Legacy Environmental Management Consulting (Pty) Ltd., generally known as Legacy EMC, is a privately-owned environmental consulting practice with offices in Stellenbosch, Bellville and George. Legacy EMC strives to establish a footprint throughout South Africa.

The company, established on 22 May 2017, provides environmental consulting and project management services in various sectors such as the transport; utilities; social infrastructure; mining, renewable energy and nuclear industries. In this regard Legacy EMC has concluded contracts with all spheres of Government and the private sector, mainly in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

As of 1 March 2019, Legacy EMC have acquired a 100% stake in Withers Environmental Consultants (WEC). WEC was established in Stellenbosch in 1999 by Aubrey Withers, and is a well-respected name in the environmental industry.

Since the acquisition, Legacy EMC is able to offer a greater range of environmental services and with an increased service offering, 50+ years of combined experience and a larger staff compliment, we believe this acquisition will provide our clients with added value and peace of mind in respect to continuous service provision.

Our goal is to assist clients with finding value in their current situation and to create sustainable environmental solutions throughout the project life cycle, that meet the demanding and challenging expectations of a growing socio-economic environment.

Legacy EMC believes that effective environmental management reflects responsible business practice, and the realisation of growing socio-economic expectations without compromising the environment for future generations, as the environment is our common Legacy!

Legacy EMC is a dynamic and expanding company, dedicated to excellence!

The Lobunye Group (Pty) Ltd (Lobunye) was then established with the purpose of investing in companies operating in niche markets, all in the built environment that share much values and attributes and would complement one another in all aspects of business. The Group and its association with other business entities have the following goals – transformation, sustainability of specialist and ‘boutique’ professional services providers; synergy and inclusivity.

Kim Pontac is the Managing Director of the company and has many years relevant experience within the environmental management industry

Our Team Members

Kim Pontac

Managing Director and Principle Environmental Consultant

Kim holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Environmental Law from the University of Cape Town, a Bachelor of Technology degree in Environmental Management and a National Diploma in Oceanography, both from the Cape Peninsular University of Technology. Kim is a registered Professional Natural Scientist (Environmental Science) with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professionals (SACNASP) and is a member of the International Association of Impact Assessment South Africa (IAIAsa), where she serves as the current Western Cape Branch Secretary, as well as a member of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA).

Kim has co-ordinated and managed numerous environmental processes within the public and private sectors for national and international companies. As Principle Consultant, she has successfully conducted a variety of environmental investigations and evaluations for Green and Brown Field projects.

Her core experience includes IEM and guiding projects through tendering, design, and construction, operational and decommissioning phases. Kim also has experience in environmental and social due diligence (in accordance with IFC Standards and Equator Principles), environmental compliance audits and environmental legal reviews, permitting and/ or licencing, facilitation and training, and environmental construction monitoring.

Aubrey Withers

Director and Principle Environmental Consultant

Aubrey ran his own practice for 20 years before joining Legacy EMC in March 2019 as a Director and mentor of this, dynamic young team of environmental assessment practitioners.
As an environmental practitioner over the past 30 years, Aubrey has written many reports dealing with diverse and complex environmental and planning projects. He has undertaken environmental planning and EIA’s for many residential projects both inland and along the coast, which included undertaking the environmental supervision of the construction phase of these developments as the appointed ECO.

Aubrey has also had extensive experience with the approvals of and construction supervision of all civil services (roads, pipelines, waste disposal facilities [including their decommissioning], waste water treatment facilities and electrical substations). He has project management experience in many multi-disciplinary projects, from their inception through to commissioning and monitoring, to ensure environmental compliance with their conditions of approval and management system recommendations. He has a practical and positive approach to environmental planning, environmental management and the implementation of all this projects which have been undertaken in a sound and sustainable way.

Aubrey has also assisted town planners with the compilation of many diverse Spatial Development Frameworks (Plans) for Municipal jurisdiction areas, and recently completed the compilation of an EMF for the jurisdiction area of the Overstrand Municipality to guide future spatial planning of their area of jurisdiction.

Karin Bedingfield

Senior Environmental Consultant

Karin Bedingfield is an environmental practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry in South Africa. Karin has experience in various sectors including residential, commercial and industrial developments, renewable energy, transport and infrastructure. Her core experience includes project management of environmental projects, including the tendering, design, permitting and implementation phases. Karin has extensive experience undertaking environmental impact assessments, public participation, due diligence assessments and compliance audits. She holds a BSc in Conservation Ecology, MPhil in Environmental Management, an LLM in Environmental Law, and has nine years’ relevant experience in the environmental consultancy field.

Adri Meyer

Environmental Assessment Practitioner

Adri Meyer is an Environmental Assessment Practitioner with experience in applying the Environmental Assessment Regulations to various development projects across the Western Cape and South Africa. She has experience in various sectors which include agriculture, residential developments, hazardous substances, renewable energy and water infrastructure.

Her core experience includes Environmental Impact Assessments and Compliance Monitoring work for projects during construction, operation and decommissioning. Adri also has experience in Environmental Due Diligence Assessments, NEMA Section 24G applications, Pre-Compliance Notice Reporting and Compliance Auditing. Adri’s academic background has equipped her with valuable knowledge in the field of Marine and Environmental Law, and conservation practices.

Adri is an Environmental Assessment Practitioner at Legacy EMC. In addition, Adri holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Environmental Law from the University of Cape Town, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Ecology from the University of Stellenbosch.

Alain du Plessis

Environmental Assessment Practitioner

Alain is an Environmental Assessment Practitioner with practical on-site experience in applying the principles of Integrated Environmental Management (IEM) to various development projects and initiatives in South Africa. He has gained valuable experience in environmental management science working on projects such as the Working for Wetlands Plan.

Alain’s core expertise is in the field of compliance monitoring and includes the compilation of Environmental Management Plans for various projects within the transport, construction and mining sectors. Alain was the appointed Environmental Control Officer in the Borrow Pits project which entailed the mining of gravel material for the re-gravelling and maintenance of farm roads throughout the Overberg and Central Karoo regions.

Alain holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Environmental Science from Rhodes University, and BSc degree in Environmental and Geographical Science and Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences) from the University of Cape Town.

Nosipho Mbunje

Environmental Assessment Practitioner & Administrative Officer

Nosipho joined Withers Environmental Consultants in February 2012, where she acted as Junior Environmental Consultant and Professional Assistant to the Director and senior staff members.

She has gained valuable experience in public participation working on various projects within the residential, commercial and industrial developments, renewable energy, transport and infrastructure sectors.

A crucial member of the Legacy EMC, Nosipho ensures the smooth running of the Legacy EMC operations. Nosipho holds a BTech and National Diploma in Environmental Management and a Health and Safety Management Certificate from Cape Peninsula University of Technology.