KHULA Environmental Consultants ("KHULA") was established in 2007 by Nick Steytler, a certified Environmental Assessment Practitioner with over 20 years experience in Integrated Environmental Management. Today KHULA is a small association of skilled and experienced environmental consultants. We are able to provide our clients with a professional service to the highest standard, whilst ensuring affordability for our clients due to our minimal operating costs. KHULA’s solid reputation and steadily growing client base are testimony to both the quality and affordability of our professional services.

Core Business

 KHULA’s core business lies in the field of Integrated Environmental Management (IEM). The specific expertise offered by the KHULA team is as follows: 

 These services are offered in terms of the regulatory requirements of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) and the “Specific” Environmental Management Acts, such as the Biodiversity Act, Waste Act and Air Quality Act. KHULA is also able to offer services in the fields of Natural Resource Management Planning with a specific focus on the following:

Our Team

Meet the Khula team

MSC Conservation Biology

Nick Steytler

Director

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Nick Steytler is a certified Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) with over 20 years experience in the field of environmental management. He holds a Masters of Science degree in the field of Conservation Biology (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus) and is a certified Environmental Scientist (Pr Sci Nat). He was initially employed in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) as part of the Institute of Natural Resources’ Natural Resource Management Programme where much of his work focussed on the sustainable use of natural resources in rural KZN. He then moved to the Western Cape where he was employed by SRK Consulting as an Environmental Scientist. He remained with SRK for 5 years during which time he provided services to clients in both the public and private sectors in not only in South Africa but also in Southern Africa. The majority of his work was in the field of environmental management (i.e. undertaking Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA] and the like). After leaving SRK, Nick joined Dudley Janeke Environmental Consultants (DJEC) as an Associate Consultant. Since leaving DJEC he founded KHULA Environmental Consultants and holds the position of Director. His work focuses on business development while managing the larger projects and providing quality control and mentoring roles to the other team members.

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BA Hons. Geography & Environmental Science

Monique Sham

Associate Consultant

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Monique has a BA Degree in Geography & Environmental Science and Media & Communication Studies from Monash University. She is extremely self-motivated and has completed a BSc (Hons) degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Geography and Environmental Studies, with her research focussing on the social aspect of environmental assessments. Monique has also completed the coursework component of a Masters degree at the University of Johannesburg. Monique’s career in environmental management began in 2003 in Johannesburg where she was employed by Holgate & Associates as an environmental consultant. In 2006 Monique presented a paper on the value of public participation in environmental assessment decision-making at the IAIA Conference in Stavanger, Norway. After moving to the Western Cape in 2007 she was employed by SRK Consulting and in 2008 joined KHULA. Monique manages smaller environmental assessments (known as Basic Assessments) and is mainly involved in Environmental Control Officer (ECO) work in which she monitors and manages the progress of developments in terms of a site-specific Environmental Management Plan (EMP)

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Pr.Sci.Nat MSC field of Botany

Natasha van de Haar

Associate Consultant

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Natasha is a registered Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat) with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP). She also holds a Masters Degree in Science (M.Sc.) in the field of Botany. Over the course of Natasha’s career, she completed a number of floral identification short courses and also obtained a certificate of competence for wetland assessments from Rhodes University. She is also a member of the International Affiliation for Impact Assessments (IAIAsa) group, Botanical Society of SA as well as the Western Cape Wetlands Forum. Her career kicked off as a field ecologist in 2009, focusing on floral biodiversity and ecological functioning, with special mention of wetland ecology and functioning within South Africa (all provinces). She further worked as part of a specialist project member in Mauritius, Lesotho and Ghana. During the course of her career she obtained extensive experience in conducting terrestrial as well as wetland related surveys in the mining, residential and infrastructure development industries as well as development of several alternative energy facilities. Natasha also gained experience in Biodiversity Offset Initiatives as well as RDL/protected plant permit applications. Presently her main focus is wetland assessments including delineation as well as present ecological state and function assessments.

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BA Hons. Environmental Management

Robert Sham

Associate Consultant

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Robert holds a BA Degree in Geography & Environmental Science and Media & Communication Studies from Monash University and has completed studies towards a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Environmental Management at University of South Africa. Robert has worked in the environmental consulting field since 2008 when he was employed as an Environmental Technician at The MSA Group. His work at MSA Group involved Environmental Auditing for construction projects, Environmental Impact Assessments, Waste Management License applications, undertaking environmental monitoring required for Prospecting Rights and drafting of legal registers. In 2010 Robert joined Mills and Otten Environmental Consultants where he worked as and Environmental Scientist undertaking Environmental Control Officer work, as well as numerous contamination assessments, site remediation and monitoring projects within the petroleum industry. He has experience in utilising Risk Assessment modelling software, aquifer testing, as well as soil and groundwater sampling. Robert joined KHULA in 2017 and is involved in monitoring of construction sites in terms of Environmental Management Plans and Environmental Authorisations. He also conducts due diligence contamination assessments including environmental sampling and risk assessments for the identification and remediation of contaminated land.

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Diploma in Environmental Management

Calvin Amor

Junior Associate Consultant

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Calvin has just completed his Diploma in Environmental Management from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He is continuing his studies this year in order to get his BTech in Environmental Management. Calvin is a member of the International Affiliation for Impact Assessments (IAIAsa) group. Calvin has worked for KHULA since July 2016 as an Intern working mainly as an Environmental Control Officer (ECO) in which he monitors and manages the progress of developments in terms of the site-specific Environmental Management Plan (EMP).

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Associations

KHULA holds close ties with the following firms which ensures that clients from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal are provided with a high quality and efficient localised service in the environmental management field. KHULA also works closely with an admitted attorney with over 30 years experience in the criminal justice system - 15 years of those as a defence attorney in environmental court cases.

Contact

  • info@khulaec.co.za
  • www.khulaec.co.za
  • Kommetjie | Cape Town | Western Cape

Find us on LinkedIn

Nick

082 322 4074

Monique

072 989 5119

Natasha

082 111 2222

Robert

084 824 5736

Current Projects - Documents for Public Comment 

Erf 4870 Hout Bay Access Road Post Construction Audit Report

Erf 271 Bakkershoogte Basic Assessment

 

Erf 1692 Franschhoek Basic Assessment Final

Jakkals River MMP