Kwazulu Natal Branch

About Kwazulu Natal Branch

IAIAsa KZN members consist of professional practitioners, academics, NGOs, specialists, students and government authorities. We’re a flamboyant, fun-loving bunch who take kindly to knowledge sharing while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism. In addition to the main IAIAsa KZN branch, the Student branch of IAIAsa KZN is highly active and provides insight from the up and coming generation of Environmental Practitioners, whilst they gain experience in relevant and current issues faced within the industry through regular IAIAsa KZN events held throughout KZN. The Vision of the IAIAsa KZN branch, which is passed down to the IAIAsa KZN Student branch, is “A representative organisation achieving best practice in Integrated Environmental Management (IEM) and contributing to Sustainable Development” ; whilst the Goal of the IAIAsa KZN Branch is “Achieving high levels of professionalism of IEM in KwaZulu-Natal”.


KwaZulu-Natal Branch Chair: Sandile Nkomonde

Sandile has a BSoc.Sci. Honours Degree in Geography and Environmental Management and is currently employed at JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd as an Environmental Scientist for the past four years. He has been involved in numerous geohydrological projects to incorporate his skills in environmental management into the geohydrological field in order to develop a niche market for the company and also to pioneer the company’s endeavours to stay ahead of environmental legislation’s evolution. Sandile’s core area of expertise and interest is in Public Participation and stakeholder engagement. He has been involved in a number of Environmental Impact Assessment processes as an EAP, Public Participation Facilitator and ECO. Sandile has also been involved in a considerable number of geohydrological projects as a Geohydrologist, Onsite ECO and Public Participation Specialist in projects throughout KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.


KZN Past Chair: Danielle Sanderson 

Danielle is an environmental and social consultant, who holds a MSocSci (Geography and Environmental Management). Danielle’s has been an Environmental Assessment Practitioner for over 10 years, working in a variety of sectors, including renewable energy, industrial, and infrastructure.

After working in the corporate sector for a number of years, she has followed her passion to focus on Social Impact Assessment as an independent consultant. Danielle served on the IAIAsa KZN Branch committee since 2012, including events management and Branch Chair (2017-19), as well as on the National Executive Committee from 2014 – 19


Branch Secretary: Humayrah Bassa

Humayrah is an Environmental Scientist with over 8 years experience in environmental consulting and research. She holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and she is a Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat.) in the field of practice of Environmental Science with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. Humayrah joined Royal HaskoningDHV in 2011 where she has gained extensive experience in environmental consulting with a particular focus on environmental legislative requirements. Her responsibilities include management of projects including screening assessments and due diligence assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Management Programmes, Water Use Licence Applications, Waste Management Licence Applications, Public Participation, GIS Mapping and acting as an Environmental Control Officer. Further responsibilities include compiling project proposals and budgets, liaising with clients and acting as Regional Lead for the KwaZulu-Natal Environmental Management and Planning Knowledge Group.


Branch Treasurer: Jackie von Maltitz 

Jackie holds a MSc in Zoology from Rhodes University. Jackie is currently a Director for Environmental Consultants International (Pty) Ltd. She has 12 years’ experience as an environmental consultant within a variety of sectors, both locally and internationally, including licencing and management planning for large-scale mixed use developments,  infrastructure and mining. Jackie has worked in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Kenya, Mozambique, Peru and Swaziland.


Partnerships: Zinhle Dlamini

Zinhle holds a BSc (Hons) degree in environmental management from UNISA and a BSc (Microbiology) degree from the University of Zululand. She currently works for eThekwini Municipality as an Environmentalist within the Biodiversity Impact Assessment Branch since 2015. Before joining eThekwini, Zinhle worked for the KZN Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (2008-2011) as a Senior Environmental Officer after which she joined the National Department of Environmental Affairs as a Principal Environmental Officer and subsequently as an Assistant Director(2012 – 2015) under the Waste Licensing Directorate. Her focus has primarily been on processing and managing the EIA process for waste management licence applications and integrated permitting system applications in terms of NEMA and NEM:WA. Furthermore she is trained as an Environmental Management Inspector (Green Scorpion) and currently pursuing her MSc in Environmental Management.


Committee Member: Sheldon Singh 

Sheldon Singh is gainfully employed as an Operations/Technical Director of an Environmental Consultancy Company (Senior Environmental Specialist, Pr.Sci.Nat), having gained 17 years of work experience in both the Governmental and Private Consultancy sectors at a managerial level. He currently manages a team of professional scientists and site agents/contractors, coupled with a strong academic background having completed my Postgraduate Studies at the University of Kwazulu Natal. Sheldon was nominated to attend an International Training Course in India on Planning Urban Environments by the Department of Environmental Affairs and his professional affiliations include the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIASA, KZN Branch Committee Member No.3959) and the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professionals - Pr.Sci.Nat, 119038), and to date have completed numerous projects related to the field of Civil & Environmental/Water Engineering. Sheldon has undertaken numerous presentations and on-site induction training over several years.


Committee Member: Adrienne Edgson

Adrienne an Environmental Practitioner, who has been managing her own practice since 1997, which focusses on impact assessment and monitoring. Adrienne has extensive experience in the field of Environmental Impact Assessment, environmental compliance monitoring and site rehabilitation planning and techniques.  Adrienne also has an excellent understanding of the legal aspects of all SEMAs and associated Statues. Experience in town planning requirements with regards to the interplay between these regulations and EIA requirements. As well as, extensive experience in reviewing documentation with respect to EIA/BARs; WULAs and associated specialist reports - wetland, aquatic, vegetation, faunal and avifaunal (ecological).


Northern Region Representative: Jacolette Adam

Jacolette has been the Managing member of Exigent since 2003. She registered as a Pr. Sci. Nat in 2002 and has a MSc degree in Ecology (2000). She is currently pursuing a LLM in Environmental Law at the UKZN. She has 17 years of experience in the environmental management field. Her passion is water and wetlands. She is responsible for managing EIAs, WULAs, EMPRs, mine closure plans, ecological and wetland specialist studies, as well as strategic assessments end ECO work.


Student Representative/Chair: Gugulethu Tshabalala

Gugulethu is a MSc Environmental Science candidate and has recently started an internship at DUCT. Gugulethu has a passion for learning, transferring knowledge and applying it. She is passionate to learn and gain experience in various disciplines within the all environmental science/management fields, with a specific interest in geomorphology and agriculture. Gugulethu enjoys traveling, reading good books, learning to play the piano, and outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, and fishing. Gugulethu is an identical twin (her name is Gugu) and loves the ministry.