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Landscape Architecture Launch in Cape Town

On November 07, 2013 SEF successfully launched its Landscape Architecture division in the Western Cape Office. This dynamic breakfast was attended by current and potential clients in the fields of property development, project management and construction. The event was hosted at the luxurious Durbanville Hills winery which has a breath-taking view of Table Bay and Table Mountain. The freshness of the morning could be experienced in the cool airs and the mists rolling in off the Atlantic Ocean; one of the unique characters and rich aromas ideal...

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Integrating HIV and gender-related issues into the EIA process – are we doing enough?

HIV prevalence in eastern and southern Africa has reached epidemic proportions, and the key drivers of the epidemic are being linked to large capital projects, which are on the increase in these areas. SEF attended the IAIAsa Training Course on ‘Integrating HIV and gender-related issues into the EIA process’ in August 2013. This course was presented by IAIAsa in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA). This programme aims to do the...

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The Green Economy: a fresh alternative or green washing?

Introduction The Green Economy is a term around which there is much hype, and growing excitement. The shift to the so-called green economy in the South African economy has the potential for much innovation, expansion in the job creation sector and for enhanced skills transfer. Furthermore it is an opportunity to further our knowledge within the field and to become African leaders in the green economy sphere. In the next three issues, we will be examining various aspects of the green economy. This article will provide an overview of the green...

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NEW APPOINTMENT

SEF recently appointed John Sibanyoni, who is a qualified Hydrogeologist holding M.Sc. in Geohydrology from the University of the Free State. John is also an affiliated Professional Natural Scientist (Pr. Sci.Nat.) to SACNASP. He has been involved in geohydrological work since 2004 working on groundwater consulting company in Delmas as a Junior Geohydrologist. His involvement in government services as Assistant Director (Environment) in 2006 earned him harmonised experience for both public and private sectors. Before joining Strategic...

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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

Following a long process of development, Namibia’s Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations came into effect in January 2012. Most proposed developments are now required to obtain an environmental clearance certificate if the development includes one of the activities listed in GN No. 29. SEF is well positioned to assist in the Namibian developments. Having been in existence for 16 years we are familiar with Namibian process as it is a similar process to that which was followed in South Africa under the Environmental Conservation Act...

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GREEN BUILDING

In December 2012, SEF was involved in the planning of the new First National Bank offices in Windhoek. This building is one of several which represent Namibia’s growing commitment to green building design. The Mutual Tower, constructed in 2010, was Namibia’s first green building and is still the country’s tallest and “greenest” building. It was designed to adhere to green building principles but Old Mutual is continually looking at ways of further reducing its carbon footprint and as a result, the building currently consumes...

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WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM (WEF)

At the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) held in Cape Town, Jay Ireland, chief executive of General Electric in Africa, spoke of the need to understand the realities of doing business in Africa. Together with Uganda’s Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, and Carlos Lopes, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), he cautioned against viewing Africa as illiterate, dangerous and corrupt and encouraged investors to recognise the continent’s burgeoning middle class, improving economic environment and...

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MINING EXPO AND CONFERENCE

SEF recently attended the Namibian Mining Expo in Windhoek and is particularly excited to now have the opportunity to provide quality, client focused sustainability solutions to the rapidly expanding mining and environment sector throughout the country. Based on the numerous conversations that we had, with both the authorities and the private sector, it is abundantly clear that the on-going and indeed improved sustainability of the mining sector is at the forefront of everyone’s thinking. For a company such as SEF, this is incredibly...

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SEF CELEBRAING 15 YEARS OF BUSINESS SUCCESS

This year SEF is celebrating 15 years of business success.  As part of our celebrations SEF hosting three functions for our clients, respectively in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town. These events also provided an opportunity to meet with our clients on a more informal level to share our successes of the past 15 years, but also communicate the company’s vision for the future and highlight some of the exciting changes that are happening within SEF. The company also used the opportunity to launch its new brand, symbolizing our core areas...

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Environmental Management – grudge vs green

THE AGE-OLD ADAGE, where having to undertake an environmental assessment process in order to receive environmental approval for a development was considered a strain on the project, appears to have been diluted in recent years. In many instances, environmental management is now being seen by organisations as a valuable tool in ensuring that a development or operation is both environmentally sustainable and ‘green’ in nature.

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