National Executive Committee
The National Executive Committee (NEC) conducts the affairs of the IAIAsa affiliate on behalf of its members by steering the strategic direction of IAIAsa and forming a link to the international body of IAIA.
The NEC consists of at least eight nationally elected members: the President, the Past President, the President-Elect, the Secretary, the Treasurer, three office bearers one of which is a Student Representative; as well as the five (currently active) Branch chairpersons, elected regionally. All National Executive Committee members are elected for two-year terms of office, which start on 1 March and end on 28 February two years later, while presidents-elect commit to a three year term of office.
The NEC meets at least twice in person annually, within the first months (Strat Plan) of the financial year to elect a new President Elect (i.e. who starts his/her term 12 months later as President) and to plan for the coming year, and then again for mid term traditionally at the time of the IAIAsa National Conference. In addition a NEC teleconference meeting is held every second month to discuss progress of tasks and any other matters requiring attention. The Plan set at the Strategic Planning (StratPlan) meeting is largely implemented at branch level, where most interaction occurs with the IAIAsa members. The current committee members and portfolios are as follows:
National Executive Committee 2021/2022
President : 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 very proud Chairperson for Gauteng IAIAsa Branch and a recently appointed President –Elect (IAIAsa). Rethabile also serves as President of a Toastmasters International club. She is highly passionate about these two impactful organizations that contribute immensely to the upliftment and development of members and society as a whole.
Rethabile is also passionate about lecturing, training, facilitating and emceeing events.
President Elect & Secretary: Monique Sham
Monique is an EAP with more than 15 years’ experience in the Environmental Management industry. She is an Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) Registered EAP and an EAPASA appointed EAP Registration Assessor. In addition to being a member of IAIAsa she is also a member of the Environmental Law Association (ELA), the International Association for Impact Assessment South Africa (IAIAsa), and the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA). Monique holds a BA Degree in Geography & Environmental Science and Media & Communication Studies from Monash as well as a BSc (Hons) degree from Wits in Geography and Environmental Studies and is currently undertaking an LLB degree part-time through the University of South Africa (UNISA). Monique conducts and manages EIA processes and is involved on construction sites with managing and monitoring construction processes in terms of Environmental Management Programmes (EMPrs). She is also involved in the preparation of rehabilitation plans and monitoring rehabilitation work on sites.
Past President: Abulele Adams
Abulele has been working as an environmental assessment practitioner at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) since January 2014. She holds a Master of Science in Geography from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. Her undergraduate degree was a BSc in Environmental Science with Honours in Geographic Information Systems. She also completed a year of courses in the Sustainability Economics and Management Masters programmes at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany.
Abulele has worked on the Strategic Infrastructure Projects including the National Wind & Solar PV Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Electricity Grid Infrastructure SEA as well as the Square Kilometre Array SEA which were commissioned by the national Department of Environmental Affairs.
Treasurer: Sabelo Nkosi
Sabelo B Nkosi is a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment South Africa (IAIAsa) and is currently the serving in the National Executive Committee (NEC) as Past President and 2020 Conference Chair. In the past he has served on the NEC as President, President–Elect and Treasurer. He has also served in the KZN Branch Committee for several years.
Sabelo is also a Senior Environmentalist at eThekwini Municipality in the Biodiversity Impact Assessment Branch of the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department. His work is mainly focused on private EIAs and various land use planning applications with the aim of protecting the Municipality’s biodiversity assets. He has been involved in a number of biodiversity offsets within the Municipality and has an interest in the implementation of biodiversity offsets, and is member of the Municipal Planning Tribunal. He is a grade 2 Environmental Management Inspector (EMI) and has a keen interest in environmental law.
Sabelo has a BSc Honours degree in Entomology, where he studied plant-animal interactions such as pollination systems and biological control, and a BSc degree in Botany and Entomology, both from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is registered professional ecologist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) and is one of the founding members of the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa.
Lastly, Sabelo enjoys team sports, especially rugby, which has earned him some amateur colours and has won a number of trophies within the KZN Rugby Union structures. He also has taken up road running and enjoys travelling, music, photography and cooking, particularly for his wife and three children.
CPD and Training: Riona Patak
Ms Riona Patak graduated from the School of Agriculture, Earth and Environmental Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Ms Patak has completed a BSc undergraduate degree in Life and Earth Sciences, and post-graduate BSc honours degree in Environmental Science.
Riona is an Environmental Scientist and Geographic Information’s Systems (GIS) Analyst. Her experience within the environmental sector includes Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Screening, developing Environmental Management Programmes and extensive Environmental Compliance Monitoring. Project assortment within the GIS field includes 3D modelling, spatial analyses, management of GIS systems (including standards, databases, processes and operating procedures), execution of technical GIS related project work, including but not limited to capturing, acquisition, checking, digitising, and collation, conversion, projecting and processing of project data, mapping, database compilation, reporting and analysing.
Riona is a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Provincial Branch (IAIAsa), and the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA) and subscribes to both organisations Code of Ethics. Ms Patak has served terms as Secretary and Treasurer on the IAIAsa KZN Branch Committee.
Incoming Treasurer: Robyn Mellett
Robyn has over eighteen years’ experience in project management for an array of environmental related projects in the mining, agriculture & residential sectors. During her mining career, she has provided in-house support both strategically and operationally to over 10 mining groups. Her responsibilities extended to supporting Due Diligence teams prior to purchasing of a mine. She was involved in preparing for and rolling-out integration after sale, guiding the operational teams through operational readiness prior to ramp up, through start-up and thereafter ensuring compliance to all approvals and licensing. She has also facilitated public relation campaigns and public meetings, assisted in drafting settlement proposals with landowners and developers and assisted in mitigating further litigation and / or potential future appeals. As a consultant her focus is strongly on implementation and closing out onsite risks, and in doing so she has undertaken environmental compliance auditing for several mining groups covering a variety of commodities.
Communications & Marketing: Renee Kruger
Reneé Kruger has a master’s degree in environmental management from North-West University and has over 13 years’ experience working as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner conducting and implementing the Environmental Impact Assessment Process throughout all phases – specializing in residential, mine, industrial and commercial developments. Her experience also includes water and waste licence applications, integrated waste and water management plans, and assisting with atmospheric emissions licenses. She has extensive experience in conducting public participation processes and liaison with government departments. Furthermore, her experience is complemented with geographic information systems (GIS) skills, project management and various mining EMPr implementation projects.
National Student Representative : Faeeza Fortune
Faeeza is a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Stellenbosch University. She holds an MA in wetland dynamics and remote sensing from UWC. Her current research focuses on understanding the fluvial morphodynamics of wetlands in semi-arid environments. Faeeza adopts an interdisciplinary approach to her research by combining a variety of methods in her study.
Conference Chair (co-opted):
Eastern Cape Branch : Administered by the National Executive Committee
Free State Branch : Administered by the National Executive Committee
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.
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.
Limpopo : Administered by the National Executive
Mpumalanga Branch Chair: Greg Beyers
Greg Beyers has over ten years of experience as a natural resource manager and environmental consultant and is registered as an Environmental Scientist. He has completed an IEMA and SAATCA registered environmental, ISO 14001 and ISO 19001 auditing course. He has consulted for mining, industrial, commercial and eco-tourism companies in South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Suriname (South America) and has managed interdisciplinary projects pertaining to environmental assessments and associated social impacts in Southern Africa.
He has been involved in an advisory capacity and/or the project management of various environmental management projects for corporate companies and developers including Coca Cola, MMC, BHP Billiton and Sonae Novobord. He is currently the SHERQ Executive for RCL Foods Sugar.
North-West Branch Chair: Jurie Moolman
Mr. Jurie Moolman is an Environmental Management Specialist at the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, North-West University, Potchefstroom. He is currently busy with his PhD in Water Governance. His areas of specialisation include: Environmental impact assessment, Environmental management plans, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and EMS auditing. He is a SAATCA-registered auditor and a Candidate Natural Scientist registered with SACNASP. Jurie’s interests include biking, birding and hiking.
Western Cape Chair : Nicolas Arnott
Nicholas is currently employed by SLR Consulting and holds a B.SC Honours Degree in Earth and Geographical Sciences from the University of Cape Town. He has over 12 years’ experience working as environmental consultant. During this time he has been involved in a variety of projects within the mining, oil & gas, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. In addition to being involved in a number of projects located throughout South Africa (both onshore and offshore), he has worked on projects located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Currently, Nicholas is involved in Environmental and Social Impact Assessments, Environmental Management Plans / Programmes, Basic Assessments, Maintenance Management Plans, Environmental Auditing & Monitoring, Section 24(G) Rectification Applications, as well as associated public participation processes.
IAIAsa Operations Manager: Sue George