Environmental Management and Impact Assessment

We provide a full range of EIA services ranging from Environmental Screening & Scoping to the development of project terms of reference and baseline data collection, Basic Assessment to full EIA.
The Mulaifa’s Preliminary Investigation service (also known as a Desk Study or Pre-Environmental Assessment), addresses clients’ environmental risk, site’s history, environmental sensitivity and offer opinion from local and regulatory authorities on planning conditions or Environmental Health in relation the site.
Mulaifa will ensure that the organisations in proactively managing and improving their compliance ensuring they have the necessary permits to operate while also bringing tangible business benefits, such as reduced costs, environmental risk management, reputation management and sustainable competitiveness. Our compliance and permitting services range from small assessment, audit and review projects to very large compliance and permitting programmes. We also offer specialist support to government regulators and other public sector bodies.
Mulaifa offers Site Investigation about a site and its surroundings including characterisation of presence and extent of contaminants, the pathways and risk assessment and land quality management decision-making processes.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a legislative requirement for all local authorities and some utility companies to consult the public and produce an Environmental Report, before any plan or programme can be approved or adopted. Mulaifas’s conducts SEA covering environmental, social and economic issues to be integrated into projects, policies, decisions and programmes..

Environmental Auditing

An environmental audit protocol that conforms to the ISO 14001 standard (performance evaluation guidelines for environmental management systems).

The ISO 14001 family of standards addresses a wide range of items for environmental management, providing practical tools for organizations and companies looking to identify and control their environmental impact as well as constantly improve their environmental performance.

An Environmental Audit Program assesses project compliance with local laws and regulations for environmental protection, as well as best practices based on ISO 14000 family of standards, which includes:

  • Legal requirements and risk assessment
  • Environmental management system
  • Solid and hazardous wastes
  • Waste water
  • Air emissions
  • Nuisance
  • Energy use, water use, CO² emissions


Water use service and Sanitation

South Africa is one of the driest countries in the world and is considered a potential water crisis country and yet water environment incorporating rivers, lakes, estuaries, wetlands, coastal areas and groundwater are often poorly managed resource. As a specialist multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy, Mulaifa is ideally placed to provide specialist technical advice across a full range of surface and groundwater services.

Planning and Monitoring – Waste and Landfill Management

South Africa currently faces the challenge of an integrated waste management system. This consists of a drive towards prevention and minimisation, the proper management of unavoidable wastes throughout their “life”, pollution that can’t be prevented must be remedied, and all the while taking into consideration the needs and rights of vulnerable, and marginalised communities. In essence it must be remembered that landfills are but a component of the entire waste management process. This is in addition to people who use these services.

The approach consists of a drive towards prevention and minimisation, the proper management of unavoidable wastes throughout their ‘life cycle’, pollution that can’t be prevented must be remedied, and all the while taking into consideration the needs and rights of vulnerable, and marginalised communities. Mayet (1993: 1) indicates that the disposal of waste on land is the cheapest form of disposal available to us today (unfortunately) that is in comparison to “…incineration, recycling, pulverisation, pylorisis, and other refuse driven fuel processes”. It follows that landfill sites should now be considered within the context of this waste management strategy. Waste management should not begin and end with merely planning landfill sites; it should be a considered process in which the quantity and composition of waste being disposed of is carefully considered. For the purposes of this study, consideration is given to issues surrounding landfill sites. However, it must be remembered that landfills are but a component of the entire waste management process. This is in addition to people who use these services. Considering socio-cultural aspects demonstrates sensitivity to the concept of providing services that are “people focused”. It also acknowledges that people and their culture are inseparable.

Policy and Strategy Development in tourism and local economic development

Mulaifa is a leading proponent of tourism development and supports the growing recognition that anticipatory control of development impacts will lead to a better “quality of life,” the underlying goal of development. Mulaifa’s approach to TIA recognises that apart from the tourism industry which includes hotel/resort owners, tour operators and tourists, important stakeholders are communities who live in the vicinity of tourism destinations or within the project’s receiving environment. To this recognition, tourism has social, economic, cultural, environmental and political implications for these communities, who should adequately be considered when framing tourism policies and guidelines or assessing development impact on the tourism sector in a given receiving area. As such Mulaifa provides specialist service in Tourism Impact Assessment (TIA) be it development-related or policy formulation-related. Our approach is anchored on:

  • Community participation and a focus on stakeholder values as well as technical data;
  • Make explicit efforts to incorporate learning for all stakeholders into the process;
  • Take a partnership approach with the developer, which not only educates, but also informs and increases environmental management skills.

Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and Public Participation

Socio-economic impact assessments (SEIA) examine how a proposed plan, policy, project or development is likely to affect the lives of existing and future communities and informs the design and decision-making processes accordingly. SEIA are an important tool in ensuring a community is not adversely impacted either socially or economically by a new development project or plan such as mining; and to both minimise adverse impacts and maximise benefits where possible. Mulaifa has developed benchmarked capacity and expertise in undertaking all aspects of a socio-economic impact assessment including:

  • Baseline surveys and analysis
  • Impacts on population characteristics
  • Local housing markets
  • Community and institutional structures such as Social and Labour Plans in the mining industry
  • Political and social resources
  • Individual and family changes
  • Community resources


Process coordination Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality (SHEQ)

Health and safety management should receive the same degree of expertise as other core business activities in order to control risks and prevent harm to people. With our understanding of Health and Safety, Mulaifa can offer a range of services, designed to assist any organisation, public or private, to ensure that their health and safety management systems, policies and procedures are not only suitable and sufficient but are also being effectively applied across their business or service area in line with legislation. Mulaifa specialist service include:

  • Health and safety organisational and systems audits
  • Health and safety audit for managing agents
  • Premises risk assessments
  • Workplace/home worker risk assessments
  • Display screen and workstation assessments
  • Contractor selection & Contractor on site monitoring
  • Health and safety policy preparation & Audit
  • Health and safety training & competent persons support


Access for Disabled Persons

There are approximately 5 million people in South Africa with some kind of disability. This figure is even higher across the Sub-Saharan Africa region where an average of 10% of the population are disabled persons. South Africa signed and ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its optional protocol in 2007. Furthermore, The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000 (the Act) prohibits unfair discrimination on any ground, including the 16 grounds explicitly listed in the 1996 South African Constitution which specifically enshrines equality for persons with disabilities under Article 9(3). This is a critical matter given the observation that the vast majority of people with disabilities are excluded from schools and opportunities to work, virtually guaranteeing that they will live out their lives as the poorest of the poor.
Mulaifa have a specialist team who can offer bespoke solutions to employers/service providers and assist in providing equality in the workplace, public spaces and elsewhere. These services include:

  • Access audits
  • Critical reviews of multiple sites/portfolios such as office building, public services centres, shopping malls, etc.
  • Assistance with the preparation of access plans.
  • Participation with the design team and appraisals of design drawings for refurbishments, alterations or new builds;
  • Advising on/preparation of formal access statements
  • Preparation of a design guide for remedial works.
  • Assistance with remedial measures where physical alterations are required.
  • Advice and compilation of formal policies and procedures relating to disabled persons.
  • Fire evacuation advice and procedures for disabled employees/visitors.

Fire Safety

The Fire Protection Association of South Africa figures show that in 2007 there were more than 40,000 fires, 9746 were in dwelling and more than 1600 were in industrial buildings. Each year hundreds of lives are lost and thousands of people are injured in fires and often the financial impact can devastate businesses. If you have control over any part of a business, or non-domestic premises (such as public buildings or the common parts of blocks of flats), you are legally required to carry out a fire risk assessment and implement a fire management plan.
Mulaifa Environmental Health team can assist you to comply with fire safety law in a number of ways. We can carry out your fire risk assessment and provide an action plan for eliminating or reducing the risk to an acceptable level including:

  • Fire consultancy & Fire strategy
  • Negotiation with building control and fire authorities
  • Mediation with statutory bodies
  • Pre contract and Pre-lease assessment
  • Fire safety manual
  • Preparation of comprehensive information for fire safety management of the building throughout its lifecycle.
  • Business continuity planning & Disaster planning
  • Emergency/contingency plans
  • Fire training and evacuation drills


Indoor Air Quality

More people are spending most of their prime times at their workstations. Most organisations maximise work place community by using open office spaces and yet few manages the environmental health of office and work environment. How often you assess your staff to check if they are suffering from recurring flue, dry eyes or headaches when at work? This could be due to something as simple as poor airflow, low humidity levels, and high dust levels or poor ventilation in the work place. To alleviate or prevent these and more issues, Mulaifa has environmental health and occupational hygienists who can attend to sites and evaluate the indoor air quality within the work place and provide practical advice and guidance on how to remedy the issues identified. Indoor air quality monitoring can include:

  • Respirable and inhaleable dust levels
  • Airborne bacteria, yeasts and moulds
  • Toxic gases temperature and relative humidity

Cultural Heritage Development (CHD)

Mulaifa Development Projects has in-house Principal Investigators and professional Archaeologists accredited by the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) and the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA). We provide impact assessment services on archaeological, palaeolontological, cultural, historic architectural and historical resources as prescribed by the National Heritage Resources Act (1999) and the provincial equivalents.
Mulaifa Development Projects offers specialised Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Tourism development planning and research to inform development of cultural heritage based tourism products. We also offer specialized training support for Tour Guide Training with particular focus of heritage tourism products.

If you would like to find out more about Mulaifa Development Projects’s archaeological and cultural heritage management and development services, please contact us.
Developers, land use planners and professional specialist service providers often encounter difficult situations with regards to burial grounds, cemeteries and graves that may be encountered in development contexts as road construction, mining, etc. Mulaifa Development Projects has experts in physical anthropology, mortuary practices and the application of relevant sections of the Graves and Burial Ordinances, Human Remains Tissue legislation and the NHRA Section 36 that deals with Burial Grounds and Graves. Our service offerings and expertise applies to human remains, graves and burial grounds encountered before or during a development project context, including exhumation, relocation and reburial services.

If you would like to find out more about Mulaifa Development Projects’s graves and burial grounds exhumation, relocation and reburial or advisory services.
The Cultural heritage division provides services in cultural heritage development. Cultural heritage development involves research, heritage impact assessments, inventorying, duration, management, restoration, rehabilitation, reuse and above all development of new cultural heritage such as local, provincial and national monuments, memorial and commemoration sites. We also provide services in the promotion and presentation of cultural heritage sites that includes research, training and production of multimedia promotional material.
Heritage sites are non-renewable resources. Their successful management and utilization depends on well thought out management plan. Our services include identification and documentation of heritage sites and related resources of Local (grade III) Provincial (grade II) National (grade I) significance as required by law and other international regulations.

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