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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…

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Melanie Murcott

Melanie Murcott

Vice Chair; Gauteng Representative; Legislation & Policy Sub-Committee

Associate Professor Melanie Murcott is a senior lecturer in administrative law and environmental law at the University of Pretoria…

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Willemien du Plessis

Willemien du Plessis

National Secretary

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

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Germarié Viljoen

Germarié Viljoen

Treasurer

Associate Professor Germarié Viljoen (LLB, LLM, LLD) has previously consulted as environmental legal specialist. In 2014, Germarié joined…

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Michael Kidd

Michael Kidd

KZN Representative

Professor Michael Kidd lectures in various aspects of Environmental law such as Pollution Control Law, Natural…

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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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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…

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Dr Clive Vinti

Dr Clive Vinti

Free State Representative; Legislation & Policy Sub-Committee

Dr Clive Vinti is an evangelist at Heal the Wounds Christian Centre; Lecturer for Law at the University of the Free State…

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Ntando Ncamane

Ntando Ncamane

Free State Representative

Ntando Ncamane is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at University of the Free State at the Bloemfontein Campus.

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Adie Erasmus

Adie Erasmus

Mpumalanga Representative

Adie is the owner of AdiEnvironmental cc (founded in 1999), based in eMalahleni (Witbank)….

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Ademola Oluborode Jegede

Ademola Oluborode Jegede

Limpopo Representative

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

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Dr Tiisetso John Rantlo

Dr Tiisetso John Rantlo

North-West Representative

Dr John Rantlo (LLB, LLM, LLD) is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the NRF South African Research Chair: Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability (CLES) at the Faculty of Law North-West University (NWU).

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Nicolene Steyn

Nicolene Steyn

North-West Representative

Nicolene Renske Steyn is a post-doctoral fellow at the South African Research Chair: Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability (CLES).

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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…

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Kate Handley

Kate Handley

Western Cape Representative; Legislation & Policy Sub-Committee

Kate currently works as a Consultant Attorney for the specialist environmental law firm Cullinan…

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Justine Sweet

Justine Sweet

Gauteng Representative

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

Margot Slabbert

Margot Slabbert

Social Media; Newsletters

Margot started volunteering for the ELA after presenting at the ELA Annual Student Conference in 2018…

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Allyson Petersen

Allyson Petersen

Marketing and Membership

Lecturer UNISA
LLB
LLM Environmental Law

Sub-Committees & Collaborators

Jenny Hall

Jenny Hall

Gauteng Sub-Committee

Jenny is a senior lecturer in international environmental law and legal skills at the University of Johannesburg.

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Angela van der Berg

Angela van der Berg

Western Cape Sub-Committee

Angela van der Berg is the Acting Director of the Global Environmental Law Centre (GELC) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Faculty of Law in South Africa.

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Melandri Steenkamp

Melandri Steenkamp

Student Sub-Committee

Melandri Steenkamp is a Doctoral Researcher at the South African Research Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability (CLES).

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Isabella Potenza

Isabella Potenza

Student Sub-Committee

Isabella Potenza is completing her undergraduate degree in Law and Geography at the University of the Witwatersrand, with the intention to begin her LLB in 2022.

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