Ross Holland
Ross Holland

Ross Holland has a MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Cape Town (2000), and over 20 years’ experience as an Environmental Practitioner.  Ross is a founder member of the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) (Reg No 2019/1089) and is also a Green Star SA Accredited Professional and a member of the South African affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIAsa). Ross also has an interest in water resource management and holds certificates of competence in both Water Quality and Fresh Water Ecology with distinction.  

Ross is a Director of Holland Group (Pty) Ltd (t/a Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants) and has extensive experience in managing EIA processes including water supply infrastructure projects and dams, large scale integrated agricultural developments, public transport infrastructure, housing, resort and commercial developments, timber treatment plants, chemical manufacturing facilities, renewable energy facilities, new roads and road upgrades, pipelines, a municipal waste site, and a shooting range.  Ross is also a specialist independent review consultant and has undertaken the independent peer review of a significant number of environmental authorization processes.

For the past 13 years Ross has been involved as a contributing lecturer to a number of academic courses in Environmental Management.  In particular, Ross is a contributor to the University of the Western Cape (UWC) Geography Department’s postgraduate (Honours) module on Environmental Management and also contributes annually to the Environmental Management Module which is presented to postgraduate students enrolled in the Masters of City and Regional Planning Degree, at the University of Cape Town (UCT).  In addition, Ross has been involved in a wide spectrum of other environmental work including Environmental Due Diligence Investigations, Environmental Auditing, the drafting of Environmental Management Programs, Green Building projects, and Environmental Control Officer Work.

Nicole Holland has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town, specializing in Environmental Management.  Nicole is a founder member and registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) with the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA).  Nicole is also a registered Professional Natural Scientist (Environmental Scientist) with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions and is an active member of the South African affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIAsa).

Nicole is a Director of Holland Group (Pty) Ltd (t/a Holland & Associates Environmental Consultants).  Nicole joined Holland and Associates in 2011 after having worked in the environmental department of a large civil engineering firm for the previous seven years.  Nicole has over 20 years of experience in the environmental management field and has extensive experience in managing environmental authorisation processes including, amongst others, renewable energy facilities, water supply dams, agricultural developments, wastewater treatment works, housing and resort developments, cemeteries, road upgrades, pipelines and waste sites. 

Nicole has played a leading role in the development of a number of important strategic environmental planning policies including the development of an Integrated Environmental Programme for the West Coast District; the compilation of a water resource protection sub-strategy for the Olifants Doring Catchment Management Plan; as well as the development of an information document on environmental legislation and its associated implications, for the Drakenstein Municipalities’ Civil Engineering Services Department.

In addition, Nicole has been involved in a wide spectrum of other environmental work including the independent review of a number of Scoping and Environmental Impact Reports, Environmental Auditing, the drafting of Environmental Management Programmes, and Environmental Control Officer Work.

Nicole Holland
Nicole Holland
Anja Albertyn
Anja Albertyn

Anja Albertyn is an avifaunal specialist and environmental consultant and holds a Master of Science in Zoology specialising in Ornithology from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute for African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Zoology, and a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology. She has been involved in bird monitoring activities since 2004 and has acted as lead specialist for avifaunal impact assessments, avifaunal feasibility studies and bird specialist reports on a large number of projects. She has 14 years of experience as an environmental consultant and has worked on a variety of projects including wind and solar energy facilities, transmission lines and other electrical infrastructure, housing developments, water use license applications, effluent treatment technology testing, and aquaculture management. She has compiled basic, scoping & environmental impact assessment reports, environmental management plans and environmental authorisation amendment applications, as well as a large number of avifaunal specialist reports. Anja has extensive experience project managing large-scale scoping & environmental impact assessment and public participation processes and has an analytical, scientific approach to impact assessment.

Anja is a recognized Avifaunal Specialist Consultant with a keen interest in birds and the ecology of estuarine birds in particular and has published eight scientific papers on this topic to date.

Anja is a registered Professional Natural Scientist (Ecological Science: 400037/16) with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) and is an active member of the South African affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIAsa). Anja is also a selected member of the BirdLifeSA, Birds and Renewable Energy Specialist Group (BARESG) and has served on this forum at the invitation of Birdlife South Africa and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), since 2019.

Tilly Watermeyer completed her academic career at Stellenbosch University, with a Master of Science degree in Botany (Cum Laude, 2019), which provided significant experience in ecological research. Tilly is an active member of the South African affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIAsa). 

Tilly’s experience in the professional environmental field has taught her to approach new projects and challenges in an analytical and pragmatic manner.  Tilly is a highly motivated environmental professional with a strong work ethic. Tilly has excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong organizational skills, which coupled with her analytical and detail driven approach makes her a key asset in any environmental investigation. Her experience in the environmental consultancy field has provided her with understanding and insight in environmental authorisation processes for various types of projects, including, renewable energy, agricultural expansion and water infrastructure projects. She has also been involved in a number of environmental due diligence investigations for wind and solar energy facilities as well as the independent auditing of wind energy facilities.

Tilly Watermeyer
Tilly Watermeyer
Melanie van Niekerk
Melanie van Niekerk

Melanie van Niekerk joined Holland & Associates in an internship position in 2019 and was promoted to a permanent consulting position in 2020. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of South Africa and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geography from the University of South Africa.  Melanie’s research dissertation focused on the effect of catchment management and stormwater management activities on water quality in the recreational area of the Diep River.  Melanie also completed a short course in Environmental Law during the third quarter of 2019, through the University of Pretoria.  Melanie is an active member of the South African Chapter of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIAsa).

Melanie is a motivated professional with a strong work ethic.  Since joining Holland & Associates, Melanie has gained experience on a wide variety of projects and environmental investigations, across the agriculture, renewable energy, timber treatment, public transport infrastructure and water infrastructure sectors.  Melanie also has experience in undertaking Environmental Control Officer (ECO) work.  Melanie’s academic background in both Math’s and Geography has also equipped her with excellent analytical skills and a broad knowledge and understanding of key environmental issues.

Melanie is also an athlete and has previously achieved Protea and Federation Colours in Sprint and/or Marathon Canoeing and was selected to represent South Africa in the 2017, 2019 & 2021 – 2023 World Canoeing Marathon Championships.  Her passion for the outdoors and for water-related sports has sparked a keen interest in water resource management issues as well as in sustainable development and nature conservation.

Jake Cloete holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of the Western Cape and is currently working towards a Masters degree, with his thesis focusing on the environmental governance in the Zandvlei Estuary in relation to the water-waste-society nexus. Jake’s hard-working and detail-oriented approach led to him being awarded the Deans Merrit Award for academic excellence in both 2019 and 2020. He has a keen interest in human-environment relationships and exploring the balance of these relationships in the urban context. Jake is a motivated and hardworking environmental professional, with excellent analytical, and communication skills.

Jake is involved in a number of research projects via the UCT Future Water Institute, involving sustainable developments and water-related environmental issues within cities across South Africa, focussing on water resilience and sustainable development. Jakes professional career to date has equipped him with experience as an Environmental Control Officer, working in the film, sports and events industry within protected areas across the Western Cape, as well as the monitoring of various construction projects.  Jake also has environmental assessment experience within the Renewable Energy, Water and Agricultural sector.  Jake also has prior work experience as a Geography Tutor, as well as a lecturing assistant, in Geography and Environmental Studies. Jake is also an active member of IAIAsa.

Jake Cloete
Jake Cloete
Miqkayla Stofberg
Miqkayla Stofberg

Dr Miqkayla Stofberg (Ph.D.) is a biological scientist specialising in ornithology, who holds a Ph.D. from the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town. Miqkayla holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biological Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Applied and Marine Biology, all from the University of Cape Town. Miqkayla has published research in international peer reviewed journals and has presented research findings at conferences as far afield as Finland, Romania, and Zimbabwe.

Miqkayla’s interest in Environmental Consulting started during her tenure at the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Environmental Law Enforcement Directorate. Here, she played an active role in supporting Environmental Management Inspectors with their investigations into alleged unlawful activities, and assisted with compliance inspections, and administrative enforcement. In addition to her academic pursuits, Miqkayla is an avid birder and a skilled fieldwork biologist. Miqkayla has previously lent her expertise to fellow university students on diverse projects, including, bird monitoring at the Ukuwela Game Reserve in HluHluwe, KwaZulu-Natal. Miqkayla has also previously been involved in a GPS tagging conservation project where she assisted in GPS tagging initiatives for Verreaux’s Eagles and Black Harriers of the Western Cape.

Miqkayla’s academic journey has honed a range of essential skills, shaping her into the dedicated and hardworking environmental professional she is today. Her capabilities encompass exceptional writing and verbal communication skills, coding proficiency, and a talent for handling and analysing extensive biodiversity data, in a meticulous and detail-oriented manner. Miqkayla is an active member of IAIAsa.

Shannon Hyslop holds a Bachelor of Arts in Development and Environment from Stellenbosch University as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Geography and Environmental Studies from Stellenbosch University. Her honours research examined the historical distribution of hippopotamuses in the Western Cape based on climatic conditions, habitat requirements, and the potential geomorphic implications thereof. During Shannon’s final year of undergraduate studies, she achieved 5 distinctions and also completed a short course with the Academic Consortium 21, Student World Forum, hosted by Nanjing University. The course was focussed on urban sustainability, and Shannon received an ‘excellent student award’ for her research throughout the course. Shannon is a highly motivated and enthusiastic professional with strong organisational and communication skills, and excellent problem-solving ability.

Shannon’s academic background has equipped her with specific skills in Geographical Information Systems, Geomorphology, and Environmental Synthesis and Analysis. Shannon’s professional career to date has equipped her with experience within the Renewable Energy, Water and Agricultural sector. Shannon has a passion for Netball and played for Stellenbosch University during her undergraduate career. Shannon’s organisational skills led to her being appointed as the ‘Maties 2’ Netball High-Performance Manager for the University Sport South Africa tournament in 2023. Shannon is an active member of IAIAsa.

Shannon Hyslop
Shannon Hyslop

Professional Associates

Melanie Webber
Melanie Webber

Melanie Webber holds a MSc in Ecological Assessment from Stellenbosch University and has 18 years’ experience working in the Environmental field of which nearly 7 years were spent working for the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP). Ms Webber thus has extensive experience in the review of Environmental Impact Assessment Reports, appeals, NEMA S24G applications, LUPO reports, mining reports and agricultural applications submitted under CARA.  Ms Webber also has a detailed working knowledge of the administration of relevant environmental regulations (e.g. ECA, NEMA), policies, guidelines, norms and standards. Ms Webber has had exposure to, through the co-ordination and processing of environmental impact assessment applications, a diverse range of development projects including inter alia, resorts, residential developments, nuclear energy projects, sports facilities, dams, agricultural infrastructure and telecommunication projects. She also has experience of the NEMA Waste Management Licence regulatory process. Ms Webber is a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment of South Africa (IAIAsa).

Emily Herschell holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town, specializing in Environmental Management and has 18 years’ experience working in the Environmental field.  Emily is a registered Professional Natural Scientist (Environmental Scientist) with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions and is an active member of the South African affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIAsa).

She is a recognised Environmental Management Advisor and has excellent client development and management capabilities.   Emily’s exceptional interpersonal and organisational skills have enabled her to provide comprehensive and strategic advice to public and private sector organisations, national and international companies on environmental management. She has broad project experience in identifying potential issues of significance within the biophysical and socio-economic realms at the outset of any environmental investigation. 

Emily has training and experience in applying the principles of Integrated Environmental Management (IEM), and in applying the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations to development projects and initiatives across Southern Africa, and has worked on projects within the Renewable Energy, Hospitality, Tourism, Agriculture, Water, Transportation and Housing sectors.

Emily Herschell
Emily Herschell