Staff members of CES are registered
with a number of professional bodies, including:

  • The Botanical Society of South Africa (BotSoc)
  • Environmental Assessment Practitioners of South Africa
  • Herpetological Association of Africa (HAA)
  • Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
  • Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa
  • International Association for Impact Assessment South Africa
  • South African Bat Assessment Association (SABAA)
  • South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions
  • Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)
  • Southern African Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Scientists
  • Zoological Society of Southern Africa (ZSSA)
Ms Hilda Bezuidenhout

Ms Hilda Bezuidenhout

Principal Environmental Consultant

Ms Hilda Bezuidenhout has extensive experience working in the environmental management field – first as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner (both in the private sector, consulting, and in the public sector, at the then National Department of Environmental Affairs), and in the last number of years focusing on Social Impact Assessments and related studies. She worked as an independent consultant (self-employed) for approximately 10 years before joining CES. She obtained an Honours Degree in Industrial Sociology and a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies (Environment and Society), both from the University of Pretoria. She has worked on a wide range of projects in energy (including renewable energy), mining, mixed-use development, transport infrastructure and recreational facility applications, and has acted as an external peer reviewer on a number of social impact-related projects.

Ms Sinethemba Mchunu

Ms Sinethemba Mchunu

Principal Environmental Consultant

Ms Sinethemba Mchunu is an accredited Soil Scientist with over 9 years Environmental Consulting experience. She holds a Masters Degree in Soil Science, conferred at the University of Stellenbosch, in 2012. She has acquired extensive experience in Soil and Water Contamination Assessments, having managed and executed a vast range of soil and water quality monitoring projects for various Commercial and Industrial operations in the Mining and Oil & Gas Sectors.
She has conducted numerous Soil & Agricultural Land Capability assessments to inform the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). She has also facilitated several wetland projects to conceptually assess the impacts of mining development(s) on wetlands; including delineation, functionality assessment and offsets investigations, as well as hydropedology investigations. She is accredited by the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP), and an active member of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) and the Land Rehabilitation Society of Southern Africa (LaRSSA).

Mr Aidan Gouws

Mr Aidan Gouws

Principal Ecologist and Branch Magager Gauteng team

Aidan Gouws obtained his MSc in Environmental Science (Cum laude) from Rhodes University, having conducted research on the spatio-temporal dynamics of Acacia dealbata invasions and broader land-use and cover changes in the northern Eastern Cape, funded through a study bursary awarded by the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). Prior to this, he obtained his BSc Honours in Geographical and Environmental Sciences (Cum laude) from the University of Pretoria, studying plant ecology and EIA methodology amongst others. Since joining CES in 2018, he has been involved in several projects, including Basic Assessments (BA), Full Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessments (S&EIA), Environmental Amendment Applications, Environmental Audits and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) Audits. He works from the Centurion office as a Principal Environmental Consultant and Ecologist. His interests include the general Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, terrestrial and wetland ecology, and database management. Aidan is registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) as an Environmental Scientist (Pri.Sci.Nat. 121901) and with the International Association for Impact Assessments (IAIA).

Mr Neels Kruger

Mr Neels Kruger

Principal Environmental Consultant

Mr Neels Kruger is an archaeologist and ASAPA (Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologist) accredited Culture Resources Management (CRM) Practitioner with over 18 years’ experience in the field of heritage resources assessment, conservation and management. He holds a BHCS Hons Archaeology (Cum Laude) degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, specializing in the Iron Age Farmer and Colonial Periods of South Africa. He has worked extensively on archaeological and heritage sites representative of the prehistoric and historical time periods and cultural contexts in Southern Africa, both in the commercial and academics spheres. In addition, Neels has worked on archaeological research, heritage management and social consultation projects in a number of African countries including Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Cong and Israel. Neels’ expertise includes integrated heritage resources management applications including Heritage and Archaeological Impact Assessment and Management Plans (Phase 1, 2 & 3), Heritage and Social Spatial Development Frameworks & Strategic Development Area Frameworks, heritage-related social consultation and focus group facilitation, heritage legislation as well as geospacing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications in archaeology and CRM.

Mr Brian Green

Mr Brian Green

Field Technician

Brian Green is an Environmental Monitoring Field Technician that has a background in the construction industry and is now focuses on water and ambient dust fall monitoring. His duties include general project management to execute each monitoring run, office administration (capturing and filing of field forms, photos and relevant information) and providing feedback to clients in terms of on-site monitoring locations and conditions.

Mr Alex Ndlovu

Mr Alex Ndlovu

Environmental Consultant

Mr Alex Ndlovu, obtained his BSc Honours degree in Geography from University of South Africa, having conducted a research proposal on solid waste problems in the Mamelodi township. Funded by Gauteng Campus Regional Academy (GCRA) throughout his studies as being the top achiever in high school. Prior to this, he obtained his BA in Environmental Management majoring in Geography from University of South Africa. Did an internship at Leapenviro Consulting where he managed to write BAR, EIA, WULA and GA reports. Alex joined CES in May 2021 and is already involved in several projects, including Basic Assessment, General Authorisation and Environmental Audit reports. He works from the Gauteng office and his interests include the general Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) process, Environmental Audits and Public Participation (PPP).

Wendy Maiwashe

Wendy Maiwashe

Environmental Consultant

Wendy Maiwashe is an experienced ecologist. Her contributions as an ecologist and GIS technician have been significant in four major conservation areas in South Africa, namely Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, Drakensberg Nature Valley, Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Biosphere Reserve and Sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands. She has also worked on projects across the SADC region and made contributions in various Transfrontier Conservation areas namely Great Limpopo TFCA (GLTFCA), Lubombo TFCA (LuTFCA), Kavango Zambezi TFCA (KAZA), Malawi-Zambia TFCA (MAZA) and now more recently Lower Zambezi – Mana Pools (LZMP). Moreover, she was part of a 14-month research expedition team to the sub-Antarctic Marion Island where she was a botanist. This is complemented by her Expertise in plant identification, conducting large scale botanical surveys, managing, and analysing large ecological databases, the programming language R, and GIS software. Her M.Sc. Plant sciences focus was on plant distributions and abundances in the sub-Antarctic Islands. With a focus on identifying the drivers of plant distribution and abundance patterns in the sub-Antarctic region and documenting the abundance structure of Polypogon magellanicus on Marion Island.

Mr Mario Lourens

Mr Mario Lourens

Field Technician

Mario Lourens is an Environmental Monitoring Field Technician that has a background in various fields, including the printing industry, warehouse management, general maintenance and management of buildings and gardens, debt collecting, construction quality control and housing complex management. He now focuses on water and ambient dustfall monitoring. His duties include general project management to execute each monitoring run, office administration (capturing and filing of field forms, photos and relevant information) and providing feedback to clients in terms of on-site monitoring locations and conditions.