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: Danielle Sanderson 

Danielle is a freelance environmental and social consultant, and holds a MSocSci (Geography and Environmental Management) from University of KZN. After working in the corporate sector for a number of years, she has followed her passion to focus on Social Impact Assessment.

Danielle has been an Environmental Assessment Practitioner, working in a variety of sectors, including renewable energy, industrial, and infrastructure. Danielle is a specialist in Social Impact Assessment and in managing stakeholder consultation processes. Danielle served on the KZN Branch committee as the Events Coordinator from 2012-2016, and as the National Conference Coordinator in 2016, during which time she has coordinated numerous events that promote professional development for local members and improve the visibility of IAIAsa. 



Vice Chair: Katherine Wiles 

Katherine is currently employed as a Senior Environmental Scientist at GIBB Engineering and Architecture in Westville, Durban. Katherine has a BSc Honours Degree in Environmental Management and is a Certificated Natural Scientist (SACNASP member number: 300205/15) with eight years of experience. In 2009 and 2010, Katherine assisted senior lecturers in lecturing some of the undergraduate environmental courses at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Over the last seven years, Katherine has gained consulting experience through her involvement in environmental licensing processes such as Environmental Impact Assessments and Integrated Water Use License Applications. Katherine has worked extensively in South Africa and Swaziland. Key areas or work include: KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Gauteng.


Branch Secretary: Imke Summers 

Imke is an Environmental Consultant at JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd, Pietermaritzburg, with 5 years of experience in the environmental field. Imke graduated from the School of Applied Environmental Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, in 2008 with a BSc Honours degree in Geography and Environmental Management. Following this, Imke joined JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd, where she has been exposed to a wide variety of projects based predominantly within KwaZulu-Natal. Imke’s primary point of focus within the environmental industry has been undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments and Compliance Monitoring. Imke has been a member of the IAIAsa KZN branch since 2011 and is committed to ensuring environmental awareness amongst her peers.


Branch Treasurer: Riona Patak  

Riona is currently an Environmental Scientist at JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd in Pietermaritzburg. Riona has a BSc Honours degree in Environmental Science and has 4 years’ experience as an environmental scientist and GIS analyst. Within JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd, Riona has been exposed to a variety of projects and her involvement includes Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Compliance Monitoring, GIS analysis and support. Riona has an additional interest in Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production and is a Green Buildings Accredited Professional. Riona has been a member of IAIAsa since 2013 and has been elected as Secretary on the IAIAsa KZN committee in 2016 and is now treasurer on the committee.


Marketing & Communications: 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.


Membership: 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.


Hadeda Editor: Sian Oosthuizen

Sian Oosthuizen is currently employed as an Environmental Scientist at the Institute of Natural Resources NPC in Pietermaritzburg. Sian has a BSocSc Honours Degree in Geography and Environmental Management and an MSc in Geography from University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. She particularly focuses on developing and implementing innovative engagement tools such simulation games and modelling. Sian has 4 years of working experience that have involved game designing and strategy development in the field of environmental management. During this time, she has also been involved in a range of projects from climate change adaptation and resilience building, vulnerability mapping and risk assessments; to natural resource management, environmental planning and assessments, and beyond. Sian has been a member of IAIAsa since 2010.


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.


Student Representative/Chair: Salona Reddy 

Salona is currently doing her MSc Environmental Science. Her interests are in climate change and palaeoclimatology


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 Represnetative: 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.


IAIA18 KZN Representative: Samiksha Singh 

Samiksha is currently an Environmental scientist at the Institute of Natural Resources (INR). Samiksha has an MSc Environmental science degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research looks at algae species composition and biomass together with its susceptibility to changes in flow and nutrient conditions as well as its relationship to invertebrate grazers as an indication of river ecosystem health. Samiksha has a keen interest and undertakes many projects in aquatic biomonitoring and river health at the INR. She has also been exposed to a variety of projects in the environmental management sector, natural resource management sector and projects involving climate change adaptation and resilience building. Samiksha joined the IAIAsa KZN provincial committee in 2015 were she served as the student branch representative. She is currently the IAIA18 KZN Representative.