Over two thirds of South Africans live in cities with a steady increase in the rate of urbanisation. This spatial concentration of people, economic and social activities in cities increases the need for better planning, housing, green open spaces, economic activity, transport and waste processing amongst others to minimise environmental challenges and risks. Environmental remediation supports urban planning by using engineering strategies and processes to assist in the rehabilitation and prevention of environmental degradation.
Environmental remediation specialists regularly collaborate with environmental scientists, hazardous waste specialists, engineers and experts in law and business. They work between an office environment and often travel to sites of investigation to conduct analyses.
Environmental remediation specialists need extensive knowledge and experience with environmental management and impact assessment techniques and processes and an understanding of engineering principles, along with:
Monitor and evaluate programs for operational effectiveness and compliance
Design and oversee the development of systems, processes and equipment
Provide engineering support for environmental remediation and litigation
Advise on rehabilitation and preventive programmes
B.Sc.Eng. in Civil Engineering at UCT, UKZN and Wits
B.Eng. in Civil Engineering at SU, UJ and UP
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Civil Engineering at CPUT, CUT, DUT, NMU, TUT, UJ, UNISA, VUT and WSU
National, provincial and local government.
Engineering and environmental consultancies.
Industrial processing and mining companies.
Property development and construction companies.
Waste management companies.