Professional Environmental Consulting Services
Introduction to Savannah Environmental
Introduction to Savannah Environmental
Savannah Environmental (Pty) Ltd is a specialist environmental consulting company, established for the purpose of providing a holistic environmental management service to public and private sector clients, including development agencies and other funding institutions involved in infrastructure development in Southern Africa.
Savannah Environmental is
  • Wholly woman-owned company (100% HDI)
  • Level 2 Accredited SANAS B-BBEE Company - click here to download certificate
  • Classified as a SMME
  • Based in Gauteng, but with working experiences in all 9 provinces of South Africa, as well as neighbouring countries.
Through their experience gained over the last two decades in the environmental management field, our multi-disciplinary team is ideally positioned to provide a wide range of environmental consulting services. These services include:
  • environmental advice and project management;
  • environmental assessment and planning to ensure compliance and evaluate the risk of development;
  • the development and implementation of environmental management tools and best practice solutions; and
  • on-site compliance monitoring and compliance reporting
The cornerstone of our practice is a belief in a balanced approach to managing the impact of development through supporting the principle of sustainable development. Savannah Environmental endeavour to assist our clients with the integration of environmental considerations during project development, provide advice regarding actual or likely risks and impacts of development on natural or built environments, as well as ensure compliance with current environmental laws and regulations to promote sound environmental impact management.



We believe that striking the appropriate balance up front in the lifecycle of a development project will limit the risk of costly delays in obtaining appropriate planning permissions, limit public resistance to projects, as well as limit unnecessary mitigation costs during the construction and operation stages of a project. In addition, the value of pragmatic environmental management advice and compliance auditing during project development and construction is seen through best practice solutions which balance the needs of the natural, economic and social environments.

OUR APPROACH TO DELIVERY OF SERVICE
The complimentary, yet diverse experience and exposure of the individuals of Savannah Environmental gives this team an ability to successfully tackle multi-discplinary projects. Where specific expertise is not available within our skills base, we are able to bring on board contract personnel with appropriate skills while maintaining overall responsibility for the project. A developed network with leading experts in other environmental-related disciplines strengthens this consulting team, depending on the client’s needs and the nature of the service required, thus enabling the provision of a quality service.

THE TEAM
Jo-Anne Thomas is a registered Professional Natural Scientist, has a Master of Science degree and 16 years experience in the environmental field. She is experienced in providing strategic environmental and compliance advice to a wide variety of clients both in the public and private sectors. Through undertaking numerous EIA processes, she has a working knowledge of relevant environmental legislation and policies, particularly relating to sensitive environments.

Karen Jodas is a registered Professional Natural Scientist and holds Master of Science degree. She has 17 years experience consulting in the environmental field. Her key focus is on strategic environmental assessment and advice; management and co-ordination of environmental projects, which includes integration of environmental studies and environmental processes into larger engineering-based projects and ensuring compliance to legislation and guidelines; compliance reporting; the identification of environmental management solutions and mitigation/risk minimising measures; and strategy and guideline development. She is currently involved in undertaking siting processes as well as EIAs for several renewable energy projects across the country.

Mampiti Matsabu is a qualified engineer (MSc Civil Engineering - Environmental Major) with 19 years experience in the consulting engineering industry in South Africa and the United States. She is experienced in acting as a technical and transaction advisor on projects, project appraisal and evaluation, and policy development. She has served on the Boards of the Water Research Commission (WRC) and Bloem Water Utility (2001-2009).










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