Gauteng Branch


Gauteng Branch Chair: Natalie Pullen

Natalie is an environmental scientist, with seventeen 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 an EAPASA 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. 

Gauteng Branch Committee Vice-Chair & Treasurer: Zama Mkhize 

Zama was born and raised in Durban and matriculated at Durban Girls’ College. She started her career working within the environmental fraternity in 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 completing a BSc Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand. Obtaining this master’s degree will enable her to integrate environmental management practices with industrial processes, which will be pertinent for industry to accomplish business sustainability and sound environmental management practices are required.

Zama is a married woman with one awesome daughter. She has a close-knit family, she lives to honour her late grandmother, and channels power women such as Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama in her community development initiatives and her life in general. 

Zama is compassionate, hardworking, creative and beautiful inside and out, she centres herself and finds calm through meditation and yoga. Her theme song for 2021 is “Voice of God” by Dante Bowe; she says this song brings her peace amongst all the chaos happening in the world today.

Gauteng Branch Secretary & Events: Tshinanne Mutshatshi

Tshinanne Mutshatshi is a Professional Environmental Scientist  (Registered with SACNASP) possessing a highest qualification in Master of Technology Degree: Environmental Management from the Tshwane University of Technology. He is a dedicated professional who has vast experience in the field of environmental management / sciences that spans  over 15 years. He is also a highly supportive professional with high level of ethical work practice/behaviour and always strives to satisfy the needs of his clients/customers through excellent professional practice. He has spent the past decade and a half working in number of areas such as academic, consulting and construction environments. His main strengths are  Environmental Management Systems, Compliance and Monitoring as well as Project Management.

Tshinanne is married with two children (boy and a girl). Tshinanne is a very dynamic individual that is easy to interact and form relation with. Apart from enjoying spending time with family he also enjoys outdoor running. He is not an elite runner but some of his mates call him “Coach” due to his guiding ability when it comes to body exercises and road running. He has run three Comrades Marathons so far.

A lot can be said about him and taking it from the meaning of his name much of his character can be picked out when you are with him. 

Memberships: Jessica Badenhorst

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), Auditing, Water Use Licensing, Mine Closure, wetland assessments, and research projects. She is also responsible for sustainable development initiatives at Jones & Wagener which includes sustainability reporting and carbon footprint calculations.

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. 

 Partnerships, Authority Liaison and Professional Development: Corné Niemandt 

Corné is an environmental assessment practitioner and botanist with an educational background in zoology (B.Sc. Hons) and botany (M.Sc.) from the University of Pretoria. He is currently working for Enviro-Insight, where he manages projects (mostly within the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors) and conducts terrestrial biodiversity assessments. In addition to being involved in a number of projects located throughout South Africa, he has worked on projects located in Tanzania, Mozambique and Liberia. 

In addition to his IAIAsa membership, Corné is a professionally registered scientist (Pr. Sci. Nat.) in the field ecological science with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions, is a member of South African Association of Botanists and serves on the GDARD EAP forum committee. He also provided input in the drafting of the newly published Species Environmental Assessment Guideline (SANBI 2020). 

Corné has a great sense of humour, likes to travel, camping and hiking with friends, and is passionate about nature and people’s interaction with nature. He believes the way people treat each other is a reflection on how nature is being treated, as quoted by Dr. John Francis: “We (humans) are the environment, and how we treat each other, is really how we are going to treat the environment.”

Branch Marketing and Communcations: Tania Oosthuizen  

Tania is an environmental consultant, mother of two and maker of coffee. She is passionate about her work and enjoys meeting new people and visiting new places. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management and has more than 16 years of environmental consulting experience. Tania is registered with SACNASP, EAPASA and EAPAN. Her primarily focus on Knight Piésold is on large mining and infrastructure projects in South Africa. However, she also works on several international projects including several IFC projects.

Growing, teaching, and mentoring young professionals is close to her heart. She hopes to be able to expand her reach through serving on the IAIA Gauteng committee.

On a personal level, she enjoys going on local holidays with her family, taking photos and planning epic birthday parties for her boys.

Student and Young Professionals Support  - Lehlongonolo Mashego

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 Water and Environment and is making waves in all she does. Her faith keeps her grounded, as does her family and their close bond. She has a family that is supportive and inspiring; from what’s been 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 Tania Oosthuizen. 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!