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”.


Committee


KZN Branch Chair : Zinhle Dlamini

Zinhle holds a BSc (Hons) degree in environmental management from UNISA. She currently works for eThekwini Municipality as a Senior 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 and within eThekwini her focus is on development impacts on biodiversity specifically the Durban Metropolitan Open Space System. Zinhle is trained as an Environmental Management Inspector (Green Scorpion) and currently an MSc in Environmental Management candidate.


KwaZulu-Natal Past 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.

e-mail: nkomondes@jgafrika.com


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.


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: Austin Sharkey