Umhlaba provides professional environmental consulting and management services to mining and related industries and we can assist through all phases of a mining or related project; from the inception (planning and application), throughout the life of the project, and finally during the closure.


  • Due Diligence
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Environmental Screening for site selection
  • Co-ordinating and managing specialist
  • Prospecting and Mining Applications (including renewals and amendments)
    We can compile the Applications or Project Manage the application process
  • Environmental Authorisations in terms of NEMA and related SEMAs
    The Umhlaba team include Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAPs)[1] to undertake Basic Assessments (BA), and compile Scoping and Environmental Impact reports
  • Environmental Management Program reports

1. Registration of EAPs is currently in process.

“Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.”

Sun Tzu


Environmental Management Documents

  • Drafting / Updating Environmental Management Program reports (EMPr)
  • Waste Management Plans
  • Financial Provision documents
    • Financial Provision Calculations
    • Annual Rehabilitation Plans
    • Closure Plans
  • Environmental Management Procedures

Various Environmental Management Documents are required as part of an Environmental Authorisation.  Umhlaba personnel are well equipped to draft site specific / purpose built and practical reports and management plans due to our extensive experience in auditing and as a result of our years of experience gained while assisting clients to implement these plans.  Read more >

Environmental Audits

  • Environmental component of the SHEQ / EHS Audits
  • Audits of Authorisations
    • Atmospheric Emission Licence
    • Environmental Management Program report
    • Water Use Licence and GNR 704
    • Waste Licence

Auditing is not just a legal requirement or a tick-box exercise; it is a management tool used to set / guide / evaluate specific and measurable goals and objectives. We recognise that in order to serve as an effective tool, the Audits must consider the components of our client’s Environmental Management System (EMS) and / or the conditions of Environmental Authorisations (EA). Read more >

Umhlaba designs, manages and operates environmental monitoring networks for the mining and related industries. We specialise in dust fallout and water quality monitoring, offering assistance and guidance where more specialised monitoring is required.

Monitoring is a quantitative means of determining an impact and goes beyond the identification and quantification of pollution. It serve as a management tool to • identify problem areas, • evaluate effectiveness of management actions, and • builds / improves relationships with neighbours, Interested and Affected Parties and authorities. Read more >

Other Services

  • Co-ordinating and managing specialist studies
  • I&AP representation
  • Responding to Environmental Directives
  • Representing clients during consultations with authorities


Where specialist services are required and we do not have in-house expertise, we have a close working relationship with several specialist service providers who we call upon as and when required.  Although the specialists that we work with will be chosen depending on the nature of the project, there are a number of consulting companies who we work with on a regular basis.  Specialist studies that we can offer include:

  • Air Quality
  • Blasting
  • Ecology / Fauna & Flora
  • Floodline calculations
  • Ground water
  • Heritage
  • Radiation
  • Social
  • Socio-economic
  • Sound Levels
  • Surface water
  • Survey Plans
  • Traffic
  • Wetlands