WHAT WE STAND FOR

Ndlovu de Villiers Attorneys is a newly established specialist environmental law firm based in Pietermaritzburg, KZN. As a firm, we aim to be one of the leading environmental law practices in the Republic of South African and in the South Africa Development Community (SADC) region. Our goal is to demystify the environmental legal requirements and to provide each of our clients with comprehensive legal advice that enables systematic compliance with the Law. We pride ourselves on our ability to handle delicate, sensitive or complex matters while balancing the interests of the client and the effectiveness of the Law.

THE PARTNERS


 

Sibonelo Ndlovu

Managing Partner

 

Sibonelo holds the BA (Law) (University of Durban-Westville), LLB (University of Natal), and LLM: Marine and Environmental Law (University of Cape Town) degrees. The capita selecta of the coursework for the LLM degree were marine resources law, South African environmental law, international environmental law, and advanced administrative law. His dissertation focused on ex post facto environmental impact assessment and environmental authorisations in South African law.

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Sibonelo Ndlovu

Managing Partner

 

Sibonelo holds the BA (Law) (University of Durban-Westville), LLB (University of Natal), and LLM: Marine and Environmental Law (University of Cape Town) degrees. The capita selecta of the coursework for the LLM degree were marine resources law, South African environmental law, international environmental law, and advanced administrative law. His dissertation focused on ex post facto environmental impact assessment and environmental authorisations in South African law.

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Samantha de Villiers

Partner

 

Samantha attended Rhodes University from 2008-2012 where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree majoring in Environmental Science and Law, and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree with the Environmental Law elective. Samantha was chosen to be on the Dean’s Merit List for academic merit in both 2011 and 2012. After completion of her LLB in 2012, Samantha spent a year working at Sharpe & Howard Attorneys in Zambia and travelled India and Nepal.

Sibonelo was admitted as an attorney in the Cape of Good Hope Provincial Division of the High Court in April 2003 and is an environmental lawyer who has been practising exclusively in this field since then. On 1 March 2018, Sibonelo and Samantha de Villiers founded Ndlovu de Villiers Attorneys. Sibonelo is currently the Managing Partner of Ndlovu de Villiers Attorneys.

A sample of the work that Sibonelo has done in the past ten years includes the following: From June 2007 to date, Sibonelo has been part of the KwaZulu-Natal appeal panel which was established in terms of National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998. The panel advises the KwaZulu-Natal Member of the Executive Council (MEC) responsible for environmental affairs on appeals lodged against decisions of the Head of the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs.

In 2012, Sibonelo conducted research on the statutory framework for liability and redress in the context of genetically modified organisms. That project was commissioned by the national Department of Environmental Affairs in order to assist in the deliberations relating to whether or not the Republic of South Africa should sign or ratify the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Sibonelo has been involved in a number of capacity-building initiatives in the public and private sector in regard to strengthening an understanding of the links between Constitutional, administrative, legal, and environmental legal requirements, and the imperatives for environmental governance that those laws seek to underpin. The initiatives in which Sibonelo has been involved have been in four provinces, namely, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Gauteng and North West Provinces.

Sibonelo has provided various clients with environmental legal advice. These include corporate clients, NGOs, individuals and the public sector. He is currently advising a local authority on attempts to ensure that other organs of state which construct infrastructure within the jurisdiction of that local authority comply with the provisions of the National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 and environmental authorisations issued under that Act.

Sibonelo regularly provides memoranda of advice and opinions to environmental authorities, local authorities, developers and interested parties on the requirements imposed by the provisions of the National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998.

Samantha de Villiers

Partner

 

Samantha attended Rhodes University from 2008-2012 where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree majoring in Environmental Science and Law, and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree with the Environmental Law elective. Samantha was chosen to be on the Dean’s Merit List for academic merit in both 2011 and 2012. After completion of her LLB in 2012, Samantha spent a year working at Sharpe & Howard Attorneys in Zambia and travelled India and Nepal.

Samantha started her articles of clerkship at a conveyancing law firm but completed her articles of clerkship at a boutique environmental law firm in Johannesburg in April 2015 and has since worked as a specialist environmental lawyer. Samantha has specialises in EIA, mining and conservation law. On 1 March 2018, Samantha and Sibonelo Ndlovu founded Ndlovu de Villiers Attorneys.

Samantha further plays an integral role in the declaration process for protected areas under the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 and advises a number of clients, including NGOs, government departments and private entities. Although Samantha is a specialist environmental lawyer, she has also experience in conveyancing and property law related issues, which form an important and fairly unfamiliar consideration to the Protected Areas declaration process. Samantha has also presented a number of papers at symposiums and performed a number of training courses focusing on Protected Areas.

IN THE OFFICE


 

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Phenyo

Phenyo holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from North-West University as well as a Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law from the University of Cape Town. Phenyo is a member of the Golden Key Association and a member of the United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA). She was awarded a certificate for the best performer for her undergraduate dissertation which focused on: The Right to Basic Education for Asylum Seekers in South Africa. Phenyo`s passion for Environmental Law sparked during her childhood days at her family farm, where she gained more knowledge on animal health and welfare, planting and harvesting. Phenyo was part of the Fields College Drum majorettes’ team from an early age, whereby she represented her school at national competitions across the country. Phenyo recently moved to Pietermaritzburg and joined NDV Attorneys as a Candidate Attorney in order to pursue her passion in Environmental Law.

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Jordyn Cloete

Jordyn attended Stellenbosch University from 2014 - 2018 wherein she received her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in English and Law as well as a Bachelor of Laws degree. Throughout her university career, legal research and writing proved to be Jordyn’s strengths. She was involved in a legal boot camp and Human Rights moot court competition, whilst enjoying many hikes in and around the Western Cape. She is also passionate about animal and child welfare and hopes to initiate the Firm’s involvement in outreach projects and charity work in the area. In July 2018, Jordyn completed her work experience at NDV Attorneys, which fuelled her passion for the environmental field of law. During her visit, the Partners were particularly impressed with Jordyn’s enthusiasm and ability to take on new challenges, which precipitated an offer to join the NDV Team for her articles.

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Akhona

Akhona matriculated from Hillcrest High School in KwaZulu-Natal. While she enjoys a wide range of sports, Akhona has excelled at netball, going on to represent the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial netball team from 2009 – 2011. Akhona balances her love of sports with work commitments by coaching netball at local private schools in the Pietermaritzburg area. Akhona joined Ndlovu de Villiers Attorney’s in May 2018 as the Office Manager and has demonstrated her ability to conquer new challenges and grow in her role at the Firm. Akhona plays a vital role in the operations of the office and in doing so, she adds a unique sense of fun and familiarity to the Firm and everyone who walks through our doors.