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About The ELA

The Environmental Law Association of South Africa (ELA) is a non-profit organisation aiming to promote and assist in the development and application of environmental law and governance in South Africa. Members of the ELA include legal practitioners, environmental management consultants, government officials, academics, students and environmental activists. Anyone with an interest in understanding the dynamics between law, governance and the state of the environment is welcome to join our organisation. The ELA is a forum for sharing and gaining knowledge and information and for meeting like-minded colleagues. It hosts different kinds of networking events such as national and regional conferences and regular online discussions. It also has activities dedicated towards students. One of the main benefits of being an ELA member is its weekly Newsletter on recent developments in the field. The operations of the ELA are managed by a Secretariat (hosted at the Faculty of Law, North-West University) and an Executive Committee. Each province in South Africa has one or more representatives serving on the Executive Committee.

Vision Of The Executive

Environmental issues are appearing with ever increasing frequency at the forefront of global discourse as countries redirect their developmental agendas towards a greener economy in order to sustain the earth’s ecology. South Africa is no exception. As the body of environmental laws continues to expand, the regulatory system regarding the environment is becoming increasingly complex and pervasive, with the resultant demand for practitioners and academics with expertise in this area of law. Against this backdrop, the Environmental Law Association of South Africa is committed to pursuing the development, teaching, application and practice of environmental law in order to promote respect for environmental law and governance in South Africa, thereby contextualising the importance of the right to an environment enshrined in the Constitution. The ELA seeks to establish itself as an effective forum for networking and the sharing of information and knowledge in the field of environmental law. Mainstreaming discourse on environmental matters among professionals in various fields plays a crucial role in achieving the constitutional imperative to include environmental rights as fundamental, justiciable human rights.

ELA Executive Committee

Peter Kantor

Peter Kantor

Chair

Peter Kantor is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa practising in Cape Town. He specialised in environmental law in the 1990’s when he was a partner in a law firm handling labour…

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Melanie Murcott

Melanie Murcott

Vice chairperson and Gauteng representative

Melanie Murcott is a senior lecturer in administrative law and environmental law at the University of Pretoria. She obtained her LLB with distinction at the University…

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Anél du Plessis

Anél du Plessis

Treasurer & Member of Secretariat

Anél du Plessis is Professor of Law and the South African Research Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability. Her scholarship focuses on the nexus area…

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Willemien du Plessis

Willemien du Plessis

National Secretary (Portfolio)

Willemien du Plessis is a Professor at the Faculty of Law of the North-West University (Potchefstroom) and holds postgraduate degrees in law and environmental management…

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Allyson Petersen

Allyson Petersen

Marketing and Membership

Allyson Petersen
Lecturer UNISA
LLB
LLM Environmental Law
Margot Slabbert

Margot Slabbert

Social Media Manager

Margot started volunteering for the ELA after presenting at the ELA Annual Student Conference in 2018, the year she was completing her LL.M in Environmental Law at the University of Cape Town…

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Tanya Wagenaar

Tanya Wagenaar

Eastern Cape Representative

Tanya is a full-time lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth where she lectures Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Commercial Law…

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Clive Vinti

Clive Vinti

Free State Representative

Clive Vinti is an evangelist at Heal the Wounds Christian Centre; Lecturer for Law at the University of the Free State (UFS), Programme Coordinator of the Postgraduate Module in Environmental…

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Bella Phore

Bella Phore

Free State representative

Bella is a lecturer at the University of the Free State (UFS). She is a specialist in mining law. She holds a Bproc, LLB, LLM, Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (cum laude)…

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Justine Sweet

Justine Sweet

Gauteng representative

Justine is a consulting attorney, specialising in mining and environmental law matters.

Michael Kidd

Michael Kidd

KZN Representative

Professor Michael Kidd lectures in various aspects of Environmental law such as Pollution Control Law, Natural Resources Law, Land Use and Planning Law, International Environmental Law…

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Patrick Forbes

Patrick Forbes

KZN Representative

Patrick graduated from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2004 …

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Vicki King

Vicki King

KZN Representative

Vicki has been working as an independent environmental consultant for over 28 years, during this time, she has undertaken or project managed over 300 environmental projects…

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Adie Erasmus

Adie Erasmus

Mpumalanga Representative

Adie is the owner of AdiEnvironmental cc (founded in 1999), based in eMalahleni (Witbank). She specialises in the coordination and compilation of Environmental Impact Assessments….

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Ademola Oluborode Jegede

Ademola Oluborode Jegede

Limpopo Representative

Ademola Oluborode Jegede is a Professor of Law in the Department of Public …

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Germarié Viljoen

Germarié Viljoen

North-West Representative

Germarié Viljoen (LLB, LLM, LLD) has previously consulted as environmental legal specialist. In 2014, Germarié joined the North West University (Faculty of Law)…

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John Rantlo

John Rantlo

North-West Representative

John Rantlo is currently enrolled for LLD at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus (NWU). He obtained his LLB at the National University of Lesotho in 2012…

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Kate Handley

Kate Handley

Western Cape Representative

Kate currently works as a Consultant Attorney for the specialist environmental law firm Cullinan & Associates. Kate was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in 2014…

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Tendai Bonga

Tendai Bonga

Western Cape Representative

Tendai is an environmental attorney at Webber Wentzel where he advises public and private sector clients on various environmental law matters including waste management, air quality…

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