Environment – Bitou appoints an Environmental Management Officer

By Basil van Rooyen for CXPress newspaper

Plett Environmental Forum is pleased to welcome Anje Taljaard in her new position as Bitou Environmental Management Officer in the Economic Development and Planning Department of Bitou Municipality.

The forum has, for some years, campaigned for such a person to be appointed and are delighted that this has finally happened. Taljaard is well-qualified for the position and should be of great assistance to the Bitou community in helping us cope with concerns around local ecological and conservation matters.

She has a BSc degree from the University of Pretoria with further qualifications Geospatial Information Systems from Stellenbosch University and Invasive Species training through the South African Green Species Council. Taljaard is also experienced through her work as an environmental consultant in the Garden Route over the past five years, dealing extensively with environmental impact assessments, the creation of sound environmental management plans, alien invasive control, and environmental compliance monitoring. Having started in the position on 1st November 2018, Anje’s duties are quite comprehensive, but as far as the public are concerned, her main duties are:

  • To plan, develop and control environmental management and conservation of the natural environment of Bitou.
  • To manage environmental approval, authorisation processes and applications for human settlement, bulk infrastructure and other municipal development projects.
  • To help with awareness and educational programmes on environmental management in the Bitou community.
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