As you may know, the recent riots that initially stemmed from the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma have caused havoc throughout South Africa, but specifically in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) region, impacting on business and personal life in the process. Working under abnormal stresses associated with safety and food shortages have proven challenging, but members of the KZN office have found proactive means of dealing with it by providing assistance within their respective local communities and extending a helping hand or shoulder to their fellow regional colleagues. Employees have turned to community guard duties, hotspot clean-ups and donations to vent and join in the feeling of Ubuntu, which is at the heart of the Environmental Assurance (ENVASS) ethos.
With the anthropogenic issues in KZN came several unpredicted environmental catastrophes, including the chemical spill originating from the Cornubia area, which affected the uMhlanga and uMdhloti lagoons, as well as the deteriorating air quality within the eThekwini Metropolitan stemming from the numerous fires, some chemical, within the broader region. In the recent months the ENVASS KZN regional office has expanded its professional capacity to take on standard and “special case” environmental processes and specialist studies. The KZN team is in the position to handle any and all emergency environmental authorisations, specialist studies and general spill clean-up protocols that the community may require in this time of need. In addition to this our experience in compliance monitoring provides a unique ability to assist in post-contamination water, soil and groundwater sampling and laboratory analysis to determine the risk to anthropogenic and natural receptors. Using the information gathered our team of highly qualified specialists are able to detect pollution sources and formulate sound mitigation and rehabilitation measures to ensure that a pre-contamination environment is realised in the post-rehabilitation state. In doing so, the client has the opportunity to fulfil the duty of care under the National Environmental Management Act (Act no. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) as well as their societal responsibility to the general community.
Feel free to contact ENVASS to discuss a Plan of Action (POA) for all potential contamination risks and clean-up endeavours on 012 460 9768 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to provide advice free of charge and assist with general community clean-ups where required.
Stay safe during this time and remember, there is always opportunity to build up when times are tough.