Water Use Licence Associates (Pty) Ltd has vast experience in the successful compilation of water use authorisation applications in terms of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998) (NWA). Water Use Licence Associates (Pty) Ltd sector coverage includes mining, industrial and development projects across South Africa. The team consists of highly skilled scientists who can guide projects from concept through to closure, specialising in: Integrated Water Use Licence Applications (IWULA)

  • Water Use Licence Applications
  • General Authorisation applications.
  • Water Use Licence Amendment Applications
  • Water Use Licence Compliance Monitoring.

The NWA was promulgated to ensure that South African water resources are protected, used, developed, conserved, managed and controlled. This applies to all watercourses, including rivers, springs, natural channels in which water flows regularly or intermittently, wetlands, lakes or dams into which or from which water flows. In order to manage and control activities, the NWA sets out a list of water uses, as per Section 21 for which an operation must apply for a licence.

Section 21 activities include:

a. taking water from a water resource.
b. storing water.
c. impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse.
d. engaging in a stream flow reduction activity.
e. engaging in a controlled activity
f. discharging waste or water containing waste into a water resource through a pipe, canal, sewer, sea outfall or other conduit.
g. disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact a water resource
h. disposing of in any manner of water which contains waste from, or which has been heated in any industrial or power generation process
i. altering the bed, banks, course or characteristics of a watercourse
j. removing, discharging or disposing of water found underground if it is necessary for the efficient continuation of an activity or for the safety of people
k. using water for recreational purposes

Water Use Licence Associates (Pty) Ltd has established a strong professional relationship with the Department of Water and Sanitation, both nationally and regionally and strive to ensure client satisfaction by providing guidance on the process and producing high-quality documentation that are concise and meets all requirements of the Department.

Water Uses that can be applied for:

Water Use Licence Associates (Pty) Ltd has undertaken water use authorisation applications since 2012 with the focus on the following:

  • Ground and surface water abstractions in all sectors.
  • Irrigation of and storing of water.
  • Infrastructure associated with small to large scale developments.
  • Linear developments.
  • Roads, power lines and pipelines.
  • Wind energy facilities and solar plants.
  • Wastewater treatment plants.
  • Integrated Water and Waste Management Plans (IWWMP).
  • General Authorisations and Emergency Applications (as defined in Notice 509 of 2016).
  • Risk assessment matrix compilation by an accredited SACNASP Professional Member as per DWS requirements.
  • Application for emergency incidents that require immediate intervention.
  • Rehabilitation, Maintenance and Monitoring Plans.
  • Plant species and Landscaping plans.

Compliance Monitoring & Auditing

Water Use Licence Associates (Pty) Ltd has knowledge and experience to undertake compliance monitoring and auditing focussing on the following assessment spheres:

  • Industrial, commercial & residential developments.
  • Infrastructure development.
  • Rehabilitation activities.
  • Mining operations.


Stephen van Staden

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SACNASP REG.NO: 400134/05

Stephen van Staden completed an undergraduate degree in Zoology, Geography and Environmental Management. He then undertook an honours course in Aquatic health. In 2002 he began a Master’s degree in environmental management, including his mini dissertation in the field of aquatic resource management. Stephen began building a career at a firm specialising in town planning developments, after which he moved to a larger firm in late 2002 where he managed the monitoring division and acted as a specialist consultant on water resource management issues and other environmental processes and applications.

In 2003, Stephen started consulting independently specialising in water resource management. In addition to aquatic ecological assessments, clients enquired about terrestrial ecological assessments and biodiversity assessments, which developed into a very significant part of the business. Stephen started working in the wetland consulting arena and has become recognised as a national expert in this regard combining science (ecology and hydrology), engineering principles and an in-depth understanding of the legislative framework to provide turnkey advisory services.

Stephen has launched soil and land capability assessment and visual impact assessment services with other specifically qualified specialists. Stephen is registered by the SA RHP as an accredited aquatic biomonitoring specialist and is also registered as a Professional Natural Scientist with SACNASP in the field of ecology. Stephen is also a member of the Gauteng Wetland Forum, the South African Soil Surveyors Organisation (SASSO) and IAIA.

Nelanie Cloete

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SACNASP REG.NO: 400503/14

Nelanie has a master’s degree in Botany and Biotechnology (2006) and in Environmental Management (2013), in the field of water quality and factors influencing the quality during the purification process.

Nelanie began building a career by working at an environmental consultancy, specialising in Ecological studies, Basic Assessments and Environmental Impact Assessments. Since 2008 she acted as a specialist consultant on floral assessments and other environmental processes and applications.

Nelanie expanded her abilities within the environmental management field by conducting processes such as Water Use License Applications (WULA), General Authorisation (GA) Applications, validation and verification applications and environmental and water use licence audits, performance assessments and fulfilling the duties of an Environmental Control Officer (ECO) for both Environmental Management Programmes and Approved Water Use Licences.

Nelanie also gained extensive experience in protected tree and floral removal permit applications in numerous provinces. Nelanie attended numerous courses pertaining to Enforcements and Compliance to Environmental Management, Water Management Resources and Water Use Licence Application Processes. Nelanie is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).

Nelanie is also a professional member of the Grassland Society of South Africa (GSSA), the Botanical Society of South Africa (BotSoc), South African Association of Botanists (SAAB), a member of the International Affiliation for Impact Assessments (IAIAsa) group and a member of the Gauteng Wetland Form (GWF).

Jana Liebenberg

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Jana holds a BSc honours degree in Environmental Management. Jana was employed at a multidisciplinary engineering firm for the past 8 years, before joining the SAS Environmental Group of Companies. Jana’s past experience enabled her to gain valuable extensive knowledge and a good understanding of the engineering and built industry.

Jana has been involved mainly in environmental consultation, which included various tasks, ranging from environmental analysis, mapping spatial data to facilitate decision-making using GIS, facilitation of specialist studies, liaising with authorities, public participation processes, undertaking environmental impact assessments, environmental management plans, water use licence applications, waste licence applications, compliance monitoring, and application for rectification for unlawful activities.

Jana also has gained experience in the management of a SHE Management system for a multidisciplinary firm that is in line with the requirements of the OHS Act, Regulations and Environmental Legislation, and ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 requirements.

Jana is registered by the Green Building Council of South Africa as a Green Star Accredited Professional.

Kim Marais

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SACNASP REG.NO: 117137/17

Kim obtained her undergraduate BSc. at Wits University in Ecology, Environmental Science and Conservation (EEC). During the course of her undergraduate degree she was involved in microbiological and water quality assessments of several urban rivers as well as the Bruma Lake in Johannesburg. In 2012, she obtained her BSc (Honours) degree, at Wits University in Zoology.

Upon graduation Kim worked as a Junior Environmental Assessment Practitioner for 2,5 years, working throughout South Africa and Uganda before joining the SAS Environmental Group of Companies in 2015 as the lead Environmental Scientist and Manager of the Cape Town branch. Kim has extensive knowledge of the environmental legislation as well as faunal and freshwater ecology, undertaking various freshwater and faunal assessments as well as Water Use Licence Applications in the Western Cape and having completed the short course on tools for wetland assessment held by Prof. Fred Ellery at Rhodes University and a wetland and aquatic plant identification course by Dr. G van Grinkel. Kim is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist with SACNASP in the field of Environmental Science, is a member of the South African Wetland Society.