Andrew Batho

Bespoke Team Partner

Specializing in sustainable solutions, environmental impact and management performance

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AFZELIA ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS

Managing Director

Durban, South Africa

+27 (31) 303 2835
andrew.batho@bespokerea.com

Andrew is Managing Director of Afzelia Environmental Consultants (Pty) Ltd. Afzelia is a BBE Level 1 environmental consultancy firm with 12 years of experience undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Environmental & Social Impact Assessments (ESIA), Water Use (WUL), Waste Management (WMLA) and mining application processes (Permits and Rights).

We work with our clients to develop sustainable solutions to the environmental challenges they encounter daily throughout Africa, and add value to our client’s businesses by delivering quality and innovation.

We focus on improving environmental management performance, risk and liability management and competitiveness. We seek to deliver savings and efficiencies in time, cost and resources. However, what our clients really value is how we operate – we strive for outcomes that are transformational.

Our team understands both how things work, and how things are built and are excellent at integrating the environmental sciences on engineering projects. We are also experienced in providing feedback from the EIA process into project design.

We seek to deliver solutions that are pragmatic, innovative and cost effective.

We have consultants on our team registered with the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPSA), South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP), the South African Branch of International Association for Impact Assessments and other associations (IAIAsa), and our EIA Managers can call upon a vast range of in-house and external specialists (zoology, botany, aquatic, archaeological, marine ecology etc.) to support any environmental impact assessment project on the African continent and beyond.

Recent Projects

Water use license application for Darvill WWTW, basic assessment for P75-2 road upgrade, basic assessment for proposed establishment of cement manufacturing plant, prospecting right for Uitkomst Colliery, mining permit applications for 15 borrow pits and quarries in support of the upgrade of R573 Moloto Road, waste management license, scoping and environmental impact report process for Drum Exchange, Gunther Muhl Memorial Dam avian and botanical assessments, Doonside Residential Development Ecological Assessment, P187 Road Upgrade Wetland Delineation, Functionality and Rehabilitation Assessment, Mbane Pedestrian Bridge Aquatic Ecological and Water Quality Assessment etc.

Services Offered

Environmental advice, department enquiry letters; risk, due-diligence, fatal flaw and screening assessments, basic impact assessments (BAR), scoping and environmental impact assessment processes (EIR), environmental & social impact assessments, environmental management programmes/plans, rehabilitation and management plans, environmental control officer duties, water use license and general authorisation applications, waste management licenses, protected plant and tree trimming and relocation permits, prospecting rights, mining rights and permits, public consultation processes and translation services and specialist consultant services including terrestrial ecological, wetland, agricultural, aquatic ecological, water quality, visual impact, marine physical and ecological assessments.

EDUCATION
Andrew attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and qualified with a Master’s Degree in Geography and Environmental Management from the School of Environmental Sciences.