Gauteng Branch Chair: Rethabile Mbokodi
Rethabile Mbokodi is Senior Advisor: Sustainability at Eskom. She has 16 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.
Gauteng Branch Committee Vice-Chair: Natalie Pullen
Natalie Pullen is an environmental scientist, with fifteen 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.
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. Her experience includes aspects of both water quality management and water utilisation and she has been involved in the development of policies and strategies, as well as assessing and processing licence applications for water use and waste management.
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.
Gauteng Branch Secretary: 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), 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.
Memberships: Ntsako Ndlovu
Ntsako is a self-motivated and result driven Environmentalist with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management. I have over ten (10) 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.
Branch Marketing and Communcation - Sharon Meyer-Douglas
Sharon Meyer-Douglas has worked as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner for over 18 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 GCS Water and Environment, where she is responsible for managing and expanding Southern African branches in Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana and Zambia. She is also tasked with marketing the GCS Environmental Unit. Sharon is keen to pursue social assessments as part of integrated environmental projects, including resettlement action planning and community livelihood planning.
Sharon is married with 3 children, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 reptiles, 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.
Student Support - Zama Mkhize
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, and 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.
Student Support - Lehlongonolo Mashego
Lehlogonolo Mashego is a MSc student in Environmental Science with the Universiry of Witwatersrand and serve Myezo Environmental Management Sercices as a Junior Consultant and Project Assistant. Her interests include: environmental training, environmental auditing, contemporary waste management and stakeholder engagement