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”.


KZN Branch Chair : Zinhle Dlamini

Before joining eThekwini where she is focused on Biodiversity Impact Assessment and Municipal Compliance, Zinhle worked for the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (2008-2011), after which she joined the National Department of Environmental Affairs (2011 – 2015) under the Waste Licensing Directorate. With the focus of her tenure with provincial and national government having been primarily on processing and managing the EIA process for waste management licence applications and integrated permitting system applications in terms of NEMA and NEM:WA where she was assisting many municipalities all over South Africa with navigating the NEM: WA permitting space.
Mrs Dlamini is an MSc candidate and holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Environmental Management and is trained as an Environmental Management Inspector (Green Scorpion), an Accredited Facilitator, Assessor and Moderator. She currently serves as a Chairperson for the IAIAsa KZN Branch Committee and she is an Accredited Assessor of Recognition of Prior Learning at EAPASA. Zinhle is also registered with professional bodies, SACNASP as a (Pr.Sci.Nat) and with EAPASA as a (Reg EAP).

KZN Branch Secretary: Humayrah Bassa

Humayrah is an Environmental Scientist with over 11 years experience in environmental consulting and research. She holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, she is a registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) with EAPASA and she is a Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat.) in the field of practice of Environmental Science with SACNASP. Humayrah is presently an Associate Environmental Consultant at SLR Consulting where she practises as an EAP on a number of local and international EIAs. She has gained extensive experience in environmental consulting with a particular focus on environmental permitting.

KZN Branch Treasurer: 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.

KZN Marketing & Communications: Nazeer Jamal 

Mr. Nazeer Jamal is Managing Director and Lead Environmental Specialist at Khweza Environmental Consulting. He has a B.Sc. (H) in Environmental Science majored in Economics, Geography & Environmental Management and over 10 years’ experience in all 3 spheres of government including the National DWS, the National DEA, the KZN EDTEA and the eThekwini Municipality. He was an active Environmental Management Inspector for the Green Scorpions for 9 years. He has been awarded as One of 200 Top Young South Africans by Mail & Guardian in 2011, as Climate Reality Leader by Climate Reality, and serves as Council Member of the KZN Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council. He is Chairman of Penny Appeal South Africa, an international humanitarian aid organization and is an avid landscape and travel photographer.

KZN Student Branch Support: Katherine Wiles 

Mrs Katherine Wiles is currently an Environmental Consultant with SiVEST SA (Pty) Ltd in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. She has 12 years of experience in the environmental field having graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science Honours in Geography and Environmental Management. In 2009 and 2010, she assisted her Senior Lecturers in lecturing environmental courses (Biophysical Environments, Environmental Impact Assessment and Soil Erosion & Land Degradation) at UKZN. Over the last eleven years, Katherine has been an Environmental Consultant gaining diverse project experience through her involvement in environmental processes and environmental licensing for various clients across KZN, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Swaziland. Her key experience includes Project Management, Environmental Screening and Scoping Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments, Preparation of Environmental Management Programmes, Public Participation Processes, Amendment Applications, Waste Management Licences and Water Use License Applications. Katherine is also a Certificated Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).

KZN Branch CPD: Sizakele Zungu 

Sizakele is an Environmental Officer for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs under the Environmental Impact Management unit, specialising in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) review and providing technical and procedural advice in EIAs. She is registered with EAPASA as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner and she holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, an Honours BSc in Environmental Management and is trained in the review of EIAs.

KZN Branch Partnerships : Batha Msomi 

Bathabile is a Senior Environmental Technician for the eThekwini Municipality (eThekwini) under the Biodiversity Impact Assessment Unit. Bathabile holds an Honours in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of KwaZulu Natal. Prior to joining eThekwini Bathabile worked in the field of environmental consulting (8 years) and was involved in environmental processes and environmental licensing projects. Responsibilities included Environmental Impact Assessments, Water Use Licence Application Processes, Compilation of Environmental Management Programmes, Public Participation, Environmental Training and Environmental Control Officer duties. 

KZN Branch Events Co-ordinator: Makhosi Mthembu

Makhosi has 13 years experience in the Environmental field. She started her career at the KZN Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs as an Intern in 2007 and worked at the Department as a Senior Environmental Officer (EIAs) when she left in 2014. She then joined Mhlathuze Water where she is currently an Environmental Specialist responsible for the Environment and Water Quality.

Makhosi holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Geography and Environmental Management and Honours Degree in BA Environmental Management. She is pursuing her studies in the Bachelor of Law.

Student Representative/Student Branch Chair: Aaliyah Shah