, facilitating and emceeing events. She is a dynamic personality and her enthusiasm and zest for life is infectious. Rethabile is a force to be reckoned with and she lights up any gathering with her vibrance and positivity.
Between all of her other responsibilities and passions, Rethabile is a wife and the mother of two beautiful little ones who are already following in her footsteps to change the world. We look forward to seeing them on the IAIAsa Gauteng Branch Committee in the next 20 years. Rethabile, you are an inspiration to the Committee and keep us motivated through it all. Keep the light shining.
Natalie Pullen is an environmental scientist, with 17 years of experience in Integrated Environmental Management, Integrated Waste Management and Water Resource Management. She holds an MSc Degree in Environmental Biotechnology from Rhodes University and is a registered EAP. Her experience in both the public and private sector has equipped her with a working understanding of the regulators' perspective as well as an appreciation of the client's needs.
During her time at the then-Department of Water Affairs and Forestry Natalie had the opportunity of working at both the national (strategic) level as well as the regional (implementation) level. Natalie has consultation experience in project-based environmental and waste studies such as Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Management Plans and Integrated Waste Management Plans. She has also run successful public participation processes and stakeholder consultations.
Natalie is a single parent to four amazing children who are over-achievers in various spheres of academics, sport and culture. Natalie is an avid swimmer, runner and cyclist and keeps her gorgeous figure by staying active. She is an active Christian and gets much of her strength from her faith. Her heroes are her parents, and it seems super-parents run in the family. Her theme song is by Amanda Cook “You make me Brave”, and I think Natalie is probably the bravest member of Team Awesome.
Natalie is like the heroine in 1940’s movie, always gorgeous, glamorous, understated, but I feel like she could catch a bullet if the time came. With a smile on her face.
Jessica holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology and an MSc degree in Entomology from the University of Pretoria. She is an environmental scientist at Jones & Wagener Engineering and Environmental Consultants where she is involved in various environmental projects including Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), Environmental Management Programme Reports (EMPrs), Environmental Auditing, Water Use Licensing, Mine Closure, and research projects. She is also responsible for sustainable development initiatives at Jones & Wagener which includes sustainability reporting and carbon foot printing.
Jessica is an avid scuba diver and enjoys being outdoors. She hopes that being directly involved in IAIAsa will help to address members’ needs and to engage with a diverse range of practitioners, scientists, and authorities.
Ntsako is a self-motivated and result driven Environmentalist with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management. I have over 12 years’ work experience within the Environmental Management field.
She is an effective communicator and team leader skilled with ensuring that compliance and adherence to environmental legislation and impact targets are integrated as a fundamental part of successful projects. She is also an energetic and enthusiastic person with a passion for environmental protection, good health and safety of personnel as well as sustainable environmental outcomes combined with a firm dedication to organisational goals.
Ntsako is a dynamo, and is always outspoken and keen to get things done. Once you meet Ntsako, you will never forget her. She has boundless energy and brilliant ideas. Ntsako is like Mary J. Blige, but with more clothes on. “So I like what I see when I’m looking at me...” A rock star! Ntsako manages a household and is married to a supportive husband, and has one rock-star-in-training.
Sharon Meyer-Douglas has worked as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner for over 20 years. Sharon started her career in animal interaction research for Eskom TSI. She has since worked as a consultant, primarily in mining and electricity generation processes. Sharon has extensive experience in Industrial Waste Management, Authorisation and Strategic Applications.
Sharon currently works at SLR Consulting as an Associate Environmental Practitioner in the Fourways Office. She is keen to pursue social assessments as part of integrated environmental projects, including resettlement action planning and community livelihood planning. She has had the opportunity to work in various African countries and enjoys learning about cultures and lifestyles.
Sharon is married with 3 children, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 reptiles. She tries to keep fit by walking the dogs, yoga and she is a lifelong horse rider, currently competing with Romanov. Sharon is hoping to become more active in IAIAsa and is looking forward to meeting interesting members and learning from her experiences on the committee over the next 2 years. Sharon works in order to buy carrots for her horse...
Ms Zama Mkhize was born and raised in Durban and matriculated at Durban Girls’ College. She started her career working within the environmental fraternity since 2007, in the mine applications rights space. With an undergraduate degree in BSc Environmental Geology from the University of Johannesburg she has managed to obtain work experience in consulting, mining and is currently working within the energy sector.
She has an honours degree in BSc Energy Studies which she obtained from the University of Johannesburg. She is currently studying towards a BSc Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand, which will enable her to integrate environmental management practices with industrial processes. She believes that in order for industry to accomplish business sustainability, sound environmental management practices are required, and that environmental management, as a field, does not exist without business and industry.
Zama is a mom to one little person, and is newly married, currently living out the honeymoon period. She has a close knit family and one of her heroes is her late grandmother. Her other hero is Oprah Winfrey, of course, and Zama channels Oprah when she gives back to disadvantaged communities and shares her passion for the youth and helping them excel.
Zama is compassionate, hardworking, creative and beautiful inside and out. Her theme song is R.O.A.R. by Katy Perry and she lives this motto to the full. If you haven’t met this tigress, you do not know what you are missing. Zama is PURRRFECT.
Lehlogonolo is a celebration waiting to happen. She is wild and shiny and fierce. Lehlo is currently completing her MSc in Environmental Science with the University of Witwatersrand. She is employed as environmental liaison officer at GCS and is making waves in all that she does. Her faith keeps her grounded, as does her family and their close bond. She has a little brother who she talks about all the time. Her parents are supportive and inspiring. Her mom is her hero, and from what I have heard, she has a lot to live up to.
Lehlo plans to work her way towards becoming a leading sustainability advisor and lecturer. Lehlo is young and vivacious, leaving a lasting impression on everyone she meets. The song that makes me think of Lehlo is “Run the World” by Beyonce. Lehlo is well on her way to running the world and she is a shining star we should all keep our eyes on. In the meantime, we are lucky to have her energy and her sass in our Committee, keeping us on our toes.
Lehlo is currently single, and any prospective suitors will need to be interviewed by the full committee. Applicants can leave their CVs and photographs with Sharon Meyer-Douglas. If you don’t hear from us, accept that you did not make the grade. This position may not be filled. Lehlo is a force all on her own!