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Digby Wells Environmental hosts the first West African Client Networking function

To mark the opening of the 2017 International Mali Mining and Petroleum Conference & Exhibition / Journées Minières et Pétrolières du Mali (JMP), set to take place in Bamako, Mali from the 21 – 23 November 2017, Digby Wells Environmental Mali hosted the first West African Client Networking function at the Le Fouquet, Immeuble ACI, Hamdallaye, Bamako.

Attended by various West African focused Mining Industry leaders, the evening set the tone for successful discussions around mining in terms of environmental and social sustainability. Graham Trusler, CEO of Digby Wells Environmental, who has over 30 years’ experience in industry, provided insight on how Digby Wells Environmental sees the Sustainability scene playing out in 2018. Adding to the discussions, AngloGold Ashanti, Wassoul’or, Randgold Resources and Birimian, all of whom have worked with the in-country Digby Wells Environmental Mali team, partook in the discussions by providing invaluable positive feedback surrounding the various projects that the Digby Wells Mali have been involved in, and continue to be involved in, for each of their operations throughout the years.

Inspired by the company’s vision ‘To be the preferred partner offering Environmental and Social Services to the Resources Industry with a focus on Africa, the Digby Wells Environmental Mali team are attending the JMP Mali Conference, and look forward to continuing on the evening discussions.

For more information regarding Digby Wells Environmental, please contact us at Digby Wells Information.


National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill, 2017

The National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill, 2017 is said to have major impacts on the approval, management, regulation and planning procedures of various operations, particularly the mining industry.

Digby Wells Environmental Group Legal Services Director, Lucy Koeslag, provides insight into these proposed amendments as introduced into the National Assembly by the Minister of Environmental Affairs. Read More

For further information, or assistance contact Lucy Koeslag


Digby Wells Environmental – World Water Day 22 March 2017

Where it all began:

World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.

World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. It has been held annually since then. Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day.

2017 Theme: Wastewater

Water scarcity is a global crisis currently, an estimated 700 million people don’t have access to clean water. Surface water is the primary source of water compared to groundwater mainly because of accessibility. It is unfortunately highly sensitive to climate change and susceptible to rapid contamination when it comes into contact with pollutants.

In 2017 it was reported that dams of provinces and cities that were suffering the most from water scarcity included KwaZulu-Natal which was at 41.1% , the City of Cape Town at 46%, the Free State at 49.6%, and Limpopo at 50.8%.

Sustainable use and preservation of water is crucial for better quality of life for all those that inhabit planet earth currently and for future generations. Water preservation and its sustainable use are achievable through various ways, this year focus is on wastewater.

How can we (particularly in the mining industry) reduce and reuse wastewater?

  • Using the minimum required amount of water for plant/mining operations to continue;
  • Capturing wastewater and reusing it for operations that are not sensitive to water quality;
  • Capturing wastewater, treating it, then:
  • Providing it to the surrounding settlements for irrigation and domestic use;
  • Releasing it into the environment; and /or
  • Using it for dust suppression (if applicable to site activities).

Efforts are not limited to those listed above. Creativity with regards to water conservation is pleasantly welcomed by the environment and its dependents.

How Digby Wells Environmental can assist:

Digby Wells’ integrated hydrology, hydrogeology and geochemistry specialist team offers sustainable solutions for water quality and quantity management ensuring overall compliance to international best practice and local legislative standards.

Given our extensive experience and expertise, Digby Wells offers practical, cost effective solutions in ground and surface water management from the operational to post closure phases for numerous industries. (Download Brochure)

For further information, please contact Robel Gebrekristos


Digby Wells Environmental Botswana Launch

As acknowledged by the Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Securities Minister Sadique Kebonang, the Digby Wells Environmental Botswana official launch and partnership announcement between RPM and Digby Wells Environmental, was held on the 23rd February 2017 at the AVANI Gaborone Resort & Casino.

Attended by various industry professionals and key role players, Mr Graham Trusler, CEO Digby Wells Environmental, and Mr Richard Arthey, Country Manager Botswana communicated that the beneficial transaction and partnership ensured that Digby Wells met Botswana legal requirements and that the transaction would provide current and potential clients the best in local service and international best practice.

Commenting on the launch, Tlotlo Lemmenyane, of the SundayStandard, stated that the mettle of the mining industry faltered with the vulnerability of the global economy but there are some who still see opportunities in this industry and Digby Wells Environmental counts itself as one of them. View article.


Digby Wells Environmental 7th Annual Sustainability Breakfast; Mining Indaba 2017

In true tradition, to mark the opening of the 2016 Mining Indaba, Digby Wells Environmental hosted their 7th Annual Sustainability Breakfast on the 7th February 2017, at The Table Bay Hotel.

Industry leaders from across the globe partook in a topical discussion on ‘Partnerships – Community, Company, Government / Regulators, Funders and Shareholders’. Professor Jennifer Broadhurst, Deputy Director, Minerals to Metals Initiative Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Cape Town opened the discussion with a presentation on Educating managers and leaders for sustainable and socially responsible mineral resource development in Africa. Mr Hilaire Bedian Diarra, Group Environment & Community Development Officer – Randgold Resources Ltd, presented on the topic ofsustanable water management, and Mr. Mongezi Exxaro Executive Head: Sustainability, on the topic of shareholders and community and Government relations.

Closing on the message that all collaborative efforts should be guided by fundamental principles, including treating all individuals with respect, communicating in an open and transparent manner and working to create sustained value for all stakeholders, Graham Trusler opened the floor to attending delegates for a thorough question and answer session.

Adding to the presentation, Gregory Simpson of Cape Media, Mining Prospectus, interviewed Mr Trusler on the topic of Mining Sustainability at the Digby Wells Environmental Sustainability Breakfast. View Interview.

Digby Wells Environmental thanks those who attended and looks forward to hosting the 7th Digby Wells Environmental Sustainability Breakfast, coinciding with the 2018 Mining Indaba.

Digby Wells continues to contribute towards the education and development of our youth

Living true to the company’s vision of moving from the world we live in, to the world we seek, Digby Wells continues to contribute towards the education and development of our youth in the countries in which we operate. Digby Wells had, in 2015, launched the company’s first bursary programme by awarding four bursaries to academic students within South Africa and Mali. The students had their study fees and books fully paid for and in addition gained first hand practical work experience during the year, when, during semester breaks shadowed our in-house specialists who provide sustainable environmental and social solutions to Digby Wells’ multinational client base. During the course of the 2016 academic year, Digby Wells Environmental bursars excelled in their studies: -

  • Manisha Nana, who was originally awarded the Digby Wells Bursary in the 2015 academic year as a 2nd year student studying towards a BSc in Environmental Science through the University of Witwatersrand has now completed her BSC with an overall average of 80%. Manisha will be pursuing her Honours degree this year.
  • Modiegi Monaledi, who was awarded a bursary for the 2016 academic year at the University of Johannesburg, studying towards her BSc Environmental Sciences, achieved an overall average of 78%. Modiegi will be pursuing her Honours degree in Geography this year.
  • Aamirah Dramat who was awarded a bursary for the 2016 academic year at the University of Cape Town, studying towards BSc degree in Environmental and Geographical Sciences and Applied Biology achieved 72%.
  • Soumaila Traore who was originally awarded the Digby Wells Bursary in the 2015 academic year, studying towards an MSc degree in Environmental Management has completed his MSc degree. Soumaila will be joining the Digby Wells Environmental Mali team in the coming year as an intern.

Digby Wells Environmental will be announcing the Bursary application outcomes for the 2017 academic in due course and wishes the current and new Digby Wells Team Members all the best for their studies in 2017.


Digby Wells Environmental announces partnership with RPM Botswana

Today (04 November 2016): Graham Trusler, CEO of Digby Wells Environmental (Digby Wells), a multinational environmental and social advisory consultancy, announced the acquisition of 80 % of the issued share capital of RPM Botswana, which will change its name to Digby Wells Environmental Botswana. The partnership became effective as of 01 November 2016, making Digby Wells the majority shareholder of Digby Wells Environmental Botswana, with 20% of the issued shares being held by the current shareholders Mrs. Christine Arthey (10%) and Mr. Richard Arthey (10%).

“Botswana is a natural choice for us to have a local presence. For a number of years we have been working on projects in Botswana supporting our multinational clients. We see tremendous potential for growth in this region for our service offering. The partnership with RPM is in line with our international expansion strategy of establishing a presence in favorable jurisdictions with local partners.” said Graham Trusler.

Digby Wells provides environmental and social services to the mining, resources, energy and agricultural sectors across Africa. Over the past 6 years, the company’s expansion plans have advanced rapidly with the company opening offices in the UK, Jersey and Mali. Digby Wells is also a registered environmental and social services provider within the DRC and Liberia.

“This mutually beneficial transaction ensures that Digby Wells meets Botswana legal requirements and provides current and potential clients the best in local service and international best practice. In addition it gives both the management and staff of RPM opportunities to grow and develop in an international organization.” commented Trusler. “Richard Arthey is a successful entrepreneur and founder of RPM and will continue to head up the Botswana business. He will sit on the Digby Wells Group’s Executive Committee and will be an integral member of the team that will help to determine and implement the company’s strategic objectives.”

Richard Arthey pointed out that; “in the past 10 years we have seen our business double in size, and it made sense for us to look for a partner that will assist us to leverage further growth opportunities. When speaking to Digby Wells it soon became clear that there would be a transfer of knowledge and systems. As our people will now be able to access opportunities across the Digby Wells Group, their scope and exposure is widely increased. Our Clients will benefit from the skills base that resides within Digby Wells, while we will introduce our wealth of knowledge in the oil & gas market. Our award winning work in landscape architecture will be combined as an offering with the mining rehabilitation team”, said Richard Arthey.

“This transaction has taken some time to conclude, over the years we have worked very closely with RPM on a number of projects. They understand our values and have been exposed to our company culture. RPM is a partner who shares our vision and we are pleased to partner with them in advancing both company’s growth plans.” said Adrian Reynolds, Chairman of Digby Wells.

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A first for Digby Wells, a first for South Africa

The High Conservation Value (HCV) approach is a widely used certification that was developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). HCV’s can be defined as: “Biological, ecological, social or cultural values considered to be of outstanding significance at the national, regional or global scale and which require special protection for their maintenance and/or enhancement.” (HCV Resource Network, 2015).

Digby Wells has worked on a number of HCV assessments in Central and West Africa, we have recently submitted the first greenfields HCV assessment by a South African company for the Natural Habitats Oil Palm Concession in Sierra Leone. The site is located adjacent to the Gola Rainforest National Park, a biodiversity hotspot and protected area. The area supports habitat for Red Data listed plants, animals and aquatic species and provides a suite of invaluable ecosystem services.

An HCV is a necessary requirement for certification with the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil and requires that the lead assessor is accredited by the HCV Network. Not only do Digby Wells provide all of the required biophysical and social specialist studies for the HCV assessment, but team members can lead the HCV assessment process. Having an accredited HCV Assessor in-house, Digby Wells can: • conduct assessments to identify HCVs in proposed and existing agricultural or forestry developments; • provide auditing services to make sure that HCVs on their property or project area are sustained and monitored; and • ensure the correct internationally accepted field methodologies are conducted for all specialist surveys.


Digby Wells Environmental receives Best Paper Presenter award at the 14th Biennial Groundwater Conference

Digby Wells Environmental’s Water Geosciences Unit Manager Dr. Robel Gebrekristos received the honour for the best Paper Presenter at the 14th Biennial Groundwater Conference held in Muldersdrift from the21 – 23 September 2015.

Hosted annually, The Groundwater Division of the Geological Society of South Africa conference aims to bring together students, academics, specialists and decision-makers to discuss and showcase groundwater and related activities. The conference, which aimed to highlight the issue of improving the uptake of existing knowledge and experiences to assist in solving environmental and societal problems, demonstrated the excellent resources available to, and how South Africa could become a global leader in best practice management and implementation. Themed ‘From Theory to Action”, Robel presented on the topic of Packer Testing and Analytical Modelling For Groundwater Inflow Estimation for Proposed Shafts.

Digby Wells Environmental, a leader in the field of Environmental and Social consulting, offers integrated Hydrology and Hydrogeology solutions for water quality and quantity management. Ensuring overall compliance to international best practice and local legislative standards, the Digby Wells Environmental Water Geosciences specialist team provides practical, cost effective solutions in ground and surface water management from the operational to post closure phases for numerous industries.

We thank the organising committee of the Groundwater Division of the Geological Society of South Africa, and look forward to further expanding and improving the uptake of existing knowledge and experiences at next year’s conference.