Profile of environmental coordinator: Busiswe Mlambo

An Environmental Impact Assessment is undertaken to protect the environment, but is not a barrier to growth – it is a balance between the two.

Busiswe has been in the Agency’s Eastern Region office since 2008.

She did a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, an Honours in Geography which she supplemented with a Diploma in Civil Engineering: Water and Environmental Management.

Busi currently serves as an Environmental Coordinator at SANRAL and has been working in to ensure environmental compliance for road construction activities as demanded by the legislative framework. Hence, the need to keep up with current legislation changes.

She said working for SANRAL has helped to advance her career and explore all aspects of her profession.

She said her job is not office-bound and that it?was sometimes challenging to single-handedly go through piles of project documentation and respond to all of them simultaneously.

Her advice to aspiring environmental officers is: “Fully commit yourself to school and university. Know what you want and have a passion for it. Don’t pursue a career simply because everyone else is doing it.”