Lesemane - Environmental Manager - Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Lehlohonolo Michael Lesemane

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Summary

In nutshell I am 43 years South African gentleman and hold MSc.Eng (Water and Environmental Management) from University of Durban Westville. I also have BSc. Ed. in Biology and Chemistry obtained from National University of Lesotho. I further have post graduate / professional certificates in Waste Management (NQ7 Level) from University of Pretoria, Air Quality Management (NQ7 Level) from University of Johannesburg, Environmental Law for Environmental Managers, Environmental Management in Mining and Prospecting (NQ7 Level) Wits University.

I am currently working as Environmental Superintendent at Sappi Enstra in Springs; a company manufacturing fine paper. My responsibilities are as follows:
•Day to day Environmental management of the hazardous waste (H:H) landfill site, Lime dams (G:L:B+), Recovery and Recycling Centres.
• Involved in all External Environmental Projects within the Mill.
•Ensure the Implementation of SHEQ within the Mill.
•Involved in risk assessments of the Environmental contractors
•Ensure the health and safety of the Environmental contractors.

Before Sappi I worked for Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment as Acting Deputy Director in Hazardous Waste Management. My basic work was quality check on the EIA authorizations issued by Officers within my sub-Directorate.

My career in environmental management started when I was Pollution Control Officer for one water utility company in Lesotho, Water and Sewerage Authority. From there I joined Environmental consulting company based in Randburg by the name of EIMS as Environmental Associate. From there I became a National Project Coordinator of one UNIDO project in Lesotho on the Development of National Implementation Plan for Stockholm Convention. The project was funded by GEF with the amount of R 3 000 000 and managed to complete the project successfully in time.

Services

Environmental Manager

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp

Work History

Enviromental Superintendent

Sappi Fine Paper

September 2008 - September 2008

 Monitor legal compliance with respect to environmental indicators, permits and RoDs, operating plans, EMPs and ensuring that the corrective occurs, where necessary
 Manage hazardous Landfill Site (H: H).
 Manage lime disposal site (Lime Dams) (G:L:B+)
 Manage waste Recovery Centre and ensure achievement of targeted annually waste sales
 Manage waste Recycling Centre and ensure achievement of targeted annually waste sales
 Performs EIAs and liaises with regulatory authorities and consultants in this regard
 Performs audits and inspections and ensuring that corrective action takes place
 Monitor Cleaner Production initiative and ensure that it is functional
 Ensure adherence to approved policies, quality and standards for work performed
 Retain ISO 14001. Ensure continual improvement of legal compliance status to permits and RoDs
 Ensure succession planning, coaching and development of Junior Staff. Conduct performance evaluations

Environmental Superintendent

Sappi

August 2008 - August 2008

 Monitor legal compliance with respect to environmental indicators, permits and RoDs, operating plans, EMPs and ensuring that the corrective occurs, where necessary
 Manage hazardous Landfill Site (H: H).
 Manage lime disposal site (Lime Dams) (G:L:B+)
 Manage waste Recovery Centre and ensure achievement of targeted annually waste sales
 Manage waste Recycling Centre and ensure achievement of targeted annually waste sales
 Performs EIAs and liaises with regulatory authorities and consultants in this regard
 Performs audits and inspections and ensuring that corrective action takes place
 Monitor Cleaner Production initiative and ensure that it is functional
 Ensure adherence to approved policies, quality and standards for work performed
 Retain ISO 14001. Ensure continual improvement of legal compliance status to permits and RoDs
 Ensure succession planning, coaching and development of Junior Staff. Conduct performance evaluations

Acting Deputy Director Hazardous Waste Management

Gauteng Department of Agriculture Conservation and Environment

April 2007 - August 2008

 Provide strategic direction and leadership. Authorized to sign off on work (content and quality).
 Management of sub-programme work –
 Stakeholder management
 Ensure planning, scheduling, evaluating etc. Ensure work is carried out according to quality standards
 Overseeing strategic projects
 Lead planning process (strategy, business planning and budgeting)
 Management of Human Resources
 Management of Financial Resources
 Management of Administrative Systems
 Coordination with other sub-programmes and with rest of departments on joint work
 Coordination with other departments on aspects of work.

 Strategic Projects Managed:
• Development of General Waste Collection Standards for Gauteng
• Gauteng Health Care Waste Regulations
• Gauteng Waste Information System (Upgrade and Daily Operations)
• Development Gauteng Hazardous Waste Management Plan
• Gauteng Sewage Treatment Plants Capacity Status Quo

Assistant Director Hazardous Waste Management

Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment

June 2006 - March 2007

 Review, Prepare recommendations and set permit conditions for Environmental Impact assessments (EIA).
 Quality control of all work carried out by Environmental Officers and ensuring consistency in decision making.
 Conduct pre-application meetings with consultants, authorities and applicants as deemed necessary.
 Organize authority review meetings (if deemed necessary) with stakeholders.
 Conduct compliance monitoring of authorized EIA activities, as mentioned in (a) above.
 Record complaints received on prescribed complaints form. Respond to complainant and relevant authority courteously and within agreed time frame.
 Comment on legislation, policy and strategy relevant to the directorate
 Organize visits for the MEC, Standing Committee, or any other officials as requested.
 Attend and represent the directorate at the meetings, as mandated by the management.
 Manage the work of the stuff within the division.
 Schedule and allocate work, ensuring that high priority work is completed on time, and that all is completed within the stipulated time frames and up to quality standards.
 Manage all Human Resource and personnel administration matters pertaining to the Environmental Officers in the unit.
 Develop plans and budgets for the unit
 Assist the Deputy Director in the preparations of budgets for the sub- programme.
 Monitor unit and project expenses and cashflows and produce expenditure reports.
 Produce monthly and quarterly reports as required by the directorate management.
 Prepare project plans, budgets and Terms of Reference (TOR) for the consultants.
 Manage projects and the consultants (ensure progress according to deadlines, ensure quality etc)

National Project Coordinator POPs

National Environmental Secretariat

January 2003 - January 2006

Environmental Associate

Environmental Impacts Management Services

January 2002 - January 2003

Environmental Officer

Water and Sewarage Authority

January 1996 - January 2002

Qualifications & Certifications

M.Sc. Engineering (Water and Environmental Management)

University of Durban Westville

B.Sc. Ed

National University of Lesotho

Assumption High School

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