zanemvula

a level 1 bbb-ee environmental company

Sustainable development. Environmental protection. Biodiversity conservation.

welcome

Zanemvula is an isiZulu word which means to bring rain. Rain is the source of life and symbolizes sustainability and growth.

‘To bring the rain’ encapsulates our ethos and approach to work.

At Zanemvula, we endeavour for sustainable development, environmental protection and biodiversity conservation through the implementation of existing EIA and Compliance tools.

Our aim is to ensure that land use change is not only environmentally sustainable but also economically and socially viable.

Zanemvula is a Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment company that strives for excellence in ecological and environmental practice.

what we do

Our Services

Environmental

  • Advice and guidance on environmental legislative framework in relation to developments
  • Environmental Screening Reports
  • Environmental Impact Assessments (Full and Basic)
  • Waste Management Licenses
  • Water Use Licence Applications
  • Construction & Operational
  • Environmental Management Programmes (EMPr)
  • Environmental Control Officer services
  • Compliance and best practise

Hydrological

  • Watercourse/Wetland delineation and functional assessment, including EIS and PES
  • Water Demand and Balance
  • Stormwater Management Plans
  • Wetland Management and Rehabilitation Plans
  • Wetland Offset Plans
  • Floodline delineation
  • Dam design and irrigation modelling
  • High end GIS mapping and modelling

Ecological

  • Ecological advice to both domestic livestock and wildlife farm owners and managers
  • Veld condition Assessments (herbaceous and woody vegetation)
  • Soil Classification
  • Prescribed Burning Programs and Fire Management Plans
    Implementation of firebreaks and prescribed burning treatment
  • Grazing and browsing carrying capacities, stocking rates and animal ratios
  • Vegetation Assessments
  • Alien Plant Management Plans
  • Vegetation Rehabilitation Plans

who we are

Our Team

We are a small team currently consisting of 4 professionals. We take pride in our ability to offer personalized service without compromise on professionalism, experience and expertise.

Ms Swazi Kubheka

BSc, MSc (Enviro Sci)

Environmental Assessment Practitioner

Swazi (owner and director of Zanemvula Environmental Pty Ltd) obtained her Masters degree in Environmental Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2018. Swazi has Planning, Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Assessments experience of 4 years.

Dr Bruce Scott-Shaw

BSc, MSc, PhD (Hydrology)

Hydrologist and GIS specialist

Bruce is a hydrologist, whose focus is broadly on hydrological perspectives of land use management and climate change. Throughout his university career he has mastered numerous models and tools relating to hydrology, soil science and GIS. 

Mrs Susan Machpesh (nee Carter-Brown)

BSc, (Equine Sci); Dip Education; BSc Hon, (Enviro Sci)

Environmental Assessment Practitioner 

Susan has been practising as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner for the past 8 years. She has conducted Environmental Impact Assessments for a range of developments, with a focus on commercial agricultural activities.

Mr Ross Goode

National Diploma (Nature Conservation)

Ecologist, Botanist

Ross is a highly competent ecologist. His strengths include undertaking veld condition assessments to provide veld management recommendations according to ecological status of the veld, as well as integrated fire plans.

get in touch

Contact Zanemvula

Email: swazi@zanemvulaenviro.com; susan@zanemvulaenviro.com
Telephone: 033 343 1352 Mobile: 073 825 5770;
Physical Address: 22 Hilton Avenue
Postal Address: PO Box 949, Hilton 3245
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Ms Swazi Kubheka

BSc, MSc (Enviro Sci)

Environmental Assessment Practitioner

Swazi (owner and director of Zanemvula Environmental Pty Ltd) obtained her Masters degree in Environmental Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2018. Her research project was investigating the Incorporation of Biodiversity Recommendations into Environmental Authorisations in KZN.

Swazi has Planning, Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Assessments experience of 4 years.

Swazi has planning and biodiversity conservation experience from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (2014-2016), under the Integrated Environmental Management (IEM) Land Use Planning Section.

Swazi has recently established the Zanemvula Environmental Company and is developing a specialization in environmental impact assessments, environmental management plans as well as environmental auditing, amongst other activities. She is a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) KZN.

Dr Bruce Scott-Shaw

BSc, MSc, PhD (Hydrology)

Hydrologist and GIS specialist

Bruce is a Director at Zanemvula. He is a hydrologist, whose focus is broadly on hydrological perspectives of land use management and climate change. Throughout his university career he has mastered numerous models and tools relating to hydrology, soil science and GIS. Some of these include ACRU, SWAT, ArcMap, Idrisi, SEBAL, MatLab and Loggernet.

He has some basic programming skills on the Java and CR Basic platforms. He has spent most of his spare time doing field work for numerous companies and researchers.

Bruce has completed his PhD which focuses on rehabilitation of alien invaded riparian zones and catchments using indigenous trees. The aim was to select Working for Water (WfW) sites throughout the country and use micro-meteorological techniques to measure the water use of both the indigenous and alien tree species in the riparian areas. This research will assist in land rehabilitation and restoration in the highly sensitive riparian areas. A modelling approach has been incorporated into the research to improve the spatial resolution of the research and to work as a management tool.

Bruce has worked on numerous projects for the CSIR and Ezemvelo KZN wildlife which has included micrometeorological work, EIAs and wetland mapping for KZN. Bruce has presented his research around the world, where most recently he represented South Africa at the Singapore International Water Week on water policy and implementation.

Mrs Susan Machpesh (nee Carter-Brown)

BSc, (Equine Sci); Dip Education; BSc Hon, (Enviro Sci)

Environmental Assessment Practitioner

Susan is a Director at Zanemvula. She has been practising as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner for the past 8 years. She has conducted Environmental Impact Assessments for a range of developments, with a focus on commercial agricultural activities.

This has given her a sound knowledge and understanding of the process, as well as the intricacies of different developments.

Susan has attended various courses on wetland assessment (Tools for Wetland Delineation, Pretoria 2010; WET-Health; WET-EcoServices, Rhodes University 2010; WET-Health workshop, WESSA 2011), and also conducts specialist wetland assessments as part of an EIA for a range of developments.

Susan subcontracts to Lima Rural Development Foundation and manages a catchment restoration project in the upper Umzimvubu River, as funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs. She is a member of the KZN Wetland Forum, IAIA KZN and the South African Wetland Society.

Mr Ross Goode

National Diploma (Nature Conservation)

Ecologist, Botanist

Ross is a highly competent ecologist. His strengths include undertaking veld condition assessments to provide veld management recommendations according to ecological status of the veld, as well as integrated fire plans. 

Ross has vast experience in identifying key ecological indicators, habitats and is an exceptional taxonomist. Much of his experience has been gained through his many years of living in Zululand game reserves where he is an ecologist. Ross has contributed to numerous academic papers for his work on sand forest plant communities. Ross is also a specialist plant and fire ecologist for Working on Fire International Research and Development Department. On his spare time, Ross takes environmental tours where he shares his knowledge on flora and fauna, particularly grasses, trees, forbs, birds and specialised wildlife. Ross is multi-lingual being fluent in Zulu, English and Afrikaans.