Assessment environments: All water uses, as defined by Section 21 of the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998).

Assessment spheres:

  • Ground and surface water abstractions in all sectors.
  • Irrigation and storing of water.
  • Infrastructure associated with small to large scale developments such as the Val de Vie Estate.
  • Linear developments:
    • Roads (Lesotho Border Road), powerlines (Eskom) and pipelines (Drakenstein Municipality).
    • Wind energy facilities (Biotherm Energy) and solar plants.
    • Wastewater treatment plants (Refengkgotso WWTW).
  • Discharge of water or wastewater into a watercourse.
  • Mining Water Use Licences and Integrated Water and Waste Management Plans (IWWMP).
  • General Authorisations and Emergency Applications (as defined in Notice 509 of 2016):
    • Compilation of General Authorisation (GA) applications.
    • Risk assessment matrix compilation by an accredited SACNASP Professional Member as per the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) requirements.
    • Application for emergency incidents that require immediate intervention.
  • Validation and verification of existing water uses.

Water Use Licences, General Authorisations and Emergency Applications according to Industry Best Practice and DWS requirements, involving:

  • Submission of application forms and compilation of technical documentation (ensuring close out of applications through active follow-up).
  • Specialist input into structure designs and the provision of design criteria.
  • Facility operational and construction management and management of potentially affected freshwater resources.
  • Stakeholder engagement (PPP) and liaison with regional and national authorities.
  • Landscaping and plant species plans.
  • Rehabilitation and management plans for aquatic resources.


Assessment environments: Rivers, lakes, dams, wetlands, stormwater and artificial systems.

Assessment spheres:

  • Commercial developments (compliance with water use licence conditions).
  • Infrastructure development, including transit, and sanitation (from small scale septic systems to municipal treatment plants).
  • Industrial activities (including paint manufacturing and galvanising plants).
  • Mining operations (compliance with water use licence conditions).

Temporal and spatial analysis of both physic-chemical and toxicological trends, impact assessment (including spills, construction, rehabilitation and maintenance), hydrocensus reports, reserve determinations and Ecological Water Requirements (EWR) determination, fingerprinting, and rehabilitation, maintenance and management recommendations.


Assessment spheres:

  • Residential, commercial and infrastructure developments [audit assessments in line with NEMA (Act 107 of 1998)].
  • Mining operations (audit assessments according to conditions contained within the Environmental Management Programme (EMPR) of the mine in line with Regulation 55 of the MPRDA (Act 28 of 2002).
  • Auditing of water use licence conditions in line with the licence requirements under the NWA (Act 36 of 1998).

Identifying development / mining activities and reviewing licence conditions, the establishment of all legally authorised activities, reporting on compliant and non-compliant activities, and recommendations to rectify actions and address non-compliance.


Assessment spheres: Residential / commercial developments, linear developments (roads, pipelines and powerlines), mining operations and expansions.

Field assessment and identification of protected tree / floral species, compilation of technical documentation, submission of application forms to regional and national authorities, and development of nursery permit applications and implementation plans.


Nelanie Cloete

Nelanie completed her Master’s degree in Botany and Environmental Management. Nelanie is an associate of Water Use Licence Associates. Nelanie specialises in Protected Tree and Floral Permit applications, Water Use Authorisation applications and Performance Appraisal (Audit) assessments within the mining and commercial development sector. Nelanie is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).

Jana Liebenberg

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

Kim obtained her Bsc. Hons (Zoology) at the University of Witwatersrand in 2012, after which she worked as a Junior Environmental Consultant for 2,5 years, working throughout South Africa and Uganda before joining the team 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.