Who We Are?

Wetland Consulting Services (Pty.) Ltd. was established in 1998 and offers a specialised service in wetland and river consulting. Since inception, Wetland Consulting Services (Pty.) Ltd. has undertaken over 1000 specialist consulting projects ranging from local projects in South Africa through to participation in international studies. These projects have included specialist studies for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA’s), mines, toll roads, and research projects. In additional to the above Wetland Consulting Services has expanded its field of expertise in biodiversity assessments, soils (including soil surveys), ecological assessments and land use management.

The company also has extensive experience with wetland delineation and mapping and has been involved with developing mapping methods for wetlands nationally and has mapped over 100 000 hectares of wetlands in southern Africa. We have also undertaken numerous wetland specialist studies for some of the large mining companies and have been involved in mitigation and rehabilitation design on various mining projects, and were the first company in South Africa to develop off-site wetland mitigation methods for the mining industry.

Another key competency is wetland reserve determinations as part of the Water Act Resource Protection and Assessment Policy Implementation Process. In this regard the company has undertaken a number of wetland Reserve studies and has been involved at the specialist level with the Letaba River Reserve Study for the national Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, and similar studies in Mozambique and Swaziland. We were also involved in the study on the Mhlatuze River, which involved defining the Reserve and designing a monitoring programme to assess the efficacy of the Reserve. The company has also been involved in the assessment of impacts and the development of management plans for a number of game lodge and resort developments where rivers and wetlands have been involved and/or where there has been a need for specialist input on waste water treatment form these developments. In this regard, the company also has significant expertise relating to the design of artificial wetlands for ecological and aesthetic purposes and bio-filtration systems for waste water treatment purposes.

Our Vision

By providing the highest quality of services to our clients and maintaining high levels of professional ethics and admirable core values, our vision is to be top of the list of preferred strategic partners in the field of wetland, riparian and water resources management sciences.

Our Mision

We are committed to embracing modern technology and providing our clients with state of art specialist environmental information. We shall apply environmental and water resources management and protection laws with integrity and fairness in the process of conducting and identifying environmental risks and formulating mitigation measures. We are determined to be the benchmark of quality within our industry by being the most innovative, diversified specialist wetland, and riparian consulting firm in Africa.

Staff Composition

WCS have assembled a very strong group of experts to fulfill its mandate in their field of expertise. WCS strives to maintain our reputation for producing high quality, objective and scientifically defensible research and consulting reports. Our team has considerable experience in wetland delineation, wetland and riparian studies, wetland assessment protocol and guideline development, wetland and river Reserve determinations (riparian component), and wetland and Impact Assessment Studies.

Our team members are listed below:

Meet the Team

Gary Marneweck
Wetland Ecologist / Director

Holds a BSc with honours degree, aquatic ecology major from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a registered Professional Natural Scientist (Botanical Science and Ecological Science) with over 20 years experience in the field of wetland ecology and general environmental management. His post graduate student career included four years full time research for the Centre for Water in the Environment, University of the Witwatersrand, at Nylsvley Research Station on the Nyl River floodplain (now a Ramsar Site). Here he specialized in floodplain ecology with a particular interest in plant species response to the hydrological regime of the floodplain.

His professional career started at the National Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism where he was Assistant Director in the Aquatic Ecology section. Here he focused particularly on legislation and the implementation of the provisions of the Ramsar Convention (Convention on Wetland of International Importance) in South Africa. After leaving the Department, Gary moved into the field of environmental consulting and was the founder member of Wetland Consulting Services in 1998. Through Wetland Consulting Services, Gary has since been involved in numerous consulting and research projects throughout Africa, ranging from international, national and regional wetland protocol development to environmental impact assessment, wetland rehabilitation and mitigation, wetland delineation, and wetland/development conflict resolution. After extensive research and consulting work in the upper Olifants River catchment, Gary was partially responsible for developing a new local wetland classification and functional assessment system based on a hydrogeomorhic approach (after Brinson). Gary also contributed to the development of some of the wetland assessment tools. Gary’s other professional interests include savanna, grassland and semi-arid region ecology with specialist expertise in riparian ecology. As such he has worked on numerous river and wetland Reserves. Through Wetland Consulting Services he has also worked for international organizations including the USDA where he was responsible for managing the wetland component of the EIA of the South Sudan Bor-Malakal Road and Dyke Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Project. Gary has also worked on a number of off-site wetland mitigation initiatives, and through Wetland Consulting Services and the experience he has gained in the field over the past 20 years, continually aims to ensure a scientific and objective approach to all aspects of wetland management, assessment, mitigation and rehabilitation.

Bhuti Dlamini
Wetland Specialist / Director

Holds a BSc degree in Hydrology from the University of KwaZulu Natal and BSc (Hons) Water Resources in University of Pretoria and is a Registered Natural Scientist (SACNASP) (Water Resources Sciences), an Associate member of Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA), a member of Society of Wetland Scientist (International) and South African Wetland Society with over 10 years' experience in wetland ecology and water resources management as both a regulator in various government Department including Department of Water Affairs and Gauteng Department of Agriculture Conservation and Environment, eight of this experience as a specialist Wetland Consultant with Wetland Consulting Services (Pty) Ltd. based in Pretoria. The core of this experience has been focused on the Implementation of the National Water Act – Water Use licensing and registration, wetland ecosystems, and in particular the delineation and functional assessment of wetlands and subsequent compilation of management recommendations mitigating against the impacts, and informing the layout, of developments within their catchments. He also has substantial experience in wetland rehabilitation and has been involved in providing specialist ecological input into the planning of the Working for Wetlands national wetland rehabilitation programme for the North West province and various local governments for the past four years. This has provided valuable experience in the assessment of wetland ecological integrity. In addition he has been involved and conducting wetland impact assessment studies relating to housing development and associated infrastructures, mining activities, rehabilitation plans for private developments, water use licence application (Section 21 (c) and (i)) and auditing and for the past year and presently involved with the Department of Water Affairs projects' for evaluating of Water Use Licence Application as part of Project Letsema and various Reserve determination Studies to assist in licence applications' backlogs.